<< Week of March 31 >>

Monday, April 1, 2019

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

Europe and Global Governance

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

Carlo Monticelli, Vice Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank, Paris

 Barry Eichengreen, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Why has Europe played such a weak role in the transformation of global economic governance that was triggered by the 2008 financial crisis? Are there viable strategies to enhance Europe’s impact on world economic and financial affairs? Would a stronger European influence be detrimental or beneficial to global stability? Carlo Monticelli’s talk addresses these questions building on insights from...   More >

Carlo Monticelli

Latinx History In California: New Research from LRC Visiting Scholars Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez And Lilia Soto

Lecture | April 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Ivón Padilla-Rodriguez, Columbia University; Lilia Soto, University of Wyoming

 The Latinx Research Center

Two lectures on Latinx history in California.

“The Legal Origins of the U.S. Agricultural Child Labor Force: U.S. Child Labor Policy and the of Making Child Migrants in California and Beyond." by Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez.

The U.S. currently employs between 200,000 and 500,000 mostly Latinx agricultural child laborers a year, in spite of the fact that a federal child labor ban was...   More >

Lecture by Shirley Thompson: Race, Property, and Belonging in Creole New Orleans

Lecture | April 1 | 3-5:15 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Shirley Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, UT Austin

 Department of English

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | April 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Apr. 1 – Verna Manty Rodriguez (BS ‘82)
Boston Scientific, Stanford Photonics, BTG

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.

Again for the First Time with Rhonda Holberton

Lecture | April 1 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As artist Rhonda Holberton talks about her process—describing with her hands the arrangement and heft of the objects that appear in her images—it’s hard not to think of those things and that space as real. But everything, from the objects themselves to the flawlessly diffuse lighting and cool white marble ground, is digitally produced. Holberton makes 3D scans of real objects, then places them in...   More >

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Adventures in extracting punctuated histories at Çatalhöyük

Lecture | April 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Burcu Tung, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will explore the preliminary results of the most recent dating program conducted at the Northern Area of the East Neolithic mound of Çatalhöyük. The results of this final excavation campaign have contributed greatly to the dating program, which utilizes a Bayesian statistics accentuated with an iterative approach to radiocarbon sampling and chronology modelling.

How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11

Lecture | April 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 250

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Join UC President, former US Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano for a lunchtime talk on Homeland Security since 9/11.

A sushi lunch will be served at 12:00pm and the lecture will begin at 12:30pm. This event is free and open to the public but you must RSVP to attend.

  RSVP online by April 1.

Inside the Black Box of Organizational Life: The Gendered Language of Performance Assessment

Lecture | April 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Shelley Correll, Stanford University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Psychology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Sociology

Do formal evaluation procedures really reduce bias? As an organizational practice, are they a smokescreen concealing bias or a great leveler that bolsters meritocracy?

While organizations formalize evaluation procedures to help achieve meritocratic outcomes, they often fail to eliminate bias in practice. Managers play a key role in applying such procedures, but researchers have been unable to...   More >

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: C++: an invisible foundation

Lecture | April 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Bjarne Stroustrup, Creator/Designer of C++, Morgan Stanley, Columbia University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

C++ is one of the key foundations of our software – including much of the open source software becoming fundamental for data science. It is invisible to most people because they use it only indirectly. It's in your computer and your

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: C++: an invisible foundation

Lecture | April 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Bjarne Stroustrup, Morgan Stanley, Columbia University

 Data Sciences

Designer and implementer of the C++ Bjarne Stroustrup will briefly explain what technical aspects make it so useful. He will focus on design principles, but also touch upon resource management and what it takes to be efficient in various contexts.

Jorge Flores | Unwanted Neighbors: The Mughals, the Portuguese, and their Frontier Zones

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Jorge Flores, Professor of Early Modern Global History, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Center for Portuguese Studies, Department of History

In December 1572 the Mughal emperor Akbar arrived in the port city of Khambayat. Having been raised in distant Kabul, Akbar had never in his thirty years been to the Ocean. Presumably anxious with the news about the Mughal military campaign in Gujarat, several Portuguese merchants in Khambayat rushed to Akbar’s presence. This encounter marked the beginning of a long, complex, and unequal...   More >

Robert Morrison: Scientific Exchange at the Courts of Mehmed II and Bayezid II

Lecture | April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The courts of the Ottoman sultans Mehmed II (d. 1481) and Bayezid II (d. 1512) were, on one hand, the site of significant developments of earlier scientific traditions inherited from Iran and Central Asia. On the other hand, scholars at the Ottoman court were more interested than their predecessors in the scientific culture of non-Islamic societies. Important science came east while the science...   More >

Fascism’s Global Moments: New Perspectives on Entanglements and Tensions between Fascist Regimes in the 1930s and 1940s

Lecture | April 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Sven Reichard, University of Konstanz, Germany

 GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History

In his talk, Professor Reichardt will discuss how a global perspective can help us understand the nature of different fascist empires and the general character of fascism up to the end of World War II. He will focus on cooperation as well as competition between different fascist regimes, especially with regard to their imperial and colonial aspirations during the 1930s and 1940s. While a transfer...   More >

Jewish Identities in Israel: Confrontations, Crises and Novel Conceptions

Lecture | April 2 | 5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Tomer Persico, Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley

 Library, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Over the past three decades the Israeli society witnessed significant revisions in the way it understands itself and its Jewish identity. The collapse of the peace process, the "disengagement" from Gaza and the growing emphasis on self fulfillment have changed social structures that were taken for granted in the past, and have propelled each of the different Jewish "tribes" in Israel - the...   More >

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

If by Literally You Mean Figuratively: Pierre Bersuire’s Grammar of Allegory in the Latin Moralized Ovid

Lecture | April 3 | 5 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Justin Haynes, Dr., UC Davis

 Medieval Studies Program

The Importance of Being Aryan:: Confronting Nazi Racial Law and the Determination of Iranian National Identity

Lecture | April 3 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Mohammad Rafi, PhD, UC Irvine

 Near Eastern Studies

This lecture builds on Germany's historical relationship with Iran, specifically the politics of the Aryan discourse between Nazi-Germany and Iran in the 1930/40s, thereby exposing the tension between geopolitical strategy and racial politics. After an overview of the history of the term Aryan as it relates to Germany and Iran, this paper traces the Nazis struggle to
define the term Aryan in...   More >

Haroon Mirza | The Creative Repercussions of Counterculture

Lecture | April 3 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220, Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Haroon Mirza, Artist

 Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor, Practice of Art

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Art Practice Wiesenfeld Lecture Series, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, South Asia Art Initiative, Asian Art Museum

A talk by Haroon Mirza that will examine how ideas seeded in the counterculture movement of the 1960s are now solidifying in contemporary culture and the influence that has had on his work.

Water is Another Word for Life: with Isha Ray

Lecture | April 3 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Village: Weaving Local Stories into Theater Epics with Stan Lai

Lecture | April 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Stan Lai

 Arts + Design

The Village is one of the most celebrated plays of the recent Chinese Theatre. Stan Lai will discuss the unique process he used to create this work, weaving personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool. In a changing national and cultural context, he will also discuss the role of theatre, film and other cultural forms as vehicles for preserving fragile collective memories. Stan Lai...   More >

The Village: Weaving Local Stories into Theater Epics with Stan Lai

Lecture | April 4 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stan Lai’s The Village is one of the most celebrated plays of the recent Chinese theater. Lai—cocurator of this season of Arts + Design Thursdays—will discuss the unique process he used to create this work, weaving together personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool. He will also consider the role of theater, film, and other cultural forms as vehicles for preserving fragile...   More >

View from the Top: Judy Chou: Being a Biotech Entrepreneur in a 155-Year-Old Company

Lecture | April 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Judy Chou, Senior VP & Global Head of Biotech, Bayer Pharmaceuticals

 College of Engineering

In her talk, Judy will discuss her experience attempting to combine the strengths of a startup within a mature global organization.

Will China Save The Planet?

Lecture | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Barbara Finamore, Senior Strategic Director for Asia, Natural Resources Defense Council

 Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Co-Director of the Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

 Institute of International Studies, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Now that Trump has turned the United States into a global climate outcast, will China take the lead in saving our planet from environmental catastrophe? Many signs point to yes. China, the world's largest carbon emitter, is leading a global clean energy revolution, phasing out coal consumption and leading the development of a global system of green finance.

But as leading China environmental...   More >

POSTPONED - Narratives of Progress and Protection, Contradiction and Refusal: Indigeneity, Gender and Citizenship

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

 Center for Race and Gender


Fantasia Painter, PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies, Researcher for the Native/Immigrant/Refugee: Crossings Research Initiative in the Center for Race & Gender

Raquel Pacheco, President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

Brexit, Britain, Scotland: The Future of the UK

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Allan Little, Former BBC Correspondent

 Institute of European Studies, St. Andrews' Society of San Francisco, Center for British Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program - Berkeley Law

Will Brexit lead to the break-up of Britain and to the independence of Scotland? Allan Little, a prominent BBC journalist, will give a presentation about Brexit and its impact on the United Kingdom. In his talk, Little will focus on the history of the UK nation-state in a broader European, perspective, and will reflect on its future after Brexit. He will pay special attention to the consequences...   More >

Allan Little

The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science and the Great War

Lecture | April 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 142 (Nestrick Room)

 Stefanos Geroulanos, Professor of History, NYU; Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History, Department of Rhetoric, Center for New Media

The injuries suffered by soldiers during WWI were as varied as they were brutal. How could the human body suffer and often absorb such disparate traumas? Why might the same wound lead one soldier to die but allow another to recover? In The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe, Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers uncover a fascinating story of how medical scientists came to conceptualize the body...   More >

Avalokitasvara / Avalokiteśvara, Amitābha / Amitāyus and pratyekabuddha / pratyayabuddha: Misinterpretations of Gāndhārī Buddhism by Sanskrit Composers of the Mahāyāna Scriptures

Lecture | April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Seishi Karashima, Soka University, Tokyo

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Śākyamuni seems to have preached in a colloquial language, namely Māgadhī. The scriptures of early Buddhism were transmitted also in various colloquial languages, e.g. Pāli. Probably, many of the early Mahāyāna scriptures were originally transmitted in colloquial languages as well, e.g. Gāndhārī, which were later gradually translated into...   More >

DCRP Lecture: Devanne Brookins

Lecture | April 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Thursday | April 4th | 5:30 pm | The Role of Informal Institutions in Change: Urban Land and Transportation in Ghana

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | April 4 | 7-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Fatima Abdurrahman, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

Come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on April 4th for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes. UC Berkeley graduate student Fatima Abdurrahman will be telling us all about black holes.

Caliban's Curse: with Viet Thanh Nguyen (2019 Jonathan Bedri Distinguished Writer in English)

Lecture | April 4 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Viet Thanh Nguyen, University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature, USC English

 Department of English

We are excited to announce that English alumnus Viet Thanh Nguyen will be giving a talk, "Caliban's Curse", on Thursday, April 4th at 8pm in Maude Fife room (315 Wheeler Hall). Viet is the 2019 Jonathan Bedri Distinguished Writer in English. His debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016. He is also know for the short story collection, The Refugees. Currently, he is...   More >

Friday, April 5, 2019

Household Reservoirs of Enteric Pathogens in Rural Bangladesh: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Erica Fuhemeister and Jean van Buren, PhD candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Herta Müller, the Aktionsgruppe Banat, and Literary Cartographies in Late 20th-Century Romanian Literature

Lecture | April 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Dana Bizuleanu, Lecturer, Department of Applied Languages, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Marius Conkan, Research Assistant, Department of Comparative Literature, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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

In Communist Romania one had freedom, as long as one took freedom. This is what the members of the Aktionsgruppe Banat believed when they started a literary circle in the 1970s and gradually broke with the tradition of Rumäniendeutsche Literatur. Protest, experiment, and the German village stand at the core of their literature. Having come into contact with members of the group,...   More >

Language as Symbolic Power: What's in it for Foreign Language teachers?

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

 Claire Kramsch, Professor Emerita, German & Graduate School of Education

 Berkeley Language Center

As I am transforming my Language & Power syllabus into a book for Cambridge UP series “Key Topics in Applied Linguistics”, I have been overwhelmed by the extent to which language these days is used to exert symbolic power, symbolic violence and even “symbolic warfare” (Brooks, 2017) both in politics and in everyday life. Yet as language teachers, we still teach language as if it consisted merely...   More >

Tony Stewart | Subjunctive Explorations - Fictive Sufi Tales of Early Modern Bengal: The 2nd ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

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

 Tony K. Stewart, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Center for Dharma Studies, Center for the Study of Religion

A lecture by Prof. Tony K. Stewart, professor of religion at Vanderbilt University, and a specialist in the religions and literatures of the Bengali-speaking world.