<< Week of March 03 >>

Monday, February 27, 2017

DCRP Lecture: Earthea Nance

Lecture | February 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Mon, FEB 27, 11:00am. Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Earthea Nance, &quot;Innovation, Participation, and Discourse in Brazil’s Sanitation Sector&quot;

Syrian Silos and Global Echo Chambers: Syrian Cultural Production Today

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ahmad Diab, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Origin of Convict Leasing: Slavery and Incarceration in Kentucky

Lecture | February 27 | 3-5 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Michael Ralph, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Townsend Center Working Group on Labour, Philosophy and Change, Center for African Studies, The Program in Critical Theory

In this talk, Michael Ralph suggests that convict leasing did not begin with formerly enslaved African Americans in the years following emancipation, as the scholarly consensus suggests. It began in the antebellum era with white inmates at the Kentucky Penitentiary.

In the years following the American Revolution, Kentucky was settled as a place of progress, optimism, and democracy. When...   More >

Understanding Silicon Valley

Lecture | February 27 | 4-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Main Auditorium

 John Markoff, Simons Institute Journalist-in-Residence

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

John Markoff reported on the emergence of Silicon Valley and has covered technology developments in the region from 1977 to 2017. He has reported both for early personal computer industry publications such as InfoWorld and Byte Magazine, and for newspapers including the San Francisco Examiner and the New York Times. His talk will focus on why Silicon Valley has emerged as a unique R&D center...   More >

Rethinking East Asia in the New Global Economy

Lecture | February 27 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Henry Wai-chung Yeung, Economic Geography, National University of Singapore

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Drawing upon empirical research on South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore, this speaker argues that production network-level dynamics and firm-specific initiatives are more critical to the successful industrial transformation of these East Asian economies.
This key mechanism of strategic coupling with global production networks offers a dynamic conception of state-firm relations in the changing...   More >

A Litany for Survival: Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Frank Leon Roberts, National Black Justice Coalition

 Public Health, School of

In this dynamic public talk, noted #blacklivesmatter community organizer Frank Leon Roberts (cofounder of the National Black Justice Coalition and professor of the nation’s first BlackLivesMatter college
course) offers 10 original frameworks for approaching and understanding the contemporary movement for black lives.

  RSVP online by February 23.

Elizabeth Tyler lecture "England in Europe": Elite Social Mobility and the Literary Culture of 11th-century England

Lecture | February 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth M. Tyler, University of York

 Medieval Studies Program

Elizabeth M. Tyler is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of York. The lecture, sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies, treats the movements of elites and their literary impacts.

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Helpful ways to Visualize Spaces

Lecture | February 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Jeff Hicks, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A lot of my intuition for mathematics comes from drawing pictures of the problem I want to solve. As a topologist, this means trying to come up with clean visual representations of various topological spaces. A good drawing for a space should ideally be

- Mathematically Motivated: the diagram has an explanation coming from some underlying structure on the space

- Intuitive: one should be able...   More >

Arts + Design Mondays: Technology, Race, Popular Culture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis in Conversation

Lecture | February 27 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jenna Wortham writes about technology & culture for the New York Times. Her criticism also engages with issues of race and sexuality in music, film, & more has appeared in the Awl, Bust, Vogue, and other publications.

Admisson to this event is free.

Nadia Ellis, associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and...   More >

 Admission to this lecture is free

Technology, Race, Popular Culture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis in Conversation

Lecture | February 27 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Jenna Wortham is technology reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. Nadia Ellis is associate professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Germany as an Immigration Country: Labor Migration and the Refugee Influx

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director and Director of the Research Unit, Expert Council of German Foundations on Intergration and Migration (SVR)

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, American Council on Germany, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter, German Historical Institute, West

Immigration and migration issues are currently at the top of the political agenda as all parties prepare their strategies for the upcoming federal elections in which Chancellor Merkel seeks her fourth term. More narrowly, the consequences of the refugee influx are passionately debated – a topic on which public opinion in Germany is sharply divided. More broadly, Germany aims to establish itself...   More >

The Steppe's Capital: the Meanings of Money in late-Qing Mongolia

Lecture | February 28 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Devon Dear, Independent Scholar

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

Sociologist and philosopher Georg Simmel famously described money as “colourless.” For many historians, money, like number, has been an equalizer capable of bringing previously-incomparable objects into relation. This talk challenges that idea as it explores the multiplicity of currencies and ad-hoc commodity monies used in Qing Mongolia in the 19th century as it explores Mongolians' roles in...   More >

What’s Next for Romania? Political Activism as a Tool Against Political Corruption

Lecture | February 28 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Paul Sum, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, University of North Dakota

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

The massive demonstrations in Romania show that peaceful protests can influence political outcomes, but mobilization is only a first step in combatting the endemic corruption in the country. Options to move forward include replacing key political actors, perhaps through new elections, and reforming political institutions, such as reinforcing the autonomy of the DNA, Romania’s anti-corruption...   More >

The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | February 28 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The first lecture is titled "The Real ‘Skin in the Game’: The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Nina Jablonski

Why Non-Christians Should Study Christian Theology

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor and Chair of Religion, Princeton University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

By now most universities recognize that the religious dimensions of culture and experience are too important, and potentially too dangerous, either to be neglected by our educational institutions or to be consigned exclusively to religious institutions to study. But should the study of religion in universities include theology, which, after all, is rightly regarded as historically Christian and...   More >

Ravinder Kaur | The Second Liberation: Spectacular Capital and the Making of the Aam Aadmi

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies; Director, Centre of Global South Asian Studies, Copenhagen University

 Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

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

A talk by Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Associate Professor of Modern South Asian Studies and Director or the Centre of Global South Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series: An Overview of Occupational Epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect with Erika Garcia, PhD Candidate

Lecture | March 1 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series

 Erika Garcia, http://ehs.sph.berkeley.edu/garcia

 Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (COEH-CE) Program

In this webinar, Erika Garcia, a PhD candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley will provide an overview of occupational epidemiology and the Healthy Worker Effect.

On completion of this webinar participants will:
Gain an understanding of the purpose of occupational epidemiology
Become aware of exposure assessment methods in occupational...   More >

$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit

  Enrollment opens January 30. Enroll online or by calling 510-643-7277, or by emailing info@coehce.org by March 1.

California Countercultures: Pynchon’s Paranoid California with Michael Cohen

Lecture | March 1 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1964, Thomas Pynchon applied for graduate study in the math department at UC Berkeley. Fortunately for world literature, Berkeley rejected Pynchon, who went on to write several of the greatest works of postwar American literature, including The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), Vineland (1990), and Inherent Vice (2009). Though he was rejected by Cal, the Long Island–born...   More >

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

Mobile Technologies for Health

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Ida Sim, Professor, UCSF

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Ida Sim is a primary care physician, informatics researcher, and entrepreneur. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Biomedical Informatics at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her current research focuses on the use of mobile apps and sensors to improv


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

The Director’s Cut: Challenges and Delights of Oral History Narratives with Syrian Refugee Women: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | March 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ozlem Ezer, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate workshop to follow.

Models of Settlement Systems in Pre-Hispanic and Modern Mesoamerica

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

 Mario Castillo, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk details collaborative work on settlement patterns in the Valle de Mezquital, Mexico, with scholars and descendant community members. The first an analysis of regional settlement ecology in the Tula region of Ancient Mesoamerica. The second is a survey of vernacular housing from Mexico's post-revolutionary period. In regards to Tula this presentation will discuss the development of a...   More >

PopUp Exhibition: Alan Elbaum | Between Magic and Medicine: Karaite Manuscripts at The Magnes

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

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Alan Elbaum is a second-year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. While at Berkeley, he is working toward a master's degree in the history of medicine, using manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah. More broadly, Elbaum is interested in the literature and culture of the Jews of Arab lands; historical perspectives on medicine and the social determinants of health; and how...   More >

Queer Reparations of Russia’s Periphery: in non-Metropolitan Time and Space

Lecture | March 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Veronika Lapina, Wayne Vucinich Fellow, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University

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

Guided by the assumption that some spaces more than others produce and are shaped by homophobia, researchers seem to fall into a trap of paranoia, which Eve Sedgwick famously narrated as paying attention only to how systemic oppression functions, thus drifting away from illuminating the ways in which sexuality exhibits itself. Contagious paranoia rearticulates spaces and places - even territories...   More >

