<< December 2017 >>

Friday, December 1, 2017

Jacobs Design Conversations: Steve Vassallo, "How to Design a Company that Matters"

Lecture | December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Foundation Capital general partner Steve Vassallo will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lecture by Jordan Stein: Miyoko Ito: Painting as Place

Lecture | December 2 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Guest curator Jordan Stein explores Miyoko Ito’s life and work and presents excerpts from a rare video interview with the artist.
Included with Admission

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Discussion: The Global Lives Project

Lecture | December 3 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Global Lives founder David Evan Harris, filmmakers Naomi Ture and Daniel Chein, and webmaster Benn Meyers (Shishin Junsei) present video clips and offer their perspectives on the project.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The ontogeny of human ultra-sociality: Concern for social evaluation and social comparison

Lecture | December 4 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Jan Engelmann, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

 Department of Psychology

Humans’ ultra-social lifeways are based on some species-unique social skills and motivations that develop mostly in early childhood. In this talk, I explore two of these: concern for social evaluation and social comparison. First is the way that young children come to self-regulate their actions not just individually, as do many species, but also socially, as they become concerned for how others...   More >

Euro-Atlantic Security from the Viewpoint of Central and Eastern Europe

Lecture | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Bronislaw Komorowski, Former President of the Republic of Poland

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Taube Philanthropies

ACOUSTIC PROPERTIES: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas: Book Talk Series

Lecture | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison, Doe 101

 Professor Tom McEnaney, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley.

 Professor José Quiroga, Professor Freya Schiwy, UC Riverside

 Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies

Tom McEnaney's book explores the "coevolution" of the radio and the novel amid influential move­ments in populist politics in three countries in the mid-20th century: the New Deal in America; Peronism in Argentina, and the Cuban Revolution. The book illustrates how governments, activists, and artists have struggled for control to represent the voice of the people within a changing media landscape

The Aerial View in Motion: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | December 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Synne T. Bull, PhD Research Fellow, Department for Media and Communication, University of Oslo; Dragan Miletic, Artistic Research Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

 Arts + Design

The recent surge of aerial imaging technologies such as satellites and drones has prompted scholarly discussions on what has come to emerge as a new visual paradigm. Approaching this subject from the perspective of contemporary art, this project brings into question the entangled histories of the moving image and spatial expression, while addressing the imaginative and emotional capacities...   More >

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Singing the North: The Life and Work of Edith Södergran

Lecture | December 5 | 3-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stina Katchadourian

 Institute of European Studies

The life of Edith Södergran (1892 - 1923), born to Finland Swedish parents in St. Petersburg, begins in pre-revolutionary Russia and ends, a short and dramatic thirty-one years later, in Independent Finland. Practically unknown at the time of her death, Södergran now has been translated into some forty languages and is considered one of the foremost poetic voices of the Nordic countries. In her...   More >

Golden Mountain, Iron Heap: A Poetic Ethnography of Extraction in Eastern Mongolia

Lecture | December 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

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

This paper explores Mongolia’s mineral extraction boom through an examination of local concepts of landscape. In order to engage seriously with local place-making practices, it analyzes the steppe topologically, looking at attributes of landscape that transcend material upheaval. In eastern Mongolia, poetry is a primary means of mediating human interaction with space, and thus poetic literacy is...   More >

Altan Ovoo in winter, Dariganga Soum, Sukhbaatar Province

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Infants' Understanding and Evaluation of Shared Social Behavior

Lecture | December 6 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Lindsey Powell, MIT

 Department of Psychology

Shared behaviors are woven throughout human social life. In the course of interaction, social partners mimic one another and align their actions to help or cooperate with one another. Over longer timescales, group members share social and communicative conventions and learn cultural skills from one another. What is the developmental pathway through which infants come to understand and engage in...   More >

Trans-Regionalism and Economic Co-Dependency across the South China Sea

Lecture | December 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Derek Thiam Soon Heng, Northern Arizona University

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Throughout history, the South China Sea has been a maritime zone that saw primary economies of its littoral zones exercise influence over smaller, outlying economies by binding the latter into co-dependent relationships with the former. This may be witnessed in such areas as the currency systems adopted by the smaller economies, alignment of foreign and trade policies with those of the larger...   More >

Thursday, December 7, 2017

How East and West Germans Made the Iron Curtain

Lecture | December 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Edith Scheffer, Senior Fellow at IES and Assistant Professor at Stanford University

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies

The building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 shocked the world. Ever since, the image of this impenetrable barrier between East and West, imposed by communism, has been a central symbol of the Cold War. This talk reveals the hidden origins of the Iron Curtain, showing how the physical border between East and West Germany was not simply imposed by Cold War superpowers, but was an improvised outgrowth...   More >

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce

Lecture | December 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall

 Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 College of Letters & Science, College of Chemistry

The Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The UMBC Meyerhoff family is now more than 1,300 strong, with over 1,000 alumni across the nation and nearly 300 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.

This event is free and open to the public -- join us for talk & reception.

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An Epic Transformation: The Transition of the Oirat Oral Epic Jangar from ‘Culture’ to ‘Cultural Resource’

Lecture | December 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Michael Long, Cambridge University

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

This fieldwork program attempted to follow the conceptual transformation of the Epic of Jangar—a traditional oral epic of the Oirat Mongols of XUAR—as a social phenomenon in Hoboksar Mongolian Autonomous County from the end of the Cultural Revolution to present, particularly from the mid-2000s onward. In this time, Jangar transformed from a curious cultural artifact of ‘folk culture’ with near...   More >

Leading the Fight for Voting Rights: Jason Kander at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | December 7 | 7-8:15 p.m. | 230 Cheit Hall

 Jason Kander, Let America Vote

 The Berkeley Forum

After narrowly losing the 2016 U.S. Senate election, Jason Kander founded Let America Vote, a campaign dedicated to ending voter suppression and gerrymandering. Through online and grassroots organizing, an aggressive media strategy, and advertising, Let America Vote seeks to lead the way against policies and practices that it deems harmful to eligible voters and their right to cast a ballot. Join...   More >


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Korean Fashion from the Joseon Dynasty to Today

Lecture | December 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Asian Art Museum, Samsung Hall

 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 04102

 Asian Art Museum

Delve into Couture Korea with textile historian Lee Talbot and costume historian Minjee Kim.

Gallery Talk by David Call: Martin Wong and ASL

Lecture | December 9 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist David Call shares insights into the distinctive presence of American Sign Language in Martin Wong’s work.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Residential Segregation and its Effects on Intergroup Cognition

Lecture | December 11 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Arianne Eason, University of Washington

 Department of Psychology

In the U.S. today, racial segregation remains rampant in neighborhoods, schools, and even the workplace. Given the persistent inequity in terms of both race and social class in the U.S., my research utilizes perspectives from developmental, social, and cultural psychology to examine how features of our social and cultural contexts (e.g., racially segregated neighborhoods and classrooms) influence...   More >

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Members' Walk: Australasia

Lecture | December 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Clare Al-Witri

 Botanical Garden

Enjoy late season blooms and striking evergreen foliage with Horticulturist Clare Al-Witri on a behind- the-scenes tour of the Australasian Area. Come and see plants in this collection that are native to New Zealand, subtropical regions of Australia, and the high elevations of the South Pacific islands.

Members' Walk: Australasia tour is exclusively available to current members. Admission is...   More >

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Making the Largest 3D Maps of our Universe

Lecture | December 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Josh Dillon, Astronomy


Dr. Dillion will talk about a new technique being developed here at Berkeley with collaborators around the world to use radio telescopes to make huge 3D maps of hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, to test our cosmological theories. He will explain the observational challenges we’re facing and the reason why we’re building a giant array of 350 dishes–each one almost 50 feet...   More >

The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) telescope in South Africa

Monday, December 18, 2017

Photon mayhem: Using light for structural and functional assessment of biological tissues

Lecture | December 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

 Prof. Alex Vitkin, University of Toronto


SPIE Visiting Lecturer
Medicinal photonics (biophotonics) includes a variety of therapeutic (effects of light on tissue) and diagnostic (effects of tissue on light) applications. In this talk, the latter category will be highlighted, with emphasis on methods actively investigated in our laboratory – optical coherence tomography for microvascular imaging and tissue polarimetry for anisotropy...   More >