<< Wednesday, April 12, 2017 >>

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Howison Lectures in Philosophy

Lecture | April 12 | TBA Moses Hall

 Gisela Striker, Harvard University

 Department of Philosophy

Invisible Hands: Townsend Book Chat with Jonathan Sheehan

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Invisible Hands traces the rise in eighteenth-century Europe of a belief in self-organization—such that large systems, whether natural or human-made, are seen as capable of creating their own order, without any need for external direction.

Beyond the American Era in the Middle East: An Evolving Landscape of Turbulence: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Waleed Hazbun, CMES Visiting Scholar, American University of Beirut

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Lecture by Waleed Hazbun, Associate Professor of Political Studies at American University of Beirut and CMES Visiting Scholar.

The Digital Dilemma and the Future of Archaeological Publication: Stories from the Gabii Excavation

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Matt Naglak, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Classical Art and Archaeology

 Archaeological Research Facility

In the past month, the first major publication of the Gabii Project excavation was released, a large-scale international archaeological initiative led by Nicola Terrenato and the University of Michigan since 2009. What makes this publication unique is its entirely digital nature, where the standard textual narrative is intricately combined with the 3D recording and reconstruction inherent to our...   More >

USAID Learning Lab

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Ticora Jones, Chief, Global Development Lab, USAID

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Ticora Jones is the Chief of Higher Education Solutions Network, Global Development Lab - ‎USAID

Free and open to the public. Register online by Monday for a free lunch at UC Berkeley. The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12pm Pacific time and is hosted...   More >


 Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online

California Countercultures: Diggers, Communes, and Counterculture and the Death of Hope with Peter Coyote

Lecture | April 12 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Get an inside view on the counterculture from Peter Coyote, an acclaimed actor, Emmy Award–winning narrator of documentary films, and author.

Admission to this lecture is free.

Reconsidering and Re-Framing Taiwan and its History: Aborigines, Colonial Rulers and Democratization

Lecture | April 12 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 J. Bruce Jacobs, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia

 Wen-hsin Yeh, History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Although Chinese, such as Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong, insisted that Taiwan had been part of China since time immemorial, in fact both only claimed Taiwan as a part of China in 1942. Genuine historical research (as opposed to political “historical” research) demonstrates that no permanent Han Chinese communities existed in Taiwan until after 1624, when the Dutch arrived and imported Han...   More >

Brexit and its Aftershocks: Reimagining British Politics

Lecture | April 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull (UK) and Visiting Scholar at the Center for British Studies in the Institute for European Studies

 Institute of European Studies

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union undoubtedly poses an existential problem for the EU. It is also likely that the institutions of the oldest and most stable multi-nation state will require reform in the post-Brexit era. In other words, the aftershocks of Brexit will probably necessitate a reimagining of British politics in each nation and region of the United Kingdom. At...   More >

Learning from Legends: Bill Somerville in conversation with Margaret Jenkins

Lecture | April 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Philanthropist Bill Somerville in conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company as OLLI @Berkeley celebrates local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines.

A Report from the Front Lines of Abortion Care: Lunch Talk with Julie Burkhart

Lecture | April 12 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 110

 Julie Burkhart, Trust Women Foundation

 If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

Please join the Berkeley Law chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice for a lunch event with Julie Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart has opened abortion clinics in Kansas and Oklahoma, two of the states most hostile to reproductive health care access. She worked closely with Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas who was murdered for his work in 2009. Ms. Burkhart will share her...   More >

if/when/how presents Julie Burkhart

Lecture | April 12 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law, Boalt School of

Please join the Berkeley Law chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice for a lunch event with Julie Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart has opened abortion clinics in Kansas and Oklahoma, two of the states most hostile to reproductive health care access. She also worked closely Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas who was murdered for his work in 2009. Ms. Burkhart will share her...   More >

At the Edge of the Nation: The Southern Kurils and the Search for Russia’s National Identity

Lecture | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Paul Richardson, Lecturer, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

This paper takes up the issue of the remote and beguiling Southern Kuril Islands in order to explore divergent and contradictory ideas, convictions, and beliefs on what constitutes “national” identity in post-Soviet Russia. These islands – which are administered by Russia but claimed by Japan – present us with unique insights into the ways in which competing territorial visions of the nation are...   More >

Data Science and User Research at Facebook: The Two Cultures and the Hacker Way

Lecture | April 12 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Danny Ferrante and Umer Farooq, Facebook

 Information, School of

Insight from data science director Danny Ferrante and user research manager Umer Farooq.

Critical Theory in Times of Crisis Working Group | Historical Gestures in the Cinematic Present | A Talk by Noa Steimatsky

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Noa Steimatsky, Visiting Associate Professor of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

In the flexible realms of cinematic time and movement, in oceans of contingent detail and the overwhelming expressivity of bodies and gestures—does history risk drowning in sensory response, in ritualistic absorption, in pleasure or in shock? The experience of presentness of the screened, time-based moving image can be maneuvered and intensified in ways that cut across a range of articulations,...   More >

Strange Alliances: Demons, Exorcists, and the Fight against Unbelief in Eighteenth-Century Italy

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Federico Barbierato, University of Verona

 Department of Italian Studies, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, Bancroft Library, Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography.

Join us for Dr Barbierato’s lecture, followed by a round table discussion with UC Berkeley faculty:

Thomas Dandelet, History
Diego Pirillo, Italian Studies
Jonathan Sheehan, History

Co-sponsored by the Bancroft Library, the Department of Italian Studies, and the Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Designated...   More >

Applied History And The Uses (And Misuses) Of The Past

Lecture | April 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and Professor of History, Harvard Kennedy School

 Institute of International Studies

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, where he holds joint appointments in the Kennedy School of Government and the Department of History. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and...   More >

Cicero’s De Officiis – Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics: Howison Lectures in Philosophy by Gisela Striker

Lecture | April 12 | 5:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Gisela Striker, Walter C. Klein Professor of Philosophy and the Classics, Emerita, Harvard University

 Graduate Division

Gisela Striker will present the Howison lecture on April 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm. Her lecture, titled "Cicero’s De Officiis – Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics" is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the Lecture
Professor Striker will show how the Stoic philosopher Panaetius, on whose work Cicero based his own treatise, actually presented what might be seen as a...   More >

Gisela Striker

The Case Against the Supreme Court: Uci Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 12 | 6-7:15 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Hass C230

 ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Founding Dean of UCI Law School

 The Berkeley Forum

Although UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky has always regarded the law as “the most powerful tool for social change,” in recent years he has become a notable critic of the Supreme Court. In light of current events such as Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage, and the unsuccessful nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court has come...   More >