<< Week of November 03 >>

Monday, November 4, 2019

Kabir in Song: Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya and the Kabir Ensemble singing religious poetry from North India

Lecture | November 4 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Prahlad Singh Tipanya

 Nora Melnikova, Lecturer – Hindi, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Linda Hess, Kabir scholar and former professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

Please join us for an afternoon of North India devotional music by Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipanya and his folk ensemble as they sing the poetry of the famous nirgun-bhakti poet Kabir, the great iconoclastic mystic of 15th-century North India, in the vigorous and joyful folk style of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region.

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | November 4 | 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.

Andreas Floer Memorial Lecture: From pseudo-rotations to holomorphic curves

Lecture | November 4 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Viktor Ginzburg, UC Santa Cruz

 Department of Mathematics

On the conceptual level, the roots of a big part of modern symplectic topology can be easily traced back to the original work of Floer, and this talk is no exception. The main theme of the talk is the dynamics of Hamiltonian pseudo-rotations, i.e., Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms with minimal number of periodic points. This is an interesting and important class of maps and there is a strong relation,...   More >

On Lyric Erring: The Weak Position in Arkadii Dragomoshchenko

Lecture | November 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Ivan Sokolov, Graduate Student, Slavic, UC Berkeley

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

The fourth lecture in the Fall 2019 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

Unraveling the Dark Matter Mystery: In Theory and Experiment

Lecture | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 3 LeConte Hall

 Matt Pyle, Professor, Department of Physics; Sinéad Griffin, Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Join us for a conversation between a Theorist and an Experimentalist, both pursuing the search for Dark Matter.

What is dark matter? For decades, firm astronomical evidence from observations of stars and galaxies has indicated that most of the matter in the universe cannot be seen directly in telescopes. Instead, this matter must be observed indirectly through its gravitational pull on the...   More >

Gravitational lensing studies of the Bullet Cluster are claimed to provide the best evidence to date for the existence of dark matter.

Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics

Lecture | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Guy Hoffman

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University

As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this talk, Cornell University robotics researcher Guy Hoffman links his fifteen years of experience designing social robots with...   More >

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

WASH Benefits: Randomized, controlled trials to evaluate the individual and combined impacts of water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutritional interventions on diarrhea and stunting in children in low-income, rural settings.

Lecture | November 5 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Lauren Goldstein

 Public Health, School of

Jack Colford, MD PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, will present on UC Berkeley being the coordinating center for two recent large (total N=13,797) randomized, controlled, factorial 7-arm trials in Bangladesh and Kenya supported by the Gates Foundation (the WASH BENEFITS studies) (1,2).  The trials were designed to investigate the effects of basic water, hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition...   More >

Mapping the East Bay's Long Lost History

Lecture | November 5 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), room 208

 Liam O'Donoghue, journalist, historian and podcast host, East Bay Yesterday

 UC Berkeley Extension

Every day we watch the landscape of the Bay Area - from historic buildings to natural environs - change before our eyes. Journalist and historian, Liam O'Donoghue, tracks these changes on a historical map called, "Long Lost Oakland," featuring some of the most impressive features of the local landscape that no longer exist: Piedmont Baths, a swimming complex with hot tubs, pools and a café; Idora...   More >

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TSH Talk Tuesday at 5 pm: Margaret Fuller, Transcendental Gossip, and the Strange Case of Electrical Psychology

Lecture | November 5 | 5 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Kim Adams, Lecturer, College Core Curriculum at New York University

 Department of English

We cordially invite you to join the Theories of Science and the Humanities Working Group for a talk tomorrow (Tuesday, November 5) by Kim Adams of NYU English. The talk will take place at 5:00 pm in 330 Wheeler (the English Department lounge). Please note that this is a room change from the previous announcement!

Kim will be discussing her recent research on mesmerism and 19th-century feminism...   More >

Cultural Legacy of the Pre-Ashkenazic Jews in Eastern Europe: 2019 Taubman Lectures: Moshe Taube

Lecture | November 5 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Easton Hall

 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Moshe Taube, Hebrew University

 Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Department of History, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies at UC Davis, Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University, Hamaqom

Lecture 1: Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 pm
Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe: The Beginnings

Lecture 2: Thursday, October 31st, 7:00 pm
Translations from Hebrew in Russia in the 13th-15th Centuries CE: By Converts?

Lecture 3: Tuesday, November 5th, 5:30 pm
Translations from Hebrew in Russia in the Second Half of the 15th Century and the Heresy of the Judaizers

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Archaeometallurgy and Historical Ecology on the 5th Century Osaka Plain

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Lyons, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Excavated sporadically for over thirty years, Ōgata in Kashiwara City and Mori in Katano City are the largest-scale Kofun Period ironworking sites in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Large numbers of forging slags have been unearthed from both sites, which alongside partially preserved hearth features, provide the bulk of evidence for ironworking. Following methods developed by French...   More >

i4Y CMYE Speaker Series: "Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia"

Lecture | November 6 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Lara Rostomian, UC Berkeley

 Innovations for Youth (i4Y)

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

Title: "Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Family Planning Options in Armenia"

Abstract: Most of the available data on family planning in Armenia is limited, out of date, and indicates high abortion rates coupled with low modern contraceptive prevalence. Making this discovery ignited Lara's...   More >

Katharine Hayhoe: Science in a Fact-Free World

Lecture | November 6 | 4-6 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, named Champion of the Earth by UNEP and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most...   More >

Credit: ArtieLimmer, Texas Tech University

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – November 20, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Life and Death from Yemen to Euphrates: Syrian Governor Cemal Pasha

Lecture | November 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Umit Kurt, Polonsky Fellow, Van Leer Institute

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

Known for his rigid policies towards Arab nationalists and Zionists during his posting in Greater Syria, Cemal Pasha and his role in the Armenian genocide has always remained an issue of contention. There are important accounts of Cemal’s activity, particularly during WWI, which have found him to have had no active role in the deportation and extermination of Armenians – here differing from the...   More >

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Allison Arieff: Architecture, Urban Planning, and Well-Being

Lecture | November 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Allison Arieff

 Arts + Design

Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR

This week, A + D Thursdays welcomes Allison Arieff, editorial director of SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. A contributing columnist to the New York Times since 2006, Arieff writes about architecture, design, and cities for numerous publications including California Sunday, the MIT Technology Review, Dialogue,...   More >

Activism: Then and Now!: Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies

Lecture | November 7 | 12:50-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 170

 Dr. James Garrett

 Law, Boalt School of

Join the Berkeley Law Staff Circle on Anti-Racism in a conversation with Dr. James Garrett, a co-founder of the Black Student Movement Movement and an early activist for the establishment of Ethnic Studies Departments at SF State University and across the country.

Coming to Terms: Sloganization in Language Education Discourse

Lecture | November 7 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Barabara Schmenk, Professor of German/Applied Linguistics, University of Waterloo

 Berkeley Language Center

This presentation looks at one neoliberal trend in academic discourse: the sloganization of concepts and terms, i.e., the use of slogans rather than clearly defined terms in language education discourse. While sloganization is not entirely new, its use has increased noticeably in the course of/in the wake of the marketization of education and the academe. Slogans and catchy tag lines have gained...   More >

American Higher Education in 2040

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Arthur Levine, Arthur Levine, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

This talk will focus on the future of American Education. The United States is undergoing a transition from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, knowledge economy. All of our social institutions, including higher education, were created for the former and change will be required to fit the latter. There is currently a heated debate on how much change will be necessary with...   More >

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Gerald D. and Norma Feldman Annual Lecture: The Times of Power

Lecture | November 7 | 4 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Christopher Clark, University of Cambridge

 Institute of European Studies

Political power is wielded in ways that are culturally and historically contingent, meaning that how these distortions occur and what effects they generate will vary according to the constitution of the regime in question. This talk explores historical fluctuations in the temporality of power in Prussia and reflects on their implications for our understanding of politics in the present.

Christopher Clark

"As on the First Day": The Struggle of Firsts in Heidegger's "First Elaboration" of his "Origin of the Work of Art"

Lecture | November 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Peter Fenves, Professor of German, Comparative Literary Studies, Jewish Studies, and Asian Languages and Cultures, Northwestern University

 The Program in Critical Theory

The primary thesis of this paper is that Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of the thoughts that would emerge as his essay on “The Origin of the Work of Art” provides a tantalizing brief index of an insight into the work of art from which the later elaborations of the “Artwork” essay would progressively retreat. The secondary thesis of this paper is that, even if its primary thesis appears as...   More >

Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign

Lecture | November 7 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Professor of German, NYU

 Berkeley English 18th Century and Romanticism Colloquium

Digital machines are sign-making machines. This basic fact was known - and crucial - to the first generation of computer architects, who often tied their work to a philosophical trajectory from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to Charles Sanders Peirce. This talk traces the semiotic origins of digital technologies and its consequences for what Max Bense, the most important semiotician of the digital,...   More >

Francis Cody | Defamation Machine: Law, Free Speech, and the Political Body

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

 Francis Cody, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Linguistic Anthropology Working Group at UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology

A talk by Professor Francis Cody, scholar of the language and politics of southern India and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto.

C18/Romanticism Colloquium Talk: Leif Weatherby

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Leif Weatherby, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Of German, NYU Arts & Sciences

 Department of English

Please mark your calendars for an upcoming talk hosted by the Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium. Leif Weatherby will be presenting a paper titled, "Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign" on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 pm in Wheeler 300.

Leif is an Associate Professor of German at NYU and the author of Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German...   More >

Author Reading: Alberto Ledesma: The Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life

Lecture | November 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Alberto Ledesma, Graduate Diversity Director, Arts and Humanities Department

 Ethnic Studies Library

Refreshments served
Co-sponsors: Ethnic Studies Library, Alianza, and Berkeley HEROES

Alberto Ledesma attended UC Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies there in 1996. He has held lecturer and administrative positions on campus, including including Director of Admissions at the School of Optometry, and Writing Program Coordinator at the Student Learning Center....   More >

Catastrophic Fires, Colonialism, and Indigenous Landscape Practices: The Relevancy of Archaeology in Rethinking the Stewardship of Public Lands in California

Lecture | November 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Hillside Club

 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Kent G. Lightfoot, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this lecture, Kent Lightfoot outlines the historical roots of the fire crisis in California and discusses the role that archaeology can play in rethinking our current stewardship of public lands.

$10 per person, paid at the door

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Lecture | November 7 | 7-9:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Burkhard Militzer, UC Berkeley

 Department of Astronomy

Join us on November 7th for the LAST Astro Night of 2019! Berkeley Professor Burkhard Militzer will talk about the planets of our solar system, including how Saturn became the "Lord of the Rings".

Come to Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.

AIA Lecture - The Actions and Meanings of Visible and Hidden Spaces at Formative Chiripa, in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Boliva

Lecture | November 7 | 8 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Christine Hastorf, Department of Anthropology

 San Francisco Society, Archaeological Institute of America

Friday, November 8, 2019

On “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” with Curator Mark Godfrey, Tate Modern: in conversation with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Lecture | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, UK

 Arts Research Center, Department of Art Practice

On “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”
Curator Mark Godfrey, Tate Modern, in conversation with Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Friday, November 8, 2019
4:00-6:00pm (reception to follow)
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Downtown Berkeley

Co-sponsored by The Arts Research Center and the Department of Art Practice, this lecture is free and open to the public.

 Free and open to the public. Seating first come, first served; doors open at 3:30pm.

"Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," courtesy of the de Young Museum

Kannan M. | The Structure of Indian Studies: A View from Below

Lecture | November 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (SSEAS Library)

 Kannan Muthukrishnan, Researcher, French Institute of Pondicherry

 Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, The Institute for South Asia Studies, South Asia Studies Theories and Methods Townsend Working Group

A talk by Mr. Kannan Muthukrishnan, a scholar of modern Tamil literature at the French Institute of Pondicherry

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Shahidul Alam | The Challenge of being a Journalist in Bangladesh Today: The Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2019

Lecture | November 9 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Shahidul Alam, Photographer, writer, human rights activist, and Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley, Department of History of Art, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Master of Development Practice, Department of Art Practice, Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center

A lecture by Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, photographer, writer, and human rights activist Shahidul Alam.