<< Week of April 22 >>

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dissertation Talk: Physically-based Modeling and Rendering of Complex Visual Appearance

Presentation | April 23 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 510 Soda Hall

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Physically-based Modeling and Rendering of Complex Visual Appearance


Photorealistic Rendering in Computer Graphics is increasingly important. Whether in movies or video games, breathtaking graphics have become one of the most crucial factors to their success. However, state of the art rendering still struggles with two fundamental challenges -- realism and speed. It...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: The Kontsevich-Zagier series and its generalizations

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Jeremy Lovejoy, Universite Denis Diderot - Paris 7

 Department of Mathematics

Despite the fact that it converges on no open subset of the complex plane, the Kontsevich-Zagier series has a number of interesting combinatorial, number-theoretic, and topological properties. I will discuss some of these properties, such as quantum modularity, Ramanujan-type congruences, q-identities, and a relation to the colored Jones polynomial of the trefoil knot, along with a program to...   More >

Mobilizing Synaptic Plasticity to Promote Recovery from Amblyopia

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Mark Bear, PhD, PiCower Professor of Neuroscience, MIT

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Amblyopia is a prevalent form of visual disability that arises during infancy and early childhood when inputs to the visual cortex from the two eyes are poorly balanced (e.g., by misalignment of the eyes, asymmetric refraction, or opacities and obstructions of one eye). Characteristics of amblyopia are very poor acuity in one eye, and an attendant loss of stereopsis. The current standard of care...   More >

The Practice and the Business of Structural Engineering – Success Factors: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Simin Naaseh, President & CEO, Forell/Elsesser

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

What does it take to have a successful structural engineering firm? What are the drivers for success? What are the metrics to measure? How can you make a difference in the firm’s success when you start your first job?

You will hear what Forell/Elsesser Engineers’ CEO considers key success factors, and how every person in a firm can make a difference.

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | April 23 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Sebastian Siegloch, Universität Mannheim

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

50 Shades of Streaming with DASH

Presentation | April 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Ali C. Begen, Ozyegin University, Turkey


HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) has become the technology of choice for delivering video content over the Internet. We first show that when multiple HAS clients share a network bottleneck, bad things happen. To address the problems, we present a number of solution approaches. Second, we discuss the ways to achieve consistent-quality streaming. Third, we look into some of the recent developments in...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Some introductory aspects of Tomita-Takesaki theory

Seminar | April 23 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We explore the theory of Minoru Tomita (later polished and developed more by Masamichi Takesaki) on modular automorphisms of von Neumann algebras. This is a vast subject, and one cannot hope to cover it in one talk. As a result we will look at some basic notions and build a flavor for this subject in this presentation. The theory has led to some important classification results of Type III...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: Spending a Windfall: American Precious Metals and Euro-Asian Trade 1531-1810

Seminar | April 23 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Nuno Palma, University of Manchester

 Department of Economics

Co-sponsored by the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Several homogeneous fully nonlinear elliptic equations in geometry

Seminar | April 23 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Weiyong He, University of Oregon

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss several (related) homogeneous fully nonlinear elliptic equations which originated from Kahler geometry and conformal geometry. We mainly focus on a class of equations introduced by Gursky and Streets. We discuss the existence and regularity of this equation and its application to the sigma-2 problem in conformal geometry.

BLISS Seminar: Stabilizing Gradients for Deep Neural Networks

Seminar | April 23 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Inderjit Dhillon, A9/Amazon/UT Austin

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Vanishing and exploding gradients are two main obstacles in training deep neural networks, especially when trying to capture long range dependencies in recurrent neural networks (RNNs). In this talk, I will present an efficient parametrization of the transition matrix of an RNN that stabilizes the gradients that arise in its training. Specifically, we parameterize the transition matrix by its...   More >

IB Finishing Talk: Population dynamics of green tide macroalgae in the central San Francisco Bay

Seminar | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rosemary Romero, UCB (Lindberg and Sousa Labs)

 Department of Integrative Biology

The Implications of China's New Agency for International Development Cooperation

Seminar | April 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 202 Barrows Hall

 Professor Qi Gubo, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University

 Center for African Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The newly established China Agency for International Development Cooperation (CAIDC) represents a milestone in Chinese diplomacy and foreign aid, especially in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping. Prof. Qi, one of the pioneers who initiated China's development studies on Sino-African cooperation, will discuss the implications of the new agency for...   More >

Cultural intervention in embodied discovery: Investigating the teaching/learning process through the microgenetic lens of dual eye-tracking technology

Colloquium | April 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Anna Shvarts, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University

 Graduate School of Education

The presentation will draw on contemporary investigations of joint attention and joint action to offer a  conceptual bridge between two prominent approaches in educational research: Vygtosky’s cultural-historical view of teaching/learning processes; and dynamic systems theory of development. My thesis is grounded in empirical findings from microgenetic analyses of student–tutor collaboration on...   More >

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Rising Tides, Rising Voices: A Panel on Climate Justice

Panel Discussion | April 23 | 6-8 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute; Jessica Tovar, Staff Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Rachel Morello Frosch, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley; Esther Goolsby, East Oakland Community Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Both environmental degradation and environmental benefits are unevenly distributed along racial and economic lines. This intersection of environmental and social justice is something that we must put at the forefront of our environmental movement. Join us in a panel discussing these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those...   More >

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

DataEDGE Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Information, School of

Are you and your organization taking advantage of the opportunities created by today’s flood of new data?

Do you know about the latest tools for storing, analyzing, and visualizing data? Have you considered the privacy implications of working with data? How do leaders balance intuition and data in making important decisions?

The UC Berkeley School of Information’s DataEDGE conference will...   More >

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Political Ecology in China and Laos

Seminar | April 24 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Juliet Lu, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Erik Sathe, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Juliet is a political ecologist studying the power dynamics involved with the rubber production industry in China and in Laos. In the interview, Juliet explains how political ecology is useful as a lens to explore the interplay of government policy, industry, and conservation.

Juliet Lu

Heathcock Seminar in Organic Chemistry: Demystifying the Soai Reaction

Seminar | April 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Scott Denmark, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

The autocatalytic, asymmetry-amplifying alkylation of pyrimidine-5-carbaldehydes with diisopropylzinc, crowned as the ‘Soai reaction’ occupies a venerable position in organic chemistry. Since its discovery, the reaction with its unique properties representing a fortuitous confluence of three phenomena in catalysis: autocatalysis, enantioselective catalysis and non-linear effects (asymmetric...   More >

In Vivo Delivery of Cas9 Ribonucleoprotein and Donor DNA with Gold Nanoparticles

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Niren Murthy, Department of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Development Lunch: "Technology Adoption and Information Networks" and TBA

Seminar | April 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Benedetta Lerva; Arlen Guarin Galeano

 Department of Economics

The 'dialectics of toil': Reflections on the politics of space after apartheid

Colloquium | April 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 80 Barrows Hall

 Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University Law

 Center for African Studies, Department of Anthropology

This event is a collaboration of CAS Africa Colloquium Series and Anthropology 183 - The Anthropology of Africa (Ferme)

Since the end of the liberation struggle South Africa’s cities have become crucial spaces of self-determination and lively community democracy. Yet their form has changed very little instead highlighting the persistence of poverty (and racism) within neoliberal,...   More >

Anne-Maria B. Makhulu, Associate Professor, Duke University, Cultural Anthropology

The ‘Dialectics of Toil’: Reflections on the Politics of Space after Apartheid

Colloquium | April 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 80 Barrows Hall

 Anne-Maria Makhulu, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

 Center for African Studies

In coordination with Anthropology 183: The Anthropology of Africa.

“A Preference for the Similar: Evidence From Peer Mentoring for Smoking Cessation.”

Colloquium | April 24 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Justin White, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Economics, Institute for Health Policy Studies & the Dept of Epidemiology & Biostatistics UCSF School of Medicine

 Public Health, School of

Although peer effects have been documented in many contexts, little is known about the role played by peer characteristics in mediating those effects. Are people more likely to follow those most similar to them? Along what dimensions does similarity matter most? We study this question in the context of peer mentoring for smoking cessation, delivered by former smokers through a text-messaging...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Hilbert-Smith conjecture for 3-manifolds

Seminar | April 24 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Franco Vargas, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Following the paper of John Pardon of the same title, we will see that there does not exist a faithful action of the p-adic integers on any connected 3-manifold. This is equivalent to showing that any locally compact topological group that acts faithfully on a connected 3-manifold has to be a Lie Group.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Steve Davis

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Gender Differences in Alternating-offer Bargaining: An Experimental Study"

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Nagore Iriberri, University of the Basque Country

 Department of Economics

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

EY-Parthenon Education Forum – Higher Education: Higher education for employment: from a “student service” to an institutional strategy

Colloquium | April 24 | 3-7 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Rena Dorph, Director, Lawrence Hall of Science; Robert Lytle, Global Head of Education, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP; Dave Hoverman, Managing Director, EY-Parthenon, Ernst & Young LLP; Dan Black, Director, EY Global Recruiting Leader, Ernst & Young LLP; Manny Contomanolis, Senior Associate Vice President, Northeastern University; Kelly Peaton, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Organization Foundation; David Stern, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley; Jim Wunderman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Council; P.K. Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, Northeastern University Silicon Valley; Tammeil Y. Gilkerson, President, Laney College; Mary B. Marcy, President, Dominican University of California; John C. Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University; Leroy M. Morishita, President, California State University, East Bay; David Vice, President, Asher College

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

“To get a good job” is the top priority of 88% of today’s entering freshmen. Embedded within the mission of each higher education institution, then, is an aspiration (implicit or explicit) for excellence in career relevance for its students.

Despite this near-universal objective and a surfeit of programs and services, the putative beneficiaries of these energies – students and employers – are...   More >

$0 There is no price to attend, but registration is required. To register, please email EYPEF.HigherEd@parthenon.ey.com.

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Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Simultaneous representation of sensory and mnemonic information in human visual cortex.

Colloquium | April 24 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 John Serences, Department of Psychology, UCSD

 Department of Psychology

Computation in Nature and Lifelong Learning Machines

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 606 Soda Hall

 Hava Siegelmann, DARPA

 Security research group

Lifelong Learning encompasses computational methods that allow systems to learn in runtime and incorporate learning for application in new, unanticipated situations.

Electron Correlation from Vacuum Fluctuations

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Filipp Furche, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

 College of Chemistry

The traditional view of electron correlation is based on the cluster expansion of the correlation energy into contributions from pairs, triples,...of electrons. Fluctuation-based electronic structure methods, on the other hand, use vacuum fluctuations corresponding to virtual pairs of electrons and holes traveling forward and backward in time, and their multiples, to describe correlation in...   More >

The Art of Ingenuity: The Swindle Story around the World

Colloquium | April 24 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia

 Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Why do collections of swindle stories appear at certain times and places? In China, for example, the swindle story has experienced bursts of popularity during the late Ming, the early Republican era, the early Mao era, and during the last 20 years. And comparable works exist around the world. What, for example, do Zhang Yingyu’s Book of Swindles (Ming China, 1617), Richard King’s The New Cheats...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Political Connections and Market Structure"

Seminar | April 24 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Lorenzo Magnolfi, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Department of Economics

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains: Fashion Panel

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Institute for Business and Social Impact

Join Net Impact for an engaging conversation and interactive panel on sustainability in the fashion industry. Panelists will share how their companies are approaching sustainability and the opportunities and challenges that emerging and legacy fashion brands face when it comes to sustainable supply chains. This event is perfect for anyone in business, design or anyone who wants to know more about...   More >

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulated protein degradation in bacterial growth and stress response"

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Peter Chien, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

We are an interdisciplinary lab focused on understanding regulated protein degradation and quality control using biochemistry, structural biology and cell biology. Our primary approach is to use both molecular and cellular techniques to understand the mechanisms that lead to specific substrate processing during basic cellular events.

Safety Net Investments in Children: The Evidence on SNAP/Cal-Fresh

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Center Sacramento, Room LL3

 1130 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

 Hillary Hoynes, Department of Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Food Institute

SNAP is the second largest anti-poverty program for children in the U.S. The research consistently shows that SNAP leads to reductions in food insecurity, satisfying a core goal of the program. Recent research shows that the benefits of SNAP are much broader and further reaching than the reduction in food insecurity. Professor Hoynes summarizes the evidence from current research that quantifies...   More >

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“Design Principles of Living Membranes”

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Ilya Levental, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Recent discoveries have elucidated the crucial role for liquid-liquid phase separation phenomena in cellular biology. I will briefly introduce recent discoveries in three-dimensional phase partitioning of the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm, followed by our recent observations on phase separation in mammalian plasma membranes. The plasma membrane is the physical and functional interface between a cell...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Jesyka Melendez: The immunogenetics of mating behavior in Peromyscus: A genomic approach

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Jesyka Melendez (Finishing Talk)

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Message Intended is Not Message Received: Shame, Stigma, and Disengagement in the Academic Probation Notification Process

Colloquium | April 25 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Shannon Brady, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

An important institutional and societal dilemma is how to notify people when they are not meeting performance or community standards without undermining their motivation and efforts to do so. Focusing on the context of college students being placed on academic probation, I find that college administrators overwhelmingly intend probation to be helpful to and motivating for students but that...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Avoiding Communication in First-Order Methods for Optimization

Presentation | April 25 | 1-2 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Aditya Devarakonda

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Iterative ML methods are particularly sensitive to communication cost since they often require communication every iteration. We derive communication-avoiding variants of BCD methods that solve popular regression, classification, and related kernel problems. We show that these variants are numerically stable and can attain large speedups of up to 6.1x on a Cray XC30 supercomputer.

Building a Successful Bio Startup: Keynote by Sam Altman

Panel Discussion | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Sam Altman, Y Combinator

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

On April 25th, we welcome Y Combinator President Sam Altman to campus in conversation with bio entrepreneurs from the University of California. Gain insights about building a successful bio venture and learn about the launch of YC Bio.

RSVP is required and space is limited. Overflow seating and waitlist will be available.


  Registration opens April 10. Register  by April 25.


Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): The Polyfold Gromov-Witten Invariants

Seminar | April 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Wolfgang Schmaltz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Polyfold theory, as developed by Hofer, Wysocki, and Zehnder, is a relatively new approach to resolving transversality issues that arise in the study of J-holomorphic curves in symplectic geometry. In this talk I explain the polyfold theoretic approach to defining the Gromov-Witten invariants for all closed symplectic manifolds.

Introduction to Differential GPS: GPS and Realtime Correction signals

Workshop | April 25 | 2-4 p.m. | 110 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, Lab Manager, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Learn Terrasync, Range Finder, post-processing, and realtime correction

15th Annual Sustainability Summit: Sponsored by the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

Conference/Symposium | April 25 | 2:30-4:45 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Speiker Room-Chou Hall

 Vien Truong, CEO, Dream Corp

 Chancellor Carol Christ; Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher

 Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s Summit is celebrating Berkeley's environmental achievements. Join for a poster session and reception, remarks and award ceremony with Chancellor Christ, and a keynote address by Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corp (#GreenForAll).

The weak Pinsker property

Seminar | April 25 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tim Austin, UCLA

 Department of Statistics

This talk is about the structure theory of measure-preserving systems: transformations of a finite measure space that preserve the measure. Many important examples arise from stationary processes in probability, and simplest among these are the i.i.d. processes. In ergodic theory, i.i.d. processes are called Bernoulli shifts. Some of the main results of ergodic theory concern an invariant of...   More >

Situated modeling: applying a modeler's manifesto to collaborative data science in rural Zimbabwe

Colloquium | April 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall

 M.V. Eitzel Solera, University of California Santa Cruz

 Department of Geography

As a practicing modeler by training and experience, I have encountered many issues concerning the way data are handled, how models are made, and, in particular, how truth claims emerge from modeling. "Big data" are increasingly discussed in academic venues and elsewhere as an unquestioned good. However, there is dangerous potential for models to marginalize people based on biased or inappropriate...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Gromov-Witten Axioms for Symplectic Manifolds via Polyfold Theory

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Wolfgang Schmaltz, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In 1994 Kontsevich and Manin stated the Gromov-Witten axioms, given as a list of formal relations between the Gromov-Witten invariants. In this talk I prove several of the Gromov-Witten axioms for curves of arbitrary genus for all closed symplectic manifolds.

ERG Colloquium: Riley Duren: Measuring and Mitigating California’s Methane Emissions

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Riley Duren, Chief Systems Engineer & Engineering Fellow, Earth Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA

 Energy and Resources Group

I will present progress, challenges and opportunities for measuring and mitigating methane emissions in California including case studies at the intersection of natural science, engineering, big data, public policy and private enterprise. I will also discuss the future prospects for applying these capabilities globally.

Applied Math Seminar: High-order, linearly stable, partitioned solvers for general multiphysics problems based on implicit-explicit Runge-Kutta schemes

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Zhengyu Huang, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

The numerical simulation of multiphysics problems is significant in many engineering and scientific applications, e.g., aircraft flutter in transonic flows, biomedical flows in heart and blood vessels, mixing and chemically reacting flows, reactor fuel performance, turbomachinery and so on. These problems are generally highly nonlinear, feature multiple scales and strong coupling effects, and...   More >

Microbial and Mineral Mechanisms Controlling Soil Carbon Cycling and Storage/Understanding Factors Impacting Ionomer Thin-film Gas Transport

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Katerina Georgiou, Ph.D. student in the Thorn Group; Meron Tesfaye, Ph.D. student in the McCloskey Group and Weber Group

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Human Thermogenic Adipose Tissue Development and Metabolic Disease

Seminar | April 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Silvia Corvera, University of Massachusetts Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Tech Profiling, Policing, and Disruption of our 'Sanctuary Cities': A conversation and strategy session with speakers from Arab Resource Organizing Center, Asian Law Caucus, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Anti-Police Terror Project

Seminar | April 25 | 5-8 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117)

 Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource Organizing Center; Christina Sinha, National Security and Civil Rights Program Co-Leader, Asian Law Caucus; Cat Brooks, Executive Director, Justice Teams Network & Co-Founder Anti-Police Terror Project; Stephanie Lacambra, Attorney and Legal Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

 Juan Prieto, Immigrant Rights Organizer / Statewide Communications Strategist, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance; Leslie Dreyer, ACES Artist in Residence and Organizer, ACES Program and Housing Rights Committee

 American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Arts + Design

Technologies coming out of the Bay Area are being used to surveil, profile, police and even deport vulnerable residents in our so-called Sanctuary Cities. Platforms claiming to promote democracy have corrupted it – often privileging white supremacy and recentralizing power while silencing dissent of targeted communities. Combining analysis by legal experts and on-the-ground organizers, we'll...   More >

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 26 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Dissertation Talk: Power Management for Li-ion Battery to Processor Core Supply: A direct Power Delivery Scheme Enabled with a Hybrid DC-DC Converter Approach

Seminar | April 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Yongjun Li

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Due to limited platform size, most portable and wearable electronics call for a compact power management achitecture with high efficiency and high power density. The conventional buck converter requires bulky magnetics that consume a large amount of board areas. The switched capacitor (SC) converter, though promising for a fully integrated solution, is not efficient for continuous voltage...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Exploratory model analysis for machine learning

Seminar | April 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Biye Jiang, UC Berkeley, Department of EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Machine learning is growing in importance in many different fields. However, it is still very hard for users to tune hyper-parameters when optimizing their models, or perform a comprehensive and interpretable diagnosis for complex models like deep neural nets. Existing developer tool like TensorBoard only provides limited functionality which usually visualizes model statistics based on metrics...   More >

Publish Digital Books and Open Textbooks with Pressbooks

Workshop | April 26 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, Dwinelle 117 (Level D)

 Maria Gould


If you're looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can...   More >

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Econ 235, Financial Economics: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 26 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Jennifer La'O, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

ESPM Seminar Series - Eric Dougherty

Seminar | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. |  Mulford Hall

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Join us for the 2018 Distinguished Lecture by an ESPM Student - Eric Dougherty of the Getz Lab.

Coffee will be served in 139 Mulford Hall. Please bring your own mug.

This event is open to the public.

Adversarial Machine Learning

Seminar | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Doug Tygar, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

Please join us on April 26, 2018 at 12pm for an interactive seminar focused on adversarial machine learning, featuring Doug Tygar, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and Professor of Information Management at UC Berkeley. This event is presented as part of the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity's 2018 Spring Seminar Series.

  RSVP online by April 24.

Professor Doug Tygar

The Political Economy of Intervention: Education and Biomedicine in the Neoliberal Era

Colloquium | April 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Duster Room

 2420 Bowditch street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 René Espinoza Kissell, Ph.D. Candidate, Education Policy and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley; Anthony Wright, Ph.D. candidate in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, University of California, Berkeley

 Sandra Smith, Professor of Sociology and the Interim Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Rene Kissell | "The Enduring Financial 'Crisis' of Urban School Districts: A Case Study of the Political Evolution of the Portfolio Strategy" 

Anthony Wright | "Black Families, Cancer, and the Existential Weight of Racism"   

Sandra Smith as respondent |Professor of Sociology and the Interim Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California,...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | April 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Fabrizio Zilibotti, Yale

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Living With Teens Without Losing Your Mind (BEUHS364)

Workshop | April 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Julie Johnson, Parent Educator, Hand in Hand Parenting

 Work/Life Program

Now that they’re a teenager, you need a whole new set of instructions:
· It’s hard to know how to stay close to them when they’re pushing you away.
· You’re triggered by everything they say—especially that rude, snarky talk—but somewhere deep down inside you still love them.
· You have little patience for their irritability and moodiness, but you know you have to be the loving adult.
·...   More >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | April 26 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Reframing Tech Speaker Series with Dr. Marcia Linn: Education, Equity, and Underrepresentation in STEM

Seminar | April 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Dr. Marcia Linn, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Bias Busters is hosting the Reframing Tech Speaker Series in Spring & Fall 2018 to start a discussion about the issues underlying the lack of representation of people of color, women, people with disabilities, and other minorities in STEM, as well as wider ethical issues in tech. Each talk will be followed by a discussion about actionable steps we can all take – as students, faculty, staff;...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Statistical Arbitrage

Seminar | April 26 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: George Papanicolaou, Stanford

 Center for Risk Management Research

Statistical arbitrage is a collection of trading algorithms that are widely used today but can have very uneven performance, depending on their detailed implementation. I will introduce these methods and explain how  the data used as trading signals are prepared so that they depend weakly on market dynamics but have adequate statistical regularity. The trading algorithm itself will be presented...   More >

IB Seminar: Saviors of the reef?: Context-dependent control of algae by coral reef fish

Seminar | April 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Mike Gil, University of California, Davis

 Department of Integrative Biology

A Learning-Based Approach to Safety in Robotic Systems

Presentation | April 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 337B Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As robotic systems become more pervasive, the need for algorithms that can ensure their safety becomes paramount. In this talk we propose a novel framework for ensuring safety in such systems. This framework is amenable to data-driven methods that learn about the system's safety through observations.

TBSI Seminar - Electrochemistry and Membrane-Based Water Treatment: Synergies and Challenges

Seminar | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250

 Dr. David Jassby, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California – Los Angeles

 Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

ESPM Remote Sensing Job Talk Series - Youngryel Ryu

Seminar | April 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Youngryel Ryu, Associate Professor, Seoul National University shares his talk, "Integration of near-surface and satellite remote sensing to monitor land-atmosphere interactions from the leaf to global scales"

Coffee will be served at 2:00 PM in 139 Mulford Hall. Please bring a reusable mug.

This event is open to the public.

Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia

Seminar | April 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Emery Brown , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, University of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne; Peter Sahlins, History, UC Berkeley; David Bates, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Pierre Serna and Peter Sahlins will discuss their respective books, "Like Beasts: Political History of the Animal in Revolution (1750-1840)" and "1668: The Year of the Animal in France." They will be joined by David Bates, author of "Enlightenment Aberrations: Error and Revolution in France."

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Network Formation: Weighted Digraph with Partitioned Vertices"

Seminar | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Seongjoo Min, UCB

 Department of Economics

French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins, David Bates, Department of History

 Department of History

A conversation between Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins (History, Berkeley) & David Bates (Rhetoric, Berkeley). Part II of a series of two talks. Part I (April 23): "Whither the French Revolution?". A talk by Pierre Serna (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) with comments by Carla Hesse (History, Berkeley).
& Susan Maslan (French, Berkeley).

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Metric collapsing of hyperkahler K3 surfaces

Colloquium | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Song Sun, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A K3 surface is a simply connected compact complex surface with trivial canonical bundle. Moduli space of K3 surfaces has been extensively studied in algebraic geometry and it can be characterized in terms of the period map by the Torelli theorem. The differential geometric significance is that every K3 surface admits a hyperkahler metric (a metric whose holonomy group is SU(2)), which is in...   More >

Book Talk: Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea

Colloquium | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dafna Zur, Stanford University

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Figuring Korean Futures is the story of the emergence and development of writing for children in modern Korea. This privileged location enabled writers and illustrators, educators and psychologists, intellectual elite and laypersons to envision the child as a powerful antidote to the present and as an uplifting metaphor of colonial Korea's future.

Book Talk: Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus

Reading - Nonfiction | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library (227 Haviland Hall)

 Ellen Moore, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

 Library, Institute for the Study of Society Issues

Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus (Duke University Press) traces the college experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans on California college campuses. Ellen Moore's book findings challenge the popular narrative that explain student veterans' academic difficulties, while showing how these narratives lead to suppression of campus debates about...   More >

Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus

Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley: Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall

Colloquium | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley Food Institute

From 2015 to 2018, the Berkeley Food Institute collected data on the entities at UC Berkeley who participate in food-related learning and practice on campus—encompassing teaching, student and faculty research, student organizations, administrative decisions and initiatives, and dining services and procurement—with the goal of revealing barriers to the full participation of historically...   More >

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Max Elbaum in Conversation with Colleen Lye and Joshua Clover

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Max Elbaum

 Colleen Lye, Professor, Berkeley English; Joshua Clover, Professor, UC Davis, Department of English

 Department of English

Elbaum will discuss his book Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao, and Che with Colleen Lye (UC Berkeley) and Joshua Clover (UC Davis).

Friday, April 27, 2018

Probabilistic Operator Algebra seminar: Fixed-point properties for actions on cones and invariant traces on C*-algebras

Seminar | April 27 | 9-10:30 a.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Mikael Rordam, University of Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

Nicolas Monod has in a recent paper introduced a new class of groups with the fixed-point property for cones, characterized by always admitting a non-trivial fixed-point whenever they act on cones (under some additional hypothesis). He showed that this class contains all groups of sub-exponential growth and is contained in the class of supramenable groups. (It is not known if these three classes...   More >

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

The aim of this conference, jointly organized by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

 This event is free and open to the public.

Placing Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), Suite 510

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

Friday April 27, 9 am - 4 pm
Saturday April 28 9:30 am - 1:15 pm

What is Asia? Since the evolution of Area Studies out of its singular post-war focus on defining and understanding alterity, the field has grappled with this central question through an array of analytical frames: the nation-state, identity, culture, belief systems, economies, flows, and connectivity. This conference seeks to...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Quantum correlations, tensor norms, and factorizable quantum channels

Seminar | April 27 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Magdalena Musat, University of Copenhagen

 Department of Mathematics

In joint work with Haagerup, we established in 2015 a reformulation of the Connes embedding problem in terms of an asymptotic property of quantum channels posessing a certain factorizability property, introduced by Anantharaman-Delaroche in the setting of Markov maps between von Neumann algebras. I will discuss new results concerning the class of channels which exactly factor through matrix...   More >

Competence, Performance, and Norms for Religious Credence

Colloquium | April 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Neil Van Leeuwen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Hosted by Tania Lombrozo

Mind in the Gutter: Radically Rethinking Stormwater with Environmental Chemistry: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | April 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Joe Charbonnet, PhD candidate, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: The Best Reciprocal Resonators Make the Best Nonreciprocal Systems

Seminar | April 27 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Sunil Bhave, Purdue University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Circulators are a key building block in next generation microwave systems for Simultaneous Transmit and Receive Radios (STAR) and Quantum Computing. State-of-the-art circulators have a ferro-magnet that breaks reciprocity but is hard to scale down to chip-scale dimensions for integrating with on-chip electronic components. The demand is even more urgent in photonic systems where it is essential...   More >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Generalized associahedra and cluster algebras

Seminar | April 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Ground Penetrating Radar Interpretation

Workshop | April 27 | 1-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram

 Archaeological Research Facility

This is a GPR interpretation workshop for people with prior experience.

  Make reservations online

GPR Grid Plot

Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Materials: Wafer-Scale Synthesis, Exciton Condensation, and Catalysis for Water Splitting: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | April 27 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Prof. Linyou Cao, North Carolina State Univ., MSE / ECE / Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials such as MoS2, WS2, MoSe2, and WSe2 present an attractive semiconductor option at the atomic level. These materials bear great promise to enable the development of novel devices in a variety of technical fields, including information technology, photonics, and clean energy.

In this talk, I will present our latest progress in...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Hypoelliptic Diffusions with Singular Drift

Seminar | April 27 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It has been known that even when the vector field has no regularity, if ODE is perturbed by non-degenerate Brownian motion, then one can construct a solution. In this talk, we discuss a similar phenomenon when generating Brownian motion is degenerate but hypoelliptic. I will introduce a basic theory of the analysis on Lie groups and how this theory can be applied to prove the probabilistic...   More >

Composition Colloquium - Martin Matalon Bloch Lecture: Bloch Lecture 1 - Composing Across Media: The Music of Martín Matalon

Colloquium | April 27 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, Martin Matalon received his Bachelor degree in Composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music In 1984, and in 1986 his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. In 1989, having initiated himself in conducting with Jacques-Louis Monod, he founded Music Mobile, a New York-based ensemble devoted to the contemporary repertoire (1989-96).

Among his awards,...   More >

MENA Salon: Belonging and Exclusion: Mizrahi Communities in Israel

Workshop | April 27 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Muetterties Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: Chemistry of bismuth in medicine

Seminar | April 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Hongzhe Sun, Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong

 College of Chemistry

Bismuth(III) compounds such as bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol®), colloidal bismuth subcitrate (De-Nol®) and ranitidine bismuth citrate (Tritec®, Pylorid®) have long been used in medicine for the treatment of a variety of diseases. Bismuth drugs in combination with antibiotics as a quadruple therapy show excellent successful rate in the eradication of H. pylori even for antibiotic resistance...   More >

Rape as a Weapon of War: Yazidi Women Break the Silence: Keynote Address at the 2018 Near Eastern Studies Graduate Student Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 27 | 5-8 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 miriam cooke, Duke University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Keynote Address by miriam cooke, Duke University, at 5:00 pm.
Reception to follow at 6:30 pm, with music by Fathi Al-Jarrah.

Day 1 of the Near Eastern Studies Graduate Student Conference
Hard Times: Critical Approaches to Crisis and its Aftermath

The Influence of Immigration on Tourism - The Case of Canada

Colloquium | April 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall | Note change in location

 Frederic Dimanche, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Ryerson University

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Tourism Studies Working Group

Over half of all immigrants in Canada settled in three major tourism destinations: Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal. Before the 1980s, Canada was welcoming over half of all immigrants and travellers from Europe and America. Now the share of these immigrants has decreased to under 30% as of 2016 and Asia has become over the years the main source of immigrants (over 48%). Mirroring this trend,...   More >

South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future: A Conversation between the Dhaka Art Summit founders, Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani and New York-based Artist, Chitra Ganesh

Panel Discussion | April 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The Berkeley City Club, The West Courtyard & the Drawing Room

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Nadia Samdani, Co Founder and President, The Samdani Art Foundation; Rajeeb Samdani, Co Founder and Trustee, The Samdani Art Foundation; Chitra Ganesh, Visual Artist

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative

Inaugurating the South Asia Art Initiative, the Institute's new initiative focused on art and visual culture in South Asia. With Rajeeb Samdani and Nadia Samdani (co-founders of the Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit) and New York-based artist, Chitra Ganesh, discussing the past and future of South Asian art and the critical work that platforms such as the Dhaka Art Summit perform.

Chitra Ganesh, “Hanuman (Baltimore)” (2015), mixed media on canvas including sindhoor, artificial hair, vinyl glass, beetle wings and fabric, 60 x 48 in (image courtesy the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco)