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Thursday, September 12, 2019

AI for Science Town Hall

Meeting | September 11 – 12, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The DOE National Laboratories are convening four town hall meetings aimed at collecting community input on the opportunities and challenges facing the scientific community in the era of convergence of High Performance Computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the expected integration of large-scale simulation, advanced data analysis, data driven predictive modeling,...   More >

ImageXD 2019

Conference/Symposium | September 11 – 13, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

BIDS ImageXD (Images Across Domains) aims to 1) Foster a cross-disciplinary community of image processing experts from academia, research, and industry; 2) Develop a shared understanding of each other’s use of image processing data, algorithms, and software; and 3) Help our community share knowledge ...   More >

International Spouse & Partner Welcome Reception

Social Event | September 12 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | YWCA, Auditorium

 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join us at the International Spouse & Partner Reception to connect with fellow international spouses and families, campus and community resources, and learn more about J-2 work authorization! This event is co-hosted by the Berkeley International Office and the YWCA. Children are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

Please register here.

UCDC Info Session: Spring 2020 application deadline, September 19, 2019

Information Session | September 12 | 10-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about how to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, DC. UCDC sends students from all majors to intern and take classes in DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | September 12 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Applied Math Seminar: Diabatic Surface Hopping, Marcus Rate and Ehrenfest dynamics

Seminar | September 12 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Di Fang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Surface hopping algorithms are popular tools to study dynamics of the quantum-classical mixed systems. In this talk, we will present a surface hopping algorithm in diabatic representations, in the view point of time dependent perturbation theory and semiclassical analysis. The algorithm is validated numerically in both weak coupling and avoided crossing regimes. We then discuss some recent...   More >

Certificate Program in Business Administration Online Information Session

Information Session | September 12 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 Heather Liston

 UC Berkeley Extension

Business administration is a broad field that incorporates many types of management positions. From major corporations to independent businesses, every company needs skilled administrators in order to succeed and meet its goals. Learn how this certificate can help you change your career into the business world, advance in your current position or prepare you to pursue an M.B.A.

  Register online

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | September 12 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Xavier Jaravel, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: Residual Properties of Groups

Seminar | September 12 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nic Brody, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A group is said to be residually finite if every nontrivial element can be distinguished from the identity in a finite quotient. We introduce the notion of an (alpha, kappa)-residual group, for alpha an ordinal and kappa a cardinal. The ordinal generalization allows one, for example, to measure the degree to which a given group fails to be residually finite in a more refined manner. The cardinal...   More >

Faculty Conversations on Design for Democracy

Lecture | September 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Arts + Design

Faculty of UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley faculty join in a discussion of design and democracy.

For more information and updates, visit artsdesign.berkeley.edu.


Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA is made possible thanks to support from the Big Ideas Courses Program in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley and from...   More >

EECS Internship Fair

Career Fair | September 12 | 12-4 p.m. | Recreational Sports Facility, RSF Field House Gym

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This event is co-sponsored by HKN & UPE and organized in collaboration with the EECS department.

If you're a returning EECS or CS student or have skills suitable to technical and computer science related internships, this is the fair for you! Recruiters will talk with you about full-time and summer job opportunities. Employers range from large household-name companies like Adobe, Amazon,...   More >

Mindful Awareness: Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | August 29 – November 21, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with Development Seminar

Seminar | September 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Arun Chandrasekhar, Assistant Professor, Stanford

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Seminar 271, Development, Joint with OEW: Stigma in Social Learning: Theory, Evidence and Policy

Seminar | September 12 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Arun Chandrasekhar

 Department of Economics

*Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Professional Program in User Experience (UX) Design Online Information Session

Information Session | September 12 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension's Professional Program in User Experience Design gives you the training and knowledge you need to develop a portfolio to prepare to enter the field of UX design. Our instructors are experienced designers who bring real-world case studies and challenges to illuminate the theory behind UX. Find out how you can benefit from this curriculum and advance in the field.

 Free. Register online

US, UK, EU: Brexit, Trump, Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

Lecture | September 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

Major geopolitical changes are taking place within Europe, and between the United States and Europe. Brexit is the biggest geopolitical shift in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. After 50 years of European integration—championed by successive US administrations—the UK’s exit from the EU is the first time a country has left the union. At the same time, European-US relations have become...   More >

Faculty Conversations on Design for Democracy

Panel Discussion | September 12 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley faculty join in a discussion of design and democracy.

Alinka Gearon: Voices of trafficked youth: critique of child trafficking policy and practice

Lecture | September 12 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Alinka Gearon, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

 Social Welfare, School of

Alinka Gearon is an Associate Professor in Social Work at the University of Bath, specializing in child trafficking and child protection social work. She holds a PhD in Social Work with considerable front-line practice experience working with children, abuse and exploitation. Her research explores children’s worlds, child protection and children’s rights. Her recent publication: Child...   More >

BPM 107 ADA and FMLA

Workshop | September 12 | 1-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content explains the laws, eligibility requirements, and rights and responsibilities related to ADA/FMLA.

  Register online

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 12 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

TDPS Auditions for the Fall Choreography Showcase

Performing Arts - Dance | September 12 | 2:10-4 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies will hold open auditions for its Fall Choreography Showcase. All currently enrolled UC Berkeley students are eligible to audition, and advance sign-up is not required.

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Michael Davidson

Seminar | September 12 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Michael Davidson

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Michael Davidson, Assistant Professor at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy, will present: "Eliminating Wasted Wind Energy in China: The Good, the Bad, and the (Ugly) Markets." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Imaging the Molecular Pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease

Seminar | September 12 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 William Jagust, University of Calfornia, Berkeley

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Seminar 242, Econometrics: Reading Group Meeting

Seminar | September 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Book Talk: Fearing the Black Body

Panel Discussion | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Sabrina Strings, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

 Savala Trepczynksi, Executive Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

 Center for Race and Gender, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Join us for the first CRG Thursday Forum as author Sabrina Strings of UC Irvine discusses her new book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, with the Henderson Center’s Savala Trepczynski.

Event co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson for Social Justice at Berkeley Law.

CRG Thursday Forums are open to the public and the location is wheelchair accessible. Light...   More >

  RSVP online

Information Overload and the "Illusion of Knowing": Studying for Mastery in the Social Sciences

Workshop | September 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 151 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Does your studying mainly involve memorizing facts? Do you forget most of what you've learned once the semester ends? Are you ready to move from memorization to mastery of course concepts? Attend our workshop on MARGE, where we discuss how learning works and how you can customize your studying to maximize your capacity to retain, analyze and generate knowledge. RSVP here: bit.ly/SoSciWorkshop

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum Geometric Representation Theory

Colloquium | September 12 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Mina Aganagic, University of California-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Representation theory and quantum (enumerative) geometry are two areas of mathematics with physics origins. Quantum Geometric Representation Theory is a new field which has begun to emerge at their intersection, and which also has roots in physics. To illustrate its potential, I will describe two applications of it to old problems in knot theory and integrable lattice models. This talk is based...   More >

Will North Korea denuclearize?: Big Deal, Small Deal, or More of the Same?

Colloquium | September 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Sung Joo Han, Professor Emeritus, Korea University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), The Asia Foundation, Institute of International Studies


After the failure of Hanoi U.S.-North Korea summit held in February this year, the impasse between the two countries seemed irreversible. Washington wanted a “big deal” on North Korean nuclear weapons; Pyongyang insisted on a “small deal” first.

President Trump said after the break-up that North Korea wanted too much (“complete lifting” of sanctions) and offered too little (only...   More >

CAL STAPH Info Session: Learn about Public Health Volunteer Opportunities and Pizza

Orientation | September 12 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Ben Iwaszewicz, CAL STPAH

 Public Health, School of

Cal Student Assistance for Public Health (Cal STAPH) is an official student group at UC Berkeley that provides training and response opportunities to public health graduate students by assisting state and local health departments in California during outbreaks and other public health emergencies.

The mission of Cal STAPH is to train and deploy students to assist state and local health agencies...   More >

Politics and Poetry: a Reading and Conversation with Robert Hass

Lecture | September 12 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Faculty Club

 Robert Hass

 Department of English

Professor of the Graduate School Robert Hass reflects on his experience with the way the politics with which we live enters his poetry and that of his contemporaries.

Dark Humanisms | Surplus Visuality with Rizvana Bradley Lecture

Lecture | September 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 308A/Art History Slide Library

 Rizvana Bradley, Yale University

 Arts Research Center

Dark Humanisms | Surplus Visuality
Rizvana Bradley
Professor of History of Art and African American Studies, Yale University
Thursday, September 12, 2019
308A Doe Library, Art History Slide Library

This talk explores the way visual art archives generate surplus material that work to both construct and interrogate an image of the human.

Rizvana Bradley

Filled with Meaning: Why Do the Contents of Buddhist Statues Matter?

Colloquium | September 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 James Robson, Harvard University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Scholars have recently come to realize that religious statues throughout Asia have hidden cavities that are filled with various objects inserted during a consecration ritual. This talk explores the hidden world of these statues through a discussion of a large collection of (primarily) Buddhist statues from China, Korea, and Japan. The statues discussed in this talk contain a niche carved into...   More >

Playing the Part: Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus

Lecture | September 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Center for the Arts & Religion, Doug Adams Gallery

 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley, CA

 Dr. Erin Walcek Averett, Associate Professor, Archaeology, Creighton University

 Center for the Graduate Theological Union Arts & Religion, Bade Museum of Biblical Archaeology, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This talk reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts to reconstruct masked performances.

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd | Caste in the Age of Modi

Lecture | September 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, Political Theorist, Writer, & Activist for Dalit Rights

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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Ambedkar-King Study Circle

Talk by Indian political theorist, writer and activist for Dalit rights, Dr. Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd.

La Raza Law Journal Open House

Meeting | September 12 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 12 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 La Raza Law Journal

Jounr the La Raza Law Journal at our annual open house!

Big Ideas Information Session

Information Session | September 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 The Big Ideas Contest

Attend the first info session to learn about the contest requirements, get feedback on your idea, and network with fellow innovators. In addition, come hear from previous Big Ideas winner and team lead, Matt Turlock of Kaloum Bankhi (2019 winner), share his Big Ideas experience and how it helped shape him as a social innovator.

Yelp Tech Talk: Data Mesh at Yelp, An Evolution of Our Connector Ecosystem

Information Session | September 12 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Speaker: Steven M, Yelp Engineer.

Yelp has operated our connector ecosystem to feed vital data to domain-specific teams and data stores. We share some of our learning and experiences on operating such system. We will touch on what is the next phase of the system evolution.

We're providing dinner from Ike's Love & Sandwiches. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/523899715036166/

If...   More >

East Bay Science Cafe - the Humble Spud: The potato’s wonderful history and future feeding the world

Presentation | September 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Christine Hastorf, Department of Anthropology


Potatoes are often invisible one one’s plate. Not considered an exotic, it has been a food you can rely on to soothe your soul and stomach. Many have claimed its origin, due to its capacity to keep people alive in so many diverse environments. But its origin history begins 10,000 years ago in highland South America. While introducing the science of the potato and its complexities of...   More >

Diversity of wild potatoes

Free Outdoor Screening: This Ain’t No Mouse Music!

Film - Feature | September 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Longtime Les Blank collaborators Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon codirected this loving musical tribute to Bay Area legend Chris Strachwitz, the founder of folk/roots/blues label Arhoolie Records, which has brought to the forefront such artists as Clifton Chenier, Flaco Jimenez, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and many more. “In This Ain’t No Mouse Music!, their vivid portrait of an obsessive sonic sleuth,...   More >

The Exiles: Urban Dis/location

Film - Feature | September 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Set in the shadows of a 1950s Los Angeles that has all but disappeared, Kent MacKenzie’s hybrid feature The Exiles follows a group of American Indian friends over the course of a typical Friday night. Featuring themes of urban decay and intimate betrayals, the film is a gritty portrayal of the consequences of the federal Indian policy of urban relocation and one community’s determination to...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | August 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism, Graduate School of

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please contact the Townsend Center to confirm availability.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26 – December 31, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?

Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >

Art Wall: Carlos Amorales

Exhibit - Painting | March 27 – October 13, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this new commission for the BAMPFA Art Wall, entitled Ghost Demonstration, Amorales draws from the multiple histories of mural art in Mexico, the political demonstrations that occurred in Berkeley in the 1960s (as well as more recent events), and protests in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. In order to make this monumental mural, the artist used stencils of slogans from Berkeley protest...   More >