Events & Exhibits

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Web Accessibility: DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Checklist for Developers

Meeting | December 3 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Lucy Greco, Accessibility Evangelist, Web Access; Caroline Boyden, Web Developer, Architecture Platform Integration; Anna Gazdowicz, Web and Accessibility Specialist, Architecture Platform Integration


Navigating the US-China Confrontation: Lessons from John Fairbank and the 1950's

Colloquium | December 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Evans, Professor of Asian and trans-Pacific affairs, University of British Columbia

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The deepening Sino-American conflict presents very difficult problems for China scholars and universities with extensive activities in, on and with China. With an eye on the contemporary situation, the presentation will focus on the intellectual, institutional, and policy activities of John Fairbank in the 1950s. What can we learn from a Cold War era eerily consonant with today?

Paul Evans is...   More >

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Teaching, Learning and Creating Change with Data: The Census and American Cultures

Panel Discussion | December 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Room


Professors Victoria Robinson, Irene Bloemraad and Joanna Reed will discuss how their American Cultures/Sociology courses use census data, combined with original data, to better understand the needs of Bay Area communities. Students will be sharing their findings, and curator-led tours of the Power and the People exhibit will be offered.

Power and the People: the U.S. Census and Who Counts

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lunch Poems: Margaret Ross: Poet Margaret Ross reads for Lunch Poems

Reading - Literary | December 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Margaret Ross, Stanford


Margaret Ross is the author of A Timeshare. Her poems and translations appear in The New Republic, The Paris Review, and POETRY. Her honors include a Fulbright arts grant, a VSC/Luce Chinese Poetry & Translation Fellowship, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. She currently teaches at Stanford University where she is a Jones Lecturer.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Worlding the narod: Recontextualizing the Chinese Reading of Russian Realism

Colloquium | December 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Roy Chan, Assistant Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Oregon

 Edward Tyerman, Assistant Professor, Russian and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This talks aims to examine the various ways in which Russian ideas about realism circulated in China, with particular emphasis on the People's Republic of China's deep engagement with Russian and Soviet literature. As the "the people" (renmin) constituted a normative pillar that was central to the PRC's political legitimacy, aesthetic practices designed to provide representational articulation of...   More >

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Portable, Collaborative, and Transparent Computational Research from the Start

Presentation | December 12 | 1:30-3 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Dav Clark, Head of Data Science, Gigantum

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

While standard practices have emerged - for example, using GitHub to publish the details of a research project - the truth is that a significant amount of manual effort and expertise is required to publish and also to use such open projects. The situation becomes even more untenable when a broader field of expertise comes into play - we can't expect medical doctors and policymakers to learn basic...   More >

Friday, January 31, 2020

Publish or Perish Reframed: Navigating the New Landscape of Scholarly Publishing

Panel Discussion: Scholarly Communication | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Morrison Library

 Benjamin Hermalin, Vice Provost for the Faculty; Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics UC Berkeley; Philip B. Stark, Professor of Statistics, Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Regional Associate Dean (Interim), College of Chemistry and Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley; Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library; Timothy Vollmer, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, UC Berkeley Library


University of California authors published about 50,000 scholarly articles last year alone—comprising nearly 10% of all research in the United States. Despite this tremendous productivity, UC scholars continue to experience a tension between publishing their research in ways that ensure readership or access, and perceptions about the effect of certain outlets and publishing choices on research...   More >


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“Assets of a Bankrupt”: Fiscal Effects of the Boxer Indemnity, 1901-1911

Colloquium | January 31 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dong Yan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley

 Wen-hsin Yeh, Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

The Boxer Indemnity has long marked the nadir in the history of nineteenth century Chinese relations with Western powers, but buried beneath nationalist narratives of humiliation was the indemnity’s origin as public debt, one that the Chinese repaid over three decades. Assessing the fiscal and financial impact of the indemnity in the first ten years of debt service (1901-1911), the talk looks at...   More >

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Web design process and tools

Meeting | February 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 Jesse Loesberg, Web Developer, Library Communications Office


Friday, February 7, 2020

Failed Foreign Interventions? Transnational Making and Unmaking of Health Politics in China

Colloquium | February 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Yan Long, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Do foreign interventions matter in changing state-society relations in China? Many scholarly models cast external interventions as “cures” for all that ails struggling local communities and activists in repressive environments by providing political opportunities or resources. Others argue that interventions are doomed to failure given strong authoritarian states such as China and Russia are...   More >

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Modern Diamond Heights

Lecture | February 11 | 7-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Room 112

 Hannah Simonson

 Environmental Design Archives

Hannah Simonson is an Architectural Historian/Cultural Resources Planner at the firm Page & Turnbull. She received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she wrote her thesis on Diamond Heights. She currently serves as the President of the Northern California Chapter of Docomomo US, and gives walking tours of Diamond Heights...   More >

Friday, March 6, 2020

Mapping the Weird: Using GIS Tools to Explore Late Ming zhiguai (and vice versa)

Colloquium | March 6 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Rania Huntington, Associate Professor and Chair, East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Sophie Volpp, Chair, Center for Chinese Studies; Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

One of the distinctive features of the zhiguai genre is that no matter how bizarre the events described, the settings are usually recognizable mundane places. With the increasing accessibility and sophistication of Geographic Information Systems software, mapping the geographic information provided in the tales offers a promising approach to reading long, varied collections on a scale larger than...   More >

Monday, April 13, 2020

China’s Belt and Road as Rorschach Test: Perspectives on China’s Global Ambitions

Colloquium | April 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mary Kay Magistad, Director of Audio Journalism Department, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

 Juliet Lu, PhD Candidate, Department of Environmental Science, Energy & Management, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

China’s leaders’ plan to build a ‘community of common destiny’ around the world, through building roads, railways, ports, dams, 5G infrastructure and more, is being read in different ways in different parts of the world. Some 120 of the world’s nations – about 60 percent – have signed on to participate in some way in the “Belt and Road,” or New Silk Road. Some welcome China’s investment as a...   More >

Cambodians displaced from their land by a Chinese port and resort development project in Koh Kong, protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Chinese Economic Size Overtaking Japan (2008-2014) and the United States (from 2014 to 2030?)

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

 Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Before 1895, in the bilateral relationship between Japan and China, China was in the top position. From 1895-2008, Japan was in the top position. Between 2008-2014 as the size of the Chinese economy surpassed that of Japan, it had profound implications for the nature of their relationship. From 2014 until 2030, as the size of the Chinese economy surpasses that of the United States, it is having...   More >

Ongoing Exhibits

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia: Free Speech Movement Cafe | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts: Doe Library | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >