Lecture | December 2 | 10-11 a.m. | 3101 Berkeley Way West
Anthony Holtmaat, University of Geneva
Dissertation Talk: "After Revolution: Municipal Encounters and Local Politics in Tunisia" | Lana Salman
Lecture | December 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Lana Salman, University of California, Berkeley
What do municipal encounters, everyday encounters between the street and the state, make visible about the democratizing city? The 2011 revolutions which spread across the globe renewed the interest of urban studies scholars in the city as a site of political encounter, insurgency and the formation of urban social movements. An unsettled debate animates this literature: whether contestation... More >
Lecture | December 2 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
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Richard M. Karp Distinguished Lecture Average-case Complexity through the Lens of Interactive Arguments
Lecture | December 2 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Rafael Pass, Cornell University
Consider the following two fundamental open problems in complexity theory:
Does a hard-on-average language in NP imply the existence of one-way functions?
Does a hard-on-average language in NP imply a hard problem in TFNP (i.e., the class of total NP search problems)?
We show that the answer to (at least) one of these questions is yes. In other words, in Impagliazzo's Pessiland (where NP... More >
Lecture | December 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
Igor Gulin, Literary Reviewer, Kommersant Newspaper
Lecture | December 2 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Betty Reid Soskin; Donté Clark; Ptah Tracey Mitchell
Presented by the City of Richmond and UC Berkeley Arts + Design
Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Service, Ranger at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA
Donte Clark, Playwright, Storyteller, Former Poet Laureate of Richmond, CA
Ptah Tracey Mitchell, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Author, activist, and park ranger Betty Reid Soskin; writer... More >
Past Incentives, Present Choices: Ideational Legacies and the Politics of Migration in European Minority Regions
Lecture | December 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Christina Isabel Zuber, University of Konstanz
Christina Isabel Zuber presents the main arguments and empirical findings of her book project on ideational legacies and the politics of migration in European minority regions. The empirical analysis focuses on Catalonia and South Tyrol, two minority regions that respond very differently to immigration. South Tyrolean elites frame immigration as a threat and restrict immigrants access to social... More >
Simons Institute Theoretically Speaking Series Artificial Stupidity: The New AI and the Future of Fintech
Lecture | December 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. | David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Andrew W. Lo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Financial AI seems so close, yet so far. We have automated trading algorithms, machine-learning models of credit risk, electronic exchanges, robo advisors, and cryptocurrencies, but machines still havent replaced portfolio managers, financial advisors, and bankers. So whats missing? Not artificial intelligence. What's missing is that we have yet to develop an algorithmic understanding of human... More >
Lecture | December 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
Lavery examines the contradictory role as both rival empire and cradle of exquisite beauty played by Japan in the Victorian imagination.
Insistent Things: What Artifacts have to Say about Buffalo Soldiers’ Campaign for Citizenship Rights
Lecture | December 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Laurie A. Wilkie, Professor, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
This paper will examine the ways that Black regulars serving in the frontier military used personal and company-owned artifacts to participate in national discourses on masculinity, citizenship and being human.
Lecture | December 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall
Susannah Scott, University of California Santa Barbara
Heterogeneous catalyst design is often hampered by a lack of precise information about the molecular identity of the active sites. Synthesizing model catalysts with control of the local structure allows us to interrogate the active sites about their interactions with reactants and products.
Lecture | December 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
David Biggs, Professor of History, UC Riverside
Until recent conflicts over the South China Sea, Vietnams history has been almost wholly described in terrestrial terms. Seaborne connections across the East Sea and the Pacific have however played key roles in defining modern Vietnam. This talk reimagines Vietnam as an archipelago, a more permeable nation-system of nodes linked by flows of energy, food, people and technology.
Lecture | December 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Ursula B. Brosseder, Bonn University
Numerous, far-reaching migrations and contacts have taken place during prehistory across the vast Eurasian steppes, reaching from Eastern Europe or the Near East to Inner Asia and present-day China. However, the intensity and speed of connectivity between East and West changed profoundly in the late first millennium BC. Traditional narrative holds that this change was initiated by the travels of... More >
Lecture | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
One year after the yellow vest movement can the Macron administration resume its reforms: budget deficit, pension, social inequalities. Although this yellow vest movement has declined, the protesters has long said they are not satisfied by the administration answers. Will Emmanuel Macron be able rebuild the relationship with the vast majority of the population in order to implement his political... More >
English Language Teaching Through Symbolic Competence Development: A Possible Response to Brazil’s Law of Quotas
Lecture | December 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
Sabrina Hax Duro Rosa, Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Language Center
The Law of Quotas was instituted in Brazil in 2012 as an Affirmative Action policy, divided into Social and Racial Quotas. As an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, I ask: How could EFL classes raise Brazilian students' awareness of racial issues and about racial quotas in particular?
Lecture | December 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 5:30 PM. Uber, Public Transit and the Idiocy of the Smart City
Lecture | December 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Benjamin Breen, UC Santa Cruz
How have perceptions of drugs changed over time? This lecture will explore the history of drugs in the colonial era and beyond.
Eating the flesh of an Egyptian mummy prevents the plague. Distilled poppies reduce melancholy. A Turkish drink called coffee increases alertness. Tobacco cures cancer. Such beliefs circulated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an era when the term drug... More >
Lecture | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley
This lecture will cover the reasons for the UK joining and leaving the EU - as well as the current state of the Brexit negotiations and what is likely to happen on Brexit after the upcoming UK election.
Specifically, it will address five issues. First, the history of UK relations with Europe - and why the UK joined the EU in 1973. Second, the reasons for the development of eurosceptism in... More >
Lecture | December 6 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)
BLC Fellows, UCB
Berkeley Language Center
Teaching Karuk and Yurok Online: A Story of Pain and Healing
Dmetri Hayes, GSR, Linguistics
The Karuk and Yurok people have told stories orally for centuries. Some of their words have been recorded in dictionaries and written in notebooks by linguists. A great loss of life and language occurred leading to few people speaking Karuk or Yurok in their daily life today. I discuss my attempt to... More >
Lecture | December 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Alejandro Diaz, Association Legal Guardianship Dra. María Julia Hernández
Alejandro Díaz will discuss the El Mozote massacre and the legal case against its perpetrators. Over four days in 1981, members of the Salvadorian army killed almost 1000 people, including 558 children, in the town of El Mozote, El Salvador. Now the trial has been reopened.
Lecture | December 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall
JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ribonucleotide reductases (RNRs) catalyze the de novo reduction of NDPs to dNDPs in all organisms, controlling their relative ratios and amounts and contributing to the fidelity of DNA replication and repair. The class Ia RNRs are composed of a2 and b2 subunits that form an active and dynamic a2b2 complex. Studies with mechanism-based inhibitors have revealed half-sites reactivity with only one... More >
Lecture | December 9 | 5-6 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Dr. Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
I knew Julia Robinson from 1968, when I arrived as a postdoc at Berkeley to work with her, until her death in 1985. As a grad student at MIT, her beautifully written paper, The decision problem for fields, was a constant reference while I was developing a model theory and axioms for differentially closed fields (ch 0). When I arrived in Berkeley, I was shocked that this famous mathematician who... More >
Lecture | December 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall
Birth Strike Lays bare how U.S. politics around race and immigration are closely connected to the struggle for reproductive freedom, both in the past and today. You will never think about reproductive rights in the same way again.
Ibram X. Kendi, author, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist, director, Antiracist Research... More >
Explaining urban transformations through Roman pottery: the case of Carthago Nova (Southeastern Spain)
Lecture | December 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Alejandro Quevedo, UC Berkeley Roman Material Culture Laboratory
This lecture explores Carthago Novas urban reality during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD based on the archaeological record and taking into account the stratigraphic sequences and the material culture, especially the pottery.
Lecture | December 11 | 5-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Hector Tobar, University of California, Ivine
Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley
This event features two speakers: John R. Weeks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University, and Héctor Tobar, Author, Journalist, Associate Professor UC Irvine.
The discussion after the lectures will be moderate by Irene Bloomberg, Chair of Canadian Studies & Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary... More >
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Lecture | December 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
Russian Poland was among the most militant tsarist borderlands during the 1905-1907 Revolution. Harboring long-lasting strikes and breeding bellicose street fighters, Poland witnessed an unprecedented political upheaval manifest in the emergence of mass parties, labor unions and a new public culture. However, only a decade later, when revolutionary movements again loomed large and shook the whole... More >
Lecture | December 16 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
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Lecture | December 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Diana Bautista, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Humans rely on the sensations of itch, touch and pain for a broad range of essential behaviors. For example, acute pain acts as a warning signal that alerts us to noxious mechanical, chemical and thermal stimuli, which are potentially tissue damaging. Likewise, itch sensations trigger reflexes that may protect us from disease-carrying insects. Despite these essential protective functions, itch... More >