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Friday, November 22, 2019

TDPS presents The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

Performing Arts - Theater | November 15 – 24, 2019 every day with exceptions |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Christine Nicholson

 Bertolt Brecht

 Alistair Beaton

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This captivating and comedic play within a play tells the corresponding stories of a post-war land dispute in the Caucasus Mountains and a young servant who risks her life to raise an abandoned child.


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BERC's 2019 Resource Symposium: Resilient Cities: sponsored by ERA

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, Spieker Forum (6th floor)

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Each year BERC hosts our flagship fall event, Resource Symposium, a half-day event that brings together professionals, policymakers, and academics on critical resource-related topics. This year we are thrilled to announce the Fall 2019 theme of Resilient Cities which will explore challenges and solutions related to resource security, water scarcity, disaster resilience, and the built environment.

Fierce Self-Compassion

Workshop | November 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Kristin Neff, University of Texas

 The Greater Good Science Center

Since the publication of Kristin Neff's groundbreaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. But that has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way. We comfort and soothe ourselves when in pain, just as we might for a...   More >

 Not appropriate for children under 16

$179 In-person registration with CE hours, $159 In-person without CE hours, $155 Webcast with CE hours, $135 Webcast without CE hours

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Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

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.

Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC): Brainstorm and Bagels

Workshop | November 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Brainstorm & Bagels Workshop is an opportunity for underrepresented students of color in social science and humanities to meet with experienced undergraduate & graduate researchers who can assist in the development of a research project.

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/uroc-bagels

Toward a Vision of Equity in College Access: Re-evaluating College Admissions

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Booth Auditorium (#175 Boalt Hall)

 Graduate School of Education, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

College admissions policies are receiving renewed attention amid numerous developments in California and nationally: A UC faculty task force is examining the role of tests in UC admissions; both CSU and UC are considering changes to course requirements; California policymakers are considering a bill to expand the use of college admissions tests for the purpose of high school accountability;...   More >

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Design Conversations: Aza Raskin

Lecture | November 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This fall, we continue our series For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging launched in Spring 2019. Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. Aza Raskin is a cofounder of the Center for Humane Technology, which is leading the charge in reversing the digital attention crisis and realigning technology with humanity’s best interests.

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Labor in the Boardroom"

Seminar | November 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Simon Jäger, MIT

 Center for Labor Economics

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Preparatory Program Online Information Session

Information Session | November 22 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Richard Louie, UC Berkeley Extension program director

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how this specialized program—with online and classroom courses available—can enhance your background in the biological or chemical sciences and help prepare you academically for application to certified CLS training programs.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Structured Light-Matter Interactions in Engineered Photonic Media

Seminar | November 22 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Natalia M. Litchinitser, Professor, Duke University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We will discuss fundamental optical phenomena at the interface of singular and nonlinear optics in engineered optical media and show that the unique optical properties of optical nanostructures open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself.

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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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

Moscow Conceptualism: New Translations from the Russian

Conference/Symposium | November 22 | 1:30-6:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Theater and Performance Studies (Stanford), Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Stanford)

A spate of new translations is bringing the writers and artists of Moscow Conceptualism to an English-language readership for the first time. Even as they drew on currents in western art, the Moscow Conceptualists (1970s-1980s) were distinguished by a singular focus on the Soviet experience, from the legacies of the avant-garde to the official culture of the Era of Stagnation. Serving as an...   More >

A Better Future for Fossil Hydrocarbons and Carbon Nanomaterials: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Matteo Pasquali, Rice University, Chem / MSE / NanoEngineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Every year we extract over 4.2 GT of oil, 2.5 GT of natural gas, and 3.4 GT of coal to sustain our economies. That’s equivalent to 8.7 GT of carbon and 1.3 GT of Hydrogen. Almost all of these resources are burned to generate energy, causing over 30 GT of CO2 to enter the atmosphere which is unsustainable in view of climate change—the only significant exception is polymers, which fix 0.35 GT/yr of...   More >

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 >

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

Seminar | November 22 | 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

MENA Salon: Climate Change and Oil Production in the Arabian Peninsula

Workshop | November 22 | 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.

This week, Saudi Aramco, the most profitable company in the world, is expected to begin its initial public offering (IPO). Meanwhile, several reports from the last few years warn that parts of the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf could become uninhabitable as soon as...   More >

Two Reports: Deepfakes and Self-Driving Cars

Seminar | November 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Ankit Bansal & Mugdha Bhusary

 Information, School of

Two students present their final progress reports:

Protecting World Leaders Against Deepfakes
Ankit Bansal
The creation of sophisticated fake videos has been largely relegated to Hollywood studios or state actors. However, advances in deep learning have made it very easy to create sophisticated fake videos called deep fakes. These pose a significant threat to...   More >

ABC Africa

Film - Feature | November 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For his first film shot outside Iran, Kiarostami went to Uganda to document the reality of some 1.6 million orphans left by AIDS. But before you get out your handkerchiefs, hold on: the director of And Life Goes On finds life wherever he goes. The Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans has organized women widowed by AIDS into cells of mutual support and creative entrepreneurship. They are creating...   More >

String-Math Seminar: On new homological and homotopy-theoretic invariants of manifolds

Seminar | November 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall | Note change in time

 Du Pei, CalTech

 Department of Mathematics

I will give an overview of some new invariants of 3- and 4-manifolds that arise naturally in the study of compactifications of M-theory. I will discuss homological invariants of 3-manifolds and their "decategorifications" that take the form of q-series with integer coefficients, and, if time permits, homotopy-theoretic invariants of 4-manifolds that generalize the more familiar Donaldson and...   More >

Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation

Seminar | November 22 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Katherine Driggs-Campbell, University of Illinois

 Institute of Transportation Studies

University of Illinois' Katherine Driggs-Campbell will present Trustworthy Autonomy: Behavior Prediction and Validation at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Katherine Driggs-Campbell

FLACC 2019: Bridges and Bones/East

Performing Arts - Dance | November 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For its sixth annual edition, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (¡FLACC!) is crossing the Bay Bridge to partner with BAMPFA for the first time. Bridges & Bones/East features twelve Latinx dance artists bringing culturally nuanced, site-specific or politically charged movement installations to the architecture and community of the museum. Join them on a journey through...   More >

Luminescent complexes and their assemblies: from understanding to artificial virus

Seminar | November 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Luisa De Cola, Laboratory of Supramolecular Biomaterials and Chemistry, University of Strasbourg

 College of Chemistry

Luminescent molecules that can undergo self-assembly are of great interest for the development of new materials, sensors, biolabels…. The talk will illustrate some of the recent results on soft structures based on metal complexes able to aggregate in fibers, gels and soft mechanochromic materials [1]. The emission of the compounds can be tuned by an appropriate choice of the coordinated ligands...   More >

ABC Africa

Film - Feature | November 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For his first film shot outside Iran, Kiarostami went to Uganda to document the reality of some 1.6 million orphans left by AIDS. But before you get out your handkerchiefs, hold on: the director of And Life Goes On finds life wherever he goes. The Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans has organized women widowed by AIDS into cells of mutual support and creative entrepreneurship. They are creating...   More >

Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture: Adding numbers and shuffling cards

Lecture | November 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Persi Diaconis, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

When numbers are added in the usual way, 'carries' appear along the way. It turns out that the carries form a Markov chain with an 'amazing' transition matrix. Strangely, this same matrix appears in the analysis of the usual way of shuffling cards (the seven shuffles theorem). I will explain all this 'in English'.

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: The Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields

Seminar | November 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Rohan Joshi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In the 1940s, Weil proved an analogue of the Riemann hypothesis for curves over finite fields. This result became the basis for the celebrated Weil conjectures, which give a bound on the number of points of a smooth projective variety over a finite field. I will give an exposition of the Weil conjectures for curves and sketch a proof of the Riemann hypothesis for curves along the lines of Weil's...   More >

Temple Mount: Heritage and Conflict | Katharina Galor

Lecture | November 22 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This lecture surveys the historical and archaeological legacy of Jerusalem’s most contested site, the Jewish Temple Mount (Har HaBayit), known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary (Haram al-Sharif). In an effort to disentangle the historical facts from the religious and political agendas, Galor will examine key research initiatives and define how the recent conflict has impacted the preservation of...   More >

College of Chemistry annual LGBTQ+ reception

Social Event | November 22 | 5-7 p.m. | 775 Tan Hall

 College of Chemistry

For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer students, faculty, staff, alumni, and allies in science, technology, engineering and math.
Queer students outside of STEM are also welcome to attend.

Presented by the College of Chemistry with the goal of fostering the
well-being and self-respect of LGBTQ+ students and eliminating
discrimination based on gender identity and sexual...   More >

Vintage: Families of Value

Film - Documentary | November 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Thomas Allen Harris explores the intersections of race, family, and sexuality in this pioneering essay film, which focuses on three groups of queer black siblings (including the director and his brother) and the dynamics that have evolved between themselves, their families, and the worlds through which they travel. Jumping between multiple film stocks and video formats, interviews and monologues,...   More >

CineSpin: The Unholy Three

Film - Feature | November 22 | 9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for the 2019 edition of CineSpin, where local student musicians and DJs provide live musical accompaniment to great films. Justifiably one of the most celebrated collaborations between director Tod Browning and star Lon Chaney, The Unholy Three centers on a trio of sideshow performers—a ventriloquist, a strongman, and a dwarf—who, after an incident during a show,...   More >

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

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

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

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

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 >