<< Week of February 04 >>

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 8 | 9:30-11 a.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Jeff Vance Martin, SURF Advisor

 Office of Undergraduate Research

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) 2018: More Than Moore: Is this the End of Moore's Law?

Conference/Symposium | February 8 | 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

After nearly 50 years of Moore’s Law, and many premature predictions of its demise along the way, it is now clear that “conventional” transistor scaling is finally reaching fundamental limits. This year’s BEARS conference will highlight some of the latest thinking and results that show a bright future for electronics and computing.

Inhibitory control of learning signals

Seminar | February 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Jason Christie**, Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Edwige Tamalet Talbayev on the Transcontinental Maghreb

Meeting | February 8 | 12-2 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of French

Please join the Francophone Studies Working Group for this lunchtime conversation with Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (Tulane) on her recent book *The Transcontinental Maghreb: Francophone Literature across the Mediterranean* (Fordham UP, 2017).

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Mirko Draca, University of Warwick

 Department of Economics

he 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 >

ESPM Graduate Students Guest Speaker: Karl Jacoby: Professor, Dept. of History and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race - Columbia University

Seminar | February 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

Karl Jacoby shares his talk "Thinking about Nature in Time: Lessons from Environmental History"

This event is open to the public.
Refreshments will be served at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall.

Stebbins Piano Series: Pianist Jolie Huang

Performing Arts - Music | February 8 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Mary Remy

 Women's Faculty Club

Pianist Jolie Huang performs Robert Schumann - Symphonic Etudes, Op 13

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by February 8.

Darwin Day Lecture: Darwin's Backyard: Lessons from an inveterate experimentiser

Seminar | February 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 James Costa, Western Carolina University

 Department of Integrative Biology

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 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 >

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Summer Opportunities Fair

Special Event | February 8 | 2-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Summer Sessions

Wondering what to do next summer? Visit the Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about exciting summer options for UC Berkeley students, including summer courses, study abroad, student jobs and internships, research, volunteer and service, and more.

Representatives from Berkeley campus units will be tabling with information on their courses and programs.

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: Firms and Tasks

Seminar | February 8 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Daniel Haanwinckel, UCB

 Center for Labor Economics

Improving prediction of intervention effects across populations

Lecture | February 8 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Kara Rudolph, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

 Public Health, School of

In public health, there is frequently an implicit assumption that an intervention that works in one place will work in another. This is often not the case in practice, where expansion of interventions may yield disappointingly null results or even unexpected adverse effects. In this talk, I will discuss how some of my recent work in transportability and mediation can help better predict how an...   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll

 Office of Undergraduate Research

If you need to write a grant proposal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a lit review and project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >

The EU’s ad hoc Policy Towards the Middle East after the Refugee Crisis. A View From Central Europe

Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 (Townsend)

 Łukasz Fyderek, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University

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

Over the years the Southern Dimension of the European neighborhood policy has been characterized by efforts to promote stability and prosperity. The aim was to build “a ring of friends” from the Caucasus to the Sahara, using a plethora of foreign policy instruments and economic incentives. Within the EU, the matter was relatively uncontroversial, and since 2008 a division of labor became visible,...   More >

Working Together: How the Supreme Court Divided the Labor and Civil Rights Movements

Lecture | February 8 | 4 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Catherine Fisk, Professor, Berkeley Law

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law

Once, activists dreamed of an all-inclusive movement for poor people. But then came the 1950s – labor began to decline as a social movement, and civil rights leaders turned away from their early focus on labor rights. What role did the courts play in pushing these movements apart?

Professor Fisk finds that the era’s labor laws, which were hostile to picketing by labor organizers, encouraged...   More >

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Media and Medicine: Racialized Productions of Public Health

Colloquium | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Charles Briggs, Anthropology; Mauricio Najarro, Medical Anthropology

 Center for Race and Gender

From Deracialized Bodies to Pathological Biomedical Subjectivities: Constructing Difference in Media Coverage of Health
Charles Briggs, Anthropology

Of Mothers and Addicts: Racialization and the Translation of Interests in Contemporary News Coverage of the Opioid Epidemic in the San Francisco Bay Area
Mauricio Najarro, Medical Anthropology

After the Airlifts: Battling over Vietnamese Children and the Place of Vietnamese Refugees

Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Allison Varzally, Professor of History, CSU Fullerton

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk is derived from Prof. Varzally's new book Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Allison Varzally

The Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Karl Jacoby on The Strange Career of William Ellis

Lecture | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Karl Jacoby, Professor, Department of History, Columbia University

 Chip Williams, Descendent of William Ellis

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather,...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic Identities.

Lecture | February 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

In numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics.

We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials and rational functions in many...   More >

Buddhism and Divination in Tibet

Lecture | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much...   More >

Info Session: Study theater abroad in Ireland with TDPS this summer

Information Session | February 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

TDPS will host the Berkeley Summer Abroad course “Irish Theater" from July 9-August 11, 2018 in Galway and Dublin, Ireland. Join us for this info session to learn more about the five-week, six-credit course. It begins with one week of classes in Berkeley before a four-week trip to Galway & Dublin to study Irish theater at its source! Read on for more details....   More >

Lillette Dubey | Film and Theatre, National and International: An Actor's Perspective

Performing Arts - Theater | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Lillette Dubey, Indian actress and theatre and television personality

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Enacte Arts, Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Nazakat at Berkeley

A conversation with Indian actress and acclaimed theatre director, television and film artist, Lillette Dubey.

UCDC Info Session: Fall 2018 application deadline, Feb 22, 2018

Information Session | February 8 | 5-6 p.m. | 262 Evans Hall

 Marcia Condon, UCDC

 The UC Berkeley Washington Program

Come learn about Berkeley's program in DC, where students from any major intern and research in Washington DC, earning a full semester of Berkeley credit.

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Author Wendy Pearlman presents her book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria, which is an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics.

A Long Civil War or a Long Reconstruction?: A Case for 1865

Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Brook Thomas, UC Irvine

 Department of English, Americanist Colloquium

An evening lecture and discussion with UC Irvine professor Brook Thomas; Sponsored by the Americanist Colloquium

SOLD OUT - The Science of Cannabis: The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds

Lecture | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

There is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants?

$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students

 SOLD OUT.

Atlassian Tech Talk and Info-Session

Information Session | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Dr. Jennifer Prendki is the Head of Data Science at Atlassian, where she leads all Search and Machine Learning initiatives and is in charge of leveraging the massive amount of data collected by the company to load the suite of Atlassian products with smart features.

In this talk, she will discuss not only the many ways that data can deceive analysts (both human-driven and technical), but also...   More >

Documentary Screening: And Then They Came For Us

Film - Documentary | February 8 | 6:15-8:15 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 DICE

Please join SPH's DICE at a documentary screening of And Then They Came For Us - a film that draws on the parallels between Japanese Internment and the current Muslim Ban. Q&A with the Co-Director, Abby Ginzberg, and Community Activist, Satsuki Ina, to follow. Please RSVP! Food provided!

Celebrate Michael Krasny’s 25 Years as host of KQED’s Forum

Lecture | February 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, North Gate Hall Library

 Michael Krasny, KQED

 Graduate School of Journalism

You are invited to a very special evening celebrating the career of legendary Bay Area radio host and author Michael Krasny.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/8B6wvu
Seating is first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating.

  RSVP online

The Town on Notice: Dance Performance + Discussion on Gentrification in Oakland

Performing Arts - Dance | February 8 | 7-9 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

All in all, Oakland is an urban conundrum, and Dimension Dance Theater’s “The Town On Notice” seeks to explore the community and its many facets through storytelling, dance, music, photography, film and drama.

The Town on Notice: Dance Performance and Panel Discussion on Gentrification

Performing Arts - Dance | February 8 | 7-9 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Dimensions Dance Theater, https://www.dimensionsdance.org/

 College of Environmental Design

When Gertrude Stein wrote in her 1937 book Everybody’s Autobiography, “There is no there there,” she was expressing her regret upon learning that the neighborhood in which she had lived (today known as Bella Vista) was being torn down to make way for an industrial park; over time, the quote has been misconstrued as a derogatory description of Oakland as a whole, and this dismissal has been...   More >

Film: Hour of the Wolf

Film - Feature | February 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hour of the Wolf intertwines supernatural mysteries with the no less mysterious torments of creativity. Alma (Liv Ullmann) tells of her life on a remote island with her artist husband (Max von Sydow), who has disappeared, leaving only his diary. The strange occurrences she relates invoke the waking nightmares of gothic horror, yet in creating this eerie tale, Bergman drew on his own experiences...   More >

Hilton Als in Conservation with Stephen Best

Lecture | February 8 | 7:30 p.m. |  Nourse Theater

 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA

 Hilton Als, The New Yorker

 Stephen Best, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley English

 Department of English

Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for ‘The Talk of the Town,’ he became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Week after week, he brings to the magazine a rigorous, sharp, and lyrical perspective on acting, playwriting, and directing. With his deep knowledge of the history of performance—not only in theatre but in...   More >

Memory and the Ear: Sather Lecture #1

Lecture | February 8 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maud Fife Room | Note change in time and location

 Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi di Siena

 Department of Classics

Friday, February 9, 2018

Women's Basketball vs. Colorado

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 9 |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Colorado in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

The Fifth Annual Global Health Economics Colloquium

Colloquium | February 9 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. |  UCSF Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium

 600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

 Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity, UCSF; Ashish Jha MD, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute, and Senior Associate Dean at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

 Public Health, School of, UCSF and University of Washington

Join us for a day of engaging presentations and thought-provoking conversations about the economics of health in vulnerable populations, at home and abroad.

$20-$90

  Buy tickets online

  Register online

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Enhanced Fiber-Based Frame Model for Simulating Cyclic Degradation of Reinforced Concrete Beam-columns

Seminar | February 9 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Maha Kenawy

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Robust nonlinear structural analysis is fundamental to estimate seismic demands on structures and accurately assess their seismic performance. Structural simulations employing frame-element models face numerical challenges that preclude rigorous prediction of softening or response degradation of structural members.

“Exploring Curiosity in Human and Reinforcement Learning agents”

Colloquium | February 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Rachit Dubey, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Even in absence of external rewards, babies and scientists explore the world around them. For this reason, curiosity has long been recognized as a hallmark of human exploration and the essence of science. Despite its importance, we lack even the most basic understanding of the basis, mechanisms, and purpose of curiosity. In this talk, I will provide a brief overview of some of my projects which...   More >

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Austria in a Changing Europe. Diplomatic Perspectives

Lecture | February 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Andreas Launer, Consul General of the Republic of Austria in Los Angeles; Martin Rauchbauer, Co-Director of the Open Austria Silicon Valley Office

 Institute of European Studies

Austria is in the heart of a Europe that continues to go through fundamental political, economic, and social changes. As the country takes over the Presidency of the European Union in the second half of this year, two Austrian diplomats based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, share their perspectives on developments and challenges in Austria, Europe, and on relations with the United...   More >

Labor Lunch Seminar: "Employment Adjustment around Childbirth"

Seminar | February 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Barbara Pertold-Gebicka; Filip Pertold

 Center for Labor Economics

Dancing for Fun and Fitness (BEUHS605)

Workshop | February 9 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Nadia Qabazard

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Fit some fun and fitness into your day with these free, beginner dance classes. Zumba will be on 9/8 and 12/1, Samba will be on 10/6 and Polynesian/Hula will be on 11/3. No partner required. Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes recommended.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Atomically precise graphene nanoribbons for logic devices

Seminar | February 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Juan Pablo Llinás, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is now possible to grow graphene nanoribbons with atomically precision by employing on-surface organic synthesis techniques. Bottom-up synthesized graphene nanoribbons have promising electronic properties for high performance field effect transistors (FETs) and ultra-low power devices such as tunneling FETs. However, the short length and wide band gap of GNRs have prevented the fabrication of...   More >

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Root Systems and Reflection Groups

Seminar | February 9 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Chris Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 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 >

Out of the Vault: Sergei Eisenstein and His Contemporaries

Conference/Symposium | February 9 | 1:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Peter Bagrov, FIAF, Moscow; Evgenii Bershtein, Reed College; Anne Nesbet, UC Berkeley

 John MacKay, Yale University; Joan Neuberger, University of Texas, Austin; David Stirk, Princeton University

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A panel of visiting scholars from across the country—all experts in the field of early Russian and Soviet cinema—joins Moscow-based scholar and archivist Peter Bagrov for a series of presentations and a program of rare shorts and excerpts from feature films held in the BAMPFA Soviet Cinema Collection.

