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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Tale of Two Strains: Ocular Studies in B6 and BALB/c Mice

Seminar | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Elizabeth Berger, PhD, Professor, Wayne State University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Corneal infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa perforates the cornea in C57BL/6 (B6), but not BALB/c mice. Comparative analysis of these two responses has revealed that B6 mice, type 1-dominant responders, exhibit increased inflammation, leading to an exacerbated disease response when compared to BALB/c mice, which demonstrate a less severe/resistant response and are classified as type...   More >

Sideways Selves: on the decolonizing geographies of trans* justice across the Américas

Lecture | April 16 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Pedro Javier DiPietro, Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Please join us for a HIFIS Transgender Studies faculty job talk:

This talk examines trans* of color geographies as they speak to the hemispheric projects of Latinx, indigenous, and decolonial trans*feminisms. It focuses on trans spaces as responses to the coloniality of gender and its shaping of trans dispossession and rehabilitation.

Combinatorics Seminar: Judgment aggregation, logic, and Fourier analysis on the Hamming cube

Seminar | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Yan Zhang, San Jose State University

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Arrow's Theorem answers "how can n voters obtain a collective preference on a set of outcomes, if they have to obey certain constraints?" We give an analogue of this theorem in the judgment aggregation framework of List and Pettit, answering "how can n judges obtain a collective judgment on a set of logical propositions, if they have to obey certain constraints?" We introduce the...   More >

Caregiver Challenges: Roles and Responsibilities (BEUHS143)

Workshop | April 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Be well at Work - Elder Care

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

This workshop will focus on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including roles and responsibilities of the caregiver and other family members; the caregiver-care receiver relationship; expectations you and others have of you; and feeling responsible but not having control. Strategies for self-care will be shared, and resources will be provided.

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Children's descriptive-to-prescriptive tendency

Colloquium | April 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Steven O. Roberts, Department of Psychology, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Young children are quick to take a normative stance – they interpret world around them as being governed by standards and rules that must be followed. On the one hand, normative reasoning is useful in that it promotes one’s self (e.g., facilitating learning), one’s culture (e.g., transmitting practices across generations), and one’s group (e.g., increasing group functioning). On the other hand,...   More >

PMB Student and Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | April 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Kris Kennedy, Graduate Student, PMB; Jong Duk Park, Postbac, PMB

 Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group

Come join us to hear research going on in PMB from graduate students and post docs. There will be snacks and coffee/tea. Please bring a mug. Hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Student Group (PMBG).

This event is sponsored by the UCB Graduate Assembly. Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at...   More >

Network dynamics of fixed and flexible passenger transport under operational and behavioural uncertainty

Lecture | April 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Oded Cats, Delft University of Technology

 Institute of Transportation Studies

The metropolitan passenger transport landscape is shifting due to a combination of technological and social developments which enable both service providers and service users to become increasingly adaptive. Service providers can manage their resources to better cater for prevailing demand patterns, while service users can adjust their behaviour in response to real-time information. In...   More >

Seminar 211, Economic History: The Rate of Return on Everything, 1870–2015

Seminar | April 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Alan Taylor, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Non-closure of a set of quantum correlations

Seminar | April 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Ken Dykema, Texas A&M University

 Department of Mathematics

Several different models exist for quantum strategies for non-local games (e.g. the graph coloring game ). Different sets correspond to different sets of correlation matrices. Open questions about these sets of correlation matrices remain, including some that are equivalent to Connes' Embedding Conjecture. One set of correlation matrices is the set arising from finite dimensional projections. The...   More >

Heated Debates: Conversations about Climate Change

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 3-9 p.m. | ASUC Stores (King Student Union), Pauley Ballroom

 Jameson McBride, Energy and Climate Analyst, Breakthrough Institute; Steven Greenhut, Western Region Director, R-Street Institute; Wynn Tucker, Senior Program Associate, Climate Leadership Council; Spencer Smith, Founder, Jefferson Center for Holistic Management; Dr. Lynn Huntsinger, Professor of Rangeland Ecology and Management, UC Berkeley; Kevin Bayuk, Senior Fellow, Drawdown; Paige Stanley, PhD Student, UC Berkeley; Dan Kreeger, Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers; Dr. Kristina Hill, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, UC Berkeley; Dr. Michael Mascarenhas, Associate Professor in Environmental, Science, Policy and Management Department, UC Berkeley; Mel Krnjaic, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley; Mitch Hescox, President/C.E.O., The Evangelical Network; Debbie Dooley, Founder, Conservatives for Energy Freedom; Benji Backer, Founder and President, American Conservation Coalition; Nina Jhunjnuwala, ASUC Senator, UC Berkeley


Bridge USA at Berkeley is incredibly excited to bring you Heated Debates: Conversations about Climate Change. This event will serve to highlight solutions to climate change consistent with a diversity of political leanings and empower Cal students to be able to engage in constructive discourse on this divisive issue with their political opposites.

Heated Debates will feature panels of speakers...   More >

 Free admission for students with ID.

FREE UC Berkeley Students/Faculty/Staff, $15 General Admission

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Conversations about Climate Change

STROBE Seminar Series: 3-Minute Thesis Graduate Student Talks

Seminar | April 16 | 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 >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Endoscopic liftings without the trace formula

Seminar | April 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Solomon Friedberg, Boston College

 Department of Mathematics

I discuss work with Cai, Ginzburg and Kaplan that allows us to establish liftings for spaces of automorphic forms (first proved by Arthur) without using the trace formula. The converse theorem has long been understood as an alternative to the trace formula for such liftings, but it requires information about Rankin-Selberg L-functions. Until recently it was not possible to obtain this information...   More >

Rahul Jain — Reinforcement Learning without Reinforcement

Seminar | April 16 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Rahul Jain, University of Southern California

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: Reinforcement Learning (RL) is concerned with solving sequential decision-making problems in the presence of uncertainty. RL is really about two problems together. The first is the `Bellman problem’: Finding the optimal policy given the model, which may involve large state spaces. Various approximate dynamic programming and RL schemes have been developed, but either there are no...   More >

Aleshire Lecture: Writing the Laws of Late Classical and Hellenistic Crete (Paula Perlman)

Lecture | April 16 | 4-6:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Paula Perlman, Professor of Classics, University of Texas (Austin)

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in , Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy

2017/2018 Aleshire Lecture

IB Finishing Talk: Investigating hidden vascular damage as a cause of cognitive decline

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Aaron Friedman, UCB (Kaufer Lab)

 Department of Integrative Biology

Non-Authoritarian Authority: A Critical Theory of Politics for Our Times

Lecture | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Maeve Cooke, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin

 The Program in Critical Theory

What makes a political theory a critical theory of politics? What critical theory of politics responds best to the particular challenges of our times? Drawing on a conception of critical theory indebted to the Frankfurt School tradition of theorizing, but integrating new impulses from outside it, I identify the salient features of a critical theory of politics. Using this general account as a...   More >

The Aesir and the Anthropocene: Ecology and Catastrophe in Norse Mythology: A talk by Professor Chris Abram

Lecture | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Geballe Room at the Townsend Center

 Chris Abram

 Medieval Studies Program

“The Aesir and the Anthropocene: Ecology and Catastrophe in Norse Mythology.”

Chris Abram, Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm in the Geballe Room of the Townsend Center.

False Comfort: Sex, Prayer and Modernism in Eimear McBride's 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing'

Lecture | April 16 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Institute of European Studies

Join the Irish Studies Program for a lecture by Professor Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross) on acclaimed Irish novelist Eimear McBride.

Paige Reynolds, Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, has published widely on the subjects of modernism, drama and performance, and modern and contemporary Irish literature. She is the author of Modernism, Drama, and the...   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 >

Challenges for Democracy in Brazil

Lecture | April 16 | 6 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dilma Rousseff

 Center for Latin American Studies

Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil 2011-16) on the challenges for democracy in Brazil.

Tickets are not currently available. At the event there will be a stand-by line. Any open seats will be released shortly before the start of the event. Please arrive early.

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 >

Elephant's Dream

Film - Documentary | April 16 | 6-8 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kristof Bilsen, Filmaker, Director, Co-Producer

 Dr. Ann A. Laudati, Ciriacy-Wanthrup Research Fellow, Department of Geography, UCB; Adam Clemons, Librarian for African and African American Studies, UC Berkeley Library

 Center for African Studies, Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs, Department of Geography

The Republic of Congo is a country mainly represented by stories of violence, rape, rebels and crime. In Elephant’s Dream, director Kristof Bilsen takes us beyond these usual reports and provides poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition.

Kristof Bilsen (Director, Co-Producer) completed a filmmaking BA in Brussels (2002) and then worked as a cinematographer, editor and...   More >

Kristof Bilsen

Elephant's Dream: A Film by Kristof Bilsen

Film - Documentary | April 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Kristof Bilsen, Director/Producer

 Free Speech Movement Café Educational Programs, Department of Geography, Center for African Studies

Set in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Elephant's Dream is a breath-taking documentary that captures the daily lives of Congolese street-level civil servants in Kinshasa and Bas-Congo. Discussion with the director/producer to follow. Free to the public. For more information please contact us: fsmprograms@lists.berkeley.edu, 510-768-7618.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on Theatre of History: Presenting the Past in American Jewish Museums

Lecture | April 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

What is “the problem with Jewish museums”? Whereas there were only two major Jewish museums in the United States before the Second World War, there has been a proliferation of Jewish museums and Holocaust museums since. What stories do they tell? Who are they for? And, is there something about the American Jewish experience that distinguishes Jewish museums from those devoted to the history of...   More >

Angela Davis: Abolition Feminisms

Lecture | April 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Angela Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Arts + Design

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

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 >

Possible Titles: The Spring 2018 Honor's Studio Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 11 – 26, 2018 every day | Kroeber Hall, Room 116, Worth Ryder Gallery

 Art Practice, Department of

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery is pleased to present Possible Titles – The Spring 2018 Honors Studio Exhibition.

Each semester a select few art majors who are creating outstanding work are chosen for the Honor’s Studio Program by the Department of Art Practice Faculty. They are awarded access to a shared studio space in Wurster Hall, and at the end of each semester they prepare a project for...   More >

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

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!