<< Week of October 15 >>

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Research in Oral History: Vic Geraci: Making Slow Food Fast in California Cuisine

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Victor Geraci, Independent Scholar

 Oral History Center

Dr. Geraci will be presenting findings from his new book, which follows the development of industrial agriculture in California and its influence on both regional and national eating habits. Early California politicians and entrepreneurs envisioned agriculture as a solution to the food needs of the expanding industrial nation. The state’s climate, geography, vast expanses of land, water, and...   More >

Nation and State Vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Josef Joffe, Regents Lecturer, Institute of Governmental Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies

Brexit, the endless crisis of the euro and the suspension of „Schengenland“ are the symptoms of renationalization. So is the rise of anti-European populism - even in Germany, the traditional engine of integration. As always in its 65-years history, the EU will muddle through. But for all of its resilience, it cannot not transcend the nation-state and evolve into an „e pluribus unum.“ This lecture...   More >

A Conversation on Music and Virtuosity: Kim Kashkashian, John Santos, Ken Ueno, moderated by Ben Ratliff

Lecture | October 16 | 4-5:45 p.m. | Morrison Hall, Albert Elkus Room, 125 Morrison Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Townsend Center brings together a selection of eminent figures in the field of music to explore what we mean when we talk about virtuosity.

Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Creator of the blog Black Contemporary Art

 Arts + Design

Drew has been dubbed an "international tastemaker in contemporary art" on account of her Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art and her Instagram @museummammy; and as Social Media Manager at The Met, she has been pivotal in moving that venerated institution in directions both democratic and dialogical. Drew will discuss curation, social media, race, and institutions with Professor Stephen Best...   More >

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

History and Theory 17 Oct, 2017 Between the Digital and the Political: New Ecologies of Mind

Lecture | October 17 | 1-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, Rm 310

 Erich Hörl, Leuphana University; Yuk Hui, Leuphana University; Luciana Parisi, Goldsmith College; Warren Sack, UC Santa Cruz; David Bates, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Dean of Arts and Humanities

When Gregory Bateson, the anthropologist and visionary cyberneticist, introduced his concept of an “ecology of mind” he was encouraging us to pay attention to the ways in which human thinking took place in and across complex networks of activity – biological, technical, social, and political. The individual was an active but ephemeral node in a striated eco-system of ideas and cognition that had...   More >

Regents' Lecture: 'Making American Small Again: Donald Trump, the Threat to the Liberal Order and the Future of American Power'

Lecture | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, Room 109 - IGS Library

 Josef Joffe, Publisher-Editor Die Zeit

 Department of Political Science

Joffe's appearance is part of the 2017-18 Regents' Lectureship Program. This program has been running for 50 years and brings to the University distinguished speakers who have pursued careers in arts, letters, sciences, or business substantially outside the academic profession.

Ben Ratliff, Music Critic: Mere Virtuosity

Lecture | October 17 | 4 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Music critic and author Ben Ratliff was for 20 years a jazz and pop critic at the New York Times. He is the author of four books, including Coltrane: The Story of a Sound.

The US-Russia Conflict: The New Normal?

Lecture | October 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

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

Dr. Rojansky will deliver remarks related to the ongoing US-Russia conflict.

Reetika Khera | Welfare Needs Aadhaar Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle?

Lecture | October 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Reetika Khera, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

 Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

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

A lecture on Aadhar by development economist, Dr. Reetika Khera.

Who will speak for the migrant? Migrant struggle in the age of illegality

Lecture | October 17 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race & Gender Fall 2017 Distinguished Guest Lecture presents...

Who will speak for the migrant?
Migrant struggle in the age of illegality

Alicia Schmidt Camacho
Yale University   More >

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spectacular Disappearances: Celebrity and Privacy, 1696-1801: Townsend Book Chat with Julia Fawcett

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Julia Fawcett examines the stages, pages, and streets of eighteenth-century London as England's first modern celebrities performed their own strange and spectacular self-representations.

Honoring Goddesses in a Family of Ancient Egyptian Tomb Workers: the case for Anuket and Hathor

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Deanna Kiser-Go, Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

The Foreman Neferhotep and his immediate descendants held positions of influence in the Deir el-Medina workman’s community during the 19th Dynasty (c. 1307-1196 BCE). During their careers they oversaw the process of cutting and decorating the nearby royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but when it came time to design their own tombs their personal choices are apparent. This paper addresses how...   More >

Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Christopher Herold, Continuing Lecturer, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Director of Program, Summer Training Intensive, American Conservatory Theater, UC Berkeley; Nina Ball, Award-winning Set Designer, American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre, Marin Theater Company, Shotgun Players

 Arts + Design

Christopher Herold and Nina Ball, director and designer for the fall 2017 TDPS production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, will explore upon their process and decisions in bringing this work of literature to the stage-- how they visualized Zimmerman’s fantastic world where the human and the divine collide and where actors perform in a large pool of water.


Biological Kinship Variation at Campovalano and Alfedena, Iron Age, Central Italy

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Evan Muzzall, University of California, Berkeley D-Lab

 Archaeological Research Facility

Biological distance analysis (“biodistance”) is a powerful tool in the bioarchaeologist’s toolkit. Although burial organization does not mirror social organization, it can help us better understand how past humans structured death and in part society via systematic patterns in burial location. This presentation discusses biodistance analyses of cranial and dental metric and dental morphological...   More >

President Putin and President Trump

Lecture | October 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

How did the US-Russian relationship come to such a low point? What can we expect from the relationship between presidents Putin and Trump?

Robert Thurman | Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?: The inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Lecture | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Department of Religion, Columbia University; President, Tibet House U.S., President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies

 Jake Dalton, Khyentse Professor and Chair, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Vedanta Society Berkeley, Center for Buddhist Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies-Graduate Theological Union, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

A lecture by Prof. Robert A. F. Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, and co-founder of Tibet House US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

Movement as Research | Cursors: Undoing Bodies Moved by Language

Lecture | October 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Will Rawls

 Arts Research Center

What moves us, writes us, and undoes us? Rawls reflects on his research-based practice of interrogating the matter of marked bodies and the tools of language. Reflecting on his current collaboration with poet Claudia Rankine, and his practices in multiple media, Rawls speculates on the social and aesthetic dimensions of how a racial imaginary operates in his choreographic work.

Theoretically Speaking Series — Black Holes, Firewalls, and the Limits of Quantum Computers

Lecture | October 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Scott Aaronson, University of Texas at Austin

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Quantum computers are proposed devices that would exploit quantum mechanics to solve certain specific problems dramatically faster than we know how to solve them with today's computers. In the popular press, quantum computers are often presented not just as an exciting frontier of science and technology (which they are), but as magic devices that would work by simply trying every possible...   More >

ARCH Lecture: Martyn Dade-Robertson

Lecture | October 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 18, 6:30pm. Martyn Dade-Robertson

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: City of White Gold, San Francisco in the Gilded Age: Bringing Archival Images to Life through Film

Lecture | October 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, O'Neill Room

 Geordie Lynch, filmmaker

 Bancroft Library

Filmmaker Geordie Lynch will discuss his film-in-progress, City of White Gold, and how the discovery of silver in 1859 transformed San Francisco from a backwater boomtown into a world-class metropolis. The director will also detail the fine points of enriching a historical documentary with stunning and exciting visual imagery.

Seeing Necropolitics: The Work of Death in Philippine Photographs

Lecture | October 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nerissa Balce, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Necropolitics is a theory about violence and the nation-state. It refers to the absolute power of the state to kill, to allow to live, or to dehumanize people. This talk will look at Filipino bodies as seen from the period of the Philippine-American War and also today, as the victims of President Duterte's drug war.

Nerissa Balce

SOLD OUT - Members' Walk: Crops of the World

Lecture | October 19 | 1-2:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Front Gate Entrance

 Jason Bonham, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Botanical Garden

Join Horticulturalist Jason Bonham on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Crops of the World garden. Come and see fruits and vegetables that originated from all over the world. Everything from bizarre solanaceous berries from South America to giant tree kale from Europe.

Members' Walk: Crops of the World is exclusively available to current members. Admission is free and registration is strongly...   More >

Beyond "Resistence": A Bold Plan for Work With Dignity via a Federal Job Guarantee

Lecture | October 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Darrick Hamilton, Professor of Economics, The New School

 Ken Jacobs, Chair, The Labor Center at IRLE; Steven Pitts, Associate Chair, The Labor Center at IRLE; Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Geography

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Economics

In 2017, Liberals in the United States are calling for “resistance” to regressive policies. Grassroots movements like the Fight for $15 show a desire for an offensive strategy on the left, but Professor Hamilton suggests that they do not go far enough. Raising the minimum wage still leaves many workers unemployed or out of the workforce altogether, especially those stigmatized by race,...   More >

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David Gilmartin | Pakistan's Creation and the Contested Grand Narratives of 20th Century History: The 5th Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 David Gilmartin, Distinguished Professor of History at the Department of History, North Carolina State University

 Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

South Asian Historian, David Gilmartin delivers our fifth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

Alvaro Huerta: In Defense of People on the Move (Latina/o Immigrants) in the Racist Era of Trump

Lecture | October 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 112 Auditorium

 Dr. Alvaro Huerta, Assistant Professor at Cal State Pomona, Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women's Studies, Department of City & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design

 Department of City and Regional Planning

Dr. Alvaro Huerta is an Assistant Professor at Cal State Pomona, Departments of Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women's Studies

Dr. Huerta is an author of the book Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm and the lead editor of People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health, and Immigration. As an...   More >

Foucault's Enlightenment: Islamic Revolution and the Perils of Universal History

Lecture | October 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Anthropology

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi examines Foucault’s writings on the Iranian Revolution as an attempt to write the history of the present without binding commitments to a teleological historiography.

Close Up: Exploring Workshop Practices in Roman-Egyptian Portraits

Lecture | October 19 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Jane Williams, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Roman period mummy portraits are considered to be ancient antecedents of modern portraiture. However, the techniques and materials used in their manufacture are not thoroughly understood. The Phoebe Hearst Museum's collections from the site of Tebtunis, Egypt include one of the largest assemblages of mummy portraits to remain intact since their excavation, and form a remarkable resource for...   More >

Friday, October 20, 2017

Vive la Revolution or Vive la Counterrevolution?

Lecture | October 20 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Peter Bartu, Ph.D.

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The Gulf states seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings, but saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. Bartu will discuss Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region.

Peter Bartu teaches political transitions in the Middle East, North Africa, the Gulf states, international organizations, and...   More >

America and Germany - Old Friends or New Rivals?

Lecture | October 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jan Philip Burgard, Deputy Bureau Chief of the German TV Network ARD

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, American Council on Germany, San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter

For decades, the USA and Germany have been the bulwark of the West. But like no other President before him, Donald Trump has raised questions about the nature of this key partnership. Shortly after the Bundestagswahl (federal elections) in Germany, TV correspondent, Dr. Jan Philipp Burgard, will provide an inside view of how the new political environment might change the translatlantic...   More >

Jet Noise and The Production of Environmentalism(s) in the 1970's Bay Area: Disruptive: Noise as Material

Lecture | October 20 | 2-3 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Eric Porter, Professor in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz

 UCHRI, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Arts Research Center

The UCHRI working group Counter-Production: Noise as Critical Research will be hosting several events across the UC’s this year that critically engage the field of Sound Studies through interdisciplinary research. Taking up the negative powers of noise, we argue that its disruptive, illegible and unintelligible attributes produce a critical lens for understanding sound’s interaction with the...   More >

Blown across the Sea: Glass along the Maritime Silk Road

Lecture | October 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 141 McCone Hall | Note change in location

 Sanjyot Mehendale, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

This lecture will highlight the results of underwater surveys of a 2000-year-old shipwreck uncovered off the coast of the small fishing village of Godavaya, Sri Lanka. The ship's cargo of glass ingots, among other objects, will be the starting point of a discussion on the movement of glass raw materials and finished objects along the intertwined maritime and overland trading networks commonly...   More >

FlexPass: Incentives for reducing employee parking

Lecture | October 20 | 4 p.m. | 412 McLaughlin Hall

 Dounan Tang, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Most employers offer free or underpriced parking to employees even as they feel the pressure to reduce the number of employees driving alone to work. The FlexPass study is a parking incentive program that avoids employee discontent. We conducted a two-phase study during the year of 2015 and 2016, the FlexPass and FlexPass-Plus study.

Why Timber is the Construction Material of the 21st Century

Lecture | October 20 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. |  Krutch Theatre (Clark Kerr Campus)

 Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Utah

 College of Natural Resources

2017 S. J. Hall Lecture in Industrial Forestry

We are experiencing a wood construction revival. Steel and concrete were the material innovations of the industrial revolution. Wood, used to build houses for centuries, is the commercial construction innovation of the 21st century. Long valued for its affordability, timber is being embraced by building developers due to recent advances in...   More >

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Making A Successful Career Transition: Roadmap for Change

Lecture | October 21 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 504

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Making a career transition can be bewildering: how do you find jobs? How can you stand out as a candidate? And, if you finally get an interview, how do you showcase yourself as the best candidate? This workshop will walk participants through each step of making a career transition. Through interactive exercises, we will cover strategies in personal branding, networking, résumé and LinkedIn...   More >


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Information and Consumer Choices: Studies Using Supermarket Data

Lecture | October 21 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, Ph.D. '02, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Natural Resources

 College of Natural Resources

How do consumers respond to changes in the information they’re presented with at the point of purchase? Evidence from retail field experiments in the wine category will be presented and discussed during this Homecoming 2017 CNR Faculty Lecture.

Science at Cal Lecture - Leave election integrity to chance

Lecture | October 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Philip B. Stark, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences


There’s no perfect way to count votes. To paraphrase Ulysses S. Grant and Richard M. Nixon, “Mistakes will be made.” Voters don’t always follow instructions. Voting systems can be mis-programmed. Ballots can be misplaced. Election fraud is not entirely unknown in the U.S. And the more elections depend on technology, the more vulnerable they are to failures, bugs, and hacking–domestic and...   More >

Steven Feld; "Hearing Heat: An Anthropocene Acoustemology"

Lecture | October 21 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Steven Feld is Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. An anthropologist, filmmaker, and sound artist, his books include Sound and Sentiment, Music Grooves (with Charles Keil), Senses of Place (with Keith Basso), Bosavi-English-Tok Pisin Dictionary (with Bambi Schiefflein), and most recently, Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra. His audio and video projects and sound...   More >

A Tale of Two Fats: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic by Engineering Brown Adipose Tissue

Lecture | October 21 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Andreas Stahl, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences

 College of Natural Resources

This lecture will outline how we are developing and testing a novel anti-obesity approach based on the expansion of “brown fat,” a tissue type with a very high metabolic activity that might lead to the conversion of excess calories into heat.