$15 General Admission, $11 BAMPFA members, $12 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under, FREE UC Berkeley students

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | February 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Hierarchical Nanoscale Assemblies for the Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 by H2O: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

 Dr. Heinz Frei, LBNL / Molecular Biophysics and Bioimaging

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Closing of the photosynthetic cycle of water oxidation and carbon dioxide reduction on the shortest possible length scale – the nanoscale – offers the advantage of minimizing efficiency degrading ion transport processes and of chemical side reactions.

Square inch sized arrays of cobalt oxide-silica core-shell nanotubes offer a design for scalable artificial photosystems in which the cycle of...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for Stochastic Growth Models III

Seminar | February 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Special Quantum Geometry Seminar: Actions of groups and the Gromov-Hausdorff propinquity

Seminar | February 9 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 959 Evans Hall

 Frédéric Latrémolière, University of Denver

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss some of our recent results concerning the actions of groups on limits of quantum compact metric spaces for the Gromov-Hausdorff propinquity. The central observation is that group actions carry to the limit, in a controlled manner, and ergodicity is preserved as well. These results open new directions for applications of metric methods in noncommutative geometry.

Clark Kerr Garden Open Hours

Tour/Open House | February 2 – May 11, 2018 every Friday | 2:30-4:30 p.m. |  Clark Kerr Campus

 Campus Gardens

The Clark Kerr Garden is managed by Gardener Susanne Weisman along with the Cal Dining Sustainability Team Garden Coordinators and committed volunteers. Clark Kerr contains a culinary garden, an orchard, and continually growing edible landscaping.

Our goal is to be a space where anyone can hang out, pass through, learn something, collaborate, and enjoy food together. We hold skills training...   More >

MENA Salon: No Relief for UNRWA

Workshop | February 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Why is the Trump administration cutting funding to UNRWA now? What effects will the shortfall have on Palestine, Israel, and the broader Middle East? What is UNRWA’s mandate and what is its role today? In this week’s MENA Salon we will consider these questions and other queries pertinent to the UN agency and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Information and Embodiment

Seminar | February 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Marcia Bates

 Information, School of

Looking for and gathering information is usually viewed as a primarily cognitive process. But information is absorbed and processed through the body as well. A fuller understanding of human interaction with information requires the integration of a sense of physical embodiment as well. The study of embodiment has infused anthropology, psychology, and biology in recent years. In the paper,...   More >

Design and Selection of Metalloenzymes and their Applications as Biocatalysts in Alternative Energies and as Biosensors in Environmental Monitoring, Medical Diagnostics and Imaging

Seminar | February 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Yi Lu, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Metalloenzymes play important roles in numerous biological processes. Designing metalloenzymes is an
ultimate test of our knowledge about metalloenzymes and can result in new biocatalysts for practical
applications such as in alternatives energies. We have been focusing ways to design heteronuclear
metalloenzymes involved in multiple electron redox processes, such as heme-copper oxidase,...   More >

Leveraging Big Data to Improve Operational Performance, Reliability, and Efficiency

Lecture | February 9 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Jonny Simkin, Swiftly

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: The existing public transit infrastructure in the United States already generates a tremendous amount of data, however, this information is often not used as effectively as it could be. In this session, we will discuss some of the ways that Swiftly is leveraging billions of data points to help transit agencies improve operational performance, reliability, and efficiency.

Bio: Jonny...   More >

Spreading the Word: Woodblock Publishing Sites and Book Distribution Networks in the Qing

Colloquium | February 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Cynthia Brokaw, History, Brown University

 Michael Nylan, History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The commercial publishing boom of the late Ming was largely a regional phenomenon, as most businesses of any size were confined to the cities of Jiangnan and Jianyang (in northern Fujian). By the eighteenth century, however, the geography of commercial publishing had changed, as more and more entrepreneurs, responding to a rising demand for texts, founded important publishing operations in the...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 3: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Analytic Inequalities.

Lecture | February 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Calvin Laboratory (Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing), Auditorium

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

The celebrated Brascamp-Lieb (BL) inequalities, and their reverse form of Barthe, is a powerful framework which unifies and generalizes many important inequalities in analysis, convex geometry and information theory.

I will exemplify BL inequalities, building to the general set-up. I will describe the structural theory that characterizes existence and optimality of these inequalities in terms...   More >

Student / postdoc PDE seminar: Multivalued harmonic functions 2

Seminar | February 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Brian Krummel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

More on how multivalued harmonic functions arise in regularity theory for minimal surfaces and on the basic theory of multivalued Dirichlet energy minimizing functions.

Hesiod, the Presocratics and Hellenistic Poetry

Lecture | February 9 | 5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Nestrick Room (142)

 Richard Hunter

 Department of Classics

Fabric Marker Jam with Chulita Vinyl Club and Creative Growth

Workshop | February 9 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bring a garment to draw on and use our fabric-marker stash to explore the expressive potential of your style. Creative Growth Art Center will inspire us with a selection of fashion and textile artworks from their annual runway event, and the womxn-of-color DJ collective Chulita Vinyl Club will keep us moving and marking with an all-vinyl DJ set.

Chulita Vinyl Club was launched in December 2014...   More >

Film: Battleship Potemkin

Film - Feature | February 9 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Instructed to make a film to commemorate the 1905 revolution, Eisenstein chose to base his script on the mutiny on the battleship Potemkin of the Black Sea Fleet and the ensuing involvement of the people of Odessa. The sailors’ revolt is both premise and metaphor for a tale told virtually entirely through images and their rhythmic juxtaposition and repetition, the purest cinema imaginable; the...   More >

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 9 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Friday, February 9, 8pm
Beethoven/Piano Concerto No. 2
Timo Andres/The Blind Banister (West Coast Premiere)
Mendelssohn/Symphony No. 4, Italian

$48 Tickets range from $48-86

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performs Friday–Sunday, February 9–11, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

A Rap on Race: Spectrum Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | February 9 | 8-10 p.m. |  Oakland Metro Operahouse

 522 2nd Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 Cal Performances

Choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith collaborate to bring a historic 1970 conversation on race between author James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead into the present moment in the California premiere of this acclaimed dance-theater work. A Rap on Race, named after the book published from a transcript of that meeting, combines text with movement and music to...   More >

$54 prices subject to change

  Buy tickets online or by calling Cal Performances at 5106429988, or by emailing Cal Performances at tickets@calperformances.org

The Spectrum Dance Theater performs Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10, 2018 in the Oakland Metro Operahouse.

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 9 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Lily CHEN A Leaf Falls After (premiere)
Sofia GUBAIDULINA The Light of the End
PROKOFIEV 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 orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the...   More >

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

  Buy tickets online

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Celebrating Diversity in Engineering and Science: BESSA and BGESS 50th and 30th Year Anniversaries

Reception | February 10 | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Chancellor Gary S. May

 Cal Alumni Association, Black Alumni Club

Celebrating Diversity in Engineering and Science: BESSA & BGESS 50th and 30th Year Anniversaries will be hosted by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and the Black Alumni Club. Join alumni and current students for an evening of reunion, reminiscence, and networking.

We are proud to present our keynote speaker Dr. Gary S. May, Chancellor of the University of California, Davis and one of the...   More >

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For People of Color Law School Admissions Conference at Berkeley Law

Conference/Symposium | February 10 | 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. | 215 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Coalition for Diversity at Berkeley Law

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm

Where:

UC Berkeley School of Law
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, California 94720

This event will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the law school application process. Current law students and administrators will provide advice on how best to navigate the law school application process. Continental breakfast and...   More >

Career Clinic: Making A Successful Career Transition: Roadmap for Change

Lecture | February 10 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 204

 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 >

$50

  Register online

Certificate Program in Clinical Research Conduct and Management

Information Session | February 10 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension San Francisco Campus

 160 Spear St., San Francisco, CA

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how this professional certificate can help you launch or advance your career in clinical research by enhancing your knowledge of clinical trials. For more information about the program, visit extension.berkeley.edu/cert/clinical.html.

  Register online

SOLD OUT - FAMILY PROGRAM: A Botanical Valentine Tea

Workshop | February 10 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Our annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.

$24 Adult $20 Child, $19 Member Adult $15 Member Child

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

SOLD OUT - FAMILY PROGRAM: A Botanical Valentine Tea

Workshop | February 10 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Our annual tradition returns with a lovely botanical tea in honor of Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a celebration of herbs and flowers at this educational walk and tea party, with a special opportunity to collect for our make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks. Finish the fun by making valentines from pressed botanicals to take home.

$24 Adult $20 Child, $19 Member Adult $15 Member Child

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 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 >

A Rap on Race: Spectrum Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | February 10 | 2-4 p.m. |  Oakland Metro Operahouse

 522 2nd Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 Cal Performances

Choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith collaborate to bring a historic 1970 conversation on race between author James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead into the present moment in the California premiere of this acclaimed dance-theater work. A Rap on Race, named after the book published from a transcript of that meeting, combines text with movement and music to...   More >

$54 prices subject to change

  Buy tickets online or by calling Cal Performances at 5106429988, or by emailing Cal Performances at tickets@calperformances.org

Film: The End of the Ottoman Empire

Film - Documentary | February 10 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This recent documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.

Film: Alexander Nevsky

Film - Feature | February 10 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alexander Nevsky also screens on April 11 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.
On February 10, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film...   More >

A Rap on Race: Spectrum Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | February 10 | 8-10 p.m. |  Oakland Metro Operahouse

 522 2nd Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 Cal Performances

Choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith collaborate to bring a historic 1970 conversation on race between author James Baldwin and anthropologist Margaret Mead into the present moment in the California premiere of this acclaimed dance-theater work. A Rap on Race, named after the book published from a transcript of that meeting, combines text with movement and music to...   More >

$54 prices subject to change

  Buy tickets online or by calling Cal Performances at 5106429988, or by emailing Cal Performances at tickets@calperformances.org

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 10 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program:
Haydn/Symphony No. 49, The Passion
Salvatore Sciarrino/Il sogno di Stradella (The Dream of Stradella) for Piano and Orchestra (West Coast Premiere)
Ives/The Unanswered Question (1908; rev. 1930–35)
Beethoven/Piano Concerto No. 4

$48 Tickets range from $48-86

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 10 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Lily CHEN A Leaf Falls After (US premiere)
Sofia GUBAIDULINA The Light of the End
PROKOFIEV 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 orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the...   More >

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

  Buy tickets online

Film: The Hitch-Hiker

Film - Feature | February 10 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Many, including Lupino herself, have called The Hitch-Hiker her best film. It is her only classic noir, a tour-de-force thriller in which agony is externalized in striking camerawork and on-pulse editing. Two Americans on a Mexican fishing trip pick up a hitchhiker, and their car and lives are suddenly commandeered by a psychopathic gunman with one eye that never closes, even in sleep. In the...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

Veronica De Jesus/ MATRIX 268

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 25, 2017 – February 25, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

De Jesus's memorial portraits honor artists, writers, and diverse cultural figures, testifying to the fact that each life is valuable and worthy of recognition.

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

Art Wall: Karabo Poppy Moletsane

Exhibit - Painting | November 22, 2017 – July 15, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Moletsane’s vibrant, large-scale portraits for the Art Wall draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Environmental Design Archives Exhibition: Hollywood and Vine

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 22 – May 15, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

See the homes of the STARS!! Or more precisely, designs for the homes and gardens of film stars, directors, screen writers, and designers curated by head archivist at the Environmental Design Archives, Waverly Lowell.

ARCH Exhibition: 2017 Branner & Stump Fellows

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 29 – February 9, 2018 every day | 121 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: JAN 29-FEB 9, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. The 2017 Branner &amp; Stump Fellows Exhibition surveys the experiences and findings of recent fellowship recipients after their international travels. Free and open to the public!

Way Bay

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 17 – May 6, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Way Bay is a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past two hundred years. The exhibition features nearly two hundred works of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials by Bay Area artists and others whose work engages with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape.

The exhibition takes a nonlinear...   More >

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 31 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee offers viewers an opportunity to experience the work of this prolific artist in a new way, through her best-known work, the artist’s book Dictee. Placing the book as a point of entry into her wider creative production, the exhibition explores resonances between Dictee’s ten thematic sections (nine of them named for the Greek muses) and artworks drawn from the...   More >

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection: Auditorium installation of enlarged reproductions of select collection items

Exhibit - Multimedia | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.

Born into a middle-class Polish...   More >

High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda,...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >