<< Week of November 04 >>

Monday, November 5, 2018

Ethnic Studies At 50: Alumni Speaker Series: Native American Child Removal, Indigenous Activism, and the Creation of an Archive

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Amy Lonetree, Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Ethnic Studies

The history of Indigenous child removal is a history of violence, and one that has taken different forms over time. This presentation focuses on those most affected by removal and separation through an analysis of oral histories of Native American adoptees collected in collaboration with the First Nations Repatriation Institute, a community based advocacy organization. These testimonies are...   More >

Two Lectures on Sor Juana:: Voices In Sor Juana's Planetarium: Listening to Primero sueño and On Being Woke: Sor Juana dos veces despierta

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor, Colonial Studies, UC Berkeley; Emilie Bergman, Professor, Spanish, UC Berkeley

 The Latinx Research Center

In these lectures, Prof. Bergamann & Assoc. Prof. Del Valle contrast the nun’s writing about herself in relation to knowledge with that of Descartes’ in the Discourse on the Method & examine the way Sor Juana creates a powerful self...   More >

Design Field Notes: Stephanie Chen

Lecture | November 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Stephanie Chen is a design researcher based in San Francisco. Over the last decade she has helped companies and organizations, including Nokia, Pepsi Co., and Tipping Point Community, uncover meaningful insights through human-centered design research. She currently leads user research and insights for the Immersive Computing group at HP Inc.

Sketching Big Data

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

 Jelani Nelson, Harvard Universty

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

A "sketch" is a data structure supporting some pre-specified set of queries and updates to a database while consuming space substantially (often exponentially) less than the information theoretic minimum required to store everything seen, and thus can also be seen as some form of functional compression. The advantages of sketching include less memory consumption, faster algorithms, and reduced...   More >

Broadening Our Impacts at UC Berkeley and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. France Córdova, Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation

Lecture | November 5 | 4:30-7:30 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 France Córdova, National Science Foundation

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak about the importance of broader impacts to the work of the agency and science research overall. As the public science center for UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Hall of Science serves as a key part of the university’s robust infrastructure for education, public outreach, and broader impact activities. This event is...   More >

 Invitation only.


  Register by calling Kalie Sacco at 510-642-4195, or by emailing Kalie Sacco at kaliesacco@berkeley.edu

LAEP Lecture Series: Dorothée Imbert

Lecture | November 5 | 6-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Mon, Nov 5, 6:00pm - Dorothée Imbert has carried out extensive research on landscape modernism with an emphasis on Europe and California.

Avenali Lecture: Todd Gitlin: The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism and Desublimation

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

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In his exploration of the political culture of the 1960s, Todd Gitlin (Columbia University) questions the popular image of that era as a politically progressive one. He traces the resurgence of white supremacy, rule by a wealthy elite, and other signs of a repressive “counterrevolution” which, in his view, led to the current political moment.

Todd Gitlin Photo by Edwin Tse

Richard Prum: The Evolution of Beauty

Lecture | November 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Richard Prum, Yale University

 Global Urban Humanities

“Beauty happens.” So writes eminent ornithologist and MacArthur Fellow Richard O. Prum in his bestselling The Evolution of Beauty (2017), a New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year. Prum argues that the spectacular physical and behavioral variety of avian beauty represents not just genetic fitness but also the evolution of form through the purely aesthetic choices of female birds. He argues that...   More >

Tuesday, November 6, 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.

Tales from the front lines of wrangling earth science data: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | November 6 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Deb Agarwal, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Building the data capabilities and products needed to help enable understanding of watershed dynamics, tropical forests, carbon flux, and soil carbon. are just a few of the areas where we are working. This talk will describe the role inter-disciplinary data science is playing in helping to address these challenges. Many challenges encountered are not addressed by the tools available today.

The...   More >

The Invention of God

Lecture | November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Thomas Römer, Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the Collège de France and the University of Lausanne

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Who invented God? And what does “inventing” a god mean? This talk will trace the evolution of the deity of the great monotheisms―Yhwh, God, or Allah―by tracing Israelite beliefs and their context from the Bronze Age to the end of the Old Testament period in the third century BCE. We will draw on a long tradition of historical, philological, and exegetical work and on recent...   More >

Deliberative Inequality: A Text-As-Data Study of Tamil Nadu’s Village Assemblies

Lecture | November 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Vijayendra Rao, World Bank

 Institute of International Studies

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Remembering Queen Mary: Heritage Conservation of Free Blacks on St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 William White, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk explores the ways positionality plays a central role in the way heritage conservation is practiced by black Crucians and white Danish scholars.

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Anne Nesbet: The Orphan Band of Springdale

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Nesbet’s historical novel for younger readers takes place during World War II in Springdale, Maine. It tells the story of eleven-year-old Gusta, who is sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother after her labor-organizer father is forced to flee the country.

Translation Strategies for Filmic Text: Idiom vs. Explicit Meaning in English Subtitles

Lecture | November 7 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 María Labarta Postigo, Professor, Faculty of Philology, Translation, and Communication, University of Valencia, Spain

 Berkeley Language Center

In this presentation, I will examine how idioms in original Spanish and German filmic texts are translated in English subtitles. My goals are to shed to light on strategies used in the translation process and to explore how translation can affect understanding and reception by the audience.

Between Center and Periphery? Higher Education, Social Sciences and Intellectuals from Islamic Habitus in Turkey

Lecture | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Deniz Ilhan, Stony Brook University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The modernization program endorsed by the Republic of Turkey, and the institutions which established the infrastructure for educational, cultural and scientific development went hand in hand with a nationalist interpretation of Westernization and secularization agenda. Parallel to those in other Muslim-majority contexts throughout the world, the reactions to this program has been diverse, which...   More >

New Literary History at 50

Lecture | November 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall


 Department of English

Please join Bruce Holsinger, incoming editor of New Literary History, for an informal presentation and discussion about the journal’s current direction and future prospects as NLH begins its fiftieth anniversary year. Intended primarily for early career scholars in the literary humanities (advanced graduate students, instructors, and assistant professors) though open to all, the hour-long session...   More >

Facing the Limits of Decoloniality from a Southeast Asian Peri-urban Forest

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Juno Salazar Parrenas, Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University

 Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk argues that recent scholarly efforts to center decoloniality and indigenous knowledges risk romanticization when universalized. The research is drawn from transdisciplinary ethnographic field research in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with Malay and Iban orangutan-handlers and orangutans between 2010-2016.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta | Kinetic Contemplation: Raqs Media Collective in Medias Res

Lecture | November 7 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

 Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Arts Research Center, Department of English, Department of Art Practice, University of California Humanities Research Institute, The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley

A talk by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, artist and writer, and member of Raqs Media Collective.

Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale and Systems Scale by Imaging: 2018 Emilio Segrè Lecture

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Xiaowei Zhuang, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Professor of Physics, Harvard University

 Department of Physics

As a fundamental unit of life, a cell is comprised of numerous different types of molecules that form intricate interaction networks, which function collectively to give the cell its life. Dissecting the inner workings of a cell thus requires imaging methods with molecular specificity, molecular-scale resolution, and dynamic imaging capability such that molecular interactions inside the cell can...   More >

Theoretically Speaking Series — Training Artificial Intelligence by Playing Games

Lecture | November 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Thore Graepel, Google DeepMind

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Intelligence can be viewed as the ability of agents to achieve goals in a wide range of environments. If we wish to use machine learning to train intelligent agents, we need ways of creating rich environments that provide appropriate challenges and feedback signals to learning agents. Just as in real life (and evolution), the most challenging environments for learning agents arise from...   More >


  Registration opens October 22. Register online by November 6.

The Art of Giving Feedback: Thriving in Science Monthly Lecture: November, 2018

Lecture | November 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Stanley Hall, 105 & Atrium

 Cal Facilitation Team, LEAD Center

 Thriving in Science

Is your team or group finding it challenging to communicate expectations? Do some team members volunteer for tasks, but not follow through? If these situations sound familiar, then let us teach you how to give effective feedback. In the workshop, you will learn the best language to use when addressing difficult situations in team settings. We will go over the best way to approach these issues and...   More >


Lecture | November 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, NOV 7, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Fall 2018 Joseph Esherick Visiting Professor of Practice, a Professor at the California College of the Arts, co-director of The Urban Works Agency, and founder of The Open Workshop. Open to all!

Midterm Elections: Moving Forward

Lecture | November 7 | 8-9:30 p.m. | 222 Wheeler Hall

 Darren Zook, Bridge USA

 Bridge USA

In the wake of one of the most anticipated midterm elections in modern American history, BridgeUSA invites you to join Professor Darren Zook as he talks about the impact these elections will have moving forward. Key to the discussion will be the issues surrounding political diversity, increasing partisanship in Washington, and influence on future generations.

Prof. Darren Zook lectures in the...   More >

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Picturing Franklin Lloyd Wright: Pedro Guerrero, Photographer with Ray Telles

Lecture | November 8 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ray Telles

 Arts + Design

Raymond Telles’ thirty-five year career in film and television includes the production of numerous documentaries and segments for PBS, ABC, NBC, National Geographic, Discovery and Univision. Among the documentaries Telles has produced and directed are: The Storm that Swept Mexico; The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers; Struggle, Children of the Night (Frontline); The Peril and...   More >

History Painting in 21st-Century Cuba

Lecture | November 8 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 2 LeConte Hall

 Alexis Esquivel

 Department of History

Renowned Cuban painter and performance artist Alexis Esquivel discusses his work in the genre of history painting, at the intersection of arts, politics, and race. In Spanish with simultaneous translation available. Sponsored by the Department of History and CLAS

AHMA Colloquium - Tools for Georeferencing and Preserving the Ancient Mediterranean

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Bond, University of Iowa

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The events are co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

The Digital Future of the European Union – Will There be Any?

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Peter Fatelnig, Minister-Counsellor for digital economy policies at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

 Institute of European Studies

Over the last three years the European Union has embarked on an unprecedented number of initiatives to modernize the old continents' digital rulebook. Dubbed the "Digital Single Market Policy" it includes a massive package of legislative and non-legislative measures. The conversation will start with major legislation such as the GDPR, the new copyright rules or net neutrality, but also include...   More >

Rock and Rule: Popular Music in Cold War Poland and East Germany

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Kyrill Kunakhovich, Assistant Professor, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

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

We often hear that rock and roll helped bring down communist regimes, but they themselves believed that it could help their cause. For much of the Cold War, communist states taught rock in schools, organized popular music festivals, and held singing competitions on TV. However, things did not always go as planned. This talk considers what rock looked like on the other side of the Iron Curtain,...   More >

From Rio to Ulm: Brazilian Poetry, Design, and State Development

Lecture | November 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Nathaniel Wolfson, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

In this talk, Wolfson focuses on the experiences of Brazilian students at the Ulm School of Design in the 1960s and the corresponding transnational debates concerning form and semantics in literature and design.

A building at the Ulm School of Design in Germany. (Photo from modernist design.)

The Sea Ranch and Theories of Place

Lecture | November 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Gallery, Room 121

 Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside

 Environmental Design Archives

Join us for our first Gallery Talk this academic year with architectural historian Patricia Morton!

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Wurster Gallery, room 121

6:30 to 7 pm - Light refreshments
7 to 8 pm - Lecture

Free to UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends of the EDA

Suggested $10 donation for those outside UC Berkeley

Morton will draw on the EDA's Turnbull / MLTW...   More >


Lecture | November 8 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

THU, NOV 8, 6:30pm. Morton will draw on EDAs Turnbull / MLTW Collection to discuss how the design of The Sea Ranch was informed by contemporaneous theories of place as posited by Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, Lawrence Halprin and others. Open to all!

Financial Innovation: The Convergence of Environment and Finance: with Richard Sandor

Lecture | November 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Richard Sandor, American Financial Exchange

 College of Natural Resources

This talk will focus on programs and financial markets that have facilitated the building of institutions for the minimization of transactional costs to achieve better air quality (e.g. US Acid Rain program and Chicago Climate Exchange). It will also discuss new frontiers and opportunities in areas such as water quality and quantity; and the application of new technologies such as blockchain to...   More >

Imperial Powers: The Roles of Deputies, Substitutes, the Sun God, and the King in the Assyrian Empire

Lecture | November 8 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | 155 Kroeber Hall

 Mikko Luukko, University of Helsinki

 Near Eastern Studies, The Assyrian Heritage Fund

Dr. Luukko will consider the importance of deputies and substitutes, and the relationship between the sun god, who is the divine judge, and the Assyrian king, the supreme judge on earth. This lecture will offer a new interpretation of the nature of and interconnections between the powers of the Assyrian empire. Mikko Luukko (PhD, University of Helsinki 2004) studied Assyriology, Semitics, and...   More >

Friday, November 9, 2018

Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the 20th Century

Lecture | November 9 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 104 Wurster Hall

 Lucia Allais, University of Princeton

 Center for New Media

Between 1943 and 1945, the Allied Air Forces produced aerial photographs of 79 Italian cities, annotated them with the location of monuments, and appended them with elaborate instructions for aerial bombers on “how to miss cultural sites.” Similar lists and maps of monuments were produced by the Allies for almost every country in Europe, alternatively expanding and shrinking to fit various phases...   More >

'Nano' Implies Nonlinear Dynamics: Nano Seminar Series

Lecture | November 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 R Stanley Williams, HP Labs

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

One thing that we who have worked in the nano area for the past 20 years keep claiming is that new properties and opportunities arise from materials crafted at the nanometer scale. One of the major changes is that the response of materials to stimuli becomes increasingly nonlinear, and that leads to a completely new set of dynamical properties.

I will show how a single nanoscale device can be...   More >

ZenIT: Mindful Work through Zen Meditation and Collaboration

Lecture | November 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Amil Khanzada, ZenIT

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

CS alumnus Amil Khanzada, now Evolution Ambassador of Eiheiji Town in Japan, will talk about ZenIT, a new movement to define a style of working that is highly productive *and* peaceful, by combining Japanese Soto Zen meditation and Silicon Valley software development pairing/collaboration principles.

Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?: Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade by Jennifer Granholm

Lecture | November 9 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan

 Graduate Division

Jennifer Granholm will present the Weinstock lecture on November 9, 2018. Her lecture is titled "Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?" The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Raghuram Rajan | Is India Ready for the Twenty First Century?: The 2nd Bhattacharya Lecture on the "Future of India"

Lecture | November 9 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in location

 Raghuram Rajan, Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth and the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

 Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley.

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Bhattacharya India Fund at UC Berkeley

Raghuram Rajan delivers the 2nd lecture in this newly established lecture series on the Future of India.