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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable: realistic impossibilities to prepare ourselves for the future: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Andrea Bandelli, CEO, Science Gallery International

 Arts + Design

At times of great uncertainty and complex developments, our capacity to navigate through the unknown depends on how comfortable we are with what is different from us. How do we learn to shape our emotions and our reactions, to change our mindset and to take responsibility today over the future? The creative collisions of art, culture, science and design confront us with what it means to be...   More >

The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture: Townsend Book Chat with Paula Varsano

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

This volume brings together fourteen essays that explore the role of hiddenness—as both an object and a mode of representation—in the history of cultural production in China.

The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies

In this talk, based on her new book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line. By contextualizing ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal evidence, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group can become...   More >

Mortuary Culture and Ethnic Politics in Eleventh-Century Northeast Asia

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

Due to an abundance of surviving textual sources, historians of
China's Song Dynasty (960-1279) have made relatively little use of the
archaeological record. In this talk, I will introduce a database I
have compiled of eleventh-century tombs excavated in a broad region
that spans the historical boundary between the Song state and its
northern neighbor, the Eurasian steppe-based Liao Empire....   More >

The Energy Grid of the Future

Lecture | October 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Professor Dan Kammen speaks about the energy grid of the future.

Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation: Aila Matanock

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Aila Matanock

 Center for Latin American Studies

Aila Matanock will discuss her new book Electing Peace, which presents a theory that explains both the causes and the consequences of these provisions. She draws on new international data on electoral participation provisions, case studies in Central America, and interviews with representatives of all sides of the conflicts.

Cover image from Electing Peace (By Christian Grooms for Cambridge University Press.)

The Afterlife of Migration: Balikbayans and the Return Economy in Contemporary Manila

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

This presentation examines the role of Filipinos who return to their homeland, after living in the U.S. for several decades, in the economic development of the Philippines.

Eric Pido

2017 Eastman Lecture: Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

2017 Eastman Lecturer, Professor Jingguang Chen, will present "Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts."

Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Deborah Tannen

Lecture | October 25 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

 Graduate Division

Deborah Tannen will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 24 and 25, 2017. The second lecture is titled "Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
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Deborah Tannen

Visual Trumpery: Fighting Against Fake Data and Visualizations — From the Left and From the Right

Lecture | October 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Alberto Cairo

 Information, School of

With facts and truth increasingly under assault, sifting through the visual information and misinformation is more critical than ever.

Gorbachev: His Life and Times: 33rd Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Amherst College

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

In his Gorbachev biography William Taubman shows how a peasant boy turned into Soviet Communism’s gravedigger, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, how Gorbachev’s dream of democratizing the USSR foundered, how he and President Ronald Reagan turned out to be almost perfect partners, and why Gorbachev permitted Eastern Europe to abandon Communism without firing a shot. Taubman’s...   More >

Why Study the Russian Revolution?

Lecture | October 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David North, International Youth and Students for Social Equality

 International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE)

What was the Russian Revolution? How did it become the dominant event of the 20th century, forever altering history by given rise to the most powerful and progressive social movements of the last century? David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, will review the causes, consequences and enduring significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Why Study the Russian Revolution?

ARCH Lecture: Philippe Block

Lecture | October 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 25, 6:30pm. Philippe Block

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Imam Dawood Yasin: Tayyib: The Foundation of Ethical Eating and Conscious Consumption

Lecture | October 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Imam Dawood Yasin, Faculty, Zaytuna College

 Graduate Theological Union

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic Professor...   More >