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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

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


A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.



Translation as Research: with Ahmad Diab, Anneka Lenssen, and Kathy Zarur

Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126


Arts Research Center


To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.


All Audiences

All Audiences



R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge


Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD


Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >


$10 UCB Students Only

Register online.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam - Ula Taylor

Colloquium | February 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Hearst Field Annex, Fannie Lou Hamer Center


Ula Taylor

Fannie Lou Hamer Center


The CRG Thursday Forum presents...

The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam
Ula Taylor, African American Studies   More >

Friday, February 16, 2018

Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues: 2018 Authenticity without Apology

Performing Arts - Theater | February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium


Gender Equity Resource Center, VDay at Berkeley


Benefit double feature: first show is The Vagina Monologues, and the second show is Our Monologues! Proceeds go to help support local organization that work to end gendered violence.


$12 General, $20 VIP

Tickets go on sale January 22. Buy tickets online.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge


Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD


Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >


$10 UCB Students Only

Register online.



Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues: 2018 Authenticity without Apology

Performing Arts - Theater | February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium


Gender Equity Resource Center, VDay at Berkeley


Benefit double feature: first show is The Vagina Monologues, and the second show is Our Monologues! Proceeds go to help support local organization that work to end gendered violence.


$12 General, $20 VIP

Tickets go on sale January 22. Buy tickets online.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Benefit Performance of The Vagina Monologues + Our Monologues: 2018 Authenticity without Apology

Performing Arts - Theater | February 16 – 18, 2018 every day | 7 p.m. |  Wheeler Auditorium


Gender Equity Resource Center, VDay at Berkeley


Benefit double feature: first show is The Vagina Monologues, and the second show is Our Monologues! Proceeds go to help support local organization that work to end gendered violence.


$12 General, $20 VIP

Tickets go on sale January 22. Buy tickets online.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rohingya Crisis Panel: Implications for Health and Human Rights

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center, 545 (Please arrive by 12:10pm @ 2nd floor elevators)


Dr. Rohini Haar; Dr. Nazneen Uddin

Center for Global Public Health, Human Rights Center, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies


Dr. Rohini Haar and Dr. Nazneen Uddin

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Importance of the Chinese Exclusion Act: Lessons for Today

Film - Documentary | February 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium #310


Rosemarie Nahm, Board member, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Buck Gee, Board President, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation; Catherine Choy, Professor, UC Berkeley; Leti Volpp, Professor, Center for Race & Gender

Irene Bloemraad, Professor, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiatie & UC Berkeley

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Center for Race and Gender


We will show a 35-minute excerpt of the new PBS documentary 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' from award-winning documentary filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s story of the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act, its implications for American civil liberties and the consequences, not just for Chinese American families, but also for American identity. The documentary will be accompanied by an...   More >



From chan to Chan: Meditation and the semiotics of visionary experience in medieval Chinese Buddhism

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Eric Greene, Yale University

Center for Buddhist Studies


In this talk Eric Greene argues that a distinguishing feature of “early Chan” discourse relative to mainstream Chinese approaches to “Buddhist meditation” (chan)was the rejection of the semiotic potential of visionary meditative experiences. Drawing from early Chan texts, contemporaneous non-Chan meditation manuals, and recently discovered stone inscriptions from Sichuan, he suggests that one way...   More >



Geeta Anand | Reporting from India: Reflections on a Decade with the WSJ and NYT

Lecture | February 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Geeta Anand, Journalist; Visiting Faculty, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Political Science, Institute of International Studies


A lecture by journalist and former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in India, Geeta Anand.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Slavery Scandals and Capitalism in Southeast Asian Fisheries

Panel Discussion | February 23 | 12-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Peter Vandergeest, Professor of Geography, York University; Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

Center for Southeast Asia Studies


This discussion will outline labor and migration issues concerning commercial fisheries in Thailand, which have been under scrutiny since controversial 'slave labor' practices among Burmese and Cambodian migrants working in this sector were exposed in 2014.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Neha Choksi | Artist Talk: On Exploring Absence, Loss, and Transformation

Lecture | February 26 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 120 Kroeber Hall


Neha Choksi, Performance Artist/Sculptor

Asma Kazmi, Assistant Professor, Department of Practice of Art, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Art Practice


A public lecture by Performance Artist/Sculptor Neha Choksi.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Amita Shastri | Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity

Reading - Nonfiction | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Amita Shastri, Professor of the Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University

Sanchita B. Saxena, Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A lecture by Dr. Amita Shastri on her latest publication, Political Parties in Sri Lanka: Change and Continuity (Oxford University Press-India, 2018).



Buddhism and Social Discrimination in Japan

Colloquium | March 1 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College; Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; Jessica Starling, Assistant Professor, Lewis & Clark College

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies


"Kegawarashii: Discrimination against Funeral Workers in Japan, Medieval and Modern". Hank Glassman, Associate Professor, Haverford College
"Public Health and Propaganda: Shin Buddhism and the Campaign to Eradicate Leprosy in the 1930s". Jessica Main, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
"Practicing Ethics in Contemporary Shin Buddhism: Deconstructing Stigma at a Former...   More >



Annual Chinese New Year Banquet

Special Event | March 1 | 6-9 p.m. |  China Village


1335 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


[RSVP LIST IS CLOSED] 祝大家春節快樂! Please join the Center for Chinese Studies for our annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. Let us welcome the Year of the Dog with good food, prizes, and interesting conversations with old and new friends.

Pre-payment is REQUIRED. $30 faculty & community; $15 students and UC staff; $8 for children.


All Audiences

All Audiences

PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED. Make reservations by calling 510-643-6322, or by emailing ccs-vs@berkeley.edu.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center


2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies


The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >



The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

Lecture | March 2 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, UCLA

Center for Southeast Asia Studies


Prof. Robinson will discuss his new book, which examines the shocking anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some 500,000 people dead and more than one million others in detention. The book will be available for sale at the end of the lecture.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center


2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies


The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials

Conference/Symposium | March 2 – 4, 2018 every day |  Jodo Shinshu Center


2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Ryukoku University, BCA Center for Buddhist Education, Institute of Buddhist Studies


The Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, together with Ōtani University and Ryūkoku University in Kyoto announce a workshop under the supervision of Mark Blum that will focus on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read...   More >



Kronos Quartet: My Lai

Performing Arts - Music | March 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall


Cal Performances


Kronos Quartet’s fully-staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman explores the aftermath of My Lai—a tragic episode in the Vietman War when American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed villagers—from the perspective of the helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger’s score blends Rinde Eckert’s voice with the strings of the Kronos Quartet...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

$36-68 prices subject to change

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pre-Industrial Iron-Working in Central India: a New Perspective

Lecture | March 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


Tathagata Neogi, Ph.D., Founder, Heritage Walk Calcutta

Archaeological Research Facility, Institute for South Asia Studies


The research revealed a complex set of decisions involved in the organization and spread of metal production in the landscape that provided an explanation for the location of archaeological sites.



ERG Colloquium: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda: Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future

Colloquium | March 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall


Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Recent ERG PhD Graduate, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics

Energy and Resources Group


DESCRIPTION:
Climate change may be the most far reaching manifestation of white privilege and class privilege yet to face humankind. Caused overwhelmingly by high-consuming people, climate change is wreaking death and destruction foremost on impoverished people who also are disproportionately people of color...   More >



Opening Reception - Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You

Reception | March 7 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Please join us for a reception on Wednesday, March 7 to celebrate the Phoebe Hearst Museum's new Spring exhibit entitled, "Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You." Opening to the public on Saturday, March 10, this timely exhibit-co-curated by Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley undergraduate students-invites visitors to examine how and why faces are depicted in global crafting...   More >

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Workshop with Dr. Stacey Sloboda

Workshop | March 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 308A Doe Library


Shivani Sud

Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group


Please join the Asian Art and Visual Cultures Working Group for an upcoming workshop with Stacey Sloboda, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We will be discussing her recent co-edited volume Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art.


RSVP by March 5 by emailing Shivani Sud at shivanisud@berkeley.edu.



Teena Purohit | The “Protestant” Impulse in Modern Islamic Thought

Lecture | March 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Teena Purohit, Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University

Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


A talk by Teena Purohit, Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University



Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

Lecture | March 8 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall


Claudio Sopranzetti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Center of Global Metropolitan Studies


Based on research conducted during politically charged protests in Bangkok in 2010, this talk presents an ethnographic study of motorcycle taxi drivers in the city that focuses not on the sturdiness of hegemony or the ubiquity of everyday resistance but on its potential fragility and the work needed for its maintenance.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Amateurism Across the Arts

Conference/Symposium | March 9 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Arts Research Center


Amateurism Across the Arts is an exploration of vernacular, popular, fannish, kitsch, informal, self-taught, user-generated, and DIY production in music, architecture, literature, the visual arts, dance, and new media.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner | Claiming the State: Active Citizenship and Social Welfare in Rural India

Lecture | March 12 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 119 Moses Hall


Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, University of Virginia

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner will discuss her book, Active Citizenship: Claim-Making and the Pursuit of Social Welfare in Rural India. This book explores the everyday practices through which poor citizens of the world’s largest democracy make claims on the state for social welfare. Drawing on an original survey of 2210 households as well as 500 in-depth interviews in 105 villages of Rajasthan, she...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Regulating the Human Supply Chain

Lecture | March 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room


Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law, Fordham University

Irene Bloemraad, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Chris Zepeda-Millan, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Ethnic Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative


It’s no secret that recruiting guest workers can be a shady business. Often, the fraud and extortion that guest workers face are blamed on a few bad apple recruiters, who are targeted by criminal regulation that almost never works. But the problems are bigger than bad apples. Structural forces encourage abuse, from the subcontracting common in guest worker recruitment schemes to cost pressures...   More >


RSVP online.



CANCELED - Shobna Nijhawan | Gender, Genre and Visuality in the Creation of a Literary 'Canon': Hindi Publishing in Colonial Lucknow

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled


Shobna Nijhawan, Associate Professor of Hindi at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, Toronto

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies


A talk by Dr. Shobna Nijhawan, Associate Professor of Hindi at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, Toronto.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ERG Colloquium: Andy Jones: Rational Numbers: Improving the Usability of Science for a Climate Resilient Society

Colloquium | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall


Andy Jones, Research Scientist, Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Energy and Resources Group


Many of the scientific data products available to decision-makers were not produced with their needs in mind and lack credibility information that could be used to guide the use of certain data products for specific applications. Dr. Jones will describe two lines of research aimed at addressing this gap

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Korean Challenge To US Foreign Policy

Lecture | March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Fellow, Korea Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

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


Kathleen Stephens, a former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, is the William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She has four decades of experience in Korean affairs, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Korea in the 1970s, and in ensuing decades as a diplomat and as U.S. ambassador in Seoul.

Stephens came to...   More >


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All Audiences



Love on the Line: 1947 Revisited through Theatre, Dance, Music, and Conversation

Performing Arts - Theater | March 15 | 6-8 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Vinita Sud Belani, Founding Artistic Director of EnActe Arts

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Kathak artist and Founder/Director of Noorani Dance

Raginder Singh Momi

Sukanya Chakrabarti

Institute for South Asia Studies, EnActe Arts, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Noorani Dance, Nazakat at Berkeley, Natya at Berkeley, The 1947 Partition Archive


A theatrical production in which the loss of love, both human and idealogical, is explored through real, lived survivor stories of those who crossed the line of Partition in 1947.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Religion and Humanitarianism in the New Age of Nationalism: A Conference and Discussion

Conference/Symposium | March 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall


Social Science Matrix, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Human Rights Program, Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion


Please register to join us for a two-day conference focused on important issues, such as the role of religion in the creation of exclusivist nationalist rejection of moral universalism.


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All Audiences



Assa Doron | Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India

Reading - Nonfiction | March 16 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Assa Doron, Associate Professor, Anthropology & South Asia, School of Culture, History & Language ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Institute of Urban and Regional Development


A talk by anthropologist Dr. Assa Doron on his forthcoming publication on India’s waste, both liquid and solid, and the physical and institutional infrastructures that handle it--or fail to.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Views on Tibet's Linguistic Diversity

Colloquium | March 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in date and time


Gerald Roche, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Jann Ronis, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

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


Research on Tibet’s linguistic diversity in the West dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. However, a surge in descriptive and documentary linguistics in the twenty-first century has radically altered our understanding of Tibet’s rich and complex linguistic ecology. This presentation will provide an overview of this emerging picture of Tibet as a cradle of linguistic diversity in the...   More >



Mark Turin | Collaborations in Language: Revitalization and Resurgence in Himalayan South Asia

Lecture | March 20 | 5-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Mark Turin, Chair of the First Nations Languages Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of International Studies


Join us for two Nepal-related talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Mark Turin and Prof. Sara Shneiderman.



Sara Shneiderman | Restructuring Life: Agencies and Infrastructures in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster State of Transformation

Lecture | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Sara Shneiderman, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia

Alexander von Rospatt, Professor, Buddhist and South Asian Studies; Acting Chair, South and Southeast Asian Studies; and Director, Himalayan Studies Initiative

Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of International Studies


Join us for two talks by anthropologists and scholars of Nepal, Prof. Sara Shneiderman and Prof. Mark Turin.



The Hidden Heart of Human Rights: with Molly Melching

Lecture | March 20 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center


Molly Melching, Tostan

Master of Development Practice


Molly Melching has received international recognition for remarkable success in promoting human rights, resulting in more than 8,000 communities in eight African countries abandoning the practices of female genital cutting and child marriage. Join Molly as she discusses her journey and the need to complement top-down policies and laws with investment at the heart of social transformation.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ERG Colloquium: Gwen Ottinger: Infrastructures for Engineer-Allies: The Invisible Conditions of Successful Collaboration with Social Justice Activists

Colloquium | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall


Gwen Ottinger, Associate Professor, Drexel University, Department of Politics

Energy and Resources Group


Social and environmental justice activists are increasingly asking how technology can help them achieve their goals, and a growing number of engineers, computer scientists, and other technical experts are eager to help. But successful collaborations depend in no small part on taken-for-granted infrastructural elements...   More >



Intersectionality and Poverty: An Analysis of Women with Disabilities in the Philippines Through the Lens of Developmental Studies and Disability Studies

Lecture | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Gifford Room (221)


Prof Soya Mori, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization

Department of Anthropology


Please join us for a talk by Soya Mori (Professor and Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization, and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley Dept of Anthropology) on Wednesday, March 21st at 4pm, in the Gifford Room (221), Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley.

This talk (part of the HIFIS Disability Studies Occasional Lecture Series) is free and open to the public....   More >


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All Audiences



Front Row with Margaret Cho and Friends

Performing Arts - Other | March 21 | 7-9 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall | Tickets sold out


Cal Performances


Outspoken comedian Margaret Cho plays host to Front Row 2018, a once-in-a-lifetime, only-at-UC Berkeley experience. This year's event, created specifically by UCB students for UCB students, celebrates and explores issues of race, identity, and power in the entertainment industry. Joining Cho on stage are comedian, actress, and writer Ali Wong; comedian, writer, and performer Aparna Nancherla; and...   More >


Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

Only open to UC Berkeley students.

$5

Sold out. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

This Is Not My Mother’s Adobo!!!: The Cultural Politics of Philippine Cuisine in a Foodie World

Lecture | March 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Martin Manalansan IV, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Filipino & Philippine Studies Working Group


This talk examines recent declarations about Philippine Cuisine as the new exciting food trend in the culinary world. By interrogating notions of authenticity, appropriation, and commodification, the talk will attempt to "stir the pot" with issues of transnational culinary expertise and Filipino hiya (shame).



Gregory Maxwell Bruce | Travels through Four Languages: Shibli's Great Journey

Lecture | March 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Dr. Gregory Maxwell Bruce, Lecturer in Urdu, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative


A talk by UC Berkeley's Urdu language lecturer, Dr. Gregory Maxwell Bruce. Dr. Bruce is a scholar of Islam in South Asia and Urdu Literature.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Deadline to submit applications for the Undergraduate Research Symposium on South Asia

Deadline | March 23 | -5 p.m. | 10 Stephens Hall


Various, https://southasia.berkeley.edu/

Institute for South Asia Studies


About the Undergraduate Research Symposium
Reaching across disciplines, this symposium serves as a space to showcase the research of UC Berkeley undergraduate students focusing on South Asia. The third annual symposium will take place at the Institute for South Asia Studies on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 4-7 PM. Selected students will present their original thesis work to UC Berkeley faculty, ISAS...   More >

Monday, April 2, 2018

Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi | Are Lingayats Hindus?

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


Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, Professor of History at the Karnataka State Open University, Mysore

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A talk by Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi, a social historian, who taught humanities and South Asian cultures at San Francisco State University.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Atiqul Islam | Higher Education in the Private Sector in South Asia: Trends and Challenges

Lecture | April 4 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor, North South University, Bangladesh.

Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Talk by Prof. Atiqul Islam, Vice Chancellor, North South University, Bangladesh.



Islamic Texts Circle: Muhammad in the Qur'an

Workshop | April 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall


Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies


The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue....   More >


RSVP by calling 5106428208, or by emailing cmes@berkeley.edu.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Arthur Dudney | Testing the Limits of Comparatism: The Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns in Persian and Urdu Literary Culture

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


Arthur Dudney, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University

Gregory Maxwell Bruce, Lecturer - Urdu, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative


A talk by Dr Arthur Dudney, scholar of the history of early modern Persian literary education and lexicography in India.



Buddhist and Muslim Perspectives on the Contemporary Crisis in Myanmar

Lecture | April 5 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


John Clifford Holt, Bowdoin College

Center for Buddhist Studies


Voices from each of the major communities (Arakanese, Burmese and Rohingya) articulate narratives of siege when explaining how the current con icts between Buddhists and Muslims have unfolded recently in Myanmar. Why are respective understandings of belonging and exclusion so seriously contested? How do ethno-religious perspectives and contemporary geo-political realities complicate these...   More >



ERG Annual Lecture: John Harte: The Quest for Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

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


John Harte, Professor of the Graduate School

Energy and Resources Group


John Harte investigates the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biogeochemical processes, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity, and climate.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

ERG Retrospective Panels: John Harte

Panel Discussion | April 7 | 1:30-5 p.m. |  Faculty Club


John Harte, Professor of the Graduate School

Energy and Resources Group


Four retrospective panel discussions will celebrate the academic career of Professor Harte, who recently retired from teaching and transitioned to Professor of the Graduate School.

Free and open to the public.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

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


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)


East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >



Rani D. Mullen | China and India in Afghanistan: A long-term strategic loss for Afghanistan or a win-win for all?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)


Dr. Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall


Sangeeta Tripathi, HEAL Initiative

GlobeMed at Berkeley


Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health is a facilitated discussion on the implications of undergraduates working in global health led by the Director of Operations and Strategy at the HEAL Initiative, Sangeeta Tripathi. All students are welcome!

Sangeeta brings more than a decade of work in global health to the conversation. She has worked on the rapid acceleration of...   More >


All Audiences, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia: Islamic Discourse in the Context of State Power

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Dominik Muller, Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Center for Southeast Asia Studies


Drawing on debates in the anthropology of the state, Dr. Müller will empirically illustrate and theoretically explain “family resemblances” and differences of bureaucratized Islam in Southeast Asia, mainly drawing upon his own ethnographic work in Brunei and Singapore.



ERG Colloquium: George Roderick: Moorea Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar (IDEA): Modeling a Complex Island Ecosystem to Achieve Sustainability”

Colloquium | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall


George Roderick, Professor and Chair, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Energy and Resources Group


Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) Project is to build functioning digital simulations, ‘avatars’, of model islands, as a model to scale up to larger organizational units, with the outcome that communities and countries manage their ecosystem wellness and avoiding the social consequences of ecological collapse.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Teaching and Research Resource Fair

Special Event | April 12 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room 117, Level D


Academic Innovation Studio


Connect with dozens of campus service providers to get new ideas, find support, and learn about resources and services. Enjoy focused conversations and technology demos while meeting other instructors and researchers.


Faculty, Students - Graduate

Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate

ID required.

RSVP by April 10 online.



Vivek Bald | Documenting the Undocumented: Bengali Muslim Migrants In and Beyond 20th Century U.S. Archives

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Vivek Bald, scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT

Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies, Center for British Studies, Asha For Education, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies Library, Center for Race and Gender


An evening with scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT, Vivek Bald.



Buddhist Painting, Painters and Performance

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Ronald M. Davidson, Fairfield University

Center for Buddhist Studies


From the Gupta-Vākāṭaka period forward, Buddhist rituals featured painting on cloth and other media as part of their increasingly elaborate ritual program. The paintings from Ajanta, Bedsa and other sites in India exemplify in some measure the importance of painting systems for Indian Buddhists. In Buddhist usage, both the painter and paintings were sanctified with ritual systems...   More >

Friday, April 13, 2018

Court, Sampradāya and Beyond: A Workshop on Hindi Literary Traditions from the 16th to 19th Centuries

Workshop | April 13 | 1:30-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Allison Busch, Associate Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University; Jack Hawley, Claire Tow Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University; Philip A. Lutgendorf, Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies


A conference on early Hindi literature that brings together research on a range of literary traditions from the 16th to 19th centuries in an attempt to rethink standard narratives on periodization, genre and context.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Milan Vaishnav | When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gareth Nellis, The Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Institute of International Studies, Clausen Center for International Business and Policy


A talk by political economist, Dr. Milan Vaishnav on his new book, "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics."

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Milan Vaishnav | Cost of Democracy: Political Finance in India

Lecture | April 18 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall


Milan Vaishnav, Director and Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


One of the most troubling critiques of contemporary democracy is the inability of representative governments to regulate the deluge of money in politics. If it is impossible to conceive of democracies without elections, it is equally impractical to imagine elections without money. Political scientist Milan Vaishnav will preview the findings of a new edited volume, Costs of Democracy—an...   More >

Thursday, April 19, 2018

William Mazzarella | Mad Man of Bombay: A Tale of Magic Found and Lost

Lecture | April 19 | 3-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in time


Dr. William Mazzarella, The Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A talk by Dr. William Mazzarella, the Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.



A Conversation With Mr. Omar Abdullah: The Path Forward in Kashmir

Lecture | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Great Hall


Omar Abdullah, Indian Politician

Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


Charismatic, articulate, and an ardent fan of technology, Omar Abdullah is an Indian politician and the scion of one of the most prominent political families of Jammu and Kashmir, the Abdullah family. He served as the youngest Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir from 2009-2014. He is currently the Leader of opposition in J&K legislative assembly.

As a former Chief Minister and one...   More >


Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mana of Mass Society Panel Discussion: with Prof. William Mazzarella

Panel Discussion | April 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Rm. 221 (Gifford Room)


William Mazzarella, University of Chicago

Valerie Black, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Ned Dostaler, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Mohamad Jarada, PhD student, UC Berkeley; Robyn Taylor-Neu, PhD student, UC Berkeley

Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Institute for South Asia Studies, Graduate Assembly, The Program in Critical Theory


Professor William Mazzarella will join us in Berkeley for a panel discussion and Q&A engagement with his recently published book, "The Mana of Mass Society" (Chicago, 2017). The session will begin with an introduction by Professor Stefania Pandolfo, followed by a brief introduction of the new book by Prof. Mazzarella. A panel of graduate students from the Department of Anthropology (Valerie...   More >


Alumni, Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences



Making Immigrant Knowledge from Collective Memories: Watching the Process Unfold in Spain

Lecture | April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)


Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University

Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC., Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Latin American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Volkswagen Stiftung


The voices and spaces of immigrants come together to form collective memories. This, in turn, constitutes an important basis of community knowledge. Evelyn Hu-DeHart reflects on this process with the example ofBarcelona, where she currently teaches about new Chinese immigrants. Her research examines the distant history of Chinese in the Spanish Empire, first in Manila in the 16th century, then in...   More >


RSVP by April 19 online, or by calling Heike Friedman at 510-643-4558, or by emailing Heike Friedman at heike@berkeley.edu.



Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?


$13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Buy tickets online.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?


$13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Buy tickets online.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?


$13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Buy tickets online, or or by emailing tdpsboxoffice@berkeley.edu.



Monday, April 23, 2018

Whither the French Revolution?

Lecture | April 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall


Pierre Serna, Carla Hesse, Susan Maslan, Department of History

Department of History


A talk by Pierre Serna (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) with comments by Carla Hesse (History, Berkeley)
& Susan Maslan (French, Berkeley). Part I of a series of two talks. Part II: "French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution"
a conversation between Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins (History, Berkeley) & David Bates (Rhetoric, Berkeley).


All Audiences

All Audiences

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Political Ecology in China and Laos

Seminar | April 24 | 9-9:30 a.m. | Barrows Hall, Radio broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM


Juliet Lu, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Erik Sathe, Department of Integrative Biology

KALX 90.7 FM


Juliet is a political ecologist studying the power dynamics involved with the rubber production industry in China and in Laos. In the interview, Juliet explains how political ecology is useful as a lens to explore the interplay of government policy, industry, and conservation.


All Audiences

All Audiences



Naomi Hossain | From Malthusia to the Aid Lab: A short history of Bangladesh’s surprising success

Lecture | April 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Naomi Hossain, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


A talk by political sociologist, Naomi Hossain.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Maya Joshi | Volga to Ganga, Buddha to Marx: The Many Voyages of Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan

Lecture | April 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 341 (Dept. of SSEAS Library) | Note change in time


Maya Joshi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies at Berkeley


A talk by Maya Joshi, Associate Professor of English specializing in Cultural & Intellectual History at LSR, University of Delhi.



ERG Colloquium: Riley Duren: Measuring and Mitigating California’s Methane Emissions

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall


Riley Duren, Chief Systems Engineer & Engineering Fellow, Earth Science Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at NASA

Energy and Resources Group


I will present progress, challenges and opportunities for measuring and mitigating methane emissions in California including case studies at the intersection of natural science, engineering, big data, public policy and private enterprise. I will also discuss the future prospects for applying these capabilities globally.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

French Animals from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Panel Discussion | April 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 4229 Dwinelle Hall


Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins, David Bates, Department of History

Department of History


A conversation between Pierre Serna, Peter Sahlins (History, Berkeley) & David Bates (Rhetoric, Berkeley). Part II of a series of two talks. Part I (April 23): "Whither the French Revolution?". A talk by Pierre Serna (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) with comments by Carla Hesse (History, Berkeley).
& Susan Maslan (French, Berkeley).


All Audiences

All Audiences



William E. B. Sherman | A Practice of Revelation: Apocalypse, Vernacular, and Identity along the Afghan Frontier

Lecture | April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)


William E. B. Sherman, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan


A lecture by the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2017.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia

Conference/Symposium | April 27 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto


The aim of this conference, jointly organized by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, is to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia. Keynote speaker: Anis Hidayah, Migrant Care (Indonesia)


This event is free and open to the public.



South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future: A Conversation between the Dhaka Art Summit founders, Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani and New York-based Artist, Chitra Ganesh

Panel Discussion | April 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The Berkeley City Club, The West Courtyard & the Drawing Room


2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

Nadia Samdani, Co Founder and President, The Samdani Art Foundation; Rajeeb Samdani, Co Founder and Trustee, The Samdani Art Foundation; Chitra Ganesh, Visual Artist

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of Art Practice, South Asia Art Initiative


Inaugurating the South Asia Art Initiative, the Institute's new initiative focused on art and visual culture in South Asia. With Rajeeb Samdani and Nadia Samdani (co-founders of the Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit) and New York-based artist, Chitra Ganesh, discussing the past and future of South Asian art and the critical work that platforms such as the Dhaka Art Summit perform.



Conference Keynote: Challenges of Migrant Workers Protection in ASEAN

Lecture | April 27 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Anis Hidayah, Founder, Migrant Care (Indonesia)

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto


Anis Hidayah founded Migrant Care, a non-profit organization for Indonesians working abroad, in 2004, with an advocacy emphasis on policy change at the national and regional level and on redressing human rights abuses of overseas workers. She is presenting the keynote speech for the CSEAS conference "Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia".



Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?


$13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Buy tickets online.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia - Morning Panel

Conference/Symposium | April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto


On the second day of this conference, a panel session will be held in the morning in 180 Doe Library. The final plenary sessions with invited senior scholars will be held in the afternoon in the Townsend Center for the Humanities.


This event is free and open to the public.



Rethinking Gender, Identity, and Popular Culture in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka: A Faculty Research Conference

Lecture | April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Bokhtiar Ahmed, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi; Fhamida Yasmin, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Dhaka; Seuty Sabur, Associate Professor of Anthropology, BRAC University; Kajalie Shehreen Islam, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka; Janaki Jayawardena, Lecturer of History, University of Colombo; Khadija Mitu, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Chittagong; Mahruba Mowtushi, Associate Professor of English, ULAB; Fahmida Akhter, Associate Professor of Drama and Dramatics, Jahangirnagar University; Harisur Rahman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sociology, North South University

Golam Mathbor, Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA; Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Jason Cons, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin; Raka Ray, Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley; Angana Chatterji, Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights Project and Visiting Research Anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley; Jeanne Marecek, Professor Emerita of Psychology, Swarthmore College; Frank Korom, Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Boston University; Sufia Uddin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College; Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley in partnership with the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), is delighted to welcome nine faculty members from top universities in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to be in...   More >



Migrations and New Mobilities in Southeast Asia - Plenary Sessions

Conference/Symposium | April 28 | 1-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220, Townsend Center for the Humanities


Nicole Constable, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Rebecca Elmhirst, Reader in Human Geography, University of Brighton; Michele Ford, Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Sydney; Johan Lindquist, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University; Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics, Keele University; Brenda Yeoh, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore; Aihwa Ong, Robert H. Lowie Distinguished Chair in Anthropology, UC Berkeley; Christine Padoch, Senior Curator Emerita, Institute of Economic Botany, New York Botanical Garden

Rachel Silvey, Professor of Geography; Richard Charles Lee Director, Asian Institute, University of Toronto; Nancy Lee Peluso, Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professor of Forest Policy, UC Berkeley

Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA, Asian Institute, University of Toronto


The final plenary sessions of this conference - which aims to look anew at issues concerning migration and Southeast Asia - will be held from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Humanities.


This event is free and open to the public.



Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?


$13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Buy tickets online.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Theater - "The Dream of Kitamura": Written and Directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

Performing Arts - Theater | April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse


Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies


Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, THE DREAM OF KITAMURA tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards—but are they who they appear to be?


$13 Online in Advance - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $15 At the Door - Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors, $18 Online in Advance - General Admission, $20 At the Door - General Admission

Buy tickets online, or or by emailing tdpsboxoffice@berkeley.edu.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Stephanie Schrader | Rembrandt and the Mughals

Lecture | April 30 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in time


Stephanie Schrader, Curator, Department of Drawings, J. Paul Getty Museum

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, Department of History of Art, UC Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art Stoddard Lecture Series, South Asia Art Initiative


A talk by Dr. Stephanie Schrader, curator at the Department of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, on her exhibition on Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India at the Getty Center, LA.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Young Scholars Research Symposium: A celebration of student excellence

Conference/Symposium | May 1 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Rebecca Dharmapalan, Senior: Sociology (major) and Human Rights (minor)

Adora Svitak, Senior: Development Studies (major) and South Asian Studies (minor)

Prathyush Parasuraman, Senior: South Asian Studies (major) and Economics (major)

Raveena Samra, Senior: Anthropology (major) and Creative Writing (minor)

Institute for South Asia Studies, Office of Undergraduate Research


UC Berkeley student scholarship on cultural, political, and religious norms in South Asia.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SERC Gala

Special Event | May 2 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom


Student Environmental Resource Center


Join us for the 5th annual SERC Gala!


$5-30

Buy tickets online.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anne Monius | Rāma and Sītā in a Śaiva Literary Key?: Rethinking the Literary and Religious Orientation of Kampaṉ’s Irāmāvatāram

Lecture | May 3 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)


Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School

Robert Goldman, William and Catherine Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit at the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies


A talk by Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions at Harvard Divinity School.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons

Conference/Symposium | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library


Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisabeth de Bièvre, Professor of Art History (Emeritus), University of East Anglia; Natasha Eaton, Reader in the History of Art, University College London; Anthony Grudin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Vermont; Meredith Hoy, Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Universität Heidelberg; Gregory Levine, Professor of Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, University of California, Berkeley; Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Riad Kherdeen, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Art History, UC Berkeley; Ramón De Santiago, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Art History, UC Berkeley; Shivani Sud, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Art History, UC Berkeley

Whitney Davis, Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Institute of International Studies, University of California Humanities Research Institute;


A conference on the interconnected ecologies of planetary systems and art and architecture practices across a longue durée.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Eco Art History: Genealogies, Methodologies, Practices, Horizons

Conference/Symposium | May 4 – 5, 2018 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library


Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisabeth de Bièvre, Professor of Art History (Emeritus), University of East Anglia; Natasha Eaton, Reader in the History of Art, University College London; Anthony Grudin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Vermont; Meredith Hoy, Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University; Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History, Universität Heidelberg; Gregory Levine, Professor of Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures, University of California, Berkeley; Ivonne del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Riad Kherdeen, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Art History, UC Berkeley; Ramón De Santiago, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Art History, UC Berkeley; Shivani Sud, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Art History, UC Berkeley

Whitney Davis, Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley

Sugata Ray, Assistant Professor of South Asian Art, University of California, Berkeley

Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of History of Art, Institute of International Studies, University of California Humanities Research Institute;


A conference on the interconnected ecologies of planetary systems and art and architecture practices across a longue durée.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

OLLI @Berkeley Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award: Honoring Darren Zook

Presentation | May 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse


2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Mark Gomez

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


Darren Zook will be this year's recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Excellence in Teaching and Learning award, given annually to a UC Berkeley faculty member who teaches at OLLI and who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engaged learning, both in the classroom and in the world outside the university.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Inequalities and Inclusion: BIMI and IRLE Lightning Talks

Conference/Symposium | May 11 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)


Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative


The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) are excited to announce the BIMI - IRLE Graduate Lightning Talks Symposium: “Inequalities and Inclusion." This event will provide a platform for graduate students to present their research and practice their conference presentations before the start of the conference season,...   More >

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas

Panel Discussion | May 15 | 4-6 p.m. |  Women's Faculty Club


Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Law of the Sea Institute, UC Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies


At this forum, the research results of the Berkeley-Cambridge workshop on “Maritime Asia: Securitization of the China Seas” will be reviewed and discussed in terms of relevance and use of history in contemporary international relations problems today. Anchored in the disciplines of historical and international studies...   More >

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Shadow Puppet Faces!: A Family Shadow Puppetry Workshop

Workshop | June 2 | 1-2 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall


Daniel Barash

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of THE SHADOW PUPPET WORKSHOP. In conjunction with current exhibition Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, Daniel will first introduce workshop participants to the art of shadow puppetry, including numerous puppets from Southeast Asia. Then participants will have the opportunity to make unique shadow puppets that bring...   More >

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018

Conference/Symposium | June 5 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


 Houghton Street, London UK WC2A 2AE

The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies


The first-ever LSE-UC Berkeley Bangladesh Summit 2018.


Tickets will be available from 2 May. Registration opens May 2.