<< Monday, April 29, 2019 >>

Monday, April 29, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >


Special Event | April 29 – May 7, 2019 every day | D-3 Hearst Field Annex

 College of Environmental Design

A weeklong celebration of #BLACKGIRLHEALING and creative expressions on sisterhood, spirituality, ancestry, joy, care, wellness, and healing featuring art for and by black women and girls.

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Recent Advances in Infrastructure and Geosystems Resiliency empowered by Autonomy

Seminar | April 29 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Dimitrios Zekkos

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Autonomy has the capacity to revolutionize the way we protect the natural environment and how we design, build and monitor infrastructure and geo-systems. Advances in data sensing and analysis, artificial intelligence, and robotics pave new avenues for full-scale, system-level infrastructure monitoring and operation. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) equipped with optical sensors are already...   More >

EH&S 403 Training Session

Course | April 29 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall | Note change in date

 Jason Smith, UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, & Safety

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This session briefly covers the UC Berkeley specific radiation safety information you will need to start work.​ In addition, dosimeter will be issued, if required.

Certificate Program in Project Management Online Information Session

Information Session | April 29 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how you can excel in the expanding field of project management with a UC Berkeley Extension certificate that meets the high professional standards of the Project Management Institute. This certificate is geared for those who are transitioning to a career in project management or those who want to sharpen their project management skills.

  Register online

STROBE Seminar: Nanotip photoemitters and THz-antennas for ultrafast imaging on the nanoscale

Seminar | April 29 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | 775A Tan Hall

 Dr. Melanie Mueller


The STROBE Seminar series is open to all students.
Speaker Abstract:
Understanding the spatio-temporal response of photoexcited nanostructures, low-dimensional systems and molecules at surfaces on their natural length and time scales is a key goal in surface dynamics. Many ultrafast techniques are available to probe the temporal evolution of the photoexcited state. Most approaches, however,...   More >

Building Bridges or a Bridge Too Far? The "Macedonia" Name Agreement and the Past, Present and Future of Greek Interstate Relations

Lecture | April 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Spero Paravantes

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The "Macedonia" name issue has been a constant point of contention between Greece and the newly re-named Republic of North Macedonia since the breakup of Yugoslavia. With the origins of the dispute stretching back to the Second World War, the "Prespa Agreement", signed between the two Balkan neighbors in June 2018 (in effect since February 2019) is hoped to be a new beginning in interstate...   More >

Spero Paravantes

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Representations of Hecke algebras and lattice-path counting

Seminar | April 29 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jose Simental Rodriguez, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

The branching rule for representations of the symmetric group tells us that, over a field of characteristic zero, the dimension of the irreducible representation indexed by a partition λ is given by the number of directed lattice paths from λ (though of as an integer vector) to the origin that stay inside the dominant Weyl chamber. Over a field of positive characteristic (or for Hecke algebras...   More >

California Dreamin

Performing Arts - Music | April 29 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Atrium

 The Berkeley Way West Chorus

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The Berkeley Way West Chorus presents
California Dreamin’:
A Mini-Concert and Singalong

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | April 29 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Massimo Morelli, Universita' Bocconi

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Total Station Training

Workshop | April 29 | 1-4 p.m. | 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility), Meet in Atrium and move outside building

 Archaeological Research Facility

We’ll meet in the ARF Atrium and, weather permitting, we’ll go outside with the units. The total stations are our Sokkia SET 5 series that are typically used for precision mapping during excavation.

 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Register online

Dissertation Talk: Real-World Robotic Perception and Control Using Synthetic Data

Lecture | April 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Josh Tobin


Modern deep learning techniques are data-hungry, which presents a problem in robotics because real-world robotic data is difficult and expensive to collect. In contrast, simulated data is cheap and scalable, but jumping the "reality gap" to use simulated data for real-world tasks is challenging. In this talk, we discuss applications of Domain Randomization: a technique for bridging the reality...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Optoelectronics for refrigeration and analog circuits for combinatorial optimization

Presentation | April 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Tianyao Xiao, PhD candidate, Department of EECS, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this dissertation talk, I will cover two topics. First, I will discuss the prospects of using light-emitting diodes as solid-state refrigerators. Second, I will present a non-von Neumann computer, built from coupled analog electrical oscillators, that can rapidly search for solutions to difficult combinatorial optimization problems.

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | April 29 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seminar 211, Economic History: When Did Growth Begin? New Estimates of Productivity Growth in England from 1250 to 1860

Seminar | April 29 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Jón Steinsson, University of California - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: On minimal and unbounded topologies

Seminar | April 29 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Mitchell Taylor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will discuss the process of “unbounding” a topology on a vector lattice. In the $L_p$-space case this process converts the norm topology to the topology of convergence in measure . I will then discuss how unbounded topologies connect with the minimal and universal objects in the category of vector lattices, and how some of their natural properties cannot be characterized in ZFC.

Seminar 231, Public Finance: "Consumption Taxes, Redistribution and Informality"

Seminar | April 29 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Pierre Bachas, World Bank Research

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Joint with Lucie Gadenne (Warwick) and Anders Jensen (Harvard Kennedy School)

String-Math Seminar: Conformal Limits and Stratifucations

Seminar | April 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Brian Collier, University of Maryland

 Department of Mathematics

Both the Higgs bundle moduli space and the moduli space of flat connections have a natural stratification induced by a \(C^*\)-action. In both of these stratifications, each stratum is a holomorphic fibration over a connected component of complex variations of Hodge structure. While the nonabelian Hodge correspondence provides a homeomorphism between Higgs bundles and flat connections, this...   More >

New Discoveries in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology

Panel Discussion | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology, Burke Museum, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Regents’ Professor Emeritus & Executive Director, Je Tsongkhapa Endowment for Central and Inner Asian Archaeology, Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Gyoung-Ah Lee, Anthropology, University of Oregon

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Anthropology, Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology by inviting two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian Archaeology. Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) will talk about his recent archaeological expeditions in Mongolia and Tibet with a focus on Paleolithic archaeology in these regions. Professor Peter...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Lifting irreducible Galois representations

Seminar | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Stefan Patrikis, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

A basic question in the study of Galols representations is whether a mod p representation, valued in any reductive group, of the absolute Galois group of a number field admits a geometric p-adic lift. In some cases this question has a positive answer, in other cases a negative answer, and sometimes we simply don't know what to expect. Perhaps the most general setting in which one can hope for a...   More >

Chancellor's Award for Public Service

Special Event | April 29 | 3 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Public Service Center

The Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service recognize students, faculty, staff, and community partners for their embodiment of UC Berkeley's powerful tradition of public service and their extraordinary commitment to improving our local and global communities. This event also recognizes the recipients of the Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Awards for Service to Undocumented and...   More >

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Careers in Translation and Interpretation

Information Session | April 29 | 3-4:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Christiane Abel, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

 Julie Johnson, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

 Berkeley Language Center

STUDYING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? Wondering if it will pay off for you?

Translation and Interpretation could be just the opportunity you are looking for. Come talk to professional translators and interpreters to discover what kind of careers are out there for trained linguists.

Honors Colloquium

Colloquium | April 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Linguistics

Differential Geometry Seminar: Non-Archimedean aspects of the space of Kähler metrics

Seminar | April 29 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mattias Jonsson, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

Let (X,L) be a polarized complex manifold. A good understanding of the space of Kähler metrics in the cohomology class of L is crucial to variational approach to constructing canonical metrics on X. I will discuss joint work with S. Boucksom, in which we analyze geodesic rays in (the completion of) this space, partially from a non-Archimedean point of view.

Health and Aging Services Career Fair

Career Fair | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Jill Duerr Berrick

 Social Welfare, School of

Political Machines at Work: Electoral Subversion in the Russian Workplace

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 John Reuter, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Milawaukee

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In many countries, employers use their leverage over workers to induce them to turn out in elections and/or vote a specific way. This practice is very common in contemporary Russia. In recent elections, as many as 1 in 4 firms engaged in some form of electoral mobilization. Drawing on voter surveys, firm surveys, focus groups, and electoral violation reports, this talk will address several...   More >

Targeting of soluble membrane protein subunits to the ER

Seminar | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Rebecca Voorhees, California Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Molly Kaushal | When Lakshman undertakes the fire ordeal to prove his chastity: Ramayana among the Gonds of Central India

Lecture | April 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 341 Dwinelle Hall

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Molly Kaushal on an unusual Gond folk version of the Ramayana, illustrated with paintings by Gond artists

Toiling in the Agroecological Matrix: What Does Co-existence Look Like?

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In an ideal world, farm families would farm in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. In that ideal world, we would see synergies arising from communities of growers using complementary practices that enhance sustainable farming in local regions. Over the past decade and a half, changes in farm size and the implementation of key agricultural policies have made it...   More >

Molly Kaushal | When Lakshman undertakes the fire ordeal to prove his chastity: Ramayana among the Gonds of Central India

Lecture | April 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Molly Kaushal on an unusual Gond folk version of the Ramayana, illustrated with paintings by Gond artists

Seminar 271, Development: Motherhood, work and the family in Indonesia

Seminar | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Duncan Thomas, Duke University

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Resonances on asymptotically flat black holes

Seminar | April 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Dejan Gajic, University of Cambridge

 Department of Mathematics

A fundamental problem in the context of Einstein’s equations of general relativity is to understand the dynamical evolution of small perturbations of stationary black hole solutions. It is expected that there is a discrete set of characteristic frequencies that play a dominant role at late times and carry information about the nature of the black hole, much like how the normal frequencies of a...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: Relational Contracts: Public versus Private Savings

Seminar | April 29 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Daniel Garret, TSE

 Department of Economics

A Tantric Theology from 12th century Tibet

Lecture | April 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew T. Kapstein, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The teachings of the tantric lineage of the Zur clan, which flourished in West Tibet during the early second millennium, have remained a missing element in the history of the “ancient,” Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. While the historical importance of the clan is well known and significant lines of transmission are attributed to it, few authentic works stemming from the Zur and detailing...   More >

Certificate Program in Project Management

Information Session | April 29 | 6-7 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 608/609

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how you can excel in the expanding field of project management with a certificate that meets the high professional standards of the Project Management Institute.

  Make reservations online or by calling 510-642-4111

Places in Space

Lecture | April 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Adam Savage; Nicholas de Monchaux

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Department of Architecture's Studio One

Adam Savage's mother is a psychologist; his father was a celebrated artist, painter and filmmaker. From the youngest age they encouraged his flights of fancy. Savage has been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer and director. He...   More >

Baseball vs. Men's Baseball vs. BYU

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | April 29 | 7 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Men's Baseball vs. BYU at Evans Diamond.

Professional Sequence in Agile Management

Information Session | April 29 | 7-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 608/609

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how Agile Management—a framework of values, principles and practices that allows managers to plan work, engage teams and leverage changing market conditions—can make a difference in your career as a manager.

  Make reservations online or by calling 510-642-4111

Gil Shaham, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano

Performing Arts - Music | April 29 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Gil Shaham, Akira Eguchi, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Kreisler/Praeludium and Allegro (In the Style of Pugnani)
Prokofiev/Five Melodies, Op. 35
Franck/Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Bach/Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin Saint-Saëns/Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
Avner Dorman/Sonata No. 3, Nigunim

$68-86 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Akira Eguchi perform Monday, April 29, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

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

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Well Played! The Math and Science of Improving Your Game

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 17, 2018 – May 18, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

You don't have to be a pro to know that math and science can help improve your game. In our exhibit, Well Played!, you can experiment with force, angles, and trajectory to get the highest scores you can with classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pinball, and Basketball.

Want to improve your score? Try our interactive exhibits on the math and science behind force and trajectory, and then head...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 28 – May 17, 2019 every day | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall


This exhibition of artists' books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image,...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 15 – May 17, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition of artists books centers on ideas about the built environment, curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for CEDs Environmental Design Library.

On View at Jacobs Hall: Fabien Cappello: Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs

Exhibit - Photography | March 21 – May 19, 2019 every day |  Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Fabien Cappello’s SILLAS CALLEJERAS (STREET CHAIRS, 2018) offers lessons in design and ingenuity from Mexico City. The photographic series depicts a collection of chairs assembled from everyday contexts across the sprawling metropolis — market stalls, shops, street stands, and elsewhere. Cappello casts an anthropological eye on artifacts that reflect a city where artisanal manufacture...   More >

Fabien Cappello, Sillas Callejeras/Street Chairs, 2018. Courtesy the designer.

Illustrating México one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada.

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 8 – June 30, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor

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In the pantheon of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists who represent Mexico and Mexican art, the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation that continues to shine a light on important stories through woodcuts, imprints, and engravings. This exhibition was created using the books from the collections of the Doe Library. The exhibition is envisioned...   More >

Aaron Marcus: Early Works

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 6 – June 30, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Educated in physics, mathematics, and philosophy at Princeton University and trained in graphic design at Yale, Berkeley-based Aaron Marcus explores new possibilities for expression. He created his first “computer-assisted poem-drawings” in the spring of 1972, when he served as a research associate at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture. Using standard typographical symbols, Marcus...   More >