<< May 2017 >>

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Future of Western Democracies: Defending Freedom and Open Societies

Lecture | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  Moses Hall

 Ralf Fücks, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

 Institute of European Studies

In his most recent book “In Defense of Freedom – How We Can Win the Battle for Our Open Societies”, Ralf Fuecks analyses the reasons behind racism, nationalism, and the collapse of the political center. We are in the midst of a crisis of liberal democracy. The widespread fear of economic decline, unchecked globalization, and uncontrolled migration is resulting in increasingly nationalist rhetoric...   More >

Armenian in New York City: A Fascinating History

Lecture | May 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Harold Takooshian, Professor of Psychology & Urban Studies; Director of the Organizational Leadership Program, Fordham University

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

The Armenian diaspora has a fascinating history in the USA. In New York City, this includes some notable facts across the past two centuries--a rich history of triumph, scandal, tragedy, achievement despite adversity, with such colorful notables as Kristapor der Seropian, M. Vartan Malcom, Raymond Damadian, Nicholas Kristoff, Haik Kavookjian.

Harold Takooshian, PhD, is on the faculty of...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Optomechanical Dynamics in Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers

Lecture | May 1 | 2-3 p.m. | Cory Hall, 540AB (DOP Center)

 S. Adair Gerke, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Future of Media in the Trump Era: Dave Pell, moderated by Deirdre English

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Dave Pell is the founder and editor of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. Deirdre English is former editor-in-chief of Mother Jones magazine.

Arts + Design Mondays: The Future of Media in the Trump Era, with Dave Pell and Guests

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dave Pell is a writer, angel investor, and founder of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis. He has degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard University and has written for numerous media sites, including Gizmodo, NPR, Medium, and Forbes.

This event is part of The Future of Cultural Criticism, a series featuring some of the most innovative and incisive commentators on culture,...   More >

 Admission to this event is free

The Great American Eclipse: Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures

Lecture | May 1 | 7:30-9 p.m. | California Academy of Sciences, Planetarium

 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

 Dr. Laura Peticolas, Space Science Laboratory, UC Berkeley


For the first time since 1918, there will be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic on August 21, 2017. Dr. Peticolas will provide an overview of the eclipse, describe research that will result during this eclipse, and invite members of the audience to participate in gathering images for the Eclipse Megamovie.

$12 Members, $15 General, $12 Seniors

 Reservations: Members: $12, General $15, Seniors $12. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a member or non-member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Tickets go on sale April 25. Buy tickets online or by calling California Academy of Sciences at 877-227-1831

The Great American Eclipse

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

An Orderly Mess: A Lecture by Dr. Helga Nowotny, Founding Member, European Research Council

Lecture | May 2 | 2-4 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Helga Nowotny, President, European Research Council

 Social Science Matrix

Social Science Matrix is proud to welcome Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich, and a founding member of the European Research Council. Her lecture will focus on "messiness," which she explains is "a familiar condition that forms the background of our daily life and of society."

  RSVP online by May 2.

Dr. Helga Nowotny

Seabury Lecture: Karina Walters, UW: Iyyi Kowa ("Broken Foot") Transcending Historical Trauma through Collective Action - The Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health Study

Lecture | May 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of, Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor

Dr. Karina Walters, University of Washington School of Social Work
(Choctaw nation of Oklahoma)
Associate Dean for Research and Katherine Chambers Hall University Professor, Co-Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

This presentation will describe a culturally centered approach to transcending historical trauma. Specifically, we will provide an overview of the design and...   More >

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history

Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Agnieszka Ilwicka, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history

Polish-born Yiddishist and oral historian Agnieszka Ilwicka will talk about her research project "Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968." After World War II, Lower Silesia was the largest Jewish settlement in Europe. Ilwicka will share her journey through Yiddish, Polish, Hebrew, and...   More >

Policy Entrepreneurship

Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in date

 Tom Kalil, UC Berkeley and the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Tom Kalil is an expert on technology and innovation policy, and served both the Clinton and Obama admistrations, most recently Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Scienc


 Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online

Ayotzinapa: La verdadera noche de Iguala

Lecture | May 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Anabel Hernández

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Dr.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Global Exchange, and Escuelita Comunitaria invite the community to:

Anabel Hernández’s presentation of her new book on Ayotzinapa, La verdadera noche de Iguala

Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

5125 Dwinelle Hall, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Artist’s Talk: Sam Contis

Lecture | May 3 | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

MATRIX artist Contis talks about her photographs and shifting notions of place, identity, and gender in the American West.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Event is included with admission

Interpreting Communal Violence in Myanmar

Lecture | May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date

 Dr. Nick Cheesman, Research Fellow, Political & Social Change, Australian National University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

From 2012 to 2014, Myanmar experienced recurrent acts of lethal violence, realised through repeated public expressions that Muslims constitute an existential threat to Buddhists. This talk will make a case for classing and analyzing the violence as “communal”. This lecture has been re-scheduled from its original March date.

