<< Week of December 14 >>

Monday, December 9, 2019

El Salvador: Human Rights Denied

Lecture | December 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 102 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Alejandro Diaz, Association Legal Guardianship Dra. María Julia Hernández

 Center for Latin American Studies

Alejandro Díaz will discuss the El Mozote massacre and the legal case against its perpetrators. Over four days in 1981, members of the Salvadorian army killed almost 1000 people, including 558 children, in the town of El Mozote, El Salvador. Now the trial has been reopened.

Memorial at the site of the El Mozote massacre, Morazan, El Salvador. (Photo by Efrojas.)

Andrew Braisted Award Lecture: "Radicals: Your Life is in their Hands RNR as a Paradigm"

Lecture | December 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 College of Chemistry

Ribonucleotide reductases (RNRs) catalyze the de novo reduction of NDPs to dNDPs in all organisms, controlling their relative ratios and amounts and contributing to the fidelity of DNA replication and repair. The class Ia RNRs are composed of a2 and b2 subunits that form an active and dynamic a2b2 complex. Studies with mechanism-based inhibitors have revealed half-sites reactivity with only one...   More >

Julia Robinson Centennial Public Lecture: Julia Robinson: Personal Reflections, Her Work and Time

Lecture | December 9 | 5-6 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Dr. Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University

 Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

I knew Julia Robinson from 1968, when I arrived as a postdoc at Berkeley to work with her, until her death in 1985. As a grad student at MIT, her beautifully written paper, “The decision problem for fields,” was a constant reference while I was developing a model theory and axioms for differentially closed fields (ch 0). When I arrived in Berkeley, I was shocked that this famous mathematician who...   More >

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work

Lecture | December 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jenny Brown

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Birth Strike “Lays bare how U.S. politics around race and immigration are closely connected to the struggle for reproductive freedom, both in the past and today. You will never think about reproductive rights in the same way again.”

—Ibram X. Kendi, author, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist, director, Antiracist Research...   More >

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Explaining urban transformations through Roman pottery: the case of Carthago Nova (Southeastern Spain)

Lecture | December 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Alejandro Quevedo, UC Berkeley Roman Material Culture Laboratory

 Archaeological Research Facility

This lecture explores Carthago Nova’s urban reality during the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD based on the archaeological record and taking into account the stratigraphic sequences and the material culture, especially the pottery.

Toward a New American Narrative on the Peopling of America

Lecture | December 11 | 5-8 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 John R. Weeks, San Diego State University; Hector Tobar, University of California, Ivine

 Irene Bloemraad, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies, German Historical Institute Washingthon - Pacific Regional Office, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

This event features two speakers: John R. Weeks, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and Director of the International Population Center at San Diego State University, and Héctor Tobar, Author, Journalist, Associate Professor UC Irvine.

The discussion after the lectures will be moderate by Irene Bloomberg, Chair of Canadian Studies & Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary...   More >

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

From Revolution to Nation. Popular Unrest in Russian Poland, 1907-1918

Lecture | December 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Wiktor Marzec, Assistant Professor, Robert Zajonc Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw

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

Russian Poland was among the most militant tsarist borderlands during the 1905-1907 Revolution. Harboring long-lasting strikes and breeding bellicose street fighters, Poland witnessed an unprecedented political upheaval manifest in the emergence of mass parties, labor unions and a new public culture. However, only a decade later, when revolutionary movements again loomed large and shook the whole...   More >