<< Week of March 19 >>

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ronelle Alexander, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

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

This talk focuses on the methodology behind the making and the distinctive features of the interactive database “Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition” that presents excerpts of natural dialect speech recording in 68 different villages throughout Bulgaria. The excerpts were chosen to illustrate both the major features of each dialect, and to convey cultural content of interest. Each excerpt...   More >

New Research In Oral History - Lunch Lecture: Exploring The African American Experience In the 19th and 20th Centuries through Oral History

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 267 Bancroft Library

 Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, Professor Emerita of History, California State University, Sacramento

 Oral History Center

Professor Shirley Moore, an alumna of UC Berkeley, is the author of numerous works on African American history in the West, including "To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California 1910-1963," and most recently "Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails 1841-1869. In the lunch lecture series, "New Research in Oral History," Dr. Moore will...   More >

Donald Trump is No Friend of Taiwan

Lecture | March 20 | 4 p.m. |  Doe Library

 Shelley Rigger, Political Science, Davidson College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Many Americans believe Taiwan is an important friend and partner to the US. The prospect of a foreign policy iconoclast in the White House appealed to many of Taiwan’s supporters in the US, especially those who are active in US foreign policy circles. Former officials of the George W Bush administration, in particular, have spent the past 8 years arguing that it is time for the US to upgrade its...   More >

Obama's Legacy in the Middle East

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 James Gelvin, Professor, History, UCLA

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Spring 2016 CMES Distinguished Visitor lecture.

Undergraduate Lecture Series (Math Monday): 4-Manifolds Revisited

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Peter Teichner, UC Berkeley & Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

 Department of Mathematics

I’ll try to give a survey of classification of manifolds up to dimension 4.

Arts + Design Mondays: Designing Spatiality for New Media Art, with Andrew and Deborah Rappaport

Lecture | March 20 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Andrew and Deborah Rappaport founded the Minnesota Street Project in 2015, which offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits. The project is inspired by the couple’s belief that philanthropic support for the arts today requires an alternate model—one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley and the region as a whole.

This...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

ATC Lecture — Andrew and Deborah Rappaport, “Designing Spatiality for New Media Art”: Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Lecture | March 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Barbo Osher Theater

 Andrew Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project; Deborah Rappaport, Minnesota Street Project

 Center for New Media

Collecting and exhibiting new media art poses particular challenges for private collectors. Among other questions, every acquisition must address the following:

* Is it possible to honor and adhere to the artist’s vision outside of an institutional context?
* Is it practical to integrate the work into a home environment while still living in the house?
* Is it feasible to manage conservation...   More >

The Nemea Center Lecture: The Road Less Traveled By? History, Archaeology, and Landscape in southern Greece

Lecture | March 20 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Dimitri Nakassis, Classics, University of Colorado Boulder

 The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology, AIA, San Francisco Society

At first glance, the tranquil valleys and mountain passes of the western Argolid give the appearance being of a rather isolated and unremarkable region in southern Greece. In reality, this fertile area is crisscrossed by ancient roads and dotted with ruins that testify to its importance to the major powers of Greece from Classical antiquity to the Ottoman Empire. The results on the ongoing...   More >

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Plant Fibers in Architecture - A Case Study from the Western Amazon

Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Constructions in inundation risk zones largely impacted by Climate Change, including the Western Amazon Basin, have traditionally incorporated natural materials. These lightweight enclosures often made with agrowaste including plant fibers as palm leaves have proven largely efficient for climate comfort. However, during the twentieth century, these constructions became incrementally supplanted or...   More >

Free with Garden Admission

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

The neuroscience of cognitive development and mathematics skill acquisition

Lecture | March 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Torkel Klingberg

 Department of Psychology

Professor Torkel Klingberg from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden will be giving a lecture in the Cognitive Neuroscience colloquium series in Psychology.

Queuing into the Afterlife: The Politics of Branding Buryat Buddhism

Lecture | March 21 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Tatiana Chudakova, Department of Anthropology, Tufts University

 Franck Billé, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This paper discusses the inadvertent effects of transforming the marked into the marketable on the mundane strategies of “making a living,” both economically and cosmologically, in Buddhist Siberia. Building on anthropological discussions on marketing ethnicity, it tracks attempts to develop a regional brand in Buryatia, a self-governing republic within the Russian Federation that derives its...   More >

Buryat Buddhism

Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement: Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade by Marion Nestle

Lecture | March 21 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University

 Graduate Division, Berkeley Food Institute

Marion Nestle will present the Weinstock lecture on March 21, 2017. Her lecture is titled "Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Marion Nestle

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PopUp Exhibition: Ron Feldman on Keeping (Jewish) Time

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

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Ron Feldman is a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, where he earned his PhD in History of Culture and Religion with an emphasis on Judaism. In addition, he earned his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and has been serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the JCC of the East Bay for the past eight years.

His presentation will focus on the history and evolution of...   More >

Mediterranean Models and Modalities in Forging a Strong Centralized Monarchy in 13th-Century Armenian Cilicia

Lecture | March 22 | 12-2 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Peter Cowe, Narekatsi Chair of Armenian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA

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

Situated on a major thoroughfare between East and West and on the intersection of sea and land routes running North and South, the Levant has always been a locus of encounter and exchange. Adopting the insights of Braudel (1966) and more recently Horden and Purcell (2000), this paper views the medieval Armenian experiment with statedom in Cilicia (11th-14th cc.) through Mediterranean optics....   More >

California Countercultures: Ana Mendieta: Decolonialized Feminist and Artist with Laura Pérez

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Laura E. Pérez is associate professor of ethnic studies, core faculty in performance studies, and an affiliated faculty of both gender and women’s studies and the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. Pérez is the author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities. She curated UC Berkeley's first and only US Latina/o performance art series in 2001–2 and Labor +...   More >

Admission to this lecture is free.

Choreographing the Disabled Body: Political Change in the Work of Israeli Dancer Tamar Borer

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Ilana Szobel, Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature at Brandeis University;, Visiting Professor in Near Eastern Studies, and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

By focusing on the work of the Jewish-Israeli dancer Tamar Borer (b. 1965, in 1990 was involved in a car accident that left her paralyzed in both legs), this talk examines the implications of disability in Israeli society. The talk looks into ways in which disability is not a condition to overcome, but rather a starting point for radical social change. The talk explores the ways in which disabled...   More >

The Development of the Ideal of the Homogeneous Society and Later Responses to it

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Richard Herr, Professor Emeritus of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies

Richard Herr will be drawing on his new book Separate but Equal? Individual and Community Since the Enlightenment to propose how the social motivations of individualism and community dedication led European nations and the US in the 19th century to the policy of assimilating nonconforming communities or eliminating them, and measures taken since WW II to avoid its disastrous effects.

P-Transforms:  Mapping Change in the Archaeological Publishing Landscape

Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mitch Allen, President, Scholarly Roadside Service

 Archaeological Research Facility

This is part of a series of lectures

Neural Dust, A Platform for Neural Interfaces

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

 Michel Maharbiz, Professor, EECS, UC Berkeley

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Michel Maharbiz is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. His current research centers on building micro/nano interfaces to cells and organisms and exploring bio-derived fabrication methods. His research group is also known for developing the world’s first remotely radio-controlled cyborg beetles;


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

Displacement and the Lived Experience of Language: Testimonies from Children with Migration Backgrounds in an Austrian School

Lecture | March 22 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Brigitta Busch, University of Vienna

 Berkeley Language Center


The Study of Contacts Between Cultures: The Case of Sino-European Encounters in the Seventeenth Century

Lecture | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220 Stephens Hall)

 Nicolas Standaert, Professor of Sinology, University of Leuven

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This is the keynote lecture of the multiday workshop Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West.

