Thursday, February 8, 2018
Lecture | February 8 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall
Kara Rudolph, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
In public health, there is frequently an implicit assumption that an intervention that works in one place will work in another. This is often not the case in practice, where expansion of interventions may yield disappointingly null results or even unexpected adverse effects. In this talk, I will discuss how some of my recent work in transportability and mediation can help better predict how an... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Karl Jacoby, Professor, Department of History, Columbia University
Chip Williams, Descendent of William Ellis
To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather,... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)
Catherine Fisk, Professor, Berkeley Law
Once, activists dreamed of an all-inclusive movement for poor people. But then came the 1950s labor began to decline as a social movement, and civil rights leaders turned away from their early focus on labor rights. What role did the courts play in pushing these movements apart?
Professor Fisk finds that the eras labor laws, which were hostile to picketing by labor organizers, encouraged... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Allison Varzally, Professor of History, CSU Fullerton
This talk is derived from Prof. Varzally's new book Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 (Townsend)
Over the years the Southern Dimension of the European neighborhood policy has been characterized by efforts to promote stability and prosperity. The aim was to build a ring of friends from the Caucasus to the Sahara, using a plethora of foreign policy instruments and economic incentives. Within the EU, the matter was relatively uncontroversial, and since 2008 a division of labor became visible,... More >
Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic Identities.
Lecture | February 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study
In numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics.
We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials and rational functions in many... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room
Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University
As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall
Brook Thomas, UC Irvine
Department of English, Americanist Colloquium
An evening lecture and discussion with UC Irvine professor Brook Thomas; Sponsored by the Americanist Colloquium
Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Author Wendy Pearlman presents her book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria, which is an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.
Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics.
Lecture | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
There is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants?
$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students
Lecture | February 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, North Gate Hall Library
Michael Krasny, KQED
You are invited to a very special evening celebrating the career of legendary Bay Area radio host and author Michael Krasny.
Seating is first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating.
Lecture | February 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Nourse Theater
Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town, he became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Week after week, he brings to the magazine a rigorous, sharp, and lyrical perspective on acting, playwriting, and directing. With his deep knowledge of the history of performancenot only in theatre but in... More >