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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Making Space for the Invisible

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Michael Chazan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will consider the role of the invisible in human engagement with artifacts. This discussion draws heavily on comparative psychology research on the capacity of chimpanzees for abstract though in both the social (sense of self) and physical realms, as well as on Tim Ingold’s critique of hylomorphy. The first context in which hominins drew on invisibles was in the use of fracture for...   More >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Diego Pirillo: The Refugee-Diplomat: Venice, England, and the Reformation

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Pirillo offers a new history of early modern diplomacy, centered on Italian religious refugees who left Italy in order to forge ties with English and northern European Protestants in the hope of inspiring an Italian Reformation.

Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Michael Omi, Berkeley Law

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups negotiate different racial categories and identities.

The Mechanisms of Direct and Indirect Rule: Colonialism and Economic Development in Africa

Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Natalie Letsa, University of Oklahoma

 Center for African Studies

A number of studies have found that British colonialism—specifically its policy of indirect rule—improved economic development relative to the French policy of direct rule. There is less consensus, however, as to why indirect rule would produce better economic outcomes. We argue that indirect rule produced better economic outcomes because it was more likely to decentralize decision-making, which...   More >

Neoliberal Assemblages of Economy, Body and Society: Politics of Microfinance and Disability Pensions in India

Lecture | February 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Dr. Vandana Chadhry

 Social Welfare, School of, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for South Asia Studies

Abstract: My research investigates the effects of neoliberal governance on disability and development policies in the context of postcolonial India. Through the ethnographic study of disability-oriented microfinance self-help group projects of the World Bank and digitally regulated state disability pension programs in rural districts of the South Indian state of Telangana, I analyze the changing...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2: On the birational classification of algebraic varieties

Lecture | February 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Christopher Hacon, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic varieties are geometric objects defined by polynomial equations. The minimal model program (MMP) is an ambitious program that aims to classify algebraic varieties. According to the MMP, there are 3 building blocks: Fano varieties, Calabi-Yau varieties and varieties of general type which are higher dimensional analogs of Riemann Surfaces of genus 0,1 or at least 2 respectively. In this...   More >

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child

Lecture | February 20 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Morgan G. Ames

 Information, School of

The One Laptop per Child project failed. So why do the same utopian visions that inspired it still motivate other projects to âdisruptâ education and development?

Artist and Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik

Lecture | February 20 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Silvia Gruner

 Arts Research Center

Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

Co-sponsors: Arts Research Center and UCHRI.


Lecture | February 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, FEB 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with Joe Halligan of Assemble, a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Presented by Room 1000. Open to all!