<< Week of February 18 >>

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee

Meeting | January 31 – April 18, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Are you interested in planning UC Berkeley's 2018 Earth Week? SERC is recruiting individual student leaders and/or student representatives from environmental student organizations to join the Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee. Sign up at tinyurl.com/EarthWeekCommittee

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | February 21 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work; Mallory Lynch, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | February 21 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Workshop

Workshop | February 21 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

J-1 and J-2 visitors subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal residence for two years or obtain a waiver before being eligible for certain employment visas such as H (temporary employment), L (intra-company transfer), or Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Not all J visitors are subject as it depends on specific factors.

At this workshop, you will...   More >

An Inherent “Technology” for Steel Braced Structures

Seminar | February 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Konstantinos Skalomenos

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Steel braced frames constitute the main earthquake-resistant mechanism in steel structures but exhibit two main drawbacks. Steel braces provide with a limited post-yielding stiffness that may result in a soft-story failure mechanism and exhibit severe mid-length local buckling that leads to unstable energy dissipation and finally fracture.

Brown Bag Lunch on Parks, Conservation, and Your Career

Meeting | February 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 139 Mulford Hall

 Jon Jarvis, Executive Director, Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity; Patrick Gonzalez, Principal Climate Change Scientist, U.S National Park Service; Sarah Allen, Science Program Lead, U.S. National Park Service

 California Outdoor Engagement Coaltion

The Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity is excited to announce an opportunity for students to join Jon Jarvis, Sarah Allen, and Patrick Gonzalez for a monthly one hour event where they can ask questions and seek advice about the National Park Service, climate change, careers, conservation, and much more. Space is limited, you must RSVP to attend the event.

 RSVP Required

  RSVP online or or by emailing Rhonie Roggers at rhoniedee1993@berkeley.edu by February 20.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Mike Shapiro: Fancy feet and a checkered past: Genetics of diversity in Darwin's pigeons

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Mike Shapiro

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Life on the inside: the evolutionary consequences of intracellular parasitism in cryptic Fungi"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Alisha Quandt

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

I'm interested in all aspects of fungal biology. My research is focused on addressing three fundamental questions in mycology: (1) How do fungi evolve the ability to switch hosts or adapt to utilize various substrates? (2) How do fungi interact with other microorganisms? and (3) Where are potential unexplored habitats of novel fungal diversity? Genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics,...   More >

Noon Concert: Jazz X 2 A double bill featuring the UC Jazz Ensemble and Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective

Performing Arts - Music | February 21 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

A double bill featuring the UC Jazz Ensemble and Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective

Directed by Ted Moore and the Berkeley Nu Jazz Collective, directed by Myra Melford.


Featuring the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities, the Department of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these...   More >

Contraceptive Choice Across the Reproductive Life Course: Megan Sweeney, UCLA

Colloquium | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Megan Sweeney, Professor, UCLA Department of Sociology

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

Small States and Secondary Actors in the Cold War: Entanglements Between Europe and Latin America

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Albert Manke, GHI West

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West. Pacific Regional Office of the Germany Historical Institute Washington DC, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

What kind of relations could small states and secondary actors establish with each other during the Cold War? To which extent were they able to overcome ideological boundaries and/or superpower dominance? Based on archival research in Cuba and the Czech Republic and extensive exchange with colleagues specialized on Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe, Albert Manke will provide an...   More >

Evidences (both Archaeological and Textual) for Long-Distance Trade Networks and Weighted Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Near Eastern Bronze Age (1950-1750 BCE)

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Adam Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Digital Humanities

 Archaeological Research Facility

Archaeology in the Middle East or Near East has a long and illustrious history, with more than 150 years of scholarship. From the 1840s onward western archaeologists like Sir Austen Henry Layard made early discoveries of textual artifacts in the heart of Mesopotamia, and awoke a deep curiosity in deciphering the beginnings of human history. Unfortunately, these discoveries inadvertently...   More >

A Talk with Jacob Gaboury

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Jacob Gaboury, Assistant Professor of Film & Media, University of California, Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Jacob Gaboury is a historian of digital media, studying the ways people have imagined, developed, and used digital images over the past seventy years. His forthcoming book is titled Image Objects (MIT Press, 2018), and offers a material history of early computer graphics and visual simulation. He is currently Assistant Professor of New Media History and Theory in the Department of Film & Media at...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Peter Sahlins: 1668: The Year of the Animal in France

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Professor of History Peter Sahlins explores the “animal moment” in and around 1668, in which French authors, anatomists, painters, sculptors, and especially the young Louis XIV turned their attention to nonhuman beings.

