<< Week of October 29 >>

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Body/Psyche Politics of Cairo's El-Nadeem

Lecture | October 30 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 3 LeConte Hall

 Frances Hasso, Duke University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

El-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is a women-initiated and dominated non-governmental activist organization established in Cairo in 1993 as a psychological counseling center by university professor and labor activist Dr. Aida Seif al-Dawla and two other psychiatrists to ameliorate the traumas of Egyptian and refugee torture victims. Over time, El-Nadeem developed...   More >

Engineering, Finance, Social Science, and Consequential Thinking—A multi-disciplinary approach to reducing residential earthquake risk in California: CEE Fall Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer of the California Earthquake Authority

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Janiele Maffei will describe how her experience as a structural engineer plays a critical role in achieving CEA’s strategic goals to Educate, Mitigate and Insure. Working with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and consultants, Ms Maffei develops residential seismic retrofit standards, sponsors building performance studies, and manages a seismic retrofit grant program.

Neutrino Oscillations at the Super-Kamiokande Detector: The 2017 Emilio Segrè Lecture

Lecture | October 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Laureate, Special University Professor, and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), University of Tokyo

 Department of Physics

Neutrinos were assumed to have no mass. It was predicted, however, if they have masses, they could change their type while they propagate. This phenomena is called neutrino oscillations, which was discovered by deep underground neutrino experiments. Dr. Takaaki Kajita will describe the discovery of neutrino oscillations and the implications of the small neutrino masses. The status and the future...   More >

Takaaki Kajita

The Art of Emotions/Emotions in Art: From the Pixar Film to the Empathetic Museum: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

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

 Dacher Keltner, Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center, Professor, Psychology, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

In this talk I will chart the journey that the science of emotion has led me on in collaborations on Pixar's film Inside/Out, Emoji at Facebook, and building emotion into museums on our on line life.

This talk coincides with the Science at Cal weekend, including the Vision + LIght exhibition (Oct 27 & 28), and the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists taking place in the Bay Area and...   More >

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Frontiers in Anti-Discrimination Law: International Human Rights Law on Persons with Disabilities

Lecture | October 31 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Dean's Seminar Room, 215B Boalt Hall

 Theresia Degener, Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Theresia Degener, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will present on the Committee’s jurisprudence on the right to be protected against discrimination and the right to equality, and will put this jurisprudence in a broader context of human rights and disability. In particular, the focus will be on the draft General Comment No 6 on Art. 5 CRPD (equality and...   More >

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Some Assembly Required: Using pXRF to Reconstruct the Production History of a Proto-Corinthian Helmet

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

 Jesse Obert, University of California, Berkeley Department of History

 Archaeological Research Facility

This paper will present new conclusions about the development of ancient Greek military equipment and a deeper understanding of ancient Mediterranean metalsmithing. In the summer of 2017, I studied a Proto-Corinthian helmet at the Hearst Museum, object 8-4597, with an X-Ray Florescence (pXRF) spectrometer. Although ancient historians and classical archaeologists often cite object 8-4597, very...   More >

Arts and Science in a Public Learning Laboratory: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

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

 Theo Watson, Partner/Creative Director, Design IO; Eric Siegel, Director, University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Science and art were not always considered separate disciplines, and many argue that the reintegration of art and science will foster new, more responsive, more humane, and more inclusive practices in both fields. Theo Watson will present his work at the intersection of art and science, followed by a dialogue with Eric Siegel.

Theodore Watson is an artist, designer and experimenter...   More >

The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey

Lecture | November 1 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Murat Akan, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a book talk by Murat Akan, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University.

AEI's Arthur Brooks: How the Competition of Ideas Can Reunite the Country

Lecture | November 1 | 1-2 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Arthur Brooks, American Enterprise Institute

 Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dr. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, will blend social science, philosophy, and history to offer a better vision for American political discourse – and practical, actionable tactics that each of us can use to help heal the competition of ideas in this country.

This is an event for Berkeley students only. RSVP at https://ucbevents.wufoo.com/forms/r1cvpu3f0pubt1m/

Climate Change: The Defining Health Challenge and Opportunity of the 21st Century: A Lancet Countdown Event

Lecture | November 1 | 5-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater and Wolf Gallery

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary for Science and Health, California Environmental Protection Agency; Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor, UC Berkeley; John Balmes, Professor, UC Berkeley and UCSF; Hector De La Torre, Member, California Air Resources Board

 Linda Rudolph, Director, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute

 Public Health, School of, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, Public Health Institute

On October 31, the Lancet Countdown will release its first annual report tracking climate change and health indicators across five key domains. Our panelists will discuss the implications of the report and California’s role as the U.S. leader in climate change mitigation policy.

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The Knowledge of/about Migrants: Preconceptions. Misconceptions. Limits.

Lecture | November 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Armin Nassehi, LMU Munich

 Julie Weise, University of Oregon

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West

30 years after opening its doors in the US capital, the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) is expanding its operations to the Pacific Coast. Please join us for the opening event of GHI West. Armin Nassehi's keynote is the first in a series of annual Bucerius lectures funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of the major German private foundations active in the field of...   More >

  RSVP online or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at events-west@ghi-dc.org

ARCH Lecture: Amanda Williams

Lecture | November 1 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, NOV 1, 6:30pm. Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect.

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Dr. William Barylo: Muslims in the West: Embodying the Change

Lecture | November 1 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Dr. William Barylo, Sociologist, Film-Maker, Author, Light Inc.

 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, November 2, 2017

Genealogies of Syrian Ba‘thism: Michel ‘Aflaq and Modern Arab Intellectual History

Lecture | November 2 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Max Weiss, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Join the CMES for a lecture by Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He studies the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. Raised in southern...   More >

Bringing Atzlán and Borinquen to Chicago: Mexican and Puerto Rican Art in the City from 1968 to the Age of Trump

Lecture | November 2 | 2-4 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Center for Latino Policy Research

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Marc Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus in Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, and in World and Hispanic Culture and Literature at the University of Houston

 Department of English, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UC Berkeley Center for Latino Policy Research

Mexican and Puerto Rican Art in the City from 1968 to the Age of Trump

The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America

Lecture | November 2 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Rick Wartzman, Director, KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society

 James Lincoln, Haas School of Business; David Levine, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Once, big companies took responsibility for their workers’ wellbeing, with high pay and reliable benefits. But as precarious work expands and pensions dwindle, many workers no longer feel that their employers are looking out for them. Author Rick Wartzman follows four corporate giants – General Electric, General Motors, Kodak, and Coca-Cola – through the twentieth century’s booms and busts,...   More >

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Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture: When the precision of mathematics meets the messiness of the world of people

Lecture | November 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Keith Devlin, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Almost all mathematicians are attracted to the subject by its certainty and precision. It’s one of the most finely sharpened blades in the human cognitive armory. It rules supreme in many parts of Physics and Engineering. It is almost as precise when applied to the activities of large populations of living creatures, including humans, though the precision then is a statistical one that applies...   More >

Nandini Sundar | Hostages to Democracy - India at 70: The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2017

Lecture | November 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in location

 Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Master of Development Practice, Department of Sociology, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights at the Center for Race and Gender, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, South Asian Law Students Association

Lecture by noted social anthropologist and Professor of Sociology in the Delhi School of Economics, Dr. Nandini Sundar.

How Everything Became War And The Military Became Everything

Lecture | November 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University

 Institute of International Studies

Rosa Brooks is one of the nation’s top experts on national security and the changing nature of warfare. Her most recent book, How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2016. A journalist and a law professor at Georgetown University, Brooks -- the daughter of left-wing anti-war activists and the wife of a US Army Special Forces officer --...   More >

Making as Research | Artist Talk and DIY Couture Fashion Lab with Angie Wilson

Lecture | November 2 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 126 Dwinelle Annex

 Angie Wilson

 Arts Research Center

Angie Wilson mines seismic cultural shifts and the subtleties of consciousness in her textile-based sculpture and installations. She will be discussing current and recent projects including Protest Curtains, collaborative projects resisting racism, xenophobia and inequality, as well as her woven meditations on space and time.

How Christians Think: A Conversation with Marvin Olasky at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | November 2 | 6-7 p.m. | 102 Wheeler Hall

 Marvin Olasky, WORLD Magazine

 The Berkeley Forum

At a time of heightened political anxiety, the line that sets apart religion and politics is rarely defined. As WORLD Magazine Editor-in-Chief and a former advisor to President George W. Bush, Dr. Marvin Olasky has been at the forefront of interpreting world events through a Christian lens. On this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. Olasky will discuss the importance of understanding how...   More >


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Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | November 2 | 7-9:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Steve Croft, SETI

 Department of Astronomy

Join us for our monthly Astro Night series at UC Berkeley! This month, come learn all about the search for intelligent life in the Universe. After, you are invited on our rooftop for stargazing and a grew view of the city!

Doors to Campbell Hall open at 6:30pm, and lecture is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Feel free to come and go during stargazing.

 Talk is aimed at a high school science level.

Friday, November 3, 2017

“I am a Parrot”: Socialization into Literacy and Epistemic Ideologies through Rote Learning in India

Lecture | November 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 33 Dwinelle Hall

 Usree Bhattacharya, University of Georgia

 Berkeley Language Center, Center for Ethnographic Research

Pervasive in rural and poorer schools in India, rote practices have received widespread criticism in educational literature for constraining the learning of English as well as educational content (e.g., Annamalai, 2004; Bhattacharya, 2013; Mohanty, 2008). Less studied, however, has been how rote practices 1) shape what students in such schools construct as learning, and 2) inform how they see...   More >

Jacobs Design Conversations: Silvia Lindtner, "The Promise of Making: Desiring Alternatives, Hacking Capitalism and Prototyping Inequality"

Lecture | November 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

University of Michigan assistant professor Silvia Lindtner will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.

Optimal Coordination of Connected and Autonomous Cars in Smart Cities

Lecture | November 3 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ardalan Vahidi, Clemson University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Connectivity and autonomy of cars and roadside infrastructure is expected to transform urban transportation. For instance, cooperation between intelligent cars and intersection control units can harmonize traffic flow, increase energy efficiency, and enhance safety and passenger comfort.

This talk takes a closer look at some of these potentials. In one experimental case study, we demonstrate...   More >

The Ambassador's Story: Henry Morgenthau, the Armenian Genocide, and the Problem of Humanitarian Intervention: The Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture

Lecture | November 3 | 4 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Margaret Lavinia Anderson, Professor of History Emerita, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History

Ambassador Morgenthau's Story (1918) depicts the horros visited on the Armenian people by the Young Turk regime, as well as author Henry Morgenthau's own efforts to thwart the genocide and alert the world. A Critical reading of his memoir and of German diplomatic documents suggest his story was less straightforward. What Morgenthau really said and did in 1915 raises questions about what a state...   More >

The Mongols and the Changing Patterns of Indian Ocean Connections

Lecture | November 3 | 5-7 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Tansen Sen, NYU Shanghai

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Institute for South Asia Studies

In the thirteenth century, the expansion of Mongol forces under Genghis Khan and his descendants resulted in the formation of a vast Eurasian empire stretching from the Korean peninsula to central Europe. Despite the eventual fragmentation of this Mongol empire into four contending khanates, the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries witnessed unprecedented interactions between polities and...   More >

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lecture by Patricia Berger: A Crisis of Faith: Chen Hongshou’s Buddhist Paintings

Lecture | November 4 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Art historian Patricia Berger explores Chen Hongshou’s enigmatic Buddhist paintings, which offer a glimpse into a cataclysmic moment in Chinese history. Followed by a discussion with Robert Sharf.