<< November 2017 >>

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Free Wednesday at the Garden

Special Event | January 4 – December 6, 2017 the first Wednesday of the month every month with exceptions |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Every first Wednesday at the Garden is free admission day.

Computer Workstation Evaluator Training (BEUHS403)

Workshop | November 1 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomic Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics; Mallory Lynch, MA, Campus Ergonomist, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Specifically for Departmental Computer Workstation Evaluators, learn the basics of how to evaluate and modify computer workstations according to campus ergonomic guidelines in this practical, hands-on workshop. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center

  Register online

2017 CJS-JSPS International Symposium: Drive for the Nobel Prize

Conference/Symposium | November 1 | 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | International House, Ida & Robert Sproul Room

 Yuan T. Lee, Academia Sinica; Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley; Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, Bay Area Science Festival

Join us for this exciting symposium featuring public talks by Nobel Laureates Yuan T. Lee (Chemistry, 1986), Taka'aki Kajita (Physics, 2015), and Saul Perlmutter (Physics, 2011), as well as committee members, historians and journalists.

Edible Cookie Dough Sale on Sproul

Sale | November 1 – 2, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

On Wednesday and Thursday, FoodInno will table on Sproul with DOUGHP cookie dough for our fundraiser. For anyone and everyone who misses that childhood sneaking Tollhouse unsafe-to-eat raw cookie dough! By the scoop or on an ICE CREAM CONE! Come through, you won't want to miss it!

We are also holding a featured event with the OG DOUGHP founder herself, hear about the dope story and join on a...   More >

Geometric Representation Theory Seminar: Steenrod operations and the Coulomb branch

Seminar | November 1 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 738 Evans Hall

 Gus Lonergan, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

We use Steenrod's construction to show that the quantum Coulomb branch of Braverman-Finkelberg-Nakajima is a Frobenius-constant quantization in the sense of Bezrukavnikov-Finkelberg.

Discovery Station: Cactus and Agave

Miscellaneous | November 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The UC Botanical Garden has one of the most diverse plant collections in the world. Visit at our Docent-led interactive Discovery Station to learn more about a particular plant topic. This month's topic: CACTUS & AGAVE

EECS Internship Open House

Career Fair | November 1 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Field Club

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please bring your student ID and plenty of paper copies of your resume.

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/TjhmEsqIuet7Mr252

Attending will be:
C3 IoT
IXL Learning
Voleon Group

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | November 1 | 12-1 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

Arts and Science in a Public Learning Laboratory: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

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

 Theo Watson, Partner/Creative Director, Design IO; Eric Siegel, Director, University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Science and art were not always considered separate disciplines, and many argue that the reintegration of art and science will foster new, more responsive, more humane, and more inclusive practices in both fields. Theo Watson will present his work at the intersection of art and science, followed by a dialogue with Eric Siegel.

Theodore Watson is an artist, designer and experimenter...   More >

“Mechanobiology of epithelial cells in physically heterogeneous environments”

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Amit Pathak, Washington University in St. Louis

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The ability of epithelial cells to move through complex tissue barriers fundamentally regulates important physiological and pathological phenomena, such as embryogenesis, organ development, wound repair, and tumor metastasis. In pathogenesis, including fibrosis and cancer, matrix stiffening is known to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and enhance cell migration in clustered...   More >

Service Robots in Human Environments are Here with Steve Cousins: CITRIS Fall 2017 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Steve Cousins, CEO, Savioke

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Steve Cousins is CEO of Savioke. He is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Reprogramming root cells for AM symbiosis"

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Maria Harrison, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Most vascular flowering plants are able to form symbiotic associations with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. These associations, named ‘arbuscular mycorrhizas’, develop in the roots, where the fungus colonizes the cortex to access carbon supplied by the plant. The fungal contribution to the symbiosis includes the transfer of mineral nutrients, particularly phosphorus, from the soil to the...   More >

Maria Harrison

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR: Ben Ashby "Finding your niche: How competition drives patterns of diversity"

Seminar | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 Grinnell-Miller Library

 Ben Ashby

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid,...   More >

Some Assembly Required: Using pXRF to Reconstruct the Production History of a Proto-Corinthian Helmet

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

 Jesse Obert, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

This paper will present new conclusions about the development of ancient Greek military equipment and a deeper understanding of ancient Mediterranean metalsmithing. In the summer of 2017, I studied a Proto-Corinthian helmet at the Hearst Museum, object 8-4597, with an X-Ray Florescence (pXRF) spectrometer. Although ancient historians and classical archaeologists often cite object 8-4597, very...   More >

Travel Like a Transfer

Information Session | November 1 | 12-1 p.m. |  Conference Room, Stiles Hall (basement of MLK Student Union)

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a transfer student who is interested in studying abroad? Attend this information session and learn how you can study abroad during your time at Cal.

A Berkeley Study Abroad adviser will discuss programs and planning strategies, while a panel of transfer students who have studied abroad will share their perspectives and experiences from study abroad.

Noon Concert: University Gospel Chorus

Performing Arts - Music | November 1 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

D. Mark Wilson, director
“Singing with the Saints: An Interpretation of Dia De Los Muertos in Gospel Songs”
With this week’s recognition of the Day of the Dead and Halloween, The UCB Gospel Chorus shares a concert of gospel music recognizing saints, ancestors, and divine beings like angels whose memories and music bring strength to everyday life.
You are invited not only to sing with those...   More >

Social Capital and the Dark Side of Social Networks for Health: Stephanie Child, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | November 1 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Stephanie Child, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Sociology Department

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Cook Well Berkeley Healthy Cooking Series: Plant-Powered Meals (BEUHS641)

Workshop | November 1 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Kim Guess, RD, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Eating mostly plants is good for your health, your wallet, your taste buds, and the planet! Learn to prepare hearty, eco-friendly meals that may help improve your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and risks of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Demonstration, recipes, and samples provided.

  Register online

Climate change advocacy and ad hominem attacks

Colloquium | November 1 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Shahzeen Attari, Assistant Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Debates about climate change often involve ad hominem attacks. Each side is accused of insincerity, of merely serving special interests. In particular, those who advocate policies to promote energy conservation or otherwise reduce CO2 emissions can be challenged if their personal energy use appears to be high. Our studies indicate that an attack based on high personal carbon footprint can be...   More >

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Lecture | November 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Murat Akan, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a book talk by Murat Akan, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University.

AEI's Arthur Brooks: How the Competition of Ideas Can Reunite the Country

Lecture | November 1 | 1-2 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute

 Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dr. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, will blend social science, philosophy, and history to offer a better vision for American political discourse – and practical, actionable tactics that each of us can use to help heal the competition of ideas in this country.

This is an event for Berkeley students only. RSVP at https://ucbevents.wufoo.com/forms/r1cvpu3f0pubt1m/

Study Abroad Office Hours at the Transfer Center

Meeting | October 18 – December 13, 2017 every Wednesday | 1-3 p.m. |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad as a transfer student? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at the Transfer Student Center every Wednesdays 1-3pm this semester. Come learn about different programs offered, how to apply and additional services available.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | February 1 – December 6, 2017 the first Wednesday of the month every month 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Coffee Break

Social Event | October 4 – December 20, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. |  Julie's Cafe

 2562 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee break is a welcoming weekly hour-long event at the wonderful Julie's Cafe, inviting international students to meet old friends and make new ones. It's a big campus, but at coffee break, everyone knows your name.

