<< November 2019 >>

Friday, November 1, 2019

Pakistan's Education Conundrum | Zia Akther Abbas

Lecture | November 1 | 4-6 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, ASUC Senate Chambers, Floor 5

 Zia Akhter Abbas, Executive Vice President, The Citizens Foundation

 Shashi Buluswar, CEO, Institute for Transformative Technologies

 The Citizens Foundation at Berkeley, Cal Pakistani Students Association, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Citizens Foundation's Executive Vice President will be speaking about the current education conundrum in Pakistan and TCF's Education Movement to enable access to quality education for the less privileged children and empowering them to achieve their dreams.

The Discovery of Pulsars: A Graduate Student's Tale: 2019 Emilio Segrè Lecture

Lecture | November 1 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Visiting Professor, Chancellor, University of Oxford, England, and University of Dundee, Scotland

 Department of Physics

In this presentation Jocelyn Bell Burnell will describe how pulsars were inadvertently discovered, describe some instances where they were 'nearly' discovered, and outline the properties of these amazing objects.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Kabir in Song: Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya and the Kabir Ensemble singing religious poetry from North India

Lecture | November 4 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Prahlad Singh Tipanya

 Nora Melnikova, Lecturer – Hindi, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Linda Hess, Kabir scholar and former professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

Please join us for an afternoon of North India devotional music by Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his folk ensemble as they sing the poetry of the famous nirgun-bhakti poet Kabir, the great iconoclastic mystic of 15th-century North India, in the vigorous and joyful folk style of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region.

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | November 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Andreas Floer Memorial Lecture: From pseudo-rotations to holomorphic curves

Lecture | November 4 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Viktor Ginzburg, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

On the conceptual level, the roots of a big part of modern symplectic topology can be easily traced back to the original work of Floer, and this talk is no exception. The main theme of the talk is the dynamics of Hamiltonian pseudo-rotations, i.e., Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms with minimal number of periodic points. This is an interesting and important class of maps and there is a strong relation,...   More >

On Lyric Erring: The Weak Position in Arkadii Dragomoshchenko

Lecture | November 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ivan Sokolov, Graduate Student, Slavic, UC Berkeley

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

The fourth lecture in the Fall 2019 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics

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

 Guy Hoffman

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University

As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this talk, Cornell University robotics researcher Guy Hoffman links his fifteen years of experience designing social robots with...   More >

Unraveling the Dark Matter Mystery: In Theory and Experiment

Lecture | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 3 LeConte Hall

 Matt Pyle, Professor, Department of Physics; Sinéad Griffin, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

 Science@Cal

Join us for a conversation between a Theorist and an Experimentalist, both pursuing the search for Dark Matter.

What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the...   More >

Gravitational lensing studies of the Bullet Cluster are claimed to provide the best evidence to date for the existence of dark matter.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

WASH Benefits: Randomized, controlled trials to evaluate the individual and combined impacts of water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutritional interventions on diarrhea and stunting in children in low-income, rural settings.

Lecture | November 5 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Lauren Goldstein

 Public Health, School of

Jack Colford, MD PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, will present on UC Berkeley being the coordinating center for two recent large (total N=13,797) randomized, controlled, factorial 7-arm trials in Bangladesh and Kenya supported by the Gates Foundation (the WASH BENEFITS studies) (1,2).  The trials were designed to investigate the effects of basic water, hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition...   More >

Mapping the East Bay's Long Lost History

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), room 208

 Liam O'Donoghue, journalist, historian and podcast host, East Bay Yesterday

 UC Berkeley Extension

Every day we watch the landscape of the Bay Area - from historic buildings to natural environs - change before our eyes. Journalist and historian, Liam O'Donoghue, tracks these changes on a historical map called, "Long Lost Oakland," featuring some of the most impressive features of the local landscape that no longer exist: Piedmont Baths, a swimming complex with hot tubs, pools and a café; Idora...   More >

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TSH Talk Tuesday at 5 pm: Margaret Fuller, Transcendental Gossip, and the Strange Case of Electrical Psychology

Lecture | November 5 | 5 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Kim Adams, Lecturer, College Core Curriculum at New York University

 Department of English

We cordially invite you to join the Theories of Science and the Humanities Working Group for a talk tomorrow (Tuesday, November 5) by Kim Adams of NYU English. The talk will take place at 5:00 pm in 330 Wheeler (the English Department lounge). Please note that this is a room change from the previous announcement!

Kim will be discussing her recent research on mesmerism and 19th-century feminism...   More >

Cultural Legacy of the Pre-Ashkenazic Jews in Eastern Europe: 2019 Taubman Lectures: Moshe Taube

Lecture | November 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Easton Hall

 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Moshe Taube, Hebrew University

 Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Department of History, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies at UC Davis, Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University, Hamaqom

Lecture 1: Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 pm
Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe: The Beginnings

Lecture 2: Thursday, October 31st, 7:00 pm
Translations from Hebrew in Russia in the 13th-15th Centuries CE: By Converts?

Lecture 3: Tuesday, November 5th, 5:30 pm
Translations from Hebrew in Russia in the Second Half of the 15th Century and the Heresy of the Judaizers

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Archaeometallurgy and Historical Ecology on the 5th Century Osaka Plain

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Lyons, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Excavated sporadically for over thirty years, Ōgata in Kashiwara City and Mori in Katano City are the largest-scale Kofun Period ironworking sites in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Large numbers of forging slags have been unearthed from both sites, which alongside partially preserved hearth features, provide the bulk of evidence for ironworking. Following methods developed by French...   More >

i4Y CMYE Speaker Series: "Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia"

Lecture | November 6 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Lara Rostomian, UC Berkeley

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Please join us for the next speaker in the i4Y Child Marriage & Youth Empowerment Speaker Series:

Title: "Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia"

Abstract: Most of the available data on family planning in Armenia is limited, out of date, and indicates high abortion rates coupled with low modern contraceptive prevalence. Making this discovery ignited Lara's...   More >

Katharine Hayhoe: Science in a Fact-Free World

Lecture | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, named Champion of the Earth by UNEP and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most...   More >

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Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – November 20, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Life and Death from Yemen to Euphrates: Syrian Governor Cemal Pasha

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

 Umit Kurt, Polonsky Fellow, Van Leer Institute

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

Known for his rigid policies towards Arab nationalists and Zionists during his posting in Greater Syria, Cemal Pasha and his role in the Armenian genocide has always remained an issue of contention. There are important accounts of Cemal’s activity, particularly during WWI, which have found him to have had no active role in the deportation and extermination of Armenians – here differing from the...   More >

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Allison Arieff: Architecture, Urban Planning, and Well-Being

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Allison Arieff

 Arts + Design

Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR

This week, A + D Thursdays welcomes Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. A contributing columnist to the New York Times since 2006, Arieff writes about architecture, design, and cities for numerous publications including California Sunday, the MIT Technology Review, Dialogue,...   More >

Activism: Then and Now!: Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies

Lecture | November 7 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 170

 Dr. James Garrett

 Law, Boalt School of

Join the Berkeley Law Staff Circle on Anti-Racism in a conversation with Dr. James Garrett, a co-founder of the Black Student Movement Movement and an early activist for the establishment of Ethnic Studies Departments at SF State University and across the country.

Coming to Terms: Sloganization in Language Education Discourse

Lecture | November 7 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Barabara Schmenk, Professor of German/Applied Linguistics, University of Waterloo

 Berkeley Language Center

This presentation looks at one neoliberal trend in academic discourse: the sloganization of concepts and terms, i.e., the use of slogans rather than clearly defined terms in language education discourse. While sloganization is not entirely new, its use has increased noticeably in the course of/in the wake of the marketization of education and the academe. Slogans and catchy tag lines have gained...   More >

American Higher Education in 2040

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Arthur Levine, Arthur Levine, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

This talk will focus on the future of American Education. The United States is undergoing a transition from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge economy. All of our social institutions, including higher education, were created for the former and change will be required to fit the latter. There is currently a heated debate on how much change will be necessary with...   More >

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Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture: The Times of Power

Lecture | November 7 | 4 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge

 Institute of European Studies

Political power is wielded in ways that are culturally and historically contingent, meaning that how these distortions occur and what effects they generate will vary according to the constitution of the regime in question. This talk explores historical fluctuations in the temporality of power in Prussia and reflects on their implications for our understanding of politics in the present.

Christopher Clark

Francis Cody | Defamation Machine: Law, Free Speech, and the Political Body

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

 Francis Cody, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto

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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Linguistic Anthropology Working Group at UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology

A talk by Professor Francis Cody, scholar of the language and politics of southern India and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto.

"As on the First Day": The Struggle of Firsts in Heidegger's "First Elaboration" of his "Origin of the Work of Art"

Lecture | November 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Peter Fenves, Professor of German, Comparative Literary Studies, Jewish Studies, and Asian Languages and Cultures, Northwestern University

 The Program in Critical Theory

The primary thesis of this paper is that Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of the thoughts that would emerge as his essay on “The Origin of the Work of Art” provides a tantalizing brief index of an insight into the work of art from which the later elaborations of the “Artwork” essay would progressively retreat. The secondary thesis of this paper is that, even if its primary thesis appears as...   More >

Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign

Lecture | November 7 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Professor of German, NYU

 Berkeley English 18th Century and Romanticism Colloquium

Digital machines are sign-making machines. This basic fact was known - and crucial - to the first generation of computer architects, who often tied their work to a philosophical trajectory from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to Charles Sanders Peirce. This talk traces the semiotic origins of digital technologies and its consequences for what Max Bense, the most important semiotician of the digital,...   More >

Author Reading: Alberto Ledesma: The Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Alberto Ledesma, Graduate Diversity Director, Arts and Humanities Department

 Ethnic Studies Library

Refreshments served
Co-sponsors: Ethnic Studies Library, Alianza, and Berkeley HEROES

Alberto Ledesma attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies there in 1996. He has held lecturer and administrative positions on campus, including including Director of Admissions at the School of Optometry, and Writing Program Coordinator at the Student Learning Center....   More >

C18/Romanticism Colloquium Talk: Leif Weatherby

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Of German, NYU Arts & Sciences

 Department of English

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming talk hosted by the Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium. Leif Weatherby will be presenting a paper titled, "Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign" on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 pm in Wheeler 300.

Leif is an Associate Professor of German at NYU and the author of Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German...   More >

Catastrophic Fires, Colonialism, and Indigenous Landscape Practices: The Relevancy of Archaeology in Rethinking the Stewardship of Public Lands in California

Lecture | November 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Hillside Club

 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Kent G. Lightfoot, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this lecture, Kent Lightfoot outlines the historical roots of the fire crisis in California and discusses the role that archaeology can play in rethinking our current stewardship of public lands.

$10 per person, paid at the door

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

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

 Burkhard Militzer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

Join us on November 7th for the LAST Astro Night of 2019! Berkeley Professor Burkhard Militzer will talk about the planets of our solar system, including how Saturn became the "Lord of the Rings".

Come to Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

AIA Lecture - The Actions and Meanings of Visible and Hidden Spaces at Formative Chiripa, in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Boliva

Lecture | November 7 | 8 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Christine Hastorf, Department of Anthropology

 San Francisco Society, Archaeological Institute of America

Friday, November 8, 2019

On “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” with Curator Mark Godfrey, Tate Modern: in conversation with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Lecture | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, UK

 Arts Research Center, Department of Art Practice

On “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”
Curator Mark Godfrey, Tate Modern, in conversation with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Friday, November 8, 2019
4:00-6:00pm (reception to follow)
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Downtown Berkeley

Co-sponsored by The Arts Research Center and the Department of Art Practice, this lecture is free and open to the public.

 Free and open to the public. Seating first come, first served; doors open at 3:30pm.

"Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," courtesy of the de Young Museum

Kannan M. | The Structure of Indian Studies: A View from Below

Lecture | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (SSEAS Library)

 Kannan Muthukrishnan, Researcher, French Institute of Pondicherry

 Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, The Institute for South Asia Studies, South Asia Studies Theories and Methods Townsend Working Group

A talk by Mr. Kannan Muthukrishnan, a scholar of modern Tamil literature at the French Institute of Pondicherry

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Shahidul Alam | The Challenge of being a Journalist in Bangladesh Today: The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2019

Lecture | November 9 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Shahidul Alam, Photographer, writer, human rights activist, and Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley, Department of History of Art, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Master of Development Practice, Department of Art Practice, Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center

A lecture by Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, photographer, writer, and human rights activist Shahidul Alam.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dissertation Talk: e-mission: an open source, extensible platform for human mobility systems

Lecture | November 12 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 380 Soda Hall

 K. Shankari, EECS Department, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Decarbonizing transportation is challenging because it depends on individual behaviors, and local land use planning. Its solutions can come from Computational Mobility (CM). CM focuses on collecting, analysing and influencing human travel behavior. e-mission is an extensible platform whose modular architecture, use of virtual sensors, and reproducible pipeline form a robust foundation for CM.

Chronic Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Cancer Risk: Are we all Susceptible?

Lecture | November 12 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Public Health, School of

Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is classified as a Group 1 human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, yet a relatively weak association is usually observed in population-based epidemiological studies. In his talk, Dr. Gerber will discuss two possible explanations for the latter phenomenon: (a) certainty of exposure and misclassification; and (b) differential...   More >

Amman: City in the Middle, An Overview | Marwan Hanania

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

 Marwan Hanania, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A vast urban space inhabited by over 4 million people, Amman occupies a strategic position in the Levant. Despite meager resources and the arrival of continuous waves of Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian migrants, the city has remained relatively peaceful over the course of its modern history. This presentation will highlight some of the characteristics that have defined the Jordanian capital's urban...   More >

Proving Student Competence in Higher Education

Lecture | November 12 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 630, Bechtel Board Room

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Student experience and student competence are often viewed as separate things, though in any realistic sense they are closely interlinked. Students, teachers and universities engage for all kinds of intrinsic reasons, but importantly to learn and achieve. Experience and engagement are part of the same educational journey. Identifying and leading patterns in such journeys and linking them to...   More >

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Before the Flood: The Itaipu Dam and the Visibility of Rural Brazil A Conversation with the Author

Lecture | November 12 | 4-5 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Jacob Blanc, Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Edinburgh., University of Edinburgh

 Center for Latin American Studies

In the 1970s and 1980s, Brazilian communities facing displacement by the Itaipu Dam — which is now largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world — stood up against the military officials overseeing the dam's construction. In the context of an emerging national fight for democracy, they elevated their struggle for land into a referendum on the dictatorship itself. Jacob Blanc will discuss...   More >

Itaipu Dam in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Duke University Press.)

Bernard Moses Memorial Lectures featuring Waldo E. Martin, Jr.: DEEP SOUL: Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles and the Making of the Modern World

Lecture | November 12 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Alexander F. & May T. Morrison Professor of American History & Citizenship, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate Division

Waldo E. Martin, Jr. will present the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 titled "DEEP SOUL: Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles and the Making of the Modern World." This public lecture is part of UC Berkeley’s commemorative events spotlighting African American history after the passage of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act.

Waldo E. Martin, Jr.

"Lampedusa: Migrant Tragedy" a Lecture with John Kerrigan

Lecture | November 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall | Note change in date

 Department of English

Lecture by John Kerrigan, Professor of English at Cambridge University

Aishwary Kumar | Can the People Rule? Gandhi, Dignity, and Resentment: Celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Lecture | November 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Aishwary Kumar, Visiting Professor of Political Theory and Intellectual History, Department of History of Consciousness at UC-Santa Cruz

 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, Center for British Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Race and Gender

A talk by political theorist and intellectual historian of South Asia, empire, and the Global South, Professor Aishwary Kumar.

Health vs Havoc: A discussion of nutrition, sanity and unapologetic deliciousness

Lecture | November 12 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

Berkeley Public Health celebrates 35 years of The Wellness Letter, a publication launched by our faculty and staff in 1984 with the goal of providing evidence-based health and wellness tips to the public.

The celebration will begin with an overview of The Wellness Letter’s history and the recent evolution of our Health and Wellness Publications.
Afterwards, nutrition scientist and Stanford...   More >

A Debate on Breaking Up Big Tech at the Berkeley Forum: Resolved: The U.S. Federal Government should invoke antitrust legislation to break up big technology corporations such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook

Lecture | November 12 | 6-7 p.m. | N100 Chou Hall

  , Berkeley, CA 94720

 Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeriitus, University of Southern California; Jessica Powell, Former VP of Communications, Google; Hemant Bhargava, Professor of Technology Management, University of California, Davis

 The Berkeley Forum

Over the last two decades, the valuation and market share of America's largest technology companies has increased massively. Now, some of these companies are under investigation for abusing their customers' privacy, abusing freedom of expression, enabling foreign powers to influence the American political process, and engaging in anti-competitive activities. Many now argue that the U.S....   More >

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Land to the Tiller?: Gender and the Distribution of Land in Latin America

Lecture | November 12 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Carmen Diana Deere

 Master of Development Practice

Why has the gender distribution of land ownership in Latin America continued to be so unequal despite the strengthening of women’s land rights over the past forty years and a tendency towards the feminization of peasant agricultural production? And why have recent progressive governments been unable to engage in substantial land redistribution? Dr. Deere will review three moments of land reform...   More >

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Artist's Talk: Sylvia Fein

Lecture | November 13 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist Sylvia Fein offers her thoughts and insights into selected works on view in her MATRIX exhibition.

Archaeology and Heritage of Slavery at the Jesuit Vineyards of Nasca

Lecture | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Brendan Weaver, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Archaeology Center

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation considers recent advances in the archaeological and community engaged work of the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN) and the role of the archaeology of slavery and hacienda as critical community heritage in south coastal Peru.

Hanif Qureshi | The Police and Rape Myths in India

Lecture | November 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Hanif Qureshi, Inspector General of Police in Haryana

 Pradeep Chhibber, Professor of Political Science and Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Rhetoric, Masters of Development Practice

A talk by Dr. Hanif Qureshi, the Inspector General of Police in Haryana. He is also a criminologist who has written extensively on the Indian police. His ongoing research work revolves around "rape myths," with a particular focus on the reasons Indian police officers turn away complainants of sexual violence.

Creating Balance: The Mission of Economic Policy

Lecture | November 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Laszlo Gyorgy, Minister of State for Economic Strategy and Regulation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology in Hungary

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

Hungary’s economic policy is currently in the process of restoring balance to a critical imbalance generated in the four decades between 1970 and 2010. Hungary can be considered a laboratory, where a conundrum is being resolved, step by step. Not all measures are equally successful or easy to implement, but the negative trends have reversed. Hungary, a country of 10 million people, broke away...   More >

504 and Beyond: Disability Politics and the Black Panther Party

Lecture | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 630 Bechtel Room

 Sami Schalk, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

How did the Black Panther Party engage with disability politics in their activism and revolutionary agenda? Sami Schalk will explore their involvement in the 1977 504 sit-in and use their work to make larger arguments about how black activists articulate and enact disability politics differently than the mainstream, white disability rights movement.

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – November 20, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

On the Edge of Chaos: Khirbet er-Ra'i in the 11th Century BC

Lecture | November 13 | 5-6 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 102 (Phoebe Hearst Museum Gallery)

 Kyle Kreimer, PhD, Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

 Near Eastern Studies

At Khirbet er-Rai, a small site in southern Canaan (Israel), the presence of monumental building remains point to the site’s important local and interregional role in the 11th century BC, a century of social, economic, and political transformation to a key region site in the southern Levant following the 12th century destruction of nearby Lachish. This talk will present the finds from Khirbet...   More >

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Julien Beller in Conversation: Atypical Architectures and Urban Belonging

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Julien Beller

 Arts + Design

Julien Beller, architect

Architect Julien Beller illuminates his atypical approach to urban design: calling into question how a city is built, he works towards building a just city, constructed with pleasure, where everyone has a place. His projects focus on autonomous zones (cultural spaces, work spaces, classrooms) and on housing and habitat for the city’s most precarious inhabitants...   More >

Writing the Self in Mediterranean History

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Konstantina Zanou, Assistant Professor of Italian, Columbia University

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

In this talk, Konstantina Zanou places herself together with the figures of some obscure—and less obscure—intellectuals who lived along the coasts of the Adriatic Sea and Eastern Europe in the first half of the nineteenth century, in order to understand how she came about to write her recent book Transnational Patriotism in the Mediterranean, 1800-1850: Stammering the Nation (Oxford...   More >

Aging Services Faculty Search Candidate Talk

Lecture | November 14 – December 5, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

CRG Distinguished Guest Lecture: Ojichaagwag Waaseyaaziwag (Radiant Souls): Four Women Masters of Social Self-Expression

Lecture | November 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (Suite 220)

 Margaret Noodin, Director, Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education; Professor of English and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

 Center for Race and Gender, Multicultural Community Center

Margaret Noodin is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also serves as Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. Her poems are anthologized in New Poets of Native Nations, Sing: Poetry...   More >

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Rahuldeep Singh Gill | Ante-Colonial Anti-Imperial Sikh Tradition: Reflections on the 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak's Birth

Lecture | November 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall

 Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Associate Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University

 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

A talk by Associate Professor of Religion and the campus interfaith strategist at California Lutheran University, Professor Rahuldeep Singh Gill.

DCRP Lecture Series: 12th Annual Martin Wachs Lecture by Elizabeth Deakin

Lecture | November 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THURSDAY, NOV 14, 5:30pm. 12th Annual Martin Wachs Lecture by Elizabeth Deakin: Integrating Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Planning for Social Justice and Carbon Reduction

Wachs Lecture: Integrating Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Planning for Social Justice and Carbon Reduction: Finding a Way that Works

Lecture | November 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 Elizabeth Deakin, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Join Professor Emerita Elizabeth Deakin, UC Berkeley for the 12th Annual Martin Wachs lecture Integrating Transportation, Land Use, and Environmental Planning for Social Justice and Carbon Reduction: Finding a Way that Works Thursday, November 14, 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Wurster Hall Auditorium, Room 112.

About the Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation
Now in its twelfth year, the...   More >

Elizabeth Deakin

Illuminating the Dark: First Stars in the Universe: CLEAR PubScience

Lecture | November 14 | 6-8 p.m. |  Little HIll Lounge

 10753 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530

 Deepthi Gorthi, UC Berkeley, Radio Astronomy Lab

 CLEAR

The universe originated from a hot dense singularity called the Big Bang. Over time, it cooled down and expanded to become the universe we see today. Somewhere during this evolution, stars and galaxies first started forming. What caused their formation? How are astronomers looking for these stars?

 No one under 21 years old.

PubScience event November 14 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Crisis in News Media: Why it matters and what should be done

Lecture | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Logan Multimedia Center

 John Ridding, Financial Times

 Goldman School of Public Policy, Berkeley Journalism, Haas School of Business

Please join us for a special Bay Area visit by John Ridding, CEO of the Financial Times.

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, one of the world’s leading news organisations recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy and for its global perspective.

Under his stewardship, the FT has expanded its global operations and transformed...   More >

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Italy and the Future of Europe

Lecture | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Canceled

 Fabrizio Bucci, Principal Director for European Integration, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Institute of European Studies, Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco

A founding member state of the European Union, Italy continues to play a key role in international and transatlantic relations at this critical juncture in the history of Europe. How should Italy and the E.U. respond to the interrelated challenges of populism, migration, climate change, and economic pressures? What impact will Brexit have on the Italian and European political and economic...   More >

Hilton Als - I Don't Remember

Lecture | November 15 | 3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English

Hilton Als, (Associate Professor of Writing, Columbia University; Theatre Critic and Staff Writer for The New Yorker; Feature Writer and Reviewer, New York Review of Books; winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism) will be presenting work from his book in progress, I Don't Remember, on AIDS, friendship, and New York in the late 1980s.

Friday November 15th
3:00 pm
Maude Fife Room,...   More >

Sanjay Srivastava | Work, youth culture and the meanings of ‘caste politics’ in Kerala

Lecture | November 15 | 3-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sanjay Srivastava, Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies and the co-director of the Medical Anthropology Program

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A lecture by Prof. Sanjay Srivastava.

2019 Annual Tang Lecture: Over Mountains and Steppes: Tracing ancient tracks of Asia’s Silk Roads

Lecture | November 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Michael Frachetti, Washington University in St. Louis

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

For over a century, the Silk Road was depicted by camel caravans crossing barren deserts, transporting exotic commodities to oasis cities across Central Asia and beyond. The harsh grasslands of the Eurasian steppe and the soaring peaks of Inner Asia were seen as barriers to this flow of Asian commerce — risky regions to be crossed quickly or avoided altogether. Yet new archaeological research in...   More >

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ravish Kumar | Gandhi, Godse, and Memory in Modern India: The 3rd Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India"

Lecture | November 16 | 4-6 p.m. |  Haas School: Andersen Auditorium | Note change in location

 Ravish Kumar, Writer, Journalist and Media Personality

 Pradeep Chhibber, Professor of Political Science and Indo-American Community Chair in India Studies, UC Berkeley; Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Bhattacharya India Fund at UC Berkeley

Ravish Kumar delivers the 3rd lecture in this newly established lecture series on the Future of India.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Insurgent Aesthetics: Flight, Freedom, and Fantasy on the Frontiers of US Empire

Lecture | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons - 340

 Ronak K. Kapadia, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Center for New Media, Asian American Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

In Insurgent Aesthetics, Ronak K. Kapadia theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. He traces how new forms of remote killing, torture, confinement, and surveillance have created a distinctive post-9/11 infrastructure of racialized state violence. Linking these new forms of violence to the history of American imperialism and...   More >

Expanded Internet Art

Lecture | November 18 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, Room 340

 Ceci Moss, writer, curator, educator, LA

 Center for New Media

In this talk, author Dr. Ceci Moss discusses her new book “Expanded Internet Art: Twenty-First-Century Artistic Practice and the Informational Milieu” (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019). The publication is the first comprehensive art historical study of “expanded” internet art practices. Charting the rise of a multidisciplinary approach to online artistic practice in the past decade, the text discusses...   More >

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‘She had…a Womb Subjected to Bondage’: The Afro-Atlantic Origins of British Colonial Descent Law

Lecture | November 18 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

 Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor, History Department, University of California, Berkeley

 Law, Boalt School of

In December of 1662, Virginia’s legislators decided to pass an act which made the free or enslaved status of a child born to an “Englishman” and a “negro” woman in the colony contingent upon the free or enslaved status of their mother. Such a choice was and remains remarkable to scholars because it stood in direct contrast with the paternal descent laws that prevailed in England (except in cases...   More >

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | November 18 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Korean Conglomerates (Chaebol) in Times of Crisis

Lecture | November 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rebecca Chunghee Kim, Professor, College of International Management, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

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

This research investigates responses of the international and domestic (South Korean) publics to one of the most hotly debated corporate scandals in recent years: Korean Air’s so-called nut rage incident. By analyzing both international and domestic media coverage of the occurrence, we reveal contrasting interpretations between the two. Whereas the South Korean public tends to generate intense...   More >

Two Talks: “Generalization through Memorization: Nearest Neighbor Language Models” and “Probing Neural NLP: Ideas and Problems”

Lecture | November 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Urvashi Khandelwal & John Hewitt

 Information, School of

Berkeley Natural Language Processing Seminar

My Place Is the Placeless: Sherin Guirguis

Lecture | November 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Sherin Guirguis

 Arts + Design

Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice

Sherin Guirguis, Visual Artist

Egypt-born, Los Angeles–based artist Sherin Guirguis discusses her work, which investigates narratives and histories that have often been forgotten, marginalized, or erased. Using a specific site, related text (poems, biographies, songs), and historical research as the core of each series, Guirguis...   More >

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

SPH Brown Bag: Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR): Overview, Research Advances, and Challenges

Lecture | November 19 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Public Health, School of

Dr. Emily Ozer, PhD Professor, Community Health Sciences Co-Director, Innovations 4 Youth (i4Y), will discuss her research program on youth empowerment, participatory research, and adolescent development over the past 15 years, challenges, and next steps in the rapidly growing youth participation field. She will discuss the partnership context for local research on YPAR with SF Peer Resources and...   More >

Carlo Rotella: Craft: How Writers, Musicians, Athletes, and Others Cultivate Their Talent

Lecture | November 19 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Writer, journalist, and scholar Carlo Rotella is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of English Scott Saul.

The Cuban Revolution and the Transformation of Nature during the Cold War

Lecture | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Reinaldo Funes, (University of Havana / Yale University)

 Department of History

Environmental historian Reinaldo Funes (University of Havana / Yale University) will speak about the development of the concept of "geotransformation" in socialist Cuba and ideas, projects, and policies for its implementation during the Cold War.

The Myanmar Shwe: Rule of Law in the New Burma

Lecture | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Stephen Rosenbaum, Lecturer, Berkeley Law School, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Foreign development actors, policymakers and civil society have initiated a number of rule of law activities in Myanmar, with many references to concepts such as “access to justice” and “human rights.” Global marketplace competition and development of human capital are among the drivers leading the nation to modernize its entire educational system and produce a corps of professional and ethical...   More >

Stephen Rosenbaum

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

Lecture | November 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Bernadette Murphy

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History of Art, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of , Bancroft Library, Department of French, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Bernadette Murphy spent seven years looking into the night of Vincent van Gogh's infamous self-harm. Using modern technology, her investigation ignored everything that had been written about the subject and she started afresh like a detective. She made an important discovery that re-wrote the story of the world's most famous artist and was reported all over the world. This discovery became the...   More >

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Bernadette Murphy

GUH Lecture: “The World is Always Coming to An End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood”

Lecture | November 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Carlo Rotella will speak on his new book, which one reviewer called “an urban history with the soul of a memoir.” The World is Always Coming to an End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood is a hauntingly personal account of...   More >

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Berkeley Boosts Webinar: "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber" with Mike Isaac, The New York Times: Online Program

Lecture | November 20 | 10-11 a.m. |  Online Program

 Mike Isaac, Berkeley Law

 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.

DCRP Lecture Series: Ben Metcalf

Lecture | November 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 305 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WEDNESDAY, NOV 20, 11 AM. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Through State Action: Moving Away From Exclusionary Zoning in California

Townsend Book Chat with Sugata Ray: Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550-1850

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In the north Indian pilgrimage region of Braj, the landscape is considered sacred. Ray shows how this place-centered theology and its art emerged in the wake of the climatic catastrophe of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550–1850).

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – November 20, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Sol and Arthur at the Seige of Mafeking: Lecture with Jane Taylor

Lecture | November 20 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 The Graduate Division

Jane Taylor will present her research on two diarists of the South African War—Sol Plaatje and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Her talk considers the fact that Plaatje and Doyle both wrote about the Siege of Mafeking, a significant moment in the narrative of the South African (Boer) War. Taylor will discuss what the Siege writings do and do not reveal about empire, sentiment, and the uncanny.

An evening with Dr. Louise Aronson, author of “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life”

Lecture | November 20 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  The David Brower Center

 2150 Alston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Public Health, School of

Join us for nibbles (5:30), talk (6:30), book signing (7:30)

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Tri-Valley: Aging and Alzheimer's Disease: Can lifestyle practices protect the brain?

Lecture | November 20 | 5:45-8 p.m. |  Roundhouse Market & Conference Center

 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583

 Dr. Susan Ladau, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

 Cal Alumni Association, Tri-Valley Cal Alumni Club

Susan will educate us on best practices for a healthy brain as we age!
About this Event
Join us for an evening with Dr. Susan Landau to learn how lifestyle changes may influence the brain later in life and how they may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Susan is an Associate Research Scientist at the UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Her work focuses on the sixth-leading...   More >

Aging and Alzheimer's Disease: Can lifestyle practices protect the brain?

Lecture | November 20 | 5:45-8:05 p.m. |  Roundhouse Market & Conference Center

 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583

 Dr. Susan Landau, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

 Tri-Valley Alumni Club

Susan will educate us on best practices for a healthy brain as we age!
About this Event
Join us for an evening with Dr. Susan Landau to learn how lifestyle changes may influence the brain later in life and how they may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Artist’s Talk: Edie Fake in Conversation with Elaine Yau

Lecture | November 20 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Artist Edie Fake discusses his new Art Wall project with BAMPFA Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Elaine Yau, who organized it. They will address the idea of queer space in Fake’s architectural motifs, and the role of art in growing dialogue around trans rights.

Arms Trafficking: Its Past, Present, and Future

Lecture | November 20 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Faculty Club, Great Hall

 Brian DeLay, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Priya Satia, Professor, Stanford University History Department; Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Department of History; Ron Hassner, Professor, UC Berkeley Political Science

 David A. Hollinger, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Department of History, Berkeley Program Committee, American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The Berkeley Program Committee of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences invites you and a guest to join historian Brian DeLay as he discusses the history of the arms trade, which he argues reaches much farther back than the post-World War II military-industrial complex, and has entangled state and market since George Washington's day.

After DeLay's presentation, Priya Satia, Daniel Sargent,...   More >

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

View from the Top: Craig Federighi: Questionable Advice from One Very Lucky Berkeley Engineer

Lecture | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Craig Federighi, Senior VP, Software Engineering, Apple

 Society of Women Engineers, UC Berkeley College of Engiennering

Bancroft Library Roundtable: “To make letters live, that men themselves may have more life”: Manuscript Analysis and the Lettering Arts

Lecture | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Chris McDonald, Assistant Pictorial Archivist, The Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The Bancroft Library is home to one of the more significant collections of medieval and renaissance manuscripts in the nation. Chris McDonald will discuss the esoteric tradition of study of letterforms in the scripts found in such documents, illustrating this analysis along the way.

 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.

Amy Franceschini: Presence as Practice

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

 Amy Franceschini

 Arts + Design

Amy Franceschini, founder of Futurefarmers

This week’s A+D Thursdays speaker is Amy Franceschini, the founder of Futurefarmers, a group of artists, designers, farmers, and architects with a common interest in creating frameworks of participation that recalibrate our cultural compass. Their work uses various media to enact situations that disassemble habitual apparatus: public policy, urban...   More >

Aging Services Faculty Search Candidate Talk

Lecture | November 14 – December 5, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Spectacle of Empire: The Visual Destruction of Iraq | Dena Al-Adeeb

Lecture | November 21 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dena Adnan Al-Adeeb, University of California, Davis

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Spectacle of Empire critically investigates the relationship between art, architecture and archaeology and militarized visual culture, analyzed against the historical and political backdrop of imperial and neoliberal processes in the Middle East. Drawing from the fields of postcolonial theory, visual culture, and media studies, The Spectacle of Empire sheds light on the United States’ 2003...   More >

Member's Walk: Australasia

Lecture | November 21 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 James Fong

 Botanical Garden

Garden members are invited to take an in-depth look into the Australasia Collection with Horticulturist James Fong. This diverse collection represents flora from the temperate, subtropical, and tropical climates of Australia, New Zealand, and more!

Anthony W. Fontes Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order

Lecture | November 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Anthony Fontes, Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, American University

 Center for Latin American Studies

Maras (transnational gangs) like the MS-13 stand at the center of ever-growing politics of fear. Based on years of fieldwork in Central America, Anthony W. Fontes illuminates how the maras became the region’s public enemy #1. However, the problem goes beyond gangs. By providing cover for a host of other actors taking advantage of extreme violence, maras help create a sense of order in the midst...   More >

A man in a mausoleum in Guatemala City. (Photo by Anthony W. Fontes.)

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Jane Taylor: On Uncertainty: Wittgenstein: Habits of Thought and Thoughts of Habit

Lecture | November 21 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Jane Taylor, Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape

 Graduate Division

Taylor's lecture is about uncertainty. The lecture will be accessible and interesting to a broad audience. She will be engaged with the English, Drama, and other departments on campus as her work is widely respected.

Jane Taylor

Singing Schubert, Hearing Race: Black Concert Singers and the German Lied in Interwar Central Europe

Lecture | November 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kira Thurman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Kira Thurman explores the rise in popularity of African American classical musicians in interwar Germany and Austria. Singing Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, and others, they challenged audiences’ expectations of what a black performer looked and sounded like in the transatlantic “jazz age.” Audiences labeled singers such as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes “negroes with white souls,” and marveled at...   More >

Kira Thurman

35th Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture: Elections and Protests: Government Influence and Social Attitudes in Today’s Russia

Lecture | November 21 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Maria Lipman, Editor, Point & Counterpoint

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

The year 2019 has been marked by several unexpected developments. The Moscow city council elections, usually a non-event, resulted in mass street protests after the government barred undesired candidates from the race. The police responded with unprecedented brutality. The prosecution of some of the protesters was extremely arbitrary, even by Russian standards. What followed was a campaign of...   More >

The Daily Life of Betel: from Leaf to Nut, Preparation to Ritual

Lecture | November 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Deepa Natarajan, UC Botanical Garden

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, Botanical Garden

Betel nuts (Areca catechu) and leaves (Piper betle), are for many, a part of daily life in Southern India. Come explore the world of vethela paaku (the preparation of betel leaves and nuts) through a visual journey through Southern India.

Deepa Natarajan is the Program Coordinator at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, where she has transformed her love of plants into a year-round series of...   More >

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