<< Week of April 27 >>

Monday, April 23, 2018

Risk, Innovation, and Gender Reassignment Surgery Culture in Thailand

Lecture | April 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall | Canceled

 Aren Aizura, Assistant Professor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Please join us for a HIFIS Transgender Studies faculty job talk:

This talk examines how the South East Asian gender reassignment surgery industry fits into a global imaginary of risk and innovation in transgender health.

Allain Gaussin

Lecture | April 23 | 3-5 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Allain Gaussin was born in 1943. Laureate of several first prizes at the Paris Conservatory, he won his composition prize in the class of Messiaen, and then went on to study computerised music at Ircam.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

Mobile Lenses on Learning

Lecture | April 23 | 3-5 p.m. | B4 Dwinelle Hall

 Mark Pegrum, Associate Professor, GSE, University of Western Australia

 Berkeley Language Center

This seminar will outline the research currently underway on my new book project entitled “Mobile Lenses on Learning”. Using the metaphor of lenses, it draws together and builds on research carried out over the past decade and published as “From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education” (2009), “Digital Literacies” (2013, co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly),...   More >

Whither the French Revolution?

Lecture | April 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, Carla Hesse, Susan Maslan, Department of History

 Department of History

A talk by Pierre Serna (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) with comments by Carla Hesse (History, Berkeley)
& Susan Maslan (French, Berkeley). Part I of a series of two talks. Part II: "French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution"
a conversation between Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins (History, Berkeley) & David Bates (Rhetoric, Berkeley).

Whither the French Revolution?

Lecture | April 23 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Pierre Serna, Professor of Modern History, University of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne

 Carla Hesse, Dean of Social Sciences, Peder Sather Professor of History, UC Berkeley; Susan Maslan, Associate Professor of French, UC Berkeley

 Department of History

Pierre Serna is Professor of History of the French Revolution at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. His books include Antonelle: Aristocrat and Revolutionary; Like Beasts: Political History of the Animal in Revolution (1750-1840); and The Animal in the Republic, 1789-1802: Genesis of the Right of the Animals, among others.

Faculty Research Lecture: Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Lecture | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. |  Chevron Auditorium, International House

 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 William Dietrich, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

 Academic Senate

William Dietrich joined the Berkeley faculty in 1982, after studying at Occidental College and the University of Washington. His work focuses on understanding the processes that drive landscape evolution, including: rainfall runoff, soil production and transport, landsliding, river incision into bedrock, and floodplain formation. He is currently director of the Eel River Critical Zone...   More >

A Catholic International, or Transregional Catholicism? Print, Exiles and Hosts in and beyond the Cambrai Borderlands (1559–1659)

Lecture | April 23 | 5-7 p.m. | 250 Dwinelle Hall

 Violet Soen, University of Leuven

 Department of History, History of the Book Working Group, Dutch Studies

Quite early on, Reformation Studies have argued for a "Calvinist International" branching out through protestant exiles under persecution, yet over the last years Alexandra Walsham has pointed out similar processes emanating from Catholic English exiles settling on the continent. If we have come to acknowledge the importance of English exiles arriving in Douai and Saint Omer, buttressing a...   More >

On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks

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

 Eric McDougall, Creative Strategist. Principle + Founder, Black Ink

 Arts + Design

Social interactions are our sustenance, yet increasingly we face a well-documented, widespread, and growing crisis of loneliness and anxiety in society and amongst people of all strata. Physical space and software, especially where they intersect, play a significant and disruptive role in shaping our experiences for better or worse. Gatherings at campus venues by provocateurs, neo-fascists,...   More >

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Plutonium Contamination of the Environment: What’s the Problem?: with Dr. Mavrik Zavarin

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 4101 Etcheverry Hall

 Dr. Mavrik Zavarin, LLNL

 Nuclear Science and Security Consortium

Over the past 75 years, the global inventory of plutonium on earth has increased by a factor of approximately 10 6 . A fraction of this plutonium inventory has been released into the environment and can be identified in sediments, rock and glacial ice. As a result, plutonium environmental chemistry has gained sincere interest both in the public and scientific communities. Plutonium aquatic...   More >

Equity and the Environment: What’s the connection?: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Rachel Morello-Frosch

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Featuring Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch, from Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department and the School of Public Health

Emerging research indicates that more unequal societies have more polluted and degraded environments, perhaps also helping to explain why more unequal societies are often less healthy. A lack of “environmental justice”—that is, a situation in which people of...   More >

Naomi Hossain | From Malthusia to the Aid Lab: A short history of Bangladesh’s surprising success

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

 Naomi Hossain, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A talk by political sociologist, Naomi Hossain.

Consuming Temples on Both Sides of the Atlantic: German-speaking Jews from the Department Store to the Mall

Lecture | April 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Lerner

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies

This talk focuses on two contexts: the formation of consumer culture in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany and the activites of German-speaking émigrés in American consumer culture after World War II. It will show how department stores and other commercial venues were coded and represented as "Jewish" in the pre-war German context, while in postwar America, the work of some of these...   More >

Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen: Trevor Paglen in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Lecture | April 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Arts Research Center

To celebrate his first comprehensive artist monograph, Trevor Paglen (UC Berkeley Geography PhD and 2017 MacArthur “genius” fellow) will discuss his work with ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets: With Magnes curators Shir Gal Kochavi, Zoe Lewin, and Francesco Spagnolo

Lecture | April 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Join Magnes curators in discovering the elaborate texts and imagery, magic formulas, and kabbalistic sources in Hebrew amulets.

Worn on one’s person or placed in homes, Jewish amulets are used at moments of vulnerability and transition, like childbirth, marriage, or illness. They feature texts including biblical verses, Psalms, divine names, and invocations of powerful figures like angels, and...   More >

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Conjugating Catalonia: Language Learning in Turbulent Times

Lecture | April 25 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Greta Vollmer, Professor Emerita, English & Applied Linguistics, Sonoma State University

 Berkeley Language Center

Language learning is, as we know, a complex process. Yet when I chose to study Catalan in Spain last year, little did I know that I would receive an even greater education in the complexities of bilingualism as well as the repercussions of the independence movement on language use and language policy in Catalonia. How am I positioned by my language use? How do I choose to position myself in a...   More >

Urban Life and Foodways at Huari, Ayacucho, Peru (AD 600-1000): A Spatial Macrobotanical Analysis

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

 Geoffrey Taylor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Huari is the proposed capital of the Wari cultural group whose architectural, ceramic, and iconographic traditions spread to distant parts of the Peruvian highlands during the Middle Horizon (AD 600-1000). With this presentation, I will introduce Wari studies and re-appraise the current state of archaeological evidence on the activities of Wari people. I will then investigate the botanical...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: John Ferrari: The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

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

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Exploring the idea of "intimations" - social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it - G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other.

The Rise of Plutocratic Populism

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

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory.

Maya Joshi | Volga to Ganga, Buddha to Marx: The Many Voyages of Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan

Lecture | April 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (Dept. of SSEAS Library) | Note change in time

 Maya Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

 Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies at Berkeley

A talk by Maya Joshi, Associate Professor of English specializing in Cultural & Intellectual History at LSR, University of Delhi.

The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment

Lecture | April 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Alexander Bevilacqua, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

 Department of History, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters...   More >

Pax Americana: Sketches For An Undiplomatic History

Lecture | April 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date

 Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of International Studies

Daniel J. Sargent is Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (Oxford University Press, 2015) and co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The International History of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2010).

Epic Fail in the Romantic Era and Beyond: On the Vanishing of a Genre -- Wordsworth, Hegel, Walcott, Godard

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ian Balfour, Professor, York University English

 Department of English, Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium

The Power of Writing with Abandon

Lecture | April 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Grant Faulkner, Director, National Novel Writing Month, National Novel Writing Month

 Department of English

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Leadership, Storytelling and Alternative Facts

Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kevin Orr, University of St Andrews, UK

 Institute of European Studies

This session examines leadership and storytelling in an age of alternative facts. It draws on empirical research studying narrative practices of an elite group of public administrators: local government chief executives (UK) and city managers (US). Using the lens of relationality, the discussion explores the collective dimensions of leadership. The focus on leadership and stories embraces the...   More >

Minner Distinguished Lecture: Biotech and Social Responsibility

Lecture | April 26 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Dr. Ann Lee-Karlon, BioE '89, Genentech

 College of Engineering, Bioengineering (BioE), Bioengineering Honor Society

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Geography

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Geography, Department of City and Regional Planning

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. It has been generating jobs, spawning new innovation, and spreading ideas that are changing lives everywhere. It boasts of being the Left Coast, the Greenest City, and the best place for workers in the USA. So what could be wrong? It may...   More >

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The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 David C. Engerman, Ottilie Springer Professor of History, Brandeis University

 History Graduate Association (HGA), Kruzhok, The Russian History Working Group

“Debates over foreign aid can seem strangely innocent of history. Economists argue about effectiveness and measurement—how to make aid work. Meanwhile, critics in donor countries bemoan what they see as money wasted on corrupt tycoons or unworthy recipients. What most ignore is the essentially political character of foreign aid. Looking back to the origins and evolution of foreign aid during the...   More >

The Jurisprudence of Blood: How Law Thinks About Violence: Kadish Lecture 2018

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room, 295 Simon

 David Alan Sklansky, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Co-Director Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford Law School

 Saira Mohammed, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

 Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

 Kadish Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs

This is the Annual Kadish Center on Morality, Law, and Public Affairs Lecture with invited scholar David Sklansky, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School. Prof. Sklansky is also Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.

David Alan Sklansky teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. His scholarship has addressed the law, sociology, and...   More >

AHMA Colloquium - What do you do with a Looted Site?

Lecture | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty.

William E. B. Sherman | A Practice of Revelation: Apocalypse, Vernacular, and Identity along the Afghan Frontier

Lecture | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 William E. B. Sherman, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

 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

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan

A lecture by the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017.

Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran

Lecture | April 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date

 Nahid Siamdoust, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (San Francisco State University)

Music is an alternative and revealing way for studying post-revolutionary Iranian society and politics. In this book talk, Nahid Siamdoust discusses music as a potent cultural register that facilitates political expression and communication, while tracing the evolution of cultural and social policy making in Iran. Drawing on over five years of research in Iran, including the 2009 protests, she...   More >

Friday, April 27, 2018

Education, plasticity and learning: the virtuous cycle between education and neuroscience

Lecture | April 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Jason D. Yeatman, PhD, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Washington

 Department of Psychology

Reading instruction prompts the emergence of neural circuits that are specialized for rapidly translating printed symbols into sound and meaning. Understanding how these circuits differ in children with dyslexia, and change with learning, is an important scientific challenge that holds practical implications for education. In this talk I will present new data linking changes in the white matter...   More >

Insurgent Knowledges: A conversation with Damien Sojoyner and Sabina Vaught

Lecture | April 27 | 2-4 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio/117

 Damien Sojoyner, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine; Sabina E. Vaught, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education, Tufts University

 American Cultures, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Center for Research on Social Change, Academic Innovation Studio

The authors will discuss their new books and engage the audience in critical questions about race, power, discipline, and the prison and education­al institutions in the United States.

Stochastic Modeling of Traffic Dynamics

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

 Saif Jabari, New York University, Abu Dhabi

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Stochastic models of traffic flow are used in a variety of applications, e.g., traffic state estimation, travel time reliability, and traffic control. This talk will present techniques used to develop stochastic models. A main source of uncertainty in traffic dynamics is heterogeneity among drivers. This is captured using parametric uncertainty, resulting in stochastic microscopic...   More >

Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century New Netherland

Lecture | April 27 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Julie van den Hout, San Francisco State University

 Institute of European Studies, BENELUX Studies Program, Department of German

The young legal activist Adriaen van der Donck (1618–1655) is an important yet understudied figure in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York), whose fight to secure the struggling colony made him a controversial but pivotal figure in early America. From his war-torn seventeenth-century childhood and privileged university education in the Dutch Republic, he became embroiled in the New...   More >

Conference Keynote: Challenges of Migrant Workers Protection in ASEAN

Lecture | April 27 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Anis Hidayah, Founder, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

Anis Hidayah founded Migrant Care, a non-profit organization for Indonesians working abroad, in 2004, with an advocacy emphasis on policy change at the national and regional level and on redressing human rights abuses of overseas workers. She is presenting the keynote speech for the CSEAS conference "Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia".

Anis Hidayah

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Rethinking Gender, Identity, and Popular Culture in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: A Faculty Research Conference

Lecture | April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Bokhtiar Ahmed, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi; Fhamida Yasmin, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Dhaka; Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor of Anthropology, BRAC University; Kajalie Shehreen Islam, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka; Janaki Jayawardena, Lecturer of History, University of Colombo; Khadija Mitu, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Chittagong; Mahruba Mowtushi, Associate Professor of English, ULAB; Fahmida Akhter, Associate Professor of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University; Harisur Rahman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sociology, North South University

 Golam Mathbor, Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA; Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Jason Cons, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin; Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Angana Chatterji, Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Project and Visiting Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley; Jeanne Marecek, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Swarthmore College; Frank Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Boston University; Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College; Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley in partnership with the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), is delighted to welcome nine faculty members from top universities in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be in...   More >