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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pub Science: Are Bilinguals Smarter?

Lecture | October 24 |  Little Hill Lounge

 10753 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

 Eve Higby

 CLEAR Project

Come to a pub to learn about the wonders of the bilingual brain!

BPM 207 Leading Change

Workshop | October 24 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | #24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content provides knowledge and skills to create accountability, manage competing priorities, and enhance team communication and productivity.

  Register online

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

Conference/Symposium | October 24 – 25, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 College of Natural Resources

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary...   More >

  RSVP online by October 20.

Fall Bird Walk with Chris Carmichael

Tour/Open House | October 24 | 9:30-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Fall migrants are arriving in the garden! Come see our first winter sparrows, and search for other newcomers such as warblers and thrushes.

$20, $18 members

  Register online

Great Power Competition in the 21st Century: Linking Economics and Security

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC), UC Labs Fund

Great power competition is once again a critical component of the international system, with far reaching implications for the stability of the existing political and economic order. However, power is not always won by confrontation, but through tactical, indirect rivalry across issue areas. Strategic competition between the United States, China, India, and other rising powers spans industries...   More >

EHS 403 RUA On-Boarding

Course | October 24 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 370 University Hall


 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

Applied Math Seminar: Quantum discrete optimization and approximation algorithms

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ojas Parekh, Sandia National Lab

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will motivate quantum approaches to discrete optimization by highlighting fundamental connections between quantum physics and discrete optimization. I will explain popular quantum discrete optimization techniques such as the Quantum Adiabatic Algorithm and the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA). I will present results on quantum approximation algorithms,...   More >

Additive BioFabrication – 3D Printing for Pharmaceutical Applications and Regenerative Medicine

Seminar | October 24 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Professor Felicity Rose & Professor Ricky Wildman, University of Nottingham, UK

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The industrial uptake of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing processes is growing rapidly but is being hampered by the lack of breadth of materials usable in such systems. Identifying, and then optimisating formulations for 3D printing is time consuming, and generally involves many tedious steps each of which require lengthy analysis. We have developed a methodology that compresses...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: Topic TBA

Seminar | October 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C210 Haas School of Business

 Samson Cao, Harvard University

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

3-Manifold Seminar: The Gordon-Luecke Theorem

Seminar | October 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Alois Cerbu, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Cameron Gordon and John Luecke proved that knots are determined by their complements, in the following sense: for smooth knots $K$ and $K' \subset S^3$ whose complements are homeomorphic, there exists a self-homeomorphism of $S^3$ taking $K$ to $K'$. In fact, if this homeomorphism is orientation-preserving, then $K$ and $K'$ will be isotopic. We will examine the proof from their 1989 paper.

Yanni Loukissas: All Data Are Local

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Yanni Loukissas

 Arts + Design

Yanni Loukissas, author

Yanni Loukissas delivers a talk drawing on his new monograph from MIT Press, All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society, which is addressed to a growing audience of practitioners who want to work with unfamiliar data both effectively and ethically. Loukissas is an assistant professor of digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and...   More >

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Suresh Naidu, Professor, Columbia

 Department of Economics

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis, named after our esteemed colleague who founded the seminar, features current research by faculty, from UCB and elsewhere, and by advanced doctoral students. The research investigates governance and its links with economic and political forces. Markets, hierarchies, hybrids, and the supporting institutions of law and politics all come...   More >

Free Integral Taiji and Qigong Class

Miscellaneous | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Elizabeth McAnally, PhD

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

You are invited to participate in a free Integral Taiji & Qigong class at Berkeley Way West. Our class will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong. We will practice standing meditation, walking meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit, Tai Chi Ruler, the Eight Treasures, cleansing the internal organs, embodying the elements, tai chi...   More >

Mindful Awareness: Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | August 29 – November 21, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students.

