<< Week of February 05 >>

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Paz Encina: Artist Talk

Lecture | February 5 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this illustrated lecture, Paz Encina discusses her installation work and the importance of site specificity for both her artwork and her films. She will also address the complexities of using the Archive of Terror in Paraguay—the unique and horrific archive kept by the Stroessner dictatorship of its "state terrorism"—from which she has drawn materials for her film and art practices, resulting...   More >

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission

Monday, February 6, 2017

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with V. Ernesto Méndez

Lecture | February 6 | 4-5:15 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

This presentation critically examines the integration of Agroecology and Participatory Action Research (PAR), as a promising approach to address current agrifood system issues.

Visiting smallholder farms in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Photo credit: Martha Caswell

Regents' Lecture - Paz Encina: Politics and Aesthetics in Paraguay Today

Lecture | February 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Paz Encina

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Chancellor's Office, Regents' Lectureship Program

Paz Encina, a Paraguayan artist, filmmaker, humanist, and committed intellectual, UC Regents’ Lecturer of 2017.

ATC Lecture — Pamela and Richard Kramlich, “Collecting the Uncollectible”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | February 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater

 Pamela Kramlich, New Art Trust; Richard Kramlich, New Art Trust

 Center for New Media

Since the 1960s, artists have been actively working with film and video, and media art has become one of the most important forms of contemporary art over the last twenty years. So why is media art still so rarely collected by private collectors and museum curators?

Based in San Francisco and Napa, the Kramlich Collection is recognised internationally as one of the most pioneering and...   More >

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ACA and its Replacement: Effects on the Nongroup Insurance Market and Exchanges

Lecture | February 7 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 William Dow, PhD, Kaiser Permanente Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley

 Health Policy and Management

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reformed the individual insurance market and the Trump administration now wants to undo some reforms and make other changes. Drawing on a survey of California individual insurance market enrollees both in Covered California and outside the exchange, we analyze plan selection behavior and adverse selection. Results inform potential changes such as dropping the...   More >

Agribusiness from the Ashes: Land Governance Reform and Racialized Armed Territories in Burma

Lecture | February 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kevin Woods, Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, UC Berkeley

 Joshua Muldavin, Professor of Human Geography, Sarah Lawrence College

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

The presentation demonstrates how contemporary land governance reform in Burma, despite excitement on the opportunity for a “fresh start,” is borne out of legacies of war, racialized subjects, and state territorial politics.

Reviving Virgil in Turkish

Lecture | February 7 | 5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Professor Ekin Öyken, Istanbul University

 Department of Classics

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Software Engineering with Machine Learning

Lecture | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc. Previously he was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001.


 Free lunch at UC Berkeley if you register by the Monday before the talk (lunches limited). Register online

Revealing Social Relationships and Intersectional Identities in a Pre-Columbian Muisca Community Through Diet and Activity (Sabana de Bogotá, Colombia AD 1000-1400)

Lecture | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Melanie Miller, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Muisca cultural group occupied a large Andean territory around the Sabana de Bogotá (Colombia) for at least 800 years before the Spanish arrived in 1536-37. Historically, the Muisca have been portrayed as a classic chiefdom society, with an emphasis on social rank and hierarchy as a primary aspect of Muisca social life. Highly stratified societies are characterized by differentiation between...   More >

Hellenistic Historiography in the Wake of Alexander the Great: AHMA Noon Colloquium

Lecture | February 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Erich Gruen, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

The Future of Sensory Perception

Lecture | February 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Scientists and other sensory explorers are developing powerful new technologies that can change, enhance and perhaps expand the limits of what we can perceive.

Kara Platoni is a science reporter based in Oakland, California and teaches at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Open Space Design in the Public Realm

Lecture | February 8 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | 505 UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Neil Hrushowy, City Design Group

 UC Berkeley Extension

The public realm is much more than a utilitarian system of connections to get from here to there. It is where people walk, meet, and where they socialize. It is where they take in the views, where they see what merchants have to offer, and where they come to know their neighborhood and their fellow citizens.

In this presentation, Neil Hrushowy, Manager of San Francisco's City Design Group will...   More >

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dominance and friendship during the transition to adulthood in male chimpanzees

Lecture | February 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Aaron A. Sandel, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan

 Institute of Human Development

Strong social bonds, or “friendships,” play an important role in primate behavior. These bonds feature prominently in the lives of adult male chimpanzees. Male chimpanzee friends form coalitions, share food, join each other on territorial border patrols, and help each other as they attempt to rise in the dominance hierarchy. Despite the importance of friendship and dominance rank in adulthood,...   More >

Gun Fight: The Battle Over The Right To Bear Arms in America

Lecture | February 9 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Prof. Frank Zimring, Berkeley Law

 Prof. Adam Winkler, UCLA Law

 Human Rights Center, Human Rights Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Graduate School of Journalism, Public Health, School of

UCLA Law Professor and author Adam Winkler discusses the future of the Second Amendment under the Trump Administration and his acclaimed book Gun Fight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, which probes four centuries of America’s fixation on gun rights. Winkler argues that guns—not abortion rights, race, or religion—are at the heart of America’s cultural divide. Discussing the...   More >

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The Political Crisis in Brazil: What Is at Stake for Public Policies?

Lecture | February 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Carlos Milani

 Center for Latin American Studies

Carlos Milani will examine the current crisis in Brazil, its causes, and its impact on future public policies.

DCRP Lecture: Atul Pokharel, Planning for Fairness

Lecture | February 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU, FEB 9, 5:00pm. Atul Pokharel will discuss the possibilities and limits of community infrastructure governance.

Bad Transitions after Free Elections: 32nd Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture

Lecture | February 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Leszek Balcerowicz, Professor of Economics and Former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, College of Europe

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

Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics (WSE), former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, former President of the National Bank of Poland (NBP). He is the architect of Poland’s economic reforms initiated in 1989; he has been at the center of Poland’s economic and political life since the fall of communism in Poland in 1989. Author of more than 100 publications on...   More >

Linked Reading: Mapping a Global Renaissance with 53,829 Texts

Lecture | February 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 James Lee, University of Cincinnati

 Department of English

This talk adapts digital methods to redefine our understanding of a squarely humanistic problem: the history of race in Shakespeare’s era. If we only read Shakespeare’s plays, the Renaissance world looks fairly small, tracing a map that would include political adversaries like France, Spain, and Holland and a distant imagination of Italy and the Ottoman Empire. However, if we expand our textual...   More >

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity: Prof. Sarah Haley, University of California, Los Angeles

Lecture | February 9 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender

Center for Race & Gender presents the Spring 2017 Distinguished Guest Lecture

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity
Prof. Sarah Haley, University of California, Los Angeles

Introduction by Prof. Nikki Haley, African American Studies

Thursday, February 9, 2017
5:30pm - reception; 6pm - 8pm - lecture & discussion
Multicultural Community Center, MLK...   More >

No word in vain: Reading Plato's dialogues (again): Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | February 9 | 8:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

The opening lecture in the 2017 Sather series "Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge"

Friday, February 10, 2017

An Introduction to Seed Propagation

Lecture | February 10 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come learn about seed basics, seed treatment, sowing, and aftercare. After an overview of seed propagation of the Garden Collection, Susan Malisch, Garden Propagator, will share general information and tips for starting your own successful seedlings at home. The workshop includes a hands-on seed activity.

$20, $10 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Jacobs Design Conversations: Kate Sofis

Lecture | February 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Kate Sofis

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

SFMade CEO Kate Sofis will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Data Carpentry: Training to Enable More Effective and Reproducible Research

Lecture | February 10 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Although petabytes of data are now available, most scientific disciplines are failing to translate this sea of data into scientific advances. The missing step between data collection and research progress is a lack of training for scientists in crucial skills for effectively and reproducibly managing and analyzing large amounts of data. Already faced with a deluge of data, researchers themselves...   More >

On Dwelling in the Linguacene: Where Hypomnesic Monolingualism to Reactionary Multilingualism

Lecture | February 10 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 David Gramling, Assistant Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona

 Berkeley Language Center


Coordinated Decentralized Optimal Control for Connected and Automated Vehicles

Lecture | February 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Andreas Malikopoulos, University of Delaware

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Recognition of the necessity for connecting vehicles to their surroundings is gaining momentum. In this “new world” of massive amounts of data from vehicles and infrastructure, what we used to model as uncertainty (noise or disturbance) for traffic becomes extra state information in a much higher-dimensional vector. Connected and automated vehicles provide the most intriguing...   More >