<< Week of October 28 >>

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Finance Academy at Berkeley Law

Course | October 26 – 28, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy

The Berkeley Law Finance Academy is a three-day certificate academy that aims to introduce a practical framework for financial information analysis, provide an understanding of the key drivers of corporate value creation, teach key valuation models and techniques, provide tools for analyzing and interpreting corporate financial statements, and explore how financial information analysis and...   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 >

AIA - Ellen and Charles S. La Follette Lecture - Murder in the Agora: Violent Death and Illicit Burial in Ancient Athens

Lecture | October 28 | 2 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Maria Liston, Department of Anthropology, University of Waterloo

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Violent crime and homicides are not a problem limited to the modern world alone, and the ancient city of Athens experienced similar events throughout antiquity. A recent study of all the human skeletons found in wells excavated by the American Excavations in the Athenian Agora has found that many of these individuals died violently. Some of the dead, including women and children, appear to be...   More >

Barber Shop Chronicles: A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse Co-production

Performing Arts - Theater | October 28 | 2-4 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Barber Shop Chronicles, created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political—from sports to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity—as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops in London,...   More >

$30-78 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Barber Shop Chronicles, A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse Co-production, runs Friday–Sunday, October 26–28, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

In Darkness

Film - Feature | October 28 | 2-4:20 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Claustrophobic and searing, In Darkness is based on a true story that occurred in Lvov, Poland, during the Nazi occupation. Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief, encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers, beneath the bustling activity of the city above. Holland and her cast and crew, who...   More >

University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | October 28 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, director

The University Wind Ensemble is offered for the study and practice of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble’s long history at Cal dates back to before the 1930s, when the group was directed by Charles Cushing. In 1950, James Berdahl assumed the directorship and remained until the late 1970s. The Wind Ensemble’s activities were revived...   More >

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired UCB faculty and staff, groups 10+, $5 UCB students

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

The Blessed Ones

Film - Feature | October 28 | 3-4:20 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s first feature after abandoning 35mm film for television technology, The Blessed Ones is a tale of tortured love between a middle-aged woman and a slightly younger man, and the jealousies that arise from their outward differences and internal melancholies. The schoolteacher Viveka ekes out a life, seemingly keeping on through sheer willpower; the failed theology student Sune barely has...   More >

Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions: African Blackwood and Oboes

Presentation | October 28 | 4-6:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is the tree from which flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bagpipes are made. This presentation includes a talk and musical performance.

$40 / $35 UCBG Member / $20 student

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu


Film - Feature | October 28 | 7-8:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Visconti’s wondrous mood piece is an Elektra story of incestuous passions and family secrets, set in the crumbling Italian city of Volterra. Claudia Cardinale brings her new American husband home to meet her mother and brother on a very particular occasion: a memorial is being unveiled for her father, who died at Auschwitz. It isn’t the ghosts of the dead that haunt this home, however, but the...   More >

Monday, October 29, 2018

Transforming Trauma

Information Session | October 29 | 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, The Trauma Stewardship Institute

 The Trauma Stewardship Institute

How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times
Whether because of trauma, crises, or extremely rough days.

Please join us for a day of raising awareness of trauma, vicarious trauma, and systematic oppression.

This workshop will address how we’re being impacted by current and past overwhelm, crises, toll, or trauma and establish concrete means for how to keep on keeping on both individually and...   More >

Set Summary Perception, Outlier Pop Out, and Categorization: A Common Underlying Computation?

