<< Week of November 05 >>

Monday, November 6, 2017

New Research in Oral History: Shanna Farrell: Bay Area Cocktails: An Oral History of Culture, Community and Craft

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Shanna Farrell, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

 Oral History Center

An American invention, the cocktail fluctuated in popularity following Prohibition and had firmly taken root in the culinary landscape by the 1990s. The Bay Area played a significant role in reviving it—as much as New York and London. From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits and Alice Waters’ revolutionary take on simple, fresh food at Chez Panisse to the bartenders who cared enough to...   More >

Dalí's Origins: Drawings and Paintings from the Cusí Collection

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Jordi Falgàs, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalí’s father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Mr. Cusí was a successful pharmacist with no training in art, and yet he was the first one to purchase numerous paintings and drawings from Dalí’s earliest exhibitions. The works acquired by Mr. Cusí were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to...   More >

When Conflicting Racisms Converge: Race, Nation and Segregation: Lecture with Rebecca Herman

Lecture | November 6 | 4 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room

 Rebecca Herman

 Center for Latin American Studies

During World War II, workers from across Latin America and the Caribbean traveled to the Panama Canal to work on defense construction projects for the U.St. When they arrived, they encountered a binary system of segregation. that did not accord with their racial constructs and identities. This talk will consider how race, nation and segregation divided Allies engaged in a purported war for democracy.

The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal in 1936. (Photo by E.O. Goldbeck/Library of Congress.)

The Power of Writing with Abandon: a Talk by Grant Faulkner

Lecture | November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Grant Faulkner, Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month

 Department of English

Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, will discuss his new book, Pep Talks for Writers, and how writers must dive in, banish their inner editors, and take creative risks by writing with abandon. Come ready to write with abandon!

LAEP Lecture: Ferdinand Ludwig

Lecture | November 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Monday, Nov 6, 6:00PM, Wurster Auditorium

We must conjure our Gods before we obey them: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

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

 Michael Rock, Designer, 2x4, New York

 Arts + Design

Design has become so elastic it is applied universally from chromosomes to climate change. We design spoons and tables and rooms and houses and computer programs and cities and power grids and national identities and international treaties and defense systems and, when all else fails, military campaigns. If design is anything that is planned and brought to fruition by human ingenuity, we’ve...   More >

We Must Conjure Our Gods Before We Obey Them

Lecture | November 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  BAMPFA

 Michael Rock, 2x4 Inc.

 Department of Architecture

Michael Rock, acclaimed designer, educator, and author talks about the pervasive influence of design in contemporary life. He is a founding partner and creative director 2x4 Inc., a multi-disciplinary design studio in New York City, and Director of the Graphic Architecture Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Chasing the Shadows of the Past in Late Ottoman Argos

Lecture | November 6 | 8-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

If there is one sentiment that is common to nearly all the accounts written by European travelers to the Peloponnesian town of Argos during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, it is one of profound disappointment and shock at the lack of visible remains of a city whose fame had been so lauded in antiquity. Inevitably, perhaps, imagination filled the void that autopsy was unable to...   More >

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Slow Accretion: Producing Harm in Ulaanbaatar’s Air Pollution Crisis

Lecture | November 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chisato Fukuda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Franck Billé, Program Director, Silk Road Center, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Public Health, School of

What counts as evidence of harm for those living in the midst of air pollution? Over the past two decades, air pollution has become a seasonal disaster in Ulaanbaatar, prompting widespread concerns about its harms to human bodies and the environment. These concerns have promoted various investments to document air pollution’s effects, from monitoring technologies, to interactive pollution maps,...   More >


The Russian Revolution and Soviet Durability

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lucan Way, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

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

The Soviet Union was one of the most durable authoritarian regimes in modern history. It not only endured 74 years, but survived multiple and severe crises -- from massive popular unrest in 1921 to deadly purges in the 1930s to the invasion of Germany in 1941. Professor Way argues that such robustness can be traced to the regime's origins in violent, revolutionary struggle. A history of violent...   More >

"How to Work a Look"--a lecture by Madison Moore

Lecture | November 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Madison Moore, ERC Postdoctoral Scholar, King's College, London

 Department of English, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

How to Work a Look explores the relationships between queerness, spectacular style and resistance. The colloquial phrase “working a look” highlights the queer practice of using fashion to critique restrictive societal norms. For queer, trans and nonbinary people of color, style is resistance, a...   More >

Launching Undocumental: a talk and reception

Lecture | November 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room

 Joel Sati, Undocumental; Ramona Naddaff, UC Berkeley Rhetoric Department; Khaled Alrabe, Human Rights Center; Meng So, Undocumented Student Program; Michael Conti, Define American

 Human Rights Center

Join us for the launch of Undocumental, an interdisciplinary and intersectional publication focused on "illegalization." The event will feature a Q&A with founder and executive director Joel Sati and members of the Undocumented editorial staff. We'll also hear brief introductory remarks from Khaled Alrabe, director of the Immigration Initiative at the Human Rights Center; Ramona Naddaff,...   More >

Naisargi Dave | Life is Queerer Than a Chessboard: On Cows, Violence, and Love in Contemporary India

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

 Naisargi N. Dave, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights

A talk by anthropologist and scholar of queer activism and animal rights in India Dr. Naisargi N. Dave.

Waste Reduction Speaker Panel: Hosted by Food@Haas

Lecture | November 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum in Chou Hall

 Dan Kurzrock, Regrained; Komal Ahmed, Copia; Nick Peters, DrawDown; Dylan Brody, Imperfect Produce

 Haas School of Business

This is a Haas class, anyone who is not enrolled but wants to attend the class is welcome to join but will be asked to leave if we run out of seating capacity in the room (due to fire code).

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Community Curating and the Maker Movement: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | November 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Dale Dougherty, Founder and CEO, Maker Media; Eric Siegel, Director, University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley; Sherry Huss, Vice President, Maker Media; Co-creator, Maker Faire

 Arts + Design

From its inception in San Mateo California in 2006, Maker Faire has grown into a global phenomenon, a living exhibition of creativity, technology, and “do it yourself” culture that now thrives in over 130 cities throughout the world. The curation of each Maker Faire uses a community-building approach to support the participation of new makers. This decentralized approach to curation has helped to...   More >

Overlapping Forms: Linking Material Culture and Environmental Knowledge

Lecture | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Daniel Niles, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation examines different forms of environmental knowledge, the role of this knowledge in cultural persistence through time, and its consequent significance to the intellectual challenges of the Anthropocene. The paper describes the activity of a master charcoal-maker in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, who works in a landscape recognized by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture...   More >

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children: Townsend Book Chat with Alison Gopnik

Lecture | November 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar 21st century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong—it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for kids and parents, too.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Deploy Black-Box Models: The Importance of Intelligibility in Machine Learning for Bias Detection and Prevention

Lecture | November 8 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Rich Caruana, Microsoft Research

 Information, School of

In machine learning often a trade-off must be made between accuracy and intelligibility: the most accurate models usually are not very intelligible (e.g., deep nets and random forests), and the most intelligible models usually are less accurate (e.g., linear or logistic regression). This trade-off often limits the accuracy of models that can be safely deployed in mission-critical applications...   More >

Kashmiri Women in Resistance: Indian Occupation and Silenced Histories

Lecture | November 8 | 4:30-6:15 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Huma Dar; Idrisa Pandit

 Unlearning India

A conversation about the agency of Kashmiri women in resisting the violence of Indian occupation.

Combinatory Digital Poetics in Electronic Literature and Film

Lecture | November 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 127 Dwinelle Hall

 Scott Rettberg, Professor of Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Digital Humanities at Berkeley

Aleatory and combinatory poetic methods have been an ongoing concern of the avant-garde stretching back to the early 20th century, and have crystallised as one of the main threads of practice in electronic literature. Scott Rettberg will discuss how an interest in combinatory poetics reflected first in projects such as the poetry generators “Frequency,” “Tokyo Garage,” and “After Parthenope”...   More >

Cosmic Knowledge and the Long-term Strategy of the Human Race: The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy

Lecture | November 8 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Sandra Faber, Professor Emerita of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Astronomy

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Future of the EU after Brexit: Implications for Transatlantic Relations from a German Perspective

Lecture | November 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jana Puglierin, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations

 Institute of European Studies, The San Francisco Eric M. Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany

This presentation will cover the future of the European integration process after the German elections with a focus on the role of Germany, Franco-German relations, the implications of Brexit on the cohesion of the EU-27, the common security and defense policy, and the impact of this process on transatlantic relations from the German point of view.

Dr. Jana Puglierin is head of the Alfred...   More >

Harjant Gill | On North Indian/Punjabi Masculinities: A Screening followed by Discussion with the Filmmaker

Lecture | November 9 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Harjant S. Gill, Documentary Filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Towson University

 Karen Nakamura, Robert and Colleen Haas Distinguished Chair in Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology Graduate advisor, UCB-UCSF Joint Program in Medical Anthropology

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society - Disability Studies cluster, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights

A evening with Prof. Harjant S. Gill, an Indian documentary filmmaker who teaches visual anthropology at Towson University. His films explore topics related to gender, sexuality, religion and belonging in India and among Indians in diaspora.

Sheryl-Ann Simpson: Planning for Citizenship

Lecture | November 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 112 Auditorium

 Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Department of City & Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design

 Department of City and Regional Planning

Sheryl-Ann Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design unit at the University of California, Davis. She examines the relationships between states and citizens, and explores variety of urban issues, including immigration, housing, and urban health. The connective thread in Simpson’s work is an interest in the voices, experiences, and ideas of individuals...   More >

Can Nature Save Us? Stories from the Natural World

Lecture | November 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 M. Sanjayan, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Conservation International

 College of Natural Resources

2017 Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation

At a time when humanity’s demands on the natural world have never been greater, Dr. M. Sanjayan’s keynote address highlights nature’s essential role in creating a livable future for people everywhere.