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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

View from the Top: Ashraf Habibullah: Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Ashraf Habibullah, Founder, President, and CEO, Computers and Structures, Inc.

 College of Engineering, Cal Seismic Design Team.

Ashraf Habibullah, founder, president, and CEO of Computers and Structures Inc., a global leader in the development of software tools for structural and earthquake engineering.

In his talk, "Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers," Ashraf will share his view of the future of the engineering profession and discuss how engineering education and the role of engineers must adapt if the...   More >

Sparse Generalized Eigenvalue Problem and its Application in Neuroscience

Lecture | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Kean Ming Tan, PhD, School of Statistics, University of Minnesota

 Biostatistics/Data Sciences

Sparse generalized eigenvalue problem (GEP) plays a pivotal role in a large family of high-dimensional learning tasks, including sparse Fisher’s discriminant analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and sufficient dimension reduction. Most of the existing methods and theory in the context of specific statistical models that can be recast into sparse GEP require restrictive structural assumptions...   More >

Counter-Trajectories of Agrarian Change: Agroecology and Politics in a Sumatran Plantation Zone

Lecture | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Gilbert, S.V. Ciriacy Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Management, and Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

This talk looks at what happened after a group of plantation laborers living on the Aren volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra joined with a self-proclaimed 'peasant' union in 1996 to occupy a nearly 100-year-old industrial ranch and plantation.

David Gilbert

Michael Lewis in Conversation on the Art of Writing

Lecture | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Michael Lewis is the author of The Big Short, Moneyball, The Fifth Risk, and other New York Times bestselling books. He is also an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Slate. Lewis talks with Ramona Naddaff (Rhetoric), director of Art of Writing, about his career and practice as a writer.

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History: Poland Reborn: A State Between Democracy and Fascism

Lecture | February 26 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This talk focuses on the divided Poland that emerged after World War I. On the one hand Poland had to accommodate the demands of generations of freedom fighters, while on the other...   More >

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