<< Monday, November 13, 2017 >>

Monday, November 13, 2017

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.

Implementing the CA History-Social Science Framework

Workshop | November 13 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

The UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP) will introduce participants to the new History-Social Science framework, which was adopted in July 2016. A central aspect of both efforts is to support teaches in developing inquiry-driven courses that integrate the H-SS Standards (content and historical analysis) and Common Core Standards for Literacy in History while integrating ELD...   More >

The 19th Party Congress and the Future of the Chinese Communist Party

Conference/Symposium | November 13 | 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  IEAS Fifth Floor Conference Room | Note change in time

 1995 University Avenue, room 510A, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), People's University (Beijing, China), Shandong University (Jinan, China), Institute of East Asian Studies

The Communist Party of China held its 19th Party Congress in October 2017. Aside from the sweeping personnel turnover, this Congress introduced ideological and organizational innovations that will guide the leadership and the nation for the next five years and beyond. China's direction is of global import, as China has in surprisingly short order become a global superpower, challenging the...   More >

International Education Week

Special Event | November 13 – 17, 2017 every day | 9 a.m. |  Stephens Hall

 Peter Burt

 Berkeley Study Abroad

International Education Week is November 13-17!

We will be celebrating with a variety of information sessions and events all week long:

Global Bear Festival, Hosted by BIO
Tuesday 11/14. 5:00-8:30 p.m., I-House

Global Internships Info Session
Wednesday 11/15 12:00-1:00, Barrows 126

L&S Breadth Requirements Abroad
Wednesday 11/15 1:30-2:30, 102 Wurster

Non-Traditional...   More >

Dissertation talk: A Highly Productive Implementation of an Out-of-Order Processor Generator

Presentation | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 Christopher Celio, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

General-purpose serial-thread performance gains have become more difficult for industry to realize due to the slowing down of process improvements. In this new regime of poor process scaling, continued performance improvement relies on a number of small-scale micro-architectural enhancements. However, software simulator-based models, which computer architecture research has largely relied upon,...   More >

Copyright and Fair Use for Digital Projects

Workshop | November 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Rachael Samberg, Library

 Library, D-Lab

This training will help you navigate the copyright, fair use, and usage rights of including third-party content in your digital project. Whether you seek to embed video from other sources for analysis, post material you scanned from a visit to the archives, add images, upload documents, or more, understanding the basics of copyright and discovering a workflow for answering copyright-related...   More >

 Open to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students.

  Register online

Agroecological Approaches for Addressing Climate Challenges in Agriculture: Processes, Predictions, and Evidence

Seminar | November 13 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Lounge

 Timothy Bowles, UC Berkeley

 Center for Diversified Farming Systems

As climate change progresses, extreme weather will further expose the vulnerabilities of highly-simplified, intensive agricultural systems. Agroecological approaches that diversify ag systems at multiple scales will be discussed in this seminar.

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Design as a sequential decision process with applications in structural engineering: Semm Seminar

Seminar | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gordon Warn, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The engineering design community is being tasked with generating designs that must satisfy ever more criteria. This seminar presents an emerging design concept that closely couples set-based design with model-based simulation treating the design process formally as a sequential decision process (SDP).

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michael Walker; Avner Shlain

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Michael Walker - "Informal Taxation and Cash Transfers: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"

Avner Shlain - "High Demand for Redistribution but Low Voluntary Giving: Evidence from Small and Large Groups"

  RSVP online by November 8.

Combinatorics Seminar: Frieze patterns

Seminar | November 13 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Khrystyna Serhiyenko, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A frieze is a lattice of shifted rows of positive integers satisfying a diamond rule: the determinant of every 2 by 2 matrix formed by the neighboring entries is 1. Friezes were first studied by Conway and Coxeter in 1970's, but they gained fresh interest in the last decade in relation to cluster algebras. In particular, there exists a bijection between friezes and cluster algebras of type A. We...   More >

Preschoolers rationally use evidence to select causally relevant variables

Colloquium | November 13 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Mariel Goddu, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Young children are powerful causal learners: they readily track statistical contingencies between causes and effects, and they can use this evidence to infer general rules for a system (e.g., red blocks, but not blue blocks, will cause this machine to play music). However, little is known about the ways in which children 1.) transfer the causal rules they form in one context to produce new...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Saad Gulzar, Professor, Stanford

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Salim v. Mitchell and Jessen: Legal Accountability for Torture in US Courts

Lecture | November 13 | 12:45-2 p.m. | The Law Building, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

 Paul Hoffman, Schonbrun Seplow Harris & Hoffman LLP

 Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

This lecture has been cancelled due to illness. We hope to reschedule for January 2018.

Differential Geometry Seminar: High frequency limits in general relativity

Seminar | November 13 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Luk, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

It is known in the physics literature that "high-frequency weak limits" of solutions to the Einstein vacuum equations are not necessarily vacuum solutions, but may have a non-trivial stress-energy-momentum tensor, which can be viewed physically as “effective matter fields” arising from back-reaction of high frequency gravitational waves. A conjecture that can be found in the physics...   More >

String-Math Seminar: BPS Graphs of Class S Theories

Seminar | November 13 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Pietro Longhi, UPPSALA U.

 Department of Mathematics

BPS quivers and Spectral Networks are two powerful tools for computing BPS spectra in 4d N=2 theories. On the Coulomb branches of these theories, the BPS spectrum is well-defined only away from walls of marginal stability, where wall-crossing phenomena take place. Surprisingly, while BPS spectra are ill-defined, there is a lot of information hidden in spectral networks at maximal intersections of...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Primal-dual first-order methods for convex optimization

Seminar | November 13 | 3-4 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540 Cory

 Lieven Vandenberghe, UCLA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The talk will be on primal-dual first order methods derived from the Douglas-Rachford operator splitting algorithm. We will start with some applications to image deblurring problems
that illustrate the versatility of the Douglas-Rachford method for primal-dual decomposition in large scale optimization. The second part of the talk will be concerned with the important primal-dual hybrid gradient...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Towards a $p$-adic Deligne–Lusztig theory

Seminar | November 13 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Charlotte Chan, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

The cuspidal representations of $GL_2(\mathbf F_q)$ can be realized in the cohomology of the Drinfeld curve. This is an example of Deligne–Lusztig theory, which gives a geometric construction of the representations of finite reductive groups. In 1979, Lusztig proposed a conjectural analogue of this story for p-adic groups. We verify this conjecture in the setting of division algebras and show...   More >

Design Field Notes: Andre Yousefi

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

PCH Lime Lab co-founder Andre Yousefi 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.

Loeve Prize ceremony

Special Event | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 David Aldous and Vladas Sidoravicius.

 Department of Statistics

Presentation of prize to Hugo Duminil-Copin, and short non-technical talk by Vladas Sidoravicius. Followed by reception 5.00 - 5.45 in Womens Faculty Club.

Designing and piloting a scalable health program for schools in India

Colloquium | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 David I. Levine, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

Handwashing with soap, treating drinking water, and safe sanitation could prevent over a million children from dying each year.  Standard health interventions provide supplies and information, but usually lead to only modest behavior change.

We have created and spent 3 years piloting a curriculum of vivid activities, engaging stories and simple routines to teach, change norms, and increase...   More >

Hamilton in the White House: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Donatella Galella, Professor, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, UC Riverside; Philip Gentry, Professor, University of Delaware; Philip Kan Gotanda, Professor, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, UCB

 Mary Ann Smart, Professor, Music Department, UCB

 College of Letters & Science

Alexander Hamilton himself never occupied the White House, but the premise of this panel is that Hamilton the musical has been symbolically in and of the White House since Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast members performed an early draft of the title song there in 2012. In its first flush of success the show sounded to some like a perfect musical accompaniment for a “post-racial” America, while others...   More >

 Free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Python FUN!damentals: Part 3

Workshop | November 13 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Rachel Jansen, D-Lab


This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library


  Register online

Integrating genomic data into predictions of climate change adaptation

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rachael Bay, University of California, Los Angeles

 Department of Integrative Biology

Seminar 271, Development: "Global mortality consequences of climate change accounting for adaptation costs and benefits"

Seminar | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Tamma Carleton, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Beyond the First: Healing and Harmful Speech

Panel Discussion | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | The Law Building, Booth Auditorium

 Robert Levenson, Professor, Psychology; Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Associate Professor, Psychology and Associate Dean for Diversity, Letters & Science; Geoffrey Nunberg, Adjunct Professor, School of Information; Victoria Plaut, Professor, Law and Social Science

 Eva Paterson, President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society and Berkeley Law Class of 1975

 Office of the Chancellor

The next faculty forum in the free speech series will explore the impacts of speech on the mind, body, and soul. Hosted by Chancellor Carol T. Christ.

 Please bring campus or other picture ID to verify your affiliation. Doors will open at 3:30. Seating is limited.

Towards Knowledge-Based Decision Support System using Propositional Analysis and Rhetorical Structure Theory

Lecture | November 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Cláudio Gottschalg-Duque, University of Brasilia

 Information, School of

The project's leading objective is to develop a natural language interface for knowledge-based decision support system (KBDSS) using rhetorical structure theory (RST) and propositional analysis. KBDSS is a system that provides specialized expertise (problem-solving) stored as facts, rules, procedures, or in similar structures that can be directly accessed by the user. The idea is to develop an...   More >

What is history?: the life and times of water hyacinth

Lecture | November 13 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room

 Anna L. Tsing, Professor of Anthropology, UCSC Department of Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

2017 Distinguished Lecture: Anna L. Tsing

Devin Griffiths: The Ecology of Form

Lecture | November 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Devin Griffiths, Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern California

 Department of English

Based on Professor Griffiths's new book project, this talk is sponsored by the 19th Century and Beyond British Cultural Studies working group and the Florence Bixby Chair.

"Antifa: The History and Theory of Anti-Fascism”

Lecture | November 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Mark Bray, Dartmouth College

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese

MARK BRAY is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, ROAR Magazine, and numerous edited volumes. He is...   More >

SLAM Seminar: Perspectives on Academia after Working in Industry

Seminar | November 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin- Madison

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Science, Leadership and Management (SLAM) seminar.

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

SLAM: Perspectives on Academia after Working in Industry

Seminar | November 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Jennifer Schomaker, University of Wisconsin- Madison

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Webinar: Turn Your Writing Into a Career

Information Session | November 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Online

 Laurie Doyle, Extension Honored Instructor; Thaïs Miller, Instructor; Rose Heredia, Writing certificate graduate

 UC Berkeley Extension

Join writing instructors Laurie Ann Doyle and Thais Miller, and recent graduate Rose Heredia as they discuss how they broke into the writing world and made their craft their profession. You'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about how you can make "writer" your calling card.

  RSVP online

Re-Assemblage (Theory, Practice, Form): Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | November 13 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Bill Brown, Deputy Provost for the Arts and Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, University of Chicago

 Arts + Design

Brown excavates relations between assemblage theory in the social sciences and assemblage practice, focusing on the ways that assembly (in the visual, plastic, and discursive arts) can complicate and clarify the theoretical conversation. He assembles the work of Robert Rauschenberg, William Burroughs, Noah Purifoy, Theaster Gates, Rina Banerjee, and Tan Lin into a conversation that is newly...   More >

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.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

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 >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >