<< Week of September 17 >>

Monday, September 18, 2017

Armenian and Turkish Lobbies and U.S. (Non-)Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Julien Zarifian, Associate Professor of American History, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

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

The goal of this talk is to present and analyze the political opposition between the Armenian and Turkish lobbies in favor or against the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States. We will discuss why, despite decades of efforts and some positive results, the Armenian-American advocacy groups have not yet obtained the full recognition of the Genocide by the U.S. federal...   More >

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Functionalizable Polypeptides and Polymeric siRNA Smart Delivery

Lecture | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydride monomers provides a means of generating synthetic polypeptides; however, until recently, only native amino acids were incorporated along the backbone. Our lab introduced an alkyne functionalized monomer, propargyl-L-glutamate, that enables the use of click chemistry post-polymerization, thus allowing the generation of a broad range of different...   More >

The Power of Public Investment: Improving Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Future

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 John Chiang, State Treasurer, State of California

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Public investment powers innovative social policies that dramatically improve lives, reduce income inequality, and give the planet a fighting chance against global warming. California State Treasurer John Chiang reveals how seemingly mundane financial decisions can drive large-scale change that makes a real difference in our quality of life.

Music of Paul Bowles

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Music composed by the American expatriate polymath Paul Bowles will be performed by Irene Herrmann, pianist and curator of the Bowles music estate, with soprano Sheila Willey. Songs feature texts by Bowles’s friends William Saroyan, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Owsley Brown’s documentary Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles screens in the Barbro Osher Theater after the performance.

Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

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

 Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

After her ground-breaking study of emotion and politics in Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild will reflect on the various ways in which drama draws its audience over an “empathy wall” as she calls it, into the “deep story” of the other. How do people within “in-groups” talk about people in “out-groups?” How can the theatre community find stories which illuminate the emotional magic required...   More >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Chunjie Zhang, UC Davis

 Institute of European Studies

Chunjie Zhang examines the South Pacific travel writings of George Forster and Adelbert von Chamisso, literary works by August von Kotzebue and Johann Joachim Campe, Herder’s philosophy of history, and Kant’s theory of geography from the perspective of non-European impact during the age of Europe’s colonial expansion. She explores what these texts show about German and European superiority, the...   More >

Curation as Research | Contemporary Art in Central America

Lecture | September 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Miguel A. López; Emiliano Valdés

 Arts Research Center

López and Valdés will reflect on their experiences organizing exhibitions that focus on the visual art and performance of Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, and will discuss how their curatorial research puts pressure on monolithic narratives about Central American art.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Diplomacy, Climate and U.S.-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Lecture | September 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 The Honorable David Rank, Charge d'affaires and Former Acting Ambassador, China

 Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

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

Dave Rank resigned from his position as the senior American diplomat in China in the wake of the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. He will discuss the decision to end his 27-year career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer and the implications of this American disengagement on U.S. interests, our relationship with China and our standing in the world.

David Rank

AHMA Noon Colloquium - "Cancel the Debts! Redistribute the Land!" The History and Significance of Agitation for Socio-Economic Change in the Ancient Greek World

Lecture | September 20 | 12 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Mackil, 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.

Connect with the world, Be online: Integrating technology in Arabic classrooms

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Haitham Mohamed, Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies

Everybody Poops: Using Fecal Stanols to Track Cahokia Region Population Change and Evaluate Ideas on Cahokia’s Decline

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 AJ White, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Fecal stanols provide a proxy of population change by identifying variations in the amount of trace human waste products retained in sediment. We used fecal stanol data from Horseshoe Lake, Illinois, as a population proxy to evaluate the role of flooding, droughts, and environmental degradation in Cahokia’s demographic decline. We find that both Mississippi River flooding and warm season droughts...   More >

Curating Participation: A Public Dialogue: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Peter Samis, Associate Curator, Interpretation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kelly McKinley, Deputy Director, Oakland Museum of California; Laura E. Pérez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

In this public dialogue, we will explore how museums and other arts organizations are responding to the call for ‘participation’ in our current moment by placing the ‘visitor’ at the center of the museum experience. How does the ‘participatory turn’ change the role of the curator? How does participation change the divisions of labor within the organization itself? When does participation deepen...   More >

Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion: Insights from Cambodia

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sara Vigil, Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on case studies conducted in the Cambodian provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Thom, this talk will analyse the variegated and complex interactions between climate change politics, land grabs, and migration.

Sara Vigil

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Nanolayered Drug Release Systems for Regenerative Medicine and Targeted Nanotherapies

Lecture | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Alternating electrostatic assembly is a tool that makes it possible to create ultrathin film coatings that contain highly controlled quantities of one or more therapeutic molecules within a singular construct. These release systems greatly exceed the usual ranges of traditional degradable polymers, ranging from 10 to as high as 40 wt% drug loading within the film. The nature of the layering...   More >

Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion: Insights from Cambodia

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sara Vigil, Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands), , Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on case studies conducted in the Cambodian provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Thom, this talk will analyse the variegated and complex interactions between climate change politics, land grabs, and migration.

Sara Vigil

ARCH Lecture: Neri&Hu

Lecture | September 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 20, 6:30pm. College of Environmental Design alumni Rossana Hu (B.A. Arch. 90) and Lyndon Neri (B.A. Arch. 87) discuss their work.

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with CAIR Director Zahra Billoo: Resisting the Muslim Ban

Lecture | September 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Zahra Billoo, Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations

 Graduate Theological Union

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic Professor...   More >

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Is the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1960s Still Relevant Today?

Lecture | September 21 | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Carol Ruth Silver, Speaker, Author, Consultant, and Retired Attorney

 Bancroft Library

Carol Ruth Silver, arrested in 1961 as a Freedom Rider, secretly chronicled the ordeal on scraps of paper while in a Mississippi jail. Her manuscript collection and book documenting her activities are now housed in The Bancroft Library. She will share her civil-rights-era experiences and discuss non-violence and activism today.

History Graduate Association Annual Lecture with Sven Beckert | Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Capitalism

Lecture | September 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. Beckert’s research and teaching center on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. He recently published "Empire of Cotton: A Global History," the first global history of the...   More >

Maritime Diffusion of Buddhist Philosophical Thought and Art

Lecture | September 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Osmund Bopearachchi, UC Berkeley

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

Trade is understood mainly as the transfer and exchange of commodities to make profits, and this was also the driving force of economic activities in ancient time. However, as revealed by epigraphic and literary evidence, among the earliest donors and important patrons of Buddhist establishments in South and South-East Asia were caravan merchants and wealthy seafaring traders. The spread of...   More >

Arundhathi Subramaniam | When God is a Traveller: Poetry Reading and Discussion

Lecture | September 21 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Arundhathi Subramaniam, Poet

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature

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

A talk by award-winning poet and writer on spirituality and culture, Arundhathi Subramaniam.

The Materialization of Time and Space in Teotihuacan: Rites of Reconstitution of the Universe in the Pyramid of the Moon

Lecture | September 21 | 5:30 p.m. |  International House

 Leonardo Lopez Lujan, Proyecto Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e HIstoria, Mexico

 Archaeological Research Facility, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jacobs Design Conversations: Eric Rodenbeck, "Telling Stories with Data"

Lecture | September 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Stamen founder, CEO, and creative director Eric Rodenbeck will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.