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Friday, March 17, 2017

Epistemology after Sextus Empiricus

Conference/Symposium | March 17 – 18, 2017 every day | Moses Hall, Howison Library

 Richard Bett, Johns Hopkins University; Jessica Berry, Georgia State University; Marko Malink, New York University; Justin Vlasits, UC Berkeley; Katja Vogt, Columbia University

 Sergio Tenenbaum, University of Toronto

 Department of Philosophy, Columbia University Department of Philosophy, Department of Rhetoric, Graduate Assembly, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Lodge Fund, Heyman Center for the Humanities

Epistemology After Sextus Empiricus covers themes from Sextus Empiricus that have greatly shaped the history of epistemology. Relevant topics include the nature of investigation, perception and illusion, perceptual relativism, ignorance, belief-formation, induction, infinite regress, assertion, disagreement and conflicting appearances.

10th Annual Berkeley Haas Healthcare Conference: Building Bridges to Shape the Future of Healthcare

Conference/Symposium | March 17 | 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. | Mission Bay Conference Center, Suite 251

 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

 Blue Shield of California

Participate in conversations around partnerships and bridge relationships across the healthcare landscape to shape our industry for the future at the 10th Annual Berkeley Haas Healthcare Conference. Join us for an exciting day of dynamic panels, keynotes, startups pitches and a networking reception. Keynote speakers include Dr. Sara Kennedy, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Northern...   More >

39th California Celtic Conference

Conference/Symposium | March 17 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | D-37 Hearst Field Annex

 Celtic Studies Program, Institute of European Studies, Department of Linguistics, Department of Scandinavian, Department of English, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Division of Social Sciences

The UC Celtic Studies conference is held in the spring of each year. The conference's site alternates between the Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses. Sessions focus on all aspects of Celtic culture, including language, literature, history, art and archaeology, from late antiquity until the present day. The conference draws scholars from throughout the United States and abroad.

Philip...   More >

Black | Art | Futures: African Diasporic Art Histories

Conference/Symposium | March 17 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Department of African American Studies, Department of History of Art

A Symposium on New Directions in African Diasporic Art Histories co-organized by the Department of African American Studies and History of Art.

Water's Extreme Journey

Special Event | January 29 – April 30, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Become a raindrop and go on an interactive adventure through a water-cycle-themed maze. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through a giant wetland, and snap a pic of your family "swimming" with the dolphins—all while developing a deeper understanding of your place in the water ecosystem.

$10–12 Water's Extreme Journey is included with your admission. Free for members.


Water's Extreme Journey at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Essig Brunch: Elizabeth Cash, Tsutsui Lab

Seminar | March 17 | 10 a.m.-11 p.m. | 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Entomology, Essig Museum of, Entomology Students' Organization

The Entomology Students' Organization is pleased to present the Essig Brunch, UC Berkeley's only entomology-themed seminar series. Join us once a week to hear about exciting new research on a broad range of insect-related topics, from evolution to conservation to ecology to pest management, and much more. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome!

Cognition Colloquium: Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction

Colloquium | March 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Thomas Langlois

 Department of Psychology

Our own Thomas Langlois will present his work on, "Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction."

Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies

Lecture | March 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tim Brown, Professor of History at Northeastern University

 Institute of European Studies

Did environmentalism help bring down the Berlin Wall? In “Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies,” Timothy Scott Brown will demonstrate that it did. Examining the development of grassroots environmental politics in the Communist East and the capitalist West from the upheaval of 1968 through the early years of newly-unified Germany, the talk will trace the emergence in the 1970s and 1980s...   More >

New RefWorks Citation Management Workshop

Workshop | March 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Lee Adams, Library


RefWorks is a citation manager that allows you to organize citations, import them from databases, add pdfs, and insert references and bibliographies into documents (MS Word and Google Docs).

New RefWorks has a new look and feel from its previous iteration. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of navigating the new interface, creating new citations, importing citations from various...   More >

ARE Seminar: On a World Climate Assembly and the Social Cost of Carbon

Seminar | March 17 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 201 Giannini Hall

 Martin L. Weitzman, Harvard University

 College of Natural Resources

Guest, Professor Marty Weitzman discusses environmental economics.

Alvin Ailey community flash mob

Special Event | March 17 | 12:30 p.m. |  Lower Sproul Plaza

 Cal Performances

Celebrate Cal Performances' annual Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater residency with our now-annual community flash-mob style dance in front of Zellerbach Hall. Put on your best white outfit and show off your "Wade in the Water" moves (fresh from a morning workshop) led by Ailey dancer Hope Boykin. Everyone is welcome to participate in this memorable and joyful event.

Workshops will be held...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Inside Out: Visualizing chemical transformations and light-matter interactions with nanometer-scale resolution

Seminar | March 17 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 - The Hogan Room

 Professor Jennifer Dionne, Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In Pixar’s Inside Out, Joy proclaims, “Do you ever look at someone and wonder, what’s going on inside?” My group asks the same question about nanomaterials whose function plays a critical role in energy and biologically-relevant processes. This presentation will describe new techniques that enable in situ visualization of chemical transformations and light-matter interactions with nanometer-scale...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Women's Tennis vs. Arizona

Sport - Intercollegiate - Tennis | March 17 | 1:30 p.m. |  Hellman Tennis Center

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Tennis hosts Arizona in conference action at Hellman Tennis Complex.

Canceled-illness: Metal-Ligand Chemistry in Multimetallic Nanoparticle Synthesis and Performance: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Canceled

 Prof. Jill E. Millstone, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Chemistry / ChemE / ME

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Metal-ligand chemistry is shown to be a pivotal tool in the control of multimetallic nanoparticle formation, structure, and emergent properties. Specifically, small molecule ligand chemistry is used to mediate the incorporation and distribution of metals in and on discrete, colloidal nanoparticle substrates, as well as modulate their emergent optoelectronic features once formed.

Here, we...   More >

Nonequilibrium relaxation in atomistic environments

Seminar | March 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 100F Hildebrand Hall

 William Pfalzgraff, Stanford University

 College of Chemistry

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: A Luna étale slice theorem for algebraic stacks

Seminar | March 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Minseon Shin, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss a result of Alper, Hall, Rydh (2015) which shows that, at any point with linearly reductive stabilizer group, an algebraic stack is étale-locally a quotient stack of an affine scheme by the stabilizer.

Mechanic Behavior of Architected Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | March 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Xun Wendy Gu, Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Many nanomaterials (e.g. graphene, metallic nanowires, and ceramic nanospheres) exhibit extraordinary strength, ductility and flaw tolerance. These nanoscale size effects can be transmitted to the bulk by arranging nanostructures in 3D hierarchical architectures with optimized structural topologies, but these nano-architected structures are challenging to construct using conventional...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Tunneling Behavior of Random Processes III

Seminar | March 17 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Insuk Seo, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this third presentation, we discuss tunneling behavior of several random processes, such as random walks in a potential field, the Potts model and the zero-range processes.

Composition Colloquium: Thomas Buckner

Colloquium | March 17 | 3 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Department of Music

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many...   More >

Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | March 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 406 Davis Hall

 Dr. Susan Hubbard, Associate Lab Director, Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, LBNL

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

MENA Salon

Workshop | February 3 – May 5, 2017 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On Fridays at 3:00 during the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Digital Technologies and the Future of Qualitative and Interpretive Analysis

Lecture | March 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Laura K. Nelson, UC Berkeley; Juliana Friend, UC Berkeley

 Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

Digital technologies, digitized data, and computational methods are expanding the capacity for social scientists and humanists to do quantitative data analysis, but these methods are also changing the way we to qualitative and interpretive analysis. These two talks will explore ways digital technologies and computational methods can be integrated into qualitative and interpretive projects in the...   More >

RTGC Seminar: Current Fluctuations of the Stationary ASEP and Six-Vertex Model

Seminar | March 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Amol Aggarwal, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the following three models from statistical mechanics: the asymmetric simple exclusion process, the stochastic six-vertex model, and the ferroelectric symmetric six-vertex model. It had been predicted by the physics communities for some time that the limiting behavior for these models, run under certain classes of translation-invariant (stationary) boundary data, are governed by the...   More >

Bayesian Optimization and Self Driving Cars

Lecture | March 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jeff Schneider, Carnegie Mellon, Uber

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: An important property of embedded learning systems is the ever-changing environment they create for all algorithms operating in the system. Optimizing the performance of those algorithms becomes a perpetual online activity rather than a one-off task. I will review some of these challenges in autonomous vehicles. I will discuss active optimization methods and their application in...   More >

On Jewish Heresy / David Biale: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

Lecture | March 17 | 5:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way) | Canceled

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis.

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New Work in 20th- and 21st-century Literature

Lecture | March 17 | 5:30 p.m. | D1 Hearst Field Annex

 Michaela Bronstein, Stanford University; Scott Selisker, University of Arizona

 Department of English

Sharon Lockhart Selects: Modern Life (La vie moderne) | Raymond Depardon | France, 2008

Film - Series | March 17 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction by Sharon Lockhart

Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon (Profiles Farmers: Daily Life) returns to the remote French countryside to talk with farmers, people of few words and a passion for the land. He travels down narrow rural roads to isolated farms—roads less and less traveled as the older generation die off and both young and old farmers sell their livestock,...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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Baseball vs. Oregon

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | March 17 | 7:05 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Oregon in conference action at Evans Diamond.

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra: works by REGUCERA, DEBUSSY, and BERLIOZ

Performing Arts - Music | March 16 – 18, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

University Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
Amadeus REGUCERA Skin, stretched upon the frame (World Premiere)
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | March 17 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

A pillar in the American arts landscape for more than a half century, the revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for its annual residency, with a bold mix of new and recent works as well as timeless Ailey classics, including his unforgettable and uplifting Revelations. "Restraint and release, spirituality and energy: they are all there in Ailey's masterpiece, Revelations" (Financial...   More >

starting at $40

  Tickets go on sale August 9. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Love and Pride: A New Musical

Performing Arts - Theater | March 17 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies presents LOVE AND PRIDE, a new musical by TDPS student Sy Bocalbos Jordan that addresses identity, gender and dialogue.

Double Tide | Sharon Lockhart | United States, 2009

Film - Series | March 17 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With an introduction by Sharon Lockhart.

A double tide refers to that rare occurrence when a low tide occurs twice within one span of daylight hours, at dawn and at dusk. Films depicting the act of labor are about as rare, outside of Sharon Lockhart’s oeuvre. Here, in two extended takes, she portrays a sole woman clam digger as she works in the mudflats on the coast of Maine. Lockhart’s roots...   More >

Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

  Buy tickets online

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 26, 2016 – April 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases & 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests and the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco played key roles in its development. This exhibition explores the origins of the NPS with materials...   More >

Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 19, 2016 – April 23, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


You are invited to this exhibit of comics and graphic novels owned by the UC Berkeley Library. These materials often reflect the socioeconomic, ideological and political realities of the societies in which they are produced. To highlight these diverse realities, and to celebrate our differences, this exhibit presents a selection of comics and graphic novels published in many countries.

We...   More >

Guerra Civil at 80

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the exhibition Guerra Civil @ 80 features selections from The Bancroft Library's Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records and photographic collections, along with posters, books, pamphlets, and other ephemera. A visual and textual display of the struggle to defend the Second Spanish Republic, the...   More >

War Ink: California Veterans Exhibit

Exhibit - Photography | November 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery (east wing)

 Cal Veteran Services Center

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit...   More >

Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Cinema’s radical streak goes back to its earliest beginnings, but the period explored in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia was an unusually fertile time for politically charged, aesthetically innovative filmmaking. Encompassing documentary, fiction, and experimental cinema—often in the course of a single feature—the films in this series intersected with and...   More >

 Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Designs from a Distance

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

CLOSES May 19. This exhibit features design and planning projects on six continents by architects based in the San Francisco Bay Area and held by the Environmental Design Archives.

Literatura de Cordel in Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 16 – June 30, 2017 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura
de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for
mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de
cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers
can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are
several themes that...   More >

Native Americans: An Intimate View from Afar

Exhibit - Photography | March 9 – April 24, 2017 every day | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library

 Ethnic Studies Library

Jun Kamata, Associate Professor at ASIA University in Tokyo, has published eight books in Japan. This exhibit includes 25 of his photographs of the Pomo people of northern California. Kamata holds a BA in Native American Studies from UC Berkeley, an MA in American Indian Studies and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 1 – October 1, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA’s current commission for the Art Wall showcases the work of Lawrence Weiner, a central figure of Conceptual art. Like many other artists working in the late 1960s and ’70s, Weiner is deeply interested in methods of display that challenge the assumption that the work of art exists as a discrete object in the physical world.

Weiner decisively turned to language as the material object for...   More >

I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew: Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 30, 2016 – June 30, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Warren Hellman & Charles Michael Galleries

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”. The exhibition highlights Italian Jewish art and artifacts from The Magnes Collection.

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 24 – June 23, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

Exhibit - Photography | January 24 – June 20, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer, most notable for his documentary photographs of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the years immediately preceding its destruction, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the...   More >