<< May 2018 >>

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Strategic Complex: Russia’s Strategic Adjustment under Unipolarity

Lecture | May 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Boris Barkanov, Teaching Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

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

Russia’s grand strategy has changed significantly in the post-Soviet period, but IR theory cannot fully account for this variation. This research synthesizes insights from the realist and constructivist traditions to explain how domestic discourses of state identity, role, and power mediate anarchical systemic pressures to shape strategic adjustment. These discourses comprise what I call “the...   More >

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

HSSA Speaker Series Biopolitics and Biopower in Putin's Russia

Lecture | May 2 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

 Professor Andrey Makarychev, Visiting Professor at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Science, University of Tartu (Estonia)

 Humanities and Social Sciences Association

This online lecture aims at introducing the concept of biopolitics, along with the multifaceted policies and practices this concept entails, into the field of Russian studies. Biopolitics not only brings up the issues of corporeality and sexuality at the top of political agenda; it also contains strong religious components, selective migration policy, and constructs new identities and loyalties...   More >

Irvin Ungar on Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art: Introduction by Shana Penn (Taube Philanthropies)

Lecture | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

"Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art" (Giles, 2017) was named the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, in the category of Visual Arts. This new publication celebrates the diverse aspects of Szyk's career and examines his highly detailed artwork.

After the Looting

Lecture | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Near Eastern Studies

 Archaeological Research Facility

In 2011 and 2012 the archaeological site of El-Hibeh in Middle Egypt was badly looted in the aftermath of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Every part of the ancient tell, once a first millennium BCE provincial city, was violated--from above, from below, and from the side. In our 2017 field season we began the process of assessing the damage and figuring out how to proceed in future.

Modernizing America's Electricity Infrastructure

Lecture | May 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Mason Willrich will outline a national strategy for modernizing and decarbonizing America's electric infrastructure.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anne Monius | Rāma and Sītā in a Śaiva Literary Key?: Rethinking the Literary and Religious Orientation of Kampaṉ’s Irāmāvatāram

Lecture | May 3 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School

 Robert Goldman, William and Catherine Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit at the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | May 3 | 7:30-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Department of Astronomy

Come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE public astronomy lecture and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

When: Thursday, May 3rd
Talk: 7:30pm-8:30pm “Einstein Triumphs: The Magnificent Detection of Gravitational Waves” (Alex Filippenko)
Stargazing: 8:30pm-10:00pm (weather dependent)

Doors to Campbell Hall...   More >

Friday, May 4, 2018

Designing with Palms with Jason Dewees

Lecture | May 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The palm tree is so iconic that we can lose sight of the varied uses of palms for making lovely gardens and landscapes. Jason Dewees, author of Designing with Palms and longtime friend of the UC Botanical Garden, will give a presentation with photos by Caitlin Atkison on the power of palms in garden design.

$20 / $15 UCBG Member

  Register online

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Career Clinic: Finding A New Career Direction: Steps to Finding Work You Love

Lecture | May 5 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 209

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Do you feel like you are in a rut in your career and long to do something that feels more fulfilling, even if you have no idea what that might be? Do you know you're in the wrong job but feel stuck by fear or self-doubt when you think about trying to make a change?

This workshop is tailored to help you find direction and outline steps to find (and achieve!) work you love.

In advance of the...   More >

$40 $40 plus Strengthfinder Assessment

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Fixing Urban Congestion with Dollars and Data

Lecture | May 7 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Balaji Prabhakar, Stanford University

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In many of the challenges faced by the modern world, from overcrowded road networks to overstretched healthcare systems, large benefits for society come about from small changes by very many individuals. We describe a framework for designing "nudge engines,” focusing on influencing commuter behavior to reduce urban congestion. The framework consists of monetarily incentivizing commuters to make...   More >

Friday, May 11, 2018

Dissertation Talk: Electronic Interfaces for Bacteria-Based Biosensing

Lecture | May 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 490 (Swarm Conference Room)

 Tom Zajdel, EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our work to co-opt the natural detection capabilities of bacteria for hybrid biosensing platforms. We will cover sundry techniques that we have developed to help realize rapid, in situ sensing for microbiorobotics platforms.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Understanding Redwood Giants: Using Science to Protect the Tallest Forests

Lecture | May 17 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join Emily Burns, Director of Science for the Save the Redwoods League, for a morning in our Redwood Grove. Home to endangered species and notable for their remarkable carbon storage capacity, coast redwood forests stand today in a rapidly changing world.

Free with Garden Admission ($12 adult/$10 seniors), Free for UCBG Members/UC Students, Staff, Faculty

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Bancroft Library Roundtable: The Business of Silver and Gold: Comstock Mines, California Finance, and the Production of Money in the Gilded Age West, 1860-1879

Lecture | May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Rick Elliott, doctoral candidate, History, and Arthur J. Quinn Memorial Fellowship recipient, The Bancroft Library, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Bancroft Library

The discovery and mining of precious metals were central to the development of the American West, from the initial gold rush in 1848 through the end of the nineteenth century. But how was the region's silver and gold actually transformed into money and how did their production affect the American economy? Drawing from The Bancroft Library's collections, Elliott explores these questions.

Tlingit Story-Telling

Lecture | May 17 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mr. Bob Sam, Member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska

 Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Making Faces, Forensic Art and Facial Identification

Lecture | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Gloria Louise Nusse, San Francisco State University

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this Lounge Lecture:
Forensic Facial reconstruction and the anatomy of the face combine to aid in the identification of unidentified remains. This lecture will present history and current use of this unique combination of science, art and the face.

About the Speaker:
Gloria Louise Nusse is a Scientific Sculptor with a Master's degree in Biological Anthropology. She is also an anatomist...   More >

Monday, May 21, 2018

Developing 3-D Imaging Sensors: Problems and Technologies: SPIE Visiting Lecturer

Lecture | May 21 | 10:45-11:45 a.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Prof. Silvano Donati, University of Pavia


We discuss technologies for 3-D imaging-taking cameras, also variously called 3-QD rangefinders, telemeters or lidars.

Refreshments will be provided by Photobears!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Restoring San Francisco's Rare Manzanitas

Lecture | May 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

San Francisco hosts two of the rarest manzanitas in the world: Raven's Manzanita (Arctostaphylos montana subsp. ravenii) and Franciscan Manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana). These endangered species grew together in a distinct maritime chaparral habitat that once covered the serpentine hilltops of San Francisco. Their story is one of discovery, loss, salvage, and restoration, with a bit...   More >

Free with Garden Admission ($12 adult/$10 senior), Free for UCBG Members/UCB students, staff and faculty

  Register online or by calling 510-643-2755

Lecture: Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri

Lecture | May 23 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The two artists explore their twenty-year history of collaboration and artistic dialogue.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Members Walk: Deserts of the Americas

Lecture | May 31 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join Horticulturist, Basil Medeiros, for a free members-only walk and talk through the Garden's Deserts of the Americas collection (including the Arid House).

  Register online