Lecture | February 19 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Metaphors drawn from nature and daily life helped the ancient Israelites to connect with the Bible, but modern readers often find them remote and difficult to understand. Why, for example, was Noah told to build an ark of gopher wood? There is no tree by that name. How did wormwood (Artemisia spp.) come to symbolize social corruption? What characteristics made olive trees the model of care for... More >
$12, $10 UCBG members (Price includes Garden Admission)
Investigation and Prosecution of Environmental Crime as a Crime Against Humanity with Flaviano Bianchini
Lecture | February 19 | 2:45-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall
Flaviano Bianchini, Source International
Flaviano Bianchini is the founder and director of
Source International, which works with communities
facing environmental pollution and health problems
principally caused by extractive industries. They
provide high-level technological and scientific
support free of charge to partner communities,
helping them to assess damage to resources and
promote restorative actions.
Bianchinis... More >
RSVP online by February 19.
Lecture | February 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
In this talk, Elena Schneider will discuss her recent book The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World, as well as the broader theme of the relationship between Anglo-American imperialism and racial struggle in Cuba.
Elena Schneider is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley.
Lecture | February 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
James McKernan, UC San Diego
The symmetries of systems of polynomial equations can be be understood in terms of the geometry of the variety of zeroes (or solution set) of the polynomials. Roughly speaking, there are 3 kinds of geometries corresponding to positive, zero and negative curvature giving rise to 3 different kinds of symmetry groups. In this lecture, I will discuss recent advances in algebraic geometry that lead to... More >
Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University
Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Persian Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley
A talk by Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, Dr. Faiz Ahmed on his new book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires.
my petites madeleines are water canisters : The Genres, Images, and Intertexts of Bosnias Remembered War
Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
In Bosnia and Hercegovina, wartime artistic patterns of genre, image, and intertextual reference have set the terms for postwar memory-making. These versatile, enduring patterns also illuminate the reciprocal influence of memory and art in Bosnia from the 1990s to the present.
While wartime authors like Semezdin Mehmedinovic and Ozren Kebo infused the practical, didactic genres of the map and... More >
Lecture | February 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in location
Please join us for a special lecture series with celebrated author and scholar Marion Nestle. "Food Politics 2019: An Agenda for the Food Movement." Recent government policy changes are eroding programs aimed at feeding the hungry, curbing obesity, and protecting the environment. What can consumers and citizens do?
We are at capacity for the event on 2/12. RSVP online
Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
This talk will consider the role of the invisible in human engagement with artifacts. This discussion draws heavily on comparative psychology research on the capacity of chimpanzees for abstract though in both the social (sense of self) and physical realms, as well as on Tim Ingolds critique of hylomorphy. The first context in which hominins drew on invisibles was in the use of fracture for... More >
Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Diego Pirillo: The Refugee-Diplomat: Venice, England, and the Reformation
Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Pirillo offers a new history of early modern diplomacy, centered on Italian religious refugees who left Italy in order to forge ties with English and northern European Protestants in the hope of inspiring an Italian Reformation.
Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Michael Omi, Berkeley Law
How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups negotiate different racial categories and identities.
Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Natalie Letsa, University of Oklahoma
A number of studies have found that British colonialismspecifically its policy of indirect ruleimproved economic development relative to the French policy of direct rule. There is less consensus, however, as to why indirect rule would produce better economic outcomes. We argue that indirect rule produced better economic outcomes because it was more likely to decentralize decision-making, which... More >
Neoliberal Assemblages of Economy, Body and Society: Politics of Microfinance and Disability Pensions in India
Lecture | February 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall
Dr. Vandana Chadhry
Abstract: My research investigates the effects of neoliberal governance on disability and development policies in the context of postcolonial India. Through the ethnographic study of disability-oriented microfinance self-help group projects of the World Bank and digitally regulated state disability pension programs in rural districts of the South Indian state of Telangana, I analyze the changing... More >
Lecture | February 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Christopher Hacon, University of Utah
Algebraic varieties are geometric objects defined by polynomial equations. The minimal model program (MMP) is an ambitious program that aims to classify algebraic varieties. According to the MMP, there are 3 building blocks: Fano varieties, Calabi-Yau varieties and varieties of general type which are higher dimensional analogs of Riemann Surfaces of genus 0,1 or at least 2 respectively. In this... More >
Lecture | February 20 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall
Morgan G. Ames
The One Laptop per Child project failed. So why do the same utopian visions that inspired it still motivate other projects to âdisruptâ education and development?
Lecture | February 20 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126
Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126
Co-sponsors: Arts Research Center and UCHRI.
Lecture | February 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
WED, FEB 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with Joe Halligan of Assemble, a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Presented by Room 1000. Open to all!
Bancroft Library Roundtable: Migrants in the Making: Invisible Agricultural Child Labor and the Limits of Citizenship, 1938-1965
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, PhD candidate in History at Columbia University and Visiting Dissertation Research Scholar at the UC Berkeley Latinx Research Center
Farm work is the most hazardous industry for young workers. Yet, despite the implementation of a national child labor ban in 1938, Latinx children continue to toil in fields nationwide with an estimated 200,000-500,000 agricultural child laborers employed each year. Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez has identified the child labor ban's agricultural exemption as the reason for this disjuncture.
The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116
Black women account for over 60% of all new HIV incidences among women in the United States. The highest rates of HIV acquisition occur among Black women aged 25 and over, thus examining factors that may be associated with HIV risk among young Black women aged 18 to 24 is critical for HIV prevention efforts.
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater
Marni Thomas Wood
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1958, Marni Thomas Wood joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, toured and performed with the Company, taught at the Graham School, and was privileged to be part of the first generation of women to perform Ms. Grahams own roles as Graham began choosing successors for her earlier repertory reconstructions. In 1968, with her husband/partner David... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Margaret Nelson, Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
In this talk, Nelson looks at rare climate challenges and human-created vulnerabilities in the long-term history/prehistory of seven areas and evaluates the magnitude of changes to food security and social conditions following extreme climate events. Results of these analyses support the role of human-created vulnerabilities in the occurrence of disasters associated with climate extremes.
Lecture | February 21 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room
Mongol Translations of a Nepalese Stupa: Architectural Replicas and the Cult of Bodnāthe Stūpa/Jarung khashar in Mongolia
Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Isabelle Charleux, CNRS, Paris
The cult of the Nepalese stupa of Bodnath (Tib. and Mo. Jarung Khashor) was very popular in 19th and early 20th century Mongolia and especially in Buryatia, as testifies the translation into Mongolian of a famous guidebook to Bodnath, a corpus of Mongolian oral narratives, the many thang-kas and amulets depicting the Bodnath Stupa along with a Tibetan prayer, and the existence of architectural... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Kerstin Brückweh, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Germany)
1989 is often considered a key caesura of the 20th century. By looking at the long-term developments surrounding this historic event Brückweh analyzes the social changes that paved the way for and shaped all three stages: the late phase of the German Democratic Republic, the peaceful revolution, and the transformation that followed. Property, especially real estate, serves as an example to examine... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Dr. Jennifer Doudna
Our technological capacity to make changes to genomic data has expanded exponentially since the 2012 discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as an RNA-programmable genome editing tool. Over the past seven years, this genome editing platform has been used to revolutionize research, develop new agricultural crops, and even promises to cure genetic diseases. However, ethical and societal concerns abound, requiring... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Jack L. Davis, Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, University of Cincinnati
Internationally recognized scholar of Bronze Age Greece offers a series of lectures showing how the archaeological record sheds light on culture and communal life of early Greece.
Robbins Collection Annual Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity: Jewish Law and the #MeToo Movemement: A Feminist Perspective
Lecture | February 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Robbins Collection
Rachel Adler is the David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. She pioneered in integrating feminist perspectives into interpreting Jewish texts and law. Her book Engendering Judaism (1998) is the first by a female theologian to win a National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. Rabbi Adler has a PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from University of... More >
Lecture | February 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 3205 Dwinelle Hall
Elizabeth Dyer, Visiting Scholar -UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania
Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall
Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, UCLA, University of Maryland
Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is one of the leading experts in the field of Persian Literature and Iranian Studies. He is a professor of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and currently an adjunct professor of Iranian Studies at UCLA. He is the author of "Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran," among many other books and scholarly articles.
Lecture | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. | The Latinx Research Center
2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
In the 17th Century, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy by becoming a scholar and declaring: she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. Join us for two insightful discussions examining Sor Juana's life and scholarship. Join us in thinking with Sor Juana about the contradictions of patriarchy and how to undo it.
Lecture | February 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Scarlet City Espresso Bar
3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608
Mathew Summers, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Proctor, Global Policy Lab
Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. GfS takes place the 4th Friday of every month at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville.
This month's short talks:
The cells that give us sight with Mathew Summers
What volcanoes can teach us about combating global climate change with Jonathan Proctor