London School of Economics and Political Science General Course

Information Session | November 1 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

The General Course at LSE is a fully integrated year of undergraduate study in one of the most vibrant, diverse and historical cities in the world. General Course students may study any combination of the 250+ undergraduate courses taught at the School, in disciplines as varied as Anthropology, Geography and Social Policy. Students earn UC credit and can use their UC financial aid as the program...   More >

Data Wrangling and Manipulation in R

Workshop | November 1 | 3-5 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Josh Quan, Library Data Lab


This workshop will introduce tools (notably dplyr and tidyr) that makes data wrangling and manipulation much easier. Participants will learn how to use these packages to subset and reshape data sets, do calculations across groups of data, clean data, and other useful stuff.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library


  Register online

Manufactured Landscapes

Film - Documentary | November 1 | 3:10-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This quietly provocative consideration of the mechanized sublime follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China and Bangladesh recording large-scale industrial incursions into the landscape. Peter Mettler served as cinematographer and creative collaborator.

On Gaussian-width gradient complexity and mean-field behavior of interacting particle systems and random graphs

Seminar | November 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Ronen Eldan, Weizmann Institute of Science

 Department of Statistics

The motivating question for this talk is: What does a sparse Erd\"os-R\'enyi random graph, conditioned to have twice the number of triangles than the expected number, typically look like? Motivated by this question, In 2014, Chatterjee and Dembo introduced a framework for obtaining Large Deviation Principles (LDP) for nonlinear functions of Bernoulli random variables (this followed an earlier...   More >

Applied Math Seminar: Interpolation of Manifold-Valued Functions via the Polar Decomposition

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Evan Gawlik, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

Manifold-valued data and manifold-valued functions play an important role in a wide variety of applications, including mechanics, computer vision and graphics, medical imaging, and numerical relativity. This talk will describe a family of interpolation operators for manifold-valued functions, with an emphasis on functions taking values in symmetric spaces and Lie groups. A key role in our...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Boundary amenability of Out\((F_n)\)

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Mladen Bestvina, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss boundary amenability and how to prove it for basic groups for most of the hour. The main interest in boundary amenability is that it implies the Novikov conjecture in manifold theory. I will then outline the main ideas in the proof of boundary amenability of Out\((F_n)\). This is joint work with Vincent Guirardel and Camille Horbez.

Insulin resistance: Insight from genetic studies

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Joshua W. Knowles, Stanford

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

The Russia Hack and the Challenge to American Democracy: David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Special Event | November 1 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 David Sanger, New York Times

 Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC)

As part of our Fall 2017 Seminar Series the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is honored to welcome David Sanger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national security correspondent for The New York Times and one of the newspaper’s senior writers. Please RSVP to attend this event, which will be held on November 1, 2017 at 4pm, in Banatao Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.

  RSVP online by October 30.

David Sanger, New York Times

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Bethe ansatz from geometry (II)

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Andrey Smirnov, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk is the summary of new geometric approch to the quantum integrable spin chains. As a warm up, I will illustrate these ideas on the example of $sl(2)$ XXZ spin chain: we will obtain conventianal $sl(2)$ Bethe ansatz for this model from geometry of cotangent bundles over grassmannians. In the second part we use same ideas to derive Bethe ansatz for moduli spaces of instantons. As a...   More >

Leave out estimation of variance components

Seminar | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Patrick Kline, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

We propose a general framework for unbiased estimation of quadratic forms of regression coefficients in linear models with unrestricted heteroscedasticity. Economic applications include variance component estimation in multi-way fixed effects and random coefficient models. The large sample distribution of our estimator is studied in an asymptotic framework where the number of regressors grows in...   More >

Ornit Shani | How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ornit Shani, Faculty Member, Asian Studies Department, University of Haifa

 Peter Zinoman, Professor of History and Southeast Asian Studies

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

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

 Christopher Chekuri, Associate Professor of History, SF State University

 Berkeley Legal History Workshop (Department of History), Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society (Berkeley Law)

Talk by Dr. Ornit Shani (University of Haifa), "How India Became Democratic: Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise,” with commentary by Dr. Abhishek Kaiker (History, UC Berkeley), Dr. Lawrence Cohen (Anthropology, UC Berkeley), and Dr. Christopher Chekuri (History, SF State)

