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Lecture: What is in a Category? Telling Political Refugees and Economic Migrants Apart

Wednesday, October 17 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Toll Room Alumni House
Unlike Europe, where there are two separate migration issues that are coming together in a complicated way, the U.S. conversation on migration has until recently been more neatly divided between economic immigrants coming from Latin America and East/South Asia and refugees being resettled in the country largely from the Middle East and Africa. But numerous issues have brought the U.S. conversation closer to where Europe is – trying figure out how to differentiate between the two groups and clarifying their rights and our responsibilities to them. With David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, followed by a conversation with Jutta Allmendinger, president of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center.MORE about What is in a Category? Telling Political Refugees and Economic Migrants Apart

Colloquium: Towards a Conscious AI with Manuel Blum

Wednesday, October 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Thanks to major advances in neuroscience, we are on the brink of a scientific understanding of how the brain achieves consciousness. This talk will describe neuroscientist Bernard Baars' Global Workspace Model (GWM) of the brain, its implications for understanding consciousness, and a novel computer architecture that it inspires. With Manuel Blum, a pioneer in theoretical computer science and the winner of the 1995 Turing Award.MORE about Towards a Conscious AI with Manuel Blum

Colloquium: Thinking about Climate Risk in an Era of Extremes

Wednesday, October 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 575 McCone Hall
Daniel Swain will offer perspectives on recent developments in the field of climate extremes, and discuss recent work on increasing “precipitation whiplash” in California in the broader context of climate risk assessment and adaptation.MORE about Thinking about Climate Risk in an Era of Extremes

Lecture: Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat — Bryan Wagner

Wednesday, October 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room Stephens Hall
In The Tar Baby: A Global History, Bryan Wagner offers a fresh analysis of this deceptively simple story of a fox, a rabbit, and a doll made of tar and turpentine, tracing its history and connections to slavery, colonialism, and global trade.MORE about Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat — Bryan Wagner

Panel Discussion: Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

Wednesday, October 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Special Rapporteur Dubravka Simonovic, the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Amnesty International's Danielle Cass will address the need for tech companies to more effectively prevent and respond to rampant online violence against women and girls, and to establish transparent, more effective complaint mechanisms to better protect them from online abuse.MORE about Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences

Colloquium: Daring to Dream

Wednesday, October 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
This session shares the reflections of a young African scientist on the state of scientific research in Africa and why there is cause for optimism. It is one session in the Fall 2018 African Studies Colloquium series, which continues through November 14.MORE about Daring to Dream

Film: The Silence

Wednesday, October 17 | 3:10-4:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Sisters Anna (Gunnel Lindblom) and Ester (Ingrid Thulin) are traveling with Anna’s son when they are forced by Ester’s poor health to hole up in a hotel in a strange country seemingly on the verge of war.MORE about <em>The Silence</em>

The Silence

Panel Discussion: Online Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

Thursday, October 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Library North Gate Hall
Panelists will discuss the future of journalism and online facts. Includes Edward Wasserman, dean, School of Journalism, UC Berkeley; Christiaan Triebert, senior investigator and lead trainer, Bellingcat; Alexa Koenig, executive director of the Human Rights Center. Moderated by Félim McMahon, director, Human Rights Investigations Lab, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law.MORE about Online Fact-Finding and the Future of Journalism

Conference: Coping with the Global Backlash

October 18 – 19, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
This two-day conference addresses new developments in the global economy. Participants will examine empirical trends, how the national strategies of key global players are likely to alter the context for multinational corporations, the technology strategies of countries and industrial policy, and a forum with practitioners from leading MNCs on business-government relations in a new global context.MORE about Coping with the Global Backlash

Lecture: Why Read Montaigne’s Essays?

Friday, October 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Round-table and discussion with Carla Freccero, UC Santa Cruz; Jane O. Newman, UC Irvine; Diego Pirillo, UC Berkeley; and Antonia Szabari, USC.MORE about Why Read Montaigne’s Essays?

Tour: Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Friday, October 19 | 9:30-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Fall migrants are arriving in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Come see the first winter sparrows, and search for other newcomers such as warblers and thrushes.MORE about Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Conference: 4th Annual CDAR Symposium 2018

Friday, October 19 | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | University Club Memorial Stadium
The Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk conference will feature new developments in data science, highlighting applications to finance and risk management. Confirmed speakers include Jeff Bohn, Olivier Ledoit, Ulrike Malmendier, Steven Kou, Ezra Nahum, Roy Henriksson, and Ken Kroner.MORE about 4th Annual CDAR Symposium 2018

Conference: Hacking Politics

Friday, October 19 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall
In the shadow of the the 2018 midterm elections, join the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge Initiative, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and Boalt School of Law, in collaboration with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, for a symposium, Hacking Politics. Together, explore how our political system has been — and might be — manipulated, transformed, and even remade in ways its framers could never have imagined.MORE about Hacking Politics

Lecture: Jacobs Design Conversations — Camille Utterback

Friday, October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Camille Utterback, Stanford professor and internationally acclaimed artist, will speak at Jacobs Hall about her pioneering work in the field of digital and interactive art.MORE about Jacobs Design Conversations — Camille Utterback

Lecture: Science at Cal Lecture — A Shaky Anniversary

Saturday, October 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
In 1868, a destructive earthquake ruptured along the Hayward fault in the Eastern Bay Area, which was then referred to as the “Great San Francisco earthquake.” It lost that name to the much larger 1906 earthquake on the San Andreas fault across the Bay. During the last 150 years, much research has been carried out on the rate and nature of slip and earthquakes on the Hayward fault to better understand its seismic hazard and this lecture, presented in partnership with the UC Berkeley Seismology Laboratory, explores what's known. MORE about Science at Cal Lecture — A Shaky Anniversary

1868 Hayward Earthquake

Film: Death in Venice

Saturday, October 20 | 7:45-10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A once-successful composer arrives in Venice to rejuvenate himself, but this gorgeous city has a secret: it is consumed with the plague. Confronted with both the physical death of the city and the artistic death of his equally doomed career, the composer seeks the things not dying, and finds only one: a young boy, whose lightness provides the sole beauty left in this diseased town.MORE about <em>Death in Venice</em>

Death in Venice

Dance: Körper — Sasha Waltz and Guests

Saturday, October 20 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
In her signature work, Körper (Bodies), Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz explores the visceral tangle of humanity from the perspectives of history, science, and architecture. Continues through October 21.MORE about <em>Körper</em> — Sasha Waltz and Guests

Sasha Waltz

Film: The Leopard

Sunday, October 21 | 7-10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Luchino Visconti integrates a family history into a panoramic account of the Risorgimento; revolution informs the most intimate relationships between the aristocrat Fabrizio (Burt Lancaster), his radical nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon), and Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), whose marriage to Tancredi signals the symbolic merging of the classes.MORE about <em>The Leopard</em>

The Leopard

Panel Discussion: Indivisible Tohono O'odham — Indigenous Organizing in the Southwest

Tuesday, October 23 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall
Bifurcated by the border since the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, the Tohono Oodham (TO) have fought for medical treatment, citizenship status, and border crossing privileges for both "parts" of the community. Building off of that legacy of TO activism around the U.S.-Mexico Border is the contemporary group, Indivisible Tohono O'odham and their work interrogating the limits of indigeneity, citizenship, and the spatiality of the so-called "Nations within."MORE about Indivisible Tohono O'odham — Indigenous Organizing in the Southwest

Lecture: Optimal Robot Action for and around People with

Tuesday, October 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
Estimation, planning, control and learning are giving us robots that can generate good behavior given a specified objective and set of constraints. Anca Dragan explores how humans enter this behavior-generation picture, and study two complementary challenges: 1) how to optimize behavior when the robot is not acting in isolation, but needs to coordinate or collaborate with people; and 2) what to optimize in order to get the behavior we want.MORE about Optimal Robot Action for and around People with

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