<< May 2019 >>

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ancient Hunter-Gatherer Explorers on Cyprus: Traversing Land and Sea during the Epipalaeolithic

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

 Lisa Maher, Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Although the Mediterranean islands produced some of the most sophisticated cultures of the ancient world, until recently there was little evidence that these islands were occupied prior to the Neolithic. Identifying and dating Epipalaeolithic occupations on Cyprus addresses issues of exploration and movement into new territories.

Humanitarianism and Filming the Testimony of Trauma

Lecture | May 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Visiting Scholar, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

“Auction of Souls: The Story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian Girl Who Survived the Great Massacres” is a film that claims to recount the “true narrative” of the life of Aurora Mardiganian, a young Armenian girl held in captivity by the Turks during the forced deportation of Armenians in Anatolia before the First World I.

BIDS Data Science Lecture: Reinventing Expertise in the Age of Platforms: The Case of Data Science

Lecture | May 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Shreeharsh Kelkar, Interpretive Social Scientist, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

"Data scientist,” so says the Harvard Business Review, is “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” What accounts for the prestige that this new professional mode of knowledge production now enjoys across institutions ranging from non-profits to research labs, corporations, hospitals, and schools? Based on a two-year ethnographic study ...   More >

Why are there so many big earthquakes in Alaska, and does that tell us something about California?: 2019 Lawson Lecture

Lecture | May 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Dr. Jeffrey T. Freymueller, Michigan State University

 Berkeley Seismology Lab

Many people think that California is the most earthquake-prone state in the US, but in fact 75% of all earthquakes in the United States with magnitudes larger than 5.0 happen in Alaska. I will talk about several of the recent large earthquakes in Alaska, and what our knowledge of active tectonic motions can (and can’t) tell us about them.

Translating performance and the energy of the line: With Tracie Morris and Vincent Broqua

Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Tracie Morris; Vincent Broqua, Professor, Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis

 Department of English

What does reading translation live mean? If the poet is a performer, is the translator a performer as well? How is the energy of poetry translated from the page to the stage? Vincent Broqua and Tracie Morris will talk and perform together, reflecting on modes of translation in performance, and how their collaboration emerged from their discussions on translating poetic lines. They will present...   More >

We the People: Restaurants and Living Wages in the #MeToo Era

Lecture | May 1 | 7-9 p.m. |  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Goldman School of Public Policy, JCC East Bay

With 13 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the US economy—and it is also the lowest paying. Join GSPP, the East Bay Jewish Community Center and Saru Jayaraman in a vibrant discussion about what these low wages mean for tipped workers, how this relates to #MeToo, and what can be done. Followed by a dessert reception.

Saru Jayaraman is...   More >

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Asylum and Integration Policies in Germany - from the 1990’s to 2015

Lecture | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Annette Lützel, University of Hildesheim, Germany

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

How has the framework for the acceptance and integration of refugees changed in Germany since the 1990’s? Annette Lützel, practitioner in residence at the GHI in Berkeley, will discuss the development on the basis of right of residence, integration policies, and access to labor markets.

CANCELED: Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri | Pakistan-India Relations: The Way Forward

Lecture | May 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled

 Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pakistani politician, Writer, & (former) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

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

Talk by Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri, former foreign minister for Pakistan and author of "Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An insider's account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy."

The Communist Party of Yugoslavia during World War II: from Underground Organization to Party in Power

Lecture | May 2 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Martin Previsic, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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

At the beginning of World War II, the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY) was a small and rather insignificant political party in the life of prewar Yugoslavia. During 1941-43, its initial political and war strategies received very little Soviet or Allied backing, but still, support for the partisan movement grew to the point where the Allies were forced to accept the new communist reality, which...   More >

The Politics of the Presocratics: 2019 Heller Lecture

Lecture | May 2 | 6 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Victoria Wohl, University of Toronto

 Department of Classics

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | May 2 | 7-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Ben Margalit, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

The May edition of UC Berkeley Astronomy Night features a lecture from Berkeley postdoc Ben Margalit on the discovery of unexpected astrophysical phenomena, from pulsars to gamma-ray bursts.

As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Environmental Engineering Seminar: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Tom Kirchstetter, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Spring 2019 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects

Lecture | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Berkeley Language Center

Building Bridges Across Cultures: Intercultural Service Learning
Amelia Barili, Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese
In our troubled global world and our diverse communities, our students need to develop positive attitudes, skills, values, knowledge and understanding towards people with different world views and to collaborate in common projects with them to develop a shared sense of humanity....   More >

Monday, May 6, 2019

Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana

Lecture | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 470

 Arts Research Center, Co-sponsored by UCHRI, the Critical Theory Program, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana

Monday, May 6, 2019
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
(seating first-come, first served until full)

 seating restrictions: 47 person capacity

Nadia Yala Kisukidi and Rocío Zambrana

Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana

Lecture | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Nadia Yala Kisukidi; Rocío Zambrana

 Human Resources

Nadia Yala Kisukidi | How to Philosophize in a Dominated Country
Rocío Zambrana | Pasarse políticamente: Hopeful Acts of Protest in Puerto Rico

Monday, May 6, 2019
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
(seating first-come, first served until full)

Note: On Tuesday, May 7, from 10-4pm, Professors Kisukidi and Zambrana will be holding a seminar as...   More >

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Between Maximum Pressure and Minimum Engagement: The EU’s Foreign Policy Towards North Korea

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

 Tereza Novotná, Free University Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Since the PyeongChang Olympic Games at the beginning of 2018, hopes have risen for a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Three inter-Korean summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have taken place as well as the Singapore Summit between him and US President Donald Trump. Yet these ups have been followed by various downs,...   More >

Tereza Novotná

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Prof. Birgit Pfau-Effinger on "The Gender Division of Labor: Cultural Influences on Cross-National Differences": Friedlander Lecture

Lecture | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

Dr. Pfau-Effinger will discuss the limitations of approaches that explain cross-national differences in women’s and men’s employment and childcare behavior with the “de-familializing” or “familializing” nature of welfare state policies. She will introduce her theoretical approach to the explanation of these differences that emphasizes the role of culture and the interrelations acting between...   More >

Friedlander Lecture on International Social Welfare: The Gender Division of Labor: Cultural Influences on Cross-National Differences

Lecture | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Dr. Birgit Pfau-Effinger, Professor of Cultural & Institutional Change, University of Hamburg

 Social Welfare, School of

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BIDS Data Science Lecture: Hate speech, algorithms, and digital connectivity

Lecture | May 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Claudia von Vacano, Executive Director, D-Lab, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Online Hate Index (OHI) is a research partnership between UC Berkeley’s D-Lab and Google Jigsaw that seeks to improve society's understanding of online hate speech (from sources such as YouTube, Reddit, Twitter and other social media sites), including its prevalence over time, ...   More >

Dissertation talk: Machine Learning---Why Do Simple Algorithms Work So Well?

Lecture | May 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Chi Jin

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

While state-of-the-art machine learning models are deep, large-scale, sequential and highly nonconvex, the backbone of modern learning algorithms are simple algorithms such as stochastic gradient descent, or Q-learning (in the case of reinforcement learning tasks). A basic question endures---why do simple algorithms work so well even in these challenging settings?

This talk focuses on two...   More >

The World of Soviet Cartoons: Boris Efimov and the Political Caricature

Lecture | May 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Stephen M. Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History; Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University

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

Officially described as a weapon of satire that could help to build socialism, the Soviet political caricature also tried to foster a particular worldview. This lecture will provide a short history of the Soviet political caricature, its aims, and how it formed a significant part of Soviet satire. It will highlight the most significant political caricaturist in Soviet history, Boris Efimov, who...   More >

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Career Clinic: Finding a New Career Direction: Steps to Finding Work You Love

Lecture | May 11 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 505

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Do you feel like you are in a rut in your career and long to do something that feels more fulfilling, even if you have no idea what that might be? Do you know you're in the wrong job but feel stuck by fear or self-doubt when you think about trying to make a change?

This workshop is tailored to help you find direction and outline steps to find (and achieve!) work you love.

In advance of the...   More >

$50 $50 plus Strengthfinder Assessment

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Dissertation Talk: Towards Scalable Community Networks

Lecture | May 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Shaddi Hasan, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Over 400 million people live without access to basic communication services, largely in rural areas. Community-based networks, and particularly community cellular networks, can sustainably support services even in these extremely rural areas where commercial network operators cannot.

In this talk, I will identify key challenges these community cellular networks face for reaching scale, and...   More >

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Creating a more livable world: Ecology, agriculture, and autonomy in Indonesia

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.

David Gilbert is a Ciriacy Wantrup Fellow in Political Economy at University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

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Requiem for a shared interdependent past: Brexit and the deterioration in UK-Irish relations

Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 John O'Brennan, Maynooth University, Ireland

 Institute of European Studies, Irish Studies Program

The vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in 2016 came after a campaign in which the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland hardly figured. Within months, however, the 'Irish border problem' was center stage. The deterioration in UK-Irish relations in the almost three years since the referendum has been accelerated and profound. It points to a troubling...   More >

John O'Brennan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Book Talk: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Lecture | May 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating.”

$12 / $10 UCBG Members / Free UC Staff, Faculty and Students Price includes admission to the Garden, a $12 value

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Dissertation Talk: Hybrid Aesthetics • Bridging Material Practices and Digital Fabrication

Lecture | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Cesar Torres, University of California Berkeley

 University of California Berkeley

Creative technologies like digital fabrication led to the rise of the Maker Movement, engendering grassroots innovation in education, manufacturing, and healthcare. This talk lays down a framework for composing new materials and technologies to foreground the existing knowledge and practices of material practitioners and alter the trajectory of the Maker Movement towards a New Making Renaissance.

Computationally designed reflectors, lenses, and diffusers are used to expose light as a material.

Dissertation Talk: Overcoming the Curse of Dimensionality and Mode Collapse

Lecture | May 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Ke Li, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will present our work on overcoming two long-standing problems in machine learning and algorithms: the curse of dimensionality in nearest neighbour search and mode collapse in generative adversarial nets (GANs).

Mammoth Trackers, Bison Hunters, Rock Artists, and Fur Traders: Highlights of Alberta Archaeology

Lecture | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Shawn Bubel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (Archaeology), University of Lethbridge

 Archaeological Research Facility

The archaeology of the Canadian province of Alberta provides important information about the various periods of human habitation in North America. The earliest evidence for cultural activity in Alberta dates to around 13,000 years ago. These people hunted megafauna in an environment that was very different from today’s. Join Shawn Bubel as she describes her work at sites throughout Alberta.

Direct Compositionality and variable free semantics: The case of 'MaxElide' (Pauline Jacobson)

Lecture | May 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1303 Dwinelle Hall

 Pauline Jacobson, Brown University

 Department of Linguistics

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bancroft Library Roundtable: "Loans for the Little Fellow": Credit, Crisis, and Recovery in the Great Depression

Lecture | May 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Sarah Quincy, PhD candidate in Economics at UC Davis

 Bancroft Library

Both lauded as “the great bank of the West” and reviled as a “huge financial octopus,” the Bank of America introduced several modern banking practices during the Great Depression, which played an integral role in California’s development. Sarah Quincy will discuss her research on the impacts of this unusual bank on the state’s economy during the 1920s and 1930s.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

The Cultural Importance and Pharmacology of Datura

Lecture | May 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Tom Carlson, Teaching Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ethnobotany, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Different species in the plant family, Solanaceae including the genera Datura, Brugmansia, Nicotiana, Atropa, Hyoscyamus, and Mandragora are used as inebriants and as medicinal plants.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Science Lecture - Climate change in US national parks

Lecture | May 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Patrick Gonzalez, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management


From wildfires burning in Yosemite National Park, California, to glaciers melting in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, published scientific research has detected changes in United States national parks and attributed them to human-caused climate change. Since 1895, climate change has exposed the national parks to twice the heating of the country as a whole and to more severe aridity. Without...   More >

Half Dome, Yosemite. Image P. Gonzalez

Monday, May 20, 2019

Wandering Jews or Jewish Migrations? How Jewish Scholars Conceptualized Migration

Lecture | May 20 | 6-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, German Historical Institue, Pacific Regional Office

Shifting centers and migration have long shaped Jewish history – and that of most other people around the world. Yet the period between 1880 and 1950 witnessed movements unprecedented in Jewish history. In his keynote lecture Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) will discuss how Jewish migration scholars helped to establish the field of migration studies. Most were themselves migrants and stateless...   More >

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Members' Walk: Ferns from around the World

Lecture | May 23 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come join Horticulturist, Corina Rieder, on a stroll through the Garden to see a sampling of our nationally recognized fern collection. This walk and talk will include the wonderful ferns growing in Asia, Mexico/Central America, Australasia and even the Tropical House.

Please note that this walk will include multiple stairs and narrow pathways.

  Make reservations online or by calling 510-643-1924

Gallery Talk: Delphine Sims on Unlimited

Lecture | May 23 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Delphine Sims, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern at BAMPFA and a PhD student in the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley, offers an exhibition walk-through focusing on emerging artists of the American West. Sims’s doctoral research is on the ways that race, gender, geography, and urbanity inform landscape photography.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

CANCELED: In Search of Nainsukh with B. N. Goswamy

Lecture | May 25 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Canceled

 The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, The Institute for South Asia Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative

“In the context of traditional Indian art it is often said that tracking an artist is akin to keeping an eye on a platter of votive leaves you have released on the waters of a swift current. Yet the effort is worth making,” said B. N. Goswamy, one of India’s leading art historians...   More >

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Berkeley Boosts Webinar - When Icahn Comes Knocking: Best Practices and Recent Developments in Shareholder Activism with Kenton King and Thomas Ivey, Skadden

Lecture | May 29 | 10-11 a.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Online Program

 Berkeley Law Executive Education

Berkeley Boosts is a monthly series of free webinars (with MCLE credit) and articles for legal practitioners and organizational leaders. Berkeley Boosts content is carefully curated by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Berkeley Law Executive Education to ensure engaging discussions on subjects that matter.Expose yourself to different viewpoints, gain insights into emerging...   More >

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Psychedelic Huichol Culture and Peyote Inspired Art

Lecture | May 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Susana Valadez, founder and director of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts, will present about her life’s work to ensure the survival of the endangered Wixárika (Huichol) people and ancient way of life. As a cultural insider by marriage to Huichol yarn artist Mariano Valadez, her contributions to the ethnographic record meticulously documents the life, spirituality,...   More >


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