<< March 2018 >>

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

View from the Top: Kishore Seendripu: An accidental entrepreneur: My journey from Berkeley to Wall Street

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Kishore Seendripu, Co-founder, president & CEO, Maxliner

 College of Engineering

Kishore will share his experiences as an entrepreneur and a cofounder of MaxLinear, a modern communications IC company, from inception to NYSE initial public offering. He will cover the gamut of challenges an entrepreneur’s journey entails, from building a team and spawning product ideas to dealing with venture capitalists, bankers and shareholders.

Kishore Seendripu

Healthy or Sick? Co-Evolution of Health Care and Public Health in a Comparative Perspective

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Philipp Trein, University of Lausanne

 Institute of European Studies

Health policymakers around the world face complex policy challenges such as chronic diseases, which require integrated policy responses. In this talk, Philipp Trein presents his book (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), in which he analyses how policies to prevent diseases are related to policies aiming to cure illnesses. The book argues that two factors lead to a close relationship of...   More >

Freedom in the Colombian Rainforests: Bay Area Latin America Forum

Lecture | March 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room

 Center for Latin American Studies

The transition from slavery to freedom in the largest region in Spanish America inhabited mostly by black people has been aided by the geography of Colombia’s western rainforests. Access to a diverse environment – the jungle, soils and subsoils, rivers and the ocean – contributed to free people’s subsistence and allowed them to make commodities from nature.

Fishermen cast their nets in Chocó, western Colombia. (Photo by Quimbaya.)

AHMA Colloquium - The Theatrical Guild and Rome

Lecture | March 20 | 4 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Kent Rigsby, Duke University

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented in the afternoon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall. It is hosted and organized by graduate students from the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group.

Chern Lectures: Singular stochastic PDEs. Lecture 1: Bridging scales

Lecture | March 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Martin Hairer, Imperial College London

 Department of Mathematics

Environmental Care and the Infrastructure of Indifference: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Michael Warner

Lecture | March 20 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Michael Warner, Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

 University of California, Berkeley

Michael Warner will present a three-day lecture series with commentary by Anahid Nersissian, Dale Jamieson, and Jedediah Purdy on March 20, 21, & 22, 2018. The first day's lecture is titled "On the Grid." The second day's lecture is titled "Infrastructure as Ethics." There will be a seminar and discussion on the third day. All days' events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Michael Warner

Mark Turin | Collaborations in Language: Revitalization and Resurgence in Himalayan South Asia

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Mark Turin, Chair of the First Nations Languages Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of International Studies

Join us for two Nepal-related talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Mark Turin and Prof. Sara Shneiderman.

Berkeley Folklore Roundtable: From Potosí to Tennessee: Clandestine Desires and the Sounds of Crossing…

Lecture | March 20 | 5-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room, 221

 Alex. E. Chavez, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

 Charles Briggs, Professor, UC Berkeley, Folklore Graduate Program

 Folklore Program

Berkeley Folklore Roundtable with Anthropologist and Folklorist Alex E. Chavez on how "sound" and "voices" negotiate the US-Mexico border through music and performance.

Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets: With Magnes curators Shir Gal Kochavi, Zoe Lewin, and Francesco Spagnolo

Lecture | March 20 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Join Magnes curators in discovering the elaborate texts and imagery, magic formulas, and kabbalistic sources in Hebrew amulets.

Worn on one’s person or placed in homes, Jewish amulets are used at moments of vulnerability and transition, like childbirth, marriage, or illness. They feature texts including biblical verses, Psalms, divine names, and invocations of powerful figures like angels, and...   More >

Sara Shneiderman | Restructuring Life: Agencies and Infrastructures in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster State of Transformation

Lecture | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sara Shneiderman, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of International Studies

Join us for two talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Sara Shneiderman and Prof. Mark Turin.

The Hidden Heart of Human Rights: with Molly Melching

Lecture | March 20 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Molly Melching, Tostan

 Master of Development Practice

Molly Melching has received international recognition for remarkable success in promoting human rights, resulting in more than 8,000 communities in eight African countries abandoning the practices of female genital cutting and child marriage. Join Molly as she discusses her journey and the need to complement top-down policies and laws with investment at the heart of social transformation.

Author Book Talk: Gordon Douglas

Lecture | March 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 210 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

In The Help-Yourself City, Gordon Douglas looks closely at people who take urban planning into their own hands, exploring the frustration, creativity, and technical expertise behind these interventions

Gordon Douglas - Author Book Talk: The Help-Yourself City: Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism

Lecture | March 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Gordon Douglas, San Jose State Unviersity

 Library

In The Help-Yourself City, Gordon Douglas looks closely at people who take urban planning into their own hands with homemade signs and benches, guerrilla bike lanes and more. Douglas explores the frustration, creativity, and technical expertise behind these interventions, but also the position of privilege from which they often come. The Help-Yourself City tells a street-level story of people's...   More >

The Help Yourself City

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beer vs Brueghel – The Belgian Paradox

Lecture | March 21 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Sven Gatz, Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels in the government of the Flemish Community in Belgium

 Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program

In his talk, Sven Gatz will speak about the important legacy of Flemish/Belgian culture. He will pay attention to Flanders' rich history as a center of art (symbolized by the painter Brueghel) as well as to Flanders' popular culture (symbolized by the famous beer culture).

Sven Gatz is a Flemish politician and the current Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels in the government of...   More >

Climate Policy in the European Union: A talk with Jurgen Salay, European Commission Policy Officer

Lecture | March 21 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 105 Goldman School of Public Policy

 Jurgen Salay, European Commission

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

A talk by Jürgen Salay, policy officer at the European Commission and 2017-2018 EU Fellow at the University of Washington.
The European Union is probably the region of the world where most practical policy experimentation has taken place in the field of environment and climate change. In the past twenty years the EU has developed a comprehensive set of domestic climate policies and has emerged...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Elizabeth Honig with Svetlana Alpers: Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In the first book-length study of Jan Brueghel, Pieter’s son, Professor of History of Art Elizabeth Honig reveals how the artist’s tiny detail-filled paintings questioned conceptions of distance, dimension, and style.

The Concept of Translation in American Religious Studies

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

This paper will address the problem of using modern categories, especially "religion" in the study of non-modern cultures, focusing especially on Jewish materials. A strong theoretical component will be included in the discussion, as well.

The Fish and the Volcano: Human-Environment Interaction in Lake Cocibolca, Nicaragua

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lucy Gill, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

My work explores human-environment interaction in the socially complex, ecologically variable landscape of pre-Hispanic Nicaragua. It employs a historical ecology conception of landscape to investigate networks of interaction centered around Lake Cocibolca, the largest source of freshwater in Central America, which continues to be an important locale for resource extraction and exchange....   More >

A Talk with Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Lynn Hershman Leeson, Artist and Filmmaker, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis

 Arts + Design

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a Bay Area feminist artist, video/filmmaker and pioneering digital media artist.

Over the last four decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. One of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the...   More >

Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Speaker: Prof-in-Residence Faculty Search

Lecture | March 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 590L University Hall

 Patience Afulani, PhD, Post Doctoral Fellow, UCSF School of Medicine

 Division of Community Health Sciences

“They did not tell me anything”: Measuring, Understanding, and Improving Person-Centered Maternity Care

The Rise of the Neural Subject

Lecture | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew Smith, Stanford University

 Department of German, Townsend Center for the Humanities

How did we come to think of the self not as soul but as nervous system? This talk charts the rise of a neural conception of the self in Western culture and argues that the recent turn to neuroscience is a return as well: a return to a way of thinking about the human being that arose in the late 17th century and developed to maturity in the Victorian age. After sketching a brief history of the...   More >

Intersectionality and Poverty: An Analysis of Women with Disabilities in the Philippines Through the Lens of Developmental Studies and Disability Studies

Lecture | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room (221)

 Prof Soya Mori, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization

 Department of Anthropology

Please join us for a talk by Soya Mori (Professor and Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley Dept of Anthropology) on Wednesday, March 21st at 4pm, in the Gifford Room (221), Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley.

This talk (part of the HIFIS Disability Studies Occasional Lecture Series) is free and open to the public....   More >

Design for Collective Action

Lecture | March 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Niloufar Salehi

 Information, School of

Niloufar Salehi introduces social computing systems to support collective action.

Chern Lectures: Singular stochastic PDEs. Lecture 2: An analyst’s incursion into perturbative quantum field theory

Lecture | March 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 10 Evans Hall

 Martin Hairer, Imperial College London

 Department of Mathematics

Environmental Care and the Infrastructure of Indifference: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Michael Warner

Lecture | March 21 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Michael Warner, Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

 University of California, Berkeley

Michael Warner will present a three-day lecture series with commentary by Anahid Nersissian, Dale Jamieson, and Jedediah Purdy on March 20, 21, & 22, 2018. The first day's lecture is titled "On the Grid." The second day's lecture is titled "Infrastructure as Ethics." There will be a seminar and discussion on the third day. All days' events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

The Metaphysics of Free Speech

Lecture | March 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University

 Law, Boalt School of

March 21, 2018
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, Berkeley

Harvey Mansfield: The Metaphysics of Free Speech
The purpose of free speech is making things intelligible to fellow human beings, as opposed to self-expression. Thus, the fundamental subject of free speech is justice, and our relationship with our fellows.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Speaker: Prof-in-Residence Faculty Search

Lecture | March 22 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Olivia Lindly, PhD, MPH, Post Doctoral Researcher, Harvard Medical School

 Division of Community Health Sciences

Advancing Family Experiences of Health Care Quality & Service Use for Children

This Is Not My Mother’s Adobo!!!: The Cultural Politics of Philippine Cuisine in a Foodie World

Lecture | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Martin Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group

This talk examines recent declarations about Philippine Cuisine as the new exciting food trend in the culinary world. By interrogating notions of authenticity, appropriation, and commodification, the talk will attempt to "stir the pot" with issues of transnational culinary expertise and Filipino hiya (shame).

Martin Manalansan IV

Hungary’s Orbán Regime: Splitting the EU and Leading a New East European Bloc?

Lecture | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Paul Lendvai, Journalist

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

Through a masterly and cynical manipulation of ethnic nationalism, and deep-rooted corruption, Prime Minister Orbán has exploited successive electoral victories to build a closely knit and super-rich oligarchy. More than any other EU leader, he wields undisputed power over his people.

Orbán’s ambitions are far-reaching. Hailed by governments and far-right politicians as the champion of a new...   More >

Environmental Care and the Infrastructure of Indifference: Tanner Lectures on Human Values by Michael Warner

Lecture | March 22 | 4:10-6:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Michael Warner, Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

 University of California, Berkeley

Michael Warner will present a three-day lecture series with commentary by Anahid Nersissian, Dale Jamieson, and Jedediah Purdy on March 20, 21, & 22, 2018. The first day's lecture is titled "On the Grid." The second day's lecture is titled "Infrastructure as Ethics." There will be a seminar and discussion on the third day. All days' events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Michael Warner

Chern Lectures: Singular stochastic PDEs. Lecture 3: Regularity structures

Lecture | March 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Martin Hairer, Imperial College London

 Department of Mathematics

Gregory Maxwell Bruce | Travels through Four Languages: Shibli's Great Journey

Lecture | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Dr. Gregory Maxwell Bruce, Lecturer in Urdu, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

A talk by UC Berkeley's Urdu language lecturer, Dr. Gregory Maxwell Bruce. Dr. Bruce is a scholar of Islam in South Asia and Urdu Literature.

Trust as Violence: The Politics of Film and the Militarization of Male Sexuality in National Socialism

Lecture | March 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Anja Laukötter, Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

This talk discusses the political significance of film and emotions in National Socialism. It explains how Nazi ideology and culture politics led to the conception and production of films as a forum for regulating emotions. It then explores the regime's ambivalent sexual politics, and in particular its attempts to fight the spread of venereal disease, which took on new relevance for the military...   More >

DCRP/GMS Lecture: Nikhil Anand “Leaks and the Hydraulic City”

Lecture | March 22 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

The talk overviews Nikhil Anand’s recently published book, Leaks and the Hydraulic City, which demonstrates how water infrastructure is a critical site for the making of cities and citizenship.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Towards Vision Zero: Intelligent Intersection Infrastructure to enhance safe operations of (self-driving) cars

Lecture | March 23 | 4 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Pravin Varaiya, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Vision Zero plans concentrate on intersections that present a demanding environment. Challenges arise from complex vehicle trajectories; absence of lane markings to guide vehicles; split phases that prevent determining who has the right of way; conflicting vehicle approaches with no line of sight; illegal movements; simultaneous interactions among pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles....   More >

Chern Lectures: Singular stochastic PDEs. Lecture 4: Renormalization, a BPHZ theorem for stochastic PDEs

Lecture | March 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Martin Hairer, Imperial College London

 Department of Mathematics