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
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.
Lecture | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Discussions about migration have dominated the public discourse in Germany since the refugee crisis of 2015. There is a growing acceptance of empiric data on migration, collected by research institutions like the IMIS at Osnabrück University. On the other hand, the public discourse including from the government is getting more emotional and often denies proven facts and figures.
After a... More >
Lecture | November 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall
To what extent and how can those excluded from membership in the welfare state, but who are still present within its territorial borders, be lives to be cared for? How is the decision to care for certain lives made? What role do front line service providers play in (re)producing, defining, and negotiating state borders?
Building a Nation, Effacing a Race: The "Chinaman" Question of the U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1905
Lecture | November 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
The lecture focuses on the first few years of American colonial rule in the Philippines. In particular, it looks into the Chinaman labor question facing the colonial rulers. How were the Chinese exclusion laws applied in the Philippines? How were the Chinese and other ethnic groups racialized to justify these laws in the Philippines?
Environmental Justice: What can we do about the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities?: By Van Jones, President and Founder, Dream Corps
Lecture | November 13 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater
Van Jones, Dream Corps
Across America, low-income and minority communities are being hit hardest by the economic and health impacts of climate change. Join us for an afternoon with Van Jonesnews commentator, author, and founder of Dream Corps and learn how we can seek environmental justice for the countrys most vulnerable communities.
Van Jones is president and founder of the nonprofit, Dream Corps, a social... More >
Anthropology from Portugal, on Portugal and beyond Portugal: racialized relations and representations
Lecture | November 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Paula Mota Santos; Cristiana Bastos
Paula Mota Santos will speak about "Slavery as dark heritage in Post-colonial Portugal". The Lagos, Southern Portugal slavery exhibition is only the second European-located museum space dedicated to the transatlantic slave trade, and one institutionally linked to UNESCOs Slave Route program. I will carry out an analysis of the images, texts and forms of display of the Lagos exhibition will be... More >
Lecture | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Amy Stanley, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University
The #MeToo movement is now over a year old, but over the past few weeks its stakes have become increasingly clear, not only in American culture and politics but also in many of our intellectual lives as historians. This talk considers how the rallying call believe women challenges our epistemology and might lead us to a different approach to our evidence. The sources are drawn from an early... More >
Lecture | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, British Museum
This presentation draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze Burmese temple wall paintings from the late 17th to early 19th centuries and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.
Integrating eco-evolutionary data from islands to infer biodiversity dynamics: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science
Lecture | November 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
A central challenge in understanding the origins of biodiversity is that, while we can observe and test local ecological phenomena, we must usually infer the longer-term outcomes of these ecological forces indirectly. My colleagues and I have been developing inferential models at the interface between macroecology and population-level processes, and applying them to data from geological... More >
Lecture | November 13 | 5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Jennifer Allen, Yale University
This talk picks up a melancholic thread in assessments of the end of the Cold War, when the triumph of liberal democracy and capitalism over really existing socialism led academics and public intellectuals to pronounce the end of utopian ambitions. Margaret Thatcher captured this idea in her claim that there is no alternative. Some West Germans, however, resisted this logic. Facing the... More >
Lecture | November 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Board Room
This talk will consider the meanings and consequences of the reemergence of a Polish state in 1918 in new boundaries, after 125 years of rule by foreign powers. The event is celebrated as liberation, but what did it mean for ethnic minorities like Jews and Ukrainians? What did it mean for women? That Poland lasted barely twenty years before being overwhelmed by its totalitarian neighbors. Could... More >
Lecture | November 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium
Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University
By far the most important ancient city in Israel, Megiddo has worn many hats over the past five thousand years. During the Bronze Age, the city hosted cosmopolitan Canaanite kings whose relationships extended to Egypt, Turkey, and Mesopotamia. One thousand years later, ancient Israel's kings garrisoned the city, noting its strategic military position. Later writers so revered the city that they... More >
Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room
Boyarin argues that the very concept of a religion of Judaism is an invention of the Christian church that was adopted by Jews only with the coming of modernity and the spread of Christian languages.
Lecture | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
Elena Marasinova, Professor of History, works at the Institute of Russian History (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Professor Marasinova graduated from Moscow Lomonosov University and had a fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen and Institut für osteuropäische Geschichte und Landeskunde at Tübingen Universität. She is a... More >
Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall
Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Digital Humanities
In this talk I will introduce examples of "at-risk" textual archives from the ancient Near East. By exploring two ancient sites which have yielded large bodies of textual and material culture through illicit excavations, I will describe the latent archival organization found in the hoards of cuneiform tablets. Then, I will describe the computational methods that I and my colleagues have used to... More >
The Influence of Prevailing Ideology on Definitions in Duden Monolingual Dictionaries From the Third Reich Through the Reunification
Lecture | November 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
Laura Sacia Bonicatto, Lecturer, Department of German, UC Berkeley
Berkeley Language Center
Since 1880, the Duden dictionary has set the official standard for orthography and language use in German-speaking countries. Over the course of 138 years, there have been 27 editions of the Duden, including 7 separate editions that were published during Germanys split into the East German GDR and the West German FRG. Since the publication of the first Duden, German-speaking countries have... More >
Anti-Asian Racism at Berkeley: The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall: Presented by Asian American Law Journal
Lecture | November 14 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Charles Reichmann, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Law
Asian American Law Journal
Most people familiar with UC Berkeley School of Law know its traditional name and the name of its primary classroom building, Boalt Hall. Yet few know much about the man who gave the law school its name. A closer look at John Boalts legacy, however, calls for a reexamination of the law schools continued association with the Boalt name, given the contrast between UC Berkeleys values of... More >
Lecture | November 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room
Bruce Western, Columbia University
What happens when people return to a community after incarceration? How do they look for work and housing? How do they manage their addictions or mental illness, and why do some return to prison?
In his talk, Western will bear witness to the lives held captive in Americas experiment with mass incarceration. Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison tells the stories of the men and women he... More >
Lecture | November 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315
David Corn, Journalist and Political Commentator
David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written... More >
Lecture | November 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Maeve Cook, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Why should we pursue a critical theory of democratic protest? Assuming that we should, what would such a critical theory look like today? My paper considers both questions, offering some partial answers. On my understanding, critical theory addresses normative questions relating to the good life for humans, to the kind of society that would enable a good life, and to protest as a means for the... More >
Lecture | November 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall
Lecture | November 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
WED, NOV 14, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with architect, environmental and social activist, and the co-founder of Breakthrough Communities Project. Co-sponsored by the Kenneth Simmons Community Lecture Endowment & CED Alumni of Color. Open to all!
Lecture | November 15 | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join us for a lecture and recorded musical highlights with opera-composer Carla Lucero. Lucero is originally from Los Angeles, graduating from CalArts in 1986, where she studied with Rand Steiger, Morton Subotnick and the late, legendary film composer, Leonard Rosenman. In LA, she spent 5 years as a composer in residence at Collage Dance Theater. Carla's love of opera and classical music drew her... More >
Lecture | November 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall
Please join us on Thursday, November 15 from 10am-noon for the Social Science Matrix Distinguished Lecture, which will be delivered by Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University.
For decades, the social sciences have generated knowledge vital to guiding public policy, informing business, and... More >
Bancroft Library Roundtable: Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area
Lecture | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Richard A. Walker, Professor Emeritus, Geography, UC Berkeley, and Director, Living New Deal Project
The SF Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Valley Gold Rush. But there is a dark side of success: overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes; exploding inequality and millions of underpaid workers; a delusional tech elite; and complicity with the worst in American politics.
The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.
Lecture | November 15 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)
Amanda Godley, Professor, English Education & Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Pittsburgh
Berkeley Language Center
Language and literacy education scholars have long called for the teaching of language to be more critical, raising students awareness of how language choices and varieties convey power, identity and ideologies. In this talk, I focus specifically on Critical Language Pedagogy, an approach to teaching about dialect variation and language ideologies. I will share curriculum materials... More >
Lecture | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall
Dr. Jeremy James, Director of Sierra Foothills Research & Extension Center
Lecture | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Siegfried S. Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
After a disastrous and dangerous 2017, diplomatic initiatives have opened a window for resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. But will the Trump administration's diplomacy succeed or fail as have all attempts over the past 25 years? I will offer my perspective based on seven visits to North Korea and our comprehensive study of North Korea's nuclear program.
Raza Rumi | Democracy and its Discontents - Project Naya Pakistan: The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture for 2018
Lecture | November 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Raza Ahmad Rumi, Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist
Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies
Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist, Reza Ahmad Rumi delivers our sixth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.
Lecture | November 15 | 6-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
The Honorable Willie Brown
Join the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum as they host the Honorable Willie Brown for the 2018 Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture in Politics and Public Policy on Thursday, November 15. Two-term Mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown will discuss the midterm elections and share his knowledge of California politics,... More >
Lecture | November 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
Distinguished Visiting Fellow Jonathan Segal has designed some of the most livable and highly regarded residential, live/work, and mixed-use housing in California. His talk will pose the question: “What if architects could leverage their training and skil
AIA Lecture - Pottery, Paintings, and Pinakides: the latest dirt from the excavation of Petsas House, Mycenae
Lecture | November 15 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Kim Shelton, Associate Professor of Classics and Director, the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology
San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
This elaborately illustrated lecture will present the results of ten seasons of excavation by the Archaeological Society of Athens at Petsas House in the settlement of the famous Bronze Age palatial center at Mycenae. A look into a complex structure of the 14th century BCE reveals domestic and workshop use together with an expanding role in the socio-political life of the palace. Pottery, as... More >
Lecture | November 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room | Canceled
By providing cover for a host of other actors taking advantage of extreme violence, maras help create a sense of order in the midst of chaos. Fontes will explore how these gangs have become so crucial for making and mooring collective terror in Central American cities, while tracing the ties that bind violence to those residing in far safer environs.
Lecture | November 16 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room 295
Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School
Please join us for the Inaugural Irving Tragen Lecture on Comparative Law featuring Katharina Pistor
Towards Comparative Legal Institutionalism
Comparative law today leads only a shadow existence at law schools in the US and elsewhere. This has been true especially for the last three decades when globalization and global law have gained prominence, diminishing the interest in (foreign) local... More >
Lecture | November 16 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Robert Poole, Reason Foundation
Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation Robert Poole will present Rethinking Americas 20th-Century Highway Institutions on November 16, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m.
Lecture | November 16 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Aghasi Yenokyan, Political Analyst, South Caucasian and Russian Affairs, and Voice of America
This talk will analyze what has been called the "Velvet Revolution" in Armenia. It will assess the current situation and the possible developments resulting from the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
Aghasi Yenokyan graduated from the Department of Physics of Yerevan State University and earned an MBA from the American University of Armenia. Mr. Yenokyan served as chief of the Yerevan... More >
Lecture | November 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled
Dr. Jennifer Strauss, Seismological Laboratory
Get an overview on earthquake hazards in the Bay Area, some cool science the seismological lab is working on to help increase knowledge and safety, and bust some common myths about earthquakes and preparedness. Also find out the latest news about the status of Shake Alert, the earthquake early warning system now being rolled out on the West Coast.
The ShakeAlert system is being developed with... More >
Lecture | November 17 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 391 Barrows Hall
Undocumented Tales is a YouTube web series that follows the journey of Fernando Gutierrez, an undocumented queer immigrant from Mexico living in Los Angeles. Fernandos story is one that is rarely told in the broader immigrant and LGBTQ communities, and one that is almost never told in mainstream media. The series serves as an online platform that brings together the intersections of... More >