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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Seven Modes of Uncertainty: Townsend Book Chat with Namwali Serpell

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Namwali Serpell’s book Seven Modes of Uncertainty asserts that literary uncertainty is crucial to ethics because it pushes us beyond the limits of our experience.

PopUp Exhibition: Jeremiah Lockwood on the Lost and Found Art of Cantorial Music

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band, The Sway Machinery, seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York...   More >

Biomedical Instrumentation:: How do we measure what we want to measure, when and where we want it

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Dan Fletcher, Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Dan Fletcher is Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems in the Bioengineering Department at UC Berkeley, where his research focuses on the biophysics of cell movements and the cytoskeleton and development of biomedical devices. Recent work from his laboratory


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

California Countercultures: Hippie Modernism with Greg Castillo

Lecture | February 22 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An alternative cultural geography rooted in a new way of seeing the world can be extrapolated from the counterculture artifacts exhibited in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. “The cybernetic eye,” according to Whole Earth Catalog impresario Steward Brand, saw beyond a fragmented reality to perceive holistic systems. Rejecting the social systems inherent in cash transactions, the...   More >

 Admission to this lecture is free

Living in a Gender Creative World

Lecture | February 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Dr. Diane Ehrensaft will call on her work at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender clinic and share information about the gender affirmative model, which recognizes the complex interplay of nature, nurture, and culture that go into any one person's gender development.

Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, International Institute for Strategic Studies

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

Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all the parties are worse off and international security has deteriorated. The upshot has been systematic losses for Russia, the West,...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 1 : Galois representations and automorphic forms - an introduction to the Langlands program

Lecture | February 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 50 Birge Hall

 Michael Harris, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Automorphic forms are functions on a class of homogeneous spaces that arise naturally in geometry and number theory and that enjoy particularly strong symmetry properties (the simplest non-trivial example is the circle). Galois representations are efficient ways of packaging meaningful information about solutions to polynomial equations; the cohomology of algebraic varieties provides a rich...   More >

Cleverness and Drive, or the Cybernetic Fantasy of Value: R.S. Hunt's "Two Kinds of Work"

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Seb Franklin, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, King's College London

 The Program in Critical Theory

In January 1951, R.S. Hunt—a British technical editor and former chemist without any university degree or diploma—sent a manuscript titled “Two Kinds of Work” to the mathematician Norbert Wiener, who did not read it. Hunt’s manuscript promises to “put metaphysics within the scope of physics.” And it claims to do so by making “such quantities as beauty, virtue, and happiness,” as well as all...   More >

Ankhi Mukherjee | Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Ankhi Mukherjee, Professor of English and World Literatures in the Faculty of English and a Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College, University of Oxford

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of English, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Ankhi Mukherjee, Professor of English and World Literatures in the Faculty of English and a Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College, University of Oxford

Theoretically Speaking Series — Finding Hay in Haystacks: The Power and Limits of Randomness

Lecture | February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Is the universe inherently deterministic or probabilistic? Perhaps more importantly, can we tell the difference between the two?

Humanity has pondered the meaning and utility of randomness for millennia. There is a remarkable variety of ways in which we utilize perfect coin tosses to our advantage: in statistics, cryptography, game theory, algorithms, gambling... Indeed, randomness seems...   More >