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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Allison Arieff: Architecture, Urban Planning, and Well-Being

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Allison Arieff

 Arts + Design

Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR

This week, A + D Thursdays welcomes Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. A contributing columnist to the New York Times since 2006, Arieff writes about architecture, design, and cities for numerous publications including California Sunday, the MIT Technology Review, Dialogue,...   More >

Activism: Then and Now!: Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies

Lecture | November 7 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 170

 Dr. James Garrett

 Law, Boalt School of

Join the Berkeley Law Staff Circle on Anti-Racism in a conversation with Dr. James Garrett, a co-founder of the Black Student Movement Movement and an early activist for the establishment of Ethnic Studies Departments at SF State University and across the country.

Coming to Terms: Sloganization in Language Education Discourse

Lecture | November 7 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Barabara Schmenk, Professor of German/Applied Linguistics, University of Waterloo

 Berkeley Language Center

This presentation looks at one neoliberal trend in academic discourse: the sloganization of concepts and terms, i.e., the use of slogans rather than clearly defined terms in language education discourse. While sloganization is not entirely new, its use has increased noticeably in the course of/in the wake of the marketization of education and the academe. Slogans and catchy tag lines have gained...   More >

American Higher Education in 2040

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Arthur Levine, Arthur Levine, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

This talk will focus on the future of American Education. The United States is undergoing a transition from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge economy. All of our social institutions, including higher education, were created for the former and change will be required to fit the latter. There is currently a heated debate on how much change will be necessary with...   More >

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Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture: The Times of Power

Lecture | November 7 | 4 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge

 Institute of European Studies

Political power is wielded in ways that are culturally and historically contingent, meaning that how these distortions occur and what effects they generate will vary according to the constitution of the regime in question. This talk explores historical fluctuations in the temporality of power in Prussia and reflects on their implications for our understanding of politics in the present.

Christopher Clark

Francis Cody | Defamation Machine: Law, Free Speech, and the Political Body

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

 Francis Cody, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Linguistic Anthropology Working Group at UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology

A talk by Professor Francis Cody, scholar of the language and politics of southern India and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto.

"As on the First Day": The Struggle of Firsts in Heidegger's "First Elaboration" of his "Origin of the Work of Art"

Lecture | November 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Peter Fenves, Professor of German, Comparative Literary Studies, Jewish Studies, and Asian Languages and Cultures, Northwestern University

 The Program in Critical Theory

The primary thesis of this paper is that Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of the thoughts that would emerge as his essay on “The Origin of the Work of Art” provides a tantalizing brief index of an insight into the work of art from which the later elaborations of the “Artwork” essay would progressively retreat. The secondary thesis of this paper is that, even if its primary thesis appears as...   More >

Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign

Lecture | November 7 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Professor of German, NYU

 Berkeley English 18th Century and Romanticism Colloquium

Digital machines are sign-making machines. This basic fact was known - and crucial - to the first generation of computer architects, who often tied their work to a philosophical trajectory from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to Charles Sanders Peirce. This talk traces the semiotic origins of digital technologies and its consequences for what Max Bense, the most important semiotician of the digital,...   More >

Author Reading: Alberto Ledesma: The Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Alberto Ledesma, Graduate Diversity Director, Arts and Humanities Department

 Ethnic Studies Library

Refreshments served
Co-sponsors: Ethnic Studies Library, Alianza, and Berkeley HEROES

Alberto Ledesma attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies there in 1996. He has held lecturer and administrative positions on campus, including including Director of Admissions at the School of Optometry, and Writing Program Coordinator at the Student Learning Center....   More >

C18/Romanticism Colloquium Talk: Leif Weatherby

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Of German, NYU Arts & Sciences

 Department of English

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming talk hosted by the Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium. Leif Weatherby will be presenting a paper titled, "Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign" on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 pm in Wheeler 300.

Leif is an Associate Professor of German at NYU and the author of Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German...   More >

Catastrophic Fires, Colonialism, and Indigenous Landscape Practices: The Relevancy of Archaeology in Rethinking the Stewardship of Public Lands in California

Lecture | November 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Hillside Club

 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Kent G. Lightfoot, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this lecture, Kent Lightfoot outlines the historical roots of the fire crisis in California and discusses the role that archaeology can play in rethinking our current stewardship of public lands.

$10 per person, paid at the door

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | November 7 | 7-9:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Burkhard Militzer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

Join us on November 7th for the LAST Astro Night of 2019! Berkeley Professor Burkhard Militzer will talk about the planets of our solar system, including how Saturn became the "Lord of the Rings".

Come to Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

AIA Lecture - The Actions and Meanings of Visible and Hidden Spaces at Formative Chiripa, in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Boliva

Lecture | November 7 | 8 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Christine Hastorf, Department of Anthropology

 San Francisco Society, Archaeological Institute of America