EECS Colloquium: Cosmetic Computing, Fashioning Fashionables, and Epidermal Electronics: Towards a New Wearable Ecosystem

Colloquium | November 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Eric Paulos, EECS / UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will present and critique a new body of evolving collaborative work at the intersection of art, computer science, and design research. It will present an argument for hybrid materials, methods, and artifacts as strategic tools for insight and innovation within computing culture. The narrative will explore work across three primary themes – New Making Renaissance, Design Research, and...   More >

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: ​"Taxation under Learning-by-Doing"

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan

 Department of Economics

joint with Departmental Seminar

Seminar 211, Economic History: Taxation under Learning-by-Doing

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Departmental Seminar. *Please note change in time/location seminar due to joint event.

Seminar 291, Departmental Seminar: Taxation under Learning-by-Doing

Seminar | November 1 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory and Macro seminars

Panel Discussion of David Hollinger's "Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America"

Panel Discussion | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History Emeritus, UC Berkeley

 Mary Elizabeth Berry, Class of 1944 Professor of History Emerita, UC Berkeley; Nancy F. Cott, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University; Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Between the 1890s and the Vietnam era, many thousands of American Protestant missionaries were sent to live throughout the non-European world. They expected to change the people they encountered, but those foreign people ended up transforming the missionaries. Their experience abroad made many of these missionaries and their children critical of racism, imperialism, and religious orthodoxy.

Climate Change: The Defining Health Challenge and Opportunity of the 21st Century: A Lancet Countdown Event

Lecture | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater and Wolf Gallery

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health, California Environmental Protection Agency; Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor, UC Berkeley; John Balmes, Professor, UC Berkeley and UCSF; Hector De La Torre, Member, California Air Resources Board

 Linda Rudolph, Director, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute

 Public Health, School of, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, Public Health Institute

On October 31, the Lancet Countdown will release its first annual report tracking climate change and health indicators across five key domains. Our panelists will discuss the implications of the report and California’s role as the U.S. leader in climate change mitigation policy.

  Register online

Reading and Book Signing: Jed Perl and Alexander S. C. Rower

Reading - Nonfiction | November 1 | 6-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We celebrate the publication of Jed Perl’s major biography of Alexander Calder with this reading and conversation featuring the author and the president of the Calder Foundation.

The Knowledge of/about Migrants: Preconceptions. Misconceptions. Limits.

Lecture | November 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Armin Nassehi, LMU Munich

 Julie Weise, University of Oregon

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West

30 years after opening its doors in the US capital, the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) is expanding its operations to the Pacific Coast. Please join us for the opening event of GHI West. Armin Nassehi's keynote is the first in a series of annual Bucerius lectures funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of the major German private foundations active in the field of...   More >

  RSVP online or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at events-west@ghi-dc.org

Career Connections: Environment and Sustainability

Career Fair | November 1 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

More details to come!

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – June 27, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable, safe, self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

ARCH Lecture: Amanda Williams

Lecture | November 1 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, NOV 1, 6:30pm. Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect.

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Dr. William Barylo: Muslims in the West: Embodying the Change

Lecture | November 1 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Dr. William Barylo, Sociologist, Film-Maker, Author, Light Inc.

 Graduate Theological Union

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic Professor...   More >

Coding and Decoding

Film - Documentary | November 1 | 7-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Canyon Cinema employee and Total Mobile Home founder David Sherman presents a program that explores place and time through artists’ observations and others’ documentation, including works by Dominic Angerame, Greta Snider, Michael Wallin, and Sherman, from 1988 to 2002.

East Bay Science Cafe- The humanity of artificial intelligence

Presentation | November 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Restaurant Valparaiso

 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 R. Stuart Geiger, Berkeley Institute for Data Science


Today, “artificial intelligence” seems to be everywhere — in our phones, vacuums, hospitals, and inboxes — but it can be hard to separate science fiction from science fact. Many discussions about AI imagine a fully autonomous superintelligence that designs itself with little to no human intervention, making decisions in ways that humans cannot possibly understand. Yet the work of designing,...   More >

the Humanity of Artificial Intelligence

Life After Life: November's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | November 1 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


Life After Life follows the stories of Harrison, Noel, and Chris as they return home from San Quentin State Prison. After spending most of their lives incarcerated, they are forced to reconcile their perception of themselves with a reality they are unprepared for.

Each struggles to overcome personal demons and reconstruct their fractured lives. Grappling with day-to-day challenges and striving...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Life After Life Poster

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Using Children's Books to Teach History

Workshop | November 2 | 2407 Dwinelle Hall

 UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project

Join children's book author Laura Atkins, co-author of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, to learn more about the children's book industry and how to access diverse, justice-oriented texts for your classrooms. UCBHSSP teacher leader Jennifer Brouhard will share lessons she developed to support use of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up.

Women's Basketball vs. Vanguard - Exhibition

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | November 2 |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Vanguard - Exhibition at Haas Pavilion.

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club: To Gain Confidence and Find Your Voice

Meeting | December 1, 2016 – December 7, 2017 the first Thursday of the month every month | 7:30-8:30 a.m. | Au Coquelet Cafe, (backroom)

 2000 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

 Berkeley Communicators Toastmasters Club

Find out how to improve your public speaking skills and build confidence through the Toastmaster.

If you have wanted to improve your communication skills, practice public speaking and leadership, but find it difficult to do on your own, this is the place for you.

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30am - 8:30am every month
Free street parking and close to Downtown Berkeley BART

TE-53 VMT Metrics Application and Analysis for SB 743 Compliance

Course | November 2 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Oakland

 Ronald Milam, AICP, PTP, Director of Evolving the Status Quo, Fehr & Peers Consulting

 Institute of Transportation Studies, Technology Transfer Program

OPR has selected vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) as the preferred metric to comply with Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). The recommended changes to the CEQA Guidelines include a Technical Advisory that provides recommendations about VMT screening, methodology, and thresholds. These recommendations require fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices and have implications for...   More >


  Registration opens June 22. Register online or by calling Dana Oldknow at 510-643-4393, or by emailing Dana Oldknow at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu by November 2.

Technopolitics and Empire: New Directions in Science Studies

Workshop | November 2 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Jennifer L. Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz; Diana K. Davis, Professor, Departments of History and Geography, University of California, Davis; Jennifer Duque, Ph.D. Student, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Gabrielle Hecht, Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security, Professor, Department of History, Stanford University; Suzanne Moon, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma; Ashton Wesner, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

 Julie Pyatt, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Environmental Policy, Science, and Management; Camilla Hawthorne, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography

 Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society

The day-long workshop will offer graduate students and faculty an opportunity to share current research and to envision new directions in science and (neo-) empire studies.

Edible Cookie Dough Sale on Sproul

Sale | November 1 – 2, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

On Wednesday and Thursday, FoodInno will table on Sproul with DOUGHP cookie dough for our fundraiser. For anyone and everyone who misses that childhood sneaking Tollhouse unsafe-to-eat raw cookie dough! By the scoop or on an ICE CREAM CONE! Come through, you won't want to miss it!

We are also holding a featured event with the OG DOUGHP founder herself, hear about the dope story and join on a...   More >

Free First Thursday at BAMPFA

Special Event | February 2 – December 7, 2017 the first Thursday of the month every month | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

First Thursdays are a great time to visit BAMPFA. The galleries are free all day and we offer guided exhibition tours.

free admission to the galleries

Return Economies: Speculation and Manila’s Investment in Durable Futures

Colloquium | November 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Research on Social Change, Department of Ethnic Studies

Lecture by Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Book: Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity


Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

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

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | November 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Magne Mogstad, Professor, University of Chicago

 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 >

Lunch Poems: Solmaz Sharif

Reading - Literary | November 2 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Solmaz Sharif

 Lunch Poems, Library

A poetry reading by Solmaz Sharif.

