Lecture | February 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Hélène Yèche, University of Poitiers
Institute of European Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, GHI West, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC
Hélène Yèche will introduce the audience to the case study of the Sorbs, a Slavic minority living in todays Germany. The Sorbian community of Lusatia recently developed a few important ways of preserving identity and culture in the context of globalization through language revitalization. Sorbian identity challenge is part of a global minority revival trend, which is not only taking place in... More >
Lecture | February 1 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall
Professor Mintrop will discuss his new book, Design-Based School Improvement: A Practical Guide for Education Leaders, which explores how the need for more robust links between research and practice is at the heart of the effort to enact and scale up successful school reforms. One promising approach is "design development," a methodology widely used in other... More >
Lecture | February 1 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 110
Jeff Deutch, Syrian Archive; Niko Para, Syrian Archive
Human Rights Center, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Middle Eastern Law Students Assc.
Jeff Deutch and Niko Para of the Syrian Archive based in Berlin will discuss the vital work of documenting war crimes and human rights abuses in the age of open source evidence and social media and the critical role of individuals and NGOs. Lunch will be served; pls RSVP at link below.
Lecture | February 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room) | Note change in date
Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University
Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies
Dr. Maya Tudor, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government Fellow, St. Hilda's College, Oxford University
The Future Of Cybersecurity And Trends In Technological Risk: Implications For US Foreign Policy And Politics
Lecture | February 1 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Jonathan Reiber, Senior Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley
Jonathan Reiber is Senior Advisor at Technology for Global Security, a think-do tank based in Palo Alto, California, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, where he previously held a two-year writing and research senior fellowship from 2015-2017. Jonathan is currently at work on a Smith Richardson Foundation funded study exploring the nature of public-private... More >
Lecture | February 1 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Wildlife photojournalist and National Geographic fellow Joe Riis, who has documented the migrations of pronghorn, mule deer, and elk in Wyoming for more than a decade, will give a multimedia presentation and book signing of his new book, Yellowstone Migrations. A reception begins at 5:30 pm with the program at 6:30 pm.
Riis will be joined by ecologist & UC Berkeley Professor Arthur Middleton,... More >
Lecture | February 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
The current system for growing cannabis has caused significant environmental degradation due to pollutants, heavy water use, clear cutting natural areas, and other man-made impacts. What are the current environmental issues, and how can they be addressed as cannabis production scales.
$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students
A Conversation with Author, Amish Tripathi: On turning centuries-old mythological tales into bestselling works of fiction
Lecture | February 2 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Amish Tripathi, Author
Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Amish Tripathi is the author of the spellbinding series - the Shiva Trilogy - The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras; The Ram Chandra Series - Scion of Ikshvaku and Sita: Warrior of Mithila. And the newly released, Immortal India.
Car-sharing Network Optimization Driven by High-resolution Data, Simulation and Discrete Optimization
Lecture | February 2 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Carolina Osorio, MIT
Abstract: With the increase in connectivity and in real-time responsiveness, travelers and vehicles are becoming "real-time optimizers" of their trips. The urban mobility challenges and breakthroughs of the next decades will be marked by our ability to optimize the aggregate performance of large-scale transportation systems while accounting for how the hundreds of thousands of "real-time... More >
Lecture | February 2 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | St. John Armenian Church
275 Olympia Way, San Francisco, CA 94131
Anna Turcotte, Author
Anti- Armenian atrocities of my childhood, the history
that fueled the hatred, and the current state of affairs on
the ground in Artsakh.
Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte is an Armenian-American writer, lecturer, and activist. She authored <u>Nowhere, a Story of Exile </u>and has lectured extensively about the plight of Armenians in Azerbaijan in the context of human rights and international... More >
Lecture | February 5 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Ariel Handel, Tel Aviv University
Lecture by Ariel Handel on the wine industry in Israel-Palestine.
Lecture | February 5 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University
Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative
A talk by John E. Cort, Professor of Asian and Comparative Religions and the Judy Gentili Chair in International Studies at Denison University.
Lecture | February 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Nicholas Negroponte, Architect at MIT
Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder (with Jerome B. Wiesner) of the MIT Media Lab (1985), which he directed for its first 20 years. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He gave the first TED talk in 1984, as well as 13 since. He is author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been... More >
Lecture | February 6 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall
Willem Frankenhuis, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University
Growing up in a harsh environment has a major impact on cognition. People from such environments tend to score lower on a variety of cognitive tests. The predominant view in psychology is, therefore, that chronic exposure to harsh conditions impairs cognition. I have recently challenged this consensus by proposing that harsh environments do not exclusively impair cognition. Rather, people also... More >
Lecture | February 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall
Nearly half of prostate tumors harbor the somatic TMPRSS2:ERG gene fusion, annually yielding diagnoses of more than 100,000 fusion-positive prostate cancers in the United States. Such cancers represent a unique paradigm of malignancy one in which an oncogene (ERG) becomes regulated by androgens because it is fused to a gene that is androgen-regulated (TMPRSS2). The etiology and disease courses... More >
Lecture | February 6 | 8-9 p.m. | 20 Wheeler Hall
Aylon Steinhart, The Good Food Institute
Aylon Steinhart, coming from the Good Food Institute, a graduate from our very own Haas and co-founder of two start-ups, will be coming to give us insight about the issues that come with the meat industry and how plant-based meat industries are successfully finding ways around those problems. He has spoken at top campuses such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale about the entrepreneurial and... More >
Lecture | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Trent Trombley, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology
Human dentition and the accompanying oral cavity is a dense source of biocultural information and has enjoyed a long history of anthropological fascination. Analyses have ranged from establishing biological affinity in archaeological communities via dental metric and non-metric traits, to larger evolutionary questions of morphology. However, dental tissues have seldom been analyzed for their... More >
Lecture | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
In his book Death Be Not Proud (Chicago, 2016), David Marno explores the precedents of Malebranches advice by reading John Donnes poetic prayers in the context of what Marno calls the art of holy attention.
Lecture | February 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ken Ueno, Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professor in Music Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Experimental composer/vocalist/sound artist who collaborates with visual artists, architects, and video artists to create unique cross-disciplinary art works. Ueno, is the Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professor Chair in Music at UC Berkeley
Ken Ueno, Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professor in Music, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Rome Prize and... More >
Bowen Lectures: Lecture 1: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). The problem, the algorithm and the connections.
Lecture | February 7 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study
In this lecture, we introduce and motivate the main characters in this plot:
- Singularity of symbolic matrices: a basic problem in both computational complexity.
- Alternating Minimization: a basic heuristic in non-convex optimization.
I will explain how variants of this algorithm are applied to variants of this problem, how they are analyzed, and how the analysis gives rise to problems... More >
Lecture | February 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Free and open to the public
Far from a throwback to the Middle Ages, Hasidism is a product of modernity that forged its identity as a radical alternative to the secular world. So argue the eight distinguished authors, led by David Biale, of Hasidism: A New History, the first comprehensive account of the movements place in modern Jewish history. The book represents an innovative collaboration... More >
Lecture | February 7 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
WED, FEB 7, 6:30pm. Recent fellowship recipients will present their research from their international travels. Followed by a reception in the Wurster Gallery, alongside the 2017 Branner & Stump Fellows Exhibition. Open to the CED community!
Lecture | February 8 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall
Kara Rudolph, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
In public health, there is frequently an implicit assumption that an intervention that works in one place will work in another. This is often not the case in practice, where expansion of interventions may yield disappointingly null results or even unexpected adverse effects. In this talk, I will discuss how some of my recent work in transportability and mediation can help better predict how an... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)
Catherine Fisk, Professor, Berkeley Law
Once, activists dreamed of an all-inclusive movement for poor people. But then came the 1950s labor began to decline as a social movement, and civil rights leaders turned away from their early focus on labor rights. What role did the courts play in pushing these movements apart?
Professor Fisk finds that the eras labor laws, which were hostile to picketing by labor organizers, encouraged... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Karl Jacoby, Professor, Department of History, Columbia University
Chip Williams, Descendent of William Ellis
To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather,... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 (Townsend)
Over the years the Southern Dimension of the European neighborhood policy has been characterized by efforts to promote stability and prosperity. The aim was to build a ring of friends from the Caucasus to the Sahara, using a plethora of foreign policy instruments and economic incentives. Within the EU, the matter was relatively uncontroversial, and since 2008 a division of labor became visible,... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Allison Varzally, Professor of History, CSU Fullerton
This talk is derived from Prof. Varzally's new book Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic Identities.
Lecture | February 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study
In numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics.
We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials and rational functions in many... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room
Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University
As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much... More >
Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall
Brook Thomas, UC Irvine
Department of English, Americanist Colloquium
An evening lecture and discussion with UC Irvine professor Brook Thomas; Sponsored by the Americanist Colloquium
Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University
Author Wendy Pearlman presents her book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria, which is an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.
Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics.
Lecture | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
There is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants?
$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students
Lecture | February 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, North Gate Hall Library
Michael Krasny, KQED
You are invited to a very special evening celebrating the career of legendary Bay Area radio host and author Michael Krasny.
Seating is first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating.
Lecture | February 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Nourse Theater
Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for The Talk of the Town, he became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Week after week, he brings to the magazine a rigorous, sharp, and lyrical perspective on acting, playwriting, and directing. With his deep knowledge of the history of performancenot only in theatre but in... More >
Lecture | February 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Andreas Launer, Consul General of the Republic of Austria in Los Angeles; Martin Rauchbauer, Co-Director of the Open Austria Silicon Valley Office
Austria is in the heart of a Europe that continues to go through fundamental political, economic, and social changes. As the country takes over the Presidency of the European Union in the second half of this year, two Austrian diplomats based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, share their perspectives on developments and challenges in Austria, Europe, and on relations with the United... More >
Lecture | February 9 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Jonny Simkin, Swiftly
Abstract: The existing public transit infrastructure in the United States already generates a tremendous amount of data, however, this information is often not used as effectively as it could be. In this session, we will discuss some of the ways that Swiftly is leveraging billions of data points to help transit agencies improve operational performance, reliability, and efficiency.
Bio: Jonny... More >
Bowen Lectures: Lecture 3: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Analytic Inequalities.
Lecture | February 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium
Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study
The celebrated Brascamp-Lieb (BL) inequalities, and their reverse form of Barthe, is a powerful framework which unifies and generalizes many important inequalities in analysis, convex geometry and information theory.
I will exemplify BL inequalities, building to the general set-up. I will describe the structural theory that characterizes existence and optimality of these inequalities in terms... More >
Lecture | February 10 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 204
Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Making a career transition can be bewildering: how do you find jobs? How can you stand out as a candidate? And, if you finally get an interview, how do you showcase yourself as the best candidate? This workshop will walk participants through each step of making a career transition. Through interactive exercises, we will cover strategies in personal branding, networking, résumé and LinkedIn... More >
Lecture | February 11 | 2 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall
Floyd McCoy, University of Hawaii
AIA, San Francisco Society
The largest volcanic eruption of the past 10,000 years occurred in the southern Aegean Sea on an island known in antiquity as Thera (Santorini). A landscape was forever altered as was a culture that thrived on that island, the Cycladic culture. Here was the core of a thriving maritime trade network, in close communication with the Minoan culture on Crete, vaporized in a four/five-day volcanic... More >
Lecture | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Max Gruenig, Ecologic Institute US
What can be expected from the EU and its member states in a time of internal turmoil and external challenges? How far along is the project of a European energy transition and what priority does energy efficiency and renewable energy take in the outgoing Juncker commission? What hope can be placed on the still new French president and what is emerging in Germany?
Max Gruenig is the President of... More >
Lecture | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Abbas Amanat, Yale University
Abbas Amanat will talk about the challenges and rewards of writing a longue dureé covering early modern and modern history of Iran. His new book: Iran: A Modern History (Yale University Press, 2017) looks at five centuries of national and transnational history and explores overarching themes that connect the history of the Safavids Empire and emergence of the religion-state symbiosis with modes... More >
Lecture | February 12 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221 (Gifford Room)
Matthew Hull, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan
Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Cyborg Linguistics (Townsend Center Working Group), Form and Formalism (Townsend Center Working Group)
A talk by anthropologist Dr. Matthew Hull.
Lecture | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Elizabeth Feliciano, ScD, MSc
More than one-third of U.S. adults have obesity. Obesity epidemiology identifies the causes and consequences of obesity to inform intervention strategies. This presentation will: 1) define obesity as a metabolic phenotype; 2) present two examples of novel obesity risk factors: sleep and dietary patterns; and 3) discuss the importance of body composition to understanding obesitys role in chronic... More >
Lecture | February 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University
Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)
The 2018 History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring Priya Satia of Stanford University: Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution
Priya Satia was raised in Los Gatos, California, and educated at Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and here at UC Berkeley where she earned her Ph.D. in 2004. She is currently a Professor of... More >
Lecture | February 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room | Note change in location
Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the worlds leading authorities on armed conflict by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Boots latest bookThe Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the... More >
The Clock Tower at Jaffa Gate, Sheikh Suleiman Jacir, the Jerusalem Hebron Road, and other disappearances
Lecture | February 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Emily Jacir, Artist and Filmmaker
Renowned for work that is as poetic as it is political and biographical, Emily Jacir will discuss her powerful artistic practice and address some of the crucial questions which inform her approach. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historic material, performative gestures and in-depth research. Her projects... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall
A graduate student led discussion with author Chris Kraus about her recent literary biography, "After Kathy Acker" [moderated by Alex Brostoff (Comparative Literature) & Katie Bondy (English)]
Sponsored by the English Department Americanist Colloquium, the English Department, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Florence Bixby Chair, the 20/21st Century Colloquium, & the Consortium for... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Lukas Repa, European Commission
Start-up funding is still a prerogative of venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley. Yet, this may change. The boom of Bitcoin has attracted investor interest to cryptocurrencies in general. As a consequence, both in Europe and the USA, entrepreneurs are increasingly issuing cryptocurrencies to fund their start ups rather than seeking venture capital. The so-called "Initial Coin Offerings"... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison
This lecture and slide show examines the history, theology, and presentation of Russian icons, from their beginnings through the twentieth century and into post-Soviet times. It will demonstrate how these sacred objects have permeated even secular Russian culture, including modernist art, poetry, advertising, and popular memes.
Lecture | February 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Center for Latin American Studies, CLAS Conference Room
In this talk, Hoyos interrogates Marxs notion of commodity fetishism from the vantage point of new materialisms. Complicating the notion that counternarrative may reveal the social relations behind the fascination toward commodities, Hoyos considers literary and artistic case studies from Colombia and Mexico (Fernando Vallejo, Margo Glantz, and Daniela Rosell) to characterize a mode of... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall
Robert Baer, Author and Former CIA Officer
Global warming, overpopulation, and mass migration will put catastrophic stress on humanity. How we deal with it will be the question. Robert Baer believes that people governed by fear want to be governed by faith. The Talibans demolition of the Buddhas at Bamiyan and the Islamic State's destruction of Palmyra may have occurred halfway around the world, but Americans can apply lessons from these... More >
Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126
To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.
Lecture | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall
Join the Environmental Design Archives the second Tuesday of each month for Gallery Talks, a series of informal lectures given by scholars and practitioners.
Lecture | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Benjamin Porter, Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum, University of California Berkeley
The Phoebe Hearst Museum Director Benjamin Porter will discuss the Museums recent efforts to create a dynamic venue where people from around the world can connect in new and meaningful ways. The Museum is positioning itself to be a place where visitors encounter pressing questions and challenges that can be explored through the lenses of contemporary anthropology. Recent accomplishments will be... More >
Lecture | February 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Chip Lord, Professor Emeritus, Film & Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Chip Lord is a pioneering video artist and founding member of the Bay Area media collective Ant Farm.
Chip Lord grew up in 1950s America, a place that has been a continual source of inspiration in his work as an artist. Trained as an architect, he was a founding partner of Ant Farm, with whom he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the public sculpture,... More >
Lecture | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Henry Thomson, chool of Politics & Global Studies at Arizona State University
One of the most salient cleavages to be managed in developing nations is between cities and the countryside, and it plays itself out in markets for agricultural produce and food. Agricultural policy is a trade-off between rural and urban interests and results from different types of governments attempting to remain in power by addressing the competing claims of these constituencies. Policies go... More >
Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: James Turner: Eros Visible: Art, Sexuality and Antiquity in Renaissance Italy
Lecture | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
In his study of High Renaissance art, Professor of English James Turner demonstrates the surprisingly close connection between explicitly pornographic art and the canonical works of masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.
Lecture | February 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704
California is remarkably prosperous. Yet most of us are stuck. How can we inspire the change we need to ensure renewed economic progress? How can we finally end racial economic exclusion? Who will lead us forward?
Lecture | February 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Nuclear Science and Security Consortium
2150 Shattuck Ave, Suite 230 , Berkeley, CA 94704
Presented by Sébastien Philippe.
Future nuclear arms-control agreements could place numerical limits on the total number of warheads in the arsenals of the weapon states. Verifying these agreements would face at least two fundamentally new challenges. First, inspectors would have to confirm that the number of declared items does not exceed the agreed limit; and, second, inspectors would also... More >
Lecture | February 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room
Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of WestExec Advisors
Michèle Flournoy is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of WestExec Advisors and is the former CEO of CNAS. She serves on the CNAS Board of Directors.
She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and... More >
Lecture | February 14 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Artist Jay Heikes talks about art and alchemy and offers an overview of his wide-ranging practice, with an emphasis on the works featured in Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269.
Lecture | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
The destruction of art, especially religious art, is one of the components of the genocidal phenomenon. Claims for the restitution of surviving religious and artistic objects form part post-conflict processes of survival or reconciliation. The widespread destruction of religious art is a well known dimension of the Armenian Genocide, yet its has rarely attracted critical attention. A rare example... More >
Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Kenna Fisher, MLIS, Manuscripts Cataloger, The Bancroft Library
Ever wonder how Bancroft's wonderful collections are made ready for the public? Go behind the scenes with Bancroft manuscripts cataloger Kenna Fisher as she takes you on a journey through special collections processing. Fisher will discuss how she solved mysteries contained in two new acquisitions: a Gold Rush-era journal and a World War I collection.
Lecture | February 15 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 140 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Stephen J. Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Crimnial Justice, US State Dept
Stephen Rapp was Ambassador-at-Large (2009-2015) heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice in the US State Department, where he coordinated US Government support to international criminal tribunals, and to hybrid and national courts responsible for prosecuting persons charged with genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
Lecture | February 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4125A (level D)
This event will feature two presentations of ongoing quantitative research into the adoption of labels for novelistic subgenres phrases such as a novel of manners and a historical novel. Is the appearance of generic subtitles on title pages a reliable indicator of a novels content? Do such subtitles spread in a predictable fashion, and to what extent does their use traverse national and... More >
Barbarians at the Gate: Socialist University, Upward Mobility, and New Intelligentsia in Postwar Poland
Lecture | February 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
After the social revolution brought on by WWII and a new political order, Polish society started on a path of intense reconstruction. A freshly established university in the "Polish Manchester" - Łódź - serves as a case study to examine postwar visions of academia, reforms of higher education, and upward mobility. The socialist university project was designed for the people and was a... More >
Lecture | February 15 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Erez Joskovich, UC Berkeley
Classical Chan/Zen literature is famous for its disparagement of scriptural authority, ranging from the well-known slogan separate transmission outside the scriptures..., attributed to Bodhidharma, to stories of renowned Zen masters abusing Buddhist scriptures. Nevertheless, similar to other Buddhist schools, incantations of sutras and invocation of dhāranī have been a significant... More >
Lecture | February 15 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time and location
Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi di Siena
Lecture | February 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
How does Cannabis affect our brain, mind, and behavior? The subjective experiences, therapeutic uses, and potential for abuse associated with Cannabis are related to the plants complex botanical chemistry and the impact of this chemistry on body and psyche.
$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students
Lecture | February 16 | Location TBA
Join us for a talk with renowned scholar Sara Ahmed, whose work lives at the intersections of feminist, queer, postcolonial, and critical race theory. We will also be hosting a conversation with Professor Ahmed for graduate students only. Contact the CSSC for more details.
Lecture | February 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
This lecture by scholar Sara Ahmed explores the queerness of use as well as uses of queer.
Lecture | February 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
"Race Play: Racialized Gender and Sexuality in Settler Colonial North America brings together two scholars who work at the intersections of racialization and gender and sexual identitiesC Winter Han and Scott Morgensento consider how these issues become co-constituted in contemporary settler colonial North America.
The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.
This event is free... More >
Science at Cal Lecture: Cosmic Gold: Neutron Star Mergers, Gravitational Waves, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements
Lecture | February 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall
Eliot Quataert, Department of Astronomy
Scientists have recently developed a new way to see the universe, using the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein nearly a century ago. These waves can teach us about some of the most exotic objects known, including star corpses known as black holes and neutron stars. Remarkably, they have also helped solve a longstanding puzzle about where in the Universe some of the elements we know and... More >
Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
In Let Them Drown, the 2016 London Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein called attention, as Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor had done, to the nexus of climate change, (colonial) racism and poverty. But she shifted the spotlight onto the oft-overlooked low-lying island nations. And their current-day situation is dire.
In her talk, Professor Christina Gerhardt... More >
Lecture | February 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Reuven Amitai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
This lecture seeks to survey and critically engage some of the ideas of David Ayalon (1914-98), and then to see where they might further be developed and applied. Although Ayalon is primarily known as a Mamlukist, and in fact can be called the father of Mamluk studies, he also turned his attention to other weighty matters in the study of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Among these was the... More >
Lecture | February 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
TUES, FEB 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with renowned architect Kersten Geers of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen. Open to the public!
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Albert Manke, GHI West
What kind of relations could small states and secondary actors establish with each other during the Cold War? To which extent were they able to overcome ideological boundaries and/or superpower dominance? Based on archival research in Cuba and the Czech Republic and extensive exchange with colleagues specialized on Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, Albert Manke will provide an... More >
Evidences (both Archaeological and Textual) for Long-Distance Trade Networks and Weighted Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Near Eastern Bronze Age (1950-1750 BCE)
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Adam Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Digital Humanities
Archaeology in the Middle East or Near East has a long and illustrious history, with more than 150 years of scholarship. From the 1840s onward western archaeologists like Sir Austen Henry Layard made early discoveries of textual artifacts in the heart of Mesopotamia, and awoke a deep curiosity in deciphering the beginnings of human history. Unfortunately, these discoveries inadvertently... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
Professor of History Peter Sahlins explores the animal moment in and around 1668, in which French authors, anatomists, painters, sculptors, and especially the young Louis XIV turned their attention to nonhuman beings.
Lecture | February 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall
Laura Kang, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine
Part of the Feminist Studies and Decolonial Epistemologies Lecture Series
This talk recalls and retraces the inter-Asian network of feminist mobilizations against Japanese sex tourism and U.S. military prostitution in the early 1970s. The work of attending to the discrepant yet linked histories of imperialist sexual violence, military dictatorship, and neocolonial exploitation of Asian womens... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jacob Gaboury, Assistant Professor of Film & Media, University of California, Berkeley
Jacob Gaboury is a historian of digital media, studying the ways people have imagined, developed, and used digital images over the past seventy years. His forthcoming book is titled Image Objects (MIT Press, 2018), and offers a material history of early computer graphics and visual simulation. He is currently Assistant Professor of New Media History and Theory in the Department of Film & Media at... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704
A look at information and its discontents with University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeff MacKie-Mason.
The North Korean Quagmire and the Moon Jae-in Government: Nukes, Humanitarian Assistance, and Prospects for Inter-Korean Relations
Lecture | February 21 | 3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th Floor Social Science Matrix
Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Severance Hospital of Yonsei Medical School; John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Yonsei University Severance Hospital
With the ongoing crisis over North Korean nuclear weapons, questions of humanitarian assistance to North Korea have fallen by the wayside. Prof. Chung-in Moon will talk about the Moon Jae-in governments policy towards North Korea. Prof. John Linton will talk about about overall humanitarian conditions in... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Joseph A. Lewnard, PhD
The persisting burden of vaccine-preventable infections underscores challenges associated with the imperfect immune response elicited by many vaccines. I introduce statistical problems undermining causal inference of imperfect vaccine efficacy and effectiveness, motivating the use of models to account for the natural history of infectious agents. I next describe ongoing work applying such models... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall
How technology design can help us understand different social phenomena.
Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade: An Archaeological Perspective
Lecture | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Li Min, UCLA
Taking archaeological ceramics from production, transportation, and consumption sites during the 13th to 17th century, this paper examines the changing configuration of ceramic production and trade on Chinese coast during the critical transition from the Asiatic Trade Network to the beginning of early global trade. I will explore how potter communities in China linked to emerging maritime... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Join David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green, three contemporary artists who, in recent years, have interacted with The Magnes Collection and contributed to exhibitions that intersect new works with art and artifacts from the collection itself, in a conversation about art, creativity, archives, and memory, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo.
David Wilson, an artist based in Oakland, worked... More >
Lecture | February 21 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Senior Adjunct Curator Philippe Pirotte, who organized Agony in Effigy: Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of German and comparative literature Niklaus Largier, whose recent work explores the relation between bodily ascetic practices and the literary imagination. The discussion will expand and deepen the literary and cultural context for the... More >
The City Will Never Be the Same: Lost Radical Cultures in San Francisco's Montgomery Block: A talk with journalist Hiya Swanhuyser
Lecture | February 21 | 7-9 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room
Hiya Swanhuyser, https://hiyaswanhuyser.wordpress.com/
When it was built in 1853, the Monkey Blockwas probably the largest and most important office building in the Far West. But as the commercial center of the city moved south, the building became occupied by bohemian artists, writers, and cultural radicals. Bay Area journalist Hiya Swanhuyser will discuss her new book, The City Will Never Be the Same: Lost Radical Cultures in San Francisco's... More >
Lecture | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall
Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Coloquium
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Lecture | February 22 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
Cultural critic Greil Marcus and publisher Steve Wasserman discuss their nearly half-century of collaboration.
Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring David Cole
Lecture | February 22 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
David Cole will present the Jefferson lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2018, entitled "Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front." The lecture will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Geeta Anand, Journalist; Visiting Faculty, UC Berkeley School of Journalism
Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
A lecture by journalist and former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in India, Geeta Anand.
Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Lecture details forthcoming.
Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly... More >
From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism
Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Eric Greene, Yale University
In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of early Chan discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to Buddhist meditation (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way... More >
Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Lecture details forthcoming.
Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa.
Lecture | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall
Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns... More >
Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Dennis Ross, The Washington Institute
In the first year of his administration, President Trump has met with key Middle East
leaders, imposed additional sanctions on Iranian officials, set a new tone for the U.S.
role at the UN, and, most recently, made the unprecedented decision to move the
American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How do these tactical moves affect the
U.S. Israel relationship and what else may be in store... More >
Lecture | February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Cannabis has been in cultivation for millennia and used as a medicine, food, and for hemp fiber. This program will look at the historical uses of cannabis and how we might explore those uses in future research.
$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students