Decolonial and Deimperial Crossings: An Inter-Asian Feminist Genealogy

Lecture | February 21 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Laura Kang, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Part of the Feminist Studies and Decolonial Epistemologies Lecture Series

This talk recalls and retraces the inter-Asian network of feminist mobilizations against Japanese sex tourism and U.S. military prostitution in the early 1970s. The work of attending to the discrepant yet linked histories of imperialist sexual violence, military dictatorship, and neocolonial exploitation of Asian women’s...   More >

Technology Development for the Field of Regenerative Medicine: CITRIS Spring 2018 Research Exchange Series

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jan A. Nolta, Director of the Stem Cell Program, UC Davis School of Medicine

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Jan A. Nolta, Ph.D., is the Director of the Stem Cell Program at UC Davis School of Medicine, and directs the Institute for Regenerative Cures. Join her as she speaks on the fields of stem cells, immunotherapy, gene therapy and regenerative medicine are poised to change the face of healthcare.

Why Is the Information Revolution So Scary?

Lecture | February 21 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

A look at information and its discontents with University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeff MacKie-Mason.

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 21 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Algebraic and topological properties of big mapping class groups

Seminar | February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Priyam Patel, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Mathematics

The mapping class group of a surface is the group of homeomorphisms of the surface up to isotopy (a natural equivalence). Mapping class groups of finite type surfaces have been extensively studied and are, for the most part, well-understood. There has been a recent surge in studying surfaces of infinite type and in this talk, we shift our focus to their mapping class groups, often called big...   More >

Mathematics in Berlin Information Session

Information Session | February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn how you can study abroad with UC Berkeley faculty this summer! Join us for an informational session and learn how you can check off breadth requirements while immersing yourself in an international experience!

Imperfect immunity: estimation and epidemiological implications

Lecture | February 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Joseph A. Lewnard, PhD

 Public Health, School of

The persisting burden of vaccine-preventable infections underscores challenges associated with the imperfect immune response elicited by many vaccines. I introduce statistical problems undermining causal inference of imperfect vaccine efficacy and effectiveness, motivating the use of models to account for the natural history of infectious agents. I next describe ongoing work applying such models...   More >

The North Korean Quagmire and the Moon Jae-in Government: Nukes, Humanitarian Assistance, and Prospects for Inter-Korean Relations

Lecture | February 21 | 3 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th Floor Social Science Matrix

 Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor at Yonsei University John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Severance Hospital of Yonsei Medical School; John Linton, Director, International Health Care Center, Yonsei University Severance Hospital

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center, Social Science Matrix, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

With the ongoing crisis over North Korean nuclear weapons, questions of humanitarian assistance to North Korea have fallen by the wayside. Prof. Chung-in Moon will talk about the Moon Jae-in government’s policy towards North Korea. Prof. John Linton will talk about about overall humanitarian conditions in...   More >

Low-temperature localization of directed polymers

Seminar | February 21 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Erik Bates, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

On the d-dimensional integer lattice, directed polymers are paths of a random walk that have been reweighted according to a random environment that refreshes at each time step. The qualitative behavior of the system is governed by a temperature parameter; if this parameter is small, the environment has little effect, meaning all possible paths are close to equally likely. If the parameter is made...   More >

Film: The End of St. Petersburg

Film - Feature | February 21 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An exploited peasant suffers through the horrors of war and capital before awakening to the possibility of revolution in Pudovkin’s 1927 dramatic epic, made alongside Eisenstein’s October to honor the tenth anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. While October offers a more sweeping, collectivist account of the period, The End of St. Petersburg benefits from a more personal focus on how the...   More >

London Summer Abroad Information Session

Information Session | February 21 | 3:15-4:15 p.m. | 442 Stephens Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn how you can study abroad with UC Berkeley faculty this summer! Join us for an informational session and learn how you can check off breadth requirements while immersing yourself in an international experience!

“Biologically Inspired Engineering: From Mechanotherapeutics to Human Organs-on-Chips”

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Donald E. Ingber, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

In this presentation, I will describe work we have been carrying out at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard that I head, which leverages biological design principles to develop new engineering innovations. I will highlight recent advances that my team has made in the engineering of “Organs-on-Chips”— microfluidic devices lined by living human cells created with...   More >

Weina Wang- Delay Bounds And Asymptotics In Cloud Computing Systems

Seminar | February 21 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Weina Wang, Illinois Urbana-Campaign

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

With the emergence of big-data technologies, cloud computing systems are growing rapidly in size and becoming more and more complex, making it costly to conduct experiments and simulations. Therefore, modeling computing systems and characterizing their performance analytically are more critical than ever in identifying bottlenecks, informing system design, and facilitating provisioning.

Spatially Organized Lipid Droplet Biogenesis and its Roles in Cellular Stress Response

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Room 101

 Mike Henne, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

WEBINAR: F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Question and Answer Session

Workshop | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

If you are graduating soon and have questions about applying for F-1 employment eligibility after you graduate, then sign up for this ONLINE Webinar. We'll do a brief overview of the OPT application process and timelines, followed by a Question and Answer session.

Prior to attending this webinar, you need to review the OPT Tutorial...   More >

CS Seminar: Closing the Loop on Secure Systems Research

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 Soda Hall - HP Auditorium

 Amit Levy, PhD. Candidate, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

I'll describe Tock, an operating system for microcontrollers we designed with these principles in mind. I'll discuss how we continuously evaluate Tock by engaging with practitioners, and how lessons from practitioners have fed back into the system's design.

Marxism Engages Bourdieu

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Michael Burawoy, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

The influence of Pierre Bourdieu's thought has spread across disciplines and over the world. Like all the great sociologists before him, his theory emerges from a critique of Marx. In Bourdieu’s case the critique revolves around Marx’s failure to develop a theory of cultural domination. But, like his predecessor sociologists, Bourdieu reduces Marxism to Marx and, thus, never engages such figures...   More >

Shortly on the true horizon of Li ion batteries and adventures beyond Li ion batteries: Li oxygen and Li sulfur battery systems with Li metal anodes

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Doron Aurbach, Bar-Ilan University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Li ion batteries which power most of our mobile electronic devices may be considered as the most impressive success of modern electrochemistry. This energy storage & conversion technology is pushed now to the great challenge of electro-mobility, which requires high energy density, prolonged cycle-life and excellent safety features. I will review briefly the true horizon of these systems in terms...   More >

Recent Advances in Algorithmic High-Dimensional Robust Statistics

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Ilias Diakonikolas, USC

 Department of Statistics

Fitting a model to a collection of observations is one of the quintessential problems in machine learning. Since any model is only approximately valid, an estimator that is useful in practice must also be robust in the presence of model misspecification. It turns out that there is a striking tension between robustness and computational efficiency. Even for the most basic high-dimensional tasks,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Homomorphisms of pure mapping class groups to the integers

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Priyam Patel, University of California, Santa Barbara

 Department of Mathematics

A classical theorem of Powell (with roots in the work of Mumford and Birman) states that the pure mapping class group of a connected, orientable, finite-type surface of genus at least 3 is perfect, that is, it has trivial abelianization. We will discuss how this fails for infinite-genus surfaces and give a complete characterization of all homomorphisms from pure mapping class groups of...   More >

Looking Around, Rather Than Ahead: Design at the Periphery of Contemporary High Tech Development

Lecture | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Sarah Fox

 Information, School of

How technology design can help us understand different social phenomena.

Scalar for Multimedia Digital Projects

Workshop | February 21 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library


Scalar is a web platform designed especially for multimedia digital projects and for multimedia academic texts. Choose it to develop born digital projects and books, or as a companion site for traditional scholarship. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create a Scalar project, create pages and media, add metadata and annotations, and define paths.

Reconfiguration of Ceramic Production and Trade in China at the Threshold of Global Trade: An Archaeological Perspective

Lecture | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Li Min, UCLA

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Taking archaeological ceramics from production, transportation, and consumption sites during the 13th to 17th century, this paper examines the changing configuration of ceramic production and trade on Chinese coast during the critical transition from the Asiatic Trade Network to the beginning of early global trade. I will explore how potter communities in China linked to emerging maritime...   More >

San Francisco World History Reading Group: China's Asian Dream by Tom Miller

Meeting | February 21 | 5-7 p.m. |  Civic Center Secondary School

 727 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

IXL Learning Info-Session

Information Session | February 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how IXL is advancing education through online technology! Join our IXLers as they talk about their experiences post graduation, why they chose to work in edtech, and how you can join our team!

Co-Hosted by UPE

The Gallery and the Archive: Contemporary Artists Work with The Magnes Collection

Lecture | February 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Join David Wilson, Greg Niemeyer and Nicki Green, three contemporary artists who, in recent years, have interacted with The Magnes Collection and contributed to exhibitions that intersect new works with art and artifacts from the collection itself, in a conversation about art, creativity, archives, and memory, moderated by Francesco Spagnolo.

David Wilson, an artist based in Oakland, worked...   More >

UC Berkeley Startup Networking Night

Reception | February 21 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley's Haas MBA program, Master of Engineering program, and School of Information for our fourth annual career networking reception. This year held in the Berkeley Haas campus' newest building, Chou Hall.

This event provides startups and industry disruptors with the opportunity to meet with UC Berkeley graduate students and alumni who are looking to network, pursue full-time...   More >

  Register online

Philippe Pirotte and Niklaus Largier in Conversation

Lecture | February 21 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Senior Adjunct Curator Philippe Pirotte, who organized Agony in Effigy: Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley professor of German and comparative literature Niklaus Largier, whose recent work explores the relation between bodily ascetic practices and the literary imagination. The discussion will expand and deepen the literary and cultural context for the...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | July 2, 2014 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable, safe, self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Holloway Reading: Alan Felsenthal with Mary Wilson

Reading - Literary | February 21 | 6:30-8:15 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Alan Felsenthal, The Song Cave

 Mary Wilson

 Department of English, Holloway Reading Series

Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called The Song Cave with Ben Estes. Together, they edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. Alan’s writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s. Lowly, published by Ugly Duckling Presse, is his first collection of poems.

Cine Latino: Woodpeckers

Film - Feature | February 21 | 7-9 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Center for Latin American Studies

Standing in windows or out in prison yards, love – and heated liaisons – blossom. Shot on location at the actual prison using real inmates for all but the lead roles, it was the first Dominican film to screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

Image in "Woodpeckers." (Photo courtesy of Outsider Pictures.)

The City Will Never Be the Same: Lost Radical Cultures in San Francisco's Montgomery Block: A talk with journalist Hiya Swanhuyser

Lecture | February 21 | 7-9 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Hiya Swanhuyser, https://hiyaswanhuyser.wordpress.com/

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, California Studies Association, Townsend Center for the Humanities

When it was built in 1853, the “Monkey Block”was probably the largest and most important office building in the Far West. But as the commercial center of the city moved south, the building became occupied by bohemian artists, writers, and cultural radicals. Bay Area journalist Hiya Swanhuyser will discuss her new book, The City Will Never Be the Same: Lost Radical Cultures in San Francisco's...   More >

Film: Fish Tail

Film - Feature | February 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Between 1998 and 2002, Portuguese filmmakers Joachim Pinto and Nuno Leonel (What Now? Remind Me) shot footage of their friend Artur and his family, fishermen living in the remote Azores Islands, who fear that the end of small-scale fishing is near. They returned to the footage recently to create this beautiful, moving essay film. With respect and affection, they observe and consider their...   More >

The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency: Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell

Panel Discussion | February 21 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Program: Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner and author and radio personality Sarah Vowell meet for a conversation about Abraham Lincoln, reflecting on his leadership and legacy and the challenges of American democracy in his time and ours. Best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, Kushner later wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln. Vowell has...   More >

$25–$52 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Berkeley Talks presents Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell's discussion, The Lincoln Legacy, Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 8pm in Zellerbach Hall.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Paris/Berkeley/Bonn/Zürich Analysis Seminar: Planar Sobolev extension domains

Seminar | February 22 | 9:10-10 a.m. | 238 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Yi Zhang, University of Bonn

 Department of Mathematics

A domain $\Omega \subset \mathbb R^2$ is called a $W^{1,\,p}$-extension domain if it admits an extension operator $E\colon W^{1,\,p}(\Omega ) \to W^{1,\,p}(\mathbb R^2)$ with controlled norm. A full geometric characterization of these domains for $p=2$ was given around 1980. The case $p >2$ was finally solved by P. Shvartsman in 2010. We discuss the remaining cases, and give some new...   More >

Botanical Illustration: Trees with Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 22 – 23, 2018 every day | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in time

 Botanical Garden

This two-day class will focus on trees and introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors. All levels are welcome.

$190, $175 members

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

Society for Conservation Biology - Meeting Conservation - Sue Townsend

Special Event | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 112 Hilgard Hall

 Sue Townsend

 Berkeley Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology

Our 'Meeting Conservation' series is back by popular demand. In this series, we invite Bay Area scientists to share their non-academic career paths and experiences for students interested in conservation.

Next Thursday 2/22 from 12-1pm in 112 Hilgard, we welcome Dr. Sue Townsend. Dr. Townsend has been a wildlife ecologist and ecological consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 18...   More >

2018 ESPM Seminar Series - David Lewis

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

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

David Lewis, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University - "The intersection . between climate adaptation, mitigation and natural resources: An empirical analysis of forest management"

Coffee will be served at 11:30 in 139 Mulford Hall

This event is open to the public.

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C325 Haas School of Business

 Supreet Kaur, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The 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 >

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | February 22 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonimics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Designated Subjects Adult Education and Career Technical Education Teaching Credentials Online Information Session

Information Session | February 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how to succeed in a career teaching adults with diverse needs. Our classroom-based professional programs enable you to teach in adult education or career technical education, with or without a California Designated Subjects teaching credential.

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Solving the “curse of dimensionality” problem in multi-asset-class risk models

Seminar | February 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jose Menchero, Bloomberg

 Center for Risk Management Research

Estimating a robust risk model risk for a portfolio that spans multiple asset classes is a challenging task due to the “curse of dimensionality” (i.e., the problem of estimating too many relationships from too few observations). While the sample covariance matrix is easily computed, it is susceptible to capturing spurious relationships that make it unsuitable for portfolio construction purposes....   More >

KEYS Track 2d- Communicating Goals and Expectations

Course | February 22 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Kathy Mendonca

 Human Resources

Participants will learn how goals and performance standards fit into the performance management cycle and the performance evaluation process, understand the differences and similarities between setting goals and establishing performance standards, write goals and performance standards using SMART criteria, and align individual goals with department and organizational goals. This workshop...   More >

IB Seminar: Sensorimotor control of balance: from flamingos to dancers

Seminar | February 22 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Lena Ting, Emory University

 Department of Integrative Biology

From Dada to Dystopia: A Brief Genealogy of Caribbean Engagement with the Non-Canonical

Workshop | February 22 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 4125A Dwinelle Hall

 Corine Labridy-Stofle, Francophone Studies Working Group

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Preliminary considerations for an intervention at an ACLA panel titled “Monsters, Gumshoes, and Problematic Faves: Race and Genre Fiction in a Global Age.”

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 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.

Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia Summer Abroad Info Session

Information Session | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 6415 Dwinelle Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Come learn how you can study abroad with UC Berkeley faculty this summer! Join us for an informational session and learn how you can check off breadth requirements while immersing yourself in an international experience!

Fast and slow learning from reviews: on the analysis and design of rating systems

Seminar | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium; 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Ali Makhdoumi, Ph.D. Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The amount of goods and services transacted on online platforms is set to grow several folds over the next decade. These platforms face several critical challenges in creating a seamless interaction between diverse sellers and service providers. In this talk, we investigate these issues theoretically.

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group Speaker Series: Child Marriage in Development and Humanitarian Settings: Findings from the Human Rights Center

Seminar | February 22 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Julie Freccero, Director, Health and Human Rights Initiative, Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law; Audrey Whiting, Researcher and Fellowship Coordinator, Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Julie Freccero and Audrey Whiting of the Health and Human Rights Program at the Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law will present findings from a recently completed desk review conducted in partnership with Save the Children UK to inform future programming, research and advocacy aimed at preventing and responding to child, early and forced marriage in development and humanitarian settings....   More >

  RSVP by emailing i4Y@berkeley.edu

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Career Fair | February 22 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall, Atrium

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The top talent of UC Berkeley and local biotech employers at the largest biomedical industry event on campus.

Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome - early undergrad to PhD. Not a career fair - some will be hiring, some just want to meet you. Bring your resume if you're job searching and meet some awesome companies.

  RSVP online

Mathematics Department Colloquium: p-adic algebraic K-theory and topological cyclic homology

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Akhil Mathew, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic K-theory is a basic invariant of rings connected to deep phenomena in arithmetic, geometry, and topology. When one works with the p-adic K-theory of p-adic rings, the theory of trace maps and the apparatus of topological cyclic homology (TC) is often a highly effective approximation used in many computations. The theory TC, while more conceptually involved than K-theory, is often easier...   More >

A Book is Born: Greil Marcus and Steve Wasserman

Lecture | February 22 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Cultural critic Greil Marcus and publisher Steve Wasserman discuss their nearly half-century of collaboration.

A talk by Jasmin Miller: Teaching Teaching Discretio in Advice for the Contemplative Life

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Jasmin Miller

 Department of English, Medieval and Early Modern Coloquium

For pre-circulated materials contact marianhomansturnbull@berkeley.edu.

An Evening of Korean Poetry

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 4-7 p.m. |  Berkeley City Club

 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Sae-young Oh, poet

 Jae Moo Lee, poet; Keutbyul Jeong, Ewha Womans University; David McCann, Harvard University

 Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Please join us for an evening of Korean poetry with Oh Sae-young, Lee Jae Moo, and Jeong Keutbyul. Also joining us will be Professors David McCann (Harvard University) and Youngmin Kwon (UC Berkeley).

Dr. Aaron McKenna, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington: Resolving whole organism cell fate with CRISPR/Cas9

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Abstract: Multicellular organisms develop by way of a lineage tree, a series of cell divisions that give rise to cell types, tissues, and organs. However, our knowledge of the cell lineage and its determinants remains extremely fragmentary for nearly all species. This includes all vertebrates and arthropods such as Drosophila, wherein cell lineage varies between individuals; embryos and organs.

Arts in the Afternoon: Music from the Court of Queen Elizabeth I

Performing Arts - Music | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Louise Brugger Bidwell, Music Department

 The Women's Faculty Club

Keyboard Music composed by William Byrd for the Court of Queen Elizabeth I - performed by Lousie Brugger Bidwell on the harpsichord

Concert at 4:00 p.m. Q and A and reception follows concert

  Make reservations by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by February 22.

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring David Cole

Lecture | February 22 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 David Cole, National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union

 Graduate Division

David Cole will present the Jefferson lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2018, entitled "Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front." The lecture will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

David Cole

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310

 Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

 Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender

We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >

"Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of the Study of Religion and Political Science, University of Toronto

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa.

“Doing” Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of the Study of Religion and Political Science, University of Toronto

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly...   More >

From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Greene, Yale University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >

Geeta Anand | Reporting from India: Reflections on a Decade with the WSJ and NYT

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Geeta Anand, Journalist; Visiting Faculty, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Political Science, Institute of International Studies

A lecture by journalist and former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in India, Geeta Anand.

The Column Monument in Bīsāpūr - a Roman Design for Sāpūr I?

Lecture | February 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Anahita Mittertrainer, Ph.D Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 Near Eastern Studies

One of the most curious findings of the early Sasanian cities in Fars (modern southwest Iran) is the Roman style column monument of Bīsāpūr, which was discovered by Roman Ghirshman, the excavator of Bīsāpūr, in winter 1935/36. The monument was set up in the center of the city at the crossroads of the two main axes and consisted originally probably of two columns...   More >

The U.S. - Israel Relationship Under President Donald Trump

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Dennis Ross, The Washington Institute

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

In the first year of his administration, President Trump has met with key Middle East
leaders, imposed additional sanctions on Iranian officials, set a new tone for the U.S.
role at the UN, and, most recently, made the unprecedented decision to move the
American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How do these tactical moves affect the
U.S. – Israel relationship and what else may be in store...   More >

  RSVP online

Fas: A Law with No Gods: Sather Lecture #3

Lecture | February 22 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time and location

 Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi di Siena

 Department of Classics

VSR Social Mixer

Social Event | February 22 | 6-8 p.m. |  Daily Pint

 1828 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

On behalf of the Berkeley International Office, we would like to invite you to attend our Visiting Student Researcher (VSR) Social Mixer! All are welcome so feel free to invite friends,family or new colleagues.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Location: Daily Pint (1828 Euclid Ave, Berkeley)
Date: February 22nd, 2018
Time: 6- 8 pm
We look forward to seeing you there!

(Dis)Oriented: A critical film screening and discussion

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 6-8 p.m. | 140 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law Students for Justice in Palestine, Queer Caucus at Berkeley Law

Oriented explores the lives of three gay Palestinian friends living in Tel Aviv. The screening will be followed by a student panel that will aim to unsettle some of the assumptions presented in the film and move toward narratives of change that are neither narrow nor superficial, but rooted in deep work on sexual and gender diversity within our own communities and context.

SOLD OUT - The Science of Cannabis: The Ethnobotany of Cannabis

Lecture | February 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Cannabis has been in cultivation for millennia and used as a medicine, food, and for hemp fiber. This program will look at the historical uses of cannabis and how we might explore those uses in future research.

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


Video as Evidence: what can a civilian do?

Panel Discussion | February 22 | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Kelly Matheson, Senior Attorney and Program Manager, WITNESS; Alexa Koenig, Executive Director, Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law; Felim McMahon, Technology and Human Rights Director, Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law

 Human Rights Center, ASUC

How can we better use the devices we have on hand to document
abuses of power, human rights violations, and potential war crimes? WITNESS’s Kelly Matheson, filmmaker and human rights attorney, joins the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Felim McMahon to discuss how to safely and effectively use video as evidence.

  RSVP online

BERC Innovation Expo: Research Poster Exposition and Reception

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Hearst Memorial Mining Building, Moore Lobby

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Innovation Expo features the best energy-related research from UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students. Judges will award prizes totalling $2,500.

$20 2-Day Student Ticket [Post-docs eligible]

  Register online or or by emailing energy_summit@berc.berkeley.edu

Film: Cinema: A Public Affair

Film - Feature | February 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“A film begins when it ends. It begins in the conversation and exchange of opinions about it. That’s when the dream of what we’ve just seen crystallizes into reality. And in this process, we become better people, a little more free and open,” Naum Kleiman, an acclaimed film historian and Eisenstein expert, observes in this collage portrait of his twenty-five years as director of the vibrant,...   More >

100 Years: One Woman's Fight For Justice (Elouise Cobell's Inspiring Story)

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | ASUC Stores (King Student Union), Pauley Ballroom (West)

 Melinda Janko, Director and Producer, A fire In the Belly Productions, Inc.

 Equity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellor, Office of Chancellor, Human Resources, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Native American Studies, Joseph A. Myers for Research on Native American Issues

Melinda Janko, Director and Producer, A fire in the Belly Productions, Inc. comes to UCB, to present her 75-minute documentary.

  RSVP by calling Carmen Foghorn or Cindy Andallo at 510-642-3228, or by emailing Carmen Foghorn or Cindy Andallo at aigp@berkeley.edu

Men's Basketball vs. Washington State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 22 | 8 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Washington State in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

Berkeley Dance Project 2018

Performing Arts - Dance | February 22 – 24, 2018 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Berkeley Dance Project 2018 features new choreography by Katie Faulkner and James Graham, as well TDPS students Madeline Aragon and Hillary Tang. Faulkner explores the physical changes that women undergo as they progress through puberty, childbearing, aging, and illness, while Graham’s new work questions our experiences with gender, sexuality, and identity.

$13 Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, Seniors (Online in advance), $15 Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, Seniors (At the door. ID required.), $18 General Admission (Online in advance), $20 General Admission (At the door)

  Buy tickets online

Greener DeCal Fund Application Due

Miscellaneous | February 22 | 11:50 p.m. |  online

 2732 Durant Ave. , Berkeley, CA 94704

 Annakaren Ramirez

 Student Environmental Resource Center

SERC will provide the necessary tools and materials to ensure that the class designed is informative, creative, and relevant to the course content. Applications due on Friday February 2nd