<< January 2017 >>

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hearst Museum Legacies: The Collections of L.L. Loud 1911-1946

Lecture | January 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Paolo Pellegatti, Research Archaeologist, University of California, Berkeley Phoebe Hearst Museum

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Hearst Museum of Anthropology curates archaeological collections going back
more than 150 years. Under Kroeber's directorship (1904 - 1947) the museum had its own active field program separated from the Department of Anthropology and, often following tips from landowners, researchers or accidental discoveries, it dispatched a handful of archaeologists whose work will result in the discovery...   More >

Sculpting the Frontal Cortex: The Brain's Topiary Arts: Faculty Lecture

Lecture | January 18 | 3-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Linda Wilbrecht, Associate Professor

 Department of Psychology

I AM YOU: Volunteer Response to the Refugee Crisis

Lecture | January 18 | 6-8 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Rebecca Reshdouni, I AM YOU

 Center for Global Public Health

In less than a year, I AM YOU has become one of the leading volunteer organizations operating within the refugee crisis in Greece. Over 400 volunteers from across the globe have joined the effort carrying out important assignments ranging from beach rescue operations, aid distribution and shelter allocation to camp management, education and medical transportation.

The organization was born on...   More >


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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Science at Cal Lecture: The Really Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

Lecture | January 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Diego Melgar, UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory


Most people think that in the United States, the area
around the San Andreas Fault poses the highest risk for a large earthquake. But the risk for a “great earthquake” and tsunami is highest in the Pacific Northwest. Join seismologist Diego Melgar and learn about the risks, the geologic forces behind the potential for a truly massive U.S. earthquake, and efforts underway to build warning systems...   More >

Oregon coastline near Cannon Beach (photo: Abhinaba Basu)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Human Brain Imaging with fMRI Search

Lecture | January 23 | 2:50 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Kevin Weiner, PhD, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

"Mapping microns to minds: The cognitive neuroanatomy of high-level visual cortex"

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Subprime Babies: The Foreclosure Crisis and Initial Health Endowments

Lecture | January 24 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Janelle Downing, MS, PhD, Professor of Medicine in Residence, UCSF School of Medicine

 Health Policy and Management

This presentation introduces preliminary results from research on the influence of in-utero exposure to household mortgage default and subsequent foreclosure on birth outcomes and fetal death in California by linking birth certificate data from 2.2 million neonates born from 2005 to 2010 with foreclosure records.

Towards a Romantic Anthropology: River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh

Lecture | January 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Naveeda Khan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

 The Program in Critical Theory, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

There is a quality of the chimerical to the silt islands that form and dissolve within the Jamuna River. Life on the islands never quite settles; the ground is constantly turned up, shifting, moving, and reforming elsewhere, a condition which inevitably grounds a particularly striking relationship with Nature. In this talk, I want think with this quality, through its manifestations in the...   More >

Protecting Creative Professionals in the Age of the “Gig Economy”: SAG AFTRA National Executive Director David White at the Forum

Lecture | January 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 David White, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

In this tech-savvy age, newer types of media have made creative expression more accessible, a convenience that has contributed to the rise of the gig economy, an environment in which temporary positions and short-term contracts are exceedingly common. This issue has since been the focus of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artist (SAG-AFTRA), one of the largest...   More >

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science/Computational Cognition Search

Lecture | January 25 | 3 a.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Douglas Markant, Max Planck Institute for Human Development

 Department of Psychology

"On choosing your own adventure: The cognitive foundations of active, uncertainty-driven learning"

Transforming High School Computer Science: The Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Dan Garcia, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Please join us for the first CITRIS Research Exchange of the spring semester.

Our Beauty and Joy of Computing course was chosen as one of the national pilots for the new Advanced Placement (AP): Computer Science Principles (CSP) course to broaden participation in computing to traditionally underrepresented groups. Locally offered as a non-majors computing course, BJC was the first...   More >


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Reframing Violence through a Public Health Lens: How We See, Communicate, and Treat it: Health Communication Matters Webinar Series

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  MeetingBurner

 Shannon Cosgrove, Director of Health Policy, Cure Violence; Michael Bakal, Strategic Communications Specialist, Berkeley Media Studies Group; Anne Marks, Executive Director, Youth ALIVE!

 Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

Join us in the next event in the Health Communications Matters Webinar Series from the Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership, as experts in the field discuss their approaches to communicating gun violence. In the first presentation, Shannon Cosgrove from Cure Violence will share the state of the health approach to violence, the centerpiece of a 2015 meeting of local and national health...   More >

Many Ways of Working: Oral History, Archives, and Archaeology of the Arboretum Chinese Quarters, Stanford

Lecture | January 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Christopher Lowman, University of California, Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Farmers, gardeners, builders, cooks, janitors, launderers, restaurant-owners: the Chinese diaspora community in nineteenth century Palo Alto, California, was made up of men, and a few women, who took on many ways of working to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Their integral role in the development of the Bay Area’s infrastructure is sometimes obscured because of...   More >

Big Ideas: Beat Notes: From the Rat Bastards to the Mission School with Natasha Boas

Lecture | January 25 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This opening lecture offers background to this year’s Big Ideas lectures by exploring the modernist avant-gardes that influenced the artistic and political language of California countercultures in the “long 1960s.” Looking closely at earlier twentieth-century movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Lettrism, and Situationism, Boas will discuss how artistic manifestos and practices such as collage,...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Khojaly Tragedy: Beyond State Ideologies

Lecture | January 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Nona R. Shahnazarian, Social Anthropologist, Institute of Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

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

Dr. Shahnazarian's research focuses on the recent history of ultra-nationalism and ethnic violence in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and its consequences for the local populations. It gives attention to the case of Khojaly. Khojaly was a settlement in Nagorno Karabakh situated on a major road and near the only airport in Karabakh, being the second largest town in Nagorno-Karabakh populated mainly by...   More >

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The End of Life Option Act: Legal and Clinical Implications

Lecture | January 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 609 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Sarah Hooper, J.D., executive director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy; Lael Duncan, M.D., medical director of consulting services, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

 UC Berkeley Extension

Understand the basics of the End of Life Option Act. At this event, our speakers dispel some common myths about the act's implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience. These policy leaders also address some of the challenges encountered by health and mental health professionals in...   More >

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The U.S. Chamber's role in helping to shape an environment conducive to economic growth: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior VP Rob Engstrom at the Forum

Lecture | January 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Rob Engstrom, The Berkeley Forum

 The Berkeley Forum

With 2016 being a year marked by extraordinary economic events—from the U.S. presidential elections in the domestic economy to the ongoing Eurozone situation impacting the global economy—there has been a renewed urgency to revisit the current economic situation facing our nation. As the world's largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all...   More >

Friday, January 27, 2017

Jacobs Design Conversations: Alan Cooper

Lecture | January 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Alan Cooper

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Cooper founder and design pioneer Alan Cooper will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Hands-On 7: Reading the City

Lecture | January 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRI, Jan 27, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Join us for a tactile evening with some of the beautiful artist books in the librarys collect.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): An Introduction to Analytic Number Theory

Lecture | January 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Cailan Li, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will first give a crash course in complex analysis and then talk about the beautiful Riemann zeta function and its generalization, obtaining $1+2+3+...= -\frac 1{12}$ as a corollary. We will then talk about the shiny objects known as modular forms, and some of their applications. In particular, we will discuss the role modular forms played in Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last...   More >

Gender, Identity, Memoir: Judith Butler and Maggie Nelson in Conversation

Lecture | January 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts + Design

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Maggie Nelson is author of The Argonauts and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her work has been influential in a variety of disciplines including critical...   More >

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Matt Eisenbrandt: Assassination of a Saint: Book talk on assassination of Archbishop Romero of El Salvador

Lecture | January 31 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Matt Eisenbrandt, Canadian Centre for International Justice

 Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, International Human Rights Law Clinic

Assassination of a Saint is the thrilling story of an international team of lawyers, investigators, and human-rights experts who fought to bring justice for the 1980 murder of El Salvador’s Archbishop Óscar Romero. Matt Eisenbrandt recounts how he and his colleagues searched for evidence against the killers as the team worked towards the only verdict ever reached for the murder – two decades...   More >

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Stabilizing Quality in Inner Mongolian Milk

Lecture | January 31 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Franck Bille, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

 Megan Tracy, Sociology and Anthropology James Madison University 

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

In this paper, I examine how actors attempt to transfer material and symbolic value and transfer notions of “human quality” across other notions of quality, such as product quality and the presumed caliber of particular places where production occurs. This transference of quality is embedded, for example, in notions that ethnic Mongolians are pre-disposed to produce a quality dairy product. I...   More >

Chern Lectures: On the reality of black holes

Lecture | January 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Sergiu Klainerman, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

The gravitational waves detected recently by LIGO were produced in the final phase of the inward spiraling of two black holes before they collided to produce a more massive black hole. The experiment is entirely consistent with the so-called Final State Conjecture of general relativity, according to which general solutions of the initial value problem approach asymptotically, in any compact...   More >

A Conversation with Larry Brilliant

Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Dr. Larry Brilliant, Chairman of the Board, Skoll Global Threats Fund

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Larry Brilliant has spent his career working to improve lives—locally and globally—through his work helping eradicate smallpox with the UN, curing millions of people of blindness with Seva Foundation, and building technologies of the future with Google.org and public tech companies. Now he has written a memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary...   More >

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Katherine Rinne + Rabun Taylor - Rome: An Urban History from Antiquity to the Present

Lecture | January 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED JAN 31, 7:00pm. Rinne + Taylor discuss a study of the urban processes by which Romes people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric.