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Monday, September 18, 2017

Amos Gitai to Teach Seminar on Narrative and Form: Cinema and Architecture

Film - Series | August 29 – September 26, 2017 every day | 370 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

The Israeli film director Amos Gitai (Ph.D Architecture 79) will teach a five week course on film that explores the concepts of narrative and space. CLASS SIZE IS VERY LIMITED SO YOU MUST SIGN UP SOON. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS ACROSS CAMPUS.

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Armenian and Turkish Lobbies and U.S. (Non-)Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Julien Zarifian, Associate Professor of American History, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

The goal of this talk is to present and analyze the political opposition between the Armenian and Turkish lobbies in favor or against the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States. We will discuss why, despite decades of efforts and some positive results, the Armenian-American advocacy groups have not yet obtained the full recognition of the Genocide by the U.S. federal...   More >

Campuswide Memorial

Memorial | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | California Hall, Flag pole West of the building

 Chancellor's Office

An annual memorial event to recognize the faculty/academics, staff, students, and emeriti faculty who passed this year. The ceremony includes brief remarks and a reading of those we are remembering, followed by music and spoken word.

Combinatorics Seminar: The geometry of gaussoids

Seminar | September 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Gaussoids offer a new link between combinatorics, statistics and algebraic geometry. Introduced by Lnenicka and Matus in 2007, their axioms describe conditional independence for Gaussian random variables. This lecture introduces gaussoids to an audience familiar with matroids. The role of the Grassmannian for matroids is now played by a projection of the Lagrangian Grassmannian. We discuss the...   More >

Probability Student Seminar: MCMC and Mixing of Markov Chains

Seminar | September 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Nick Bhattacharya, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will first discuss the problem of sampling from a given distribution on a graph. We then discuss a more problem - given a set of configurations on the vertices of a graph (for example colorings), how do we sample from that? These problems are addressed by the so-called Glauber Dynamics and the Metropolis Algorithm.

Second, we will give some basic results relating mixing times, total variation...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Koszul duality patterns in quantum field theory.

Seminar | September 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Tudor Dimofte, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

"Koszul duality" is a fundamental idea spanning several branches of mathematics, with origins in representation theory and rational homotopy theory. In its simplest incarnation, it relates pairs of algebras (such as symmetric and exterior algebras) that have equivalent categories of representations. Koszul duality also turns out to play a fundamental role in physics, governing the structure of...   More >

Creating Psychological Profiles from People’s Digital Footprints: Michal Kosinski, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Presentation | September 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Michal Kosinski, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

 Social Science Matrix, Center on Economy and Morality, a Matrix Affiliate

Dr. Michal Kosinski is a psychologist and data scientist. In his talk, he will discuss his research showing that digital records of behavior, such as samples of text, Tweets, Facebook Likes, or web-browsing logs, can be used to accurately measure a wide range of traits, including personality, intelligence, and political views.

Michal Kosinski

Seminar 231, Public Finance: No Seminar

Seminar | September 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Probabilistic Operator Algebra seminar: Twisted canonical anti-commutation relations and twisted independence

Seminar | September 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Naofumi Muraki, Iwate Prefectural University

 Department of Mathematics

We will construct a one-parameter deformation of tensor product ( = twisted product) for non-commutative probability spaces, and show the existence of the associated universal calculation rule ( = twisted independence) for mixed moments of non-commutative random variables. The construction was inspired from the twisted canonical anti-commutation relations of W. Pusz.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: “The cuspidal subgroup, bigly”

Seminar | September 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kenneth A. Ribet, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Let $X$ be the modular curve $X_0(N)$, where $N$ is a positive integer. The $cusps$ on $X$ are the points of $X$ “at infinity.'' According to the theorem of Manin–Drinfeld, the group of degree-0 cuspidal divisors on $X$ maps to a finite subgroup of the Jacobian of $X$. This group is the $cuspidal$ $subgroup$ $C$ of the Jacobian.

There is a general feeling that $C$ ought to be big in various...   More >

Matteo Basei - The coordination of centralised and distributed generation

Seminar | September 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Matteo Basei, UC Berkeley

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract. This paper analyses the interaction between centralised carbon-emissive technologies and distributed intermittent non-emissive technologies. In our model, there is a representative consumer who can satisfy her electricity demand by investing in distributed generation (solar panels) and by buying power from a centralised firm at a price the firm sets. Distributed generation is...   More >

McNair Scholars Program Information Session

Information Session | September 18 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2515 Channing Way (Academic Achievement Program), Suite 11

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Equivariant localization for periodic cyclic homology

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Harrison Chen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will be mostly introductory. We will define the cyclic homology of perfect sheaves on a stack from a categorical and geometric standpoint via circle actions on categories and derived loop spaces. We will review equivariant localization in broad strokes, state it for periodic cyclic homology of smooth toric quotient stacks and give an idea of the proof. Time permitting, I will discuss...   More >

Pushkinian Anomalies in Lolita, Pnin, and Pale Fire: Toward an Ethics of Creativity

Colloquium | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Stephen Blackwell, Professor, Russian Program, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The third lecture in the Slavic Graduate Colloquium Fall 2017 series.

