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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 1 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Leah A. Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Getting Started - A brief overview of research opportunities and how to find them

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm: Finding a Faculty Mentor - This workshop will show you how to leverage the skills and knowledge you already possess to secure a faculty mentor.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Hungarian Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Lecture | September 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall


Zsolt Enyedi, Professor of Political Science, Central European University

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


Hungary is a member of the European Union and is one of the most globalized countries in the world. Yet, about two-thirds of its population supports parties which reject liberal democracy and are typically described as populist and authoritarian. Next to analyzing the ideology of these parties (Fidesz and Jobbik), this lecture also discusses the compatibility between elitism and populism and the...   More >



Understanding the Political Power of the European Court of Justice

Lecture | September 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


William Phelan, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Trinity College, Dublin

Institute of European Studies


William Phelan’s new book, ‘In Place of Inter-State Retaliation (OUP, 2015) puts forth a new explanation of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) political power. Phelan proposes that the political power of the European Court of Justice must be understood as a consequence of the EU’s break with the inter-state retaliation mechanisms common to ordinary international law, and has been facilitated...   More >

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Student Environmental Resource Center Open House at the College of Natural Resources

Tour/Open House | September 3 | 12-2 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, College of Natural Resources


Join the Student Environmental Resource Center for an Open House at the College of Natural Resources!

Career and Student Staff will be on hand to share sustainability education, involvement, and career opportunities at UC Berkeley.



Understanding the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Lecture | September 3 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Professor Matthew Kroenig, Georgetown University

Institute of International Studies


Matthew Kroenig is Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council. He formerly served as an adviser on Iran policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is the author of A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat (2014). He holds a PhD in Political...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



UCDC Program Info Session

Information Session | September 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 202 Barrows Hall


Marcia Condon, UCDC Program

The UC Berkeley Washington Program


This info session will provide an overview of applying to the UCDC Program; tips for a successful application (writing the personal statement, resume work, obtaining letters of recommendation); the selection process; the research seminar; resources for your internship search; and making the most of your semester in D.C. (housing, budgeting, travel, etc.)

An alumna or alumnus of the program...   More >

Friday, September 4, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | September 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Dr. Leah A. Carroll, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research


2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Getting Started - A brief overview of research opportunities and how to find them

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm: Finding a Faculty Mentor - This workshop will show you how to leverage the skills and knowledge you already possess to secure a faculty mentor.



Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | September 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Public Service Scholarships at Cal Info Session

Information Session | September 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall


Big Ideas at berkeley, Cal Alumni Association, John Gardner Fellowship, Matsui Center, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships


Learn about some of the University's most distinguished public service scholarship opportunities! From local government to international service, these programs offer an array of possibilities for you to get hands-on experience in all types of public service environments, and all provide additional financial support. Come learn more!

This event is co-sponsored by Big Ideas at Berkeley, the Cal...   More >

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sustainability Involvement Expo

Special Event | September 10 | 12-3 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)


Student Environmental Resource Center


The Sustainability Involvement Expo will showcase campus, student, and local organizations, campaigns, projects, internships, and funding opportunities available for students with sustainability interests. Students who are interested in sustainability and looking for pathways of involvement should attend this Expo.



How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Workshop | September 10 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall


Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

Office of Undergraduate Research, Haas Scholars Program--a senior capstone experience for all majors


If you need to write a grant propopsal, this workshop is for you! You'll get a headstart on defining your research question, developing a project plan, presenting your qualifications, and creating a realistic budget.

The workshop is open to all UC-Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, and visiting scholars) regardless of academic discipline. It will be especially useful for...   More >



UCDC Program Info Session

Information Session | September 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 791 Barrows Hall


Marcia Condon, UCDC Program

The UC Berkeley Washington Program


This info session will provide an overview of applying to the UCDC Program; tips for a successful application (writing the personal statement, resume work, obtaining letters of recommendation); the selection process; the research seminar; resources for your internship search; and making the most of your semester in D.C. (housing, budgeting, travel, etc.)

An alumna or alumnus of the program...   More >

Friday, September 11, 2015

Workshop in Philosophy, Law, and Political Theory: The Demandingness of Freedom: Walker and Racial Domination

Workshop | September 11 | 12-2 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 141


Melvin Rogers, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCLA Political Science Department

Kadish Center for Morality, Law, & Public Affairs


Prof. Melvin Rogers of the Political Science department at UCLA will be the second invited scholar of the workshop series. Professor Rogers will be discussing a chapter from his forthcoming book on David Walker.

This course is designed as a workshop for the presentation and discussion of work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory.


RSVP by September 8 by calling amatullah at 510-642-3627, or by emailing amatullah at amatullahas@berkeley.edu.



MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.



The South China Sea, US Pivot, and Regional Security in Northeast Asia

Lecture | September 11 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


David Kang, International Relations and Business, Director of USC Korean Studies Institute and Director of USC East Asian Studies Center, University of Southern California

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


Are many East Asian nations feeling increasingly threatened, especially from China? It certainly appears so, and numerous observers see rising tensions in which war is possible and perhaps imminent. Over the last few months, North Korea has tested missiles and threatened the United States with nuclear war. China spars regularly with Japan over ownership of a group of disputed islands, and with...   More >

Monday, September 14, 2015

Contingency, Prophecy and the German Protestants' Fight against Nuclear Technology

Lecture | September 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Michael Schuering, Visiting Professor, University of Florida

Institute of European Studies


A Center of German and European Studies event



UCDC Program Info Session

Information Session | September 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 291 Barrows Hall


Marcia Condon, UCDC Program

The UC Berkeley Washington Program


This info session will provide an overview of applying to the UCDC Program; tips for a successful application (writing the personal statement, resume work, obtaining letters of recommendation); the selection process; the research seminar; resources for your internship search; and making the most of your semester in D.C. (housing, budgeting, travel, etc.)

An alumna or alumnus of the program...   More >

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cultural Diversity and Global Talent in Korea

Colloquium | September 15 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Gi-wook Shin, Stanford University; Rennie Moon, Yonsei University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


In this lecture, Shin and Moon discuss how Korea can deal with the main challenges associated with inbound and outbound student mobility, i.e., cultural diversity and brain drain, respectively.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Chinese Renminbi: Regional or Global Currency?

Colloquium | September 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Barry Eichengreen, Economics, UC Berkeley

Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


This talk will contrast two views of the process and ultimate result of renminbi internationalization, one in which the renminbi becomes a consequential international currency used throughout the world, and a second in which the renminbi is used for cross-border transactions mainly in Asia.



What Went Wrong in Turkey?

Lecture | September 16 | 12 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Dr. Şahin Alpay, Zaman Newspaper

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Pacifica Institute


Journalist and academic Şahin Alpay will discuss contemporary Turkish politics. Dr. Alpay is a columnist for the Turkish newspapers Zaman and Today’s. He previously served as editor and columnist at other leading Turkish dailies Cumhuriyet, Sabah, and Milliyet. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stockholm University (1981). Dr. Alpay held a faculty position in Bahçeşehir...   More >


RSVP by September 13 by emailing Lydia Kiesling at lydiak@berkeley.edu.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Application Workshop

Workshop | September 17 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall


Michael Sacramento, Fellowships Administrator, Graduate Services: Fellowships

Graduate Division


Sponsored by the Graduate Services: Fellowships Office
Thursday, September 17, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall

This workshop will give you valuable tips to help you strengthen your application. Speakers will include UC Berkeley’s NSF fellowship coordinator, a Berkeley faculty and fellowship review committee member, and three current Berkeley NSF fellows. The NSF Graduate...   More >



The United States and Cuba: Recent History and the Path Forward

Lecture | September 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building


Julia Sweig, University of Texas at Austin

Institute of International Studies, Center for Latin American Studies


Julia E. Sweig is Senior Research Fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She served as the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) since 2005. Sweig is currently writing a biography on Lady Bird Johnson, to be published by Random...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences



The Switch: Reinventing American Freedom: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring John Fabian Witt

Lecture | September 17 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


John Fabian Witt, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Graduate Division


John Fabian Witt will present the Jefferson lecture on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture, entitled "The Switch: Reinventing American Freedom," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Friday, September 18, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nourish: Environmental and Sustainability Careers Lunch with National Parks Service

Special Event | September 23 | 12-1 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)


National Parks

Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, College of Natural Resources


Network with an environmental and sustainability related employer.
Featured Employer: National Parks
Dessert will be provided.

Friday, September 25, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Koreans and Camptowns: Mixed-Race Adoptees and Camptown Connections

Conference/Symposium | September 26 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  David Brower Center


2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Grace M. Cho, CUNY Staten Island; Sue-Je Lee Gage, Ithaca College; Eleana Kim, UC Irvine; Deann Borshay Liem

Yong Nam Lee; Myung Duck Joo; Jai Song Seo

Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Me & Korea, Asia Society Northern California


The Center for Korean Studies is co-hosting a conference with advocacy group Me & Korea about the camptowns that developed alongside American military bases in Korea during and after the Korean War.


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All Audiences

Free and open to the public.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Iran Deal: No Better Alternative, Now Make the Most of It

Lecture | September 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Dr. George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Institute of International Studies


George Perkovich is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation, with a concentration on South Asia, Iran, and the problem of justice in the international political economy.

Perkovich is author of the award-winning book India’s Nuclear Bomb (University of California Press, 2001) and co-author of the...   More >


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All Audiences

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Greece: Taking Stock.: Economic and Financial Changes since the Onset of the Global and Euro Area Crisis

Lecture | September 29 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Eleni Louri Dendrinou, Professor, Department of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Institute of European Studies, Onassis Foundation


Eleni Dendrinou-Louri was born in Athens. She has worked on the research projects of international organizations such as the OECD, the World Bank, CEPR, IES and the European Commission; and has published extensively in numerous international academic journals. From June 2008 to June 2014 she was deputy governor of the Bank of Greece, where she was responsible for monetary policy, bank resolution,...   More >



Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | September 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Perspectives on 70 Years of the Nuclear Age: From Berkeley, a Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb

Conference/Symposium | September 30 | 10:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, The Drawing Room


2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Asia Society of Northern California


Over the past seventy years, nuclear technologies have brought about both atomic weapons and new sources of electric energy, which are now woven deeply into the fabric of many advanced societies. This symposium brings together scientists, historians, and other experts to share their views on past, present and future in an open, cross-disciplinary exchange. Presentations will start from...   More >



The Structure of Protest Cycles: Contagion and Cohesion in South Korea’s Democracy Movement

Colloquium | September 30 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Paul Chang, Harvard University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Drawing on recent work on event structures, this paper attempts to further develop the application of the protest cycle concept by conceptualizing social movements as a population of interlinked events and identifying events that play critical roles in historical outcomes, considering protest cycles as protest event networks with a novel dataset on South Korea’s democracy movement.



"Rosewater": Film Screening and Discussion

Film - Feature | September 30 | 6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Maziar Behrooz, History Department, San Francisco State University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


A film based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Written and directed by Jon Stewart, the film recounts Bahari's imprisonment in Iran following an interview Bahari gave to “The Daily Show” in 2009.

The film will be introduced by Prof. Maziar Behrooz, History Department, San Francisco State University, who will lead a question-and-answer session following the...   More >

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Perspectives on 70 Years of the Nuclear Age: From Berkeley, a Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb

Conference/Symposium | October 1 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Berkeley City Club, The Drawing Room


2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Asia Society of Northern California


Over the past seventy years, nuclear technologies have brought about both atomic weapons and new sources of electric energy, which are now woven deeply into the fabric of many advanced societies. This symposium brings together scientists, historians, and other experts to share their views on past, present and future in an open, cross-disciplinary exchange. Presentations will start from the...   More >



Understanding Architecture in East Germany: From the Palace of the Republic to 'Black Dwelling'

Lecture | October 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Emily Pugh, Digital Humanities Specialist, Getty Research Institute

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


This talk considers what the exceptional and typical aspects of both the Palace of the Republic and black dwelling can tell us about the GDR building economy as a whole. In doing so, it explores the political and social function of architecture in the GDR, including the role of aesthetics in architectural discourse, the relationships between building and urban planning, and the role of the...   More >



Representations of Poverty: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | October 1 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maud Fife)


Pranab Bardhan, Professor, Economics ,UCB; Siddhartha Deb, Professor, The New School

Lawrence Cohen, Professor, Anthropology

College of Letters & Science


Narrations of poverty in all media–fiction, non-fiction, film–are often lauded for sensitivity, for their political activism, and for bearing witness; as often, they are dismissed as “poverty porn” and as rhetorical tools used in wider discourses of power. The members of our panel will discuss how poverty is defined, how it is represented, and the political and psychological uses of these...   More >


Students - Undergraduate

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Public Service Scholarships at Cal Info Session

Information Session | October 1 | 5-6 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall


Big Ideas at berkeley, Cal Alumni Association, John Gardner Fellowship, Matsui Center, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships


Learn about some of the University's most distinguished public service scholarship opportunities! From local government to international service, these programs offer an array of possibilities for you to get hands-on experience in all types of public service environments, and all provide additional financial support. Come learn more!

This event is co-sponsored by Big Ideas at Berkeley, the Cal...   More >

Friday, October 2, 2015

Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Biased Policing

Lecture | October 2 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Alumni House


Jack Glaser, Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy

Goldman School of Public Policy


Professor Jack Glaser will describe the phenomenon of biased policing in America, highlighting the psychological science research that explains the problem and offers prospective solutions.


All Audiences

All Audiences



MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Water Policy and the Drought: Balancing Competing Interests to Stay Afloat

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 145 Dwinelle Hall


Mel Levine (BA '64), Counsel and retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; former U.S. Representative, 27th Congressional District; Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board (Board); David L. Sedlak, Malozemoff Professor in Mineral Engineering, UC Berkeley

Richard "Dick" Beahrs '68

Goldman School of Public Policy, Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement


Join us for a timely discussion on how we can build consensus and create bipartisan solutions to ensure a sustainable water future for our state.


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All Audiences

Monday, October 5, 2015

Auspicious Images to Feminist Critiques: The Evolution of Mithila Painting in Rural India

Lecture | October 5 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


David Szanton, Ethnic Arts Foundation, Berkeley, California

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Institute for South Asia Studies


Since at least the 14th century women from the Mithila region of Bihar have painted images of the Hindu gods and goddesses on the walls of their homes to create auspicious spaces for domestic rituals – especially elaborated for marriage rituals. In the late 1960s they began painting these images on paper for sale. Since 2000 their repertoire has expanded to include contemporary social and...   More >

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Religion, Patriarchy and the Perpetuation of Harmful Social Conventions: The Case of Female Genital Cutting in Egypt

Colloquium | October 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Lisa Blaydes, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford Unviersity

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues


How are harmful social practices brought to an end? Female genital cutting (FGC) is among the most widespread human rights violations committed against children, worldwide. While FGC remains a nearly ubiquitous practice among ever-married women in Egypt, significant declines in the practice have been witnessed among younger women and girls. In particular, Egypt's Coptic Christian community has...   More >



Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | October 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Individual, Social Norms, and Group Dynamics in a Muslim Context

Lecture | October 8 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Abdeslam Maghraoui, Department of Political Science, Duke University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Friday, October 9, 2015

Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | October 9 | 12-3 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall


Public Service Center


The Public Service Center's Alumni in Residence (AIR) program is a great way for students to connect with alumni working in the public interest sector.

Drop by anytime during this window and ask all of those questions you do not have time or feel comfortable asking at career fairs and informational interview.



MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.



Reactor Politics: Domestic Politics and Nuclear Energy in East Asia

Colloquium | October 9 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Il Hyun Cho, Lafayette College

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


With an empirical focus on Japan, China, and South Korea, this paper examines how nuclear energy intersects with domestic politics in East Asia. Specifically, it demonstrates how nuclear energy has become a new source of domestic political contestation and a symbol of global prestige in East Asia.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Which Historical Legacies Matter in East Asian International Relations?

Colloquium | October 12 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Seo-Hyun Park, Lafayette College

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Given that there are multiple historical “lessons” and “traumas” that inform contemporary security debates, it is important to ask which historical legacies matter in and what kinds of impact they have on international relations in the East Asian region.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years

Colloquium | October 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room


Corey Abramson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Institute for the Study of Societal Issues


Growing old presents physical problems for everyone. However, when these problems occur and how people confront them are mediated by inequalities that reflect persistent socioeconomic, racial, and gender divides. The End Game (Harvard University Press 2015) shows how inequality structures social life in old age - and what examining old age can tell us about the mechanisms of inequality more...   More >

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Turmoil and Opportunities in the Middle East

Lecture | October 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Dr. Matthew Spence, US Department of Defense

Institute of International Studies


Matthew Spence is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Before taking up his current post, Matt served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics on the National Security Council at the White House. He was responsible for coordinating the U.S. government’s economic strategy for countries in transition,...   More >


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All Audiences

Thursday, October 15, 2015

China’s Crisis of Political Morality: Diagnosis and Reconstruction

Colloquium | October 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Lowell Dittmer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Qing Zhou, Psychology, UC Berkeley

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


Because of the moral focus of such founding thinkers as Confucius and Mencius and the absence of a strong tradition of the rule of law, China has always placed particular emphasis on public morality. The revolutionary first half of the 20th century culminating in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution...   More >

Friday, October 16, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Legacies of the Korean War: Korean Americans Recall the "Forgotten War”

Conference/Symposium | October 17 | 3 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater


2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Namhee Lee, UCLA; Ramsay Liem, Boston College; Deann Borshay Liem

Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Cal Humanities, UC Humanities Research Institute, Korea Policy Institute


Featuring remarks by oral-history participants and contributors, scholarly presentations on war memory, and screenings of testimonial shorts, this event, by inaugurating an online, community-based, diasporic archive, aims to enable long overdue reckoning with the past and present of the Korean War, a war yet to be concluded with a peace agreement.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

North Koreans in the USSR and the Making of the DPRK’s Higher Education

Colloquium | October 20 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Dima Mironenko

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


In the late 1940s, Moscow sent a group of specialists to the northern part of Korea in order to assist the newly liberated nation with setting up its system of higher education and training new cadres in education administration. Drawing on newly available archival materials from Russia and interviews with event participants, I revisit the history of these early interactions.



Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | October 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cartel Land: Directed by Matthew Heineman (USA, 2015)

Film - Documentary | October 21 | 7 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2040


Center for Latin American Studies


“Cartel Land” is an on-the-ground look at two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. From Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) this documentary offers a chilling view of the brutal drug war along the U.S. – Mexico border. 98 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

“A jaw-dropping documentary...   More >

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Multilateralism And The Changing International Order: Implications For U.S. Foreign Policy

Lecture | October 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building


Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, Yale University

Institute of International Studies, United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter


Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo is Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a nonprofit organization that organizes educational and information programs and conducts Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomacy. Ambassador DiCarlo served as the U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United...   More >


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan

Conference/Symposium | October 23 – 24, 2015 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


"Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan" looks at the domestic and foreign relations adjustments of these three nations since the 1980s when the 'developmental state' agendas began to be challenged by 1) the increased globalization of financial transactions, and 2) the decline in global and regional bipolarity.



Tearing Europe Apart?: The Euro, Germany, and Greece

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Matthias Zimmer, MP, German Parliament

Institute of European Studies


If the Euro fails, Europe will fail, too -- this memorable phrase of German Chancellor Angela Merkel may become dire reality. For the first time in the history of European integration, Europe may not be heading towards an ever closer union. At the core of the current situation is the Greek financial and econonmic crisis. Should Greece leave the Euro to ease economic recovery or should the...   More >



Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | October 23 | 12-3 p.m. | 102 Sproul Hall


Public Service Center


The Public Service Center's Alumni in Residence (AIR) program is a great way for students to connect with alumni working in the public interest sector.

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MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan

Conference/Symposium | October 23 – 24, 2015 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


"Dismantling Developmentalism: Japan, Korea, Taiwan" looks at the domestic and foreign relations adjustments of these three nations since the 1980s when the 'developmental state' agendas began to be challenged by 1) the increased globalization of financial transactions, and 2) the decline in global and regional bipolarity.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Berkeley Book Launch: What the Rest Think of the West

Special Event | October 29 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Laura Nader, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)


A new series highlights recent publications by CMES faculty with a book talk and reception.

What the Rest Think of the West, edited by Prof. Laura Nader
Over the past few centuries, as Western civilization has enjoyed an expansive and flexible geographic domain, Westerners have observed other cultures with little interest in a return gaze. In turn, these other civilizations have been...   More >

Friday, October 30, 2015

Life in the Slum World: Poverty in the Mega-Cities of the Global South: An On the Same Page panel

Panel Discussion | October 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maud Fife)


Teresa Caldeira, Professor, City and Regional Planning, UCB; Ananya Roy, Professor, Urban Planning, UCLA; Liza Weinstein, Professor, Sociology, Northeastern University

Michael Watts, Professor, Geography, UCB

College of Letters & Science


Students - Undergraduate

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free and open to everyone on a first-come, first-seated basis



MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | November 3 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Immerse yourself in the Past": Baths (hammamat) in Time and Space

Lecture | November 5 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Julie Peteet, Department of Anthropology, University of Louisville

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Baths and communal bathing once constituted a common spatial form and cultural practice that spanned the Middle East and Mediterranean from ancient times to the early 20th century. The recent revival of the baths (hammamat) in these regions is embedded in neo-liberal notions of the body and new forms of consumption and leisure. While the meaning and usage of the baths has been profoundly...   More >



Mario Savio Memorial Lecture: Crime and Punishment in America: The Case for Redeeming Redemption

Lecture | November 5 | 8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Pauley Ballroom


Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union

College of Letters & Science


Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will be this year’s featured speaker at the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture. Romero is the ACLU’s sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity.

This memorial lecture series honors the memory of the late Mario Savio, spokesperson for Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, and the...   More >


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Friday, November 6, 2015

Symposium on Crowdsurfing hosted by the Humanities and Social Sciences Association

Conference/Symposium | November 6 |  HSSA


Humanities and Social Sciences Association


The Humanities and Social Sciences Association will present a symposium on November 6, 2015 at UC Berkeley to explore the premises, promises, and risks of crowdsourcing in the social sciences and humanities. Long the arena of industry, and more recently, the physical sciences, the humanities and social sciences are increasingly turning to networked...   More >



Divided Nations and their Neighbors

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Beverly Crawford, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Institute of European Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


“Divided Nations” will compare the experience of Germany, the two Koreas, and China-Taiwan as divided nations, focusing on 1) the domestic politics of division and reconciliation, 2) divided nations and regional stability/instability, and 3) The political economy of division and reconciliation. Registration required.



Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | November 6 | 12-3 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, PSC, 2nd Floor


Public Service Center


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MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Many Forms of Environmental Activism in China: Linking Local and Global?

Colloquium | November 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Mujun Zhou, Center for Chinese Studies postdoctoral fellow 2015-2016

Peter Lorentzen, Political Science, UC Berkeley

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


The reconstruction of China’s civil society in the 1990s started from environmental activism. Today, despite authoritarian repression, environmental activism of various kinds are flourishing. This talk introduces three forms of activism using data collected from ethnographic study in China.



Beatriz Sarlo, Cultural and Literary Critic: Borges and Post-pop Populism

Lecture | November 12 | 7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler


Townsend Center for the Humanities


Beatriz Sarlo is a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and one of the most important Argentine literary and cultural critics of the last 40 years. Her Una’s Lecture will examine populism in relation to Borges’ work, to the paintings of the distinguished artist Daniel Santoro, and to its most recent avatar, found in post-pop political populism.


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Friday, November 13, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Affective Governance in North Korea: Sexuality and Sensuality in Socialist Feminism

Colloquium | November 16 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Suzy Kim, Rutgers University

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Comparing North Korean women with other socialist female icons, this talk explores how alternative femininities became markers of ideal citizens in the name of state feminism that professed equality for the sexes.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | November 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Book Talk: The Defections

Colloquium | November 18 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Hannah Michell, UC Berkeley

Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Book talk with author Hannah Michell about her first novel, The Defections.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

“From the Dung Hill to the Ariel Sharon Park: The Lives of Iraqi Jews in Israeli Transit Camps”

Lecture | November 19 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Prof. Orit Bashkin, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


In the years 1950-1951 about 120,000 Iraqi Jews arrived in Israel. They arrived penniless after their property was confiscated by the Iraqi government, and were settled by the Israeli government in transit camps all across the country. This talk will examine the lives of such migrants in three transit camps that were built on the ruins of three neighboring Arab villages, Sakiya, Khariya, and...   More >

Friday, November 20, 2015

Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | November 20 | 12-3 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, PSC, 2nd Floor


Public Service Center


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MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.



The Risks and Rewards of Grassroots Environmentalism in China

Colloquium | November 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Kristen McDonald, China Program Director, Pacific Environment, San Francisco

You-tien Hsing, Center for Chinese Studies; Geography, UCB

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


Environmental laws in China are tougher than ever, but pollution problems persist. One of the key obstacles to improvement in China’s environment is weak enforcement, and grassroots environmental groups are at the cutting edge of seeking to address the enforcement challenge.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Environmental Coalition (ECO) Meeting

Meeting | December 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 106 Wheeler Hall


Student Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Coalition (ECO) at UC Berkeley


UC Berkeley’s Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations are members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), a democratic and representative body consisting of appointed representatives and alternates from these organizations. ECO meets 1-2 times/month.

Friday, December 4, 2015

MENA Salon

Workshop | September 4 – December 4, 2015 every Friday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 340, Sultan Conference Room


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Wednesday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Danish Politics of Offense in Theological Context

Lecture | February 4 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Noreen Khawaja, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University

Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Friday, February 5, 2016

Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | February 5 | 12-3 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, PSC, 2nd Floor


Public Service Center


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Summer Opportunities Fair

Special Event | February 10 | 3-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom


Summer Sessions


Wondering what to do next summer? Visit the Summer Opportunities Fair to learn about exciting summer options for UC Berkeley students, including summer courses, study abroad, student jobs and internships, research, volunteer and service, housing, and more.

Representatives from Berkeley campus units will be tabling with information on their courses and programs. Previous exhibitors have...   More >

Friday, February 12, 2016

Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | February 12 | 12-3 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, PSC, 2nd Floor


Public Service Center


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Public Service Scholarships at Cal Info Session

Information Session | February 19 | 3-4 p.m. |  Alumni House


Big Ideas at berkeley, Cal Alumni Association, John Gardner Fellowship, Matsui Center, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships


Learn about some of the University's most distinguished public service scholarship opportunities! From local government to international service, these programs offer an array of possibilities for you to get hands-on experience in all types of public service environments, and all provide additional financial support. Come learn more!

This event is co-sponsored by Big Ideas at Berkeley, the Cal...   More >

Friday, February 26, 2016

Public Service Alumni in Residence

Miscellaneous | February 26 | 12-3 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, PSC, 2nd Floor


Public Service Center


The Public Service Center's Alumni in Residence (AIR) program is a great way for students to connect with alumni working in the public interest sector.

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