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Monday, September 25, 2017

Our free speech week: united against hate

Social Event | September 24 – 27, 2017 every day |  UC Berkeley Campus


We bring to you a three-day event, a peaceful moment of reflection and show of solidarity for those vulnerable groups on campus. From faculty and departments to RSOs and graduates, we stand firmly behind the values of our community, and in defense of our loved ones. Join us for any of our events - listen to a speaker, participate in an open mic, or stop by to write a letter to your...   More >

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Amos Gitai to Teach Seminar on Narrative and Form: Cinema and Architecture

Film - Series | August 29 – September 26, 2017 every day | 370 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

The Israeli film director Amos Gitai (Ph.D Architecture 79) will teach a five week course on film that explores the concepts of narrative and space. CLASS SIZE IS VERY LIMITED SO YOU MUST SIGN UP SOON. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS ACROSS CAMPUS.

​Two forms of perceptual learning generalization: Immediate transfer and learning to learn

Seminar | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 C. Shawn Green, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

​While it is clear that, with appropriate practice, people will improve on most perceptual tasks, the improvements seen from such practice commonly fail generalize to new tasks. However, while this type of learning specificity is undoubtedly the most frequently described outcome of perceptual training, over the past few decades, numerous examples have been described in the literature...   More >

Understanding Human Rights Laws and Policies in Pakistan

Presentation | September 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room (766/768)

 Dr. Munir Moosa Sewani, Sindh Madressatul Islam University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

CSHE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Sewani, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of human rights laws and policies in Pakistan and highlight how elements of human rights are portrayed by higher education policies.

Dr. Munir Moosa Sewani

Remembering in the Toddler Years

Colloquium | September 25 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Simona Ghetti, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain

 Department of Psychology

The ability to subjectively re-experience our past requires processes that develop substantially during the course of childhood. Children ought to be able form, retain and retrieve detailed memory representations. In addition, they ought to be able to reflect on the quality of these memory representations (e.g., whether they are certain versus uncertain; whether the memories include vivid detail)...   More >

Use of PEER Tall Buildings Initiative Guidelines for Peer Review of Tall and Unique Structures

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 James O. Malley, S.E. Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Degenkolb Engineers

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Engineers designing tall and otherwise unique structures are challenged in strictly meeting all
seismic design provisions of the building code. Prior to 2010, there were no guidelines in
place to allow engineers to perform a performance-based seismic design to validate that their
designs were consistent with the performance goals of the code.

Combinatorics Seminar: Pattern Posets and Poset Fibrations

Seminar | September 25 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jason Smith, University of Strathclyde

 Department of Mathematics

A pattern poset is a poset of combinatorial objects, with a partial order s< t if s occurs in t for some notion of occurrence. For example, the poset of words where s< t if s occurs as a subword of t. A variety of such pattern posets have been studied independently on words, permutations, graphs, Dyck paths, etc. Moreover, many of these posets have similar results relating to their Möbius...   More >

Living Stories: Oral History Interviewing and Research

Lecture | September 25 | 1-3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Paul Burnett, Oral historian, Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Join historian Paul Burnett of the Oral History Center to learn about oral history, the Bancroft Library's massive oral history collection, and a primer on how to conduct interviews yourself!

Paul Burnett, Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library

String-Math Seminar: Double-elliptic Macdonald Polynomials

Seminar | September 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a new geometric way to think about symmetric polynomials. We will consider some special classes in the equivariant elliptic cohomology of Hilbert scheme of points on the complex plane (elliptic stable envelopes). It is natural to think about these classes as two parametric elliptic generalization of Macdonald polynomials. All other important symmetric polynomials such as...   More >

Love Posters: a space to heal and affirm each other in commUNITY!

Special Event | September 25 – 29, 2017 every day | 2-5 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, GenEq Community Space, Rm 202

 Gender Equity Resource Center

LOVE POSTERS: a space to heal and affirm each other in commUNITY! Join us for a week of healing, love, community, and creativity through poster making.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Semiclassical resolvent estimates away from trapping

Seminar | September 25 | 2:40-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Kiril Datchev, Purdue University

 Department of Mathematics

Semiclassical resolvent estimates relate dynamics of a particle scattering problem to regularity and decay of waves in a corresponding wave scattering problem. Roughly speaking, more trapping of particles corresponds to a larger resolvent near the trapping. If the trapping is mild, then propagation estimates imply that the larger norm occurs only there. However, in this talk I will show how the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Microstates free entropy: definition, examples and applications.

Seminar | September 25 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Srivatsav Kunnawalkam Elayavalli, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, I will primarily discuss the work of Voiculescu in the paper " The analogues of entropy and of Fisher information in free probability II". We will motivate and define a free analogue of entropy via approximating matricial microstates, as inspired by the classical Boltzmann definition. Then we will discuss an attempt to resolve the free group factors isomorphism problem using...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Rational motivic path spaces

Seminar | September 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ishai Dan-Cohen, Ben-Gurion University

 Department of Mathematics

A central ingredient in Kim's work on integral points of hyperbolic curves is the “unipotent Kummer map” which goes from integral points to certain torsors for the prounipotent completion of the fundamental group, and which, roughly speaking, sends an integral point to the torsor of homotopy classes of paths connecting it to a fixed base-point. In joint work with Tomer Schlank, we introduce a...   More >

Adam Elmachtoub - The value of opaque products

Seminar | September 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Adam Elmachtoub, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: A product is said to be opaque if one or more of its attributes are not revealed until after the product has been sold. Opaque products have historically been used in the travel industry where airline and hotel brands might be hidden to the customer, in exchange for a discount. More recently, online retailers have also used opaque products, where customers can sacrifice their choice of...   More >

Seminar 271, Development: "The Impact of Cash Transfers on Local Public Finance: Experimental Evidence from Kenya"

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michael Walker, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Design Field Notes: Jazmyn Latimer

Seminar | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jazmyn Latimer, Code for America's lead designer for Safety and Justice, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Bay Area Microlocal Analysis Seminar: Resonances on asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds; the ambient metric approach

Seminar | September 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Charles Hadfield, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

On an asymptotically hyperbolic manifold, the Laplacian has essential spectrum. Since work of Mazzeo and Melrose, this essential spectrum has been studied via the theory of resonances; poles of the meromorphic continuation of the resolvent of the Laplacian (with modified spectral parameter). A recent technique of Vasy provides an alternative construction of this meromorphic continuation which...   More >

Knight's Moves: The Son-in-Law in Cicero and Tacitus

Lecture | September 25 | 5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Gowers, University of Cambridge

 Department of Classics

SLAM: Starting a Career at a Top-Tier Institution

Seminar | September 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Insights from Professor Michelle Chang (Chemistry) and Professor Reza Alam (Mechanical Engineering) and Phil Geissler (Chemistry)!

Join us for an insightful discussion with our own UC Berkeley faculty members about what it’s really like to start a career at a top-tier institution. Learn about how to navigate the career change from post-doc to professor and how to position yourself for success.

Lecture by Dr. Diana Matut on Yiddish Song in Early Modern Ashkenaz (c. 1500-1750): Sources, Repertoire, Performance

Lecture | September 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Ashkenazim (Jews of Central and Eastern Europe) have been singing in Yiddish since the Middle Ages. Their historical song repertoires were very different from today's Yiddish songs. Diana Matut's lecture will explore the world of Renaissance and Baroque Yiddish song, and answer a set of specific research questions, such as: What did the Jews of Kraków, Amsterdam, Prague and Frankfurt sing...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

C3 IoT Info-Session

Information Session | September 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)


World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Auditorium

 2155 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Franklin Foer

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech and offers a toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate...   More >

by Evy Mages

AFL-CIO Solidarity Center Delegation on Illicit Financial Flows out of Africa: Transnational Cooperation on Illicit Financial Flows

Panel Discussion | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Joel Odigie, Coordinator of Human and Trade Union Rights, International Trade Union Confederation-Africa; Luckystar Miyandazi, Policy Officer in the African Institutions Program, The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); Cloudine Bwesigye, Program Officer, East Africa Trade Union Confederation (EATUC)

 UC Berkeley Labor Center, AFL-CIO Solidarity Center

In 2015, Thabo Mbeki commissioned a high level report on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa. The report indicated that over $50 billion in IFFs leaves Africa annually, an amount nearly equal to the official development assistance sent to the continent each year. IFFs are of particular concern amidst current changes in development funding trends and increasing environmental degradation....   More >

ATC: World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech with Frank Foer

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Auditorium, BAMPFA, Osher Auditorium

 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Franklin Foer, The Atlantic; Nicholas Thompson,, Wired Magazine

 Center for New Media

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Frank Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology.

Frank Foer, The Atlantic, in conversation with Nicholas Thompson, Editor, Wired

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >