<< Week of September 24 >>

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

White Tara, © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Courtesy of the Government of Mongolia.

International Spouse and Partner Welcome Reception

Social Event | September 28 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  The Center at the YWCA

 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

The Berkeley International Office would like to invite spouses and partners of international students and scholars to attend the Fall 2017 International Spouse and Partner Welcome Reception on Thursday, September 28th.

Come meet other spouses and partners who are new to UC Berkeley and learn about campus and community resources in the Berkeley area.

Light refreshments will be served....   More >

Utilizing Technology to Protect Freedom of Expression: Microsoft and the UN Advancing Human Rights

Panel Discussion | September 28 | 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations; Brad Smith, President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

 Alexa Koenig, Executive Director, Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law

 Haas School of Business

Please join us for the Haas School of Business Dean's Speaker Series at UC Berkeley for a highly-anticipated discussion on freedom of expression with Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer and His Excellency Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Alexa Koenig, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley-Law, will take on...   More >

  Register online

UN & Microsoft Collaboration

The New Normal: Defending Against State Sponsored Attackers

Special Event | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Sean Zadig, Director, Yahoo Threat Investigations

 Information, School of

In 2014, Yahoo faced a sophisticated attack by Russian intelligence services. What did Yahoo learn, and is this the new normal?

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | September 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Manasi Deshpande, Professor, University of Chicago

 Haas School of Business

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance, and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

View from the Top: Lisa Davis: Economic Decarbonization – Breaking up Old Energy Chains by Creating an Integrated System

Lecture | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG

 College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter

Never before have energy systems faced a greater transformation than today, and never before was energy – primarily electricity – so important. With a growing global population, rising economic output and, above all, ever more uses of electricity, the demand for electricity is expected to nearly double by mid-century. At the same time, the demand for greater system sustainability and affordable...   More >

Politically Engaged Science: A Brownbag Lunch Series

Seminar | September 14 – December 21, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | 103 Mulford Hall

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

This series challenges the notion that science and politics should not mix. Building on the March for Science and the People's Climate March, we'll discuss how research in the public interest can make an impact in a political environment dominated by corporate interests, from the major parties to the media.

Weekly discussions will focus on case studies of activist scientists, political...   More >

McNair Scholars Program Information Session--NOTE NEW DATE

Information Session | September 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | September 7 – December 7, 2017 every Thursday with exceptions | 1-4 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

 Caitlin Green or Marie Dutton, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

Dissertation talk: Threat modeling and circumvention of Internet censorship

Presentation | September 28 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 373 Soda Hall

 David Fifield

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Research on the circumvention of Internet censorship requires modeling the behavior of censors. Circumvention systems are designed according to assumptions arising from models: the more accurate the models, the more effective the circumvention. A circumvention system designed under inadequate assumptions risks irrelevance, through being easily blockable or impractical to deploy.

I will present...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | September 28 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Advanced Literature Searching with Scopus

Workshop | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Randy Spencer, Elsevier, Inc.

 Library

Want to improve your literature searching and save yourself time? This workshop will cover advanced searching with Scopus, a large abstract and citation database covering the peer-reviewed literature: scholarly journals, books, and conference proceedings. The database covers publications in science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Come learn useful tips and techniques...   More >

  Registration opens August 17. Register online or by calling Brian Quigley at 510-642-5729, or by emailing Brian Quigley at bquigley@berkeley.edu

Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art: Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Colloquium | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee

 Mongolia Foundation, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new...   More >

Soyolmaa Davaakhuu

Love Posters: a space to heal and affirm each other in commUNITY!

Special Event | September 25 – 29, 2017 every day | 2-5 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, GenEq Community Space, Rm 202

 Gender Equity Resource Center

LOVE POSTERS: a space to heal and affirm each other in commUNITY! Join us for a week of healing, love, community, and creativity through poster making.

Reframing Girls Education: What Girls Want.

Special Event | September 28 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Urvashi Sahni

 Graduate School of Education

Dr. Urvashi Sahni will be discussing her recently published book, Reaching for the Sky.The book focuses on the Prerna Girls School, which Dr. Sahni founded in 2003 to educate low-income girls facing social and material barriers to education. She has championed a revolutionary critical pedagogical approach to education that enables girls to reflect critically on their lives, develop voice, and...   More >

Scopus Tools for Assessing Research Impact

Workshop | September 28 | 3-4 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Kresge Engineering Library Training Room 110MD

 Randy Spencer, Elsevier, Inc.

 Library

This workshop will cover tools and techniques available in the citation database Scopus for maximizing and assessing your research impact. Topics to be covered include: citation analysis for authors, comparing journals with CiteScore, linking your Scopus Author ID to your ORCID ID, and using PlumX metrics in Scopus.

We encourage you to register for the workshop, but drop-ins will also be...   More >

  Registration opens August 17. Register online or by calling Brian Quigley at 510-642-5729, or by emailing Brian Quigley at bquigley@berkeley.edu

Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: insights from studies of plasticity in blindness

Seminar | September 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Marina Bedny, John Hopkins, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: insights from studies of plasticity in blindness

Colloquium | September 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins University

 Department of Psychology

The human cortex consists of distinct networks that support cognitive functions such as language processing, face perception, and motor control. How do intrinsic physiology and experience determine this specialization? Studies of sensory loss provide unique insights into this question. In individuals who are blind from birth so called “visual” cortices acquire responses to sound and touch....   More >

Cognitive Neuroscience/Neurobiology Colloquium

Colloquium | September 28 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Marina Bedny, Johns Hopkins University

 Department of Psychology

Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: Insights from studies of plasticity in blindness.

iMix: International Student Carnival

Special Event | September 28 | 4-7 p.m. |  Faculty Glade

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come one, come all to the International Student Carnival! Enjoy a sunny afternoon in Faculty Glade with friends, carnival games, food, prizes, water balloons, a photo booth, face painting, and so much more! Meet and mingle with new and continuing students from all across the globe. This event is sponsored by Berkeley International Office and the International Student Association at...   More >

Women's Soccer vs. Arizona State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | September 28 | 4 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Soccer hosts Arizona State in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Book Talk Series: Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Social Event | September 28 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library

 Stephen Hinshaw, Professor, Department of Psychology

 Social Research Library

Stephen Hinshaw grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended Harvard and UCLA. A professor of Psychology (UC Berkeley) and Psychiatry (UC San Francisco), he is an international presence in clinical psychology/mental health, with over 320 articles/chapters and 12 books. He received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001; his Teaching Company (‘Great Lecture’) series, “Origins of the Human Mind,”...   More >

Parallel System Narratives: Polish and Hungarian Regime Formations Compared

Lecture | September 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Bálint Magyar, Sociologist and former Hungarian Minister of Education

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Right-Wing Studies

The Polish election results of 2015 seem to have brought Hungarian and Polish development into synchronicity again, a congruence that is apparent throughout history. A first glance may give the impression that we are dealing with regimes of identical nature, especially taking into account the similarities of the authoritarian politics practiced by Jarosław Kaczyński (PiS) and Viktor...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Tensors and their Eigenvectors

Colloquium | September 28 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Bernd Sturmfels, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Eigenvectors of square matrices are central to linear algebra. Eigenvectors of tensors are a natural generalization, and they have numerous applications. We present an introduction to the spectral theory of tensors, highlighting algebraic aspects, connections to dynamics and optimization, and recent results.

Book Talk Series: Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Reading - Nonfiction | September 28 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 227 Haviland Hall | Canceled

 Library, Social Research Library

Stephen Hinshaw, Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, will discuss his new book, Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness. This is a beautifully written memoir that describes the impact on the family of his father's recurring mental illness -- and the crucial need to combat the powerful stigma that surrounds it.

Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

What happened to the great Central European luxury commodity of the eighteenth century, porcelain, when formerly mercantile firms had to compete in a (relatively) open market with mass producers of ceramics? How did the porcelain firms’ painters and modelers deal with the reality that consumers now wanted inexpensive imitations of Baroque tea sets rather than modern artistic masterpieces? To what...   More >

Samira Sheikh | Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Dr. Samira Sheikh, historian of South Asia at Vanderbilt University

Christophe Wall-romana: Cosmoscopy, Antiracism and Photo-Cinema Archaeology

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 French Department Library

 CHRISTOPHE WALL-ROMANA, Associate Professor French, University of Minnesota

 Matthew Evans

 Department of French

Kings of Desire: Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater

Lecture | September 28 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Room 300

 Peter Womack, University of East Anglia

 Department of English

Peter Womack is Senior lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of English Renaissance Drama ( 2006), Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands (1989) and Ben Jonson (Blackwell Publishing, 1986), and the co/author of English Drama: A Cultural History (Blackwell Publishing, 1996). His most recent book was the New Critical Idiom volume on Dialogue.

Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater

Liberalism, War, And The Invention Of National Security

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

 Institute of International Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Andrew Preston teaches American history at Cambridge University, where he is a fellow of Clare College and the editor of The Historical Journal. In addition to writing over thirty scholarly articles, he has written for the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, TLS, the Boston Globe, ForeignAffairs.com, Politico, and History Today, and has appeared on national television and radio in the United States and...   More >

Poetry Reading: Ahmed Al-Mulla: Saudi poet and human rights activist

Reading - Literary | September 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of English

Saudi Arabian poet and human rights activist Ahmed Al-Mulla will be reading his poems and in conversation with Robert Hass.

Media Manipulation, Fake News, and Trolls: A Critical Media Workshop and Skill-Share

Workshop | September 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Cody Hennesy, E-Learning Librarian, Doe Library; Sine Hwang-Jensen, Asian American Studies & Comparative Ethnic Studies Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library; Corliss Lee, American Cultures Librarian, Doe Library

 Library

Starting from a research justice framework, we will consider how different forms of knowledge production—cultural, spiritual, experiential, mainstream, and institutional—relate to political power. From there we look to recent trends in media manipulation, including political disinformation campaigns, fake news, and how trolling subcultures propagate their ideas online by gaming social media...   More >

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library

$0

  Register online

GraphXD Seminar: Graph Clustering Algorithms

Seminar | September 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Tselil Schramm, Simons Institute, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

One of the greatest advantages of representing data with graphs is access to generic algorithms for analytic tasks, such as clustering. In this talk I will describe some popular graph clustering algorithms, and explain why they are well-motivated from a theoretical perspective.

Richard Rothstein Lecture on The Color of Law

Lecture | September 28 | 5:45-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Richard Rothstein

 Terner Center for Housing Innovation, Department of City and Regional Planning

Join the Terner Center and the Department of City and Regional Planning for a lecture by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, followed by a discussion with Terner Center Faculty Director Carol Galante, a question and answer session, and reception.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute,...   More >

  RSVP online

Xilinx Info-Session

Information Session | September 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come join us this today in the Woz to learn more about internship and full time opportunities at Xilinx, the leading provider of the FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs and 3D ICs that drive many of today's advances in Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Video Processing.

Xilinx enables applications that are both software defined, yet hardware optimized – powering industry advancements in Cloud Computing,...   More >

Connecting Invisible Makers and their Wares: Site-Specific Digital Storytelling as a Response to Globalization

Lecture | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

In this talk, Sarah Wright will share stories and media from a research trip to India and Sri Lanka to observe garment factories and meet marginalized workers with collaborator Jennifer Stock. She will discuss their work-in-progress, Invisible Seams, an augmented reality sound walk about the globalization of the fashion industry.

Ellen Pao | The Berkeley Forum and Asian Americans at Haas

Lecture | September 28 | 6 p.m. |  Haas School: Andersen Auditorium

 Ellen Pao, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Ellen Pao Diversity and Inclusion in Tech and Beyond

 The Berkeley Forum, Asian Americans at Haas

How can Silicon Valley culture become more diverse and inclusive? Data and stories show women, people of color and women of color are not included. Major tech companies are facing sexual harassment lawsuits, low retention rates for employees of color, charges of biased hiring and management practices, complaints about discriminatory products, and a dearth of women, people of color and especially...   More >

Preserving Your Humanity: Discussion on Surviving the Academic White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy (aka Berkeley)

Workshop | September 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center (MCC)

 Brittney Enin, Public Health major/African American Studies minor, member, Student Health Advisory Committee, Self-Care Consultant & Health Equity Advocate, Self-Care Consulting

 Under-Represented Researchers of Color (UROC): student group sponsored by Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships (OURS)

Want to be able to take care of yourself, but feel like there is no other way to engage with that being a Berkeley student? Need more tools to deal with the broken-ness of the world? Come through to the MCC for a presentation, group reflection, & discussion on what it takes to take care of yourself within a NUCLEAR HOT campus climate that is disinvested from our well-being as melanated,...   More >

In This Our Life

Film - Feature | September 28 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In In This Our Life, Bette Davis delivers what James Baldwin refers to as a “ruthlessly accurate” portrayal of a spoiled, amoral Southern girl. Thoroughly convinced of the protection that her wealth, color, and sex afford her, she callously blames her black chauffeur for a fatal hit-and-run accident for which she herself was responsible, going so far as to try to solicit the young man to plead...   More >

Association of Environmental Professionals' First General Meeting

Meeting | September 28 | 7-8 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Christina Hirt, Wetlands Research Associates, Inc.

 Association of Environmental Professionals

The Association of Environmental Professionals Berkeley Chapter is trying to restart this year with a robust founding class and welcomes any and all students considering an environmental career or interested in exploring the field's possibilities. There are immediate leadership opportunities available to new members. We will be discussing who we are, our goals for the semester, asking YOU what...   More >

Association of Environmental Professionals' First General Meeting

Meeting | September 28 | 7-8 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall

 Christina Hirt, Wetlands Research Associates, Inc.

 Association of Environmental Professionals

The Association of Environmental Professionals Berkeley Chapter is trying to restart this year with a robust founding class and welcomes any and all students considering an environmental career or interested in exploring the field's possibilities. There are immediate leadership opportunities available to new members. We will be discussing who we are, our goals for the semester, asking YOU what...   More >

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

German 204- Fall 2017: Compact Seminar

Course | September 1 – 29, 2017 every Friday | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

Prof. Dr. Ortrud Gutjahr (Universität Hamburg)

Aufklärungstheater: Lessings Dramen und Hamburgische Dramaturgie

Gotthold Ephraim Lessings Schauspiel Nathan der Weise (1779) gilt als das deutschsprachige Drama der Aufklärung schlechthin. Und dies nicht nur, weil es bis heute das am häufigsten auf der Bühne inszenierte Stück der Epoche ist, sondern auch, weil es mit seinen szenischen...   More >

Mongolian Buddhism

Conference/Symposium | September 28 – 30, 2017 every day | 180 Doe Library

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

Thursday, September 28, 4-5:30
Friday, September 29, 10-6
Saturday, September 30, 10-1

This conference explores the philosophies, texts, arts, and practices of Mongolian Buddhism. As Carolingians did with Christianity and Abbasids for Islam, Mongols have determined the history of Buddhism. During the Yuan dynasty their tutelage afforded the Buddhist community unprecedented...   More >

Environmental Justice Survey

Deadline | September 29 |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC's Environmental Justice Associate seeks to host a series of workshops surrounding issues of environmental justice, privilege, race, gender, disability, allyship etc. This survey serves to identify what the community is mainly looking to gain and learn in this series of workshops! Survey: http://tinyurl.com/sercejsurvey

UC Berkeley Global Health Fellows Symposium

Conference/Symposium | September 29 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | 545 Li Ka Shing Center

 Center for Global Public Health, CEND (Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases)

Fellows from various global health fellowship programs at UC Berkeley will present findings from their summer fieldwork.

Peder Sather Symposium: Freedom of Speech Under Pressure in the World’s Liberal Democracies

Lecture | September 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix

 Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, Fritt Ord Foundation; Azita Raji, Former US Ambassador to Sweden

 College of Letters & Science, Consulate General of Norway, Consulate General of Sweden

The Peder Sather Symposium fosters interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and policy makers on global and national issues of mutual concern and promotes the understanding of political, economic and cultural issues. The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, and the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden.

