<< September 2018 >>

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Nicaragua’s Solidarity Caravan for Peace

Lecture | September 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Isabel Nogueira

 Center for Latin American Studies

Nicaragua is in the middle of its worst political crisis in decades. The Solidarity Caravan is a group of Nicaraguan activists touring the United States to educate about the current situation and inspire support for the people of Nicaragua. They will speak on the continuing peaceful civic resistance to the human rights violations occurring throughout Nicaragua.

Members of the Solidarity Caravan for Peace speak in Europe.

Climate and Land Use Change in the Maya Lowlands

Lecture | September 5 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. David Wahl, Research Geographer, US Geological Survey

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will examine several paleoenvironmental studies from the Maya lowlands as a basis for developing a broader context from which to view the rise and fall of prehispanic Maya settlement.

The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions

Lecture | September 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Lena Salaymeh, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Like artists who use a combination of recycled and new materials, Muslim jurists crafted their legal opinions by fusing ancient norms, scripture, Prophetic precedents, local practice, and contemporaneous needs in unexpected ways. The craft of legal recycling produced works whose component parts are not easily identifiable or classifiable. Much law was simultaneously Islamic, tribal, Jewish, or...   More >

AHMA Colloquium - Assembling Numismatic Data Online: Concepts, Collections, Hoards, and Statistics

Lecture | September 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Peter van Alfen, American Numismatic Society

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This is the first of eight papers that will make up a lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The event is co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Style as Essence: The Baroque.

Lecture | September 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Townsend Center

 Anthony Cascardi, UC Berkeley

 Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, D.E.

Lecture to celebrate the beginning of the semester.

CA Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross

Lecture | September 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Karen Ross, CA Department of Food & Agriculture

 Goldman School of Public Policy, Berkeley Food Institute

Join Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; the Goldman School of Public Policy; and the Berkeley Food Institute for a discussion on immigration and the future of agriculture in California.


Lecture | September 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 5, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies. Go Hasegawa will speak about his practice &amp; approach of exploring new possibilities &amp; building new connections. Also live streaming in 106 Wurster. Open to all!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Photography: A Climate for Conflict with Nichole Sobecki

Lecture | September 6 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Nichole Sobecki

 Arts + Design

Nichole Sobecki is a photographer and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya, and represented internationally by the photo agency VII. After graduating from Tufts University, Nichole spent the early years of her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. In this public lecture, Nichole will discuss the COAL+ICE exhibition at the...   More >

Austrian Democracy and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism

Lecture | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David M. Wineroither, National University for Public Service, Budapest

 Institute of European Studies

Most party systems in Western Europe have seen the establishment of right-wing populist parties (RPPs) since the 1980s. Among these newcomers, the rise of the Freedom Party in Austria (FPÖ) has gained particular prominence for several reasons: First, unlike many other parties belonging to this type, the FPÖ had already existed for three decades at the time of its incipient electoral rise but then...   More >

Through Two Doors at Once

Lecture | September 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Calvin Lab auditorium

 Anil Ananthaswamy, Simons Institute Journalist-in-Residence

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In the early 1800s, Thomas Young performed a homespun experiment with a sunbeam split into two, and challenged our understanding of the nature of light. He had done the first ever double-slit experiment. With the birth of quantum mechanics, starting in the early 1900s, this experiment—now done with individual photons, electrons, atoms, and even molecules—started challenging our ideas about the...   More >

Yes, It's Really LIVE!: A Conversation With Director for Saturday Night Live Don Roy King

Lecture | September 6 | 6-7 p.m. | 230 Cheit Hall

 Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

 The Berkeley Forum, Business Careers in Entertainment Club

Since 2006, Don Roy King has been the director of Saturday Night Live. On September 6, he joins the Berkeley Forum to share the behind the scenes of the production demands required by a show that comes together in less than a week. He will talk through the challenges of producing ten one-act plays headlined by a different star each show, including full concert presentations of a current musical...   More >


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Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | September 6 | 7:30-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Department of Astronomy

This month's Astronomy Night @ UC Berkeley features a talk by Astro Night co-creator and recent PhD graduate Lea Hirsch on finding planets in other solar systems.

As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

When: Thursday, September 6th
Talk:...   More >

Friday, September 7, 2018

New Frontiers in Language Technology for Minority Languages

Lecture | September 7 | 12-2 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kevin Scannell, Professor of Computer Science, Saint Louis University

 Institute of European Studies

Professor Kevin Scannell (Computer Science, Saint Louis University) will discuss some of the challenges faced by minority language communities when developing advanced languages technologies such as machine translation and speech recognition, and strategies for meeting those challenges. Most of the talk will focus on Irish and Celtic languages, but will also discuss efforts to scale up to the...   More >


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Collaborative control and autonomy for traffic optimization

Lecture | September 7 | 4 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Ankur Mehta, UCLA

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Urban and suburban communities are experiencing rapid growth in both population and density, adding considerable strain on transportation infrastructure. This in turn detracts from quality of life through the consequent increased commuter delays, energy consumption, and pollution associated with transit. While autonomous vehicle technology promises to improve traffic conditions through...   More >

Saturday, September 8, 2018

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

Lecture | September 8 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 506

 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, September 10, 2018

Power and Progress on the Prairie: Governing People on Rosebud Reservation

Lecture | September 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Tom Biolsi, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

 Department of Ethnic Studies

Foucault understood government as arranging “the right disposition of things”--something quite different from our common understanding of government as a matter of the machinery of the state. This talk will focus on three moments in the history of Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota (home of the Siċanġu Lakota or Rosebud Sioux) when new forms of governmentality were put into place to...   More >

Mediations and Collaborations: A Conversation with Susan Meiselas

Lecture | September 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, Townsend Center

 Susan Meiselas

 Arts Research Center

Mediations & Collaborations: A Conversation with Susan Meiselas
Monday, September 10, 2018
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Susan Meiselas, Road to Aguilares, El Salvador, 1983; © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

How to Save Democracy: Countable CEO Bart Myers at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | September 10 | 6 p.m. |  TBA

 Bart Myers, Countable

 The Berkeley Forum

"A Republic, if you can keep it." Benjamin Franklin said these words at the close of the Constitutional Convention and they remain just as true now as they did then.

Bart Myers, the CEO of Countable - the leading civic engagement platform, will take us through a brief history of democracy, the threats we face today and, most critically, what must be done to keep it: innovation, leadership &...   More >


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Roxane Gay: With One N: Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media

Lecture | September 10 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Roxane Gay

 Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when...   More >

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Current Issues and Challenges regarding the Protection of Archaeological Sites in Japan

Lecture | September 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. Yoshio Negita, Chief Senior Specialist for Cultural Properties, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, Japan

 Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Anthropology

Open Class Lecture (Anthro C125A/EALC C175)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Catching up with the (Upper) Paleolithic: “Art”, Memory, and Social Lives

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

 Meg Conkey, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this informal talk, I will report on some recent trends and research in the study of the Upper Paleolithic, drawing, in part, from two summer conferences and our on-going research in the foothills of the French Pyrénées, at the site of Peyre Blanque. Both conferences addressed the current state of study of Paleolithic “art” that increasingly takes into consideration a wider and social context...   More >

Falling into Suomi: How an American fell in love with Finland

Lecture | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Gordon F. Sander

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program, Department of Scandinavian

Gordon F. Sander's lecture is based on his new book "Off The Map: A Personal History of Finland".

He is also the author of "The Hundred Day Winter War" and a contributor to The New York Times, Politico and other publications. He was recently elected to the Order of The Lion by the President of Finland for his services to Finland, the first American journalist to be so honored.

HTNM Lecture — Molly Wright Steenson: Beyond the Trolley: Implications of AI and Design

Lecture | September 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Molly Wright Steenson

 Center for New Media, Department of Architecture

Molly Wright Steenson is a designer, author, professor, and international speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. She is the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University and an associate professor in the School of Design. Steenson is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How...   More >


Lecture | September 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 12, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk titled &quot;Architectural Intelligence&quot;, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media. Open to all!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Journey: From Venezuela to Principal Ballet of Diablo Ballet with Rosselyn Ramirez

Lecture | September 13 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rosselyn Ramirez

 Arts + Design

Rosselyn Ramirez was born and received her training in Caracas, Venezuela. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2011, Ramirez has danced in works by Val Caniparoli, Sean Kelly, Christopher Stowell, Robert Dekkers, Tina Kay Bohnstedt, KT Nelson, Ben Stevenson, and George Balanchine's "Apollo." In this talk, Ramirez will discuss her personal journey and extensive professional career as a ballerina. As...   More >

Witness Trees

Lecture | September 13 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in date

 Botanical Garden

The term 'witness tree' was coined to describe trees that were used as boundary markers in the early days of the United States. Since that time the term has expanded to describe trees that were present at historical events. Some of the best known witness trees were standing in battle grounds during the Civil War.

Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

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Approaching a Tipping Point? A History and Prospectus of Funding of the University California

Lecture | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor

 John Aubrey Douglass, CSHE; Zach Bleemer, CSHE

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

A View From Britain: Towards Brexit?

Lecture | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Matt Beech, Senior Fellow, IES; Director, Centre for British Politics, University of Hull

 Institute of European Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, Dr Matt Beech FRHistS, FRSA, gives a public lecture examining how far the UK is on the road to Brexit; what Brexit currently means; and how the 2016 referendum vote continues to divide citizens and dominate political life.

Beech's focus is drawn from research for his latest monograph, The Triumph of...   More >

Members' Walk: Water-Wise Entrance Garden

Lecture | September 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Anthony Garza

 Botanical Garden

Join Anthony Garza, Horticulture & Grounds Supervisor, on an in-depth tour of the Water Wise Entry Garden. Get the scoop on the best plants to choose for your garden before attending the Fall Plant Sale on Sunday, September 30!

Please note that this is an exclusive event for Garden members. Not yet a member? Join us today by visiting botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/join

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Histories of Empire and Transcolonial Circuits of Freedom: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | September 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Caribbean Slavery and Maritime Marronage:
Geographies of Slavery, Freedom, Empire, and African Diaspora
Elena Schneider, Department of History

Conjuring Conspiracy: Racial Paranoia and Radical Sympathy
Poulomi Saha, Department of English

Inflation, Consumer Subsidies, and Argentina’s Economic Predicament: Bay Area Latin America Forum

Lecture | September 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alison Post, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

Argentina’s economic travails are making headlines again. One of the main contributors to the country’s current challenges is a consumer subsidy program for electricity, gas, mass transit, and other infrastructure services, which disproportionately benefits middle class voters over poorer citizens. This lecture will examine the program’s origins following the 2001 crisis, why expenditures on...   More >

An IMF panel led by Christine Lagarde discusses loans for Argentina, June 2018. (Photo by IMF Photos.)

Improving care and restoring dignity for the U.S. prison population

Lecture | September 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Michele DiTomas, Chief Physician and Surgeon and Hospice Medical Director, California Department of Corrections

 Public Health, School of

Join us for a presentation from Michele DiTomas, a physician who has dedicated her career to improving medical care for incarcerated persons. She will discuss her path to correctional medicine and the health and human rights hurdles that must be overcome in order to achieve true reform.

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History: Steven Zipperstein (Stanford) in conversation with John Efron (UC Berkeley)

Lecture | September 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

In April, 1903, 49 Jews were killed, 600 were raped or wounded, and more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed during three days of violence in the town of Kishinev. So shattering were the aftereffects of this rampage, that one historian remarked that it was “nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.”

Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers...   More >

The Politics and Poetics of Imagination in the Black Mediterranean with SA Smythe

Lecture | September 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 SA Smythe

 Arts Research Center

The Politics & Poetics of Imagination in the Black Mediterranean with SA Smythe
Thursday September 13, 2018
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

Image of SA Smythe by Afro-Finnish photographer Uwa Iduozee

New Ways to Investigate Human Rights Violations: with the Human Rights Center and Amnesty International

Lecture | September 13 | 6-8 p.m. | The Law Building, Goldberg Room, 2nd floor

 Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center’s Tech and Human Rights Director Felim McMahon in conversation with Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team, featuring Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director; Micah Farfour, Special Advisor for Remote Sensing; Milena Marin, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research; Scott Edwards, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research; introduced by HRC’s Executive Director Alexa Koenig....   More >

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Love bytes and intimate machines: Analysing news media representations of human- robot interactions

Lecture | September 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340

 Belinda Middleweek

 Center for New Media

Research on human-robot interactions (HRI) has surged in recent years with a number of studies debating the social, ethical, psychological and philosophical implications of intimate robotic companions in the form of sex robots. Despite increasing scholarly interest in these relationships, how news media represent HRI is little analysed (Correa et.al. 2016). Applying the concept of the...   More >

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Techniques and Materials for Van der Waals Heterostructures: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | September 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. James Hone, Columbia Univ., Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Artificial van der Waals heterostructures of two-dimensional materials offer the possibility of creating layered structures with a wide variety of starting materials and control of composition at the single atomic layer limit. To create such structures, we developed a van der Waals transfer technique which largely eliminates interfacial contamination.

We have used this technique to...   More >

Film in the Language Classroom: A multiliteracies approach, and beyond

Lecture | September 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Mark Kaiser

 Berkeley Language Center

In this presentation I will examine the place of film in the language classroom from three perspectives, film studies, language, and software design, in order to explore the many ways that film can serve as source material for language instructors, taking into consideration the potential, and limitations, of a communicative, intercultural, and multiliteracies approach. The presentation will...   More >

Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think?

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Hilary Nixon, San JoseState University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

San Jose State University's Hilary Nixon will present Financing the Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think? on Sept. 14, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m

Patricia Williams in Conversation with Ramona Naddaff: When Not to Write Like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. A scholar of race, gender, and law, she is a prolific writer across a variety of genres. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights and Open House: Of Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and The Search for a Room of My Own. She is a columnist for the Nation.

Fotovision Lecture and Opening Reception for Bill Owens's "Suburbia"

Lecture | September 14 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  North Gate Hall

 Graduate School of Journalism, Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography

Bill Owens’s landmark documentary project and book "Suburbia" from the 1970s met with immediate success for its keen observation of middle-class America. Owens had recorded a generational phenomenon: the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes in Livermore, California. He realized that this wasn’t simply a demographic shift but a psychological one....   More >

Ritchie, Suburbia, © Bill Owens, 1972

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Science Lecture - Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity

Lecture | September 15 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Stuart Russell, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


The news media in recent years have been full of dire warnings about the risk that AI poses to the human race, coming from well-known figures such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Should we be concerned? If so, what can we do about it? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, Professor Russell will argue instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required...   More >

Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity

Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Eastman Lectures in Catalysis: Interfacial Perimeter Sites – an Essential Component in Supported Au Catalysis

Lecture | September 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Harold H. Kung, Professor, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Interfacial perimeter sites, where the metal atom and its nearest atomic neighbor of support oxide are both accessible to reacting molecules simultaneously, have been found to be essential in supported Au catalysts. They have been reported for CO oxidation, water-gas shift, and selective oxidation reactions. By creating these sites using inverse catalysts, we have demonstrated that these sites...   More >

Creative Aging: Celebration as Strategy with Dominic Campbell

Lecture | September 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Dominic Campbell

 Arts + Design

Working as a cultural producer in a department of nuero-science focused on reducing the impact of Alzheimers and dementias leads to sleepless nights and interesting observations. An instinctive collaborator and passionate believer in co-creation, Dominic Campbell invites your engagement with his idea - that celebration might be one of the finest routes to a better experience for populations aging...   More >

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Data and sustainability science and practice: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | September 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Dan Kammen, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The energy-information nexus has become a key tool and research area in efforts aimed at decarbonizing energy systems, enabling and operating the 'smart grid', which I will argue encompasses the utility-scale system, mini-grids, and off-grid energy systems. In this talk we will review a range of theoretical models and practical tools where data science, machine learning, and human-machine...   More >

Methodological Individualism and the Age of Microeconomics

Lecture | September 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Annie McClanahan, English, University of California, Irvine

 The Program in Critical Theory

Annie McClanahan is an assistant professor of English at UC Irvine. Her first book, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture (Stanford, 2016) explores the ways that U.S. culture—from novels and poems to photojournalism and horror movies—has responded to the collapse of the financialized consumer credit economy in 2008. She is also working on two new projects. The first...   More >

Together But Apart: Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families in the Digital Age

Lecture | September 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

 Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss her new book, which explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S.

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez

Solving the Patient Access Paradox: Julie Yoo at the Forum

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Koret Classroom (F320)

 Julie Yoo, Kyruus

 The Berkeley Forum

One of the generation-defining problems in healthcare is what we've coined as "The Patient Access Paradox" - the fact that patients are told to wait weeks for a doctor appointment, despite the fact that 20-40% of the health system's appointment capacity is underutilized. Kyruus provides a first-in-class solution to provider organizations to solve this problem by taking a "Moneyball" approach to...   More >


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Protecting the Dead: the LBA site of Aidonia, Greece, and the TAPHOS project

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kim Shelton, Associate Professor of Classics, Director of Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

I present the preliminary results of the Nemea Center's collaborative project with the Greek Archaeological Service (TAPHOS) at the LBA site of Aidonia in the Korinthia region of Greece.

2018 Eastman Lectures in Catalysis: Extending the reach of catalytic influence on chemical reactions

Lecture | September 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Harold H. Kung, Professor, Northwestern University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Since the formulation of the concept of catalysis, extensive research has been conducted to understand the nature of reaction intermediates and their interactions with catalytic active sites - the atom(s) that form bonds with the reaction intermediates. In heterogeneous catalysis, manipulating an active site to change catalytic properties would involve changing the nature, location, and density...   More >

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary with Ronald Rael

Lecture | September 20 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ronald Rael

 Arts + Design

Ronald Rael is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with a joint appointment in the departments of Architecture and Art Practice. He is the author of Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008)—a history of building with earth in the modern era to exemplify new, creative uses of the oldest building material on the planet, and Borderwall as Architecture: A...   More >

Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the US–Mexico Boundary with Ronald Rael

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 College of Environmental Design

Join Associate Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael for a lecture on borderwall politics and architecture at BAMPFA.

Bancroft Library Roundtable: A Wise Counselor and Faithful Servant: The Life of Regent Andrew Smith Hallidie

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Taryn Edwards, Librarian/Historian, Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room, San Francisco

 Bancroft Library

University of California Regent Andrew Smith Hallidie’s biographer, Taryn Edwards, will talk about his life. Considered the father of San Francisco’s cable car, Hallidie was a champion of the Bay Area's libraries and educational institutions. He was named an ex officio regent in 1868, later appointed in his own right, and served until his death in 1900.

Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply: Book Talk

Lecture | September 20 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Julia Morgan Hall

 Botanical Garden

An Eye-Opening Exposé of the Struggle to Control the World’s Seeds and the Future of our Food

Ten thousand years after humans figured out how to stop wandering and plant crops, veteran investigative journalist Mark Schapiro plunges into the struggle already underway for control of seeds, the ground-zero ingredient for our food.

Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

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Inventing a Better Tomorrow: The Life and Legacy of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 330 Blum Hall

 Lillian Hoddeson, Peter Garrett

 Center for Latin American Studies

Stanford R. Ovshinsky was described as, “the Edison of our age” by The Economist. Even this comparison fails to capture the full range of his achievements. The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: The Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky (MIT Press 2018), is the first full-length biography of a visionary whose energy and information innovations continue to fuel our economy.

Stan and Iris Ovshinsky diagramming the hydrogen loop in the 1950s. (Photo courtesy of Stanford R. Ovshinsky.)

Navigating Borders and Violence: Indigenous Maya Families and Central American Children in Migration: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

“It is a crime to be young here”: Violence against Minors in Central America, Mexico, and the United States
Leisy J. Abrego, Department of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA

Pedagogies of Migration/Reframing What It Means to Teach and Learn
Indigenous Maya Families from Yucatán in California
Patricia Baquedano-López, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

Zooarchaeology and Heritage: The History of Sea Otters in Southeast Alaska-- from Near-Extinction to Protected Species to the Center of Conflict between Fishers, Hunters, and Defenders of Wildlife

Lecture | September 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Madonna Moss, Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Zooarchaeology, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon

 Archaeological Research Facility

Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) were once common in the North Pacific but were extirpated from southeast Alaska by about A.D. 1830. In the 1960s, sea otters were re-introduced and now their populations are rapidly increasing. Today, sea otters and people are competing for some of the same commercially important invertebrates. After having been absent for nearly 150 years, the re-entry of sea...   More >

Corpus Poetics: Thinking the Writer's Career with Data

Lecture | September 20 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Geballe Room

 Andrew Piper

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Corpus Poetics: Thinking the Writer's Career with Data

Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | September 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  TBA

 Maria Klawe, Harvey Mudd College

 The Berkeley Forum

Maria Klawe, a renowned computer scientist and scholar, is the fifth president of Harvey Mudd College since 2006. Harvey Mudd College is a a liberal arts college, known for its intensive STEM focus. As the first woman to lead the college, she focuses on increasing the representation of women in STEM fields, and she has made significant changes on campus: for the past 12 years, the number of women...   More >


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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Spell of the Arctic: The EU as Geopolitical Actor

Lecture | September 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Andreas Raspotnik, Nord University Business School in Bodø (Norway)

 Institute of European Studies

The Arctic is melting. And it is melting fast. In times of starving polar bears going viral, the Arctic has become the globe’s ‘climate change’ canary in a coal mine. After some rather silent years around the turn of the millennium, the region prominently re-hit global headlines a decade ago. An area that may provide for economic opportunities in the decades to come but currently rather holds...   More >

Physical Chemistry of Nanocrystals with the Graphene Liquid Cell: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | September 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos, UC Berkeley, Chemistry & MSE

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Colloidal nanocrystals have emerged as a major building block for nanoscience and nanotechnology. Today it is possible to control the size, shape, and topology of nanocrystals and to harness the variations of their properties with size to create materials with proven applications in biological imaging and electronic displays, and many more applications under development in renewable energy....   More >

Designing for Customer Consideration of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Instead of Final Purchase

Lecture | September 21 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Erin MacDonald, Stanford University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Stanford University's Erin MacDonald will present Designing for Customer Consideration of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Instead of Final Purchase on September 21, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m.

Aruna D’Souza in Conversation with Allan deSouza

Lecture | September 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

 Aruna D’Souza

 Arts Research Center

Aruna D’Souza in Conversation
with Allan deSouza
Friday, September 21, 2018
Maude Fife Room, Room 315, Wheeler Hall

Monday, September 24, 2018

Anti-Neoliberal Feminism: A Reading from within Present Struggles

Lecture | September 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Verónica Gago, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires and Instituto de Altos Estudios, Universidad Nacional de San Martín; Visiting Scholar, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs

 Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

In Latin America, the meaning of neoliberalism remains contested, and debates on neoliberalism are ongoing. Complicating previous diagnoses, current feminist movements in the region have proposed new definitions grounded in concrete struggles. These have led to a rethinking of neoliberalism from below: an effort to rework the programs introduced by so-called “progressive” governments. The new...   More >

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Sabina Rashid | The Invisible Reality of ‘Chinthar Roge’ (A Life of Chronic Worry): The Illness of Poverty in Dhaka’s Urban Slum Settlements

Lecture | September 25 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sabina Rashid, Professor and Dean, BRAC University School of Public Health

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

A talk by medical anthropologist Sabina Faiz Rashid

The Future of European Mobility: Safe, clean and connected

Lecture | September 25 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport

 Institute of Transportation Studies

European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Violeta Bulc will present The Future of European Mobility: Safe, clean and connected Sept. 25, 2018 in 290 Hearst MemorialMining Building at 4 p.m. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m.

King Albert's Heroes: How four hundred young Belgians fought in Russia and conquered the United States

Lecture | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 August Thiry

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

August Thiry, writer-lecturer at Thomas More College, Mechelen, Belgium, focuses on the worldwide adventures of the Belgian army’s first armored car unit during the Great War. This unit, known as ACM (Autos Canons Mitrailleuses - Armored Cars with Cannons and Machine Guns), was organized in Paris at the end of 1914. Trench warfare made it impossible for the ACM armored cars to be of any use on...   More >

AIA Lecture - Reports from the Field - Summer 2018

Lecture | September 25 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

UC Berkeley graduate students report on their summer research and experiences at different ancient sites around the world.

Presidential Power and Individual Rights: a discussion with Prof. Daniel Farber in Honor of Constitution Day

Lecture | September 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Prof. Daniel Farber, Berkeley Law

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs

Presidential power is always a hot topic, but never more so than today. This lecture will explain the constitutional limits on the President and how individual rights are affected. The President is uniquely powerful -- but not above the law. Come to learn about the expansion and limits of presidential power and its impact on American people.

Dan Farber, Berkeley Law

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Prof. Daniel Farber

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Francine Masiello: The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America

Lecture | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Masiello explores the textual and visual representation of the senses during moments of crisis in Latin America from the early nineteenth century to the present.

After Cahokia: Indigenous Repopulation and Depopulation of the Horseshoe Lake Watershed 1400 – 1900 CE

Lecture | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 AJ White, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This study presents demographic trends from a fecal stanol population reconstruction of Horseshoe Lake, Illinois along with information from archaeological, historical, and environmental sources to provide an interpretation of post-Cahokia (> 1400 CE) population change.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Deportations: When Immigrants Are Sent Back with Rafael Alarcon

Lecture | September 27 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rafael Alarcon

 Arts + Design

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Rafael Alarcon is a senior professor at the research institute at Tijuana, Mexico, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He has published numerous articles and books, most recently for the University of California Press, Making Los Angeles Home: The Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States (2016). He co-authored the classic work on Mexican immigrants in the...   More >

Deportations: When Immigrants Are Sent Back with Rafael Alarcon

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rafael Alarcon, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Rafael Alarcon is a senior professor at the research institute at Tijuana, Mexico, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He has published numerous articles and books, including, most recently, Making Los Angeles Home: The Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States. He coauthored the classic work on Mexican immigrants in the Bay Area, Return to Aztlan: The Social...   More >

Why Read Machiavelli's The Prince?: “Why Read…? Series”

Lecture | September 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Albert Ascoli, UC Berkeley; Julia Lupton, UC Irvine; David Marno, UC Berkeley; Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University

 Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, D.E.

Round-table and discussion

Revolutionary Blackness in the Soviet Imagination

Lecture | September 27 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Jonathan Flatley, Professor of English, Wayne State University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature

In the present moment, amidst a global rise of white supremacy and racism, this paper recalls a moment of state supported global anti-racism. It focuses on the work of Soviet artist Victor Koretsky, whose posters from the from the 1930s to the 1970s present black revolutionaries combating racist imperial capital around the world. My hope is that his work may stimulate our political imaginaries,...   More >

Hello, Shadowlands: Inside The Booming World Of Southeast Asian Organized Crime

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Patrick Winn, Public Radio International

 Joseph Scalice, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Mass media and Hollywood fixate on stories of Mexican cartels, Sicilian mafioso and Russian gangsters. But they've largely overlooked the growing power of Southeast Asian organized crime. Within the next decade, the region's booming black markets will be worth $375 billion — more than the legit output of many Asian countries.

These crime syndicates can corrupt governments, skew policy and...   More >

The Place of Paris in Vietnamese Diasporic Fiction

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Karl Ashoka Britto, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley; Aimee Phan, Professor of MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program, California College of the Arts

 Center for Race and Gender

Aimee Phan is one of a group of Vietnamese American writers whose recent work has grappled with the complex legacy of Paris as a site crucial to the Vietnamese diaspora and its imaginary. In his presentation, Karl Ashoka Britto will discuss Phan’s The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, a novel that tells the story of a Vietnamese refugee family split between the United States and France. He will...   More >

Inaugural A. Starker Leopold Lecture: Lecture by author Jordan Fisher Smith

Lecture | September 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Jordan Fisher Smith

 College of Natural Resources

Award-winning author Jordan Fisher Smith will deliver the first annual A. Starker Leopold Lecture, endowed to remember the work of the celebrated UCB professor and eldest son of Aldo Leopold by bringing fresh viewpoints on conservation to the UC community.

Thangkas, Texts, and the Silk Route

Lecture | September 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ann Shaftel, Dalhousie University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In a richly illustrated presentation on the challenges of applying conservation science to Buddhist sacred thangkas and texts, Ann Shaftel will include a discussion of the relationship between thangkas and texts, and the evolving function of thangkas in Buddhist philosophy, textural history and culture. The images accompanying her talk will feature Silk Route thangkas, and others from her 48...   More >

Terner Center Open House & A Conversation on Rent Control

Lecture | September 27 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join the Terner Center for Housing Innovation for its fall open house event.

Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalist Melissa Etehad (Los Angeles Times)

Lecture | September 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in location

 Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times

 Persis Karim, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

As the profession of journalism has been attacked and undermined by the charges of "fake news" from the Trump Administration, many journalists are doubling down in the effort to cover important international news that so often has sidelined by domestic daily headlines. Reporting about Iran and US-Iran relations, covering the "Muslim Ban" and its impact on Iranian Americans, as well as...   More >

An Evening with Frederick Wiseman

Lecture | September 27 | 7-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Frederick Wiseman

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this lecture illustrated with clips from his films, Frederick Wiseman will address how he chooses a documentary subject, how he tells a story, and what factors influence his aesthetic decisions. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear Wiseman speak in depth about his work and the art of filmmaking. Check back in September for more information about this event.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Tapati Guha-Thakurta | From Craftsmanship to Commercial Art: The New Vocations of Design in Late Colonial India

Lecture | September 28 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Tapati Guha Thakurta, Professor in History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

 Atreyee Gupta, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, Department of History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art Stoddard Lecture Series, South Asia Art Initiative

A talk by Dr. Dr. Tapati Guha Thakurta, Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.

Illustrations of the Parinirvāṇa Cycle in Kucha

Lecture | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Monika Zin, University of Leipzig

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

At least 100 caves in Kucha contain (or once contained) murals depicting scenes connected with the Buddha's death. The paintings are typically located in the rear part of the caves, in corridors behind the Buddha in the main niche. The illustrations begin with the episodes from the Buddha's last journey and end with the first council in Rājagṛha. It is solely through comparative...   More >

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Lecture: Catherine Lusheck: Why Style Matters—Connoisseurship and the Old Masters

Lecture | September 29 | 1:30-3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Catherine Lusheck, University of San Francisco

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Catherine Lusheck, associate professor of art history/arts management at the University of San Francisco, delves into the intriguing issues of artistic style and connoisseurship—traditional art-historical interests long since eclipsed by newer methodologies. Drawing examples from Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection, Lusheck shows why attribution and an appreciation...   More >