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Friday, October 25, 2019

Reflections and Affirmations: Marlon Riggs and Others

Film - Series | October 25 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This program puts the work of Marlon Riggs in conversation with that of other artists reflecting on, affirming, and celebrating their identities. In Relatives by Julie Dash, Ishmael Huston-Jones recounts family history in a cinematic duet with his mother. Isaac Julien’s This Is Not an AIDS Advertisement counters clinical government PSAs about AIDS with an uncompromising defense of romance and...   More >

CalHack 6.0

Special Event | October 25 – 27, 2019 every day |  Memorial Stadium

 Data Sciences

As UC Berkeley’s hackathon organization, Cal Hacks hosts the world’s largest collegiate hackathon, runs a fellowship program to support entrepreneurial hackers, and brings first-time coders into the world of technology — just a few of our many initiatives and projects. Our mission is to empower others with technology to create solutions to better the world.


Film - Feature | October 25 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An apotheosis of modern design as both subject matter and technique, Playtime envisions a sixties Paris as sleek and strange as something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey (released the following year). This is the city as terrarium, a realm of glassy reflections where the distinction between interior and exterior is often not seen, only heard. (As always, Tati’s manipulation of sound is...   More >

RAPDP - Intermediate - New Awards

Workshop | October 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

Synopsis: An intermediate workshop that details the processes for setting up a newly finalized sponsored award, including interpreting a Notice of Award, and processing a BFS budget upload. Learning Objectives: • Interpret a Phoebe Award Summary and the related Terms & Conditions • Summarize the information a PI needs to know about a new fund • List the steps in setting up a fund for use •...   More >

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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.

Sound Waves: Resonances of Virginia Woolf

Colloquium | October 25 | 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 France-Berkeley Fund

Friday October 25th, 9:15am-5:00pm and Saturday October 26th, 10:00am-1:30pm
Location: Friday in 3401 Dwinelle Hall and Saturday in 300 Wheeler Hall

Colloquium sponsored by the France Berkeley Fund. Featured speakers include Marie Laniel (Université de Picardie – Jules Verne), Namwali Serpell (University of California, Berkeley), Claire Davison (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Anne...   More >

Maneuvering in a World of Great Powers

Conference/Symposium | October 25 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

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

In a globalized international political economy, with increasing competition between the US, China and other large powers, medium and small powers must maneuver carefully.

This workshop will specifically focus on the security and economic dimensions of strategic competition including industrial policy, strategic trade, and the financial system.


Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

Quantum Many-Body Seminar: Classical and quantum walks: analogies and differences and a bouquet of surprises.

Seminar | October 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Alberto Grunbaum, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an ab-initio description of "Quantum walks" comparing them to classical walks. Both similarities and differences will be stressed.

Aborting America: Eschatology and the National Debt in Tea Party Republicanism: Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | October 25 | 12-2 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus

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

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

This event requires registration. Readings will be emailed two weeks prior to the event. Register online by October 22.

Beginning with the rise of the Tea Party and extending into the Trump era, far-right Republicans have forced a series of debt-ceiling crises and government shutdowns over the alleged federal funding of abortion and birth control. Although perplexing from the point of...   More >

Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar: Aborting America: Eschatology and the National Debt in Tea Party Republicanism

Seminar | October 25 | 12-2 p.m. | 650 Barrows Hall

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

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

This seminar will look at the first arguments linking the national debt, deficit spending and abortion in the 1970s and concurrent efforts to undo federal funding of abortion and birth control for low-income women.

 Readings will be emailed two weeks prior to event. Registration opens September 17. Register online by October 22.

CDB Seminar: Characterization of steroid hormone importers involved in insect development

Seminar | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Naoki Yamanaka, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Achieving California's water security given growing demands, diminishing snow, and increasing wildfire

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Roger Bales, Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Biocultural Diversity in the Central Valley

Lecture | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

While many people may think of California’s Central Valley as mostly monocultures of almonds and tomatoes, the landscape is also dotted with small-scale diversified farms. On these farms, you can find 50-100 different types of crops –– from jujube to jicama, from papaya to moringa, from water spinach to taro, and many more.

Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

  Register online

Berkeley Master of Engineering Info Session

Information Session | October 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 203 McLaughlin Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Learn more about our interdisciplinary UC Berkeley Master of Engineering (MEng) program. Admissions/student services staff and current students will answer your questions and discuss our innovative leadership curriculum, Capstone projects, technical concentrations, dedicated career services, and admissions criteria.

