Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Special Event | May 3 – 4, 2017 every day | Jacobs Hall
On Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, please join the Jacobs Institute for the Jacobs Spring Design Showcase. At this open house, you can meet student designers, check out innovations in fields from health to socially engaged art, and celebrate the semester over conversation and refreshments.
Workshop | May 1 – 5, 2017 every day | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing)
The aim of this workshop will be to bring together a broad set of researchers looking at algorithmic questions that arise in machine learning. The primary target areas will be large-scale learning and algorithms for Bayesian estimation.
Santosh Vempala (Georgia Institute of Technology; chair), David Blei (Columbia University), Katherine Heller (Duke University), John Langford... More >
Conference/Symposium | May 3 – 5, 2017 every day | Walnut Creek Marriott
2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.
This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact... More >
This conference is open to all. We want to especially extend an invitation to those associated with Caltrans (employees, partners, affiliates) as well as those involved in the development and planning of transportation around the state of California.
Workshop | May 3 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42
Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work
Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center
Colloquium | May 3 | 8:45-10:45 a.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room
In 2015, the Berkeley Food Institute provided seed funding to six multi-disciplinary and innovative research projects in food and agriculture. On May 3, our grantees will be sharing the results of their research with the Berkeley community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from UC Berkeley's experts from various fields, and to participate in the Q&A session following each grantee's presentation.
Conference/Symposium | May 3 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club
Leigh Raiford, American Studies/African-American Studies; Shannon Steen, American Studies/Theater; Lauren Kroiz, American Studies/History of Art; Andy Shanken, American Studies/Architecture; David Henkin, American Studies/History; Michael Cohen, American Studies/African American Studies; Beth Piatote, American Studies/Native American Studies
Presentation | May 3 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
The 101 Circus is the great annual gathering at which undergraduate history majors present their thesis research.
History 101 is designed to guide students through the capstone experience of undergraduate education as a history major: the researching and writing of a senior thesis. Successful completion of this challenging but rewarding endeavor requires students to do the work of a historian.... More >
2017 COEH-CE Webinar Series with Cristina Banks, PhD and Edward Yelin, PhD: Health and Employment: Macro Context and Micro Initiatives
Seminar | May 3 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Webinar
What are employment and workforce trends regarding Americans with disabilities? What is the newest thinking about how to build worker sustainability in response to these trends?
This webinar presentation will provide you with the latest information. The presentation makes it clear that allowing workplace practices and disability policies to continue will prove to be deleterious to the American... More >
$0 Free Webinar, $30 CE Credit
Presentation | May 3 | 10:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. | Shires Hall
The Berkeley Master of Engineering Showcase is a chance for the Berkeley community to engage with our Masters students in their research & industry projects. If you are curious about the latest innovations or where the future of engineering is headingcome see for yourself!
Come network with students, faculty, and alumni while trying out the latest innovations in tech.
Food and drinks will... More >
Seminar | May 3 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall
Benjamin Gammage, UC Berkeley
We will review the representations of loop groups and the Kac-Weyl formula for their characters. We then proceed to describe the (complex) twisted conjugation-equivariant $K$-theory of a compact (simply connected) Lie group $G$, and and relate it to the Verlinde ring.
Lecture | May 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Global Exchange, and Escuelita Comunitaria invite the community to:
Anabel Hernándezs presentation of her new book on Ayotzinapa, La verdadera noche de Iguala
Wednesday, May 3rd, 12:00 2:00 pm
5125 Dwinelle Hall, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Colloquium | May 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Duster Conference Room
2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
Esther Cho, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Kelechi Uwaezuoke, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley
Bruce Fuller, Professor, Education and Public Policy, UC Berkeley
ISSI's Graduate Fellows Program presents:
Hidden Burdens: How Social and Educational Experiences Are Shaped by Race and Immigration Status
Esther Cho, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley
Kelechi Uwaezuoke, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal... More >
Information Session | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Online
Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.
Advance your technology career with our new software development and programming certificate. It combines theory and practice to give you a balanced mix of knowledge and skills in software development, databases, computer programming and Web development.
Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Javanese and Balinese Gamelan Music performed by student ensembles under the direction of Midiyanto, Dewa Putu Berata and Lisa Gold
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Featuring the Music Departments varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular... More >
Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Agnieszka Ilwicka, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture
Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968 in the voice of the oral history
Polish-born Yiddishist and oral historian Agnieszka Ilwicka will talk about her research project "Love in the Ruins: Jewish Life in Lower Silesia 1945-1968." After World War II, Lower Silesia was the largest Jewish settlement in Europe. Ilwicka will share her journey through Yiddish, Polish, Hebrew, and... More >
Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium | Note change in date
Tom Kalil, UC Berkeley and the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group
Tom Kalil is an expert on technology and innovation policy, and served both the Clinton and Obama admistrations, most recently Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He also served as the Senior Advisor for Scienc
Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online
Colloquium | May 3 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room
Emily Marshall, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Public Health Program, Franklin & Marshall College
A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.
Colloquium | May 3 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Sapna Cheryan, Associate Professor, University of Washington
The study of racial prejudice in psychology developed primarily based on research studying African Americans and Whites. The recent precipitated growth of Latinos and Asian Americans in the United States underscores the need for a framework that integrates more groups.
The current work proposes that racial and ethnic minority groups are disadvantaged along two distinct dimensions of perceived... More >
Lecture | May 3 | 12:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
MATRIX artist Contis talks about her photographs and shifting notions of place, identity, and gender in the American West.
Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission Event is included with admission
Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this spring semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.
Seminar | May 3 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall
Jalal Naghsh Nilchi, UC Berkeley
Seminar | May 3 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall
Peter Teichner, UC Berkeley
In our two talks, we'll consider link maps of many spheres into another sphere. Link maps are continuous maps such that connected components in the source are mapped disjointly into the target. John Milnor introduced the notion of a link homotopy of a link in 3-space and we'll recall his approach in the talk at 2 pm.
Seminar | May 3 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Note change in time
Neel Joshi, Harvard University
Spring 2017 Seminar Series
Wednesday, May 3
Meeting | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Robert Powell, Division Chair, Academic Senate
This is a regular business meeting of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. The notice will be posted online prior to the meeting.
Senate members have priority seating and others will be accommodated as space allows. Please contact us in advance for permission to take photographs or for accommodation needs.
Seminar | May 3 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Tyler Helmuth, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics
The lace expansion is one of the primary tools for proving that probability models in high dimensions have mean field behaviour. I will explain the previous sentence by describing joint work in progress with David Brydges and Mark Holmes in which we develop a continuous time lace expansion. Our method allows us to analyze n-component field theories when n is zero, one, or two. The case n=2 is new.
Seminar | May 3 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall
Ali Mesbah, UC Berkeley
Uncertainty is ubiquitous in complex dynamical systems. System uncertainties can lead to severe degradation of the performance of advanced optimization-based estimation and control methods, which are crucial for supporting safety and reliability of the system, reducing variability in the system operation, and enhancing the system efficiency. In this talk, we will present a framework for... More >
Seminar | May 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall
Mikhail Belkin, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Ohio State University
What can we learn from big data? First, more data allows us to more precisely estimate probabilities of uncertain outcomes. Second, data provides better coverage to approximate functions more precisely. I will argue that the second is key to understanding the recent success of large scale machine learning. A useful way of thinking about this issue is that it is necessary to use many more... More >
Lecture | May 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date
Dr. Nick Cheesman, Research Fellow, Political & Social Change, Australian National University
From 2012 to 2014, Myanmar experienced recurrent acts of lethal violence, realised through repeated public expressions that Muslims constitute an existential threat to Buddhists. This talk will make a case for classing and analyzing the violence as communal. This lecture has been re-scheduled from its original March date.
Reading - Literary | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room B-4
Dumb Puppy is a mystery play for the 21st century, for the United States, taking place in the future when the surveillance state has overstepped its bounds domestically. The play is elliptical, filtering through the mind of K, a mother in Lawton OK, and revolving around a mashup of a salon weekend at Marie Antoinettes Hameau de le Reine meets Andy Warhols Silver Factory meets Studio 54 meets... More >
Seminar | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall
In race-regulation regimes like South Africa and the United States, interracial intimacies remain difficult even decades after odious laws prohibiting love and marriage were repealed. How does reprisal work in the absence of legal sanction against interracial romance, and how do young people manage different forms of reprisal as they struggle to learn, live, and love together? Jonathan Jansen... More >
Seminar | May 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall
Kevin Tharp, UC Berkeley
Structure Property Relationship of Single-Ion-Conducting Block Copolymer Electrolytes/An Imaging-Based Human Embryonic Stem Cell Assay for Teratogenic Activity
Colloquium | May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Adriana Rojas, Ph.D. student in the Balsara Group; Brian Perea, Ph.D. student in the Clark Group and the Schaffer Group
Seminar | May 3 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Peter Teichner, UC Berkeley
In the 4 pm talk, we'll present a joint result with Rob Schneiderman, to show that any link map of two 2-spheres in 4-space with one topologically embedded component is link homotopically trivial, implying that there is no 4-dimensional Hopf link. We'll use a 4-dimensional version of Milnor's elementary link homotopies as well as Freedman's disk embedding theorem.
Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: "The Elusive Costs of Inflation: Price Dispersion during the U.S. Great Inflation"
Seminar | May 3 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall
Jón Steinsson, Columbia University
Information Session | May 3 | 5-6 p.m. | Online
Learn to analyze and advise in all core areas of personal financial planning, which meet the established requirements of the Certified Financial Planner Board, and provide CFP® Certification Examination eligibility.
EECS Colloquium: Evaluation of the Tensor Processing Unit: A Deep Neural Network Accelerator for the Datacenter
Colloquium | May 3 | 5-6 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium) | Note change in time
David Patterson, EECS Professor Emeritus and Professor in the Graduate School, UC Berkeley, Distinguished Engineer, Google
With the ending of Moore's Law, many computer architects believe that major improvements in cost-energy-performance must now come from domain-specific hardware. The Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), deployed in Google datacenters since 2015, is a custom chip that accelerates deep neural networks (DNNs). We compare the TPU to contemporary server-class CPUs and GPUs deployed in the same... More >
Monsoon Wedding | New Directions in Indian Cinema: Featuring Films by Acclaimed Film Director, Mira Nair
Film - Series | May 3 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
A 2001 film that explores the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic, and comedic ways.
Lecture | May 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Nestrick Room - 142
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, University of Chicago
Lecture | May 3 | 7 p.m. | Restaurant Valparaiso
What do we know about our internal microbial communities their roles in healthy living and disease? Michael Shapira will explore some intriguing ideas about the contribution of our internal flora and fauna to evolution.
Film - Documentary | May 3 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Spend Wednesday evening of RRR week learning more about your brain, and how it can thrive! This delightful documentary follows renowned brain scientist and UC Berkeley professor emerita of anatomy, Dr. Marian Diamond, introducing us to her groundbreaking accomplishments at a time when so few women entered her field, as well as her entertaining teaching style and charming personality.
Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.
Film - Feature | May 3 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
John Cassavetess masterpiece retains the power to unnerve with its raw, often harrowing depiction of a blue-collar Los Angeles family on the rocks. Gena Rowlandss performance as Mabel Longhetti, wife of everyman Nick (Peter Falk) and mother of three, stands as a virtually unmatched tour de force.
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
Performing Arts - Music | May 3 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
University Chorus and Gospel Chorus
"Praise and Protest"
Spirituals and songs about peace, hope, and resistance.
Free Concert - Donations to support the Northern California ACLU gladly accepted
Exhibits and Ongoing Events
Exhibit - Artifacts | September 1, 2016 – July 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe 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 >
Exhibit - Multimedia | February 11 – May 13, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Cinemas 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 cinemaoften in the course of a single featurethe 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
Exhibit - Artifacts | January 30 – May 19, 2017 every day | 210 Wurster Hall
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.
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 >
Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropologys renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think... More >
Free UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, Hearst Museum Members, and Youth under 18, $6 General Admisison, $3 Non-UC Berkeley Students and seniors over 65
Exhibit - Artifacts | April 17 – September 1, 2017 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, second floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library
The National Writing Project is a professional development
network for teachers of writing at all levels, from early
childhood to university. Drawing from the newly available
National Writing Project records and other Bancroft Library
collections, this exhibition explores the history of the
organization from its origins within the Graduate School of
Education at UC Berkeley to its present... More >
Exhibit - Multimedia | April 26 – August 26, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The tiny pieces of paper that comprise Irwin Kremens visually stunning abstract collages were taken from advertisements found on the walls of cities such as Paris, Brussels, Florence, Rome, and New York. Using only these found materials, Kremen constructs his works using fine hinges made of Japanese paper so as to preserve the sense of edge and depth among the various paper fragments.
Exhibit - Photography | May 3 – August 26, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In her first solo museum exhibition, Oakland-based artist Sam Contis uses photography and archival research to explore the relationship of bodies and landscape and the shifting nature of gender identity and expression. The work in this exhibition was made at Deep Springs Collegelocated in a remote valley on the California-Nevada borderwhich is one of the countrys last all-male institutions of... More >
Exhibit - Multimedia | March 1 – October 1, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
BAMPFAs 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 >
Exhibit - Artifacts | April 21 – September 1, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery
For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents
an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The
exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces
carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs
and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and
Jane Austen, branded books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnsons photographs of the... More >
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
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.
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)
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 >
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)
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 Vishniacs estate. In 2007, the... More >