<< Week of February 25 >>

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DCRP Lecture: Andrea Roberts

Lecture | February 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

TUE, FEB 21, 11:30am. Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Andrea Roberts about the Texas Freedom Colonies founded by former salves in Texas after the Civil War.

Implementation and Impacts of LEAN Redesigns in Primary Care

Lecture | February 21 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 714C University Hall

 Dorothy Hung, PhD, MA, MPH, Associate Scientist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute

 Health Policy and Management

Despite rapid adoption of LEAN as a strategy for improving efficiency and quality, there is a lack of research on its effects in healthcare organizations. The goal of this presentation is to describe key contextual factors affecting frontline acceptance of Lean redesign in primary care clinics. System-wide impacts of Lean intervention on a diverse range of performance metrics will also be...   More >

The Russian Challenge In The Next Four Years

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room | Note change in location

 Dr. Eugene Rumer, Senior Fellow and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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

Eugene Rumer is a senior fellow and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program.

Rumer’s research focuses on political, economic, and security trends in Russia and former Soviet states, as well as on U.S. policy toward that region.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Rumer was the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council from 2010 to...   More >

Czeslaw Milosz, T.S. Eliot, and the Generative Canon: a talk by Peter Dale Scott, with introduction by Robert Hass

Lecture | February 21 | 5:30 p.m. | D37 Hearst Field Annex

 Peter Dale Scott; Robert Hass

 Department of English

T.S. Eliot and Czeslaw Milosz, both great but idiosyncratic poets, can be closely compared but also contrasted. Milosz was deeply indebted to Eliot’s notion of the poet’s relationship to the “ideal order” of the past. But Milosz (who unlike Eliot believed himself to be guided by a daimonion or inner voice) also revived the belief of Blake and Whitman in the responsibility of poets to break with...   More >

AIA Lecture - Embodying the Goddess: Revealing the practice of tattooing in ancient Egypt

Lecture | February 21 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Anne Austin, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Egyptology, Stanford University

 AIA San Francisco Society

While tattooing is an increasingly popular topic of study, it is rarely discussed in the past owing to the infrequent identification of tattoos in human remains. This is particularly true in dynastic Egypt, where physical evidence of tattooing is limited to a set of three female Middle Kingdom mummies discovered nearly a century ago. However, during the recent research with the mission of the...   More >

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Biomedical Instrumentation:: How do we measure what we want to measure, when and where we want it

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Dan Fletcher, Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Dr. Dan Fletcher is Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems in the Bioengineering Department at UC Berkeley, where his research focuses on the biophysics of cell movements and the cytoskeleton and development of biomedical devices. Recent work from his laboratory


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Seven Modes of Uncertainty: Townsend Book Chat with Namwali Serpell

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Namwali Serpell’s book Seven Modes of Uncertainty asserts that literary uncertainty is crucial to ethics because it pushes us beyond the limits of our experience.

California Countercultures: Hippie Modernism with Greg Castillo

Lecture | February 22 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An alternative cultural geography rooted in a new way of seeing the world can be extrapolated from the counterculture artifacts exhibited in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. “The cybernetic eye,” according to Whole Earth Catalog impresario Steward Brand, saw beyond a fragmented reality to perceive holistic systems. Rejecting the social systems inherent in cash transactions, the...   More >

 Admission to this lecture is free

PopUp Exhibition: Jeremiah Lockwood on the Lost and Found Art of Cantorial Music

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Jeremiah Lockwood’s music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to the legendary Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City. He also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg and performed in his choir. Jeremiah’s band, The Sway Machinery, seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York...   More >

Living in a Gender Creative World

Lecture | February 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Dr. Diane Ehrensaft will call on her work at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender clinic and share information about the gender affirmative model, which recognizes the complex interplay of nature, nurture, and culture that go into any one person's gender development.

Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

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

 Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, International Institute for Strategic Studies

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

Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all the parties are worse off and international security has deteriorated. The upshot has been systematic losses for Russia, the West,...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 1 : Galois representations and automorphic forms - an introduction to the Langlands program

Lecture | February 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 50 Birge Hall

 Michael Harris, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Automorphic forms are functions on a class of homogeneous spaces that arise naturally in geometry and number theory and that enjoy particularly strong symmetry properties (the simplest non-trivial example is the circle). Galois representations are efficient ways of packaging meaningful information about solutions to polynomial equations; the cohomology of algebraic varieties provides a rich...   More >

Ankhi Mukherjee | Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor

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

 Ankhi Mukherjee, Professor of English and World Literatures in the Faculty of English and a Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College, University of Oxford

 Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

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

A talk by Ankhi Mukherjee, Professor of English and World Literatures in the Faculty of English and a Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College, University of Oxford

Cleverness and Drive, or the Cybernetic Fantasy of Value: R.S. Hunt's "Two Kinds of Work"

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Seb Franklin, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, King's College London

 The Program in Critical Theory

In January 1951, R.S. Hunt—a British technical editor and former chemist without any university degree or diploma—sent a manuscript titled “Two Kinds of Work” to the mathematician Norbert Wiener, who did not read it. Hunt’s manuscript promises to “put metaphysics within the scope of physics.” And it claims to do so by making “such quantities as beauty, virtue, and happiness,” as well as all...   More >

Theoretically Speaking Series — Finding Hay in Haystacks: The Power and Limits of Randomness

Lecture | February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Is the universe inherently deterministic or probabilistic? Perhaps more importantly, can we tell the difference between the two?

