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Monday, April 9, 2018

Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

What’s Happening in Federal Court?: Recent Findings and Strategies for the Future

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Law, Boalt School of, Civil Justice Research Initiative

“What’s Happening in Federal Court?” is the inaugural symposium of the Civil Justice Research Initiative at Berkeley Law. It will bring together leading legal scholars and social scientists from around the United States to share their research and discuss the legal process in federal courts around the country. The...   More >

Post-earthquake damage assessment, earthquake damage repair and seismic vulnerability assessment of the Washington Monument: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Terrence Paret, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Assoc. Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

On August 23, 2011, the Washington Monument was subjected to ground shaking from the Magnitude 5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake, whose epicenter was roughly 80 miles from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Shaking of the 555-foot tall unreinforced stone masonry structure resulted in damage, most significantly to the pyramidion, the construction comprising its upper 55 feet.

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of X-variables in finite type cluster algebras

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A cluster algebra is a commutative ring determined by an initial "seed," which consists of A-variables, X-variables, and some additional data. Given a seed, one can produce new seeds via a combinatorial process called mutation. The cluster algebra is generated by the variables obtained from all possible sequences of mutations. In this talk, we will focus on cluster algebras of finite type, which...   More >

Trans Memoir/Memory: Migrations and Territories of Racial Gender Becoming

Lecture | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jian Chen, Assistant Professor of English, The Ohio State University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Janet Mock’s coming-of-age stories as a Black and Native Hawaiian trans woman in Redefining Realness (2014) create points of transmission between cis-heterosexual civil society and emergent transgender, especially trans of color, communities in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Rani D. Mullen | China and India in Afghanistan: A long-term strategic loss for Afghanistan or a win-win for all?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

 Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dr. Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

From Congress to a University Presidency - Notes on Leading a Liberal Arts Institution

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)

 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President, Augustana University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Institute of Governmental Studies, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service

Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who also served in the Congress for seven years, discusses her experiences as a higher education leader, and as a member of Congress setting national education policy. Augustana University, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serves more than 2,000 students from 33 states and 32 countries, offering more than 100 majors, minors and...   More >

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​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Stephanie Wan, UC Berkeley, Fleiszig Lab; Kathryn Bonnen, University of Texas at Austin, Huk Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Stephanie Wan’s Talk Title: Impact of contact lens wear and dry eye on the amicrobiomic status of the murine cornea

Abstract: Contrasting with the conjunctiva and other exposed body surfaces, the cornea does not host a stable bacterial population (amicrobiomic). Yet, the cornea and conjunctiva are not usually distinguished in ocular surface microbiome research. Additionally, commonly used...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Andreas Peichl; Isabela Manelici; Peter Jones

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Andreas Peichl - "Politically feasible tax reforms and the TRA86"
Isabela Manelici - "Multinational Firms and Economic Development"
Peter Jones -

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Edible Book Festival

Special Event | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


The Berkeley University Library is pleased to host its second Edible Book Festival!

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text.

All members of the UC Berkeley community are encouraged to participate! The...   More >

 The Edible Books Festival is open to anyone with a CalID.

Edible Book Festival

What is Torture and How Did We Get Here?

Panel Discussion | April 9 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

What is torture and how did we get here? Torture has been prevalent both domestically, within the prison industrial complex, and as a part of the “war on terror.” This discussion will focus on the origins of modern forms of torture and they ways in which torture has been employed by U.S. officials both within and outside of the U.S.

Joined by Prof. Laurel Fletcher, Prof. Jonathan Simon & Brad...   More >

Mapping the History of Aesthetic Concepts

Lecture | April 9 | 2-5 p.m. | Doe Library, Visual REsource Center

 Pete de Bolla, Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics, University of Cambridge, the Faculty of English

 Ewan Jones, University Lecturer in the Nineteenth Century, University of Cambridge, the Faculty of English

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities

A presentation and discussion of the Concept Lab‘s work on the structure and data of social/intellectual “concepts.”

The Concept Lab studies the architectures of conceptual forms. It is committed to the view that concepts are not equivalent to the meanings of the words which express them. The Lab considers conceptual architectures as generating structured environments for sensing that one has...   More >

Cognitive Neurosciences Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Zhaoping Li, Computer Sciences. UCL

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: Investigations in the recent years have revealed an important functional role of the primary visual cortex (V1): it creates a bottom-up saliency map to guide attentional shifts exogenously. I will review these findings to motivate a new path to understanding vision. This new path views vision as made of three stages: encoding, selection, and decoding; the selection and decoding stages...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: 3-Minute Thesis Graduate Student Talks

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 College of Chemistry

Please join us for two special STROBE Seminars on April 9 & 16 at 3 PM PT/4 PM MT. The graduate students will be presenting their engaging 3-Minute Thesis Talks. See GoToMeeting and flyer information below.

A reminder that STROBE will be sending 3-4 senior graduate students to the NSF STC Professional Development workshop in early August 2018 (here's a link to last year's workshop website:...   More >

Tracking the Concept of Government, 1700-1800: University of Cambridge Concept Lab

Lecture | April 9 | 3-5 p.m. | Doe Library, Doe 308A, Visual Resource Center

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley

In the final event for the 2018 DH Faire, Peter de Bolla and Ewan Jones from the University of Cambridge Concept Lab will showcase a range of techniques that build upon and refine procedures common to corpus linguistics, such as pointwise mutual information. We will also chart a number of specific case studies, using the large dataset of Eighteenth Century Collections Online so as to demonstrate...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Ordinary primes in Hilbert modular varieties

Seminar | April 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Junecue Suh, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

A well-known conjecture (often attributed to Serre) asserts that any motive over any number field has infinitely many ordinary primes, in the sense of the Newton Polygon coinciding with the Hodge Polygon. We will present a few methods for producing more ordinary primes in the case of modular Jacobians — and more generally the part of the (intersection) cohomology of Hilbert modular varieties...   More >

Scheiber Lecture: What Lies Ahead for the Ocean

Lecture | April 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Ronán Long, World Maritime University

 Law of the Sea Institute

Please join us for the first annual Harry and Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law and Policy. Professor Ronán Long, Director of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University, will provide the inaugural lecture and explore the future of global ocean governance amidst increasing ecological and political challenges.

Complicity and Dissent: Literature in the Cold War

Lecture | April 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Duncan White, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

 Department of English, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

At the outbreak of the Second World War Vladimir Nabokov stood on the brink of losing everything all over again. The reputation he had built as the pre-eminent Russian novelist in exile was imperilled. In Nabokov and his Books, Duncan White shows how Nabokov went to America and not only reinvented himself as an American writer but also used the success of Lolita to rescue those Russian books that...   More >

Genetics and education: Recent developments in the context of an ugly history and an uncertain future

Colloquium | April 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Ben Domingue, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

 Graduate School of Education

Driven by our recent mapping of the human genome, genetics research is increasingly prominent and is likely to re-intersect with education research. I begin by giving background on the current state of the art regarding methods for linking genotype to phenotype, focusing specifically on molecular genetics and genome-wide association studies. I emphasize both what genetic studies of educational...   More >

Transport and biosynthesis of a novel copper-chelating natural product

Seminar | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Rosenzweig, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Imagining The Future Of War

Lecture | April 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London

 Institute of International Studies

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman was Professor of War Studies at King's College London from 1982 to 2014 and Vice-Principal from 2003 to 2013. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King's, he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Elected a Fellow of...   More >

Towards a Subaltern History of the Crusades?

Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Christopher J. Tyerman, Oxford University Professor of the History of the Crusades

 Department of History, Medieval Studies Program, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Christopher J. Tyerman is Professor of the History of the Crusades at Oxford University. His research considers the cultural, religious, political and social phenomenon of crusading in medieval Western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. He has published widely on various aspects of the crusades and on crusade historiography from the Middle Ages to the present day. Recent books...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

LAEP Lecture: Christophe Girot

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, APRIL, 6:00PM - Christophe Girot is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Architecture Department of the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich since 2001.

Proud to be "Tribeless": Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism...   More >


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Proud to be "Tribeless" - Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism...   More >

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Smart City of Edinburgh: Routing Enlightenment, 1660-1750

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Murray Pittock, Professor, University of Glasgow, School of Critical Studies

 Florence Green Bixby Chair in English

Using data, evidence and the models provided by modern innovation and urban studies theory, “Smart City of Edinburgh” identifies the particular features of Edinburgh which made the Enlightenment possible. Focused on culture, society, education and cosmopolitan networks rather than people and ideas, it identifies the special qualities of ‘Enlightenment’ as a term rather than the controversial...   More >

30th Annual I-House Annual Celebration and Awards Gala: Welcoming UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ and honoring the 2018 I-House Alumni of the Year

Special Event | April 9 | 6 p.m. |  International House

 International House

6 pm Music & Mingling Dinner & Program Follow
$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of years of age and under)

Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Valet Parking Provided
Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged Catering provided by International House

Limited seating is available. RSVP by Tuesday, April 3,...   More >

  Register online or by calling 510-642-4128, or by emailing ihalumni@berkeley.edu

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Disability and Climate Resilience

Workshop | April 9 | 6-8 p.m. | 88 Dwinelle Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come join SERC for an important workshop on the intersectionality of disability and climate resilience, something that often gets left out of the conversation when talking about climate change.

Leading this workshop is Alex Ghenis and Marsha Saxton from the World Institute of Disability. Alex is a Policy and Research Specialist at WID. He is currently managing the New Earth Disability (NED)...   More >

new art, flag art, good art, portal art

Lecture | April 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ian Cheng, Artist

 Arts + Design

Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

“We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record!”: The LGBTQ Movement and Life as Seen Through Government Information

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – August 31, 2018 every day | Doe Library, Brown Gallery


This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments.

Deep Dive or The Limits of Immersion: An Exhibition of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Artworks

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 5 – 26, 2018 every day | Kroeber Hall, Room 116, Worth Ryder Gallery

 Art Practice, Department of

Deep Dive or The Limits of Immersion explores the possibilities and challenges of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) to shape, integrate, and confuse aspects of reality.

The eight artists included in the exhibition have created guided meditations that take the viewer through various computer generated landscapes. The liminal spaces in AR/VR present poetic imaginaries of ecology,...   More >

ARCH Exhibition: Carme Pinós, 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Professor

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 22 – April 20, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: FEB 22-APR 20, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Recent designs of the internationally recognized 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professor will be featured, ranging from cultural centers to educational institutions to urban landscapes. Open to the public!