Please sign up to attend the Berkeley MEng information session on Friday,...   More >

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Managing and Maximizing Your Scholarly Impact

Workshop | October 25 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Rachael Samberg; Timothy Vollmer


This workshop will provide you with practical strategies and tips for promoting your scholarship, increasing your citations, and monitoring your success. You’ll also learn how to understand metrics, use scholarly networking tools, evaluate journals and publishing options, and take advantage of funding opportunities for Open Access scholarship.

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Dr. Howard Kipen: Problems with fixing your indoor air quality - Is CO2 more than a greenhouse gas?

Seminar | October 25 | 1-2 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Howard Kipen, MD, MPH, Rutgers School of Public Health

 Environmental Health Sciences Division, Center for Occupational & Environmental Health

Dr. Howard Kipen will summarize health effects attributed to indoor air pollution and how indoor doses of some regulated outdoor pollutants (particularly PM) may exceed outdoor doses. The talk will then consider efficacy and effectiveness of indoor interventions to lower pollutant levels in the developed world. Finally, because elevated levels of indoor carbon dioxide are often a problem...   More >

Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club: Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Miscellaneous | October 25 – December 6, 2019 every Friday | 1-2 p.m. | 110 César E. Chávez Student Center

 SLC Language Exchange Program

Join us for the Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club! This semester, as we join the campus in commemorating 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, we will be reading Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo.”

Written in 1931 and published just last year, Barracoon chronicles Hurston’s conversations with Cudjo Kossula Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave...   More >

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Bartolomeo Stellato — The Voice of Optimization

Seminar | October 25 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 1174 Etcheverry Hall

 Bartolomeo Stellato, MIT Sloan School of Management, Operations Research Center

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: We present a machine learning approach to predict the strategy behind the optimal solution of continuous and mixed-integer convex optimization problems. Using interpretable algorithms such as optimal classification trees we gain insights on the relationship between the problem data and the optimal solution. In this way, optimization is no longer a black-box and practitioners can...   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

Big C Hike

Social Event | October 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. |  International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Want to learn what Stanford did to the Big C in 1961? Join Berkeley International Office (BIO) advisors on this exhilarating hike to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay! Bring a camera to capture the moment and don't forget to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. It might be a little dirty. The hike and back takes 1-1.5 hours. Meet at I-House front entrance on the steps....   More >

Ground Penetrating Radar for Archaeology

Workshop | October 25 | 2-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Scott Byram, Research Associate, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

At 1pm the workshop will begin at the UC Faculty Club lawn where subsurface features are being mapped.

 Registration Info: This workshop is open UC affiliated researchers, students, faculty, and staff.

  Register online

GSSI 400mhz antenna

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 >

Novel Nanotechnology Solutions to Oncology Challenges: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 25 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Wenbin Lin, Univ. of Chicago, Chemistry and Radiation & Cellular Oncology

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Liposomal nanoparticles have made important contributions to cancer therapy over the two past decades, but their limited tunability and stability hinder further progress in addressing unmet oncology needs. By harnessing the power of synthetic chemistry and nanotechnology, the Lin group has developed several novel classes of molecular nanomaterials, including nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs)...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Constructing the Airy Sheet Using Brownian Last Passage Percolation

Seminar | October 25 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Milind Hegde, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent construction of the Airy sheet by Dauvergne, Ortmann, and Virag. In the first talk we will prove the novel extension of the RSK correspondence at the center of their approach, which relates last passage values in a Brownian environment to last passage values in the environment of the Airy line ensemble. Reference: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1812.00309.pdf

Roaming in the outskirts of the chemical engineering camp to find sustainable paths

Seminar | October 25 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Magdalena Svanström, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

 College of Chemistry

In this talk, Professor Magdalena Svanström will share some insight from her work on using environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and sustainability assessments to guide technology development. Over the years, many of her research activities have been focusing on wastewater and sludge management or biobased production.

MENA Salon: The Tunisian Elections

Workshop | October 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

On 13 October, Tunisians voted in a runoff in the second presidential elections since nationwide protests forced Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down after his twenty-four-year rule. The two frontrunners, legal scholar Kais Saied and businessman Nabil Karoui, were both...   More >

Thinking about Composition: Creative Work, Scholarship, and the Art of Putting Things Together

Lecture | October 25 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Music

The second of a series of conversations focusing on the "how" of composition by bringing together a group of master practitioners working across a wide range of forms and media.

Painting by Kara Maria

Composition Colloquium: Nicole Mitchell and Josh Kun

Colloquium | October 25 | 3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Department of Music

The practice of composition is common to most creative and scholarly undertakings. Composition is where artistic or intellectual inspiration runs up against the everyday struggle of making. It comes from the Latin for "putting things together” — com-ponere. It involves questions of unity and linkage, of transition, of beginning, of ending. Many artists struggle (some famously) with the practice....   More >

Intimate and Accountable Reconfigurations of Social Platforms

Seminar | October 25 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Niloufar Salehi

 Information, School of

How might online spaces be reconfigured against harassment and abuse?

Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances

Seminar | October 25 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ruzena Bajcsy, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley's Ruzena Bajcsy will present Modeling Human Distraction in the Car Due to Acoustic Annoyances at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Ruzena Bajcsy

Managing Protons and Electrons in Small Molecule Activation

Seminar | October 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Abhishek Dey, School of Chemical Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

 College of Chemistry

Small molecule activation often requires both protons and electrons. This includes chemical transformations key to sustainable energy and environment e.g. reduction of H+, O2, CO2 and N2. Similarly, mono-oxygenation of organic molecules using molecular oxygen, a process often described as the Holy grail of chemistry, requires protons and electrons. Erstwhile mechanistic investigations on...   More >

Hands On Artists' Books: Recent Acquisitions

Reception | October 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library


Artists’ books are simply books made by artists. Whether tactile or conceptual, they range in thematic content including the political, the sentimental, the instructive, or the purely beautiful. Our Hands On Artists’ Book events allow you to handle books from our rare book vault. Our next event will feature recent acquisitions for you to touch, turn pages, and experience. Wine and light...   More >

Julie Chen's True to Life

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Bertini Theorems over Finite Fields

Seminar | October 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Anya Michaelsen, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Bertini Theorems prove smoothness of the intersection of smooth varieties with generic hyperplanes when working in projective space over infinite fields. However, over a finite field, even the existence of such a hyperplane can fail. Using hypersurfaces instead of hyperplanes, we will state a modified Bertini Theorem for finite fields due to Poonen. We then give a brief intuition for the...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: AMS Preview III

Colloquium | October 25 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

James Davies (UC Berkeley)
"White Genius, ca. 1817”

Mary Ann Smart (UC Berkeley)
“Leiris at the Opera: Memory, Mishearing, and Materiality in Mid-Century France”

Celebrating the Nature of California

Special Event | October 25 | 5-8:30 p.m. |  Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District; Todd Dawson, Professor, Integrative Biology


Join us for a vibrant celebration of the nature of California to kick off the 2019 Bay Area Science Festival. Discover how the University of California Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California. Meet scientists working at the UC Natural Reserves, including partnership reserves located in the...   More >

Celebrating the Nature of California

Pumpkin Carving Night iMix

Social Event | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), College of Environmental Design

The Halloween season is finally here! Join us for a night of creative fun and friendly competition!

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Landscape Analysis

Workshop | October 25 | 6 p.m. | B100 Blum Hall

 The Big Ideas Contest

Big Ideas advisors will walk you through every element that is required in your 3-page pre-proposal application and any answer questions. The workshop will highlight the Landscape Analysis section of the pre-proposal, which is often cited as an area for improvement by Big Ideas judges.

Atif Mian | What to do about Pakistan’s Economy?: The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture for 2019

Lecture | October 25 | 6-8 p.m. | The Bancroft Hotel, The Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Atif R. Mian, Professor, Economics, Public Policy and Finance (Princeton University) and Co-Founder & Board Member, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP)

 Munis D. Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Umair Khan, Founding Partner, Mentors Fund

 Dr. Christopher Taylor, Vice President Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Habib University

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture, Institute of International Studies

Princeton economist, Prof. Atif Mian delivers our seventh Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

Yasiin Bey, Erykah Badu: with guests: Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick, Souls of Mischief, DJ Big Von

Performing Arts - Music | October 25 | 6 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Black on Both Sides 20th Anniversary Concert.
YASIIN BEY and ERYKAH BADU with guests: Busta Rhymes, Slick Rick, Souls of Mischief, DJ Big Von

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The Future of California’s Nature: Conservation leaders in conversation

Panel Discussion | October 25 | 7-8:15 p.m. | 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 David Ackerly, Dean, College of Natural Resources

 Peggy Fiedler, Executive Director, UC Natural Reserve System; Ana M. Alvarez, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District


In today’s world of rapidly warming temperatures and rising seas, California’s land stewards are working hard to protect the state’s renowned biodiversity, unique ecosystems, and natural landscapes. Three leading Bay Area scientists discuss their hopes for how science-based land stewardship can ensure a vibrant California for the decades ahead.

Celebrating the Nature of California

University Wind Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | October 25 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall | Note change in date

 Department of Music

Matthew Sadowski, Director

$16 General Admission, $12 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, $5 UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

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 >

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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 >