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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

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

 Sean Ressler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

This month's Astronomy Night @ UC Berkeley features a talk by finishing Berkeley PhD student Sean Ressler on the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

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.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Members' Walk: South America

Lecture | June 7 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Noah Gapsis, UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Garden members, are invited to take an in-depth look into the South America collection with Horticulturist Noah Gapsis. The Garden’s South American Area represents the floras of the temperate and mediterranean-climate areas of South America, featuring plants from the matorral of coastal Chile. The South American matorral is comparable to the chaparral of California and the maquis vegetation of...   More >

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Simons Institute Theoretically Speaking Series — Algorithms and the Law

Lecture | June 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Shafi Goldwasser, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing; Martha Minow, Harvard University; Elliot Schrage, Facebook; Patricia Williams, Columbia University

 Peter Bartlett, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

This panel will explore the contemporary promises and challenges of computer algorithms from the perspectives of lawyers, ethicists, philosophers, and computer scientists. What is missing from the current technological debates on the fairness and privacy of algorithmic decision making and their impact on the social fabric? What are promising tools of governance and frames of analysis? What do...   More >

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Frontal cortical dynamics during decision-making

Lecture | June 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Alex Kwan, Yale

 Department of Psychology

In a dynamic environment, animals must adjust their action plans to match the behavioral demands. For example, the same sensory stimulus may require different motor responses depending on the context. The mammalian prefrontal cortex is thought to be a central node mediating flexible behavior, however the synaptic and circuit mechanisms remain poorly understood.
In this talk, I will describe our...   More >

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Career Clinic: Making a Successful Career Transition: Roadmap for Change

Lecture | June 15 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 505

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

 UC Berkeley Extension

Making a career transition can be bewildering: how do you find jobs? How can you stand out as a candidate? And, if you finally get an interview, how do you showcase yourself as the best candidate? This workshop will walk participants through each step of making a career transition. Through interactive exercises, we will cover strategies in personal branding, networking, résumé and LinkedIn...   More >


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Science Lecture - Mapping syntactic structure in the brain

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

 Lydia Majure


We all remember learning sentence diagrams and part-of-speech in grade school, but are those the underlying representations of syntactic structure in the brain? Neuroimaging allows us to answer this and other questions about language by providing a mechanism to test hypotheses about cognitive processes.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Short History of Possible Histories: Lecture by Catherine Gallagher

Lecture | June 22 | 1-2 p.m. | International House, Great Hall

 Catherine Gallagher, English Department

 Humanities & Social Sciences Association (HSSA)

A Short History of Possible Histories

Gallagher’s talk will explore how the concept of other possible historical worlds first took hold in the eighteenth century and how it has developed up until our own time.  In addition to uncovering the hopes and fears, the expectations and disappointments, of previous generations, “counterfactual” histories continue to help us envision our possible futures

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Rock ’n’ Film: Cinema’s Dance with Popular Music

Lecture | June 22 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In his book Rock ’n’ Film: Cinema’s Dance with Popular Music, David E. James explores how rock’s capacity for cultural empowerment and its usefulness as a driver of commerce and profit were reproduced in various kinds of cinema: independent documentaries and concert films including Monterey Pop and Gimme Shelter, narrative films such as King Creole and Privilege, and the experimental cinema of...   More >

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Introduction to Therapeutic Ketamine (or God in a Bottle)

Lecture | June 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Ketamine is medicine that is primarily used as a surgical anesthetic, but which also has rapid-acting antidepressant effects and visionary properties. Dr. Bennett will describe different ways of working with therapeutic ketamine, including low-dose infusions (biological approach), ketamine-facilitated psychotherapy (psychological approach), and psychedelic ketamine journeys (shamanic approach)....   More >


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