Seminar | October 29 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Shaul Hochstein, Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Recent research has focused on perception of set statistics. Presented briefly with a group of elements, simultaneously or successively, observers report precisely the mean of a variety of set features, but are unaware of individual element values. This has been shown for both low and high level features, from circle size to facial expression. A remaining puzzle is how can the perceptual system...   More >

Free Speech and Voting Rally

Special Event | October 29 | 12-1 p.m. | Sproul Plaza, Savio Steps

 Lynne Savio, widow of Free Speech activist Mario Savio; Leon Wofsy, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry; Leon Litwack, Professor Emeritus of History; Charles Sellers, Professor Emeritus of History; Malcolm Burnstein, Free Speech Movement Attorney

 Carol Christ, Chancellor

 Department of History, Division of Student Affairs

“Free speech doesn’t come from a simple declaration. It is a process of engagement.” - Chancellor Carol Christ

Revisit the 1964 Free Speech Movement with remarks by UC Berkeley emeriti who lived through it. Prepare to exercise your right to vote on November 6 with remarks by current faculty and students.

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | October 29 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Charlotte Bartels, DIW Berlin; Timm Bönke, Freie University Berlin

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Charlotte Bartels - "Was Marx right? Income inequality, capital share and voting behavior in late 19th century Germany"
Timm Bönke - “Lifetime inequality and redistribution in Germany”

  RSVP online by October 25.

Environmental Justice & the Borderlands

Lecture | October 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Dr.Carolina Prado, https://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/people/carolina-prado

 The Latinx Research Center

Dr.Carolina Prado analyzes the participation of a Tijuana-San Diego social movement network with border environmental governance structures in the U.S.-México border region. Based on 2015 interviews with governance actors in the governmental, social movement & private realms, this lecture delineates an intervention in the field of community participation in environmental governance & a set of...   More >

Oct 29 Environmental Justice & the Borderlands

Mindfulness at Moffitt: Moffitt Wellness Program

Workshop | October 1 – December 10, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 501 (Wellness Room)


Help focus your mind and foster your creativity. Increase your resiliency and well being. Join Jeffrey Oxendine of the School of Public Health for mindfulness practice.

All experience levels welcome; weekly practice or drop in attendance also welcome. Mondays from noon to 1pm.

 Must have campus I.D. (Cal 1 card) for entrance

Moffitt Wellness Program

Combinatorics Seminar: Nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials and Demazure characters

Seminar | October 29 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Sami H. Assaf, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

Macdonald introduced symmetric functions in two parameters that simultaneously generalize Hall—Littlewood symmetric functions and Jack symmetric functions. Opdam and Macdonald independently introduced nonsymmetric polynomial versions of these that Cherednik then generalized to any root system. Sanderson and Ion showed that these nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials with one parameter specialized...   More >

Children Learning to Collaborate: Cultural Paradigms

Colloquium | October 29 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Barbara Rogoff, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Department of Psychology

How do children learn to collaborate with others? In this talk, Barbara Rogoff discusses cultural differences in children's collaboration and in supports for learning to collaborate. She argues that collaboration is a key aspect of a cultural paradigm for learning that is especially prevalent in many Mexican and Indigenous-heritage communities of the Americas, where children have wide opportunity...   More >

Visiting Scholar Talk: Mona Kasra

Lecture | October 29 | 1-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340 BCNM Commons

 Mona Kasra, Digital Media Design at the University of Virginia

 Center for New Media

Mona Kasra is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Design at the University of Virginia (UVa). A cross-disciplinary scholar, Mona examines political and theoretical questions about the power of online images in our digital culture and cross-culturally in her research. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, including The Society for Photographic Education (SPE),...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Coulomb branch integrals and mock modular forms

Seminar | October 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Georgios Korpas, Trinity College Dublin & University of Athens

 Department of Mathematics

We revisit Donaldson-Witten theory, that is the \(N=2\) topologically twisted super Yang-Mills theory with gauge group \(SU(2)\) or \(SO(3)\) on compact 4-manifolds. We study the effective action in the Coulomb branch of the theory and by considering a specific \(Q\)-exact deformation to the theory we find interesting connections to mock modular forms. A specific operator of this theory computes...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Polylogarithms, Chabauty's method, and the S-unit equation

Seminar | October 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Corwin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first half, we will review Chabauty's and Skolem's methods. We will then explain how these can be generalized to the non-abelian Chabauty's method of Minhyong Kim. If time allows, I will also mention polylogarithms.

In the second half, we will describe work by the speaker and Ishai Dan-Cohen, building on previous work of Brown, Dan-Cohen, and Wewers, that computes with Kim's method in the...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Polylogarithms, Chabauty's Method, and the S-Unit Equation

Seminar | October 29 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 David Corwin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the first half, we will review Chabauty's and Skolem's methods. We will then explain how these can be generalized to the non-abelian Chabauty's method of Minhyong Kim. If time allows, I will also mention polylogarithms.

In the second half, we will describe work by the speaker and Ishai Dan-Cohen, building on previous work of Brown, Dan-Cohen, and Wewers, that computes with Kim's method in the...   More >

Vision to Action: Towards a Cellular-Resolution Atlas of the Zebrafish Visual and Visuomotor System

Seminar | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Herwig Baier, Department Genes – Circuits – Behavior, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, 82152 Martinsried, Germany

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Understanding brain-wide neuronal dynamics and behavior requires a detailed map of the underlying circuit architecture. We built an interactive cellular-resolution atlas of the zebrafish brain, with a focus on the visual and visuomotor system, and generated from our dataset an inter-areal wiring diagram, which serves as ground truth for synapse-scale, electron microscopic reconstructions. We have...   More >

Design Field Notes: Chris Hill and Prat Ganapathy

Lecture | October 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

About this talk:
Stephanie Chen is a design researcher based in San Francisco. The scope of her work has occasionally driven her mother to ask, "How do I explain what you do?!" The best answer is simply that she studies...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: "Games of Love and Hate"

Seminar | October 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Rajiv Vohra, Brown

 Department of Economics

Co-Authored with Debraj Ray

Principles, Passion and Purpose:: Standing Up for the Rule of Law in a Turbulent Age

Lecture | October 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 105

 Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney, https://www.lacityattorney.org/

 Law, Boalt School of

Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney, will present the first annual Judge Harry Pregerson Lecture. At one of the most tumultuous times in the life of our legal system, Feuer will draw on examples from Judge Pregerson's life and career as he explores issues including the fragility of democracy and justice reform.

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Wave maps on (1+2)-dimensional curved spacetimes

Seminar | October 29 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Casey Jao, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss recent joint work, with Cristian Gavrus and Daniel Tataru, in which we consider wave maps on a (1+2)-dimensional nonsmooth background. Our main result asserts that in this variable-coefficient context, the wave maps system is wellposed at almost-critical regularity.

Expendables For Whom?: Terry Crews, Phallicism, and the Erasure of Black Male Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape

Lecture | October 29 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Tommy J. Curry, Professor, Texas A&M Philosophy

 Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Race and Gender, Department of African American Studies

The sexual assault of Terry Crews by Adam Venit raises all sorts of questions about the nature of sexual violence and our reluctance to see Black men as victims of sexual assault in the United States. Despite a history of Black men and boys being raped by white men and women, there is no effort to connect the centuries long record of sexual violence against Black males to the sexual victimization...   More >

Deformation Theory Seminar: $A_\infty $ and differential graded algebras

Seminar | October 29 | 5:10-6:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Meredith Shea, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will review the theory of $A_\infty $-algebras, their minimal models and differential graded realizations. We discuss the example of the Ext algebra which arises in Koszul duality.

SLAM: The Challenges and Adventures of Unconventional Leadership Roles

Seminar | October 29 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Prof. Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, Univ. of Oregon

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

The Good Anthropocene: Terraforming Earth

Lecture | October 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA

 Kim Stanley Robinson

 Berkeley Center for New Media, CED Studio One

The Anthropocene is a name in a periodizing scheme, or in more than one periodizing scheme, so to understand it more fully we need first to discuss periodization itself. After that it may be possible to move on to considerations of what it would take to create a “good Anthropocene.”

The Good Anthropocene: Terraforming Earth

Lecture | October 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kim Stanley Robinson

 Arts + Design, Berkeley Center for New Media

Robinson reminds us that the Anthropocene is a name in a periodizing scheme, or in more than one periodizing scheme. He suggests that, to understand it more fully, we need first to discuss periodization itself. After that, Robinson considers whether it is possible to consider the conditions for creating a “good Anthropocene.

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer. He is...   More >

Equal Pay 3.0: New Frontiers in Combatting the Wage Gap

Conference/Symposium | October 29 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Simon Hall, Warren Room (Law)

 Civil Justice Research Initiative, Impact Fund, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Join us for a thought leadership conversation in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Impact Fund between four legal trailblazers in the vanguard of the movement for equal pay for women. This free event is presented in association with BerkeleyLaw and the Thelton E. Henderson Center.

 Guest limit is 65. Please register for this free event via our EventBrite registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equal-pay-30-new-frontiers-in-combatting-the-wage-gap-tickets-50377540580

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fall 2018 Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 30 – December 4, 2018 every Tuesday | 190 Doe Library

 Deb Agarwal, Department Head, Data Science and Technology, Computational Research Division, LBNL; Rosemary Gillespie, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management; Rachel Slaybaugh, Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering

 Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design

 Data Sciences

The Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, co-hosted by the The Berkeley Division of Data Sciences and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), return for the Fall 2018 series. Lectures feature Berkeley faculty doing visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data revolution.

BSA Leadership Stories: Career Changes at Cal

Meeting | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren 295

 Alberto Ledesma, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, Arts and Humanities; Elizabeth Wilcox, Sr. Consultant for Advising, Human Resources

 Berkeley Staff Assembly

Learn from campus leaders as they share their personal and professional experiences.

  RSVP online by October 29.

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Peer Effects and Debt Accumulation: Evidence from Norwegian Household Data"

Presentation | October 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Magnus Gulbrandsen, Visiting Student Researcher / PhD Candidate

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by October 25.

Metropolis in Ruins. Berlin's Interval of Time, 1943-1947: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Metropolis in Ruins. Berlin's Interval of Time, 1943-1947"
Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann
Associate Professor of History
Tuesday, October 30, 12-1:30pm
Wurster 170

Part of the Global Urban Humanities Colloquium The City and Its People, Rhetoric 198-3 / ARCH 198-2, Rhetoric 244A / ARCH 298-2

With the modern metropolis emerges also the anticipation of urban ruination. However, what if the...   More >

Positive Parenting (BEUHS332)

Workshop | October 30 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Erica Reischer, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Parent Coach

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Local psychologist, mom, and parent coach Dr. Erica Reischer leads this workshop for parents who want to learn proven parenting methods for shaping positive behavior and raising happy, secure and loving kids. More information about Dr. Reischer is available at www.DrEricaR.com.

Workshop topics include:
· The ABCs of positive parenting: Acceptance, Boundaries, Consistency
· 10 things great...   More >

  Register online

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Medical Culture in Action: Ethnographic Insights from Two Studies of Surgical Culture Change

Colloquium | October 30 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 1205 Berkeley Way West

 Daniel Dohan

 Public Health, School of

Integrating evidence-based best practices into everyday clinic culture is a longstanding challenge in healthcare improvement and health policy. I describe two projects to improve surgical care for frail older adults and examine how their implementation plays out at the micro-level of clinic culture. Frail older adults who undergo major surgery have high rates of complications, functional decline,...   More >

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Design and Formatting (BETEC011): Betec011

Workshop | October 30 | 1-4 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Kathleen Valerio

 Human Resources

Spreadsheet Basics: Learn how to navigate in and across spreadsheets. Use AutoFill to build spreadsheets and link them into quarterly reports with basic equations in Microsoft Excel.

Learning objectives:

* Insert and format data.
* Use AutoFill.
* Insert/delete hide and unhide rows and columns.
* Name, move, add and delete worksheets.
* Apply filters and sorts.
* Export files to Excel...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar -"The Intertemporal Keynesian Cross"

Seminar | October 30 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ludwig Straub, Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics, Harvard University

 Department of Economics


Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Economic Data Engineering and Attention

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

 Andrew Caplin, NYU

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: Bass-Serre Theory and PSL(2,Qp)

Seminar | October 30 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

We will begin by filling in some details from last time, and describe the p-adic tree in more detail. We'll briefly discuss buildings, complexes of groups, and cubulated groups, which can be viewed as generalizations of Bass-Serre theory. It is a consequence of Bass-Serre theory that finitely generated groups which act discretely on a locally finite tree have a finite index subgroup which is a...   More >

Looking to the Past: Ontological (and Other) Encounters in the Andes

Presentation | October 30 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Catherine J. Allen, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at George Washington University

 Christine Hastorf

It is often said that “the past is present,” but to what extent is this true in a region like the Andes after centuries of invasion, upheaval, and cultural repression? Can a view from the present illuminate any aspects of the Andean past—and vice versa? In this lecture, Catherine Allen explores the ways in which ethnographic, ethnohistorical, and archaeological research in the Andes might inform...   More >

International Student Immigration Updates

Information Session | October 30 | 3:30-5 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office for an update on current immigration issues and changes for international students. 2018 has been another year of change in the world of international student advising, with a number of new policies and practices that impact our F-1 and J-1 students. BIO will go over hot topics in F-1/J-1 student visa status, travel, and employment. Attendees will also get a...   More >

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Introduction to the mathematics of graphene

Seminar | October 30 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will consider the simplest model of graphene given by a hexagonal quantum graph and explain the appearance of the famous "Dirac points". All the relevant concepts, quantum graphs, density of states etc, will be explained from scratch. When the magnetic field is added interesting oscillations appear in physically observed quantities. Using semiclassical methods (with the strength of the...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Structure of operators on $L^p$ and $l^p$

Seminar | October 30 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 March Boedihardjo, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will present my recent results on operators on $L^p$ and $l^p$. These include (1) a characterization of the weak closure of ultrapowers of operators on $L^p$ and (2) $l^p$ versions of some results in the Brown-Douglas-Fillmore theory. Some applications will be shown: (1) ultrapowers of operators on $L^p$ have exactly 4 nontrivial invariant subspaces if the ultrafilter is selective (2) every...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Hilbert scheme of a pair of linear spaces and Mori dream spaces

Seminar | October 30 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Grassmannian is a smooth moduli space with very rich geometry that parameterizes simple varieties, namely linear spaces. One can study a "natural" generalization, the component of a Hilbert scheme that parameterizes a pair of linear spaces in $\mathbb P^n$. In this talk we will describe a powerful rigidity result that allows us to completely control degenerations in this component. We will...   More >

The Race for Talent - A Forum on International Students in America

Panel Discussion | October 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

Join us for our observations about the changing market for international graduate and undergraduate students, the impact of changing visa/immigration debates/policies, and the challenges international students face once they enroll in a US university.


Rahul Choudaha - Executive Vice President of Global Engagement, Research & Intelligence at StudyPortals and CSHE Research...   More >

Harold S. Johnston Lecture in Physical Chemistry: Greenhouse gases and chemistry in cities

Seminar | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ron Cohen, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

Printing Soft Matter in Three Dimensions

Lecture | October 30 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Professor Jennifer Lewis, Harvard University

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

3D printing enables one to rapidly design and fabricate materials in arbitrary shapes on demand. I will introduce the fundamental principles that underpin 3D printing methods pioneered by our group. I will then describe the design, composition, and rheological properties of functional, structural and biological inks that we have developed, which are vastly expanding the capabilities of 3D...   More >

Documentary Screening: "Mai '68, un étrange printemps": The Odd Spring of May '68

Film - Documentary | October 30 | 4-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4429 (Library of French Thought)

 Institute of European Studies, Department of French, French Studies Program, UC Berkeley

Marking the 50th anniversary of May '68, this two-part documentary film offers firsthand accounts of those historic events from the individuals who were on the frontlines: politicians, law enforcement officers, and others who participated in the protests on the streets of Paris. The film shifts point of view from firsthand accounts to archival photographs, political posters and film footage,...   More >

Bernard Moses Memorial Lectures featuring Wendy Brown: Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was

Lecture | October 30 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate Division

Wendy Brown will present the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 titled "Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"How Does Competition Affect Innovation? Evidence from U.S. Antitrust Cases"

Seminar | October 30 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Hyo Kang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Schottky Algorithms: Classical meets Tropical

Seminar | October 30 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lynn Chua, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We present a new perspective on the Schottky problem that links numerical computing with tropical geometry. The task is to decide whether a symmetric matrix defines a Jacobian, and, if so, to compute the curve and its canonical embedding. We offer solutions and their implementations in genus four, both classically and tropically. The locus of cographic matroids arises from tropicalizing the...   More >


Film - Series | October 30 | 5:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Organized by Laura Belik, Ph.D. Student in Architecture

Schlumberger Limited Info-Session

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

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The Schlumberger Technology Innovation Center (STIC) is holding an infosession! We're hosting this event on campus for Cal undergraduate and graduate students alike who are interested to learn more about what we do, the full-time and internship opportunities we have, and to meet some of our team.

We’ll be bringing in software engineers and data scientists of various specializations to talk...   More >

Changing Careers: Myths and Best Practices

Lecture | October 30 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), room 202

 Marty Nemko

 UC Berkeley Extension

You’ve decided it’s time for a career change. How big a change can you realistically make? What techniques work and which don't? Career Coach Marty Nemko will offer fresh, but proven, ideas to illuminate the career change process and help you focus your efforts. Which rewarding careers tend to be more open to career changers? How can you prepare for your new career when you don’t have the time...   More >

  Register online

Diwali Celebration

Special Event | October 30 | 6:45-8:45 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 BAPS Campus Fellowship

Come enjoy a Diwali program hosted by BAPS Campus Fellowship at UC Berkeley! Come enjoy our guest speakers, musical performances, and a traditional Indian dinner at the end of the program!

If you plan on coming, please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uc-berkeley-tickets-51108390572

  RSVP online by October 30.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Graduate Student Lounge

Miscellaneous | April 25 – December 12, 2018 every Wednesday |  Anthony Hall

 ASUC Student Union

Graduate Students! Take advantage of the Graduate Student Lounge at Anthony Hall. Study, grade papers, meet with other grad students.

 Graduate Students only! However, Anthony Hall can be made available to the entire campus and community for reservations at other times.

Resources Roundtable: Innovation in Waste Management

Conference/Symposium | October 31 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

BERC is hosting a one-day symposium of Bay Area innovators in the waste and materials management space for sharing of ideas and best practices. This event will bring together entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, academics and hands-on practitioners in and around Berkeley to learn from each other and share their work. In addition to selected speakers, we’ll be hosting a panel session of...   More >

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Opportunities and challenges of high-field fMRI for neuroscience applications

Colloquium | October 31 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Kendrick Kay, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

In this talk, Dr. Kendrick Kay will describe two recent projects that exploit functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at ultra-high magnetic field strength (7 Tesla). The first project consisted of whole-brain fMRI retinotopic mapping in 181 healthy adults, as part of the Human Connectome Project (T2*-weighted gradient-echo EPI, 1.6-mm isotropic resolution, 1-s TR, 85 slices, multiband...   More >

UCB Startup Fair

Career Fair | October 31 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The UCB Startup Fair is back again!

Student-run by IEEE, HKN, and CSUA, students are introduced to small tech companies that typically rely on personal connections for hiring. It's a great way for students to find full-time and internship positions! Attendance is free for all UCB students, so please bring your student ID.

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/d5AtdQ1Sqjk2EPE32

Check out...   More >

Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Sarah Tom, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

 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.

Roya Pakzad on "AI and Human Rights in the Digital Age": CITRIS Research Exchange

Conference/Symposium | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

About the speaker:
Roya Pakzad serves as a Research Associate and Project Leader in Technology and Human Rights at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi). She also works with Stanford's program in Iranian Studies on the role of information and communication technologies in human rights in Iran.

Roya has worked on initiatives relating to everything from the role of...   More >

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Juliana Vianna: Penguin evolution across the southern ocean: from population genetics structure, adaptation to speciation

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Juliana Vianna

 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 >

Noon Concert: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | October 31 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 5
Bethany Lee, soloist
Clara Olivares - Blue Spine

Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and...   More >

SPH Potluck

Social Event | October 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Public Health, School of

Annual SPH Potluck w/ best dish contest.
Special Ingredient: Citrus

Return of the Basket: On Art and Environment

Lecture | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Daniel Niles, Associate Professor, Geography, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Kyoto)

 Archaeological Research Facility

Baskets are the original bags. They are among humankind’s earliest technologies, speaking especially to distant human interaction with plants. For as long as it is possible to measure, people everywhere made and used baskets in order to make life easier. In the modern imaginary, however, basketry is common, perhaps too common, and so tightly linked to pre-industrial life that it appears not just...   More >

Statistical and machine learning challenges from protein engineering to genetics

Seminar | October 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Jennifer Listgarten, University of California, Berkeley

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Molecular biology, genetics, and protein engineering have been slowly morphing into large-scale, data-driven sciences that can leverage machine learning and applied statistics. My talk will be a quick tour of several projects at this intersection. I will start off describing some new work toward machine-learning based protein engineering (and more general design problems) that can be viewed as a...   More >

Precolonial States and Precolonial Cultures: Concept Formation and Misinformation the Historical Renaissance

Colloquium | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Martha Wilfahrt, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Scholars in political science and development economics are increasingly identifying historical, ‘root causes’ of contemporary development outcomes. In Sub-Saharan Africa, this has renewed a particular interest in the precolonial past, with a series of prominent papers identifying precolonial 'centralization' as a key driver of differences in contemporary development levels both across and within...   More >

Martha Wilfahrt

Smadar Ben-Natan, "Citizen-Enemies: Military Courts in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories"

Lecture | October 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The 1967 Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories produced a boomerang effect on Palestinian citizens within the 1948 borders, re-framing them as citizen-enemies. While the Israeli legal regime of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip is extensively researched, this study extends its focus to the interrelations between the different parts comprising the Israeli “imperial formation.” Looking into...   More >

Forest Bathing with Hana Lee Goldin

Workshop | October 31 | 1-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Canceled

 Botanical Garden

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has demonstrated benefits for stress reduction and cognitive function. Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and opening up our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives.

$40 / $35 UCBG Members and UC students, faculty and staff


Using Machine Learning to Understand Health Care Systems

Lecture | October 31 | 1:10-2:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Sendhil Mullainathan

 Information, School of

Sendhil Mullainathan discusses how machine learning can improve our understanding of the health system itself.

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Monopole Floer homology and exact triangles

Seminar | October 31 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Francesco Lin, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Monopole Floer homology is an invariant of three-manifolds obtained by studying the Seiberg-Witten equations. After discussing its definition and basic properties, we will focus on its behavior under Dehn surgery; in particular we will describe the surgery exact triangle, and how it can be useful both for computations and topological applications.

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | September 12 – December 5, 2018 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also have weekly discussion topics to...   More >

Crisis in the Making: The Implications of US Interventions in Venezuela

Lecture | October 31 | 3-5 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Steven Ellner, Professor, Universidad de Oriente in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

 The Latinx Research Center

Join us for this historic speaking tour by Dr. Steve Ellner, the preeminent scholar in the English language on political, economic histories of Venezuela to understand the complexities of the current situation in Venezuela and its effects both inside and outside the country.

Rigidity and tolerance for perturbed lattices

Seminar | October 31 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Yuval Peres, Microsoft Research

 Department of Statistics

Consider a perturbed lattice {v+Y_v} obtained by adding IID d-dimensional Gaussian variables {Y_v} to the lattice points in Z^d.
Suppose that one point, say Y_0, is removed from this perturbed lattice; is it possible for an observer, who sees just the remaining points, to detect that a point is missing?

Hour of the Wolf

Film - Feature | October 31 | 3:10-4:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

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

Number Theory Seminar: Fixed ponts of $L\eta $

Seminar | October 31 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Koji Shimizu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the fixed points of $L\eta $.

Berkeley ACM A.M. Turing Laureate Lecture: The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box with Michael Stonebraker

Colloquium | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Michael Stonebraker, M.I.T.

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This Turing Award talk intermixes a bicycle ride across America during the summer of 1988 with the design, construction and commercialization of Postgres during the late 80’s and early ‘90’s. Striking parallels are observed, leading to a discussion of what it takes to build a new DBMS. Also, indicated are the roles that perseverance and serendipity played in both endeavors.

Michael...   More >


How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | October 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

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

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

ERG Colloquium: Rob Jackson: Natural and Anthropogenic Emissions of Carbon Dioxide and Methane

Colloquium | October 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Rob Jackson, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University

 Energy and Resources Group

Professor Jackson will discuss sources of methane and carbon dioxide and opportunities to reduce them.

MSW Info Session

Information Session | October 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 5 Haviland Hall

 Sara McCarthy, Graduate Admissions Advisor, School of Social Welfare; Cassandra Castillo, Student Services Advisor, School of Social Welfare

 Social Welfare, School of

These group admissions advising sessions are designed to provide an overview of the admissions process and degree requirements of the MSW program. All MSW Admissions Information Sessions are held in the School of Social Welfare, located in Haviland Hall (Room 5).

GDPR: Big Data, Big Responsibility

Lecture | October 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Jeff Jonas

 Information, School of

The EUâs new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes big responsibilities for organizations.

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): The Seiberg-Witten equations and the length spectrum of hyperbolic three-manifolds

Seminar | October 31 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Francesco Lin, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

This is joint work with Michael Lipnowski. We exhibit the first examples of hyperbolic three-manifolds for which the Seiberg-Witten equations do not admit any irreducible solution. Our approach relies on hyperbolic geometry in an essential way; it combines an explicit upper bound for the first eigenvalue on coexact 1-forms \(\lambda∗\) on rational homology spheres which admit irreducible...   More >

Detecting Discrimination: What Eddie Murphy Teaches Us about Theory and Method

Special Event | October 31 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Issa Kohler-Hausmann

 Information, School of

Issa Kohler-Hausmann studies the methodological and theoretical issues in stating and proving discrimination claims.

Utopia/Dystopia: Imagining the Future: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | October 31 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife)

 Holly Doremus, Professor, Berkeley Law; Annalee Newitz, Author, Editor, Journalist; Ellen Rigsby, Professor, Communications Department, St. Mary's College

 Katherine Snyder, Professor, UCB English Department

 College of Letters & Science

Join us for a moderated discussion of utopian and dystopian views of the future, from an array of disciplinary perspectives.

 Free and open to all on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Title: Emotion and cognition in late life: Different paths, different vulnerabilities

Colloquium | October 31 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Way West

 Professor Robert Levenson, Berkeley Psychology

 Department of Psychology

In this talk I will present theory and research on the ways that emotional functioning changes with age. Comparisons will be made with the well-established age-related declines that characterize cognitive and physical aging. Implications for deepening our understanding of the relationships between cognition and emotion in brain and behavior will be considered.

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.

Afterimage: EMPTY METAL

Film - Feature | October 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer’s first feature as codirectors, Empty Metal takes place in a world similar to ours—one of mass surveillance, pervasive policing, and increasing individual apathy. The lives of several people, each inhabiting extreme poles of American social and political consciousness, weave together as each attempts to achieve some kind of forward motion, sometimes in...   More >