The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Dr. Nina Jablonski

Lecture | March 1 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

 Graduate Division

Dr. Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock lectures on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The second lecture is titled "The Cost of Color: The Health and Social Consequences of Skin Color for People Today" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the...   More >

Dr. Nina Jablonski

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tech Talk 1: Tech and the ICC

Lecture | March 2 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 International Criminal Court Investigator

 Human Rights Center

Join the Human Rights Center for a discussion with an ICC investigator on the use of and potential for open source investigations—the combing of publicly accessible resources like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube—to get legal accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and
genocide. This spring, HRC will host three tech events at UC
Berkeley with leading experts in the field speaking...   More >

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Prof. Leigh Raiford, African American Studies); Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez, University of Maryland

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Migrating the Black Body: The African Diaspora and Visual Culture
A roundtable with Prof. Leigh Raiford, African American Studies) and Prof. Heiki Raphael-Hernandez, University of Maryland

Migrating the Black Body explores how visual media-from painting to photography, from global independent cinema to Hollywood movies, from...   More >

Rediscovering Clarice Lispector

Lecture | March 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Katrina Dodson

 Center for Latin American Studies

Katrina Dodson, translator of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector and awardee of Pen Translation Prize discusses “Lispectormania”

A statue of Clarice Lispector and her dog in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Fernando Frazao/Agencia Brasil

Donner ce que l'on n'a pas:: Les gestes paradoxaux du 'Testament'

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 - French Department Library

 Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, Professor Emerita of the University of Paris-Sorbonne

 Department of French

HTNM Lecture with Kavita Philip, "The Pirate Function"

Lecture | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340, BCNM Commons

 Kavita Philip, University of California Irvine

 Center for New Media

Pirates who threaten to invert power relations through appropriating things less tangible than ships and bodies have become a growing concern for the managers of twenty-first-century economic globalization. Appropriating, modifying and sharing a range of less concrete but equally crucial objects, intellectual property “robbers” today traffic in images, music, and software. Although business...   More >

Queer Potentialities: on Space and Communities

Lecture | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 1000 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU MAR 2, 5-6:30 pm. Queer Urbanisms, a student-led initiative at UC Berkeley’s Architecture department, invites you to a talk by Olivier Vallerand.

Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Languages in the Medieval Mediterranean: 2017 Marie G. Ringrose Graduate Lecture

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Karla Mallette, University of Michigan

 Department of Italian Studies, Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Geography, Department of Linguistics, Near Eastern Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Medieval Studies Program, The Program in Romance Languages and Literatures, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Ringrose Lecture, begun in 1998, features a distinguished scholar in some aspect of Italian Studies chosen by a committee of UCB graduate students, who also organize and run the event. The lecture is one of many department activities made possible by the generous contributions of Marie G. Ringrose, a UCB alumna.

Grappling with Cure

Lecture | March 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Tilden Room

 Eli Clare, Author, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

 Public Health, School of

Join writer and activist Eli Clare as he grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds.

  Register online

Rereading Glaucon's challenge: Plato's distinctions in goodness: Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | March 2 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The fourth lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

Lecture | March 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Dina Elenbogen

 Center for Jewish Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Near Eastern Studies

What do we mean by home? In Drawn From Water, American Jewish writer Dina Elenbogen explores her thirty-year friendship with Ethiopian Jewish immigrants in Israel as they struggle in a new country while dealing with her own desire to join them there.

  RSVP online

Friday, March 3, 2017

Jacobs Design Conversations: Barry Katz

Lecture | March 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Barry Katz

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Professor, author, and IDEO fellow Barry Katz will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Anti-Corruption Laws in Latin America: Lunch Talk with Matt Schreiber, Law '85

Lecture | March 3 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Matt Schreiber, Juniper Networks

 Berkeley Journal of International Law

Join the Berkeley Journal of International Law at this special lunch talk featuring Matt Schreiber (Boalt Hall '85), the Director of Legal Affairs, Americas, and Assistant General Counsel of Juniper Networks (and former BJIL alumnus). Matt is an expert on international anti-corruption practices in Latin America. He will share with us current developments in compliance, anti-bribery, and...   More >

Multi-Camera Localization and Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles

Lecture | March 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Steve Waslander, University of Waterloo

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Multi-Camera Localization and Mapping for Autonomous Vehicles

Lecture | March 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Steve Waslander, University of Waterloo

 Institute of Transportation Studies