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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Perspective From a Nordic Country: Finland on World Affairs

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, will discuss topical international issues as seen from Finland, a Nordic country, a staunch member of the European Union and a close partner but not a member of NATO. The state of the transatlantic relations is fundamentally important for a small nation like Finland that depends on a rules-based international system. What are the Finns...   More >

Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi

The Amethyst Mining Settlements of Wadi el-Hudi, Egypt

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Brooke Norton, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies

Most notable for the numerous ancient amethyst mines, associated settlements, and rock inscriptions dating to the Middle Kingdom and Greco-Roman period, Wadi el-Hudi contains dozens of archaeological sites dating from the Paleolithic to the Islamic Period in the Eastern Desert south of Aswan. Recent work by the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition mapping, 3D modeling, and surveying has provided us with...   More >

The Etruscans Outside the Box: Ancient and Modern Tomb Biographies

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

 Lisa Pieraccini, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation explores three different examples of Etruscan tomb biographies literally “outside the box” with new evidence of prestige items, new discoveries of Etruscan tomb groups, as well how the Etruscans were appropriated at the turn of the 20th century.

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Mary Ann Smart: Waiting for Verdi: Opera and Political Opinion in Nineteenth-Century Italy, 1815-1848

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

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Smart explores how nineteenth-century Italian opera sparked political change by making the newly engaged spectator in the opera house into an actor on the political stage.

Neguin Yavari: "Shifting Modes of Piety in the Early Modern Islamic World"

Lecture | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Neguin Yavari

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

If by any one thing, it is religious transformation that marks early modern history. Confessional and pietist movements, both European firsts, are prominent examples of such catalysts for change. In large parts of the Islamic world in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it was Sufi piety that carried the day. The historiographical record reveals strikingly new imaginaires and novel modes of...   More >

Human Resilience to Stress: How Emotion Regulation Helps or Hinders

Lecture | March 20 | 3:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Iris Mauss, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Stress – the experience of adverse life events and circumstances – is one of the most robust contributors to psychological and other health problems. Crucially, however, the deleterious effects of stress are not observed in all people exposed to stress. Many people exhibit resilience: They maintain health and well-being even under conditions of chronically elevated stress. What psychological...   More >

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA

 Berkeley Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

In her recent best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem. Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number...   More >

Sandeep Jauhar: Doctor, Writer, Physicist

Lecture | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Sandeep Jauhar, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

 College of Letters & Science

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar will talk about how his amazing path from experimental condensed-matter physics to med school to bestselling author started at Berkeley.

Jauhar is a cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After graduating from Berkeley with a Ph.D. in physics, Jauhar went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He has...   More >


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

 College of Environmental Design

WED, MAR 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Spring 2019 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professors of Practice &amp; founding principals of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects in SF, the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award winner. Open to all!