<< Week of September 30 >>

Monday, October 1, 2018

Systems and the Politics of Representation

Lecture | October 1 | 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Charles Gaines

 Arts + Design

In this talk, Charles Gaines will discuss his early work in systems and numerals to his most recent work with language and representation. This will include a discussion of ways the work rethinks notions of subjectivity and how they are manifested in works of art. Additionally, there will be a discussion about the fine difference between chance and arbitrary judgments on the one hand and...   More >

The AI Trinity: Data + Algorithms + Infrastructure

Lecture | October 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Anima Anandkumar, California Institute of Technology

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

AI at scale requires a perfect storm of data, algorithms and cloud infrastructure. Modern deep learning has relied on large labeled datasets for training. However, such datasets are not easily available in all domains, and are expensive/difficult to collect. By building intelligence into data collection and aggregation, we can drastically reduce data requirements. Additionally, algorithmic and...   More >

Why Free Speech Matters Now: Lauren Cooley at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | October 1 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Lauren Cooley, Red Alert Politics Editor at the Washington Examiner

 The Berkeley Forum

While freedom of speech is upheld legally by the Constitution and the Supreme Court, the First Amendment is on trial in American culture - especially on campus. Join Lauren Cooley, editor at the Washington Examiner, at the Berkeley Forum as she speaks about the need for civil discourse and deep conversations, especially in higher education. In this talk, Lauren Cooley will separate emotion from...   More >

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Gaming, Edtech, and Cybersecurity UI/UX Design Lead Panel

Lecture | October 1 | 6:30-9 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), 608/609

 UC Berkeley Extension

This event is sponsored by Epic. Epic is a mobile wallet and self-checkout app incorporating Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, and Blockchain related technologies.

The UI/UX Design Lead Fireside Chat and Panel includes comments from Minakshi Mukherjee - UX Design Manager, McAfee; former UX Architect at Walmart and Paypal; Carina Ngai - Product Design Lead, Growth & Discovery, Coursera;...   More >

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Samia Huq | Thinking about the Secular: Practices, Dispensations, and Possibilities in Bangladesh

Lecture | October 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samia Huq, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Social Science at BRAC University, Dhaka

 Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

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

A talk by anthropologist Samia Huq.

Vanamala Viswanatha | Translating Kannada Literary Texts into English: Poetics and Politics

Lecture | October 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Vanamala Viswanatha, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

 Bharathy Sankara Rajulu, Lecturer, Tamil and Telugu, Department of South and Southast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Telugu Studies at UC Berkeley, Tamil Studies at UC Berkeley

A talk by Vanamala Viswanatha, an award-winning translator, working with Kannada and English and currently a Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

The challenge of big data and data science for the social sciences: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 2 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy; Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The 2005 National Science Foundation workshop report on "Cyberinfrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (Fran Berman and Henry Brady) argued that the methods of doing research in the social sciences would be transformed by big data and data science and that the social sciences should be centrally involved in studying the impacts of big data and data science on society. In "The...   More >

Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective

Lecture | October 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Uwe Lübken, LMU Munich

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Center for German and European Studies

Current debates about "climate refugees" have triggered interest in the larger connections between environmental change and migration. But what can history contribute to this new field of research? Focusing on historical case studies of environmental migration in general and displacement after natural disasters in particular, Uwe Lübken’s talk will highlight the potential of historical research...   More >

  RSVP online or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike@berkeley.edu by October 1.

Colombia: Lessons from a Presidential Campaign

Lecture | October 2 | 5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Sergio Fajardo

 Center for Latin American Studies

Something extraordinary is happening in Colombia, and Sergio Fajardo has a unique perspective. Sergio has followed a nontraditional path in public life: from mathematician to presidential candidate. He will share his experiences as a public servant, his perspectives on the recent election, and an analysis of Colombia today.

Sergio Fajardo on the campaign trail. (Photo courtesy of SergioFajardo.co)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Shellfish for the Celestial Empire: A Deep History of the Birth, Collapse, and Future of Abalone Fishing in California

Lecture | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Todd J. Braje, Irvine Chair of Anthropology and Associate Curator, California Academy of Sciences

 Archaeological Research Facility

In the midst of the California Gold Rush, a small group of enterprising Chinese immigrants recognized untapped resources along our state’s coast. Freed from both human and sea otter predation for decades, coastal California was teeming with abalone stocks and commercial fishing of several species rose to become a multimillion dollar industry. By the late twentieth century, however, overfishing,...   More >

Systems and the Politics of Representation with Charles Gaines

Lecture | October 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Charles Gaines

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join scholar and collector Alan Templeton and Columbia University Mellon Fellow Grace Harpster for an informative perspective on selected works in Old Masters in a New Light, including Juan de Borgoña’s Ecce Homo and BAMPFA’s magnificent late fifteenth-century tapestry of the same subject.

Harpster specializes in early modern Italian art as well as the Spanish empire and missionary networks....   More >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Catherine Gallagher: Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction

Lecture | October 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Inventing counterfactual histories—such as a Europe that never threw off Hitler, or a second term for JFK—is a common pastime of modern day historians. Gallagher probes how counterfactual history works and to what ends.

Supreme Court: Year in Review

Lecture | October 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Marshall Krause and Roy Ulrich will discuss the Supreme Court's 2018 term.

Why Do People Reject Good Science?: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Eugenie Scott

Lecture | October 3 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, Inc.

 Graduate Division

Eugenie Scott will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 3 and 4, 2018. The second lecture is titled "Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Spero’s Journey: Building a Biotech and Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Lecture | October 3 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  TBA

 Ankit Mahadevia, Spero Therapeutics

 The Berkeley Forum

Ankit Mahadevia, MD is CEO of Spero Therapeutics, a company that is dedicated to bring novel, life improving therapies to patients suffering from multidrug-resistant infections. He will discuss topics that are unique to the antibiotic field and the importance of bringing new therapies to patients while also speaking to the lessons learned from taking companies from development stage to the public...   More >

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ARCHITECTURE LECTURE: Jack Halberstam

Lecture | October 3 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 3, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk about the queer and trans* legacy of the work of Gordon Matta-Clark and the concept of anarchitecture to contemporary queer and trans* projects, aesthetic and activist. Open to all!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Making the Movie Coco: Culture and Representation with Marcela Davison Aviles

Lecture | October 4 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Marcela Davison Aviles

 Arts + Design

Marcela Davison Aviles served as the lead consultant for Pixar’s animated feature, Coco (2017). In this talk, Aviles will discuss how her work as a cultural translator of Mexican heritage and culture impacted all aspects of production, including script development, casting, art direction, music as well as public relations, consumer products, and marketing. She also advised on the film’s music...   More >

Making the Movie Coco: Culture and Representation with Marcela Davison Aviles

Lecture | October 4 | 12-1:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Marcela Davison Aviles served as the lead consultant for Pixar’s animated feature Coco (2017), and advised on the film’s music video with Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade. In this talk, Aviles will discuss how her work as a cultural translator of Mexican heritage and culture impacted all aspects of the production, including script development, casting, art direction, and music as well as public...   More >

Freedom and Ethics in the Era of Big Data

Lecture | October 4 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Peter Dabrock, Chair, German Ethics Council

 Institute of European Studies, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), School of Information

In this talk, Peter Dabrock (Chair, German Ethics Council) explores the potential of big data to constrain the real-world exercise of freedom and self-determination in ways that raise the question whether humans can still act and decide freely and responsibly. Dabrock calls for a responsible shaping of the digital transformation based on concerted action which unites all forces of society,...   More >

Archives of Justice and Abolition

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

 Center for Race and Gender

Lesbian Spaces: An Archive of Abolition
Kerby Lynch, Geography

Memory, Belonging, and Archive Justice: Towards a Liberatory Archival Practice
Sine Hwang Jensen, Ethnic Studies Library

Late Antiquity, Then and Now

Lecture | October 4 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Arnaldo Marcone, Professor of Roman History, Universitá Roma Tre

 Department of History, The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

No one doubts the convenience and indeed necessity of historical periodizations. Nor the validity and usefulness of well-established categories: (Late) Antiquity, the early Middle Ages, Byzantium/East Rome, Sasanid Iran, early Islam.

We can be sure that, when Alois Riegl invented Late Antiquity in his "Spätrömische Kunstindustrie" (1901), his famous study of late Roman art, he could never have...   More >

Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth: Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures by Eugenie Scott

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

 Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, Inc.

 Graduate Division

Eugenie Scott will present the Hitchcock lectures on October 3 and 4, 2018. The second lecture is titled "Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Double Amnesia: Rethinking the History of Zionism and Human Rights

Lecture | October 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 James Loeffler, University of Virginia

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Kadish Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs

The year 2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Yet the surprising connections between Zionism and the origins...   More >

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Corporate Style: The Effect of Comp Titles on Contemporary Literature with Laura McGrath

Lecture | October 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Geballe Room

 Laura McGrath, Stanford University, Literary Lab

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley, D-Lab, Department of Comparative Literature, Information, School of, Library, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Laura McGrath will use large-scale computational methods to analyze comp title data obtained from publishers' quarterly catalogues between 2013-2019.

The New Gold Standard in Basketball: Golden State Warriors CFO Jennifer Cabalquinto at the Forum

Lecture | October 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  TBA

 Jennifer Cabalquinto, Golden State Warriors

 The Berkeley Forum

Winning three national championships in four years is no easy feat, not only for a team’s athletes but also for its front office. Nonetheless, that’s precisely what the Golden State Warriors have accomplished since 2014, cementing themselves as one of the most competitively and commercially successful franchises in the history of American sports. As the Chief Financial Officer of the Warriors...   More >

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Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | October 4 | 7-9:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Department of Astronomy

This month's Astronomy Night @ UC Berkeley features a Halloween-themed talk by Berkeley postdoctoral fellow Stephen Ro on the spooky and mysterious of our universe.

As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

When: Thursday, October 4th
Talk:...   More >

Friday, October 5, 2018

Claims of Armenian-ness in Turkey: An Ethnography of Identification and Boundary-Making

Lecture | October 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Hrag Papazian, Doctoral Student, Oxford University; Visiting Lecturer, USC Institute of Armenian Studies, USC Institute of Armenian Studies

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

Armenian identity in Turkey has recently been going through a process of diversification. Whereas the long-established Christian Armenian community was for decades the sole explicit bearer of 'Armenian-ness' in the country, that monopoly is now challenged by ‘newcomers.’ The latter are Muslim citizens of Turkey, either by only categorization or by also belief, who self-identify as Armenians, and...   More >

Mexico 1968

Lecture | October 5 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Susana Draper, Princeton University; Bruno Bosteels, Columbia University

 Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Mexico: Radical Politics and/or Rule of Law

Susana Draper, Princeton University, “Emancipation of Memory: Experiments on Freedom and Democracy”
Bruno Bosteels, Columbia University, "From Ayotzinapa to Tlatelolco: A Memorial of Grievances against the State?"

Smart Additive Manufacturing: Bioinspired Algorithmic - Driven Design of Composites: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | October 5 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Prof. Grace X. Gu, UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

I will discuss ways we have mimicked nature’s designs using simulation, additive manufacturing, and testing to investigate how to create synthetic materials with superior mechanical properties (e.g. toughness, strength, impact resistance).

Early results from the LongROAD study: A five-city observational study of 2990 older drivers

Lecture | October 5 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Linda Hall, University of California San Diego

 Institute of Transportation Studies

University of California San Diego's Linda Hill will present Early results from the LongROAD study: A five-city observational study of 2990 older drivers on October 5, 2018 in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building at 4 p.m. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m.

Reading: Cyrus Armajani and Ari Banias

Lecture | October 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Oakland-based Cyrus Armajani is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Jefferson Award recipient for his literary work with incarcerated youth. His first book, Benefits of Doubt, appeared in 2016. Ari Banias’s book Anybody was nominated for the PEN Center USA literary award. The Berkeley-based poet has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Stanford’s Wallace Stegner...   More >