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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children: Townsend Book Chat with Alison Gopnik

Lecture | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar 21st century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong—it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too.

Community Curating and the Maker Movement: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | November 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Dale Dougherty, Founder and CEO, Maker Media; Eric Siegel, Director, University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley; Sherry Huss, Vice President, Maker Media; Co-creator, Maker Faire

 Arts + Design

From its inception in San Mateo California in 2006, Maker Faire has grown into a global phenomenon, a living exhibition of creativity, technology, and “do it yourself” culture that now thrives in over 130 cities throughout the world. The curation of each Maker Faire uses a community-building approach to support the participation of new makers. This decentralized approach to curation has helped to...   More >

Overlapping Forms: Linking Material Culture and Environmental Knowledge

Lecture | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Daniel Niles, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation examines different forms of environmental knowledge, the role of this knowledge in cultural persistence through time, and its consequent significance to the intellectual challenges of the Anthropocene. The paper describes the activity of a master charcoal-maker in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, who works in a landscape recognized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture...   More >

Friends Don’t Let Friends Deploy Black-Box Models: The Importance of Intelligibility in Machine Learning for Bias Detection and Prevention

Lecture | November 8 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Rich Caruana, Microsoft Research

 Information, School of

In machine learning often a trade-off must be made between accuracy and intelligibility: the most accurate models usually are not very intelligible (e.g., deep nets and random forests), and the most intelligible models usually are less accurate (e.g., linear or logistic regression). This trade-off often limits the accuracy of models that can be safely deployed in mission-critical applications...   More >

Kashmiri Women in Resistance: Indian Occupation and Silenced Histories

Lecture | November 8 | 4:30-6:15 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Huma Dar; Idrisa Pandit

 Unlearning India

A conversation about the agency of Kashmiri women in resisting the violence of Indian occupation.

Combinatory Digital Poetics in Electronic Literature and Film

Lecture | November 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Scott Rettberg, Professor of Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Aleatory and combinatory poetic methods have been an ongoing concern of the avant-garde stretching back to the early 20th century, and have crystallised as one of the main threads of practice in electronic literature. Scott Rettberg will discuss how an interest in combinatory poetics reflected first in projects such as the poetry generators “Frequency,” “Tokyo Garage,” and “After Parthenope”...   More >

Cosmic Knowledge and the Long-term Strategy of the Human Race: The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy

Lecture | November 8 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Sandra Faber, Professor Emerita of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Astronomy