<< Week of April 02 >>

Monday, April 3, 2017

War Is Coming: Between Past and Future Violence in Lebanon

Lecture | April 3 | 12-2 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Sami Hermez, Northwestern University in Qatar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Anthropology

From 1976 to 1990, Lebanon experienced a long war involving various national and international actors. The peace agreement that followed and officially propelled the country into a "postwar" era did not address many of the root causes of war, nor did it hold main actors accountable. Instead, a politics of "no victor, no vanquished" was promoted, in which the political elite agreed simply to...   More >

1924: The Year of Peace? Photography, Publics, and Weimar Republic Pacifism

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jonathan Long, Professor of German and Visual Culture at the University of Durham (UK)

 Institute of European Studies

In the early years of the Weimar Republic a range of new polities, collectives, and publics grew up within the newly-formed democratic state. This created conditions for new forms of political action and address. In this lecture, two case studies – Ernst Friedrich’s book War against War! and John Heartfield’s photomontage Ten Years On – are the starting point for an exploration of the ways in...   More >

From Anti-fascism to Anti-Zionism to Undeclared War: The West German Left, the East German Regime and Israel 1949-1989

Lecture | April 3 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor, History, University of Maryland, College Park

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Jewish Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

After Nazism and the Holocaust the East German government became a fierce opponent of the state of Israel, one that it denounced as a “spearhead” of US imperialism. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the end of the Cold War, the East German Communists combined hostile propaganda with military training and delivery of weapons to the Arab states at war with Israel and to the Palestine...   More >

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): Elliptic curves and Hilbert's 10th problem

Lecture | April 3 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Shelly Manber, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

ARCH Lecture: Keith Krumwiede

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, APR 3, 6:30PM. Following the Admitted Student Open House, CED Alum Keith Krumwiede, will present on his new publication &quot;Atlas of Another America&quot;.

“Mediating Reality: The New Role of Visual Journalism,” Richard Koci Hernandez: ATC Lecture

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Canceled

 Richard Koci Hernandez

 Berkeley Center for New Media

The image-sphere is upon us. Images have surpassed words and visuals now play a central role in shaping conversation. But the advent of new technologies bring with it challenges for journalism and how we tell true stories in the age of virtual reality. What is visual truth when viewed in virtual or augmented worlds? What are the dangers and opportunities when journalists craft these digital...   More >

ATC Lecture – Tiffany Chung “Remapping History: The Unwanted Population”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater | Canceled

 Tiffany Chung

 Center for New Media, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Global Urban Humanities

EDIT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. Tiffany Chung will discuss her comparative study of forced migration through the current global refugee crises, most notably the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis, and the post-1975 Vietnamese mass exodus...   More >

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Duterte’s Violent “Right” Populism in the Philippines

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mark Thompson, Professor of Politics, City University of Hong Kong

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Since his election, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a violent crackdown on drugs. For many Filipinos, this state violence has created a sense of political order amidst weak institutions. Duterte's “right” populism shows similarities to illiberalism elsewhere in Southeast Asia but differs from “rich world” right populism represented by Trump and the European far right.

Mark Thompson

The Yugoslav Gulag: The Goli otok (Barren Island) Labor Camp, 1949-1956

Lecture | April 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Martin Previsic, Assistant Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

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

The Goli otok (Barren island) labor camp was one of the best kept secrets in Tito’s Yugoslavia. During the Tito-Stalin split of 1948, over 13,000 genuine and alleged Stalin supporters were incarcerated and subjected to harsh treatment. Violence and hard labor were used in order to politically “re-educate” inmates. Several methods used in the camps, including a complex system of fictional...   More >

The Robbins Collection Center's Lecture in Islamic Law: Is Islamic Law "Religious" Law?

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 170 The Law Building

 Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

 Robbins Collection Center

Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, will give a public lecture on Islamic Law.

"Digital Doomsday: A Perspective from the Pathology Called Europe," Jan De Vos

Lecture | April 4 | 5-6 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340, BCNM Commons

 Jan De Vos

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Allegedly, no reflection, knowledge nor theory are needed in the business of shaping the onlife self – let the data, algorithms and bots do the work!

In this talk probe the pitfalls that theory and criticism should avoid in this era of the digitalization of (inter)subjectivity. I argue that a critical history of digitalization needs in the first place a critical history of subjectivity. I go...   More >

Recursive Archaeology: An ontological approach to anthropomorphic ceramics from first millennium CE northwest Argentina: ARF Spring Lecture

Lecture | April 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Benjamin Alberti, Professor, Framingham State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

The question driving this talk is how to understand anthropomorphism in archaeological material, particularly in three-dimensional artefactual form.

Dr. Benjamin Alberti

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

California Countercultures: Art/Politics/Aesthetics (notes from the field) with Stephanie Syjuco

Lecture | April 5 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Most recently she has been engaged in the research and dissemination of fabric banners, sharing imagery and slogans patterns for protest

Admission to this lecture is free.

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Codex Painting Practices and Technological Traditions in Ancient Mesoamerica: Non-Invasive Scientific Analyses of Pre-Hispanic and Early Colonial Pictorial Manuscripts

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

 Davide Domenici, Assistant Professor, University of Bologna, Department of History and Cultures

 Archaeological Research Facility

Non-invasive scientific analyses recently performed by the European mobile laboratory MOLAB on a number of pre-Hispanic and early colonial pictorial Mesoamerican manuscripts allowed us to chemically characterize their material compositions, significantly deepening our knowledge of Mesoamerican codex painting practices. Davide Domenici, a Mesoamericanist from the University of Bologna (Italy)...   More >

Improving Solar Energy Delivery to Homes

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Cindi Choi, Senior Director, Global Strategy & Business Development, SunPower

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Cindi Choi is the Senior Director, Global Strategy & Business Development at SunPower.


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

Sacred Founders: Women, Men, and Gods in the Discourse of Imperial Founding, Rome through Early Byzantium: Townsend Book Chat with Diliana Angelova. Intro by Thomas Laqueur.

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Sacred Founders argues that from the time of Augustus through early Byzantium, a discourse of "sacred founders” helped legitimate the authority of the emperor and his family. Introduction by Thomas Laqueur.

Austria and Migration: The Current Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dirk Rupnow, Dirk Rupnow, Head of the Institute for Contemporary History, University of Innsbruck & Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at Stanford University

 Institute of European Studies

Migration is the single biggest challenge for European countries and the European Union today. It is closely linked to questions of (national) identity, social pluralism, and diversity. The talk focuses on Austria as an example and puts the current so-called „refugee crisis“ in the context of the broader history of the postwar Austrian Republic. It discusses the status of migration in the...   More >

PopUp Exhibition: Ira Fink on El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya: Context and Meaning

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Alongside a distinguished career in college and university planning, Ira Fink has assembled a significant research collection of books on synagogue architecture and Jewish ceremonial art. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Dr. Fink’s family collection includes one of the few surviving sets of the eleven lithographs of...   More >

Learning from Legends: Ronn Guidi in conversation with Margaret Jenkins

Lecture | April 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Oakland Ballet Company founder Ronn Guidi in conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company as OLLI @Berkeley celebrates local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines.

Writing and Thinking in Two+ Languages: Interview with Adriana Lisboa

Lecture | April 5 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Award-winning Brazilian novelist and poet Adriana Lisboa speaks in conversation with Professor Candace Slater (Spanish & Portuguese) about the work of writing and translation.

View from the Top: Dan Rasky: Lessons Learned from Disrupting the Civilian Aerospace Industry

Lecture | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Dan Rasky, Senior Scientist, Founder & Chief, Space Portal Office, NASA

 College of Engineering, American Nuclear Society student chapter

Antinoupolis, yesterday and today

Lecture | April 5 | 5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, 101 (Morrison Library)

 Rosario Pintaudi, Director, Excavations of the Istituto Papirologico “G. Vitelli” (Università degli Studi di Firenze) at Antinoupolis, Università di Messina/Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Pintaudi will discuss the history and current excavations of Antinoupolis, the magnificent city (later a provincial capital) that the Emperor Hadrian founded in Middle Egypt near the site at which his favorite Antinoos drowned in AD 130. Professor Pintaudi has been excavating at the site for nearly two decades.

ARCH Lecture: Michael Maltzan

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

 College of Environmental Design

WED, APR 5, 6:30pm Michael Maltzan will present as part of the Spring 17 ARCH Lecture series in 112 Wurster.

Master of Development Practice Spring Lecture 2017: Water, Food Supply and Disease Control in Africa, Southeast Asia and California

Lecture | April 5 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Vince Resh, Professor, University of California Berkeley

 College of Natural Resources, Master of Development Practice

Discover the challenges, successes and lessons learned by one of UC Berkeley’s most preeminent proponents of local and global sustainability.

For four decades Professor Vincent Resh has brought state-of-the-art science to critical policy decisions in California and around the globe. Professor of Aquatic Ecology and Entomology, Professor Resh has published nearly 400 research articles and...   More >

Professor of Aquatic Ecology and and Entomology

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The History of Higher Education in California: Big Data Approach

Lecture | April 6 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Zach Bleemer


In his talk, Zach Bleemer will discuss how he has used data science - thousands of computer-processed versions of annual registers, directories, and catalogs - to reconstruct a near-complete database of all students, faculty, and courses at four-year universities in California in the first half of the 20th century, including the UC system. Visualizations of this database display the expansion of...   More >

LECTURE: Alvar Aalto and the International Modern Movement

Lecture | April 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 104 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU, APR 6, NOON. Please join us for a talk by Dr. Ylimaula, Professor in Architectural History and Restoration Studies and Director of the Doctoral Programme in Architecture at the University of Oulu, Finland. Open to the public.

Global Health Inequalities, Justice and Governance: A Lecture by: Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger

Lecture | April 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 545 Li Ka Shing Center

 Dr. Jennifer Ruger, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, University of Pennsylvania

 Public Health, School of, School of Public Health (Bioethics), Center for Global Public Health, Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair for Ethics and Spirituality in Health at UCSF

Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Her talk will build on the work of Amartya Sen, and address health inequalities.


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Europe: A Literary History (1559-1648)

Lecture | April 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Warren Boutcher, Queen Mary University of London

 Department of Italian Studies, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography, Bancroft Library, Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Department of English, Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography.

Join us for Dr Boutcher’s lecture, followed by a round table discussion with UC Berkeley faculty:

Ivonne de Valle, Spanish & Portuguese
Timothy Hampton, French and Comparative Literature
Victoria Kahn, English and Comparative Literature
Ignacio Navarrete, Spanish & Portuguese
Diego Pirillo, Italian Studies

Dangerous Belief? Xin 信 in Occult Anecdotes in Tang and Song China: Berkeley Public Theology Lecture

Lecture | April 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220

 Robert Hymes, Carpentier Professor of Oriental Studies, Columbia University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Robert Hymes received his B.A. from Columbia College (1972), and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania. His work so far has focused on the social and cultural history of middle period and early modern China, drawing questions and sometimes data from cultural anthropology as well as history, and using the methods of the local historian to study elite culture, family...   More >

Thomas Blom Hansen | Urban Theory goes South: On the Historicity of Space and Urban Imagination in South Asia

Lecture | April 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Thomas Blom Hansen, Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor in South Asian Studies; Professor in Anthropology; Director of Center for South Asia, Stanford 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

Talk by Stanford anthropologist and leading contemporary commentator on religious and political violence in India, Dr. Thomas Blom Hansen.

ERG Annual Lecture: Arlie Hochschild: Pollution, the Political Divide and the Possibility of Common Ground

Lecture | April 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Sociology Department

 Energy and Resources Group

TITLE: Pollution, the Political Divide and the Possibility of Common Ground

ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen...   More >

Friday, April 7, 2017

Why the Berlin Painter? On Painting in the Dark: AHMA Noon Colloquium

Lecture | April 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 François Lissarrague, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Elisa Giaccardi

Lecture | April 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Elisa Giaccardi

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Professor and designer Elisa Giaccardi will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Translation as Communication across Languages and Cultures

Lecture | April 7 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Juliane House, Hellenic American University

 Berkeley Language Center


Airport Capacity Prediction Using Machine Learning and its Applications

Lecture | April 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Sreeta Gorripaty, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Air traffic managers and flight operators are faced with challenging decisions due to the uncertainty in capacity stemming from variability in weather, demand and human factors. Accurate airport capacity predictions are necessary to develop efficient decision-support tools for air traffic control and for planning effective traffic management initiatives. Capacity of an airport can be...   More >

Fact, Fiction, Data: Theory and Method in the Historiography of the Novel

Lecture | April 7 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 - French Department Library

 Françoise Lavocat, Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle Comparative Literature

 Nicholas Paige, Professor, UC Berkeley - French Department

 Department of French

Black Life: Lynice Pinkard

Lecture | April 7 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

Join pastor, author, and community activist Lynice Pinkard for a lecture and conversation entitled “Our Usable Past.” Pinkard examines historical, cultural, and movement moments to reveal the particular gifts that New World Africans have brought and continue to bring, and explores the dialectical tensions between suffering and hope, sorrow and...   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

Ramachandra Guha | India at Seventy - A Historian's Report Card: The Inaugural Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India"

Lecture | April 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Ramachandra Guha, Indian historian and Author

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Bhattacharya India Fund at UC Berkeley

Ramachandra Guha delivers the inaugural lecture in this newly established lecture series on the Future of India.