Fake News and Information Leaks: Constructing Documentary Authority in Late Imperial China

Colloquium | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Emily Mokros, CCS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017-2018

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In seventeenth-century China, the Qing dynasty inherited a troubled information order. Within the bureaucracy, lengthy procedural correspondence buried urgent messages and covert networks troubled official hierarchies. Beyond the reach of the state, gossip and rumor endangered the stability of the new dynasty. This paper analyzes the negotiation of information scandals in the first century of...   More >

Diversified Scholars in Diversified Farming: Broadening Perspectives in the Field

Panel Discussion | September 18 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

We are kicking off the 2017/18 DFS Seminar Series with a panel discussion that aims to broaden what we think of when we say "diversification" in farming systems. The frame and practice of diversity builds ecological and economic resilience at the field, farm, and landscape scales. This panel will explore the role, challenges, and opportunities for a diversity of perspectives and approaches in DFS...   More >

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Seminar 271, Development: "Teacher Wages and the Recruitment of Talent in Rural Peru"

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Gianmarco Leon, Pompeu Fabra

 Department of Economics

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Functionalizable Polypeptides and Polymeric siRNA Smart Delivery

Lecture | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydride monomers provides a means of generating synthetic polypeptides; however, until recently, only native amino acids were incorporated along the backbone. Our lab introduced an alkyne functionalized monomer, propargyl-L-glutamate, that enables the use of click chemistry post-polymerization, thus allowing the generation of a broad range of different...   More >

Design Field Notes: Thomas Maiorana

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Designer, artist, and UC Davis assistant professor Thomas Maiorana will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Seminar 208, Microeconomic theory

Seminar | September 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Laura Doval, Caltech

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Resolvent estimates and wave asymptotics for manifolds with cylindrical ends

Seminar | September 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kiril Datchev, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

Wave oscillation and decay rates on a manifold \(M\) are well known to be related to the geometry of \(M\) and to dynamical properties of its geodesic flow. When \(M\) is a closed system, such as a bounded Euclidean domain or a compact manifold, there is no decay and the connection is made via the eigenvalues of the Laplacian. When \(M\) is an open system, such as the complement of a bounded...   More >

The Creative Arts in Bangladesh: An Evening with Anisul Hoque

Reading - Nonfiction | September 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Anisul Hoque, Writer, poet, playwright, and columnist

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

An evening with writer, poet, playwright, and columnist from Bangladesh, Anisul Hoque.

SLAM: Publishing in Top Journals: Secrets of the Insiders

Seminar | September 18 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Marcia McNutt, President of the National Academy of Sciences

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Marcia McNutt (B.A. in physics, Colorado College; Ph.D. in earth sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography) is a geophysicist and the 22nd president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she was editor-in-chief of Science journals. McNutt was director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 to 2013, during which time USGS responded to a number of major disasters, including...   More >

The Power of Public Investment: Improving Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Future

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 John Chiang, State Treasurer, State of California

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Public investment powers innovative social policies that dramatically improve lives, reduce income inequality, and give the planet a fighting chance against global warming. California State Treasurer John Chiang reveals how seemingly mundane financial decisions can drive large-scale change that makes a real difference in our quality of life.

Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

After her ground-breaking study of emotion and politics in Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild will reflect on the various ways in which drama draws its audience over an “empathy wall” as she calls it, into the “deep story” of the other. How do people within “in-groups” talk about people in “out-groups?” How can the theatre community find stories which illuminate the emotional magic required...   More >

Music of Paul Bowles

Lecture | September 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Music composed by the American expatriate polymath Paul Bowles will be performed by Irene Herrmann, pianist and curator of the Bowles music estate, with soprano Sheila Willey. Songs feature texts by Bowles’s friends William Saroyan, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Owsley Brown’s documentary Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles screens in the Barbro Osher Theater after the performance.

Kyoko Kawamura

Performing Arts - Music | September 18 | 8-10 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Kyoko Kawamura

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

An evening of traditional and contemporary works for koto and voice performed by Kyoko Kawamura. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kawamura began studying the koto at the age of 10, inspired by the performance of Kinichi Nakanoshima, a designated living national treasure. She studied Japanese traditional music at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in koto. A multi-instrumentalist,...   More >

$10.00 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors

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Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

"Authority" - The 2017 Open Call Student Exhibition: At Worth Ryder Art Gallery

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 14 – 21, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 12-5 p.m. | K116 Kroeber Hall

 Art Practice, Department of

The premiere showcase for student art on campus, "Authority - The 2017 Open-Call Student Exhibition" celebrates the challenging and diverse art practices of the UC Berkeley community. Please join us for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 13th, from 4 - 7pm.

Photograph by Robert Borsdorf, 2017

The 2017 Open Call Student Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 13 – 21, 2017 every day | 4-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery

 Art Practice, Department of

All current UC Berkeley Students (Fall 2017 semester) are invited to propose an artwork, a small series, or any other creative project!

The annual open call exhibition is the premiere showcase for student art on campus, and the only open-call exhibition of the year at the gallery.

Taking cues from the successful exhibitions of years past including 2015’s I Know What You Did Last Summer and...   More >