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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Peach Blossom Land: A Film by Stan Lai

Lecture | February 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Stan Lai

 Arts + Design

Written and directed by A+D Thursdays series co-curator Stan Lai, The Peach Blossom Land (1992) is the award winning film adaption of his groundbreaking 1986 play Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land. The film radically challenged the principles of filmed theater, featuring remarkable innovations in staging, the use of song and dialogue, and the convention of the "fourth wall." Two theater companies...   More >

Sustainable Vikings - A Talk by Dr. Robert Strand

Lecture | February 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Robert Strand, Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley Haas

 Institute of European Studies, Center for Responsible Business, Nordic Studies Program

How have the Nordics come to dominate virtually all measurements of sustainability? From the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), Nordic countries and companies always command the top - or very near the top - of sustainability measurements. Join Robert Strand as he shares lessons he has drawn from over 15 years of inquiry in the Nordic region and...   More >

Dr. Robert Strand

Shoroon Bumbagar: Tombs with Mounds in Central Mongolia

Lecture | February 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nancy S. Steinhardt 
, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

 Patricia Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley, Emerita

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

The talk begins with a tomb often known as Shoroon Bumbagar that was excavated in Bayannuur, Bulgan province, Mongolia, in 2011. Covered with murals but without an inscription or other information about its date, the tomb is studied alongside the better known tombs such as Pugu Yitu’s (d. 678), only five kms away, and tombs of Tang China and Sogdiana. Before drawing conclusions, the talk turns...   More >

The Crooked, Windy, Pothole-Filled Road To Success

Lecture | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Geetha Murali, Room to Read

 Institute of International Studies

Scripted career paths are over-rated, according to Dr. Geetha Murali, CEO of global nonprofit Room to Read. Instead of following an overly scripted career path, Murali advises you to assess opportunities as you go and identify where you can add the most value based on your skill set or an acquirable skill set. Then contribute effectively towards organizational priorities and beyond to become a...   More >

Chinese Animal Gods

Lecture | February 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Meir Shahar, Tel Aviv University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Our ancestors depended upon beasts of burden for a living. In the Chinese case this dependence was reflected in the religious sphere. Chinese religion featured deities responsible for the wellbeing of draft animals. The two principal ones were the Horse King (divine protector of equines) and the Ox King (tutelary deity of bovines). This lecture will examine the ecological background and...   More >

The Politics of Truth: A Way Forward: Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur in Conversation

Lecture | February 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History, Department of Sociology

Arlie Hochschild and Thomas Laqueur discuss the contributions that academic scholars can make to the public understanding of truth and its relation to politics.

Settlement, Culture, Identity in the Pale of Pylos: Sather Lecture Series: A Bronze Age Greek State in Formation

Lecture | February 7 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maud Fife Room (315 Wheeler Hall)

 Jack L. Davis, Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, University of Cincinnati

 Department of Classics

Internationally recognized scholar of Bronze Age Greece offers a series of lectures showing how the archaeological record sheds light on culture and communal life of early Greece.