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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Climate Justice Week: Learn what climate justice means and how you can take part!

Special Event | October 28 – November 1, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, bNorth SERC Space

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Climate Justice Week aims to create an intentional space to engage the wider UC Berkeley community on the intersections of climate change and social justice. Find more information at serc.berkeley.edu/cjw

Fundamentals of Banking Law

Course | October 30 – November 1, 2019 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Charles Schwab

 211 Main St., San Francisco, CA 94105

 Berkeley Law Executive Education

Fundamentals of Banking Law addresses the key policies, concepts and regulations surrounding the financial markets, Dodd-Frank, and the rise of FinTech. Designed as a workshop and lecture-based program, rather than a seminar or conference, Fundamentals of Banking Law is taught by experienced practitioners, from leading institutions including Berkeley Law, Boston University, Charles Schwab, the...   More >

BPM 108 Recruiting and Hiring Staff

Workshop | October 31 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content covers how to effectively recruit and hire staff based on federal and state regulations and UC policies to conduct consistent, legal, and fair hiring processes through all stages of the full-cycle recruitment process.

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Collision Free Navigation with Interacting, Non-Communicating Obstacles

Seminar | October 31 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall | Note change in date

 Dr. Mrdjan Jankovic, Senior Technical Leader, Ford Research

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The talk addresses navigation in an environment occupied by other interacting agents (e.g. vehicles, robots, pedestrians) with no direct communication to one another. In contrast to the path planning problem, the difficulty here is that agents cooperate and compete, creating feedback loops each only partially controls. The talk starts with a very high level overview of two control...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Algebraic flux correction for finite element discretizations of hyperbolic conservation laws

Seminar | October 31 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Dmitri Kuzmin, TU Dortmund University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we review some recent advances in the analysis and design of algebraic flux correction (AFC) schemes for hyperbolic problems. In contrast to most variational stabilization techniques, AFC approaches modify the standard Galerkin discretization in a way which provably guarantees the validity of discrete maximum principles for scalar conservation laws and invariant domain preservation...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: “The Gender Gap in Housing Returns”

Seminar | October 31 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Paul Goldsmith Pinkham, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: SW invariants for manifolds with contact boundary and an application to taut foliations

Seminar | October 31 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chi Cheuk Tsang, UC BERKELEY

 Department of Mathematics

Following a paper by Kronheimer and Mrowka, we will define Seiberg-Witten invariants for 4-manifolds with contact boundary, then we will use them to prove that there are only finitely many homotopy classes of plane fields which can be realized as taut foliations on a 3-manifold. If time permits, we will also explore some connections of this with Monopole Floer theory.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Heather Sarsons, Chicago Booth

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Mindful Awareness: Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | August 29 – November 21, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students.

Costume Building Open House

Workshop | October 28 – 31, 2019 every day | 12-4 p.m. | 141 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

The CITRIS Invention Lab is hosting a week of costume building to get you ready for Halloween. The event is open to all; waivers just need to be signed by non-Maker Pass holders.

We’ll be kicking the open house off with a noontime “Cosplay Strategies” session (informal, no lunch provided) on Monday, October 28th, hosted by last year’s contest winner (Dan Chapman) and focusing on cheap and fast...   More >

IB Seminar: Evolution of endocrine traits in an urbanizing world

Seminar | October 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Jenny Ouyang, University of Nevada, Reno

 Department of Integrative Biology

Econ 235, Financial Economics Student Seminar

Seminar | October 31 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Farzad Pourbabaee; Simon Xu; Maris Jensen

 Department of Economics

Women's Soccer vs. Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | October 31 | 1 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Soccer hosts Arizona in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

A Place to Be Human: Black Placemaking In and Against Education Opportunity: 2019 - 2020 Critical University Studies Speaker Series

Lecture | October 31 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Dr. Jalil Bishop, Vice-Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education

 Center for Race and Gender

CRG Working Group "Critical University Studies" invites you to the first installment of the 2019-2020 Critical University Studies Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Jalil Bishop. Dr. Bishop will present on his latest research project which highlights how schools and colleges create precarity in Black communities. His findings show how underdevelopment in Black neighborhoods and unequal opportunity in...   More >

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Interpreting Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | October 31 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Aude Oliva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Brian Eyler

Seminar | October 31 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Brian Eyler

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Brian Eyler, Senior Fellow and Director of the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia program, will present: "Last Days of the Mighty Mekong." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and strategies for connecting with faculty members who can guide you.

Turkish Twilight: How Erdoğan Reversed his Country from Reform to War

Lecture | October 31 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Sultan Room, CMES

 Yavuz Baydar, Senior journalist, Editor-in-chief of the Independent Ahval News Online

 Near Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

In a span of nearly two decades, Turkey under the rule of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has seen it all. How Turkey’s hopes for democratic reform and membership in the European Union were cast away from dawn to twilight is a remarkable episode with consequences far beyond its borders and still open-ended, including potential for deepening tragedy. How Erdoğan's media capture evolved into...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Recent advances on `hearing the shape of a drum'

Colloquium | October 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Steve Zelditch, Northwestern University

 Department of Mathematics

In 1966, M. Kac posed the problem, `Can one hear the shape of a drum', i.e. can one determine a bounded plane domain from its Dirichlet (or, Neumann) eigenvalues? He proved that indeed one can determine a disk from its spectrum. Disks remained the only domains known to be determined by their eigenvalues until recently. My talk concerns a recent result due to Hamid Hezari and myself, showing that...   More >

LEP Halloween Celebration

Social Event | October 31 | 5-6:30 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Mezzanine

 SLC Language Exchange Program

Join us this Thursday, 10/31, from 5-6:30PM for the LEP Halloween Celebration!

Come share terrifying tales, snap some Photo Boo-th pics, and create your own otherworldly works of art with fellow language enthusiasts. Don’t forget to come dressed up in your most spooky, elaborate, or ridiculous attire: the best costumes will be awarded a wicked surprise!

Ghoulish goodies and tasty treats...   More >

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Oyin-i geyigülügči [The Illumination of the Mind]: Science of Salvation in a Sa skya Soteriological Treatise in Pre-Classical Mongolian Verse

Colloquium | October 31 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Mongolia Initiative

With a promise of salvation from this mortal coil and the threat of infernal perdition for heretics, religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam expound a doctrine of faith in the possibility of achieving a catholic state of enduring peace and justice irrespective of any one individual. With this faith these religions gained supremacy over their respective worlds by winning unto their...   More >

On the October 13th Polish Parliamentary Elections and Their Human Rights Implications

Lecture | October 31 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Board Room

 Wanda Nowicka, Polish politician and activist

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), San Francisco-Kraków Sister Cities Association, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture

Wanda Hanna Nowicka is a Polish politician and activist who served as the Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland from 8 November 2011 to 11 November 2015. In the very recent, October 13, 2019 parliamentary elections, she was voted to be an MP representing in leftist party Lewica.

Born in Lublin, she attended the University of Warsaw, graduating with a degree in classical...   More >

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Uğur Ümit Üngör | The Kurds in the Century of Genocide: From the First World War to ISIS

Lecture | October 31 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Uğur Ümit Üngör, Associate Professor, Department of History, Utrecht University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

First Annual CMES Kurdish Studies Lecture

The Kurds’ experience with modern mass violence, from civil wars to genocides, is long and complex. Whereas Kurds lived for centuries in pre-national conditions in the Ottoman and Persian empires, the advent of nationalism and the nation-state system in the Middle East radically changed the situation. This lecture examines the Kurds’ encounter with...   More >

At ‘Home’ Away from ‘Home’? The ex-Ottoman Armenians and Spatial Belonging in Soviet Armenia

Lecture | October 31 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Aysenur Korkmaz, Katz Research Fellow in Genocide Studies at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California

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

This talk explores spatial attachments among the ex-Ottoman Armenians who survived the Armenian genocide and settled in their ‘new homeland’, Soviet Armenia. It addresses the question of how the refugees dealt with loss and displacement and reflected on their former hometowns, referred to as ‘Ergir,’ a spatial construct denoting a symbolic ‘Armenian homeland’ or a ‘local homeland’ in...   More >

Cultural Legacy of the Pre-Ashkenazic Jews in Eastern Europe: 2019 Taubman Lectures: Moshe Taube

Lecture | October 31 | 7-9 p.m. |  Easton Hall

 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Moshe Taube, Hebrew University

 Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Department of History, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies at UC Davis, Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University, Hamaqom

Lecture 1: Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 pm
Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe: The Beginnings

Lecture 2: Thursday, October 31st, 7:00 pm
Translations from Hebrew in Russia in the 13th-15th Centuries CE: By Converts?

Lecture 3: Tuesday, November 5th, 5:30 pm
Translations from Hebrew in Russia in the Second Half of the 15th Century and the Heresy of the Judaizers

  RSVP by emailing TaubmanLectures@gmail.com

Séance on a Wet Afternoon

Film - Feature | October 31 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Even with a new generation of directors, there would always be the English psychological thriller lorded (or ladied) over by dotty women with strange powers. In Séance on a Wet Afternoon, the marvelous, too-little-known Kim Stanley is Myra, a medium with a message: to bring attention to her “gift,” she and her beleaguered mate Billy (Richard Attenborough, who also produced the film) kidnap a...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | August 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism, Graduate School of

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please contact the Townsend Center to confirm availability.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?

Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >