<< Week of March 17 >>

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Stories of Migration: Dreamers Libretto reading with Nilo Cruz

Lecture | March 17 | 1:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Cal Performances

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz leads a read-through of his Dreamers libretto, with commentary and Q&A moderated by Sabrina Klein, Cal Performances' director of artistic literacy. Free and open to the public.

Monday, March 18, 2019

David Dunn

Lecture | March 18 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

The CNMAT Users Group presents: David Dunn

David Dunn is a composer and sound artist. He will be presenting on his recent work in large-scale meta-soundscape recording and invertebrate intervention research.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Lieselot De Taeye, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for African Studies

On June 30th 1960, Congo declared its independence from Belgium. In his speech at the ceremony, the Belgian King Baudouin applauded the work of his countrymen during the colonial period, calling his great-granduncle Leopold II, who was responsible for the death of approximately ten million Congolese people, a ‘genius’. Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister, gave a now-famous speech...   More >

Lieselot De Taeye

‘Don’t Fall off the Earth’: The Armenian Communities in China from the 1880s to 1950s

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Khatchig Mouradian, Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

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

Hundreds of Armenians journeyed eastward to China in the late 19th century in search of opportunity, anchoring themselves in major cities, as well as in Harbin, a town that rose to prominence with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway. A few thousand others arrived in the region escaping the Armenian Genocide and turmoil in the Caucasus in the years that followed. Many of these...   More >

Maxwell, Rankine, Airy and Modern Structural Engineering Design

Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Bill Baker, NAE, FREng, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Mar. 18 – Rajan Patel and Kate Stephenson
iO Design

These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.

Design Field Notes: Ben Allen

Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Ben Allen is a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s interdisciplinary Modern Thought and Literature program, where he studies gender and the history of software. His current work focuses on the development of COBOL and other early business programming languages.

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio...   More >

Russian Nature Lyric, Short Forms: Tyutchev, Mandelstam, Glazova

Lecture | March 18 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Luba Golburt, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture: Renisa Mawani

Lecture | March 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, Institute for South Asia Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Center for Race & gender Presents its Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture:

Renisa Mawani
Across Oceans of Law

On Digital Colonialism and 'Other' Futures

Lecture | March 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Morehshin Allahyari, Artist, Activist, Educator

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Stanford University

Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media and co-sponsored with the Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Stanford University

For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and...   More >


On Digital Colonialism and 'Other' Futures

Lecture | March 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA

 Morehshin Allahyari

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Stanford University

For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and fabulation. She will use this talk as a platform to show the possibilities of art-making beyond aesthetics or visualization. She will posit and contextualize “a position outside” that asks difficult questions and suggests alternative...   More >

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Camptown Races: Blackface Minstrelsy, Stephen Foster, and Americanization in Japanese Internment Camps

Lecture | March 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dr. Rhae Lynn Barnes, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

 Department of History

This talk will contextualize the recent blackface scandals in Virginia by examining the central role amateur blackface minstrel shows played in the United States government. In the century spanning the end of the Civil War to the birth of the Civil Rights Movement (an era called “Jim Crow,” after the first blackface character), the American government refocused domestic and foreign policy...   More >

Dr. Rhae Lynn Barnes

Helke Sander's dffb Cinema, 1968 and West Germany's Feminist Movement

Lecture | March 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Institute of European Studies

Helke Sander was a key figure of the early dffb (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin), where she studied between 1966 and 1969. Returning to her political organizing and her films of the era revises three crucial narratives:
1. it expands narratives about 1968 to include the establishment of feminism as part of it (The Tomatenwurf), which is often read as a 1970s phenomenon;
2. it...   More >

Christina Gerhardt

Citrin Center for Public Opinion

Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th floor Social Science Matrix Conference Room

 Morris Levy, Professor, University of Southern California; Cecilia Mo, Professor, UC Berkeley; Cara Wong, Professor, University of Illinois

 Laura Stoker, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Political Science, Social Science Matrix, Citrin Center for Public Opinion, Berkeley Law, Institute of International Studies, Insitute for the study of Societal Issues

American Opinion on Immigration: Implications for Policy

Wai Wai Nu | On Rohingya Citizenship Rights: Talk followed by community updates by UC Berkeley's Rohingya Working Group

Lecture | March 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Wai Wai Nu, Visiting Scholar, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley

 Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, UC Berkeley

 Yoshika Crider, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Human Rights Center

A lecture on the Rohingya Crisis

Faculty Research Lecture: Life History and Learning: When (and Why) Children Are Better Learners than Both Adults and A.I.: Faculty Research Lecture by Alison Gopnik

Lecture | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy

 Academic Senate

Alison Gopnik received her B.A. from McGill University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of cognitive science and of children’s learning and development and was one of the founders of the field of “theory of mind,” an originator of the “theory theory” of children’s development, and, more recently, introduced the idea that probabilistic...   More >

Islamophobia Series, Episode 2: Islamophobia and Bullying in K-12

Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Amna Salameh has a background in education, she serves on both the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) committee and the Office of Educational Equity (OEE) committee at the Elk Grove Unified School District. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Louisiana State University, and finished her Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Curriculum...   More >

The Specter Haunting Singapore: Why the People's Action Party Cannot Get Over Operation Coldstore

Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, Managing Director, New Naratif

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk looks at the significance for Singapore's history of "Operation Coldstore" - the 1963 arrest and detention without trial of over 112 opposition politicians, trade unionists, and political activists on grounds of a communist conspiracy - including how it has shaped Singapore's governance, and why it matters to the ruling party today.

Thum Ping Tjin

Universal Coverage: Is “Medicare for All” the answer?

Lecture | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

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Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History: Visual Judaica: Jewish Icons and Collecting Patterns in the early 20th century

Lecture | March 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The highly decorative works of Arthur Szyk contain key Jewish visual elements such as the Lion of Judah, the dove, and the seven spices mentioned in the bible as typical of the Land of Israel. These themes are repeated in Szyk’s oeuvre throughout his life and can be found in his early pieces ("Book of Esther," 1925) as well as in later ones ("Pathways Through the Bible," 1946). In this talk, we...   More >

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Perspective From a Nordic Country: Finland on World Affairs

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, will discuss topical international issues as seen from Finland, a Nordic country, a staunch member of the European Union and a close partner but not a member of NATO. The state of the transatlantic relations is fundamentally important for a small nation like Finland that depends on a rules-based international system. What are the Finns...   More >

Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi

The Amethyst Mining Settlements of Wadi el-Hudi, Egypt

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Brooke Norton, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies

Most notable for the numerous ancient amethyst mines, associated settlements, and rock inscriptions dating to the Middle Kingdom and Greco-Roman period, Wadi el-Hudi contains dozens of archaeological sites dating from the Paleolithic to the Islamic Period in the Eastern Desert south of Aswan. Recent work by the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition mapping, 3D modeling, and surveying has provided us with...   More >

The Etruscans Outside the Box: Ancient and Modern Tomb Biographies

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa Pieraccini, History of Art, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation explores three different examples of Etruscan tomb biographies literally “outside the box” with new evidence of prestige items, new discoveries of Etruscan tomb groups, as well how the Etruscans were appropriated at the turn of the 20th century.

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Mary Ann Smart: Waiting for Verdi: Opera and Political Opinion in Nineteenth-Century Italy, 1815-1848

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Smart explores how nineteenth-century Italian opera sparked political change by making the newly engaged spectator in the opera house into an actor on the political stage.

Neguin Yavari: "Shifting Modes of Piety in the Early Modern Islamic World"

Lecture | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Neguin Yavari

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

If by any one thing, it is religious transformation that marks early modern history. Confessional and pietist movements, both European firsts, are prominent examples of such catalysts for change. In large parts of the Islamic world in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it was Sufi piety that carried the day. The historiographical record reveals strikingly new imaginaires and novel modes of...   More >

Human Resilience to Stress: How Emotion Regulation Helps or Hinders

Lecture | March 20 | 3:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Iris Mauss, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Stress – the experience of adverse life events and circumstances – is one of the most robust contributors to psychological and other health problems. Crucially, however, the deleterious effects of stress are not observed in all people exposed to stress. Many people exhibit resilience: They maintain health and well-being even under conditions of chronically elevated stress. What psychological...   More >

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA

 Berkeley Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

In her recent best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem. Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number...   More >

Sandeep Jauhar: Doctor, Writer, Physicist

Lecture | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Sandeep Jauhar, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

 College of Letters & Science

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar will talk about how his amazing path from experimental condensed-matter physics to med school to bestselling author started at Berkeley.

Jauhar is a cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After graduating from Berkeley with a Ph.D. in physics, Jauhar went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He has...   More >


Lecture | March 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, MAR 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Spring 2019 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professors of Practice &amp; founding principals of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects in SF, the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award winner. Open to all!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Sacred Time on the Frontier: Sabbath-keeping amongst Protestants and Jews in California, 1848-1920

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Michel Sunhae Lee, PhD candidate in Religious Studies at University of Texas

 Bancroft Library

How did the white Protestant tradition of Sunday-keeping take root in a religiously and racially diverse frontier society—if at all? This presentation explores the contestations between majority first day-keepers and minority voices during the mid-19th century, giving special attention to Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, and the religiously unaffiliated.

 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.

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Sacred Time on the Frontier: Sabbath-keeping amongst Protestants and Jews in California,1848-1920

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Michael Sunhae Lee

 Human Resources

How did the white Protestant tradition of Sunday-keeping take root in a religiously and racially diverse frontier society—if at all? This presentation explores the contestations between majority first day-keepers and minority voices during the Gold Rush and early decades of statehood, giving special attention to Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, and the religiously unaffiliated. It draws from sources...   More >

Pamela Z and composer/performer/interface designer Donald Swearingen

Lecture | March 21 | 3:15-4:30 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Composer/performer Pamela Z and composer/performer/interface designer Donald Swearingen will present together in a lecture/demonstration on the software and hardware tools they have developed for manipulating sound and image, and how they use them in their performance practice.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

AHMA Colloquium - Making Capitals in the Iron Age Levant: New Remotely Sensed Monumental Buildings in Ancient Edom (Jordan)

Lecture | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Benjamin Porter, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The series is co-sponsored by the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

TDPS Speaker Series | Toward a Left Aesthetics for Our Populist Times

Lecture | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Janelle Reinelt, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Warwick, UK

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This talk attempts meet the challenge of our populist moment: to refresh and redefine the meaning of "the people" in order to animate a new collective political subject. Theatre and other forms of performing arts will play an important role: their embodied address, embracing varieties of expression from rational to affective, from language to movement, from sound and spectacle to quiet...   More >

Janelle Reinelt

Tavia Nyong'o on his new book Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life

Lecture | March 21 | 4:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Tavia Nyong'o, Professor, Yale

 Department of English, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Tavia Nyong'o is Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater & Performance Studies at Yale University. His previous publications include The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009; Errol Hill Award).

Ajantha Subramanian | Meritocracy and Democracy: The Social Life of Caste in India

Lecture | March 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Townsend Center Working Group on Labor, Philosophy, and Change, Townsend Center for the Humanities Lecture Grant, Institute of International Studies, Department of Anthropology

A talk by Harvard Anthropologist, Ajantha Subramanian.

34th Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture: US-Russian Relations and the Great Trump Disruption

Lecture | March 21 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Edward W. Walker, Research Associate, ISEEES, UC Berkeley

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

A decade ago, Russia was a low priority for American foreign policy. Today, it's rare for the New York Times not to have at least one front page article on Russia or the Mueller investigation into Russian “meddling" in US internal affairs. A decade ago, it was comparatively easy to identify trends in US-Russian relations (they were getting worse). Likewise, it was comparatively easy to forecast...   More >

Neutrinos - The REAL God Particle: with Dr. Javier Caravaca

Lecture | March 21 | 5:45-7 p.m. |  The Octopus Literary Salon

 2101 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612

 Dr. Javier Caravaca

 The CLEAR Project

What are neutrinos? How do they move through us without ever touching us? Join us to find out.

Ritual Use of Psychoactive Plants and Fungi - SOLD OUT

Lecture | March 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall | Note change in location

 David E. Presti, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For millennia, humans have cultivated deep relationships with psychoactive plants and fungi – relationships embedded within and guided by ritual frameworks honoring the powers of these plants and fungi as allies. As cultures have evolved, so also have these plant-fungal-human interactions, often in ways that are highly interdependent. Join us for this opening talk of the Lounge Lecture series at...   More >

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Business-Building from Scratch: Yellowberry Founder Megan Grassell at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | March 21 | 6-7 p.m. | 7 Evans Hall

 Megan Grassell, Yellowberry

 The Berkeley Forum

At age 17, how would you go about starting a business, much less turning it into a multi-million dollar company? The Forum invites Megan Grassell, CEO of the incredibly successful undergarment and clothing site Yellowberry, armed with the mission to "Take Girls Seriously" and create age-appropriate and empowering garments for young girls. In her talk, Megan will detail the trials and tribulations...   More >


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Friday, March 22, 2019

Lies about Migrants: Comparing U.S. and German Migration Politics in a Post-Truth Environment

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Beverly Crawford Ames, Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

The ascendance of the far right has jolted both American and European politics, weakened the European Union, and undermined liberal democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. This ascendance - whose myriad causes continue to puzzle scholars--depends heavily upon the right’s virulent opposition to immigration. Conflating refugees and asylum seekers with economic migrants, the extreme right fans the...   More >

Beverly Crawford Ames

Academic English Language Acquisition and Cultural Awareness: Filmmaking with English Language Learners

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Jia Li, John A. Sproul Research Fellow, Berkeley Language Center & Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

 Berkeley Language Center

This talk reports on an action research project that engaged university English language learners (ELLs) in drama and filmmaking activities based on a Canadian novel. It aimed to enhance their learning of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and develop an in-depth understanding of Canadian culture.

Richard Eaton | The A’in-i Akbari and Modernity: Should we Reconsider the Akbar-`Alamgir Binary?

Lecture | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Richard Eaton, Professor of History at the University of Arizona

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Urdu Initiative, Department of History, Near Eastern Studies, Department of History of Art

A talk by historian of India and Islam, Richard Eaton, Professor of History at the University of Arizona

Plato on Soul-Body Unity

Lecture | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Suzanne Obdrzalek, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

 Joint Program in Ancient Philosophy

How Reliable is the Bible?

Lecture | March 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 International Graduate Student Ministry

A talk on the question of how the Bible, the holy book of Christianity, came to existence and how reliably we can trust the words written in it.