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Friday, February 21, 2020

Free Books! African American Studies Reading Room

Special Event | February 6 – 29, 2020 every day | 675 Barrows Hall

 Department of African American Studies

In honor of Black History Month the African American Studies Department invites you to drop by and adopt free books from our Reading Room.

Marx and Philosophy

Conference/Symposium | February 21 | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room 315 Wheeler Hall

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, The Program in Critical Theory, The Florence Bixby Chair, Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography, Radical Geographers, The Counterdisciplinary Spinoza Studies Working Group

This two-day conference will include several panels in which scholars from different disciplines will investigate Marx's relationship to philosophy and the way this relationship has been understood by those in the Marxist tradition.

Speakers will include Jacque Lezra (UC Riverside), Eleanor Kaufman (UCLA) Warren Montag (Occidental College), Banu Burgu (UC Santa Cruz), Max Tomba (UC Santa...   More >

Fung Fellowship Application Due for Fall 2020 cohort

Deadline | February 21 |  2451 Ridge Road, Shire Hall (Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership)

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Fung Fellowship applications open to rising juniors
Interested in technology at the intersection of health or conservation?

The Fung Fellowship is a unique opportunity for rising juniors to create innovative solutions in health, conservation, and technology to address real-world challenges alongside our community and industry partners. Fung Fellows utilize the iterative human-centered design...   More >

Friendly and Fearless

Workshop | February 21 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Rick Hanson, Ph.D.; Daniel Ellenberg, Ph.D.

 The Greater Good Science Center

Combining kindness & assertiveness in relationships with Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and Daniel Ellenberg, Ph.D.

In important relationships at home and at work, we need to respect the needs of others while also sticking up for our own. But easier said than done. In this experiential, practical workshop for helping professionals, Dr. Rick Hanson and Dr. Daniel Ellenberg use positive neuroplasticity to...   More >


Marx and Philosophy (Day One)

Conference/Symposium | February 21 | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315

 The Program in Critical Theory, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Social Science Matrix, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of English, Department of French, Department of German, Berkeley Network for a New Political Economy

This is a multi-day conference (February 21-22, 10 am-4:30 pm)

Speakers include: Banu Bargu, Eleanor Kaufman, A. Kiarina Kordela, Warren Montag, Vittorio Morfino, Ted Stolze, and Massimiliano Tomba.

This two-day conference seeks to generate and examine the conceptual problems, questions and returns of the relationships (and non-relationships) of Marx and philosophy. What philosophical debts...   More >

OPT Doc Check Workshop

Workshop | February 21 | 10-11 a.m. | 155 Kroeber Hall | Note change in location

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Attend an interactive one hour workshop to review your OPT application with an international student adviser! This is a group workshop that allows you to follow along as a BIO adviser leads you through the application step by step.

During this workshop, you will go over the required documents, how to fill out forms, and most common mistakes in the application. Please bring ALL required...   More >

'Information and Uncertainty in Data Science' Discussion Forum

Meeting | January 24 – May 1, 2020 every other Friday | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Virtual Participation via Zoom


 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Gallery Talks: Lands of Promise and Peril

Lecture | February 21 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The student curators of Lands of Promise and Peril present gallery talks mapping the exhibition’s themes and revealing their curatorial process and perspectives.

The curators are Noor Ali, Lillias Arvanites, Aidan Barry-Owen, Joseph Chang, Kate Gabon, Jocelyn Gama, Joss Harrison, Shuge Luo, Luz Mendez, Paul O’Neill, Mohini Rye, and Aylin Figueroa Uribe, students in the UC Berkeley course...   More >

Deirdre Cooper Owens: Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Deirdre Cooper Owens

 Othering & Belonging Institute

Deirdre Cooper Owens is The Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program. She is also an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. A popular public speaker, she has published essays, book chapters, and blog pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. Her first book, Medical...   More >

Clinical Laboratory Scientist Preparatory Program Online Information Session

Information Session | February 21 | 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

Effective Resume Writing

Workshop | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 198 University Hall

 Human Resources

Create a resume that gets attention and results. Learn how to create a document that highlights your transferable skills and the strengths of your unique work history.

  Register online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Hot Electrons, Cold Materials: Approaches for Next Generation Semiconductor Devices

Seminar | February 21 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Rehan Kapadia, Professor, University of Southern California

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In the first part of the talk, we discuss our work efficient utilization of non-equilibrium electrons. We show that by carefully considering scattering, transport, and transfer rates, hot electron devices can be rationally designed and implemented.

German 204-Compact Seminar taught by Prof. Hinrich Seeba(only for 5 weeks): Aesthetics of History: Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, Kleist

Seminar | January 31 – February 28, 2020 every Friday | 1-4 p.m. | 282 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

 Department of German

In the age of fake news, the disparity of historical and poetic truth, as it emerged in the 18th century, gains new significance. When the study of history became an academic discipline, the role of historical writing between factual report and literary representation was intensely discussed – by historians, philosophers of history and writers, from Chladenius, Wegelin and Gatterer in history, by...   More >

BIO Bears Meetup: Tilden Park Hike

Social Event | February 21 | 1-3 p.m. |  Tilden Regional Park


 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come join us to get out of the city and spend some time out in nature. Tilden Park is in the hills just above Berkeley, but it feels like you've left the city far behind, with beautiful rolling hills in every direction.

We will meet at Springer Gateway at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 21st to take the short bus ride up to Tilden Park together. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle,...   More >

How Do Emerging Light Harvesting Materials Form, Transform, and Transport Energy at the Nanoscale?: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 21 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Naomi S. Ginsberg, UC Berkeley, Chemistry and Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

We are interested in the optoelectronic properties and the spatiotemporal nature of photogenerated energy carrier transport of emerging semiconducting materials, broadly defined.

These materials include not only semiconductors whose basic building blocks are atoms but also those made of small particles or molecules, including the aggregates of molecular pigments involved in photosynthesis....   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Scalar Conservation Law with Levy Initial Data

Seminar | February 21 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Mehdi Ouaki, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The study of the shocks statistics for the scalar conservation law with convex flux and spatially initial random data has been investigated by Menon and Srinivasan. For a large class of random initial data (Spectrally negative Markov processes and derivative of Levy processes with downward jumps), they showed that the Markov property in space is conserved for positive times, and a conjecture has...   More >

How to Get Started in Research

Workshop | February 21 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Office of Undergraduate Research


Composition Colloquium: Sydney Skybetter

Colloquium | February 21 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Dark Elegies: The Choreographics of Surveillant Systems and National Defense

Choreographer and Lecturer at Brown University, Sydney Skybetter, will present his research on the intersections of gesture, dance history, computer science history and homeland security. With case studies on Facebook, Minority Report, drone surveillance and early motion capture research conducted with choreographers...   More >

MENA Salon: Refugees and Migration

Workshop | February 21 | 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’s salon takes a broad overview of current refugee and migration issues as they relate to the MENA region. What is going on in Turkey, which initially welcomed Syrian refugees but is now hostile towards them? How has Europe’s attitude towards refugees evolved...   More >

Assessing the Reliability of Clothing-Based Forensic Identification

Seminar | February 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Hany Farid

 Information, School of

A 2009 report was highly critical of many forensic practices. This is the first thorough analysis of the purportedly distinct patterns on the seams of denim pants.

One Child Nation

Film - Feature | February 21 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

China ended its one-child policy in 2015, but the ramifications of the decades-long law are still reverberating throughout the country in traumatic and haunting ways. Inspired by the birth of her own son, codirector Nanfu Wang returns to her village, where questions posed to family members about the policy lead to grim revelations about forced sterilization, property destruction, child...   More >

Transportation and Climate Change: The Challenge of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Driving

Lecture | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ethan Elkind, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley/UCLA Center for Law, Energy & the Environment Climate Program Director Ethan Elkind will present Transportation and Climate Change: The Challenge of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Driving at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar Feb. 21, 2020 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining.

Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kiyoteru Tsutsui, Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

Why have the three most salient minority groups in Japan - the politically dormant Ainu, the active but unsuccessful Koreans, and the former outcaste group of Burakumin - all expanded their activism since the late 1970s despite the unfavorable domestic political environment? My investigation into the history of activism by the three groups reveals that a key factor was the...   More >

Coordination Chemistry in 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Agents for Illuminating Biological Environments in Vitro and in Vivo

Seminar | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Emily Que, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin

 College of Chemistry

19F Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an emerging technique for in vivo imaging, showing great promise due to the favorable NMR properties of the fluorine nucleus (high sensitivity, large ppm range) and the lack of detectable fluorine signal in biological systems. Imaging agents can be designed that exhibit either a turn-on or chemical shift response that is selective for a specific biological...   More >

Logic Colloquium: First Steps in a Theory of Metainferences

Colloquium | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Rohan French, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

According to the nonreflexive approach to the semantic paradoxes presented in French (2016), no inference is, strictly speaking, valid. Nonetheless, there are a number of inference, such as that from a pair of sentences to their conjunction, which strike many of us as being valid. In order to account for this, it is argued in French (2016) that what we are really judging to be valid are...   More >

Life, Music, and Autism

Lecture | February 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1203 Berkeley Way West

 Michael B. Bakan, Florida State University

 Graduate School of Education

From the advent of autism as a diagnosed condition in the 1940s until the present, the musical talents and affinities of autistic people have been widely recognized. Yet for all of the scholarly attention paid to the autism-music nexus, autistic musicians themselves have rarely been asked to account for how they make and experience music, or for why it matters to them that they do. It is to this...   More >

Music Studies Colloquium: Rachel Mundy (Rutgers University, Newark)

Colloquium | February 21 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

"Songs of the Humpback Whale: Faith, Structure, and Listening in the 20th century"

Rachel Mundy is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Arts, Culture, & Media program at Rugters University in Newark. She specializes in twentieth-century sonic culture with interests at the juncture of music, the history of science, and animal studies. Her research shows how music has been used to navigate...   More >

Schlumberger Info-Session

Information Session | February 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please join Schlumberger for an info-session today at 5:30 PM in the Wozniak Lounge (430) in Soda Hall, hosted by EECS and UPE.

Come to learn more about the company and the opportunities Schlumberger offers.

About the company:
Schlumberger Software Technology Innovation Center (STIC), established in 2014, is focused on the innovative...   More >

Baseball vs. St. John's

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | February 21 | 6 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts St. John's at Evans Diamond.

The Gleaners and I

Film - Feature | February 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Gleaning has meanings both literal, to gather grain left behind by reapers (the subject of nineteenth-century French paintings like Millet’s famed Les glaneuses), and metaphorical, to collect bit by bit. Varda’s rumination on this art of “living off the leftovers of others” finds inspiration in both past and present, rural and urban, the political and the highly personal. Camera in hand, Varda...   More >

TDPS presents Berkeley Dance Project 2020

Performing Arts - Dance | February 20 – 29, 2020 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Lisa Wymore

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Exploring the intersections of dance and community, the annual TDPS dance concert poses critical questions for our divisive times: How can dance create inclusive exchanges between audiences and performers? How can dance making be a form of community making? How do communities use dance performance to bring forth new narratives and framings of the world?


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Dancer: Aldair Rivera

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 21 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, Music Director

Debussy - Jeux
Gershwin - An American in Paris
Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand their...   More >

$30 general admission, $20 seniors, students, UCB staff, $10 UCB students, children under 12 at the door, $5 UCB students, children under 12 advance

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MILOS and Friends: The Voice of the Guitar

Performing Arts - Music | February 21 | 8-10 p.m. |  First Congregational Church

 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Cal Performances

MILOS returns to Berkeley for a concert of virtuosic solo works by Bach, Granados, and de Falla, and is joined by an ensemble of gifted collaborators for arrangements of classical music by Rodrigo, Boccherini, and Piazzolla; popular standards from Brazil and Mexico; and intimate renditions of songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, of the Beatles.

$42-68 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

MILOS and Friends perform The Voice of the Guitar Friday, February 21, 2020 in the First Congregational Church

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

Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

Exhibit - Painting | February 5 – May 31, 2020 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

January 15–May 31, 2020
Among the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan, Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) reigned supreme for his daring prints based on various tales and legends of ancient Japan and China. He made use of Western colors and inks for dramatic effect, yet stayed loyal to the woodblock print techniques that had guided past masters. In his short life, he created numerous series...   More >

Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 19 – July 19, 2020 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

February 19–July 19, 2020
Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936–2006) is widely considered one of the most brilliant and inventive quiltmakers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Her reputation has grown to the point where her work is no longer considered solely within the context of quilting, but celebrated among the great American artistic achievements of our time. Rosie Lee Tompkins: A...   More >

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 >


Exhibit - Multimedia | February 3 – 21, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 108 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: FEB 3-21, MON-FRI 10am-5pm. Lecture on FEB 5 at 6:30pm in 112 Wurster, followed by an opening reception in 108 Wurster. Free and open to all!

Cloth that Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space

Exhibit - Artifacts | February 13 – June 21, 2020 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

TEMPORARILY CLOSED - Textile makers around the world do more than create vibrant fabrics for innumerable uses. Their creations stretch in countless ways. They reach back in time—reviving old traditions—and forward in time, bringing countless innovations, and fusing cultural traditions. Cloth objects may reflect painful histories and the oppression of colonialism...   More >