Humanity has pondered the meaning and utility of randomness for millennia. There is a remarkable variety of ways in which we utilize perfect coin tosses to our advantage: in statistics, cryptography, game theory, algorithms, gambling... Indeed, randomness seems...   More >

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2 : Attaching Galois representations to automorphic forms, and vice versa - recent progress

Lecture | February 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Michael Harris, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Most of the Galois representations whose properties can be studied are obtained by analyzing the cohomology of Shimura varieties, and of the moduli spaces (stacks) of shtukas, which are families of vector bundles over curves over finite fields with extra structure.

Beyond Coverage: After the ACA

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Shannon Brownlee, Senior Vice President, Lown Institute

 Public Health, School of, Graduate School of Journalism

Join Shannon Brownlee, a nationally known writer and essayist, for a discussion about the national conversation we need once we are done talking about the Affordable Care Act.

  Register online

Ayesha Siddiqa | Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations in a Changing Domestic, Regional and Global Environment

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Ayesha Siddiqa, Independent political and defence analyst

 Munis Faruqui, Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Independent political and defense analyst from Pakistan, Ayesha Siddiqa/

Religious Realignments in the Trump Era

Lecture | February 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The success of populist movements in Western Europe and the United States has created conditions for the formation of new coalitions between religious groups and political ideologies that once stood hostile to each other. We are now experiencing a convergence between the political views of conservative Evangelicals in the United States and so called traditionalists in Russia.

The Wheel of Time: Tibetan Thoughts on the Buddha’s Anno Nirvanae: 2017 Khyentse Lecture

Lecture | February 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Professor Leonard van der Kuijp, Harvard University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Although fairly long in coming, the Christian calendar began with the year in which Jesus was allegedly born. And Dionysius Exiguus (6thc.) was the first to introduce the notion of A[nno]D[omini], the birth year of the Christ. Famously, the British monk Bede (672‑735) went so far as to deduce in his De temporum ratione of 725, an elaboration of his earlier Liber de temporibus of 703, that...   More >

Parsing vision: Sather Classical Lectures

Lecture | February 23 | 6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Mary Margaret McCabe, King's College London

 Department of Classics

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dissertation Talk: Dan Calderone: Models of Competition for Smart Cities: Routing Games, Mean-field Games, and Varying Population Preferences

Lecture | February 24 | 9-10 a.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Dan Calderone

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Competition underlies much of the complexity of modern transportation systems and correctly modeling the incentives that transportation users face is critical in designing the smart cities of tomorrow. In the past century, classical routing games have proved a powerful tool in modeling competition in transportation. In this talk, we explore several extensions of routing games to model scenarios...   More >

Engineering at the Intersection of Productive Efficiency, Ideology, and Ethical AI in Wikipedia

Lecture | February 24 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Aaron Halfaker, Principal Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation; Senior Scientist, University of Minnesota

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Wikipedia has become a dominant source of reference information for more than half a billion people every month. Through its improbable rise to popularity, this "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" has become a synecdoche for open production communities online. In order to operate at massive scales (~160k edits per day), Wikipedians have embraced algorithmic technologies that bring efficiency...   More >

Engineering at the Intersection of Productive Efficiency, Ideology, and Ethical AI in Wikipedia: Data Science Lecture Series

Lecture | February 24 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Aaron Halfaker, Wikimedia Foundation; University of Minnesota

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

I'll introduce "ORES," an open AI platform designed to enable Wikipedia's technologists to enact alternative ideological visions and to enable researchers to easily perform audits. I'll share some lessons that we've learned maintaining a large-scale generalized AI service and discuss a call to action to critical algorithms researchers to take advantage of this platform for their studies.

Synaesthetics: Sound, Image, and Materialism: part of Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference

Lecture | February 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Christoph Cox, Hampshire College

 Department of German

The “sonic turn” in the arts, humanities, and social sciences has prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between sound and image in media today. Semiotic issues of representation and signification have given way to materialist considerations of affect, force, and intensity. Along these materialist lines, the neurological condition of synaesthesia has become a prominent figure for thinking...   More >

Multicopter Dynamics and Control: Surviving the complete loss of multiple actuators and quickly generating trajectories

Lecture | February 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Mark Mueller, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Flying robots, such as multicopters, are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, with current and future applications including personal transportation, delivery services, entertainment, and aerial sensing. These systems are expected to be safe and to have a high degree of autonomy. This talk will discuss the dynamics and control of multicopters, including some research...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 3 : An idiosyncratic survey of open problems

Lecture | February 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Michael Harris, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

This final lecture will focus on a few questions in the Langlands program that may be on the verge of solution, and on other questions that at present appear completely out of reach.

Working Group in Ancient Philosophy: The Immortality Argument in Republic X

Lecture | February 24 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Tad Brennan, Cornell University

 Townsend Working Group in Ancient Philosophy

Denise Dresser: Why Mexico Fell Apart, and How to Fix It

Lecture | February 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Denise Dresser

 Center for Latin American Studies

Denise Dresser will speak on why Mexico fell apart, how to fix it, & U.S.-Mexico relations in the Trump era

Denise Dresser. (Photo by Paco Diaz.)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The World in and out of Sync: Looking back at the long 18th century: part of Syncing... Subject, Media, Society Conference

Lecture | February 25 | 1:30-2:50 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Helge Jordheim, University of Oslo, University of Trondheim

 Department of German

Taking his cue from present discussions on synchronization, non-synchronicity, and "desynchronized societies" (Rosa), Jordheim will look back at 18th century practices for dealing with multiple times, both in writing and through visual media, in order to explore how diagrams, concepts and narratives work to bring times and temporalities together and/or to keep them apart. .

Helge Jordheim is...   More >