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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Plants Illustrated Exhibit 2020: Rare and Endangered Plants of the World

Special Event | January 17 – February 5, 2020 every day with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for the 11th annual Plants Illustrated exhibit of botanical art in the Garden’s lovely Julia Morgan Hall. This year, the members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists are presenting the theme of rare and endangered plants of the world featuring plants in the Garden's collection.

Deppea splendens 'Cristobal' Image by Jill Petersen

Learning in Neocortex-Cerebellum Circuits

Seminar | January 30 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 **Mark Wagner**, Stanford University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Student Union Open House: 5th Annual Open House

Special Event | January 30 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 Student Union

Enjoy free snacks, entertainment, and games! We’re welcoming the entire campus community to join us for our annual Open House, when the Student Union will be transformed into a stop-and-go BINGO game with grand prizes awarded to some lucky participants, like an e-scooter, a Giant Bike, an Fire Tablet, Nintendo Switch, Bose Soundlink and more! AND get a pair of our one-of-a-kind socks just for...   More >

 Only current UC Berkeley Students are eligible for Blue and Gold Prizes.

Calapalooza: The Student Organization Fair!

Special Event | January 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union

 LEAD Center

Over 250 Registered Student Organizations will be tabling in the Student Union. Come get info, get recruited, get involved! This is your big chance to find your community at Cal.

Social-Emotional Skills in the Digital Age

Lecture | January 30 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Inka-Kristiina Hanhivaara, Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto; Mervi Pänkäläinen, Founder and CEO of Mightifier, Mightifier

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

The OECD published the latest PISA results in December 2019 on students’ academic performance and well-being. Only two-thirds of students were satisfied with their lives, a share that shrank by five points from 2015 to 2018. Almost a quarter of students reported being bullied at least a few times a month and

Mervi Pänkäläinen

Oliver E. Williamson Seminar

Seminar | January 30 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 325 Cheit Hall

 Melanie Morton, Assistant Professor, Stanford

 Haas School of Business

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 >

We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race, Resegregation, and Public Arts

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

 Jeff Chang

 Arts + Design

Jeff Chang, Author, Vice President, Race Forward

Jeff Chang gives a talk related to his latest book, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. Published in 2016, it was named the Northern California Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the Washington Post declared it “the smartest book of the year.”
Jeff Chang is vice president for narrative, arts and culture at Race Forward. His books...   More >

Jeff Chang headshot

IB Seminar: Molecular and cellular dissection of social behavior circuits in mice

Seminar | January 30 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku, Harvard University

 Department of Integrative Biology

BPM 102 People Management in a Union Environment

Workshop | January 30 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Human Resources

This workshop is for UC Berkeley Staff. The content addresses how to manage represented employees within the constraints of the laws and the labor contracts.

SURF Summer Research Scholarships Info Session

Information Session | January 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Sean Burns, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

OURS Staff will discuss eligibility criteria for SURF programs, benefits of the fellowship and tips for a successful application

Seminar 251: NO SEMINAR

Seminar | January 30 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Haas Scholars Program Info Session: $13,800 to carry out a final project in *ANY* major

Information Session | January 30 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn about how to apply to this research program for your last year!

The Haas Scholars Program supports twenty undergraduates with financial need with their interest for conducting research during their final year at UC-Berkeley. Applicants are evaluated primarily on the merit and originality of their proposal for an independent research or creative project that will serve as the basis for a...   More >

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2020: Dr. Matteo Garbelotto (ESPM): “Around the world in 80 years: understanding plant pandemics through the study of Cypress Canker”.

Seminar | January 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Matteo Garbelotto

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

Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, CE Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management will present: “Around the world in 80 years: understanding plant pandemics through the study of Cypress Canker”. Coffee will be available before the talk at 3:00PM in 139 Mulford. Open to the public.

The Feminism of Alexandrina Cantacuzino and the Little Entente of Women: A Historical Puzzle

Lecture | January 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Maria Bucur, John W. Hill Professor of East European History, Professor of Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

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

Between 1923 and 1930, feminists in Eastern Europe sought to build a regional network of women activists through the Little Entente of Women (LEW). Initially presided over by the Romanian conservative nationalist Alexandrina Cantacuzino, the group encompassed socialists, peasantists, liberals, and many stripes of nationalism. This paper examines Cantacuzino’s motivations and choices as leader, as...   More >

Systems-Level Control of Structural Hierarchy

Seminar | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 348 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Professor Robert Macfarlane, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Structural hierarchy is a powerful design concept where specific geometric motifs are used to influence material structure across multiple size regimes. These complex levels of organization are typically achieved in the laboratory by manipulating the thermodynamics of chemical bonding between small-scale components to control how they build up into larger length scale patterns. Conversely,...   More >

What is Kim Jong Un’s Grand Strategy? Opportunities and Constraints in North Korea Today

Colloquium | January 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Chung Min Lee, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Defying earlier expectations, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has consolidated power since his father’s death in December 2011. While it was under Kim Jong Il that North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, it was Kim Jong Un that accelerated Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program including the first hydrogen bomb test in 2017. Having achieved this goal, Kim now wants to...   More >

How to Email a Professor to Get a Positive Response: Workshop

Workshop | January 30 | 4-5 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

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

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Do you need to email a professor you've never met before to ask for their help, but you don't know where to start? Have you ever written a long email to a professor, only to receive no response, or not the one you hoped? If so, this workshop is for you! We will discuss how to present yourself professionally over email to faculty and other professionals ...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: Two applications of topology to condensed matter physics

Colloquium | January 30 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Daniel S. Freed, University of Texas at Austin

 Department of Mathematics

In recent years there have been novel uses of topological ideas and methods to problems in condensed matter physics. For example, phases of matter are path components of a moduli space of quantum systems, and since the set of path components is homotopy invariant one can approach the classification of phases with "soft methods".

In joint work with Mike Hopkins we compute the homotopy type of...   More >

Chiasmus in Bodhisattva Literature: Two Examples and Theorizing a Meta-Structure

Colloquium | January 30 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew Orsborn, Visiting Associate Professor, National Taiwan University

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Tianzhu Global Network for the Study of Buddhist Cultures

The discovery of chiasmus or ring composition in Western religious and classical literature in the 20th century had a paradigm-changing effect upon our understanding of these texts. Recent application of this theory to two important Indian Buddhist texts, the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā and the Vessantara Jātaka, also indicates the presence of such...   More >

Seuss. 1960. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. New York: Beginner Books.

Reading: Anne Walsh

Reading - Literary | January 30 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Video and performance artist Anne Walsh introduces her new book Hello Leonora, Soy Anne Walsh, a visual and textual response to Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington’s novel The Hearing Trumpet. Having discovered in Carrington’s book a “thrilling, subversive example of old age,” Walsh chronicles her encounters with the nonagenarian artist and author through video, writing, and performance,...   More >

CANCELLED: Policies to Respond to the Next Influenza Pandemic: The 14th Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Lecture in Health Policy

Lecture | January 30 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll/Bechtel Room

 Tim Uyeki (MD, MPP, MPH), CDC

 Goldman School of Public Policy

This event has been cancelled due to the emerging coronavirus situation.

Men's Basketball vs. Oregon

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | January 30 | 6 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Oregon at Haas Pavilion.

Making Elderberry Syrup for the Winter

Workshop | January 30 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Winter is one of the coziest and challenging times for many of us. This season is a wonderful time to hunker down. It is important to take time to slowly prepare herbs and food. Come learn about the herbs that make elderberry syrup powerful. We will take a walk in the Garden to connect with the plants. You will go home with your very own herbal concoction. This class is such a sweet way to...   More >

$60 Adult , $50 Member Adult

  Register online or by calling 510-664-7606

CRISPR Genome Editing: Emerging Technologies and Applications

Lecture | January 30 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 505

 Geoffrey Sargent, Ph.D., CEO, Chair, GeneTether; Kevin Doxzen, Ph.D., Science Communications Specialist, Innovative Genomics Institute

 UC Berkeley Extension

Genome editing is adapting and evolving rapidly. Learn about the science behind the CRISPR technology and its real world applications.

About this Event

The impact of genome editing on technology, science and entrepreneurship is profound and promises to alter the way we address medical and agricultural problems.

At this event, designed for a general audience and anyone interested in...   More >

 FREE. Register online

DataVisor Tech Talk

Information Session | January 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As the world transforms to digital, every day activities are open to fraud attacks. In this talk, we will explain how DataVisor is able to pioneer Unsupervised Machine Learning and Big Data computational techniques at scale to save companies millions a year and keep their communities safe. With its patented algorithm and an intelligence network of more than 4.2B user accounts globally, Datavisor...   More >


Film - Feature | January 30 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Varda created a chilling fiction around the true story of a young woman who froze to death in the south of France, the proverbial land of sunshine. She approaches the story of Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire)—a young dropout with only a backpack and tent to her name, who wanders south for the winter—from the stance of the curious journalist. Thus this film of elegant clarity, while moving, is finally...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.

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 >