<< Week of September 09 >>

Thursday, September 13, 2018

My Journey: From Venezuela to Principal Ballet of Diablo Ballet with Rosselyn Ramirez

Lecture | September 13 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rosselyn Ramirez

 Arts + Design

Rosselyn Ramirez was born and received her training in Caracas, Venezuela. Since joining Diablo Ballet in 2011, Ramirez has danced in works by Val Caniparoli, Sean Kelly, Christopher Stowell, Robert Dekkers, Tina Kay Bohnstedt, KT Nelson, Ben Stevenson, and George Balanchine's "Apollo." In this talk, Ramirez will discuss her personal journey and extensive professional career as a ballerina. As...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | September 13 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 155 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 >

Witness Trees

Lecture | September 13 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in date

 Botanical Garden

The term 'witness tree' was coined to describe trees that were used as boundary markers in the early days of the United States. Since that time the term has expanded to describe trees that were present at historical events. Some of the best known witness trees were standing in battle grounds during the Civil War.

Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

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Applied Math Seminar: ST-GNAT and SNS: Model order reduction techniques for time-dependent nonlinear system of equations

Seminar | September 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall

 Youngsoo Choi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 Department of Mathematics

Several reduced order models have been successfully developed for nonlinear dynamical systems. To achieve a considerable speedup, a hyper-reduction step is needed to reduce the computational complexity due to nonlinear terms. A new space–time reduced order model, the ST-GNAT method, for nonlinear dynamical systems will be introduced as well as the traditional methods, such as the DEIM and GNAT...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: "Measuring Bias in Consumer Credit Decisions"

Seminar | September 13 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Will Dobbie, Princeton University

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Haas Finance Seminar

CRB Information Session

Information Session | September 13 | 11:20 a.m.-12 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

Start the new school year off right; learn why responsible business is our business!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-center-for-responsible-business-crb-info-session-tickets-48902877824

The CRB Info Session will take place directly before the Peterson Speaker Series, Inspiring Tomorrow's Business Leaders: Clif Bar Co-owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford. If you plan to attend...   More >

[Peterson Speaker Series] Inspiring Tomorrow's Business Leaders: Clif Bar Co-owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford

Panel Discussion | September 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Chou Hall

 Center for Responsible Business

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peterson-speaker-series-inspiring-tomorrows-business-leaders-clif-bar-co-owners-gary-erickson-and-tickets-47835487230

In 2000, Clif Bar co-owners Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford walked away from a $120 million buyout from a larger food company. Contrary to popular opinion, they were determined to prove Clif Bar could succeed—not by selling to the highest...   More >

Approaching a Tipping Point? A History and Prospectus of Funding of the University California

Lecture | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Matrix Conference Room, 8th Floor

 John Aubrey Douglass, CSHE; Zach Bleemer, CSHE

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

A View From Britain: Towards Brexit?

Lecture | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Dr. Matt Beech, Senior Fellow, IES; Director, Centre for British Politics, University of Hull

 Institute of European Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, Dr Matt Beech FRHistS, FRSA, gives a public lecture examining how far the UK is on the road to Brexit; what Brexit currently means; and how the 2016 referendum vote continues to divide citizens and dominate political life.

Beech's focus is drawn from research for his latest monograph, The Triumph of...   More >

IB Seminar: Conditional strategies for effective and evolutionary robust infection control

Seminar | September 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Sam Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Department of Integrative Biology

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar: “How Wide Is the Firm Border?”

Seminar | September 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Chad Syverson, Booth

 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 >

Members' Walk: Water-Wise Entrance Garden

Lecture | September 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Anthony Garza

 Botanical Garden

Join Anthony Garza, Horticulture & Grounds Supervisor, on an in-depth tour of the Water Wise Entry Garden. Get the scoop on the best plants to choose for your garden before attending the Fall Plant Sale on Sunday, September 30!

Please note that this is an exclusive event for Garden members. Not yet a member? Join us today by visiting botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/join

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Swahili Table

Social Event | September 13 | 1 p.m. | 140 Bear's Lair Cafe (next to Sproul Plaza)

 2465 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in the community. Each person will support their own beverage and/or food purchases, but we will provide the good company. And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome.

