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Monday, September 18, 2017

Armenian and Turkish Lobbies and U.S. (Non-)Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Julien Zarifian, Associate Professor of American History, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

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

The goal of this talk is to present and analyze the political opposition between the Armenian and Turkish lobbies in favor or against the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States. We will discuss why, despite decades of efforts and some positive results, the Armenian-American advocacy groups have not yet obtained the full recognition of the Genocide by the U.S. federal...   More >

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Functionalizable Polypeptides and Polymeric siRNA Smart Delivery

Lecture | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydride monomers provides a means of generating synthetic polypeptides; however, until recently, only native amino acids were incorporated along the backbone. Our lab introduced an alkyne functionalized monomer, propargyl-L-glutamate, that enables the use of click chemistry post-polymerization, thus allowing the generation of a broad range of different...   More >

The Power of Public Investment: Improving Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Future

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 John Chiang, State Treasurer, State of California

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Public investment powers innovative social policies that dramatically improve lives, reduce income inequality, and give the planet a fighting chance against global warming. California State Treasurer John Chiang reveals how seemingly mundane financial decisions can drive large-scale change that makes a real difference in our quality of life.

Music of Paul Bowles

Lecture | September 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Music composed by the American expatriate polymath Paul Bowles will be performed by Irene Herrmann, pianist and curator of the Bowles music estate, with soprano Sheila Willey. Songs feature texts by Bowles’s friends William Saroyan, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Owsley Brown’s documentary Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles screens in the Barbro Osher Theater after the performance.

Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

After her ground-breaking study of emotion and politics in Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild will reflect on the various ways in which drama draws its audience over an “empathy wall” as she calls it, into the “deep story” of the other. How do people within “in-groups” talk about people in “out-groups?” How can the theatre community find stories which illuminate the emotional magic required...   More >