Nick Cheesman

Heller Lecture: Mind the Gap: Vergil and the Poetics of Narrative

Lecture | May 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Nestrick Room - 142

 Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, University of Chicago

 Department of Classics

Microbiomes in Health and Disease: A Science Cafe Event

Lecture | May 3 | 7 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave., Albany, CA 94706

 Dr. Michael Shapira, Assistant Professor in Residence, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley


What do we know about our internal microbial communities – their roles in healthy living and disease? Michael Shapira will explore some intriguing ideas about the contribution of our internal flora and fauna to evolution.

Intestinal Flora (Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

35th Annual Geo-Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series

Lecture | May 4 | 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jonathan Stewart, PhD, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles; Robert Kayen, PhD, Research Civil Engineer, US Geological Survey and Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley and UCLA; Robb Moss, PhD, Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo; Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan; Onder Cetin, PhD, Professor, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey; C.Y. Ou, PhD, Chair and Professor, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology; Raymond Seed, PhD, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Join us for the 35th Distinguished Lecture Series THURSDAY MAY 4th, 2017 jointly sponsored by the San Francisco Geo-Institute (SFGI) and UC Berkeley. We are dedicating this year's program to honor the career of our esteemed colleague, Ray Seed, who is retiring from Berkeley at the end of the current semester.

The Euro Crisis: A Look Back and a Look Forward

Lecture | May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Clausen Center

This lecture will provide a retrospective on the euro crisis -- which aspects were a surprise and which were predictable -- and sketch a viable way forward for the Eurozone.

Professor Eichengreen has published widely on the history and current operation of the international monetary and financial system. He was a senior policy advisor to the International Monetary Fund in 1997 and 1998,...   More >

A Journey Around Color

Lecture | May 4 | 4-5 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

It is not just a question of color as decoration, the idea of color is far more rich and complex than that. Color can be a useful tool to reach different goals in our everyday lives, homes, offices, and institutions.

Pia Lopez-Izquierdo, Architect and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy, will lead us through this talk on how colors belonging to our environment can make spaces...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

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The Next 82 Years: Faculty and Students Confronting Existential Challenges

Lecture | May 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Malcolm Potts, School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

Since 1950, the global population and the global economy together have grown at 3.9 percent per year—doubling every 17 years. Such exponential growth cannot continue on a finite planet. Will it end in pain or in achievable policies? Many scientists agree that human activity has passed—or will pass shortly—the biological capacity of the planet to sustain life as we know it.

Join Professor...   More >

 Registered guests will be seated first. Registration opens April 6. Register online by May 3.

Portrait of the Physician As A Writer

Lecture | May 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 - French Department Library

 Martin Winckler, Physician-Writer, The French Consulate, San Francisco

 Department of French

The French Department and the Cultural Services of the French Consulate, San Francisco, welcome Martin Winckler, Physician-Writer

Friday, May 5, 2017

Increasing Freeway Capacity by Efficiently Timing its Nearby Arterial Traffic Signals

Lecture | May 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 David Kan, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: The objective of freeway on-ramp metering is to regulate the entry of vehicles to prevent capacity drop on the freeway mainline. However, the nearby arterial traffic signals facilitating freeway access fail to recognize that the metered on-ramps can be oversaturated due to the flow restriction and limited storage. Instead, the arterial traffic signals provide long cycles in order to...   More >

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Fight Against Emerging Infectious Diseases

Lecture | May 6 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 206 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Yvette Girard, M.P.H., Ph.D.

 UC Berkeley Extension

New, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as pandemic viruses and resistant bacteria, pose a serious public health challenge. A concerted effort of experts from multiple disciplines—microbiologists, immunologists, clinical diagnosticians and epidemiologists—can address this problem by researching the mechanism of disease process (pathogenesis), discovering therapeutics and devising...   More >

 free. Register online

Artist’s Talk and Conversation: Sam Contis

Lecture | May 6 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join the artist for an exhibition walkthrough focusing on her use of photography and archival research to explore the relationship of bodies and landscape. Deep Springs College alumnus Abdramane Diabate joins Contis in conversation.

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Event is included with admission

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Between Worlds - A Conversation with Mira Nair: The 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | May 7 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | International House, The Chevron Auditorium

 Mira Nair, Film Director

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, International House, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of International Studies, South/Southeast Asia Library | UC Berkeley Library, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Ethnic Studies Library, Center for African Studies

ISAS is proud to announce the 5th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture - a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. This lecture series has been established in memory of Sarah Kailath (February 5 1941 - October 15, 2008), a long-time supporter of CSAS’s mission and activities and in whose name the center holds...   More >

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kanak Mani Dixit | South Asian Regionalism under the Modi Government

Lecture | May 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Kanak Mani Dixit, Author, Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, Founding Editor: Himal Southasian, Publisher: Himal Khabarpatrika

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

A talk by Kanak Mani Dixit, Author, Journalist and Founding Editor of Himal Southasian magazine, based in Kathmandu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Selective Attention in the Service of Reinforcement Learning: 2017 Ghiselli Lecture

Lecture | May 10 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Professor Yael Niv, Princeton University

 Department of Psychology

On the face of it, most real-world world tasks are hopelessly complex from the point of view of reinforcement learning mechanisms. In particular, due to the "curse of dimensionality", even the simple task of crossing the street should, in principle, take thousands of trials to learn to master. But we are better than that.. How does our brain do it? In this talk I will argue that the limited...   More >

Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

Lecture | May 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Max Bergholz, James M. Stanford Professorship in Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Associate Professor of History, Concordia University

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

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This frenzy—in which victims were butchered with farm tools, drowned in rivers, and thrown into deep vertical caves—was the culmination...   More >

Between the Scholar and the Public Intellectual: The University in the Contemporary African Context

Lecture | May 10 | 5-7 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall

 Mahmood Mamdani, Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makere University, Uganda; Visiting Scholar, The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

 The Program in Critical Theory

Mahmood Mamdani is Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) at Makere University in Uganda. He received his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government in the Department of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he was also director of the Institute of...   More >

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Holy Trinity: Blending Statistics, Machine Learning, and Discrete Choice with Applications to Strategic Bicycle Planning

Lecture | May 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Timothy Brathwaite, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Across all levels of government in the United States (U.S.), transportation and planning agencies have prioritized encouraging bicycle use. However, despite such admirable goals, actually increasing bicycle usage has been a struggle. For instance, the City of San Francisco set a goal in 2010 to increase its 3.5% bicycle mode share to 20% by 2020 (SFMTA, 2012). Unfortunately, given the...   More >

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Native American Collections at The Bancroft Library

Lecture | May 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Lee Anne Titangos, Information and Instruction Specialist, The Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

Lee Anne Titangos will share highlights of The Bancroft Library’s Native American collections, spanning from original research material gathered by Hubert Howe Bancroft himself to contemporary photographic documentation of cultural heritage revitalization of local indigenous groups. She also will discuss how these amazing collections are being used by the campus community and beyond.

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Cold War Confessions: How Mexican American Labor Activists and Their Allies Fought to End the Bracero Program

Lecture | May 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room | Canceled

 Maggie Elmore, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in history, UC Berkeley

 Bancroft Library

In 1958, a small gathering of Catholic priests and Mexican American labor leaders prepared a last-ditch effort to end what some called "a substitute for slavery," during federal congressional hearings on the Mexican farm labor program. The program continued, but the group's joint efforts forged a Cold War labor-liberal coalition and revealed a vibrant economic civil rights activism.

Toward Sustainable Financing of Higher Education

Lecture | May 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium at Sutardja Dai Hall

 Rick Levin, Chief Executive Officer, Coursera & President Emeritus,Yale University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

In the face of rising costs of attendance and an escalating burden of student debt, universities are under pressure to increase productivity and control costs...   More >

Climate Change: Time Running Out

Lecture | May 18 | 7-9 p.m. | 608 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Gary White, climate activist who was trained by former Vice President Al Gore, Climate Reality Project organization

 UC Berkeley Extension

Climate change has been characterized by many as the ultimate challenge of humanity. First discovered over a century ago, global climate change was first popularized in 1989 by James Hansen, a climatologist formerly at NASA. In the over 25 years since, the physical consequences of climate change have gotten progressively worse. At the same time, a diminishing yet powerful number of Americans...   More >

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Science at Cal Lecture - Why we sleep

Lecture | May 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Matthew Walker, Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory


Allow me to ask you a question: Can you recall the last time you woke up without an alarm clock feeling refreshed, not needing caffeine? If the answer is “no,” you are not alone. Two-thirds of adults fail to obtain the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep. I doubt you are surprised by the answer to this question, but you may be surprised by the consequences. Routinely sleeping less than 6 or 7...   More >

Why we sleep

Thursday, May 25, 2017

FULL: Secret Gardens of Kyoto

Lecture | May 25 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Did you know that the gardens of Kyoto are mostly native, that the Japanese garden craftsmen strive to follow patterns found in local nature, and that things you see (plants and teatime) are as important as what you don’t see (shadows and empty space)? Enter landscapes in private homes, monasteries, and an emperor’s estate with Leslie Buck as she takes you on a visual tour of gardens mentioned in...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

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Friday, May 26, 2017

What really happened to the Lost Army of Cambyses?: An answer from the recent excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis 

Lecture | May 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library

 Olaf Kaper, University of Leiden

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for the Tebtunis Papyri (Bancroft Library), Near Eastern Studies

Herodotus relates a story of how a Persian army of 50.000 soldiers was sent into the Egyptian desert and disappeared in a sandstorm. This tale has always captured the imagination and many expeditions have searched for the remains of this army. Recent excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis, have unexpectedly shed light on this mythical event. An Egyptian insurgency, led by a certain Petubastis, may...   More >