Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring 2018 Del Chiaro Lecture: Characteristically Etruscan Italic And Etruscan Bronze Production In Context

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Greg Warden, President and Professor of Archaeology, Franklin University, Switzerland

 The Mario A. Del Chiaro Center for the Ancient Italian Studies

Poster for Spring 2018 Del Chiaro Lecture

Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Ken Goldberg

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this Lounge Lecture:
In 1919, a year before the word “robot” was coined, Sigmund Freud published an influential essay, Das Unheimliche, later translated into English as “The Uncanny”. The essay and the concept of the Uncanny are familiar to literary theorists and art historians, who have charted its the literary and theatrical origins of the concept through works by ETA Hoffman, Mary...   More >

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

AHMA Colloquium - The Theatrical Guild and Rome

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | March 20 | 4 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Kent Rigsby, Duke University

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented in the afternoon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall. It is hosted and organized by graduate students from the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Graduate Group.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rome Behaving Badly: Appian’s Critique of Roman Imperialism: CTP Distinguished Lecturer's Seminar

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | April 5 | 3 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library

 Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

The 2nd century AD Greek historian, Appian of Alexandria, is usually thought of as “above all, an ardent admirer of Rome” (Oxford Classical Dictionary). Although he says admiring things about the overall Roman imperial achievement, Appian is at times fiercely critical of Roman behavior in his coverage of Rome’s conquests during the Republican period. Some of this he may get from his...   More >

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Reimagining Morocco's Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and...   More >

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Telling Time by the Stars in Mesopotamia: Between Observational and Schematic Astronomy

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Gil Breger, PhD Candidate (Cuneiform Studies), Department of Near Eastern Studies, UCB

 Near Eastern Studies

Astronomers in Mesopotamia used a group of stars, called ziqpu, in order to indicate and measure time at night. How exactly this was accomplished is unknown. Were they directly observed in the night sky as part of this time-telling practice, or did they belong to some kind of theoretical scheme that allowed astronomers to describe time? The talk will explore the evidence for both these...   More >

Monday, April 16, 2018

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on Theatre of History: Presenting the Past in American Jewish Museums

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

What is “the problem with Jewish museums”? Whereas there were only two major Jewish museums in the United States before the Second World War, there has been a proliferation of Jewish museums and Holocaust museums since. What stories do they tell? Who are they for? And, is there something about the American Jewish experience that distinguishes Jewish museums from those devoted to the history of...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Marilyn Strathern: Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 17 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Marilyn Strathern, Former William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

 Graduate Division

Marilyn Strathern will present the Foerster lecture on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 titled "Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Marilyn Strathern

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Memento Mori: Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Latimer Hall, 120 Latimer Hall | Note change in location

 Dr. Paul Koudounaris

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For over a decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has traveled the world documenting the display of human remains in religious practice. From the earliest Christian charnel houses to mummy festivals in modern day Indonesia, he found that the taboo we commonly associate with the dead body was anything but universal. In many cultures throughout history and many presently, a literal memento mori--a reminder...   More >

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Origins of the Chinese Nation: Song China and the Forging of an East Asian World Order

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nicolas Tackett, History, UC Berkeley

 Pheng Cheah, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In his new book, Tackett proposes that the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127) witnessed both the maturation of an East Asian inter-state system and the emergence of a new worldview and sense of Chinese identity among educated elites. These developments together had sweeping repercussions for the course of Chinese history, while also demonstrating that there has existed in world history a viable...   More >

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Monuments and Memory: Contesting Identity in the Classical Landscape

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | April 21 | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Parker, Grant, Ph.D., Stanford University

 California Classical Association, Northern California

9:30am Donuts and Coffee
10:00am Keynote Speaker: Grant Parker
10:30am Presentations and Papers
1:00pm Light Mediterranean Lunch

UC Berkeley is easily accessible via BART. For parking information, please see this website.

Keynote Speaker:

Parker, Grant, Ph.D. Prof Classics, Stanford University.
"What's the Use of Monuments?"

Other Speakers and Paper Titles:...   More >

 $40.00 Non-Members, $30.00 Members, $15.00 Students

  Tickets go on sale April 2. Buy tickets online or or by emailing ccanorth@gmail.com

Cal Day - De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association

Performing Arts - Dance: Other Cal Archaeology | April 21 | 2-2:30 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall | Note change in time

 De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Based in Oakland and dedicated to preserving Afro-Peruvian traditions from the coastal region of Peru, the group will perform Son de los Diablos, a street masquerade that originated in colonial Lima with parades through Afro-Peruvian neighborhoods during carnival time. Dancers will wear masks made in Peru by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, and locally by Edmund Badeaux (Chaskinakuy Andean music...   More >

Monday, April 23, 2018

Faculty Research Lecture: Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 23 | 4-5 p.m. |  Chevron Auditorium, International House

 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720

 William Dietrich, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley

 Academic Senate

William Dietrich joined the Berkeley faculty in 1982, after studying at Occidental College and the University of Washington. His work focuses on understanding the processes that drive landscape evolution, including: rainfall runoff, soil production and transport, landsliding, river incision into bedrock, and floodplain formation. He is currently director of the Eel River Critical Zone...   More >

Thursday, April 26, 2018

AHMA Colloquium - What do you do with a Looted Site?

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Carol Redmount, University of California, Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Colloquium is a series of informal papers that typically hosts a mixture of visiting scholars and Berkeley faculty.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Māori Performance with Māori Mo Ake Tonu - Hands-On at the Hearst

Performing Arts - Dance: Other Cal Archaeology | April 28 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Māori Mo Ake Tonu

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

A cultural presentation featuring Māori performing arts through live song and dance by San Francisco Bay Area kapa haka group, Māori Mo Ake Tonu. The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The performance will include elements of waiata (songs), waiata-a-ringa (story telling dances), poi and haka. The numbers for the performance are inspired by the taonga...   More >

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mesoamerican Instrument Making Workshop

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | May 26 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Ernesto Olmos

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Learn about the art of ancient mesoamerican instrument making, cosmology, music, and culture. Make your own ocarina, flute, or shaker. Ocarinas are traditional clay flutes which have been made and played for thousands of years. This workshop will be led by Ernesto Olmos, a Oaxacan artist who specializes in traditional ceramic arts. Participation fee includes clay, tools and firing of the finished...   More >

 $75

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Traditional Japanese Hand Tools and Joinery Construction

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | June 10 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come learn all about traditional Japanese woodworking. Through understanding a variety of tools and their use in making joinery, you will leave with knowledge of creating beautiful wood to wood connections with no glues or fasteners! Instructor Jay Van Arsdale will bring tools and joinery samples, and after a morning or demonstration students will be able to try their hand at using them.

 $75, $65 members

  Register online

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Mythological Faces of Java: Hearst Museum Lounge Lecture

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | July 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber | Note change in date

 Sandra Sardjono

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

About this lecture -
This lecture explores representations of faces and figures in Javanese mythologies beginning from the Hindu-Buddhist Period (pre-16th century) to the Islamic and Modern Periods. The quintessence of Javanese character types that runs through the centuries follows the conventional concepts of refined and unrefined, expressed in the local terms as halus and kasar. These...   More >

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Norse Myths and How to Tell Them

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | August 28 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Adam Carl, Scandinavian Department; Andrew Saintsing, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates next Tuesday for an interview with Adam Carl from the Scandinavian Department at UC Berkeley. In the interview, Adam explains how he became interested in Scandinavian studies through his passion for Norse mythology.

Adam Carl

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Scenes from the Vault: Never Before Screened Films from the Northwest Coast

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | August 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

This presentation will feature the first results from the Museum’s ongoing project to digitize its film collection, containing the largest research collection of footage on Native American cultures. The original American Indian Film Project was directed between 1960 and 1965 by Samuel A. Barrett, Cal’s first doctorate in anthropology (1908).

This program will present footage shot in Victoria...   More >

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Corn and Teosinte Discovery Station

Special Event: Other Cal Archaeology | September 5 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come learn about corn at this month's Discovery Station.

AHMA Colloquium - Assembling Numismatic Data Online: Concepts, Collections, Hoards, and Statistics

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Peter van Alfen, American Numismatic Society

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This is the first of eight papers that will make up a lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The event is co-sponsored by the AHMA Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ancient Mediterranean Revolutions: AHMA 50th Anniversary

Conference/Symposium: Other Cal Archaeology | September 6 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

A conference on the theme of Ancient Mediterranean Revolutions to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Archaeology.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Current Issues and Challenges regarding the Protection of Archaeological Sites in Japan

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 11 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Dr. Yoshio Negita, Chief Senior Specialist for Cultural Properties, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, Japan

 Archaeological Research Facility, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Anthropology

Open Class Lecture (Anthro C125A/EALC C175)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Witness Trees

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 13 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in date

 Botanical Garden

The term 'witness tree' was coined to describe trees that were used as boundary markers in the early days of the United States. Since that time the term has expanded to describe trees that were present at historical events. Some of the best known witness trees were standing in battle grounds during the Civil War.

 Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

  Register online

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Borderlands and Border Crossings in the 19th-Century World

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall | Note change in date and location

 Samuel Truett, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

As a historian who approaches the U.S. West and Mexican North primarily from the perspective of their shared borderlands, Professor Truett is interested in the crossings—social, cultural, and environmental—that have connected these two regions to the rest of the Americas and the world at large. Known best for his work in borderlands history, he also works actively in western U.S. history,...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

Illustrations of the Parinirvāṇa Cycle in Kucha

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Monika Zin, University of Leipzig

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

At least 100 caves in Kucha contain (or once contained) murals depicting scenes connected with the Buddha's death. The paintings are typically located in the rear part of the caves, in corridors behind the Buddha in the main niche. The illustrations begin with the episodes from the Buddha's last journey and end with the first council in Rājagṛha. It is solely through comparative...   More >

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hardy Californians: The Life of Lester Rowntree

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 11 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Lester Gertrude Rowntree (1878-1978) was a pioneering California native plant botanist and horticulturalist who popularized the study, use, and protection of native flora through voluminous writings, lectures, and photographs. As testimonial to Lester's important role she was named life-long honorary president of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) upon its creation in 1965. However, the...   More >

 Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

  Register online

What’s New about New Materialism?: Black and Indigenous Scholars on Science, Technology and Materiality

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | October 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

As the “New Materialisms” discourse continues to gain traction across multiple fields of inquiry, we come together as scholars of Xicanx/Latinx Studies, Native American/Indigenous Studies and postcolonial African Studies to open up a space of dialogue on the subject.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Leila's Quest for Flight

Performing Arts - Theater: Other Cal Archaeology | October 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Golden Thread Fairytale Players present
Leila’s Quest for Flight
at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology

written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
drawn from Palestinian folktales

When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal.

30-minute performance is followed by 20-minute Q & A session with...   More >

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Family Workshop: Moche Inspired Face Rattles

Workshop: Other Cal Archaeology | November 10 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology | Note change in date

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join in on this month's Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Learn about Moche culture and create rattles inspired by two thousand year old objects.This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.

Find out more about events at the Hearst Museum by going to hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/events.

Photo: 4-2964

Thursday, November 15, 2018

On Indian Ground: California. A Return to Indigenous Knowledge: Generating Hope, Leadership, and Sovereignty through Education

Colloquium: Other Cal Archaeology | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Nicole Lim, J.D., Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

 Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Director California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center Professor, American Indian Studies Department Chair and Professor, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, Native American Studies, American Indian Graduate Student Association, Indigenous Language Revitalization DE, Graduate School of Education

Authors and Editors of On Indian Ground: California, Proudfit and Lim will discuss issues related to Native American education reform in California. They will address the impacts of genocide, colonization, racism and historical bias upon curriculum and student achievement. Additionally, they will present holistic indigenous perspectives that can be integrated into systems of education to foster...   More >

Thursday, May 2, 2019

MCB/IB Joint Seminar: "Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past”

Seminar: Other Cal Archaeology | May 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Reich, Harvard Medical School

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Department of Integrative Biology

Exhibits at UCB

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | January 23 – June 29, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

A selection from the over fifty manuscripts collected by The Magnes in Cairo, Egypt, during an expedition led by the museum’s founder, Seymour Fromer, in 1971. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.

The manuscripts are accompanied by a variety of ritual objects, original ketubbot (marriage contracts), and by...   More >

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts: Other Cal Archaeology | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia: Other Cal Archaeology | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography: Other Cal Archaeology | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >