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Monday, May 8, 2017

String-Math Seminar: Integrability of higher genus refined Chern-Simons theory

Seminar | May 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Shamil Shakirov, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

It is known that Chern-Simons topological quantum field theory admits a one-parameter deformation – refinement – in the genus 1 sector. I will tell about a genus 2 generalization of this fact. Just like in the torus case, the crucial role is played by an interesting quantum-mechanical integrable system, which is a genus 2 generalization of Ruijsenaars-Schneider-Macdonald system. The knowledge...   More >

Low-dimensional Structures and Deep Models for High-dimensional (Visual) Data

Seminar | May 8 | 2-3 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Yi Ma, Professor and Executive Dean, School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, we will discuss a class of models and techniques that can effectively model and extract rich low-dimensional structures in high-dimensional data such as images and videos, despite nonlinear transformation, gross corruption, or severely compressed measurements.

Dissertation Talk: Learning from People

Seminar | May 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Nihar Bhadresh Shah, EECS, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learning from people represents a new and expanding frontier for data science. Two critical challenges in this domain are of developing algorithms for robust learning and designing incentive mechanisms for eliciting high-quality data. In this talk, I describe progress on these challenges in the context of two canonical settings, namely those of ranking and classification. In addressing the first...   More >

Spatial release from masking and the precedence effect in asymmetric hearing loss: Berkeley Ear Club

Colloquium | May 8 | 4 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room 3105

 Richard Freyman, Communication Disorders U Mass. Amhearst

 Department of Psychology

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Strong cosmic censorship in spherical symmetry for two-ended asymptotically flat initial data

Seminar | May 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, KIAS

 Department of Mathematics

Black holes are perhaps the most celebrated predictions of general relativity. Miraculously, stationary black hole spacetimes arise as explicit (i.e., exact expression can be written down!) solutions to the (vacuum) Einstein equation. Looking at these explicit solutions leads to an intriguing observation: While the black hole exterior looks qualitatively similar, the structure of the interior, in...   More >

Kanak Mani Dixit | South Asian Regionalism under the Modi Government

Lecture | May 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Kanak Mani Dixit, Author, Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, Founding Editor: Himal Southasian, Publisher: Himal Khabarpatrika

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

A talk by Kanak Mani Dixit, Author, Journalist and Founding Editor of Himal Southasian magazine, based in Kathmandu.

Entrepreneurial Toastmasters Club Meeting

Meeting | June 6, 2016 – August 14, 2017 every Monday | 6:20-7:20 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that develops communication and leadership skills through public speaking.

Eco Ensemble: Berkeley Composers

Performing Arts - Music | May 8 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Eco Ensemble presents Berkeley Composers
David Milnes conducts new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers featuring ECO, our resident professional new music ensemble.

The Berkeley New Music Project is a group dedicated to the performance of new music by the graduate student composers in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music. Supported by funding from the Department of Music, Townsend...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Teachers at the Center: The Story of the National Writing Project

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 17 – September 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, second floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

The National Writing Project is a professional development
network for teachers of writing at all levels, from early
childhood to university. Drawing from the newly available
National Writing Project records and other Bancroft Library
collections, this exhibition explores the history of the
organization from its origins within the Graduate School of
Education at UC Berkeley to its present...   More >

New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 21 – September 1, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery

 Bancroft Library

For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents
an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The
exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces
carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs
and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and
Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the...   More >