  RSVP online or or by emailing LSEvents@berkeley.edu by September 22.

Study Abroad Fair

Special Event | September 29 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come to the Study Abroad Fair and learn about study, work, intern, teach, and volunteer abroad opportunities for UC Berkeley students.

Sponsored by Berkeley Study Abroad, the Study Abroad Fair is Cal’s signature event of the year for education abroad. For more information, visit http://studyabroadfair.berkeley.edu

After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

Lecture | September 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 316 Wurster Hall

 Dr. Laurie Johnson; Dr. Robert B. Olshansky

 Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Great natural disasters are rare, but their aftermath can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. In their new book, After Great Disasters (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2017), Johnson and Olshansky report on their 25 years of collaborative experience and firsthand research on the roles of government in successful disaster recovery in the United States, Japan, China, New Zealand,...   More >

Berkeley Design Innovation Certificate Open House @ College of Environmental Design

Tour/Open House | September 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRI, SEPT 29, Time: TBD Come learn about the exciting new Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation during this open house at the College of Environmental Design.

McNair Scholars Program Information Session--RESCHEDULED TO 9/28

Information Session | September 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Juan Esteva, Director, McNair Scholars Program

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected underrepresented or low-income UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in doctoral programs.

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Matroid Minors

Seminar | September 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Max Hlavacek, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A minor of a matroid is a "smaller" matroid that can be obtained from the original through a sequence of operations called deletions and contractions. The minors of a matroid can be thought of as its fundamental substructures, and often knowing the minors of a matroid gives valuable information about the original matroid. This talk will formally define what it means to be a matroid minor, drawing...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Solution-Processed Optoelectronic Devices

Seminar | September 29 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Ted Sargent, University of Toronto

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Colloidal quantum dots, perovskite semiconductors, and their combinations, have proven the potential of liquid-processed semiconductor materials in the field of optoelectronics.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Physico-Chemical Approaches to Understanding and Developing Cancer Immunotherapies: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | September 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. James R. Heath, Cal Tech, Chemistry

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

At the heart of most cancer immunotherapies are specific molecular interactions between the principle cancer cell killers, T cells, and the tumor-associated peptide antigens that are presented within the tumor environment.

I will discuss 2 separate projects relevant to understanding and harnessing these interactions. The first is a microchip/nanotech based single cell tool that is used for...   More >

Love Posters: a space to heal and affirm each other in commUNITY!

Special Event | September 25 – 29, 2017 every day | 2-5 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, GenEq Community Space, Rm 202

 Gender Equity Resource Center

LOVE POSTERS: a space to heal and affirm each other in commUNITY! Join us for a week of healing, love, community, and creativity through poster making.

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: A Condition for Long-Range Order in Discrete Spin Systems

Seminar | September 29 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Yinon Spinka, Tel-Aviv University

 Department of Mathematics

We present a new condition for the existence of long-range order in discrete spin systems, which emphasizes the role of entropy and high dimension. The condition applies to all symmetric nearest-neighbor discrete spin systems with an internal symmetry of `dominant phases'. Specific applications include a proof of Kotecky's conjecture (1985) on anti-ferromagnetic Potts models, a strengthening of...   More >

Big C Hike

Social Event | September 29 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | International House, Front Steps

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office (BIO) advisers on this easy hike to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay! Bring a camera to capture the moment and don't forget to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The hike takes 1-1.5 hours. Meet at I-House front entrance on the steps. Bring water.

MENA Salon: Contemporary Art Production in the Middle East

Workshop | September 29 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The MENA Salon is a weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

Composition Colloquium: Oliver Schneller

Colloquium | September 29 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

Oliver Schneller (b. 1966 in Cologne) grew up in Africa, Europe and Asia and studied in Germany and the USA. After completing a MA in political science and musicology at the University of Bonn he worked for the Goethe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal (1990-91) on a project to support and sustain local forms of...   More >

Where Business Meets Technology: A.T. Kearney

Special Event | September 29 | 3:10-4:30 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Hugo Evans, VP of Data Science, A.T. Kearney

 Information, School of

Hugo Evans is VP of Data Science at A.T. Kearney.

ITS Seminar: The Interesting and Risky Way in Which Transport System Risk Is Managed: A brief history and need for transformed thinking

Seminar | September 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Simon Washington, Professor and Head of School, Civil Engineering, University of Queensland

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This talk discusses the history of transport network safety management methodology from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It highlights some of the critical assumptions made along the way, describes how and why these assumptions might be hindering further development and real improvement in our ability to prevent crashes, and recommends directions for future methodological development.

Il Boom

Film - Feature | September 29 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Billed as “The Unseen Film by Vittorio De Sica,” Il Boom finally receives its long overdue US theatrical release. Written by the director’s longtime collaborator Cesare Zavattini, Il Boom is a hilarious sendup that critiques Italy’s economic miracle of the early 1960s. While the Roman elite enjoy the material rewards of success, De Sica’s biting satire follows the challenges faced by...   More >

Graphite-Conjugated Catalysis

Seminar | September 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Yogesh Surendranath, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

The interconversion of electrical and chemical energy requires the coupling of electron transfer with substrate bond rearrangement. This can be achieved via inner-sphere electron transfer at the surface exposed active sites of metallic heterogeneous electrocatalysts or via outer-sphere redox mediation facilitated by a homogeneous molecular electrocatalysts. Molecular electrocatalysts yield...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Local Moduli of Abelian Varieties

Seminar | September 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Eric Chen, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

We begin with a brief review on infinitesimal lifting, which leads us into the general setup of deformations over a local Artin ring. I will state and use the main tool in this setting, Schlessinger's criterion, to outline the proof of a lifting result due to Grothendieck. If time permits, I will also discuss cohomological obstructions and polarization.

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Relative Isoperimetric Inequalities

Seminar | September 29 | 4:10-6 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Brain Krummel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

VR Happy Hour: Try out the HTC Vive with b.makerspace

Social Event | September 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, Makerspace on 1st Floor

 b.makerspace

Looking to decompress? Reality got you down?

Come to VR Happy Hour to explore Aperture Labs, wreck Ikea, end the zombie apocalypse, and much, much more. Our team of VR specialists will ensure you have a fun time with our HTC VIVE.

Snacks and drinks will be provided, though we ask you to bring the sparkling conversation.

Limited number of spaces to play on VR so arrive early.

 Cal ID is required for entry into Moffitt Library

South Korea's Five-Year Plan for National Affairs of the Moon Jae-In Administration

Conference/Symposium | September 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 155 Dwinelle Hall

 Jin-pyo Kim

 Physical Education Program, Martial Arts, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The South Korean State Affairs Planning Committee Chairman Jin-pyo Kim will discuss the state's five-year plan for national affairs, including the issue of military tensions between South and North Korea.

Year's Beginning Celebration

Social Event | September 29 | 5-8 p.m. | 1015 Evans Hall

 Christopher Eur

 Department of Mathematics

Somehow a month has flown by, but not to worry, we can still call it the beginning of the year! A get-together is in order, and so there will be a celebration for all grad students in the math department.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Google Lightning Talks

Information Session | September 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come hear from Google Software Engineers (Cal alum!) as they share their path to Google, talk about their projects and answer your questions. Find out the technical challenges they face, how to prepare for interviews and anything else you want to know about life as a Googler.

RSVP URL: https://goo.gl/pcVihu

Volleyball vs. Arizona State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Volleyball | September 29 | 7 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Volleyball hosts Arizona State in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

The Chase

Film - Feature | September 29 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the small Texas oil town of Tarl, disquiet bubbles up like black gold from a dark underground reserve, while out in the rough countryside, Bubber Reeves (Robert Redford), an escaped convict, is making his way through the brush toward home. The rumors of his return set in motion all manner of vicious gossip in a town already heaped in hanky-panky. After all, it’s a hot summer night and the...   More >

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | September 29 – 30, 2017 every day | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Friday, September 29 at 8pm
Saturday, September 30 at 8pm
University Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
BRITTEN Sinfonia da requiem, op. 20
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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