<< Week of October 27 >>

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Berkeley Social Welfare Gerontology Alumni Reunion and Networking: Featuring keynote speaker Jennie Chin Hansen

Lecture | October 22 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Social Research Library, 227 Haviland

 Jennie Chin Hansen

 School of Social Welfare Aging Advisory Committee

Join your alumni colleagues and those with an interest in aging for a Homecoming weekend event!

Monday, October 23, 2017

2017 Eastman Lecture: Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts

Lecture | October 23 | 775 Tan Hall

 Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

2017 Eastman Lecturer, Professor Jingguang Chen, will present "Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts."

Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts

Lecture | October 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

American Artist and Muralist Zio Ziegler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 23 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 223 Dwinelle Hall

 Zio Ziegler

 The Berkeley Forum

From the Gallery to the Streets: The Evolution of Visual Art
Before the inception of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America, visual art was a term restricted to the fine arts and was closely associated with upper class society. However, as society has evolved, so too has the medium of visual art. What was once limited to private displays and galleries has now found a home in the...   More >


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Socially-engaged Internet-art. Aesthetics of Information Ethics: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Paolo Cirio, Artist, Activist, and Cultural Critic

 Arts + Design

Society has become deeply affected by advanced distribution systems of information. The social fields of law, economics, and politics are increasingly interconnected, while social norms, relationships, and identities shift at fast pace. In this context, examining art from a broader social context means working with a multiplicity of social systems and processes that the Internet activates....   More >

Garrison Keillor: Just Passing through

Lecture | October 23 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Garrison Keillor, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

"You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories"—a single line from one of Garrison Keillor's novels is a fitting introduction to the dry wit and folksy charisma of its author. The beloved radio personality and former host of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion (for more than 40 years!), Keillor holds court with his signature blend of self-deprecating humor and homespun wisdom, sharing...   More >

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Cal Performances presents Garrison Keillor at Berkeley Talks, with Just Passing Through, on Monday, October 23, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Mobilization of South African Civil Society in the al-Bashir Matter

Lecture | October 24 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 132

 Professor Mia Swart, University of Johannesburg

 Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Professor Mia Swart will speak about the South African litigation over Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, and the relationship between the African Union and the International Criminal Court.

Professor Swart coordinates and teaches the LLM program in international law at the University of Johannesburg. She previously worked as Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London...   More >

The Language of Friendship: The Role of Talk in an Understudied Relationship: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Deborah Tannen

Lecture | October 24 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

 Graduate Division

Deborah Tannen will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 24 and 25, 2017. The second lecture is titled "Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
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Deborah Tannen

Tissue of the World: On Stoic Sympathy

Lecture | October 24 | 5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Brooke Holmes, Princeton University

 Department of Classics

The concept of cosmic sympathy, highly developed by the Stoics, is at once deeply foreign to us in its claims regarding a mind fully immanent in the world and intriguing, as we struggle anew with imagining communities that bring together humans and non-humans. This talk investigates the contours, the stakes, and the internal tensions of cosmic sympathy for the Stoics in order to argue that...   More >

Stéphane Gros | Why Marry?: Comparative Perspectives on Kinship, the House, and Marriage in the Eastern Himalayas

Lecture | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Stéphane Gros, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for 2017; Researcher, Centre for Himalayan Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk by Dr. Stéphane Gros, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for 2017, is a Researcher at the Centre for Himalayan Studies, CNRS-France

Erwin Chemerinsky: Free Speech on Campus

Lecture | October 24 | 5-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 112 Auditorium

 Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law Dean, Department of City & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design

 Department of City and Regional Planning

When is speech protected on campus? And when can campuses restrict speech because it is hateful or it endangers public safety?

Erwin Chemerinsky is a Berkeley Law Dean, a Constitutional Law Scholar, and a Founding Dean of UC Irvine School of Law.

Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor...   More >

Survival by Design: A Panel Discussion on Natural Restoration, Vernacular Architecture and Ecocities

Lecture | October 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Richard Register, Ecocity Builders

 Randolph Langenbach; Mark Rauzon


Hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat and climate change necessitate positive visions. Three thinkers will discuss their work in environmental design, architecture and urban planning.

Mark Rauzon is the author of Isles of Amnesia: The History, Geography, and Restoration of America's Forgotten Pacific Islands and Isles of Refuge. As a biologist he has worked in the field of island...   More >

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture: Townsend Book Chat with Paula Varsano

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

This volume brings together fourteen essays that explore the role of hiddenness—as both an object and a mode of representation—in the history of cultural production in China.

Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable: realistic impossibilities to prepare ourselves for the future: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Andrea Bandelli, CEO, Science Gallery International

 Arts + Design

At times of great uncertainty and complex developments, our capacity to navigate through the unknown depends on how comfortable we are with what is different from us. How do we learn to shape our emotions and our reactions, to change our mindset and to take responsibility today over the future? The creative collisions of art, culture, science and design confront us with what it means to be...   More >

Mortuary Culture and Ethnic Politics in Eleventh-Century Northeast Asia

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

Due to an abundance of surviving textual sources, historians of
China's Song Dynasty (960-1279) have made relatively little use of the
archaeological record. In this talk, I will introduce a database I
have compiled of eleventh-century tombs excavated in a broad region
that spans the historical boundary between the Song state and its
northern neighbor, the Eurasian steppe-based Liao Empire....   More >

The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of Ethnic Studies

In this talk, based on her new book The Limits of Whiteness (2017, Stanford University Press), sociologist Neda Maghbouleh shares the curious, under-theorized story of how Iranian Americans move across a white/not-white color line. By contextualizing ethnographic data with neglected historical and legal evidence, she offers new evidence for how a “white” American immigrant group can become...   More >

The Energy Grid of the Future

Lecture | October 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Professor Dan Kammen speaks about the energy grid of the future.

Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation: Aila Matanock

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Aila Matanock

 Center for Latin American Studies

Aila Matanock will discuss her new book Electing Peace, which presents a theory that explains both the causes and the consequences of these provisions. She draws on new international data on electoral participation provisions, case studies in Central America, and interviews with representatives of all sides of the conflicts.

Cover image from Electing Peace (By Christian Grooms for Cambridge University Press.)

The Afterlife of Migration: Balikbayans and the Return Economy in Contemporary Manila

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

This presentation examines the role of Filipinos who return to their homeland, after living in the U.S. for several decades, in the economic development of the Philippines.

Eric Pido

2017 Eastman Lecture: Converting CO2 via Thermocatalysis and Electrocatalysis

Lecture | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Jingguang Chen, Columbia University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

2017 Eastman Lecturer, Professor Jingguang Chen, will present "Unique Properties of Carbide and Bimetallic Catalysts."

Visual Trumpery: Fighting Against Fake Data and Visualizations — From the Left and From the Right

Lecture | October 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Alberto Cairo

 Information, School of

With facts and truth increasingly under assault, sifting through the visual information and misinformation is more critical than ever.

Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Deborah Tannen

Lecture | October 25 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

 Graduate Division

Deborah Tannen will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 24 and 25, 2017. The second lecture is titled "Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About the lecture
Skin is the primary interface between ourselves and our environment, and changes in the...   More >

Deborah Tannen

Gorbachev: His Life and Times: 33rd Annual Colin and Elsa Miller Lecture

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, Amherst College

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

In his Gorbachev biography William Taubman shows how a peasant boy turned into Soviet Communism’s gravedigger, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, how Gorbachev’s dream of democratizing the USSR foundered, how he and President Ronald Reagan turned out to be almost perfect partners, and why Gorbachev permitted Eastern Europe to abandon Communism without firing a shot. Taubman’s...   More >

Why Study the Russian Revolution?

Lecture | October 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David North, International Youth and Students for Social Equality

 International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE)

What was the Russian Revolution? How did it become the dominant event of the 20th century, forever altering history by given rise to the most powerful and progressive social movements of the last century? David North, author of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century, will review the causes, consequences and enduring significance of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Why Study the Russian Revolution?

ARCH Lecture: Philippe Block

Lecture | October 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 25, 6:30pm. Philippe Block

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Imam Dawood Yasin: Tayyib: The Foundation of Ethical Eating and Conscious Consumption

Lecture | October 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Imam Dawood Yasin, Faculty, Zaytuna College

 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, October 26, 2017

Non-Traditional Lawyering Paths: Election Campaigns

Lecture | October 26 |  Boalt Hall, School of Law


Please join ElectionLaw@Boalt for a conversation with Addisu Demissie, Campaign Manager for Gavin Newsom for Governor of California. Demissie - a 2008 Yale Law School graduate - has served in a number of political roles, including National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Director for Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign, Campaign Manager for Senator Cory Booker's 2013 Campaign, and the first National...   More >

Women's Rights in Myanmar

Lecture | October 26 | 1-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Ma Khin Lay, Founder and Director, Triangle Women's Support Group (Yangon)

 Penny Edwards, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Asian Region Policy Group, Goldman School of Public Policy

Ma Khin Lay leads a women’s organization in Myanmar that has worked for women's empowerment at the grassroots level across the country. Previously, Lay was the leader of Kamaryut Women’s Wing of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Ma Khin Lay is currently in the U.S. as a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow.

40 Years of Documenting Asian Art: from Alchi to Angkor

Lecture | October 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jaroslav Poncar, Emeritus Professor of Photography, University of Cologne

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Professor Emeritus of Technical University Cologne, Dr. Jaroslav Poncar looks back upon nearly four decades of photographically documenting Buddhist monuments in the Himalayan region—notably Alchi in Ladakh, Tabo in Spiti, and Mustang in Nepal—and at Angkor Wat and elsewhere in Southern Asia. In this talk Dr. Poncar will reflect on his rich oeuvre, discuss the challenges of photographing...   More >

Indigenous Engineering and Aesthetics in Colonial Mexico City

Lecture | October 26 | 5-7 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas Austin

 Archaeological Research Facility

Archaeological data from Mexico City show that many pre-conquest engineering techniques were used to build the colonial city, allowing us to see the role of indigenous engineering, architecture, and technology in building the capital of New Spain.

Alberto Cairo on Visual “Trumpery” and the fight against fake data and visualizations

Lecture | October 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Library (Room 142)

 Graduate School of Journalism

The English word “trumpery” means worthless nonsense, something that is showy and deceitful at the same time. Trumpery can occur in text, verbally, or visually. This non-partisan talk focuses on the visual, examining misleading charts, graphs, and data maps designed by individuals and organizations from across the political spectrum. With facts and truth increasingly under assault, many interest...   More >

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Constructed Ethnicities in Ancient Italy

Lecture | October 26 | 6-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Erich Gruen, Mario Del Chiaro Center for Ancient Italian Center

 Del Chiaro Center

Annual Del Chiaro Lecture on a Roman Topic

Making Conversation: The Global Lives Project

Lecture | October 26 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 David Harris, Global Lives Project; Jason Price, Global Lives Project

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

On October 4, the Global Lives Project launched a campus-wide, site-specific video installation which will evolve over the course of the 2017-18 school year. The exhibit will showcase 24 hours in the daily life of 20 people from 17 countries around the world. Exhibit locations include the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, CITRIS Tech Museum (Sutardja Dai Hall), the Berkeley Art Museum &...   More >

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life: Book Talk with Lauren Markham

Lecture | October 27 | 12 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lauren Markham

 Center for Latin American Studies

Through a combination of readings and discussion, this event will offer insight into the current socio-political situation in Central America's Northern Triangle, its impact on migration to the United States, and the challenges that these young migrants face as they build tenuous lives in the U.S.

The Promises and Pitfalls of Digital Activism with United4Iran's Mohammad Ghaffarian

Lecture | October 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 140 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Mohammad Ghaffarian, United4Iran

 Human Rights Center, Middle Eastern Students Association

Ghaffarian will discuss how technology can be used to enhance, or violate, human rights. As United4Iran's Irancubator ProjectCoordinator, he develops Android apps to
enhance civic engagement and government
transparency, including tools that relate to domestic
violence, voter and election information, and
reproductive health, and a censor-evading pirate
radio podcast app.

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Ancient Philosophy Workshop: Essence and Insight

Lecture | October 27 | 4-6 p.m. | 234 Moses Hall

 Sean Kelsey, Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy, Notre Dame University

 Department of Philosophy

(Aristotle, On the Soul)

The Search for a Sustainable Source of Federal and State Transportation Revenue: Gas taxes or mileage fees?

Lecture | October 27 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Asha Weinstein Agrawal, San Jose State University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This talk will examine the relative benefits of raising the gas tax versus adopting a new "mileage fee." After presenting a policy evaluation framework specific to transportation revenue sources, Professor Agrawal will present a quick sketch analysis of gas taxes and mileage fees.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Shi-yee Liu and Tamara Bentley on Chen Hongshou

Lecture | October 28 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Auditorium

 Shi-Yee Liu, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tamara Bentley, Colorado College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Scholars Shi-Yee Liu and Tamara Bentley, both contributors to the Chen Hongshou exhibition catalog, illuminate different periods in the artist's career. Liu, assistant research curator of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, considers the role of popular culture in the artist’s early work, demonstrating possible inspiration from woodblock illustrations of novels and plays, popular and...   More >

Chen Hongshou: Su Wu and Li Ling with Attendants, c. 1635 (detail); hanging scroll: ink and colors on silk; 50 × 19 in.; BAMPFA, purchase made possible through a gift by an anonymous donor.