<< Week of September 14 >>

Monday, September 10, 2018

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

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

 Tom Biolsi, Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

 Department of Ethnic Studies

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

Mediations and Collaborations: A Conversation with Susan Meiselas

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

 Susan Meiselas

 Arts Research Center

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

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

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

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

 Bart Myers, Countable

 The Berkeley Forum

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

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


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

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

 Roxane Gay

 Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media

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

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

Open Class Lecture (Anthro C125A/EALC C175)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

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

 Meg Conkey, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

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

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

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

 Gordon F. Sander

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

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

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

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

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

 Molly Wright Steenson

 Center for New Media, Department of Architecture

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


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

 College of Environmental Design

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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

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

 Rosselyn Ramirez

 Arts + Design

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

Witness Trees

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

 Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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

 John Aubrey Douglass, CSHE; Zach Bleemer, CSHE

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

A View From Britain: Towards Brexit?

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

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

 Institute of European Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

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

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

Members' Walk: Water-Wise Entrance Garden

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

 Anthony Garza

 Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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

 Center for Race and Gender

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

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

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

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

 Alison Post, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

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

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

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

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

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

 Public Health, School of

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

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

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

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

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

Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers...   More >

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

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

 SA Smythe

 Arts Research Center

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

Image of SA Smythe by Afro-Finnish photographer Uwa Iduozee

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

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

 Human Rights Center

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

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Friday, September 14, 2018

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

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

 Belinda Middleweek

 Center for New Media

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

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

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

 Prof. James Hone, Columbia Univ., Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

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

We have used this technique to...   More >

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

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

 Mark Kaiser

 Berkeley Language Center

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

Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think?

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

 Hilary Nixon, San JoseState University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

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

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

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

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

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

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

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

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

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

Ritchie, Suburbia, © Bill Owens, 1972

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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

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

 Stuart Russell, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


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

Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity