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Monday, April 23, 2018

Earth Week 2018

Special Event | April 23 – 27, 2018 every day |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join the UC Berkeley environmental and sustainability community for an array of activating, inspiring, fun, educational, and celebratory events and programs during Earth Week 2018! Find full details at: serc.berkeley.edu/earth-week-2018

Dissertation Talk: Physically-based Modeling and Rendering of Complex Visual Appearance

Presentation | April 23 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 510 Soda Hall

 No sponsors


Physically-based Modeling and Rendering of Complex Visual Appearance


Photorealistic Rendering in Computer Graphics is increasingly important. Whether in movies or video games, breathtaking graphics have become one of the most crucial factors to their success. However, state of the art rendering still struggles with two fundamental challenges -- realism and speed. It...   More >

Risk, Innovation, and Gender Reassignment Surgery Culture in Thailand

Lecture | April 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Aren Aizura, Assistant Professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Please join us for a HIFIS Transgender Studies faculty job talk:

This talk examines how the South East Asian gender reassignment surgery industry fits into a global imaginary of risk and innovation in transgender health.

The Practice and the Business of Structural Engineering – Success Factors: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Simin Naaseh, President & CEO, Forell/Elsesser

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

What does it take to have a successful structural engineering firm? What are the drivers for success? What are the metrics to measure? How can you make a difference in the firm’s success when you start your first job?

You will hear what Forell/Elsesser Engineers’ CEO considers key success factors, and how every person in a firm can make a difference.

Combinatorics Seminar: The Kontsevich-Zagier series and its generalizations

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Jeremy Lovejoy, Universite Denis Diderot - Paris 7

 Department of Mathematics

Despite the fact that it converges on no open subset of the complex plane, the Kontsevich-Zagier series has a number of interesting combinatorial, number-theoretic, and topological properties. I will discuss some of these properties, such as quantum modularity, Ramanujan-type congruences, q-identities, and a relation to the colored Jones polynomial of the trefoil knot, along with a program to...   More >

Mobilizing Synaptic Plasticity to Promote Recovery from Amblyopia

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Mark Bear, PhD, PiCower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Amblyopia is a prevalent form of visual disability that arises during infancy and early childhood when inputs to the visual cortex from the two eyes are poorly balanced (e.g., by misalignment of the eyes, asymmetric refraction, or opacities and obstructions of one eye). Characteristics of amblyopia are very poor acuity in one eye, and an attendant loss of stereopsis. The current standard of care...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | April 23 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Sebastian Siegloch, Universität Mannheim

 Department of Economics

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

50 Shades of Streaming with DASH

Presentation | April 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Ali C. Begen, Ozyegin University, Turkey


HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) has become the technology of choice for delivering video content over the Internet. We first show that when multiple HAS clients share a network bottleneck, bad things happen. To address the problems, we present a number of solution approaches. Second, we discuss the ways to achieve consistent-quality streaming. Third, we look into some of the recent developments in...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Spending a Windfall: American Precious Metals and Euro-Asian Trade 1531-1810

Seminar | April 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Nuno Palma, University of Manchester

 Department of Economics

Co-sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Electronic Resources for Chinese Studies in Social Sciences

Information Session | April 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | East Asian Library, Rm. 341

 Susan Xue


Learning where to locate books, articles, data and government documents in electronic format for Chinese Studies in the social sciences

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Some introductory aspects of Tomita-Takesaki theory

Seminar | April 23 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We explore the theory of Minoru Tomita (later polished and developed more by Masamichi Takesaki) on modular automorphisms of von Neumann algebras. This is a vast subject, and one cannot hope to cover it in one talk. As a result we will look at some basic notions and build a flavor for this subject in this presentation. The theory has led to some important classification results of Type III...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Several homogeneous fully nonlinear elliptic equations in geometry

Seminar | April 23 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Weiyong He, University of Oregon

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss several (related) homogeneous fully nonlinear elliptic equations which originated from Kahler geometry and conformal geometry. We mainly focus on a class of equations introduced by Gursky and Streets. We discuss the existence and regularity of this equation and its application to the sigma-2 problem in conformal geometry.

Mobile Lenses on Learning

Lecture | April 23 | 3-5 p.m. | B4 Dwinelle Hall

 Mark Pegrum, Associate Professor, GSE, University of Western Australia

 Berkeley Language Center

This seminar will outline the research currently underway on my new book project entitled “Mobile Lenses on Learning”. Using the metaphor of lenses, it draws together and builds on research carried out over the past decade and published as “From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education” (2009), “Digital Literacies” (2013, co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly),...   More >

Allain Gaussin

Lecture | April 23 | 3-5 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Allain Gaussin was born in 1943. Laureate of several first prizes at the Paris Conservatory, he won his composition prize in the class of Messiaen, and then went on to study computerised music at Ircam.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

BLISS Seminar: Stabilizing Gradients for Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | April 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Inderjit Dhillon, A9/Amazon/UT Austin

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vanishing and exploding gradients are two main obstacles in training deep neural networks, especially when trying to capture long range dependencies in recurrent neural networks (RNNs). In this talk, I will present an efficient parametrization of the transition matrix of an RNN that stabilizes the gradients that arise in its training. Specifically, we parameterize the transition matrix by its...   More >

Faculty Research Lecture: Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Lecture | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. |  Chevron Auditorium, International House

 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 William Dietrich, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

 Academic Senate

William Dietrich joined the Berkeley faculty in 1982, after studying at Occidental College and the University of Washington. His work focuses on understanding the processes that drive landscape evolution, including: rainfall runoff, soil production and transport, landsliding, river incision into bedrock, and floodplain formation. He is currently director of the Eel River Critical Zone...   More >

The Implications of China's New Agency for International Development Cooperation

Seminar | April 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 202 Barrows Hall

 Professor Qi Gubo, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

 Center for African Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The newly established China Agency for International Development Cooperation (CAIDC) represents a milestone in Chinese diplomacy and foreign aid, especially in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. Prof. Qi, one of the pioneers who initiated China's development studies on Sino-African cooperation, will discuss the implications of the new agency for...   More >

Whither the French Revolution?

Lecture | April 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, Carla Hesse, Susan Maslan, Department of History

 Department of History

A talk by Pierre Serna (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) with comments by Carla Hesse (History, Berkeley)
& Susan Maslan (French, Berkeley). Part I of a series of two talks. Part II: "French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution"
a conversation between Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins (History, Berkeley) & David Bates (Rhetoric, Berkeley).

Whither the French Revolution?

Lecture | April 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, Professor of Modern History, University of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne

 Carla Hesse, Dean of Social Sciences, Peder Sather Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Susan Maslan, Associate Professor of French, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Pierre Serna is Professor of History of the French Revolution at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. His books include Antonelle: Aristocrat and Revolutionary; Like Beasts: Political History of the Animal in Revolution (1750-1840); and The Animal in the Republic, 1789-1802: Genesis of the Right of the Animals, among others.

IB Finishing Talk: Population dynamics of green tide macroalgae in the central San Francisco Bay

Seminar | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rosemary Romero, UCB (Lindberg and Sousa Labs)

 Department of Integrative Biology

Cultural intervention in embodied discovery: Investigating the teaching/learning process through the microgenetic lens of dual eye-tracking technology

Colloquium | April 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Anna Shvarts, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University

 Graduate School of Education

The presentation will draw on contemporary investigations of joint attention and joint action to offer a  conceptual bridge between two prominent approaches in educational research: Vygtosky’s cultural-historical view of teaching/learning processes; and dynamic systems theory of development. My thesis is grounded in empirical findings from microgenetic analyses of student–tutor collaboration on...   More >

A Catholic International, or Transregional Catholicism? Print, Exiles and Hosts in and beyond the Cambrai Borderlands (1559–1659)

Lecture | April 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 250 Dwinelle Hall

 Violet Soen, University of Leuven

 Department of History, History of the Book Working Group, Dutch Studies

Quite early on, Reformation Studies have argued for a "Calvinist International" branching out through protestant exiles under persecution, yet over the last years Alexandra Walsham has pointed out similar processes emanating from Catholic English exiles settling on the continent. If we have come to acknowledge the importance of English exiles arriving in Douai and Saint Omer, buttressing a...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

Rising Tides, Rising Voices: A Panel on Climate Justice

Panel Discussion | April 23 | 6-8 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute; Jessica Tovar, Staff Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Rachel Morello Frosch, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley; Esther Goolsby, East Oakland Community Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Both environmental degradation and environmental benefits are unevenly distributed along racial and economic lines. This intersection of environmental and social justice is something that we must put at the forefront of our environmental movement. Join us in a panel discussing these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those...   More >

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UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks

Lecture | April 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Eric McDougall, Creative Strategist. Principle + Founder, Black Ink

 Arts + Design

Social interactions are our sustenance, yet increasingly we face a well-documented, widespread, and growing crisis of loneliness and anxiety in society and amongst people of all strata. Physical space and software, especially where they intersect, play a significant and disruptive role in shaping our experiences for better or worse. Gatherings at campus venues by provocateurs, neo-fascists,...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

“We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record!”: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – August 31, 2018 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery


This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

Deep Dive or The Limits of Immersion: An Exhibition of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Artworks

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 5 – 26, 2018 every day | Kroeber Hall, Room 116, Worth Ryder Gallery

 Art Practice, Department of

Deep Dive or The Limits of Immersion explores the possibilities and challenges of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) to shape, integrate, and confuse aspects of reality.

The eight artists included in the exhibition have created guided meditations that take the viewer through various computer generated landscapes. The liminal spaces in AR/VR present poetic imaginaries of ecology,...   More >

Possible Titles: The Spring 2018 Honor's Studio Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 11 – 26, 2018 every day | Kroeber Hall, Room 116, Worth Ryder Gallery

 Art Practice, Department of

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery is pleased to present Possible Titles – The Spring 2018 Honors Studio Exhibition.

Each semester a select few art majors who are creating outstanding work are chosen for the Honor’s Studio Program by the Department of Art Practice Faculty. They are awarded access to a shared studio space in Wurster Hall, and at the end of each semester they prepare a project for...   More >

Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 20 – September 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Bancroft Library

(Gallery is just inside east entrance to Doe) MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organization’s first century protecting California’s redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the League’s...   More >

Science Gets Graphic: Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels in the Sciences

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 23 – August 24, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | Evans Hall, Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans)


In the past decade, we have witnessed significant growth in the use of visual imagery and storytelling to engage students in the sciences. From manga guides and illustrated texts to biographies and zombies teaching calculus, this display features illustrated works and graphic novels from our collections that aim to teach college students and the general public about science...   More >

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.

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.