<< Week of April 14 >>

Sunday, April 14, 2019

LRLJ Volume 30 Planning and 3L Farewell

Meeting | April 14 |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 La Raza Law Journal

LRLJ will host this annual brunch event as a time for the outgoing and ingoing board members to plan for next year's upcoming publication and schedule, fall recruitment and retention of people interested in Latinx scholarship, and law school success and retention programming for members. We will also provide time for graduating 3L's to share their wisdom with next year's members and provide...   More >

Overnight Stay Program

Special Event | April 14 |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA)

In it's 27th year, OSP will be larger than ever with 600 students and 200 parents. We believe that this is an important time in the student life cycle and a great way to reach a large number of students and demonstrate the value of the alumni community and CAA.

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

SOLD OUT: Twined Sweetgrass Basket with Charlie Kennard

Workshop | April 14 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

We will begin small twined baskets made with a diminutive relative of tule (Schoenoplectus americanus) known as “sweetgrass” among native weavers in the Pacific northwest. As well as being fragrant, it is strong and soft, and lends itself to a variety of weaving strokes.


Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and other traditional...   More >

$130 / UCBG Members $120

 SOLD OUT - email gardenprograms@berkeley.edu to be added to the waitlist.

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

One Child Nation

Film - Documentary | April 14 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

China ended its one-child policy in 2015, but the ramifications of the decades-long law are still reverberating throughout the country in traumatic and haunting ways. Inspired by the birth of her own son, codirector Nanfu Wang returns to her village, where questions posed to family members about the policy lead to grim revelations about forced sterilization, property destruction, child...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 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 plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Guided Tours: Hans Hofmann

Film - Documentary | April 14 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore Hans Hofmann’s dynamic and influential work with guided tours on selected Wednesdays, Sundays, and Free First Thursdays.

Cal Raijin Taiko's 12th Annual Showcase: Hakanai - 儚い

Performing Arts - Music | April 14 | 3-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Cal Raijin Taiko will be holding its 12th annual showcase: Hakanai - 儚い ("Fleeting") on Sunday, April 14th at 3 PM. Come join us at International House's Chevron Auditorium for a brilliant display of taiko drumming. E-tickets are available at: https://hakanai.eventbrite.com


  Buy tickets online

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | April 14 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

The revered Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—which first visited Cal Performances over 50 years ago in 1968—returns to Berkeley for its annual residency. The company’s program spans the full range of African American experience, from Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Shelter, which explores the plight of the homeless, to artistic director Robert Battle’s joyful jazz tribute, Ella. The residency also...   More >

$38-145 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Tuesday, April 9 through Sunday, April 14, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

What We Left Unfinished

Film - Feature | April 14 | 3:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

From 1996 to 2002, the negatives of the Afghan Film Archive were bricked up behind a poster of Mullah Omar. In 2013, director Mariam Ghani gained access to this archive and found several unfinished films made between 1978 and 1991. From the literal buried treasures of the films themselves—excerpts from which whet the appetite for more—to interviews with the filmmakers, who tell stories of using...   More >

The Space Lady

Performing Arts - Other | April 14 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Space Lady was seen busking on the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley, unmistakable for her blinking winged helmet and her inimitable singing of cover tunes—accompanied on an early model Casiotone keyboard—wafting ethereally above the noise of city traffic. Today, she is a stage performer with a deeply loyal, worldwide cult following. The Space Lady will...   More >

Winter's Night

Film - Feature | April 14 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stranded overnight in a remote temple town, middle-aged couple Eun-ju and Heung-ju are cast adrift with strangers in a mysterious environment. The objective of the couple’s visit was to try to recapture the spark of their younger years, but it instead unfolds as an inquiry into the current state of their relationship, in the conversational vein of master directors Hong Sang-soo and Abbas...   More >

Berkeley New Music Project

Performing Arts - Music | April 14 | 7 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Quince Ensemble


The Berkeley New Music Project is a group dedicated to the performance of new music by the graduate student composers in UC Berkeley’s Department of Music. Supported by funding from the Department of Music, Townsend Center and the Graduate Assembly, BNMP presents at least two concerts per year as part of the Hertz Hall evening concert series featuring new compositions...   More >


Film - Feature | April 14 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Set in 1975 Argentina, this noirish drama from Benjamín Naishtat (History of Fear) tells the story of a morally compromised lawyer. Claudio is being investigated over a shady real estate deal in the months leading up to the right-wing coup that ousts Isabel Perón. With a style reflective of the 1970s, from the grainy visual palette to the use of zooms, slow motion, and deep focus, Rojo adroitly...   More >

Monday, April 15, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Flower Pots in the Sun

Social Event | April 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Sproul Plaza

 Cool Campus Challenge Team

Stop by and learn how to participate in Cool Campus Challenge while painting a pot and taking home a plant!

The third dimension of eye movements: torsion and visual-vestibular integration

Seminar | April 15 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dr. Jorge Otero-Millan, Johns Hopkins University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Whenever we tilt our head towards the shoulder our eyes partially compensate by rotating around the line of sight in the opposite direction. This combination of head tilt and torsional eye movements results in a tilted retinal image, while we nevertheless perceive the world as still and upright. I will present the development of a new method to measure torsional eye movements reliably, which has...   More >

Who Dreams of Us? Reading, Inclusivity, and Contemporary Swedish-Language Literature

Lecture | April 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Saskia Vogel

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

In autumn 2017, a Neo-Nazi organization was given permit for a protest outside the annual Göteborg Book Fair. Leading up to this moment was the Book Fair’s controversial decision to yet again allow "Nya Tider" (New Times), a far-right extremist publication, to exhibit in the convention center. Debates raged for months and months in Sweden, as well as in Finland, the 2017 guest of honor at the...   More >

Saskia Vogel

Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies Online Information Session

Information Session | April 15 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 Tom McGuire, Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension

 UC Berkeley Extension

UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies</a> is a comprehensive, accelerated course of study that is designed by paralegals for paralegals and taught by practicing attorneys.

  Register online

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

Project Management for Scientists: Project Planning: STROBE Seminar

Seminar | April 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 Dr. Nico Hernández Charpak, Associate Director of Education, STROBE; Dr. Ellen Keister, Associate Director of Education, STROBE


itle: Project Management for Scientists: Project Planning

Presenters: Drs. Nico Hernández Charpak and Ellen Keister, STROBE leadership, JILA, CU Boulder


Being a successful scientist requires planning and managing complex team projects that span multiple years. This two-part, interactive workshop will give you the tools and insights necessary for you to navigate this type...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Project Management for Scientists: Project Planning

Seminar | April 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 403 Latimer Hall

 Drs. Nico Hernández Charpak and Ellen Keister

 College of Chemistry

Being a successful scientist requires planning and managing complex team projects that span multiple years. This two-part, interactive workshop will give you the tools and insights necessary for you to navigate this type of project management. By structuring the workshop around an example research project, attendees will directly see how specific tools and strategies can be applied to their...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Dehn-Sommerville Equations for Eulerian Cubical Complexes

Seminar | April 15 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Max Hlavacek, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The classical Dehn–Sommerville equations, relating the face numbers of simplicial polytopes, have an analogue for cubical polytopes. These relations can be generalized to apply to simplicial and cubical Eulerian complexes. In this talk, we will introduce a few different known proofs of the classical Dehn–Sommerville relations for simplicial complexes, relating this result to concepts such as...   More >

Developmental Psychology Colloquium

Colloquium | April 15 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Katie Kimura, Department of Psychology; Yuan Meng, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

Graduate students in the Department of Psychology, Katie Kimura and Yuan Meng, will each present their current research projects.

Political Economy Seminar; "Business Cycle during Structural Change: Arthur Lewis' Theory from a Neoclassical Perspective"

Seminar | April 15 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Fabrizio Zillibotti, Yale

 Department of Economics

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | April 15 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seminar 211, Economic History: Fireside Chats: Communication and consumer's expectations in the Great Depression

Seminar | April 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Mathieu Pedemonte, University of California - Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

Seminar | April 15 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 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 >

Seminar 231, Public Finance:

Seminar | April 15 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Felipe Lobel Araujo Castro; Clara Martinez-Toledano

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Felipe Lobel Araujo Castro - "The Cost of Informality: an Optimal Taxation Approach"
Clara Martinez-Toledano - "Behavioral Responses to Housing Wealth Tax Incentives. Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Spain"

International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia [Book Presentation and Discussion]

Presentation | April 15 | 3-4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th Floor

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

This book investigates how the political underpinnings of global power shifts, caused by hierarchically concerned knowledge makers, have evolved on the post-Soviet periphery of higher education and have been anxious to move to the top of the global knowledge hierarchy. This volume engages distant and recent histories of two global superpowers – the People’s Republic of China (hereafter, China)...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Serre-Tate theory for Calabi-Yau varieties

Seminar | April 15 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Piotr Achinger, IMPAN Warsaw and MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Classical Serre-Tate theory concerns the deformation theory of ordinary abelian varieties. It implies that their deformation spaces can be equipped with a group structure and a lifting of the Frobenius morphism, and consequently such varieties admit a canonical lifting to characteristic zero. In the first half of the talk, aimed at graduate students and people with no prior exposure to the topic,...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: The Anomaly flow

Seminar | April 15 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Xiangwen Zhang, UC Irvine

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss the development on geometric and analytic aspects of the Anomaly flow. Such flow naturally arises in the study of a system of equations for supersymmetric vacua of superstrings proposed independently by C. Hull and A. Strominger in 1980s. The system allows non-vanishing torsion and they incorporate terms which are quadratic in the curvature tensor. As such they are also particularly...   More >

Integration and segregation in bilingual sound structure processing

Colloquium | April 15 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew Goldrick, Northwestern University

 Department of Linguistics

Integration and segregation in bilingual sound structure processing

Seminar 271, Development: "Healthcare Delivery During Crises: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone's Ebola Outbreak"

Seminar | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Oeindrila Dube, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

 Department of Economics

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | April 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Apr. 15 – Carlos Schuler (PhD ‘91)
The agony and ecstasy of medical product development

These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.

From 'Daang Matuwid' Gone Crooked to 'Build Build Build': The Politics of Transport Infrastructure in the Philippines, 2010 to the Present

Lecture | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 John Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This lecture examines the political dynamics, institutional arrangements, and economic interests which have shaped the varied and shifting patterns of transport infrastructure policy and politics in the Philippines under the Aquino (2010-2016) and Duterte (2016 to the present) administrations.

John Sidel

Design Field Notes: Tom di Maria

Lecture | April 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Tom di Maria has served as Director of Creative Growth Art Center since 2000. He has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth's artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world. He speaks around the world about the Center’s major artists and their relationship to both Outsider Art and contemporary culture. Prior...   More >

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for: Reimagining Education in the ‘Developing World’ through an Indigenous Epistemology

Colloquium | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Uttam Teron, Parijat Academy, Assam, India

 Graduate School of Education

Uttam Teron will discuss his vision for the relationship between education, poverty, and social change. He is the founder of Parijat Academy in Assam, India, one of the first community schools to offer a holistic education completely free of charge. The school's guiding principle is that true education encompasses all aspects of a person's being and actively engages their entire community.

MSW Panel: What to expect in graduate school

Panel Discussion | April 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: What matters in school choice tie-breaking? How competition guides design

Seminar | April 15 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Afshin Nikzad, USC

 Department of Economics

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Global existence of small amplitude solutions for a model quadratic quasilinear wave-Klein-Gordon system in 2D

Seminar | April 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Annalaura Stingo, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we discuss the problem of global existence of solutions to a coupled wave-Klein-Gordon system in space dimension two when initial data are small, smooth and mildly decaying at infinity. Several physical models related to general relativity have shown the importance of studying such systems but very few results are known at present in low space dimension, where linear solutions slowly...   More >

Chilean Education Today: New Regulations, Social Movements, and Uncontested Emergencies

Lecture | April 15 | 4:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Daniel Leyton; Alejandra Falabella; Maria Teresa Rojas; Cristobal Madero

 Center for Latin American Studies

The Chilean education system has gone through profound changes in the last decade. New regulations are now in place, but there are more challenges to overcome. Chilean Professors Leyton, Falabella, Rojas, and Madero will discuss these challenges from their various perspectives.

A classroom in Chile. (Photo by Ryan Greenberg.)

Studying Poetry at Berkeley in the 1980’s: A reading by Jeredith Merrin and a conversation with Robert Hass

Reading - Literary | April 15 | 5 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Jeredith Merrin, Emerita, Ohio State University English

 Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor in Poetry and Poetics, Berkeley English

 Department of English

Jeredith Merrin received her PhD from the Berkeley English Department in 1987and is now Emerita Professor of English at Ohio State University, living in Arizona and teaching occasionally in the writing program at Arizona State. She is the author of several books of poetry, Shift (1996), Bat Ode (2001), both published by the University of Chicago Press, Cup in 2014, a prizewinning chapbook,...   More >

CANCELED - Neelam Khoja | Qandahar and New Sovereign Claims in Early Modern Iran and Hindustan

Lecture | April 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled

 Neelam Khoja

 Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by social and political historian, Neelam Khoja considers how Iranian and Afghan warlords legitimized emerging empires in Early Modern Iran and Hindustan by investigating 18th century Qandahar.

Virtual Internment Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance and Unequal Citizenship: 10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Conference/Symposium | April 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

Conference Agenda, Professor and Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

 Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU, ReOrient Journal, Islamophobia Studies Journal, Our Three Winners Foundation, Northern California Islamic Council

The 10th annual International Islamophobia Conference is the largest academic gathering that focuses on the subject. The yearly gathering brings together scholars, community researchers and civil rights organizations to discuss most recent findings and explore gaps in the research. This year, the conference included an exhibit hosted at the Ethnic Studies Library.

 Full Name Address Email and phone number


Self Defense for Self Determination

Workshop | April 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Main Lounge

 Mamie Chow

 Gender Equity Resource Center

This workshop will be led by Mamie Chow, whose approach to self defense values social justice, preventing verbal and physical violence, and creating an encouraging space to practice self and community defense skills.

 Space is limited so please register!. Register online

Gaining More Control Of Your Time: Strategies and tactics for living the life you'd like to live

Lecture | April 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 207

 Marty Nemko, host of the weekly radio program Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM

 UC Berkeley Extension

Some people feel like marionettes: pulled by external forces, with too little control over how they live their life, at work and outside of work. Other people aren’t even sure how they’d want to live their life. Still other people know what they’d ideally like but can’t pull the trigger on making it happen. Or they’re frustrated because they get less done than they wish they could.

In this...   More >

  Register online

Hate Speech, Algorithms, and Digital Connectivity with Zeynep Tufekci: Digital Humanities Faire Keynote

Lecture | April 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Zeynep Tufekci

 Data Sciences

In this keynote lecture for the spring 2019 Digital Humanities Faire, Zeynep Tufekci will enter into dialogue with hate speech research being conducted on campus through the Social Sciences D-Lab, focusing on corporate responsibility and the importance of preserving free speech.

Hate Speech, Algorithms, and Digital Connectivity

Lecture | April 15 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Zeynap Tufekci, Independent Writer and Public Scholar

 D- Lab and Digital Humanities at Berkeley, Berkeley Center for New Media, The Center for Technology and Society at the Anti-Defamation League, Digital Humanities Working Group, The Library, Office of the vice Chancellor for Research, The Visual Resources Center

Since the launch of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, reports of hate speech targeting various minority groups have risen dramatically. Although this surge is well-reported, it remains difficult to quantify the magnitude of the problem or even properly classify hate speech, let alone identify and measure its effects. Keyword searches and dictionary methods are often imprecise and overly blunt...   More >


 Free Seat Reservation Required. Tickets go on sale April 5. Buy tickets online

Murray Perahia, piano

Performing Arts - Music | April 15 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Murray Perahia, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Revered pianist Murray Perahia returns to Cal Performances for a recital in Zellerbach Hall.

$68-86 (prices subject to change)

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

Pianist Murray Perahia performs Monday, April 15, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Shao-Wei Chou: place/displace

Performing Arts - Music | April 15 | 8-10 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Invited by CNMAT, Stanford university (the department of composition) and People inside electronics, Shao-Wei Chou presents the concerts place/displace in CNMAT and Villa aurora on April 15th and 19th. She will also give a workshop on contemporary flute in Stanford university on April 16th.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Unstitching Third World Girls and Education: A one-day symposium exploring the relationships between Gender Equity, Economy, and Empowerment in the Global South

Conference/Symposium | April 16 | 10:45 a.m.-7 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Dr. Sunita Agarwalla, Dept. of Education, Dispur College, Assam, India; Dr. Rani Mudiar Deka, Dept. of Economics, Dispur College, Assam, India; Uttam Teron, Founder, Parijat Academy, Assam, India; Aimoni Tumung, Principal, Parijat Academy, Assam, India

 Derrika Hunt, Ph.D. student, School of Education, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Graduate School of Education, Graduate Assembly, The Multicultural Community Center, Derrika Hunt

A day long conference exploring the relationships between economy, education, and empowerment for third world girls.

Melvin Calvin Lecture: Understanding and Improving Platinum Anticancer Drugs

Seminar | April 16 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Stephen Lippard, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

Platinum compounds are a mainstay of cancer therapy. Barnett Rosenberg’s group at Michigan State University discovered the biological action of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II), or cisplatin, in the late 1960’s. Our laboratory subsequently established the chemical nature of events leading up to the binding of platinum anticancer drugs to DNA, their principal target in the nucleus of cancer cells....   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Linking 10-K and the GICS - through Experiments of Text Classification and Clustering

Seminar | April 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Tingyue Gan, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

A 10-K is an annual report filed by a publicly traded company about its financial performance and is required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 10-Ks are fairly long and tend to be complicated. But this is one of the most comprehensive and most important documents a public company can publish on a yearly basis. The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) is an industry...   More >

Deceptive Stability? Germany in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Last Term

Lecture | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Niko Switek, University of Washington

 Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the GHI Washington, Center for German and European Studies

Looking from the US to Germany many observers admire chancellor Angela Merkel as an element of stability in turbulent times. She is in her fourth term as chancellor and recently gave a passionate speech defending multilateralism and free trade at the Munich Security Conference - once main pillars of US foreign policy.
Yet politics in Germany turned turbulent themselves as result of the refugee...   More >

Niko Switek

Certificate Program in Human Resource Management Online Information Session

Information Session | April 16 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Discover how this certificate, approved by the Human Resource Certification Institute, can help you make the most of growing opportunities in human resource management.

  Register online

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - "Minimum wages and racial inequality"

Presentation | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Claire Montialoux, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

 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 April 12.

Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture: From Cory Hall to Silicon Valley: Building a Startup that Thrives

Lecture | April 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 John Georges Ph.D., '94 EECS, Partner, QMC Telecom; David Curtrer, Ph.D., '98 EECS, CEO, Kumu Networks

 College of Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)

In their talk, “From Cory Hall to Silicon Valley: Building a Startup that Thrives,” they will talk about Berkeley Engineering's role in their careers. While John and Dave were still graduate students at Berkeley, they founded LGC Wireless, a telecom equipment manufacturer. They also co-founded NextG Networks, which sold to Crown Castle for $1 billion in 2012. We are delighted to welcome them back...   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.

Career Lab: Interviewing Basics: Foundational advice and practice for all types of jobs

Workshop | April 16 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Interactive career labs will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview and discussion, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials in peer-to-peer pairs, with career advisor assistance. Career Lab group size is capped at 20 participants, so please sign up early to ensure a spot! You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop....   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: The Waring and Other Problems for Noncommutative Polynomials

Seminar | April 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Bill Helton, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

A homogeneous noncommutative degree $d$ polynomial $p$ has a $t$-term real Waring (resp. complex Waring) decomposition provided that $p(x)$ can be written as the sum of $t$ terms of the $d^{th}$-power of linear functions of $x$, i.e. \[ p(x)=\sum _{s=1}^t [ A^s_1x_1 + A^s_2x_2 + ... A^s_gx_g]^d \] with real (resp. complex) numbers $A_j^s$. The talk will analyze this, some consequences and...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "On Money as a Medium of Exchange in Near-Cashless Credit Economies"

Seminar | April 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Ricardo Lagos, Professor of Economics, NYU

 Department of Economics

Abstract: We study the transmission of monetary policy in credit economies where money serves as a medium of exchange. We find that --in contrast to current conventional wisdom in policy-oriented research in monetary economics-- the role of money in transactions can be a powerful conduit to asset prices and ultimately, aggregate consumption, investment, output, and welfare. Theoretically, we show...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Heterogeneity of Loss Aversion and Expectations-Based Reference Points

Seminar | April 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Charles Sprenger, University of California, San Diego

 Department of Economics

ABSTRACT: This project examines the role of heterogeneity in gain-loss attitudes for identifying models of expectations-based reference dependence (Koszegi and Rabin, 2006, 2007) (KR). Different gain-loss attitudes lead to different signs for KR comparative statics. Failure to account for the known heterogeneity in gain-loss attitudes is a central confounding factor challenging prior tests of the...   More >

Librarian Office Hours at the SPH DREAM Office

Miscellaneous | February 5 – April 30, 2019 every Tuesday with exceptions | 3-5 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2220 (DREAM Office)

 Debbie Jan


Drop by during office hours if you need help with your literature reviews; setting up searches in PubMed, Embase, and other databases; using EndNote, RefWorks, or other citation management software; finding statistics or data; and answering any other questions you may have.

Parallel Processing and Distributed Data Structures Using the Dask Package for Python

Presentation | April 16 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio (117 Dwinelle)

 Data Sciences

Dask allows you to set up parallel computations on one or more machines (or Savio nodes), including working with large datasets distributed across multiple Savio nodes. Berkeley Research Computing and Research IT will cover the different ways to set up and run parallel computations using Dask.

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Bases in Banach Lattices

Seminar | April 16 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Mitchell Taylor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will discuss bases in Banach lattices, and how they can be used to measure (non)-embeddability of a Banach space into a lattice. We will give several characterizations of basic sequences that "respect the lattice structure", and discuss some of the more unexpected corollaries. Time permitting, I will comment on existence of non-negative bases in Hilbert space.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Regularity, singularities and h-vector of graded algebras

Seminar | April 16 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Hai Long Dao, University of Kansas

 Department of Mathematics

Let $R$ be a standard graded algebra over a field. We investigate how the singularities of $\operatorname {Spec} R$ or $\operatorname {Proj} R$ affect the $h$-vector of $R$, which is the coefficients of the numerator of its Hilbert series. The most concrete consequence of our work asserts that if $R$ satisfies Serre's condition $(S_r)$ and have reasonable singularities (Du Bois on the punctured...   More >

The Last Whalers: Telling the Story of One of the World's Last Whaling Tribes

Lecture | April 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Doug Bock Clark, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark will discuss his book The Last Whalers, which chronicles three years in the lives of the people of Lamalera, on the island of Lembata in eastern Indonesia, who hunt sperm whales with bamboo harpoons as they reckon with the encroachment of the modern world.

Doug Bock Clark

Developing high-throughput MS methods for characterizing structural transitions and stabilities of proteins in solution: From peptides to complexes

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 David Clemmer, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington

 College of Chemistry

One of the most challenging problems in biochemistry involves understanding how proteins fold. After more than 50 years of work, experimental characterization of protein folding usually leads to results which are described as a cooperative, two phase, transition between the folded and unfolded states – i.e., the protein appears to melt. Here we present new data from an IMS-MS analysis of simple...   More >

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Field Equations, Homotopy Gerstenhaber Algebras and Courant Algebroids

Seminar | April 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Anton Zeitlin, Louisiana State University

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about the underlying homotopical structures within field equations, which emerge in string theory as conformal invariance conditions for sigma models. I will show how these, often hidden, structures emerge from the homotopy Gerstenhaber algebra associated to vertex and Courant algebroids, thus making all such equations the natural objects within vertex algebra theory.

Dancing Loyalty: Revolutionary Movements in Cuba after 1959

Lecture | April 16 | 4 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, new professional opportunities opened up for dancers of African descent. As Fidel Castro desegregated public parks and beaches, Cuban choreographers founded new companies with racially diverse casts.
Elizabeth Schwall is a Visiting Lecturer of Latin American History at UC Berkeley and a Fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.

An integrated Cuban dance troupe employs revolutionary imagery. (Photo courtesy of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, Havana, Cuba.)

Christina Marsden Gillis Academic Lives Program: Making A Difference at Berkeley: The 1970s Generation of Women Faculty

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 4:10-6 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Women's Faculty Club

A Women's Faculty Club Centennial Event - Panel Discussion with Moderator Professor Chirstina Maslach features five outstanding and outspoken women who broke new ground and joined the ranks of Berkeley faculty in the 70s. How did these women's experiences change depending on departments and fields. Speakers - Janet Broughton (Philosophy), Susan Graham (EECS), Catherine Gallagher (English), Judith...   More >

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by April 16.

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"Exclusionary Conduct by Dominant Platforms"

Seminar | April 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Baker, American University Washington College of Law

 Department of Economics

Lunacy Administration: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry: A Lecture by Mab Segrest

Lecture | April 16 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Mab Segrest

 HIFIS Disability Studies Cluster

What does it mean that a culture that promoted slavery and lynching decided who was and was not sane? What do we see from an asylum in a slave-drenched culture such as Georgia's about how racism haunts American psychiatry in ways that impact us profoundly today? What can we know about the lives that patients lived in an institution segregated by race and gender, and in what ways did they resist,...   More >

Knowing Me, Knowing You: Self-Knowledge, Authority, and Dialogue in Early Plato

Lecture | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Fiona Leigh, University College, London

 Department of Philosophy

Vicki Spencer | Toleration in Comparative Perspective: After Christchurch

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Vicki A. Spencer, Assoc. Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand

 Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History, GTU; Alexander von Rospatt, Professor for Buddhist and South Asian Studies, and Director of the Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley; Aaron Grizzell, Executive Director, Nor Cal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation; Munis D. Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Dan Blanton, Associate Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Purushottama Bilimoria, Distinguished Teaching & Research Fellow, GTU

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, GTU

A conversation with Professor Vicki Spencer, Assoc. Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand

Lunacy Administration: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry: A Lecture by Mab Segrest

Lecture | April 16 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler

 Mab Segrest

 Disability Studies Program

What do we see from an asylum in a slave-drenched culture such as Georgia's about how racism haunts American psychiatry in ways that impact us profoundly today? Mab Segrest addresses these questions based on her fifteen-year study of Georgia's state mental hospital at MIlledgeville, once the largest in the world, with a graveyard of 25,000 people.

Lunacy Administration: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry

Lecture | April 16 | 5 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Mab Segrest

 Department of Psychology

Mab Segrest for four decades has worked in a range of settings organizing, teaching, and shaping scholarship as a public intellectual. Her new book, Administrations of Lunacy, will come out next Spring from the New Press. It is based on Segrest's 15-year study of the archives of Georgia's state mental hospital at Milledgeville. A 25th anniversary edition of Segrest’s award-winning book, Memoir of...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: On the tangent space to the Hilbert scheme of points in $P^3$

Seminar | April 16 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Hilbert scheme of n points in $P^2$ is smooth of dimension 2n and the tangent space to any (monomial) ideal admits a nice combinatorial description. On the other hand the Hilbert scheme of n points in $P^3$ is singular and there is a conjecture on what the monomial ideal with the largest tangent space dimension should be. By extending the combinatorial methods used in $P^2$, we give a proof...   More >

Food For Thought

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Few challenges seem more daunting than feeding a global population projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – at a time when our changing climate is already making it more difficult to successfully grow crops. As initiatives to double food production pour large investments into industrial agriculture, the authors of two new books suggest that “feeding the world” is the wrong approach to take. In...   More >

A Greek officer and an Egyptian lady: Ethnic diversity in a wealthy household in Hellenistic Egypt

Lecture | April 16 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Katelijn Vandorpe, Professor of Ancient History, KU Leuven

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

When Alexander the Great’s general Ptolemy sets up a new dynasty of pharaohs, many Greeks emigrate to the land of the Nile. In her CTP Distinguished Lecture, Professor Vandorpe outlines the policies of the Ptolemaic kings and queens in this early multicultural society and then focuses on the eventful life of a family that is richly documented by a bilingual papyrus archive. This bicultural...   More >

2019 Taubman Lectures: The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages

Lecture | April 16 | 5:30-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Professor Naomi Seidman, University of Toronto

 The Herman P. and Sophia Tuabman Chair in Jewish Studies, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2019 Taubman Lectures
These lectures explore the role of Jewish languages in Freud's writings and in the reception and translation of psychoanalysis. Were Hebrew and Yiddish translations a minor episode in the dispersion of psychoanalysis, or do they have a special place in this history, as the "lost originals" of Freud's German writings?

  RSVP online

Opening Reception and Artist's Talk for The Art of David Lance Goines

Special Event | April 16 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a reception in our Julia Morgan Hall celebrating the life and work of legendary Berkeley artist David Lance Goines. We will be unveiling and selling the poster he designed for the Garden’s 125th anniversary. Enjoy light refreshments and wine with an opportunity to meet the artist.

$25 / $20 UCBG Members

  Register online

Data Science Enrollment Advising Night

Special Event | April 16 | 6-8 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall

 Data Sciences

Join us for our semesterly course enrollment night organized by the Data Science Peer Advisors! The Data Science Peer Advisors will be presenting tips and advice about signing up for Data Science related classes. This includes information about required classes in the Data Science Major, which classes we recommend, and when to sign up for classes.