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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ethnobotanical Insights into Biblical Life and Language

Lecture | February 19 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Metaphors drawn from nature and daily life helped the ancient Israelites to connect with the Bible, but modern readers often find them remote and difficult to understand. Why, for example, was Noah told to build an ark of “gopher wood”? There is no tree by that name. How did wormwood (Artemisia spp.) come to symbolize social corruption? What characteristics made olive trees the model of care for...   More >

$12, $10 UCBG members (Price includes Garden Admission)

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Investigation and Prosecution of Environmental Crime as a Crime Against Humanity with Flaviano Bianchini

Lecture | February 19 | 2:45-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall

 Flaviano Bianchini, Source International

 Human Rights Center

Flaviano Bianchini is the founder and director of
Source International, which works with communities
facing environmental pollution and health problems
principally caused by extractive industries. They
provide high-level technological and scientific
support free of charge to partner communities,
helping them to assess damage to resources and
promote restorative actions.
Bianchini’s...   More >

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The Struggle for Cuba: Race and Empire in the 18th-century Atlantic World

Lecture | February 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Elena Schneider

 Center for Latin American Studies

In this talk, Elena Schneider will discuss her recent book The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World, as well as the broader theme of the relationship between Anglo-American imperialism and racial struggle in Cuba.

Elena Schneider is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley.

(Image courtesy of UNC Press.)

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 1: Symmetries of polynomial equations

Lecture | February 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 James McKernan, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

The symmetries of systems of polynomial equations can be be understood in terms of the geometry of the variety of zeroes (or solution set) of the polynomials. Roughly speaking, there are 3 kinds of geometries corresponding to positive, zero and negative curvature giving rise to 3 different kinds of symmetry groups. In this lecture, I will discuss recent advances in algebraic geometry that lead to...   More >

Faiz Ahmed | Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

 Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Persian Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for British Studies

A talk by Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, Dr. Faiz Ahmed on his new book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires.

“my petites madeleines are water canisters” : The Genres, Images, and Intertexts of Bosnia’s Remembered War

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Antje Postema, Lecturer, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, UC Berkeley

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

In Bosnia and Hercegovina, wartime artistic patterns of genre, image, and intertextual reference have set the terms for postwar memory-making. These versatile, enduring patterns also illuminate the reciprocal influence of memory and art in Bosnia from the 1990s to the present.

While wartime authors like Semezdin Mehmedinovic and Ozren Kebo infused the practical, didactic genres of the map and...   More >

Food Politics 2019: An Agenda for the Food Movement with Marion Nestle

Lecture | February 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in location

 Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

Please join us for a special lecture series with celebrated author and scholar Marion Nestle. "Food Politics 2019: An Agenda for the Food Movement." Recent government policy changes are eroding programs aimed at feeding the hungry, curbing obesity, and protecting the environment. What can consumers and citizens do?

 We are at capacity for the event on 2/12. RSVP online

Photo: Bill Hayes