Using King Cobras to facilitate conservation outreach and capacity building in Thailand

Lecture | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Professor Colin T. Strine, Suranaree University of Technology

 Graduate Assembly

Dr. Strine will talk about his work in Northeast Thailand using king cobra research and education to reshape local human-wildlife conflict, and to promote conservation more broadly. He currently leads the Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education Team at Sakaerat Man and Biosphere Reserve, as well as the nascent Biodiversity Conservation Center of Excellence at Suranaree University of Technology.

ARCH Lecture: Laurel Broughton - Fantasy Substrate

Lecture | March 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, MAR 22, 6:30pm 2017 Friedman Professor in the Practice of Architecture Laurel Broughton will present &quot;Fantasy Substrate&quot;

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Of Continental and Maritime Spaces: The Political Ode between Cowley and Young

Lecture | March 23 | D1 Hearst Field Annex

 Michael Auer, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich

 Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature

The Peace of Utrecht (1713/14) marked an important caesura in European political history: ushering in, according to Michel Foucault, a completely new regime of governmentality. This lecture shows how the English political ode responded to this rupture by redeploying the time-honored allegory of the ship of state: affording a thematic shift from sovereignty to governance, from legislation to...   More >

Enmity, Amity, Comity, Normality, Abnormality: Korea-U.S. Relations in the Post Geun-hye, Post Obama Era

Lecture | March 23 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Edward Dong, Former Senior Foreign Service rank of Minister-Counselor, US Department of State

 Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

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

Korea-U.S. relations have historically been fraught, with Korea more often than not part of a sub-issue in broader contexts such as the Cold War in Asia, U.S.-China and U.S.-Japan relations, and global non-proliferation. Even on a bilateral basis, the relationship is often defined by North Korea/military alliance and economic/commercial factors, leading to frictions. In more recent years, the...   More >

The First Rambo? - Finnish and other Nordic Immigration to the New Sweden Colony in the Delaware River Valley – and to Silicon Valley

Lecture | March 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ismo Söderling, Director of the Population Research Institute, Helsinki, & Director of the Institute of Migration, Turku

 Institute of European Studies

A sizeable migration from Finland to Sweden took place in the late 16th century. Later, in the early 17th century, hundreds of these, so called Forest Finns were sent to the New Sweden, a settlement founded by the Swedish Kingdom in the area of current Delaware in 1638. However, the actual boom of Finnish emigration to the USA took place in the late 19th century, a few decades later than the...   More >

Emerging Scholar Lecture: Hans Oh

Lecture | March 23 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures

Lecture | March 23 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 James Sethian

 Academic Senate

James H. Simons Chair in Mathematics

The Mathematics of Moving Interfaces: From Industrial Printers and Semiconductors to Medical Imaging and Foamy Fluids

Bodies as Borders: A Spotlight on Undergraduate Research: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Thursday Forum Series presents...

Bodies as Borders: A Spotlight on Undergraduate Research

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Istifaa Ahmed, Ethnic Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies

The performance we will analyze is Untitled (2012), by black artist Tameka Norris, directly inspired by Ana Mendieta’s performance piece, Untitled (Body Tracks) (1974). In her work, Norris...   More >

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reform of the UN Security Council – the Boulder of Sisyphus

Lecture | March 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Thomas Seidel, First Secretary, Political Affairs Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

 Institute of European Studies, American Council on Germany

The primary responsibility for peace and security in the world community lies with the UN’s Security Council. It was founded, like the UN, shortly after the 2nd World War and its structure continues to reflect the global political landscape of the days when the 20th century’s darkest chapter came to an end. Hardly anyone rejects the need to modernize the Security Council, to render it...   More >

Changing Fuel Loading Behavior to Improve Airline Fuel Efficiency

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

 Lei Kang, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Airlines rely on flight dispatchers to perform the duty of fuel planning. The required trip fuel is calculated by airlines’ Flight Planning Systems (FPS). However, the FPS trip fuel predictions are not always accurate. If planned trip fuel is higher than actual trip fuel, then a flight will waste fuel by carrying excess fuel weight. On the other hand, if trip fuel is under-estimated,...   More >