Karibuni sana!

Reply (just to me, elresor@berkeley.edu) if scheduling is an issue and we can revisit...   More >

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 >

Inflation, Consumer Subsidies, and Argentina’s Economic Predicament: Bay Area Latin America Forum

Lecture | September 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alison Post, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

Argentina’s economic travails are making headlines again. One of the main contributors to the country’s current challenges is a consumer subsidy program for electricity, gas, mass transit, and other infrastructure services, which disproportionately benefits middle class voters over poorer citizens. This lecture will examine the program’s origins following the 2001 crisis, why expenditures on...   More >

An IMF panel led by Christine Lagarde discusses loans for Argentina, June 2018. (Photo by IMF Photos.)

Histories of Empire and Transcolonial Circuits of Freedom: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | September 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Caribbean Slavery and Maritime Marronage:
Geographies of Slavery, Freedom, Empire, and African Diaspora
Elena Schneider, Department of History

Conjuring Conspiracy: Racial Paranoia and Radical Sympathy
Poulomi Saha, Department of English

Mendeley Workshop: Organize, Cite, Discover

Workshop | September 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 2101, Bioscience Library Training Room

 Becky Miller, Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

 Library

Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to find, organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool that can boost your productivity.

This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users are welcome, too!

POSTPONED - TDPS Speaker Series: Shannon Jackson, Professor of Rhetoric and Performance Studies: Civic Re-Enactment and Public Re-assembly

Presentation | September 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Conference Room 44B

 Professor Shannon Jackson, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Please note: Our TDPS Speaker Series discussion featuring Shannon Jackson has been postponed, (previously scheduled for September 13 at 4pm). As soon as a new date is determined, information about time and location will be updated.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Convergence and Stability of Equilibria in Bayesian Markov Decision Processes"

Seminar | September 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Demian Pouzo, UCB

 Department of Economics

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Cantor invariant subsets of conservative 2-dimensional dynamics

Colloquium | September 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Marie-Claude Arnaud, University of Avignon

 Department of Mathematics

A lot of problems of classical mechanics lead us to the study of the orientation and area preserving diffeomorphisms of surfaces. Among their invariant sets, the simplest ones are the periodic orbits, but more curious invariant sets often exist : Cantor subsets. We will introduce the setting and explain why such invariant Cantor sets often exist. We will focus on two kinds of them: the horseshoes...   More >

Does the Secular University Need Christianity? A Conversation

Panel Discussion | September 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Jonathan Sheehan, Professor of History and Director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, UC Berkeley; Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago; Mitchell Stevens, Associate Professor of Education, Stanford University

 Katie Peterson, Associate Professor of English, UC Davis

 Berkeley Institute

Improving care and restoring dignity for the U.S. prison population

Lecture | September 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Michele DiTomas, Chief Physician and Surgeon and Hospice Medical Director, California Department of Corrections

 Public Health, School of

Join us for a presentation from Michele DiTomas, a physician who has dedicated her career to improving medical care for incarcerated persons. She will discuss her path to correctional medicine and the health and human rights hurdles that must be overcome in order to achieve true reform.

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Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies: A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar: Session 1: Translation/Transduction

Conference/Symposium | September 12 – 13, 2018 every day | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Elliott Colla, Georgetown University; Susan Gal, University of Chicago; Mairi McLaughlin, UC Berkeley; Saul Schwartz, UC Berkeley; Toby Warner, UC Davis

 Department of Comparative Literature, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This is the first of seven two-day meetings of a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar that will take place throughout 2018-2019. The seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism.

The Politics and Poetics of Imagination in the Black Mediterranean with SA Smythe

Lecture | September 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 SA Smythe

 Arts Research Center

The Politics & Poetics of Imagination in the Black Mediterranean with SA Smythe
Thursday September 13, 2018
5:30-7:30pm
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

Image of SA Smythe by Afro-Finnish photographer Uwa Iduozee

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History: Steven Zipperstein (Stanford) in conversation with John Efron (UC Berkeley)

Lecture | September 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

In April, 1903, 49 Jews were killed, 600 were raped or wounded, and more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed during three days of violence in the town of Kishinev. So shattering were the aftereffects of this rampage, that one historian remarked that it was “nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.”

Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers...   More >

Jason Mraz: with guests: Brett Dennen

Performing Arts - Music | September 13 | 5:30 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a diverse fan-base throughout all parts of the globe. Since getting his start in coffeehouses in San Diego, Mraz has brought his positive message and soulful, folk-pop sound to rapt audiences around the world through his vibrant recordings, humorous live performances, and philanthropic efforts.

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Atlassian Tech Talk

Information Session | September 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Atlassian

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Atlassian's Head of Platform, Steve Deasy will be on hand to talk about how Atlassian's agile software development products are working toward the company's mission to unleash the potential of every team. Come hear from one of Atlassian's leaders in engineering to learn more about the scaling of a company that started as an idea out of a dorm room.

New Ways to Investigate Human Rights Violations: with the Human Rights Center and Amnesty International

Lecture | September 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room, 2nd floor

 Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center’s Tech and Human Rights Director Felim McMahon in conversation with Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team, featuring Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director; Micah Farfour, Special Advisor for Remote Sensing; Milena Marin, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research; Scott Edwards, Senior Advisor for Tactical Research; introduced by HRC’s Executive Director Alexa Koenig....   More >

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Reading Matters

Workshop | September 14 – 15, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 The Program in Critical Theory, Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of French, Department of Political Science, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Rhetoric, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

[This is a multiday event. Please see below for important details regarding participation and schedule. Event flyer is also included below.]

Articulating and performing a mode of reading that responds to the challenges of the present has been a constant endeavor not only in literary studies, but in all academic disciplines. Technological and scientific developments require us to...   More >

 Seminar participation requires completing preselected readings beforehand.

CAA Board Meeting - September 14, 2018

Meeting | September 14 | 9:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Alumni House
12:45 p.m. | Public Comment

Representation Learning with Contrastive Predictive Coding

Seminar | September 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Aaron van den Oord, Research Scientist, Deepmind

 BAIR | CPAR | EECS

TITLE:
Representation Learning with Contrastive Predictive Coding

ABSTRACT:
While supervised learning has enabled great progress in many applications, unsupervised learning has not seen such widespread adoption, and remains an important and challenging endeavor for artificial intelligence. In this work, we propose a universal unsupervised learning approach to extract useful representations...   More >

MRED+D ADMISSIONS WEBINAR

Information Session | September 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Webinar

 College of Environmental Design

Please join the UC Berkeley Master of Real Estate Development + Design (MRED+D) Admissions Office for an online information session.

Preparing for the job search: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | September 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Andrew Green, PhD Counselor, Berkeley Career Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The Struggle for Labour's Soul: A Book Talk with Matt Beech

Presentation | September 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull

 Institute of European Studies, Anglo-American Studies Program

IES Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull, Dr. Matt Beech FRHistS, FRSA, will speak about his new book.

The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945 (Routledge, 2018) is a revised second edition of this well known and highly regarded volume by politicians and leading scholars of the British Labour...   More >

Yoga for Tension and Stress Relief (BEUHS664)

Workshop | September 14 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Laurie Ferris, Yoga Instructor, Be Well at Work - Wellness Program

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Practicing yoga can release tension in your joints, give you greater range of movement, soothe your back, and grant you increased comfort in all aspects of your life. Learn how pranayama breathing can enhance your practice, and help liberate your mind in surprising ways. Yoga mats are provided, or you can bring your own. Comfortable clothing and bare feet recommended.

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The Info-Metrics Framework in Pictures

Seminar | September 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 248 Giannini Hall

 Amos Golan, American University

 Agricultural & Resource Economics

Abstract

Info-metrics is the science of modeling, reasoning, and drawing inferences under conditions of noisy and insufficient information. It is at the intersection of information theory, statistical inference, and decision-making under uncertainty. It plays an important role in helping make informed decisions even when there is inadequate or incomplete information because it provides a...   More >

UROC Mixer/panel of undergraduate researchers/finding peer mentors session.

Information Session | September 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed (Humanities/Social Science), UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Join us for our Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) meet and greet mixer! We strive to build a community of researchers of color and will introduce our services and resources offered – including personal mentorship, mixers/panels, research methodology and decolonizing research workshops.

Love bytes and intimate machines: Analysing news media representations of human- robot interactions

Lecture | September 14 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, BCNM Commons, 340

 Belinda Middleweek

 Center for New Media

Research on human-robot interactions (HRI) has surged in recent years with a number of studies debating the social, ethical, psychological and philosophical implications of intimate robotic companions in the form of sex robots. Despite increasing scholarly interest in these relationships, how news media represent HRI is little analysed (Correa et.al. 2016). Applying the concept of the...   More >

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Harnessing U.S. Health and Retirement Survey Data for Research in the Social Sciences: A Technical Workshop

Workshop | September 14 | 1-4 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ryan Edwards, Research Associate, UC Berkeley Population Center

 Population Science, Department of Demography

This workshop will focus on harnessing the powerful HRS dataset to assess an array of compelling questions in the social sciences. The objective is to stimulate new research efforts by expanding awareness of the content and structure of the HRS, with an emphasis on inquiries made possible by the secure computing environment.

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Quantum Computing versus Classical Analog Algorithms

Seminar | September 14 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Hogan Room

 Eli Yablonovitch, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Dept., University of California, Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Recently, at least six well-funded quantum computing startups have emerged, in addition to some large internal efforts in major companies on quantum information processing . It appears that the initial emphasis is not on the Shor Algorithm, which would require billions of qubits, but rather on optimization algorithms that aim to solve the Ising problem, that could possibly be done with as few as...   More >

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 >

Techniques and Materials for Van der Waals Heterostructures: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | September 14 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. James Hone, Columbia Univ., Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Artificial van der Waals heterostructures of two-dimensional materials offer the possibility of creating layered structures with a wide variety of starting materials and control of composition at the single atomic layer limit. To create such structures, we developed a van der Waals transfer technique which largely eliminates interfacial contamination.

We have used this technique to...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Metastability for Diffusions

Seminar | September 14 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

It is well-known that diffusions with gradient drifts exhibit metastable behavior. The large deviation estimates of Wentzel-Freidlin and classical Eyring-Kramers Formula give a precise description for such metastable behavior. For non-gradient models, the large-deviation techniques are still applicable, though no rigorous analog of Eyring-Kramers Formula is available. In this talk I give an...   More >

MENA Salon: Saudi Arabia: Image and Reality in an Era of Reform

Workshop | September 14 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Since Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman took power in June 2017, Saudi Arabia has become the center of international media attention on its new found reform agenda–from granting women the right to drive, effective in June 2018, to restricting the powers of the religious police, to new found connections and investments between the Kingdom and Silicon Valley. These reforms have not come without...   More >

Film in the Language Classroom: A multiliteracies approach, and beyond

Lecture | September 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Mark Kaiser

 Berkeley Language Center

In this presentation I will examine the place of film in the language classroom from three perspectives, film studies, language, and software design, in order to explore the many ways that film can serve as source material for language instructors, taking into consideration the potential, and limitations, of a communicative, intercultural, and multiliteracies approach. The presentation will...   More >

The School’s First 50 Years: 1918–1968

Seminar | September 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 205 South Hall

 Michael Buckland

 Information, School of

By 1900 there was an acute need for qualified librarians and no program in the western states to prepare them. At Berkeley, Californiaâs land-grant university, President Wheeler accepted the need but prevented action. The dramatic expansion of public library services around 1910 induced the California State Library to start a school in Sacramento until Berkeley could take over. In Fall 1918 the...   More >

EECS Career Fair and Resume Workshop

Workshop | September 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 HP Auditorium

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Learn how to prepare for & navigate an internship or career fair from Katie Crawford, an Engineering focused Career Counselor.

Bring your laptop to work on your résumé as we go.

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Dalton Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry: The Chemistry of Nanoscale Phosphides: Building Complex Inorganic “Molecules” with Atom-Level Precision

Seminar | September 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brandi Cossairt, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Our research focuses on solution-processable chemical systems capable of sunlight absorption, color-pure emission, charge transfer, and fuels generation. Towards this end we seek to address fundamental challenges in the field of inorganic chemistry, specifically controlling the composition, structure and function of nanoscale light absorbers and molecular catalysts, and controlling the...   More >

Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think?

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Hilary Nixon, San JoseState University

 Institute of Transportation Studies

San Jose State University's Hilary Nixon will present Financing the Future of Mobility: What Does the Public Think? on Sept. 14, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m

Patricia Williams in Conversation with Ramona Naddaff: When Not to Write Like a Lawyer: The Art of Genre Transgression

Lecture | September 14 | 4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. A scholar of race, gender, and law, she is a prolific writer across a variety of genres. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights and Open House: Of Family, Food, Piano Lessons, and The Search for a Room of My Own. She is a columnist for the Nation.

Film Screening: "My life in China"

Film - Documentary | September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kenneth Eng, Independent Film Director

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Logic Colloquium: Elimination and consistency checking for difference equations (even though the theory is undecidable!)

Colloquium | September 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Thomas Scanlon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In practice, an algebraic difference equation (of $N$ variables) is given by a set Σ of polynomials in the variables $\{ x_{i,j} ~:~ 1 \leq i \leq N, j \in \mathbb N \}$ and one looks for sequences of $N$-tuples of numbers $((a_{1,j})_{j=0}^\infty , …, (a_{N,j})_{j=0}^\infty )$ as solutions in the sense that for each $P \in \Sigma $, the equations $P(a_{1,j}, …, a_{n,j}; a_{1,j+1}, …,...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The p-adic Cohomology of Drinfeld half-spaces

Seminar | September 14 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a survey talk on the paper “Cohomology of p-adic Stein spaces” by Colmez, Dospinescu and Niziol. Drinfeld half-spaces are a p-adic analogue of the complex upper half-plane, and our goal is to describe p-adic (pro-)etale cohomology of these rigid analytic spaces in terms of Steinberg representations of the general linear group. In this talk, I will explain several key ingredients in...   More >

Colloquium: Jonathan Glasser, College of William and Mary: The Muslim-Jewish Musical Question in Algeria and Its Borderlands

Colloquium | September 14 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Jonathan Glasser is a historical anthropologist whose work focuses on modern North Africa, with particular attention to Algeria and Morocco. His first book, The Lost Paradise: Andalusi Music in Urban North Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2016) explored questions of revival and transmission in an urban performance practice in northwestern Algeria and eastern Morocco. His current project looks...   More >

Foodie Meetup

Social Event | September 14 | 5-7 p.m. |  Jack London Square

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

In the Bay Area, there's no shortage of good food--and at the Oakland Food Festival, you'll get the chance to sample some of the best the Bay Area has to offer! Come join us for an evening of amazing food and good company.

We will meet at 5 PM at the MLK Student Union just outside the Cal Student Store to head down to Oakland together--we will be holding a BIO sign so that you can easily...   More >

Fotovision Lecture and Opening Reception for Bill Owens's "Suburbia"

Lecture | September 14 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  North Gate Hall

 Graduate School of Journalism, Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography

Bill Owens’s landmark documentary project and book "Suburbia" from the 1970s met with immediate success for its keen observation of middle-class America. Owens had recorded a generational phenomenon: the rapid migration of inner-city apartment dwellers to affordable, newly produced homes in Livermore, California. He realized that this wasn’t simply a demographic shift but a psychological one....   More >

Ritchie, Suburbia, © Bill Owens, 1972

Facebook Women in Tech Lightning Talks

Information Session | September 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Facebook

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Q&A panel with Facebook representatives to hear what it’s like being a woman in tech at Facebook. There’s limited seating, so be sure to come on time if you want to participate!

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: with guests: Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band with special guests Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins and Walter Wolfman Washington

Performing Arts - Music | September 14 | 6 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Trombone Shorty‘s new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Elegrance of International Law: A Conference in Commemoration of Prof. David D. Caron

Conference/Symposium | September 15 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

Professor Emeritus David Caron ’83, a prominent international law expert and Berkeley Law professor for 26 years, died in London on February 20 at the age of 65. Please join us for a conference to commemorate the life and work of Professor Caron.

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  Registration opens August 1. Register online by August 30.

David Caron

Reading Matters

Workshop | September 14 – 15, 2018 every day | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 The Program in Critical Theory, Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Race and Gender, Department of English, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Department of French, Department of Political Science, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Rhetoric, Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

[This is a multiday event. Please see below for important details regarding participation and schedule. Event flyer is also included below.]

Articulating and performing a mode of reading that responds to the challenges of the present has been a constant endeavor not only in literary studies, but in all academic disciplines. Technological and scientific developments require us to...   More >

 Seminar participation requires completing preselected readings beforehand.

STEM Meetup

Social Event | September 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Are you a STEM major at UC Berkeley? Or simply interested in science? Join other international students in attending the monthly Science at Cal Lecture Series.

Science Lecture - Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity

Lecture | September 15 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Stuart Russell, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

 Science@Cal

The news media in recent years have been full of dire warnings about the risk that AI poses to the human race, coming from well-known figures such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Should we be concerned? If so, what can we do about it? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss these concerns, Professor Russell will argue instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required...   More >

Artificial Intelligence and the long-term future of humanity

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 >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION: PLACE, CULTURE, TIME - DESIGN IN DRASTICALLY CHANGING CHINA

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!

Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 31 – December 10, 2018 every day | Moses Hall, IGS Library - 109 Moses

 Institute of Governmental Studies Library, Ethnic Studies Library

"Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries" contains items from the Ethnic Studies Library and the Institute of Governmental Studies Library addressing historical attitudes and policy around immigration, deportation, and citizens' rights, as well as monographs and ephemera relating to current events.

The Handmaid's Tale: an exhibit at Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 5 – December 31, 2018 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd Floor near Elevators

 Library

The new Moffitt Library exhibit explores the themes and antecedents of The Handmaid’s Tale, this year’s On the Same Page program selection. On exhibit are library materials and quotes that demonstrate that not only were we wrong to say “it can’t happen here” - it has already happened, all over the world: Berlin, Nazi Germany, Argentina, and yes, here in the US.

 UC Berkeley ID required for entrance to Moffitt Library.

Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Exhibit - Painting | August 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The 1960s architectural phenomenon Supergraphics—a mix of Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop—was pioneered by San Francisco–based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Stauffacher Solomon, a UC Berkeley alumna, is creating new Supergraphics for BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Land(e)scape 2018 is the fifth in a series of temporary, site-specific works commissioned for...   More >

Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Exhibit - Multimedia | March 10 – December 9, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology | Note change in date

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For this Spring 2018 exhibit, entitled Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African...   More >

Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 20 – September 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Bancroft Library

(Gallery is just inside east entrance to Doe) MARKING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the founding of Save the Redwoods League, Sustaining Grandeur is a collaborative exhibition between The Bancroft Library and the League. The exhibition explores the organization’s first century protecting California’s redwood forests and the surrounding lands that sustain them, and looks forward to the League’s...   More >

Luminous Disturbances: Paintings by Kara Maria

Exhibit - Painting | September 10 – December 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction. On display at the Townsend Center for the Humanities Sept 10 - Dec 14, 2018.

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.

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11 – November 16, 2018 every day |  Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: SEPT 11-NOV 16 @ the Richmond Art Center. The exhibition, co-curated by Professors Michael Dear &amp; Ronald Rael, explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art. Free &amp; open to all!

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 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

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk: The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 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

Auditorium installation of high-resolution images of select collection items.

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...   More >

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 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 will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >