<< Week of November 18 >>

Sunday, November 18, 2018

2018 Data Science Panel

Conference/Symposium | November 18 | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. |  West Pauley Ballroom

 2495 Banfroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Nitesh Kumar, Head of Data Science, Affirm; Andrew FigPope, Lead Data Architect, Celmatix; Anagha Joshi, Data Scientist, Tesla; Jason Goodman, Data Scientist, Airbnb; Anthony Suen, Director of Programs, Berkeley Division of Data Science

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

This is the 3rd Annual Berkeley Data Science Panel hosted by Data Science Society at Berkeley. Highly accomplished professionals from Tesla, Airbnb, Berkeley Division of Data Sciences, Affirm, and Celmatix will be speaking about their diverse experiences in the data science industry. After the speaker sessions, you’ll get a chance to talk to these professionals and hear from them on a more...   More >

TARTUFFE: a modern take on Molière’s classic comedy

Performing Arts - Theater | November 18 | 2-4 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse | Canceled

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Initially censored following its premiere in 1664, TARTUFFE is a bold work that is decidedly relevant today. Set in present-day Los Angeles, TARTUFFE is the story of a con man disguised as a pious spiritual leader who wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent patriarch in the midst of a mid-life crisis — promptly setting the household topsy turvy!

$13 Students & Seniors, Cal Staff & Faculty: online in advance, $15 Students & Seniors, Cal Staff & Faculty: at the door (ID required), $18 General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 General Admission: at the door

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Film - Feature | November 18 | 2-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the life of Ludwig II, the “mad king” of Bavaria, Visconti found a fit subject for his own transcendent sense of spectacle. Ludwig was a tragic figure who made an art out of life itself: born into extreme wealth, he chose to pursue happiness in the realm of the sublime—in art and matters of the heart—but he never achieved anything close to happiness. Nor did his soul “fly free” of his body. He...   More >

In the Presence of a Clown

Film - Feature | November 18 | 2:45-4:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s eccentric made-for-television drama is both a fond tribute to Swedish silent cinema and an autumnal look back at the director’s own career. In a Swedish insane asylum in 1925, a lunatic engineer teams with another patient to create a film, a “living talkie,” based on their own obsessions. Soon they have a cast, a crew, and even a tour across the country. All of Bergman’s great...   More >

University Chamber Chorus

Performing Arts - Music | November 18 | 3 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Wei Cheng, director
Join the Chamber Chorus for an exploration of European Voices throughout time and space - a musical journey of Baltic passion, Mediterranean romance, Evangelical spirit, and more. Featuring composers from the Renaissance period to today, including Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Rossini, Arvo Part, and Hubert Parry.

The UCB Chamber Chorus is the university’s premiere concert choir....   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

Blind Chance

Film - Feature | November 18 | 7-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

"Every generation needs to know or believe that the world can be a better place,” claims a character in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s examination of will, destiny, and chance, a fascinating precursor to the concerns of his Three Colors trilogy and a biting condemnation of the complex choices (or lack thereof) of individuals in a totalitarian regime. Made during the beginning of the Solidarity period in...   More >

Monday, November 19, 2018

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 19 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dylan Paiton, Olshausen Lab; Liz Lawler, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Gun Violence in Schools

Conference/Symposium | November 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Graduate School of Education, Room 1104

 Professor Ron Avi Astor, Professor, USC; Dr. Alisa Crovetti, Faculty, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education; Alla Lefkowitz, Deputy Director, Affirmative Litigation, Everytown for Gun Safety; Emily Ozer, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Civil Justice Research Initiative, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, BerkeleyLaw Human Rights Center

Part of a series of multidisciplinary conversations on gun violence with leading professors, litigators and practitioners.

CANCELED:Aditi Saraf | Trust Amidst Trust-Deficit: Credit, Conflict and Improvidence in Kashmir

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room) | Canceled

 Aditi Saraf, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights

A talk by Dr. Aditi Saraf, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

Jasmine Syedullah: Job Talk in Gender and Women's Studies

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jasmine Syedullah, Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Vassar College

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies


Jasmine Syedullah is a black feminist political theorist of abolition, as well as co-author of "Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation" (North Atlantic Books, 2016). She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vassar College. Her research brings a black feminist approach to questions of political theory to ask how the carceral...   More >

The Tumultuous Sixties: 1968 Around The Globe

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 202 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Christina Gerhardt, Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

 UC Berkeley Extension

In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley achieved national visibility with a series of student protests responding to the administration’s decision to ban information tables regarding the Civil Rights Movement. They mark the first time that the civil disobedience tactics of the Civil Rights Movement were brought to a college campus and served as a foundation for future protests such as...   More >


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PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | November 19 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Raphael Lardeux, CRED Paris; Dario Tortarolo, UCB

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Raphael Lardeux - "Income Tax Misperception: Bunching where Tax Liabilities (may) start"

Dario Tortarolo - "Means-tested Transfers and Rent Sharing: Identification from a Change in the Remittance System"

  RSVP online by November 15.

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: Electrical networks and hyperplane arrangements

Seminar | November 19 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Bob Lutz, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

This talk defines Dirichlet arrangements, a generalization of graphic hyperplane arrangements arising from electrical networks and order polytopes of finite posets. After establishing some basic properties we characterize Dirichlet arrangements whose Orlik-Solomon algebras are Koszul and show that the underlying matroids satisfy the half-plane property. We also discuss the role of Dirichlet...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Bounding Points on Curves using $p$-Adic Hodge Theory

Seminar | November 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 784 Evans Hall

 Brian Lawrence, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Methods of $p$-adic analysis provide the most powerful tools to bound the set of rational points on a curve. The earliest work in this direction was the method of Chabauty; in many cases this is already enough to enumerate (with proof) the rational points. Much more recently, work of Kim on the unipotent fundamental group has led to computational breakthroughs by Balakrishnan, Dogra et al. The...   More >

Yvette Cendes (Toronto): Radio Observations of Nearby Intermediate-Aged Supernovae

Seminar | November 19 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 501B Campbell Hall

 Yvette Cendes, Toronto

 Radio Astronomy Lab

After the initial flash and bang of a supernova, radio emission can continue for decades as the shockwave interacts with the circumstellar material (CSM) shed by the progenitor star before the explosion. These observations can, in turn, provide key insights into both the explosion mechanism and pre-supernova evolution of the progenitor system, as well as probe the transition from supernova to...   More >

Efficient Computational Methods with Provable Guarantees for Data-Driven Problems

Lecture | November 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Somayeh Sojoudi, Berkeley IEOR and EECS

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

The area of data science lacks efficient computational methods with provable guarantees that can cope with the large-scale nature and the high nonlinearity of many real-world systems. Practitioners often design heuristic algorithms tailored to specific applications, but the theoretical underpinnings of these methods remain a mystery and this limits their usage in safety-critical systems. In this...   More >

How Cells Measure Length

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Note change in location

 Jane Kondev, Brandeis University

 College of Chemistry

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: CANCELLED

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Philipp Sadowski, Duke

 Department of Economics

* Co-Authored with Todd Sarver

Seminar 271, Development: "Scaling Up Agricultural Policy Interventions"

Seminar | November 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ben Faber, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

The Limits of Proof

Lecture | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Paul Beame, University of Washington

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In the early part of the 20th century, Gödel, Turing, and Tarski showed that no consistent system of reasoning can contain proofs of important properties of the natural numbers or of computations. In these cases, the difficulty stems from the need to reason about infinities of numbers or time that don't show up in our everyday world. In contrast, proofs of properties in a bounded size world...   More >

Design Field Notes: Nick Seaver

Lecture | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Nick Seaver is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Tufts University. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with the developers of algorithmic music recommender systems in the US, which is the subject of a forthcoming book titled Computing Taste.

Image taken from 38th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Analysis/PDE Seminar: Rough control for Schrödinger operators on 2-tori.

Seminar | November 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how the results of Bourgain, Burq and the speaker '13 can be used to obtain control and observability by rough functions and sets on 2-tori. We show that for the time dependent Schrödinger equation, any set of positive measure can be used for observability and controllability.

For non-empty open sets this follows from the results of Haraux '89 and Jaffard '90, while for...   More >

SLAM: Bridging the Divide: Bringing Science to Bear on Public Policy and Regulatory Decisions

Seminar | November 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dr. Anna Cederstav, Earthjustice

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Del Chiaro Lecture Fall 2018: Etrusco-Corinthian Pottery in Context - A Corinthianising Phenomenon in Etruria

Lecture | November 19 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, The Seaborg Room

 Szilvia Lakatos, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

 Department of History of Art, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

EdTech Meets Development: How technology is shaping education in developing countries

Panel Discussion | November 19 | 6-8 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Education Initiative for Development

How is technology shaping education in developing countries? Join an open discussion with panelists from M-Soma, a Kenyan coding institute, IDinsight, a data-driven impact assessment firm, CAMFED, a SF-based African education NGO, and the Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a global research center. Hear these experts share lessons learned and best practices about their work in Africa, Central...   More >

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Daemons Tools Art Tech

Lecture | November 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA | Canceled

 Marisa Morán Jahn

 Berkeley Center for New Media

A “daemon” for ancient Greeks referred to a divinity or being betwixt and between humans and the supernatural, an inner spirit or inspiring force. Today, “daemon” commonly refers to a discrete background process that handles requests for services such as print spooling and file transfers, and is dormant when not required.

A tool is a device or implement used to carry out a specific function....   More >

CANCELED: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award: Free Speech in Angry Times

Lecture | November 19 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom | Canceled

 Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science, Goldman School of Public Policy, Library

This event has been postponed until the spring semester due to poor air quality.

The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award are presented annually to honor the memory of Mario Savio (1942-
1996), a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement of 1964, and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and
countless other activists of his generation exemplified...   More >

 Free admission. Open to the public; first come, first served.

Professor Robert Reich

Tuesday, November 20, 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.

The Isoëtalian Lineage

Seminar | November 20 | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Forrest Freund, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology; Ashley Smiley, PhD Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in for another episode of The Graduates as we speak with Forrest Freund about lycophytes, botany, and plant evolution. Forrest is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology. In the interview, Forrest talks about how he became interested in biology, his background in research, and the plant group he is currently studying, Isoëtes. Forrest also discusses his experience working...   More >

Isoëtes nuttallii

Webinar: Preparing for Your Study Abroad at UC Berkeley

Information Session | November 20 | 8-9 a.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Are you ready to take advantage of all UC Berkeley has to offer? Hear from International Student Advisors about what to expect upon arrival, what to bring with you, and how to make the most of your EAP experience at UC Berkeley. The experts - current students at UC Berkeley - as well as UCEAP staff will also be present to help answer any questions you may have.

Students who attend this...   More >

The power of chemoselectivity: Functional protein-conjugates for extra- and intracellular targeting

Seminar | November 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Christian Hackenberger, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt University (Berlin)

 College of Chemistry

Our lab aims to identify reactions for the synthesis and modification of peptides and proteins. We apply these to study functional consequences of naturally occurring posttranslational protein modifications (PTMs), in particular phosphorylated Lys- and Cystein-residues,1 as well as to generate novel protein-conjugates for pharmaceutical and medicinal applications.2
In this presentation l will...   More >

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.

Erich Mendelsohn vs. the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-Age Manhattan: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | November 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 172 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Erich Mendelsohn vs. the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-Age Manhattan"
Greg Castillo
Associate Professor of Architecture
Tuesday, November 20, 1-2:30pm
Wurster 172

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

Upon first sight of the Manhattan skyline in 1924, Erich Mendelsohn proclaimed it an...   More >

GUH Lecture: Erich Mendelsohn vs. the Skyscraper Primitives: A Berliner in Jazz-Age Manhattan

Colloquium | November 20 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 172 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

This lecture examines the work and travelogues of architect Erich Mendelsohn and the influence of Manhattans built environment on his future work in Berlin.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: An Empirical Study on Paternalistic Decision Making

Seminar | November 20 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Sandro Ambuehl, University of Toronto

 Department of Economics

Seminar 237, A Unified Model of International Business Cycles and Trade

Seminar | November 20 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Saroj Bhattarai, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Economics

We present a general, competitive open economy business cycles model with capital accumulation, trade in intermediate goods, production externalities in the intermediate and final goods sectors, and iceberg trade costs. Our main theoretical result shows that under appropriate parameter restrictions this model is isomorphic in terms
of aggregate equilibrium predictions to dynamic versions of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Free products of finite-dimensional von Neumann algebras in terms of free Araki-Woods factors

Seminar | November 20 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Michael Hartglass, Santa Clara University

 Department of Mathematics

A landmark result of Dykema in 1993 classified free products of tracial finite dimensional von Neumann algebras in terms of interpolated free group factors. In 1997, Shlyakhtenko constructed the free Araki-Woods factors, a natural type III analogue of the free group factors. He asked whether arbitrary free products of non-tracial finite dimensional von Neumann algebras can always be expressed in...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Some basic homological constructions

Seminar | November 20 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 David Eisenbud, MSRI, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

If you study representations (of a group or ring or...), the building blocks are the representations that are there "for free": the regular representation of a group, the free modules over a commutative ring,.... . The applications of representation theory are greatly extended by considering complexes and resolutions, and again there are some that are there "for free", such as the Koszul complex,...   More >

Chemical Physiology of Antibody Conjugates and Natural Products

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Gonçalo Bernardes, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

 College of Chemistry

Our research uses chemistry principles to address questions of importance in life sciences and molecular medicine. This lecture will cover recent examples of emerging areas in our group in:

(i) methods developed for site-selective chemical modification of proteins at cysteine, disulfide and lysine and their use to build stable and functional protein conjugates for in vivo applications...   More >

Hybrid Perovskite: From Understanding Fundamental Physics to Optoelectronic Applications

Seminar | November 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Sergei Tretiak, Theoretical Division, Center for Nonlinear Studies and Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

 College of Chemistry

Hybrid organic−inorganic perovskites (HOPs) have demonstrated an extraordinary potential for clean sustainable energy technologies and low-cost optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, detectors, sensors, ionic conductors, etc. This talk overviews the main features of the optoelectronic properties of three dimensional (3D) and layered two-dimensional (2D) HOPs by...   More >

CANCELED: Arik Moran | Chidra: Piercing Karmas in the Himalayas

Film - Documentary | November 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled

 Arik Moran, Faculty, Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa

 Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and director of the Group in Buddhist Studie

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Himalayan Studies@UC Berkeley

A documentary that explores an ancient human sacrifice ritual that takes place in an indigenous Hindu community in the Western Himalayas.

My Bolivia: Remembering What I Never Knew

Film - Documentary | November 20 | 7-9 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Rick Tejeda, UC Berkeley

 Center for Latin American Studies

Filmmaker Rick Tejada Flores unravels secrets of his family’s past in Bolivia, discovering his grandfather’s hidden role as President during one of the bloodiest wars in Latin America. From downtown La Paz to the remote mountain town of Llojeta, Tejada Flores explores how his family, as part of the white ruling class, perpetuated disparities in rural indigenous communities. He finds both a family...   More >

La Paz, Bolivia, in 1941. (Image courtesy of Rick Tejada Flores.)

Wednesday, November 21, 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.

Early Garden Closure 12pm

Holiday | November 21 |  UC Botanical Garden

 Marykaren Mrowka

 Botanical Garden

No MVZ Lunch Seminar

Seminar | November 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 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 >

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.