In-house Meta-Analysis Workshop

Workshop | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Room 10

 Dr. Renate Soellner

 Social Welfare, School of

Are you considering a meta-analysis for your qualifying paper? Or as part of a publishable systematic review? What does it entail? Please save the date for a brief meta-analysis workshop by Visiting Scholar Dr. Renate Soellner on 10/24 from 12:10-1:30. No prior experience necessary.

Matrix On Point: Brexit

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for British Studies, Department of Political Science; Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director, Institute of European Studies; Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Chair, UC Berkeley Department of English

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 24 as three distinguished scholars—Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies, Akasemi Newsome, Associate Director of the Institute of European Studies, and Ian Duncan, Florence Green Bixby Chair in the English Department—will discuss key questions related to Brexit.

  RSVP online by October 22.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

Information Session | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain academic preparation in the sciences along with one-on-one advising to enhance your application to medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as to advanced degree programs in medical- and health-related fields.

  Register online

Back Talk: Less Stress on Your Back (BEUHS404)

Workshop | October 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Mallory Lynch, Campus Ergonomist, Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Learn new ways of performing daily activities with less stress to your back. Practice some useful stretching and strengthening exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.

  Register online

Stebbins Piano Series: Pianist Billy Fang

Performing Arts - Music | October 24 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Stebbins Lounge

 Women's Faculty Club

Pianist Billy Fang - Works by J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich and F. Chopin

  RSVP by calling Front Desk at 510-642-4175, or by emailing Front Desk at womensfacultyclub@gmail.com by October 23.

Roman Decline and American Carnage: Considering Decline and Renewal in the Age of Trump

Lecture | October 24 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Edward Watts, Professor, Department of History, UC San Diego

 Department of History

The twinned notions of Roman decline and renewal are one of the few features of Roman life that link the Republic of Cato the Elder, the empire of Trajan Decius, the regime of Justinian, and the Frankish court of Charlemagne. This continuity is particularly striking because the causes of Roman decline, the ways in which it is measured, and even the very concept of Rome all shift as decline and...   More >

FULL: Intoxicating Plants Tour

Tour/Open House | October 24 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a leisurely stroll through the Garden to learn about the plants people have used to heal pain, cause pain, bring about pleasure, celebrate the sacred, and symbolize faith. Cultures from around the world will be represented.

Free with Garden admission, no pre-registration required.

Free with Garden Admission; space is limited, registration required

  Register online

GRE Info Session

Information Session | October 24 | 1-2 p.m. | 260 Mulford Hall

 Anna Hoehenrieder

 College of Natural Resources

Thinking about going to Graduate School in the next few years? The GRE (Graduate Records Exam) is required by thousands of schools for Masters & PhD programs, and the scores are good for 5 years after you take the exam. Summer is one of the most popular times to study for the test, so come to this presentation to learn how to maximize your score!

Our presenter scored in over the 90th...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: “Directors’ Talent and Firm Productivity”

Seminar | October 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Audinga Baltrunaite, Bank of Italy

 Center for Labor Economics

(co-authored with Sauro Mocetti and Giulia Bovini)

War in Raqqa: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Special Event | October 22 – December 20, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 2-5 p.m. |  2224 Piedmont (Center for Digital Archaeology )

 Human Rights Center

Experience photographs, videos, open source investigations, and 360° Virtual Reality that document the assault on Raqqa, Syria by coalition forces in 2017. The show draws on Amnesty International's investigations, supported by students in UC Berkeley's Human Rights Investigations Lab and the Digital Verification Corps worldwide. Immerse yourself in video, testimonials, satellite imagery and maps...   More >

Women's Swimming & Diving vs. Washington State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Swimming & Diving | October 24 | 2 p.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Swimming & Diving hosts Washington State at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Brown Lecture in Education Research

Lecture | October 24 | 3-6 p.m. |  Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

 Prudence L. Carter, Dean, Graduate School of Education

 American Educational Research Association

Prudence L. Carter, dean and professor of the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, and national expert on inequality in education, will present the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) 2019 Brown Lecture in Education Research.

Carter’s research focuses on factors that shape and reduce economic, social, and cultural inequalities among social groups in schools and society....   More >

Insight Data Fellows information meeting

Information Session | October 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh, Insight

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The Insight Fellows Programs are tuition-free fellowships for graduating students looking to transition to thriving careers as data scientists, engineers, and other cutting-edge professionals.

  RSVP online

ESPM Seminar Series, Fall 2019: Laureano Gherardi

Seminar | October 24 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Laureano Gherardi

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Laureano Gherardi, Research Scientist in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, will present: "Precipitation variability and ecosystem functioning: experimentation, modeling, and data synthesis from local to global scales." Coffee will be available before the talk at 2:30PM in 139 Mulford; meet the speaker after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

Leading on the Edge of Change: Climate, Education and Politics in Alaska

Lecture | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Seaborg Room

 James Johnsen, President, University of Alaska

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The University of Alaska is the state's sole public system of higher education and a world leader in Arctic research. In response to unprecedented 41 percent state funding cut enacted by gubernatorial budget veto in 2019, the University mounted a major advocacy campaign, declared financial exigency, and began planning for organizational restructuring to include consolidation of the system's...   More >

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Capitalism and the Question of Genealogy

Lecture | October 24 | 4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, MATRIX/Room 820

 Melinda Cooper, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of History, Department of Geography, The Program in Critical Theory, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

The paper asks why periods of capitalist breakdown are so often experienced as crises of reproduction and why the imagined solutions to such crises so predictably involve a return to reproductive order, with its attendant hierarchies of gender and race.

CRG Thursday Forum Series: Carceral (im)mobilities: Architectures of the Migrant Camp, the Refugee Camp, and the Labor Camp

Panel Discussion | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Desiree Valadares; Laura Belik; Heba Al-Najada

 Center for Race and Gender

Berkeley architectural historians Desiree Valadares, Laura Belik, and Heba Al-Najaba offer papers on camps in Brazil, Syria, and Canada to explore how camp “architectures” have operated to shape, detain, and enable forms of movement.

  RSVP online

Material Systems Design with Reduced Order Methods and Mechanistic Machine Learning

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Wing Kam Liu, PhD, PE, Director of Global Center on Advanced Material Systems and Simulation; Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Northwestern University

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: As in all everyday applications, in engineering problems, the volume of data has increased substantially compared to even a decade ago but analyzing big data is expensive and time-consuming. Data-driven methods, which have been enabled in the past decade by the availability of sensors, data storage, and computational resources, are taking center stage across many disciplines of science,...   More >

Cultural Expertise on Southeast Asia and Asylum Expert Witnessing

Lecture | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 ChorSwang Ngin, Professor of Anthropology, CSU Los Angeles

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

What is "cultural expertise"? And what is Southeast Asian Studies useful for? This talk will review these questions illustrated with asylum cases from Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia, to advocate for the teaching and learning of Southeast Asian Studies within the framework of “Cultural Expertise in Litigation”— a current project Prof. Ngin is involved in at Oxford University.

ChorSwang Ngin

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Instrumental Variables Quantile Regression with Multivariate Endogenous Variable"

Seminar | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Guillaume Pouliot, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Global Internships Info Session

Information Session | October 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Garden Village- University Housing, 4th Floor Lounge

 2201 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA

 Berkeley Study Abroad

If you've ever wanted to intern abroad, now is your chance! Come to a Global Internships info session to learn more about the professional opportunities available in 13 global cities.

At the info sessions, we'll be answering your questions about where you can go, how the internship placements works, and the application deadline.

Hope to see you there!

New Volunteer Information Session

Information Session | October 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Perry Hall

 Botanical Garden

Join us for an information session about the volunteer programs at UCBG. Find out what opportunities are currently available, what the requirements are, and learn how to get started.

In addition to registering, please email the Volunteer & Tour Coordinator at perry[at]berkeley.edu.

  Register online or by calling 510-643-7265

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Quantum minimal surfaces

Colloquium | October 24 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Maxim Kontsevich, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

 Department of Mathematics

Quantum analog of a minimal surface in the Euclidean space $\mathbb R^n$ is a collection of almost-commuting self-adjoint operators $X_1,\dots ,X_n$ satisfying equations $$\forall i\qquad \sum _{j=1}^n [X_j,[X_j,X_i]]=0.\qquad \qquad \qquad $$

Remarkably, the same equations appear in Yang-Mills theory for translationally-invariant connections. This story is well-known in physics, but is barely...   More >

Career Center for Data Science

Conference/Symposium | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. |  N/A

 Career Center

Interested in pursuing a career in this exciting field, or just want to learn more about it? Join us for this casual, interactive event where you will meet Cal alumni and other professionals who work in the data science/analytics field. This is a rare chance to learn about data related professions from alumni who are working inside the industry every day, explore various career paths in this...   More >

Intro to Study Abroad and Choosing a Program

Information Session | October 24 | 5-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, MLK BNorth, Room 82D

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad, but don’t know where to start? Our Study Abroad 101 workshop is for you!

Come to learn about various study abroad opportunities and how to pick the right program for you.

Career Connections: Data Science

Social Event | October 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Room

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Seeking alumni and professionals working in data science, data analytics, or data engineering roles - regardless of educational background!

An Interactive Discussion on Ethics in EECS Corporate Recruiting

Information Session | October 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The EECS department will host a discussion on Engineering Ethics applied to Corporate Recruiting, specifically the department's CAP program. Faculty, staff, and students will present different perspectives on this issue, exemplifying a critical thinking approach to ethical action. We will then break up into small groups to discuss further, and report back.

Agamemnon’s Cluelessness: Reason and Eudaimonia

Lecture | October 24 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Josiah Ober, Mitsotakis Professor of Classics and Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Classics

The Sather Classical Lectures, part 6.

Seeing Shamanic Practices in Ancient Peruvian Pottery

Lecture | October 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Cathy Costin, California State University, Northridge

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Lounge Lecture series, hosted alongside the current exhibit Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances, provides an opportunity to explore contemporary subjects related to mind-altering substances with leading experts in their fields.

This October, join archaeologist Dr. Cathy Costin who in this lecture will make the argument that a large proportion of...   More >

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Free Outdoor Screening: Inequality for All

Film - Feature | October 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this still timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic policy expert and UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich takes on the enormous question of what has been happening to the American economy. He distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality—currently at historic highs—and explores what effects this increasing gap has not only on the economy but on our democracy...   More >

Billy Liar

Film - Feature | October 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The problem child of the British New Wave, Billy Liar has always had an attitude issue, preferring to daydream, mock, and tell lies while others raged and drank. No dreary realism for this study of an outsider imagining a better world outside his boring northern town; instead, director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) concentrates on fantasy and satiric lunacy, exchanging the era’s typical...   More >

Berkeley Symphony performs Olly Wilson's "Shango Memory"

Performing Arts - Music | October 24 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Department of Music

Olly Wilson (1937-2018) was a member of the University of California Department of Music faculty from 1970 until 2002

Shango Memory (1995), commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, will be performed in the opening concert of the Berkeley Symphony on Thursday, Oct. 24 @7p.m. in Zellerbach Hall. The work will be broadcast on KALW on November 4, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10 at the door and...   More >

TDPS Workshop Performance: PINWHEELS, A Musical Comedy

Performing Arts - Theater | October 23 – 24, 2019 every day | 7-9 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall, Room 170

 Josie O. Basford

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

PINWHEELS is a musical comedy about finding personal truth amid familial dysfunction: every family has an outcast, even a family of clowns.

 Free with Reservation. Make reservations online

Photo by RJ Dollen

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

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

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

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

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

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


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

Power to the People

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

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


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

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

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?

Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >