<< Week of October 22 >>

Sunday, October 20, 2019

El Arte y la Política, y el Caso de César Vallejo: Poetry and the other Arts; Critique; Activism; Legacies

Lecture | October 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 César Vallejo

 Latinx Research Center

César Vallejo (1892-1938)–the incomparable Peruvian poet, critic-essayist, and radical political activist–created an extraordinary body of poetic art, along with a series of essays on aesthetics and politics, that have had great influence in the Americas and worldwide since the 1940s. Vallejo’s rich, brilliant, experimental, challenging work and his extraordinary life brought him to the...   More >

AIA Lecture - Commerce in Color: the economy of Roman pigment shops

Lecture | October 20 | 2-4 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Hilary Becker, Classics, SUNY Binghamton

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

The discovery of the only known pigment shop in ancient Rome revealed an
array of colors in their raw, mineral form waiting to be sold to wall painters. Ancient pigments provide a surprising opportunity to understand how science can be used in archaeology, revealing what pigments were present in the shop and, potentially, the source from which they originated, as well as exploring the...   More >

Monday, October 21, 2019

Industry 4.0 and the Extension of Malaysia's Economic Success Story: With Malaysia's Minister of Finance

Lecture | October 21 | 1-2 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia's Minister of Finance, Malaysian Government

 AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship & Development, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia's Minister of Finance and the Secretary General of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), will deliver a talk on the investment environment in Malaysia. His talk will include the causes behind Malaysia’s success in reducing its dependence on extractive resources and agriculture, diversifying its economy, and transitioning to a knowledge based, competitive, and innovative...   More >

  RSVP online or or by emailing Syreen Ponferrada at ponferrada.syreen@berkeley.edu by October 19.

Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia's Minister of Finance

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | October 21 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

CEE Distinguished Lecture: The Pathway towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Lecture | October 21 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Juan Argote, Uber Advanced Technologies Group

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Juan Argote (CEE MS '10; PhD '14) will give the fall CEE Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. Argote is the Transportation Research Lead within the Uber Advanced Technologies Group.

He will speak on "The Pathway towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology."

The lecture will take place at 4-5pm (NEW TIME) in Sutardja Dai's Banatao Auditorium with a reception following in...   More >

Jagdish Patel | Workers’ health and safety in the state of Gujarat, India

Lecture | October 21 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 5400, 5th floor (2121 Berkeley Way / 1919 Shattuck Avenue), UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Jagdish Patel, Executive Director, People’s Training and Research Centre, Vadodara, India, http://www.peoplestraining.org/

 Garrett Brown, Lecturer at the School of Public Health, and Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network

 UC Berkeley School of Public Health, The Institute for South Asia Studies

Talk by Indian labor activist and director of Peoples Training and Research Centre, Mr. Jagdish Patel.

"Maybe Esther": Storytelling and the Unpredictability of the Past

Lecture | October 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Katja Petrowskaja

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

In this year’s Bucerius lecture, Kiev-born German writer Katja Petrowskaja deals with the conundrums of making history. In her acclaimed novel "Maybe Esther", a modern person undertakes a road trip through European landscapes of memory, languages, and family stories. The “maybe” introduces remembering as an act of defiance, as personal resistance against the firmly established, inevitable pace of...   More >

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Katja Petrowskaja, photo: Sasha Andrusyk

Non-Human Art

Lecture | October 21 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Leonel Moura

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Leonel Moura, Artist, Lisbon

Can a machine create its own art? This question, raised around the year 2000 by Lisbon-born artist Leonel Moura, is at the core of his work with robotics and artificial intelligence. With the development of artificial intelligence in recent years, the possibility of machines being intelligent but also creative is at...   More >

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Research to Regulation: A Physician-Scientist’s Search for Health Equity in Air Quality and Climate Change

Lecture | October 22 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Public Health, School of

Dr. John Balmes is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he is on the faculty of the Divisions of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. He is also Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley where he is the Director of the...   More >

Life at the Border: Farmers and Nomads at the Edges of the Bukhara Oasis during Antiquity

Lecture | October 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sören Stark, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

The oasis of Bukhara in present-day Uzbekistan was a major node in the network of ancient and medieval communication lines across Eurasia, located at an important crossroad where routes between eastern Iran and Samarqand met with routes which ran between Bactria/Tokharistan (and India) and Lake Aral and further on to eastern Europe. Archaeological and historical studies on this region have long...   More >

Julie Mehretu In conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Lecture | October 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

 Julie Mehretu

 Arts Research Center

Julie Mehretu
In conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
5:00-7:00pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

In this conversation, billed as a continuation of their 2019 CCA “Distinguished Artist Interviews” where esteemed artists discuss their work with a colleague, internationally acclaimed painter Julie Mehretu will be interviewed by Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Julie Mehretu: Of Other Planes of There (S.R.), 2018-2019, ink and acrylic on canvas, 108 x 120 inches. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, © Julie Mehretu

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Berkeley Boosts Webinar: SCOTUS Update and Constitutional Law Primer with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Lecture | October 23 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online Program

 Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law

 Berkeley Law Executive Education

Berkeley Boosts is a monthly series of free webinars (with MCLE credit) and articles for legal practitioners and organizational leaders. Berkeley Boosts content is carefully curated by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Berkeley Law Executive Education to ensure engaging discussions on subjects that matter.

Sunflower Domestication in Space and Time

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Benjamin Blackman, Assistant Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will focus on how the genomic libraries obtained from a time series of archaeological samples and from ethnographic collections from the historic period are proving fruitful for examining hypotheses about where in North America sunflower was domesticated and for highlighting reductions in sequence diversity at multiple time points in the history of sunflower cultivation.

Townsend Book Chat with Mark Schapiro: Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens, Townsend Center

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Three-quarters of the seed varieties on earth in 1900 are now extinct, and more than half of the remaining commercial seeds are owned by three large companies. Schapiro examines the fate of our food supply under the pressures of corporate consolidation.

i4Y CMYE Speaker Series: "1.8 billion reasons to meaningfully engage Adolescents and Youth in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights"

Lecture | October 23 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, MD, MPH, Young Beninese Leaders Association

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

Please join us for the next speaker in the i4Y Child Marriage & Youth Empowerment Speaker Series:

Title: "1.8 billion reasons to meaningfully engage Adolescents and Youth in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights"

Speaker: Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, MD, MPH is a physician, global health advocate and researcher. She founded the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA) in Benin, an...   More >

Blending Implementation and Health Disparities Research to Improve the Health of Latinx with Serious Mental Illness

Lecture | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons 116

 Dr. Leo Cabassa, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

 Social Welfare, School of

Implementing health care interventions in public mental health clinics is a pressing need since people with serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia) face persistent health disparities. Local adaptations and customization are needed to increase the reach and impact of these interventions in the public mental health system and across racial and ethnic minority communities. In this talk, Dr....   More >

Blending Implementation and Health Disparities Research to Improve the Health of Latinx with Serious Mental Illness

Lecture | October 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Leo Cabassa, PhD, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

 Social Welfare, School of

Implementing health care interventions in public mental health clinics is a pressing need since people with serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia) face persistent health disparities. Local adaptations and customization are needed to increase the reach and impact of these interventions in the public mental health system and across racial and ethnic minority communities. In this talk, Dr....   More >

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Food Legacy in the Atlantic World - The 23rd Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture

Lecture | October 23 | 4 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Judith Carney, Department of Geography, UCLA

 Department of Geography, Department of African American Studies, Center for African Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Berkeley Food Institute, 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice

A striking feature of plantation era history is the number of first-person accounts that credit the enslaved with the introduction of specific foods, all previously grown in Africa. This lecture
lends support to these observations by identifying the crops that European witnesses attributed to slave agency and by engaging the ways that African subsistence staples arrived, and...   More >

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Truth, Lies, and Cultural Appropriation: Christopher L. Miller on Impostors

Lecture | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Christopher L. Miller, Yale University

 Department of French, Department of Comparative Literature, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Christopher L. Miller, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of African American Studies and French at Yale University, will give a public lecture related to his most recent book, Impostors (Chicago University Press, 2018).

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pub Science: Are Bilinguals Smarter?

Lecture | October 24 |  Little Hill Lounge

 10753 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

 Eve Higby

 CLEAR Project

Come to a pub to learn about the wonders of the bilingual brain!

Yanni Loukissas: All Data Are Local

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Yanni Loukissas

 Arts + Design

Yanni Loukissas, author

Yanni Loukissas delivers a talk drawing on his new monograph from MIT Press, All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society, which is addressed to a growing audience of practitioners who want to work with unfamiliar data both effectively and ethically. Loukissas is an assistant professor of digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and...   More >

Roman Decline and American Carnage: Considering Decline and Renewal in the Age of Trump

Lecture | October 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Edward Watts, Professor, Department of History, UC San Diego

 Department of History

The twinned notions of Roman decline and renewal are one of the few features of Roman life that link the Republic of Cato the Elder, the empire of Trajan Decius, the regime of Justinian, and the Frankish court of Charlemagne. This continuity is particularly striking because the causes of Roman decline, the ways in which it is measured, and even the very concept of Rome all shift as decline and...   More >

Brown Lecture in Education Research

Lecture | October 24 | 3-6 p.m. |  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

 Prudence L. Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education

 American Educational Research Association

Prudence L. Carter, dean and professor of the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, and national expert on inequality in education, will present the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) 2019 Brown Lecture in Education Research.

Carter’s research focuses on factors that shape and reduce economic, social, and cultural inequalities among social groups in schools and society....   More >

Capitalism and the Question of Genealogy

Lecture | October 24 | 4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, MATRIX/Room 820

 Melinda Cooper, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of History, Department of Geography, The Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

The paper asks why periods of capitalist breakdown are so often experienced as crises of reproduction and why the imagined solutions to such crises so predictably involve a return to reproductive order, with its attendant hierarchies of gender and race.

Cultural Expertise on Southeast Asia and Asylum Expert Witnessing

Lecture | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 ChorSwang Ngin, Professor of Anthropology, CSU Los Angeles

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

What is "cultural expertise"? And what is Southeast Asian Studies useful for? This talk will review these questions illustrated with asylum cases from Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia, to advocate for the teaching and learning of Southeast Asian Studies within the framework of “Cultural Expertise in Litigation”— a current project Prof. Ngin is involved in at Oxford University.

ChorSwang Ngin

Leading on the Edge of Change: Climate, Education and Politics in Alaska

Lecture | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

 James Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The University of Alaska is the state's sole public system of higher education and a world leader in Arctic research. In response to unprecedented 41 percent state funding cut enacted by gubernatorial budget veto in 2019, the University mounted a major advocacy campaign, declared financial exigency, and began planning for organizational restructuring to include consolidation of the system's...   More >

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Agamemnon’s Cluelessness: Reason and Eudaimonia

Lecture | October 24 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Josiah Ober, Mitsotakis Professor of Classics and Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Classics

The Sather Classical Lectures, part 6.

Seeing Shamanic Practices in Ancient Peruvian Pottery

Lecture | October 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Cathy Costin, California State University, Northridge

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Lounge Lecture series, hosted alongside the current exhibit Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances, provides an opportunity to explore contemporary subjects related to mind-altering substances with leading experts in their fields.

This October, join archaeologist Dr. Cathy Costin who in this lecture will make the argument that a large proportion of...   More >

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Friday, October 25, 2019

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Biocultural Diversity in the Central Valley

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While many people may think of California’s Central Valley as mostly monocultures of almonds and tomatoes, the landscape is also dotted with small-scale diversified farms. On these farms, you can find 50-100 different types of crops –– from jujube to jicama, from papaya to moringa, from water spinach to taro, and many more.

Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

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Achieving California's water security given growing demands, diminishing snow, and increasing wildfire

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Roger Bales, Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Thinking about Composition: Creative Work, Scholarship, and the Art of Putting Things Together

Lecture | October 25 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Music

The second of a series of conversations focusing on the "how" of composition by bringing together a group of master practitioners working across a wide range of forms and media.

Painting by Kara Maria

Atif Mian | What to do about Pakistan’s Economy?: The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture for 2019

Lecture | October 25 | 6-8 p.m. | The Bancroft Hotel, The Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Atif R. Mian, Professor, Economics, Public Policy and Finance (Princeton University) and Co-Founder & Board Member, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP)

 Munis D. Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Umair Khan, Founding Partner, Mentors Fund

 Dr. Christopher Taylor, Vice President Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Habib University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture, Institute of International Studies

Princeton economist, Prof. Atif Mian delivers our seventh Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.