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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

The Novel Coronavirus: Why are such outbreaks difficult to prevent and where do we go from here?

Lecture | February 6 | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

Please join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Art Reingold, infectious disease expert and professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Erin Allday, veteran health reporter at The San Francisco Chronicle. They will discuss what's new about the coronavirus, why these outbreaks are so difficult to predict and prepare for, how the media has been covering this issue, and how we, in...   More >

  Register online

UC Berkeley PD Showcase for Educators

Conference/Symposium | February 6 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Professional Development for Educators

On Friday, March 6, 2020, administrators and teacher-leaders are invited to attend a one-day showcase of the many professional development programs for educators here at UC Berkeley. Come explore professional learning options for educators across disciplines and in different stages of their careers.

About UC Berkeley Professional Development Providers:

University of California- Berkeley...   More >

 This event is open to educators, including administrators and teacher-leaders.

  Registration opens November 1. Register online by February 28.

Terapia Breve Centrada en Soluciones: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Spanish

Workshop | February 6 – 7, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  The California Endowment Oakland Regional Office

 2000 Franklin, Oakland, CA 94612

 Luna Calderon, LCSW, UC Berkeley School Social Welfare

 Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) supports client self-efficacy and empowerment by validating and honoring clients’ knowledge and expertise.  Solution-focused therapists assume that clients are the experts regarding their lives and therefore have the knowledge and skills to build solutions.  Therapy is therefore a collaborative process that respects and validates the clients’ beliefs,...   More >

$45 Behavioral Health Practitioners, $10 Students

  Register online by January 31.

Winter Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Tour/Open House | February 6 | 9:30-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While winter birds are still abundant in the garden, this month we will be looking for the earliest of our spring migrants: Allen's Hummingbirds flying north from Mexico. Heavy rain cancels this walk. We suggest bringing binoculars if you have them, and layers in case it is a chilly morning.

$20, $18 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar Joint with Development: CANCELED

Seminar | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall | Canceled

 Filipe Campante, Associate Professor, SAIS & John Hopkins

 Haas School of Business

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 >

Mindful Awareness: Guided Meditations

Miscellaneous | February 6 – April 30, 2020 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. All are welcome to drop in on Thursdays at noon throughout the spring semester.

View from the Top: Tara Bunch: The Road Less Traveled

Lecture | February 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Tara Bunch, vice president, AppleCare, Apple, Inc., Apple

 College of Engineering

Navigating the Landscape of Public Art

Lecture | February 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Lava Thomas; Mildred Howard

 Arts + Design

Lava Thomas, Artist
Mildred Howard, Artist, Activist, Educator

Join artists Lava Thomas and Mildred Howard for a conversation about their experiences with public art commissions in the Bay Area. Reflecting on the role of artists in envisioning spaces for collective remembrance, Thomas and Howard will discuss questions raised by their respective involvements in the public art process: Who...   More >

Lava Thomas and Mildred Howard

Lunch Poems - Spring 2020!

Reading - Literary | February 6 – May 7, 2020 the first Thursday of the month every month with exceptions | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Department of English

A noontime poetry reading series hosted by professor Geoffrey G. O'Brien and the UC Berkeley English Department.

February 6th - Robert Hass
April 2nd - Mary Jo Bang
May 7th - Student Reading

First Thursday of the month in the Morrison Library in Doe Library, UC Berkeley.

All readings happen between 12:10 and 12:50 pm - Admission is always free.

IB Seminar: You are what you eat: nutritional physiology influences ecology

Seminar | February 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Samantha Leigh, California State University Fullerton

 Department of Integrative Biology

BIO Bears Art Lovers Meetup

Social Event | February 6 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come join fellow art lovers us at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive for one of their Exhibition Highlights Tours! Admission is free for Cal students!

We will meet at the entrance of BAMPFA at 1:00 p.m. before catching the Exhibition Highlights Tour that starts at 1:15 p.m. Get ready for an afternoon of art!

Please RSVP here.

Undergraduate Energy Career Forum

Career Fair | February 6 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum Chou Hall


Featuring recruiters from companies in renewable energy, consulting, green finance, software, and oil and gas including:
Southern California Edison
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Pattern Energy
8minute Solar Energy
Energy Solutions
Alameda Power
Marin Clean Energy
Axiom Exergy
Heila Microgrids
Ascend Analytics
Extensible...   More >

Seminar 251: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | February 6 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Sarah Vaughn (Anthropology): Another Skin: Belonging and Climate Adaptation in Guyana

Seminar | February 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Sarah Vaughn

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

Dr. Sarah Vaughn, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley will present: "Another Skin: Belonging and Climate Adaptation in Guyana". Coffee will be available before the talk at 3:00PM in 139 Mulford. Open to the public.

Syariah Markets: The Econography of Islam and Capitalism in Southeast Asia

Lecture | February 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341, DSSEAS Library, Level F/G

 Daromir Rudnyckyj, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Victoria

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk proposes the notion of econography: a methodological approach developed through empirical research in the region that attempts to provide analytical and practical purchase on the articulation of Islam and capitalism in Southeast Asia. Econography is a response to recent critiques that have questioned “ethnos” as the object of anthropological inquiry.

Daromir Rudnyckyj

Teaching Your Own Class as an Undergraduate: the A to Z of Proposing a DeCal

Workshop | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | TBA César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

Interested in leading your own class and adding to Cal’s curriculum? This informational workshop covers the process of proposing your own DeCal, from identifying a faculty sponsor to getting your course approved. Stop by to discover best practices and get your proposal process started! Please RSVP at bit.ly/ucftr-sp20info."

BERC Energy Summit: Career Fair: The Race Against 2°C

Career Fair | February 6 | 4-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Join us for the annual Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative's (BERC) Energy Summit. It's the largest student-led energy conference in the country, bringing together over 400 students, researchers, policy makers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss the world's most pressing energy challenges. This year, transformational leaders will converge on Berkeley's campus to explore the...   More >

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South Korea’s Nuclear-Energy Entanglements and the Political Temporality of Ecological Democracy

Colloquium | February 6 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Nan Kim, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Compared to all other countries with large nuclear-energy programs, South Korea maintains by far the most densely concentrated cluster of nuclear reactors in the world, but only in recent years have civic groups obtained official data to confirm this. Given that South Korea’s significant reliance on nuclear energy is itself a legacy of military dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s, what does the...   More >

Strain Engineering for Unprecedented Properties

Seminar | February 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Ju Li, University of Washington

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Strain Engineering uses strain to guide the interactions of material structures with electrons, photons, etc. and control energy, mass and information flows. The success of Strained Silicon technology today harbingers what Strain Engineering may do for human civilization in the future, with potential breakthroughs in electronics, photonics, ferroics, superconductivity, catalysis, sensing, etc. In...   More >

Daphne A. Brooks | Lemonade from Lemons: Black Women Artists and the Gershwin Problem, 1935-2020

Lecture | February 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall) | Note change in location

 Daphne A. Brooks, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies; Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This talk interrogates the politics and poetics of black feminist performance practices and strategies of (re)arrangement in relation to this text and its multiplicity of iterations—from “southern renaissance” blackface novel to local color four-act play, from behemoth, multi-generic musical to American songbook playlist canon.

Daphne A. Brooks (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Mathematics Department Colloquium: $2^k$-Selmer groups and Goldfeld's conjecture

Colloquium | February 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Alexander Smith, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

Take $a$ and $b$ to be integers that obey some technical conditions, and take $H$ to be a large positive integer. If the integer $d$ is chosen uniformly at random from $[1, H]$, we prove that the resulting curve \[E^d: dy^2 = x^3 + ax + b\] has probability at most $1/2 + o(1)$ of having infinitely many rational points $(x, y)$. To do this, we will find the distribution of $2^k$-Selmer ranks in...   More >

International Trivia Night

Social Event | February 6 | 5-8 p.m. | ASUC Stores (King Student Union), Ground Floor Dining Room

 UC Berkeley Extension

Come test your international knowledge with our first annual International Trivia Night! Form teams of 6 and compete to win prizes from the student union! Pinky & Red's will be open late for dinner. Co-sponsored by the Student Union and the International Student Association at Berkeley (ISAB).

The Case of the Occulted Landscape: Wuthering Heights and Ontological Reading

Lecture | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 300 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English, 19th Century & Beyond Cultural Studies Working Group, Center for British Studies, Florence Green Bixby Chair in English

"The Case of the Occulted Landscape: Wuthering Heights and Ontological Reading" is a talk by Lauren Goodlad of Rutgers University.
It considers Wuthering Heights in order" to develop the ontological work of genre and place and pivots briefly to Caribbean novels in French and English by Maryse Condee and Caryl Phillips.
Co-Sponsors: 19th Century & Beyond Cultural Studies Working Group, Center...   More >

On the Interior Life of Master Hongyi 弘一大師 (1880-1942), a Modern Chinese Buddhist Artist-Monk: Three or Four Strands

Colloquium | February 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Raoul Birnbaum, University of California Santa Cruz

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures

What can be said about the interior life of an eminent and multi-talented twentieth-century Chinese Buddhist monk? Can we speak of things below the obvious surface, beyond a sequence of events? How can the life of a complex individual be approached? This talk looks to some core elements of Hongyi’s interior life, set in time, based on consideration of a broad array of primary sources: diaries,...   More >

Forrest Gander Poetry Reading

Reading - Literary | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, K. B. Hotchkis Chair in English

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator Forrest Gander will read from his poetry.

Art for Your Apartment (and dorm)

Special Event | February 6 | 5-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

See and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the spring semester. Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists - from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room. A brief presentation will be followed...   More >

 Note: borrowing from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection is limited to UCB students, faculty and staff and is free

Special Event

The Novel Coronavirus: Why are such Outbreaks difficult to prevent and where do we go from here?

Special Event | February 6 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Colloquia Rooms

 Public Health, School of, Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases, Goldman School of Public Policy

Speakers: Art Reingold, MD
Division of Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Berkeley Public Health

Erin Allday
Health Reporter
The San Francisco Chronicle

Film Screening and Conversation with When They Were Here filmmakers Ivy and Ivan MacDonald: CRG Arts and Humanities Initiative/CRG Thursday Forum Series

Film - Documentary | February 6 | 6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (Suite 220)

 Ivy MacDonald; Ivan MacDonald

 Center for Race and Gender

When They Were Here is a documentary film project that shines a light on the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls throughout North America. Following the screening, filmmakers Ivy and Ivan MacDonald will invite audience discussion on their work with Indigenous families, oral histories, and Indigenous forms of storytelling.

  RSVP online

Are We Alone?: The Search for Life in the Universe

Lecture | February 6 | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), 5th floor

 Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center; astrobiologist

 Molly Bentley, producer and co-host of the radio program and podcast Big Picture Science

 UC Berkeley Extension

The SETI Institute is bringing SETI Talks to San Francisco for the first time, thanks to a partnership with U.C. Berkeley Extension. Three scientists will discuss their individual approaches to answering the question, “are we alone?” and how they are searching for life elsewhere in the universe. Will we find a so-called technosignature, evidence of advanced technological civilizations? Should we...   More >

 FREE. Register online

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Film - Feature | February 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening on February 15, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

A traffic-jam nightmare, a literal flight of fancy, nuns and whores and more: 8...   More >

CNMAT Users Group (CUG) presents: DROUGHT SPA and Svist

Performing Arts - Music | February 6 | 8-10 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music & Audio Technologies

DROUGHT SPA is the multimedia experiment of Oakland-based artists alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo.

Svist (electronics, visuals) (Dmitri Svistula): Dmitri Svistula is a performer of electronics and improviser based in Richmond, CA with interests in free musics, human assisted and generative sonic environments, instruments and installation.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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 >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

Exhibit - Painting | February 5 – May 31, 2020 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

January 15–May 31, 2020
Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) reigned supreme for his daring prints based on various tales and legends of ancient Japan and China. He made use of Western colors and inks for dramatic effect, yet stayed loyal to the woodblock print techniques that had guided past masters. In his short life, he created numerous series...   More >

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

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 Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.


Exhibit - Multimedia | February 3 – 21, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: FEB 3-21, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Lecture on FEB 5 at 6:30pm in 112 Wurster, followed by an opening reception in 108 Wurster. Free and open to all!

Five Tables of the Color Blue

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 6 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Blue skies, blueprints, blue jeans, blue states, blue suede shoes, the blues. It’s a lot for a color to cover, but blue is cool with it, helped by the discovery of the first chemical pigment in the eighteenth century, which turned blue in art from rare to ubiquitous. Works on view include Song dynasty tea bowls and Vietnamese blue-and-white shipwreck ware; an Indian painting of blue-skinned...   More >