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Friday, February 14, 2020

Imagining Post 3.11 Futures and Living with Anthropogenic Change

Conference/Symposium | February 14 – 15, 2020 every day | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (#310)

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The workshop brings together artists, activists and scholars for a series of conversations on the 3.11 disasters and the effects of anthropogenic change in Japan. The conversations will explore how people in Fukushima are living with the consequences of the 3.11 disasters and how different communities with varying livelihoods and vulnerabilities have responded to and invented tactics to survive...   More >

A Lecture with WJT Mitchell - “Ship of Fools: On Planetary Madness”

Lecture | February 14 | 11 a.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 WJT Mitchell, University of Chicago

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of History of Art

This lecture brings Allan Sekula’s “Ship of Fools” project into alignment with an early modern emblem book.

WJT Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, and editor of Critical Inquiry. His books include Iconology, Picture Theory, The Last Dinosaur Book, Cloning Terror, Seeing Through Race, and Image Science.

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Special Event | February 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong. We will practice standing meditation, walking meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit, Tai Chi Ruler, the Eight Treasures, cleansing the internal organs, embodying the elements, tai chi...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Exploits with Atomic Materials: from Flexible/Wearable Electronics to Memory Devices: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Deji Akinwande, UT Austin, Electrical & Computer Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

This talk will present our latest research adventures on 2D nanomaterials towards greater scientific understanding and advanced engineering applications. In particular, the talk will highlight our work on flexible electronics, zero-power devices, monolayer memory (atomristors), non-volatile RF switches, and wearable tattoo sensors.

Non-volatile memory devices based on 2D materials are an...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Patricia Alessandrini

Colloquium | February 14 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Artist Talk

Patricia Alessandrini’s works actively engage with the concert music repertoire, and issues of representation, interpretation, perception and memory, often in the context of social and political issues. These works are often multimedia, theatrical, and collaborative, involving live electronics, resonating objects, and interactive video.

She studied composition and electronics at...   More >

The Role of Public Libraries, Today and Tomorrow

Seminar | February 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

 Information, School of

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne is the assistant city manager of Palo Alto.

Nickel-Mediated Radical Pathways and Applications in Alkene Functionalization

Seminar | February 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Tianning Diao, Silver Center, New York University

 College of Chemistry

Nickel catalysts exhibit unique properties. Open-shell configurations are relatively stable and readily accessible, which lead to radical pathways. Moreover, the reduction potential of Ni is considerably lower than that of Pd. These properties have been employed to functionalize alkenes. Enantioselective 1,2-dicarbofunctionalization of alkenes allows access to molecules with intricate...   More >

Rural Modernization in China and East Asia

Colloquium | February 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kristen Looney, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, Georgetown University

 Rachel Stern, Professor, School of Law, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Kristen Looney will be discussing her forthcoming work, Mobilizing for Development: The Modernization of Rural East Asia (Cornell U. Press 2020). This book tackles the question of how countries achieve rural development and offers a new way of thinking about East Asia’s political economy that challenges the developmental state paradigm. Through a comparison of Taiwan (1950s–1970s), South Korea...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Nina Eidsheim (UCLA)

Colloquium | February 14 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

“The Race of Sound: The Acousmatic Question as Voice-Making”

Nina Sun Eidsheim studied vocal performance, composition, and philosophy at the University of Agder (Norway) and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Denmark) before pursing MFA in Music at the California Institute of the Arts. She completed her Ph.D. in critical studies/experimental practices program at the University of California,...   More >

2020 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | February 14 | 10-11 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Mary Crabb, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a social engagement project after their graduation.

Up to $25,000.

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

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.

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >

The Book of Life: A Photographic Bibliography

Exhibit - Photography | February 8 – 22, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for an exhibit of photographs by 2019 Artist-in-Resident and UCBG Docent Becky Jaffe.

A photographer, naturalist, and educator living in Oakland, California, Becky Jaffe is active in the Bay Area photography community, teaching Art of Seeing courses for advanced fine art photographers, curating group exhibits in galleries and greenhouses, and judging competitions at the Berkeley Camera...   More >

 Free with Garden Admission

'Potential Energy' Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars Photograph by Becky Jaffe