Examining the mechanistic and evolutionary basis of functional genetic variation

Seminar | November 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Rajiv McCoy, Princeton University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 Department of Integrative Biology

Genealogies of Syrian Ba‘thism: Michel ‘Aflaq and Modern Arab Intellectual History

Lecture | November 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Max Weiss, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a lecture by Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He studies the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. Raised in southern...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Communication Avoidance for Algorithms with Sparse All-to-all Interactions

Seminar | November 2 | 1-2 p.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 Penporn Koanantakool, University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk presents highly scalable parallel algorithms for problems with sparse all-to-all interactions such as many-body and matrix computations. These kernels are used in many applications ranging from scientific simulations to machine learning. We discuss a case study of our communication-avoiding kernels as used in graphical model structure learning.

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | September 7 – December 7, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-4 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

 Caitlin Green or Marie Dutton, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2018 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 plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Bringing Atzlán and Borinquen to Chicago: Mexican and Puerto Rican Art in the City from 1968 to the Age of Trump

Lecture | November 2 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Marc Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, and in World and Hispanic Culture and Literature at the University of Houston

 Department of English, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UC Berkeley Center for Latino Policy Research

Mexican and Puerto Rican Art in the City from 1968 to the Age of Trump

Men's Soccer vs. San Diego State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | November 2 | 3:30 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Soccer hosts San Diego State in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium: Data Slam 2

Colloquium | November 2 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Department of Psychology

Data slam number 2 from grads in Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuroscience. Grad lounge afterwards for drinks and socializing.

Five Tables of Cal Scientists’ Takes on Art

Workshop | November 2 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.

The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America

Lecture | November 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Rick Wartzman, Director, KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society

 James Lincoln, Haas School of Business; David Levine, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Once, big companies took responsibility for their workers’ wellbeing, with high pay and reliable benefits. But as precarious work expands and pensions dwindle, many workers no longer feel that their employers are looking out for them. Author Rick Wartzman follows four corporate giants – General Electric, General Motors, Kodak, and Coca-Cola – through the twentieth century’s booms and busts,...   More >

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Five Tables. . .: of Cal Scientists and Their Takes on Art

Presentation | November 2 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Drop by the art study centers on Free First Thursday for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections, laid out on the five tables in the seminar area. In conjunction with this year’s Bay Area Science Festival (October 26 through November 11), UC Berkeley scientists give us their take on a nonrandom selection of art from our collections. Works on view might include: Harold Edgerton’s...   More >

Harold Edgerton: Gussie Moran, 1949; black-and-white photograph; 13 5/16 x 11 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Lewis Zachary Cohen.

Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture: When the precision of mathematics meets the messiness of the world of people

Lecture | November 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Keith Devlin, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Almost all mathematicians are attracted to the subject by its certainty and precision. It’s one of the most finely sharpened blades in the human cognitive armory. It rules supreme in many parts of Physics and Engineering. It is almost as precise when applied to the activities of large populations of living creatures, including humans, though the precision then is a statistical one that applies...   More >

How Everything Became War And The Military Became Everything

Lecture | November 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University

 Institute of International Studies

Rosa Brooks is one of the nation’s top experts on national security and the changing nature of warfare. Her most recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. A journalist and a law professor at Georgetown University, Brooks -- the daughter of left-wing anti-war activists and the wife of a US Army Special Forces officer --...   More >

GWE Craft Night

Social Event | November 2 | 5-7 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Graduate Assembly

Join Graduate Women in Engineering (GWE) at our annual Craft Night! Come and decorate your own knitted headband! We provide the supplies so just show up!

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/GWEcraftnight

Nandini Sundar | Hostages to Democracy - India at 70: The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2017

Lecture | November 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in location

 Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Master of Development Practice, Department of Sociology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights at the Center for Race and Gender, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, South Asian Law Students Association

Lecture by noted social anthropologist and Professor of Sociology in the Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Nandini Sundar.

Making as Research | Artist Talk and DIY Couture Fashion Lab with Angie Wilson

Lecture | November 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 126 Dwinelle Annex

 Angie Wilson

 Arts Research Center

Angie Wilson mines seismic cultural shifts and the subtleties of consciousness in her textile-based sculpture and installations. She will be discussing current and recent projects including Protest Curtains, collaborative projects resisting racism, xenophobia and inequality, as well as her woven meditations on space and time.

OpenTable Info-Session and Tech Talk: Data Science for the Hospitality Domain

Information Session | November 2 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

At OpenTable, our teams build dream software for restaurants. Our cloud restaurant operation solutions help our partners deliver phenomenal hospitality.

Please join us for a Tech Talk by Igor Gammer, Principal Data Science Engineer.

Pizza will be provided.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program

Information Session | November 2 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 212 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with personalized advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.


 UNEX 1057. Enroll online or by calling 510-642-4111

How Christians Think: A Conversation with Marvin Olasky at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | November 2 | 6-7 p.m. | 102 Wheeler Hall

 Marvin Olasky, WORLD Magazine

 The Berkeley Forum

At a time of heightened political anxiety, the line that sets apart religion and politics is rarely defined. As WORLD Magazine Editor-in-Chief and a former advisor to President George W. Bush, Dr. Marvin Olasky has been at the forefront of interpreting world events through a Christian lens. On this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. Olasky will discuss the importance of understanding how...   More >


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Stay Informed and Plan Ahead: Joining the Immigration Attorney to Learn the Ins and Outs of H1B Job Visa and other Post Graduation Employment Options

Workshop | November 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue & Gold Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

Stay Informed and Plan Ahead: Joining the Immigration Attorney to Learn the Ins and Outs of H1B Job Visa and other Post Graduation Employment Options

Advanced registration in Handshake is recommended.

The DOUGHP Story + New Flavor Creation Contest

Social Event | November 2 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 145 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Kelsey Witherow, DOUGHP SF

 Berkeley Food Institute

Kelsey Witherow (inventor for DOUGHP cookie dough) will be sharing about her journey and how she started up DOUGHP. Afterwards, there will be a tasting event as well as a "New Flavor Creation Contest" judged by Kelsey herself! The winning flavor will have their flavor featured in the DOUGHP store in SF, and you get to take home some free dough!!

Diwali Celebration and Annkut at UC Berkeley

Special Event | November 2 | 6:45-9 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 UC Berkeley BAPS Camps Fellowship

In the Joy of Others: Diwali and Annkut at UC Berkeley

Free Indian Dinner and Be sure to where Indian Clothes if you have them!

  RSVP online or by calling Yagna Patel at 510-378-2934, or by emailing Yagna Patel at ruchitm@berkeley.edu

Film Series: Abundant Land Screening

Film - Documentary | November 2 | 7-9:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Join SERC and SOGA for a screening of Abundant Land, a documentary that follows a Hawaiian community on Moloka’i opposing the biotech industry’s use of the island to test genetically engineered seeds. Following the screening will be a discussion with the film's director Natasha Florentino. Refreshments will be served!

Facebook event: tinyurl.com/UCBAbundantLand

Picture of Light

Film - Documentary | November 2 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Peter Mettler’s remarkable documentary about the Northern Lights is his most fully realized cinematic expression of his quest for a spiritual synthesis of “self and surround.”

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | November 2 | 7-9:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Steve Croft, SETI

 Department of Astronomy

Join us for our monthly Astro Night series at UC Berkeley! This month, come learn all about the search for intelligent life in the Universe. After, you are invited on our rooftop for stargazing and a grew view of the city!

Doors to Campbell Hall open at 6:30pm, and lecture is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Feel free to come and go during stargazing.

 Talk is aimed at a high school science level.