<< Week of February 17 >>

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Multiplicity of Asian Buddhist Modernities: 2019 Sheng Yen Conference

Conference/Symposium | February 15 – 17, 2019 every day | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Cody Bahir, UC Berkeley

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The conference will explore examples of Buddhist modernism that have arisen in Asia since the late 19th century up through the present day.

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Part I: A Portrait of Our Time

Film - Feature | February 17 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

At once the Expressionist portrayal of its times—the malaise of post–World War I Berlin—and a breathtaking detective story, this silent masterpiece gives us the sensational adventures of “the great unknown,” the man who holds all the cards: Dr. Mabuse, the master of disguises. In the frenetic and duplicitous city, Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) constantly reinvents his own identity (he is the...   More >

Dream Fields with Nkiruka Oparah

Presentation | February 17 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Using repetition, drawing, and collage, explore how we can use our dreams to illuminate alternative nonlinear timelines, access collective and ancestral knowledge, and map inner landscapes. First-generation Nigerian American artist, curator, and writer Nkiruka Oparah shares practical tools for sustaining a dream practice, as well as plants and herbs that can support self-integration and...   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

Danish String Quartet

Performing Arts - Music | February 17 | 3-5 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Danish String Quartet, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Haydn/Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
Webern/Quartet (1905)
Beethoven/Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135

$58 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Danish String Quartet performs Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Hertz Hall.

Cal Women in Gaming | Palentines! LAN

Social Event | February 17 | 3-6 p.m. | Foothill Student Housing, Esports Community Center

 Cal Esports

Celebrate Valentines with Cal Women in Gaming’s Palentine’s Event where we will play games, make new friends, and have dinner together!

LAN 3:00-6:00pm
Meet us at the Cal Esports Community Center, located on 2700 Hearst Ave next to Foothill Dining, where there will be free gaming computers for us to play together!

Dinner 6:00pm
Hungry after all that gaming? Join us for dinner! After the...   More >

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Part II: Inferno, a Play of People in Our Time

Film - Feature | February 17 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Part II of Lang’s epic thriller traces a web of stories and details Mabuse’s descent. Everyone (his victims, his lover, the state’s attorney who resolutely pursues him) has become, at some point, spectator of his terrifying will. Only at the end, when the system sustaining his authority is breached, will the mastermind become the spectator of his own nightmares.

A Touch of Sin

Film - Feature | February 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jia Zhangke takes on the collateral damage of China’s maniacal growth. Four violent deeds are ripped from the headlines and explosively restaged to illustrate everyday citizens pushed to the edge . . . of the economy. Taking cues from wuxia legend King Hu, A Touch of Sin links the lore of martial arts to base survival in contemporary China. Stunning in their visual charge, the four overlapping...   More >

Monday, February 18, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Biblical and Talmudic Botany Walk with Dr. Jon Greenberg

Tour/Open House | February 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Biblical and Talmudic ethnobotanist Dr. Jon Greenberg will lead two walking tours of the Gardens at 11 AM and 2 PM. Come learn how an understanding of the natural environment of the Biblical world can help explain the metaphors and symbolism of ancient prophetic, moral, and legal language and the role of food and agriculture in Jewish culture. and history. We'll find out how a culture war between...   More >

$20, $15 members

  Register online

Seminar 231, Public Finance: HOLIDAY

Seminar | February 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Biblical and Talmudic Botany Walk with Dr. Jon Greenberg

Tour/Open House | February 18 | 2-3:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Biblical and Talmudic ethnobotanist Dr. Jon Greenberg will lead two walking tours of the Gardens at 11 AM and 2 PM. Come learn how an understanding of the natural environment of the Biblical world can help explain the metaphors and symbolism of ancient prophetic, moral, and legal language and the role of food and agriculture in Jewish culture and history. We'll find out how a culture war between...   More >

$20, $15 UCBG members

  Register online

Seminar 271, Development: No Seminar

Seminar | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Department of Economics

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

LRLJ Citations Training

Workshop | February 19 |  Boalt Hall, School of Law

 La Raza Law Journal

The Journal will be hosting this training for members to learn how to review, correct, and approve "below-the-line" citations, which are critical in any academic writing. These citations support the author's claims in the article. Members will learn substantive skills regarding cite-checking and correct formatting, which are critical in legal writing.

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Ethnobotanical Insights into Biblical Life and Language

Lecture | February 19 | 10-11:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Metaphors drawn from nature and daily life helped the ancient Israelites to connect with the Bible, but modern readers often find them remote and difficult to understand. Why, for example, was Noah told to build an ark of “gopher wood”? There is no tree by that name. How did wormwood (Artemisia spp.) come to symbolize social corruption? What characteristics made olive trees the model of care for...   More >

$12, $10 UCBG members (Price includes Garden Admission)

  Register online

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Sustainable Responsible Investing and the Cross-Section of Return and Risk

Seminar | February 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speakers: Saad Mouti, UC Berkeley

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

The identification of factors that predict the cross-section of stock returns has been a focus of asset pricing theory for decades. We address this challenging problem for both equity performance and risk, the latter through the maximum drawdown measure. We test a variety of regression-based models used in the field of supervised learning including penalized linear regression, tree-based models,...   More >

Amgen Seminar in Organic Chemistry: How structure can inform GPCR drug discovery

Seminar | February 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall | Canceled

 Bryan Roth, Department of Pharmacology, UNC School of Medicine

 College of Chemistry

In this talk I will first present unpublished work highlighting our current structure-based efforts to understand how small molecules interact with G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). I will then show how these structural insights can facilitate GPCR drug discovery.

Recent papers: Wang et al, Science 2017 (PMID: 29051383); Wang et al, Nature 2018 (PMID: 29466326); Che et al, Cell 2018 (PMID:...   More >

The Performativity of Land Acknowledgments and Settler Whiteness

Colloquium | February 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room | Note change in location

 Dr. Selena Couture, University of Alberta

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN)), Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Native American Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Dr. Couture's talk will discuss the increasingly frequent practice of Indigenous land acknowledgments in Canadian society and what implications this might have for local practices in the Bay Area. Through an engagement with methods and theoretical understandings from the field of performance studies, she examines when and how land acknowledgments can be decolonizing and when they can contribute...   More >

Student Faculty Macro Lunch - Fiscal Space and the Aftermath of Financial Crises: How It Matters and Why

Presentation | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Christina Romer, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

Joint presentation with David Romer

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by February 15.

Travel Like a Transfer

Information Session | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 105 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a transfer student who is interested in studying abroad? Attend this information session and learn how you can study abroad during your time at Cal.

SPH Brown Bag Research Presentation: Citizenship health inequalities across the US: State-level immigrant policies and health care access

Seminar | February 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Maria-Elena Young, Chancellor's Post-doctoral fellow, University of California, Merced

 Public Health, School of, Department of Demography, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

In this talk Dr. Young presents findings from two studies that examine how citizenship status and immigrant policies influence inequities in access to health care. Immigrants who lack citizenship are less likely to have health insurance and access to health care compared to citizens. Citizenship status is a form of inequality that is shaped by the policies that determine immigrants’ rights and...   More >

Virtual Coffee Chat with Undergraduate Dean John Arnold

Meeting | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. |  Your home computer or phone

 John Arnold, Undergraduate Dean

 College of Chemistry

Please join our Undergraduate Dean John Arnold for a one-hour virtual Coffee Chat on Tuesday, February 19th at Noon PST to hear an update on Undergraduate Programs at the College.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

Information Session | February 19 | 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

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Resumes for Research-focused Jobs in Industry

Workshop | February 19 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

This interactive session will start with 15-20 minutes topic overview with advice and tips, then participants will have the opportunity to work on their own materials, with career advisor assistance. (You are encouraged to bring printed copies of your materials and/or your laptop.)

You do not need to be currently on the job market to benefit from participating in this event. You will gain...   More >

IB Seminar: The role of hybridization in evolution

Seminar | February 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Daniel Matute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 Department of Integrative Biology

Global Internships: Israel

Information Session | February 19 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 240 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Looking for something to do this summer? Earn academic credit and broaden your view of Israel and the Middle East with a Global Internship in Israel focused on Social Change. Learn more at this information session!

Learn more: studyabroad.berkeley.edu/program/globalinternships/israel

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Skill-Biased Technical Change and Regional Convergence"

Seminar | February 19 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Elisa Giannone, Assistant Professor of Economics, Penn State University

 Department of Economics


  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

Summer Abroad in Netherlands and Belgium

Information Session | February 19 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn more about the Summer Abroad in Amsterdam and Belgium program at this info session. Program advisers and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions.

Trace important cultural, historical, and political developments throughout European history in the “Low Countries”- the Netherlands and Belgium.

This course is open to students in all departments who are interested in exploring the...   More >

Investigation and Prosecution of Environmental Crime as a Crime Against Humanity with Flaviano Bianchini

Lecture | February 19 | 2:45-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall

 Flaviano Bianchini, Source International

 Human Rights Center

Flaviano Bianchini is the founder and director of
Source International, which works with communities
facing environmental pollution and health problems
principally caused by extractive industries. They
provide high-level technological and scientific
support free of charge to partner communities,
helping them to assess damage to resources and
promote restorative actions.
Bianchini’s...   More >

  RSVP online by February 19.

EE Seminar: Magnetic and Piezoelectric Tunable Devices for Versatile Electronic Systems

Seminar | February 19 | 3-4 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium, 306

 Amal El-Ghazaly, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

By year 2021, the number of existing wireless electronic devices is expected to be four times greater than the world’s human population. They will be used for countless “smart” applications that are nearly unimaginable today. However, the range of functions these devices serve across applications is very broad, often having widely different device requirements and tradeoffs. This seminar presents...   More >

Librarian Office Hours at the SPH DREAM Office

Miscellaneous | February 5 – April 30, 2019 every Tuesday with exceptions | 3-5 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2220 (DREAM Office)

 Debbie Jan


Drop by during office hours if you need help with your literature reviews; setting up searches in PubMed, Embase, and other databases; using EndNote, RefWorks, or other citation management software; finding statistics or data; and answering any other questions you may have.

Dr. Robin Tinghitella: "Grand gestures and love notes: Animal communication in a changing world"

Seminar | February 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Robin Tinghitella

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

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Denver, Dr. Robin Tinghitella, will present a research seminar titled, "Grand gestures and love notes: Animal communication in a changing world." Open to the public.

Canadian Immigration Programs and Opportunities

Information Session | February 19 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO)), Career Center

Learn about immigration and work opportunities in our neighbor to north.

A representative with the Immigration section of the Consulate General of Canada will be on campus to conduct a presentation and answer questions on a wide range of topics, including:

• The process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program
• Opportunities to work in Canada

Current students, alumni, and...   More >

The Struggle for Cuba: Race and Empire in the 18th-century Atlantic World

Lecture | February 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Elena Schneider

 Center for Latin American Studies

In this talk, Elena Schneider will discuss her recent book The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World, as well as the broader theme of the relationship between Anglo-American imperialism and racial struggle in Cuba.

Elena Schneider is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley.

(Image courtesy of UNC Press.)

Web Automation for Everyone: From PBD to PBX

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Sarah Chasins, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I’ll describe how I reformulated traditional web PBD around the insight that demonstrations are not always the easiest way for non-programmers to communicate their intent.

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Integrable systems of spin Calogero-Moser type related to symmetric spaces, Part II

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We define the action of infinitely generated Temperley-Lieb algebra on the category of representations of the supergroup \(P(n)\). The supergroup in question is an interesting super analogue of the orthogonal and symplectic groups. As an application of this construction we get algorithm computing characters of irreducible representation of \(P(n)\) and some other esults. As n tends to infinity,...   More >

Probing Both Ice and Multicomponent Interfaces

Seminar | February 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Mary Jane Shultz, Department of Chemistry, Tufts University

 College of Chemistry

Soft interfaces such as ice or those containing multiple species are common in biology, the environment, and technological applications. Probing these, particularly when the interface is buried between two condensed phases presents many challenges. The only current method available to probe such interfaces with molecular specificity is the vibrational spectroscopy, sum frequency generation (SFG)....   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 1: Symmetries of polynomial equations

Lecture | February 19 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 James McKernan, UC San Diego

 Department of Mathematics

The symmetries of systems of polynomial equations can be be understood in terms of the geometry of the variety of zeroes (or solution set) of the polynomials. Roughly speaking, there are 3 kinds of geometries corresponding to positive, zero and negative curvature giving rise to 3 different kinds of symmetry groups. In this lecture, I will discuss recent advances in algebraic geometry that lead to...   More >

“my petites madeleines are water canisters” : The Genres, Images, and Intertexts of Bosnia’s Remembered War

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Antje Postema, Lecturer, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Language, UC Berkeley

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

In Bosnia and Hercegovina, wartime artistic patterns of genre, image, and intertextual reference have set the terms for postwar memory-making. These versatile, enduring patterns also illuminate the reciprocal influence of memory and art in Bosnia from the 1990s to the present.

While wartime authors like Semezdin Mehmedinovic and Ozren Kebo infused the practical, didactic genres of the map and...   More >

Summer Abroad in Netherlands and Belgium

Information Session | February 19 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Learn more about the Summer Abroad in Amsterdam and Belgium program at this info session. Program advisers and faculty will be on hand to answer your questions.

Trace important cultural, historical, and political developments throughout European history in the “Low Countries”- the Netherlands and Belgium.

This course is open to students in all departments who are interested in exploring the...   More >

The Return to Form: a panel on Caroline Levine's FORMS: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton UP, 2015)

Panel Discussion | February 19 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Carol Levine, David and Kathleen Ryan Professor of Humanities, Cornell English

 Department of English

Is literary criticism undergoing a "return to form," and can that be understood as something other than a retreat? Can close reading be deployed to analyze more than literary works of art, can its scope be broadened to include the analysis of sociopolitical experience? Were that so, could literary criticism intervene in and alter arrangements of power?

In Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy,...   More >

Faiz Ahmed | Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Faiz Ahmed, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

 Wali Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Persian Literature, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Urdu Initiative, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for British Studies

A talk by Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, Dr. Faiz Ahmed on his new book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires.

Food Politics 2019: An Agenda for the Food Movement with Marion Nestle

Lecture | February 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in location

 Graduate School of Journalism, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship

Please join us for a special lecture series with celebrated author and scholar Marion Nestle. "Food Politics 2019: An Agenda for the Food Movement." Recent government policy changes are eroding programs aimed at feeding the hungry, curbing obesity, and protecting the environment. What can consumers and citizens do?

 We are at capacity for the event on 2/12. RSVP online

Photo: Bill Hayes

Uber Info-session

Information Session | February 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come learn about how we solve challenging problems at Uber!

Uber is in over 600+ cities, 65 countries, and has completed over 10 bilion rides. At such a scale, Uber continues to explore new frontiers and provide access to safe and reliable transportation for 75 million montly active riders with 15 million trips every day. Outside of rideshare, we are also foraying into new territories, such as...   More >

Heart Chan Meditation Workshop

Workshop | February 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 UC Berkeley Graduate Student Wellness Project

Find the balance between activity and inactivity.

Monrovia, Indiana

Film - Documentary | February 19 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the February 16 screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

Following the 2016 national election, Frederick Wiseman headed to Monrovia, Indiana,...   More >

Full: Chhandam School of Kathak

Performing Arts - Dance | February 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join us for an evening of kathak, a classical dance of northern India that tells stories through gesture, footwork, and meticulous facial expression. Founded by the late, legendary kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, the Chhandam School of Kathak has been a pioneer of excellence in the teaching and advancement of kathak dance in the Bay Area and beyond since 1980.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.

Conference/Symposium | February 20 – 22, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

 Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas, UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and...   More >

  RSVP online

Investigations into the neuropsychology of face perception

Colloquium | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I'll discuss two topics in my presentation. First, I'll provide an overview of previous studies examining the cognitive and neural basis of developmental prosopagnosia (DP), and then I'll discuss a recent fMRI study from my lab that assessed 26 category-selective areas in a relatively large sample of DPs. Our results revealed that face selectivity was reduced across the face network in the DPs...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "The Perfect Defense: Bacterial Persister Cells"

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Kim Lewis, Northeastern University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Kim Lewis is a professor and researcher at Northeastern University. His research focuses on antimicrobial drug tolerance and drug discovery. He earned his B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Moscow University.

Life, Death, and Mental Health: How Access to Care Helps Children Succeed.: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Janet Currie, Professor, Economics, Princeton University

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Libby Beckman: Colonization, diversification and introgression in the high Andes: the case of the South American siskins

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Libby Beckman

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Diego Pirillo: The Refugee-Diplomat: Venice, England, and the Reformation

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Pirillo offers a new history of early modern diplomacy, centered on Italian religious refugees who left Italy in order to forge ties with English and northern European Protestants in the hope of inspiring an Italian Reformation.

Alternative Splicing Choices for Synaptic Function

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 **Andrea Gomez**, Biozentrum, University of Basel

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Proteoforms in human health and disease

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Neil Kelleher, Northwestern University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Proteoforms are the specific molecular forms of proteins arising from human genes encoded in the human genome. They include all sources of protein variation, and here’s a list: sequence mutations, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications (PTMs). They underlie diverse biological systems and proteoform diversity is directly linked to functions, pathway modulation, and disease...   More >

Noon Concert: Piano and The Voice

Performing Arts - Music | February 20 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Nicholas Tjahjono, piano
Christina Ge, soprano
Michael S. Orland, piano
Featuring solo piano pieces by Beethoven and Liszt as well art songs by Faure, Mozart and Schubert.

Commencing its 67th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department’s varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus...   More >

Church Encoding as the link between Cognition and Neuroscience

Seminar | February 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 Steve Piantadosi, Dept. of Psychology, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

I’ll present an approach from mathematical logic which shows how sub-symbolic dynamics may give rise to higher-level cognitive representations of structures, systems of knowledge, and algorithmic processes. This approach posits that learners posses a system for expressing isomorphisms with which they create mental models with arbitrary dynamics. The theory formalizes one account of how novel...   More >

Making Space for the Invisible

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Michael Chazan, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk will consider the role of the invisible in human engagement with artifacts. This discussion draws heavily on comparative psychology research on the capacity of chimpanzees for abstract though in both the social (sense of self) and physical realms, as well as on Tim Ingold’s critique of hylomorphy. The first context in which hominins drew on invisibles was in the use of fracture for...   More >

2019 Winter Career and Internship Fair

Career Fair | February 20 | 12-4 p.m. |  Recreational Sports Facility

 Data Sciences

Recruiters from 110 organizations will bring information about their entry-level career and internship positions—recruiting all majors and degree levels!

Values alignment: An alternative to pragmatic appeals for behavior change

Colloquium | February 20 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Christopher J. Bryan, Assistant Professor, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

The science of behavior change has become an increasingly important frontier in the quest to improve human health and well-being. Recognition of this is now widespread in the scientific community, but the science of behavior change—the development of effective, empirically-validated techniques for producing lasting, internalized motivation for the behavioral choices people know they should be...   More >

Designated Subjects Adult Education and Career Technical Education Teaching Credentials Online Information Session

Information Session | February 20 | 12:15-1 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Find out how to succeed in a career teaching adults with diverse needs. Our classroom-based professional programs enable you to teach in adult education or career technical education, with or without a California Designated Subjects teaching credential.

  Register online

Exhibition Highlights Tour

Tour/Open House | February 20 | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Discover highlights from current exhibitions on a guided tour led by BAMPFA education staff.

Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Michael Omi, Berkeley Law

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups negotiate different racial categories and identities.

The Mechanisms of Direct and Indirect Rule: Colonialism and Economic Development in Africa

Lecture | February 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Natalie Letsa, University of Oklahoma

 Center for African Studies

A number of studies have found that British colonialism—specifically its policy of indirect rule—improved economic development relative to the French policy of direct rule. There is less consensus, however, as to why indirect rule would produce better economic outcomes. We argue that indirect rule produced better economic outcomes because it was more likely to decentralize decision-making, which...   More >

Tackling Gender Equality in Key Fields: Law and Business: Women in Business Law

Panel Discussion | February 20 | 12:45-1:45 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Irene Liu, Checkr; Kathy Downing, Golden Seeds

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Please join Berkeley Law’s Women in Business Law Initiative and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) for an engaging fireside chat focused on gender equality. Panelists include Irene Liu, General Counsel at Checkr and Kathy Downing, Managing Director at Golden Seeds. Lunch will be provided.

"82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us" - Screening

Film - Documentary | February 20 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Félim Mcmahon, Technology and Human Rights Program Director, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation; Nidal Betare, People Demand Change

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Human Rights Center, Middle Eastern Law Students Association

82 Names is the story of Mansour Omari, a Syrian Human Rights Activist who was imprisoned for nine months and tortured by the Assad Regime. Omari smuggled out scraps of clothes recording the names of all 82 of his cellmates. After the film screening, Director Maziar Bahari will speak about the importance of confronting historical conflict through memorials; and what the Holocaust can teach us...   More >

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Harmonic Analysis Seminar: On the Fourier restriction inequality in $R^3$

Seminar | February 20 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Zirui Zhou and Kubrat Danailov, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

This seminar is an ongoing discussion of Guth's Fourier restriction inequality based on the method of polynomial partitioning. This week's first topic will be a proof of basic properties of the wave packet decomposition. With this machinery in hand, we will begin the core part of the proof, introducing the key concept of broad points, indicating the role of polynomial partitioning, and...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Computations of the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra

Seminar | February 20 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, Uppsala University

 Department of Mathematics

The Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra is a powerful Legendrian isotopy invariant that is defined by counts of pseudoholomorphic discs. We give an introduction to both analytical and algebraic aspects of the theory, perform calculations in both low and high dimension, and present some open problems.

International Student Drop-In Career Advising

Meeting | January 23 – May 1, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-5 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), 3rd Floor

 Career Center

Students sign up on site for a 15-minute appointment. First come, first served.

These drop-in appointments can be helpful for your quick questions on the following topics:

-Resume/Cover Letter Critique
-Job or Internship Search
-Career Fair Preparation
-Interview Preparation
-Graduate/Professional Program Application

Algorithmic Pirogov-Sinai theory

Seminar | February 20 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Will Perkins, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Department of Statistics

What is the connection between a phase transition in a statistical physics model and the computational complexity of sampling from the given model? In the setting of the hard-core and Potts models on lattices, it is known that in the phase coexistence regime the Glauber dynamics mix slowly. Using some of the same tools used to prove slow mixing (the cluster expansion and Pirogov-Sinai theory), we...   More >

Neoliberal Assemblages of Economy, Body and Society: Politics of Microfinance and Disability Pensions in India

Lecture | February 20 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Dr. Vandana Chadhry

 Social Welfare, School of, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for South Asia Studies

Abstract: My research investigates the effects of neoliberal governance on disability and development policies in the context of postcolonial India. Through the ethnographic study of disability-oriented microfinance self-help group projects of the World Bank and digitally regulated state disability pension programs in rural districts of the South Indian state of Telangana, I analyze the changing...   More >

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | January 23 – May 1, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 3-4 p.m. | Cafe International House

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisors. All UCB students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but...   More >

Autobiography of a Princess

Film - Feature | February 20 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

Madhur Jaffrey stars as the titular princess, flawlessly inhabiting the role written with her in mind. Living modestly in London, the daughter of a once-powerful maharajah invites her father’s tutor, Cyril Sahib (James Mason), for tea and 16mm movies to celebrate her late father’s birthday and to reminisce about the glorious time of his rule. As the princess projects archival footage and...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Review of complex abelian varieties

Seminar | February 20 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Yanshuai Qin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

UROC (Underrepresented Researchers of Color): Get assistance using the library research databases: A practical hands-on workshop

Workshop | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 14 Durant Hall

 Andrea Ramirez, UROC; Ife Okeke, UROC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Learn tricks to getting the information you need, when you need it.

Electrokinetic Control of Interfacial Instabilities

Colloquium | February 20 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Martin Bazant, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

This talk will describe three examples of interfacial patterns – viscous fingers, deionization shocks, and metal dendrites – whose stability can be controlled by electrokinetic phenomena in charged porous media, as evidenced by both theory and experiments. Potential applications include electrically enhanced oil recovery, water desalination and purification by shock electrodialysis, and energy...   More >

ERG Colloquium: Mayor Jesse Arreguín: VISION 2050: Planning a Resilient Future for Berkeley

Colloquium | February 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 126 Barrows Hall

 Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley

 Energy and Resources Group

Launched by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Vision 2050 is a citizen-led effort to develop a framework for a 30-year sustainable infrastructure plan which focuses on addressing aging existent infrastructure, the impacts of climate change, and a rapidly-growing population.

Statistics on Shape Data: Correcting an Asymptotic Bias in Template Shape Estimation

Seminar | February 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Nina Miolane, Stanford University

 Department of Statistics

Computational Anatomy aims to model and analyze healthy and pathological distributions of organ shapes. We are interested in the computational representation of the brain anatomy using brain MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). How can we define the notion of brain shapes and how can we learn their distribution in the population? Landmarks’ shapes, curve shapes or surface shapes can be seen as the...   More >

Special Analysis Seminar: An introduction to the bulk-edge correspondence

Seminar | February 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

Physical experiments show that interfaces between dissimilar media act as stable channels for the propagation of energy. In discrete models, this stability is explained via an index-like theorem: the bulk edge correspondence. I will first review this principle, which connects the effective number of waves propagating along the interface (a spectral invariant) to a Chern number (a topological...   More >

The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child

Lecture | February 20 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Morgan G. Ames

 Information, School of

The One Laptop per Child project failed. So why do the same utopian visions that inspired it still motivate other projects to âdisruptâ education and development?

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2: On the birational classification of algebraic varieties

Lecture | February 20 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Christopher Hacon, University of Utah

 Department of Mathematics

Algebraic varieties are geometric objects defined by polynomial equations. The minimal model program (MMP) is an ambitious program that aims to classify algebraic varieties. According to the MMP, there are 3 building blocks: Fano varieties, Calabi-Yau varieties and varieties of general type which are higher dimensional analogs of Riemann Surfaces of genus 0,1 or at least 2 respectively. In this...   More >

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Legendrian isotopy from a quantitative viewpoint

Seminar | February 20 | 5:10-6 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall | Note change in time

 Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, Uppsala University

 Department of Mathematics

We use techniques from persistence homology applied to the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra in order to obtain a restriction on the oscillatory norm of a contact Hamiltonian that displaces a Legendrian in the contact vector space from its image under the Reeb flow. These techniques are also used to show that a Legendrian which admits an augmentation cannot \(C^0\)-approximate a loose Legendrian, and...   More >

Swahili Table

Social Event | January 23 – May 8, 2019 every Wednesday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Elizabeth Resor

 Center for African Studies

Every Wednesdays speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company (don't worry- beverage/food purchases are NOT required). And of course, Swahili speaking...   More >

Artist and Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik

Lecture | February 20 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Silvia Gruner

 Arts Research Center

Artist & Curator: Silvia Gruner in conversation with Tarek Elhaik
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

Co-sponsors: Arts Research Center and UCHRI.

EA Info-Session

Information Session | February 20 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Please join us for an evening with engineers from Electronic Arts! Learn about their careers, life at EA, and all the exciting things we are doing here. The format will be a bit intimate, as we will look to break into small groups with them so you can ask direct questions about how to improve your resume, get some tips on acing technical interviews, how to break into the industry or start your...   More >

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.


Lecture | February 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, FEB 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with Joe Halligan of Assemble, a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Presented by Room 1000. Open to all!

Dusk Chorus

Film - Documentary | February 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For decades, the Italian sound artist and composer David Monacchi has made recordings of biodiverse regions as part of his Fragments of Extinction project, with the dual purpose of saving these unique soundscapes and creating his own compositions. In Dusk Chorus, his high-tech fieldwork in the equatorial rainforests of the Amazon is documented by filmmakers Saravanja and D’Emilia. A tree emits a...   More >

Joyce DiDonato: SONGPLAY

Performing Arts - Music | February 20 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Joyce DiDonato, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns with SONGPLAY, after her theatrical program, War and Peace two seasons ago. The lighthearted recital program mixes Italian Baroque arias with jazz ballads and songs from the Great American Songbook, a versatile ensemble of piano, drums, bass, and trumpet seamlessly connecting the improvisational spirit of Baroque ornamentation with the free-spirited charm of...   More >

$78 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Joyce DiDonato performs SONGPLAY Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.