<< Week of February 17 >>

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

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.

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.)

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 >

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.

“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 >

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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 >

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.

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 >

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 >

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 >

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?

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.


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!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Migrants in the Making: Invisible Agricultural Child Labor and the Limits of Citizenship, 1938-1965

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, PhD candidate in History at Columbia University and Visiting Dissertation Research Scholar at the UC Berkeley Latinx Research Center

 Bancroft Library

Farm work is the most hazardous industry for young workers. Yet, despite the implementation of a national child labor ban in 1938, Latinx children continue to toil in fields nationwide with an estimated 200,000-500,000 agricultural child laborers employed each year. Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez has identified the child labor ban's agricultural exemption as the reason for this disjuncture.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

Emerging Scholar Lecture: Jaih Craddock, "Social Interactions as a Mechanism in HIV Prevention"

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

Black women account for over 60% of all new HIV incidences among women in the United States. The highest rates of HIV acquisition occur among Black women aged 25 and over, thus examining factors that may be associated with HIV risk among young Black women aged 18 to 24 is critical for HIV prevention efforts.

Martha Graham Speaking to the Moment: Creative Invention in Dance with Marni Thomas Wood

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Marni Thomas Wood

 Arts + Design

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1958, Marni Thomas Wood joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, toured and performed with the Company, taught at the Graham School, and was privileged to be part of the first generation of women to perform Ms. Graham’s own roles as Graham began choosing successors for her earlier repertory reconstructions. In 1968, with her husband/partner David...   More >

It’s not a NATURAL disaster: looking from past to future through archaeology

Lecture | February 21 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Margaret Nelson, Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this talk, Nelson looks at rare climate challenges and human-created vulnerabilities in the long-term history/prehistory of seven areas and evaluates the magnitude of changes to food security and social conditions following extreme climate events. Results of these analyses support the role of human-created vulnerabilities in the occurrence of “disasters” associated with climate extremes.

Future Reading: What Is Anglophone Fiction in the 21st Century?

Lecture | February 21 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Rutgers English

 Grace Lavery, Assistant Professor, Berkeley English

 Colleen Lye, Associate Professor, Berkeley English

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, John F Hotchkis Chair in English

Mongol ‘Translations’ of a Nepalese Stupa: Architectural Replicas and the Cult of Bodnāthe Stūpa/Jarung khashar in Mongolia

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Isabelle Charleux, CNRS, Paris

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

The cult of the Nepalese stupa of Bodnath (Tib. and Mo. Jarung Khashor) was very popular in 19th and early 20th century Mongolia and especially in Buryatia, as testifies the translation into Mongolian of a famous guidebook to Bodnath, a corpus of Mongolian oral narratives, the many thang-kas and amulets depicting the Bodnath Stupa along with a Tibetan prayer, and the existence of architectural...   More >

The Longue Durée of 1989. Regime Change and Everyday Life in East Germany

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kerstin Brückweh, Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Germany)

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies

1989 is often considered a key caesura of the 20th century. By looking at the long-term developments surrounding this historic event Brückweh analyzes the social changes that paved the way for and shaped all three stages: the late phase of the German Democratic Republic, the peaceful revolution, and the transformation that followed. Property, especially real estate, serves as an example to examine...   More >

Kerstin Brückweh

Editing The Code Of Life: The Future Of Genome Editing

Lecture | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dr. Jennifer Doudna

 Institute of International Studies

Our technological capacity to make changes to genomic data has expanded exponentially since the 2012 discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as an RNA-programmable genome editing tool. Over the past seven years, this genome editing platform has been used to revolutionize research, develop new agricultural crops, and even promises to cure genetic diseases. However, ethical and societal concerns abound, requiring...   More >

A Truly Prehistoric Archaeology: Sather Lecture Series: A Bronze Age Greek State in Formation

Lecture | February 21 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jack L. Davis, Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, University of Cincinnati

 Department of Classics

Internationally recognized scholar of Bronze Age Greece offers a series of lectures showing how the archaeological record sheds light on culture and communal life of early Greece.

Robbins Collection Annual Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity: Jewish Law and the #MeToo Movemement: A Feminist Perspective

Lecture | February 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Rachel Adler

 Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Robbins Collection

Rachel Adler is the David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. She pioneered in integrating feminist perspectives into interpreting Jewish texts and law. Her book Engendering Judaism (1998) is the first by a female theologian to win a National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. Rabbi Adler has a PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from University of...   More >

Friday, February 22, 2019

Colluding in the Ecological Ponzi Scheme

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Mathis Wachernagel, Founder and President of Global Footprint Network

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Fighting for a Laugh: East African Entertainers, WWII, and the Global Politics of Comedy

Lecture | February 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 3205 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth Dyer, Visiting Scholar -UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of History, African History Working Group

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak: "From Medieval Rhetoric to Modern Literary Criticism in Iran"

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, UCLA, University of Maryland

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is one of the leading experts in the field of Persian Literature and Iranian Studies. He is a professor of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and currently an adjunct professor of Iranian Studies at UCLA. He is the author of "Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran," among many other books and scholarly articles.

Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz's 17th-Century Proto-Latinx Feminism

Lecture | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Prof. Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Prof. Emilie Bergmann, Professor of Spanish, http://clpr.berkeley.edu/

 Latinx Research Center

In the 17th Century, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy by becoming a scholar and declaring: she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. Join us for two insightful discussions examining Sor Juana's life and scholarship. Join us in thinking with Sor Juana about the contradictions of patriarchy and how to undo it. ​

Ovidian Synchronisms

Lecture | February 22 | 5 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Classics

Grounds for Science -Getting the most out of light: vision and geoengineering

Lecture | February 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mathew Summers, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Proctor, Global Policy Lab


Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. GfS takes place the 4th Friday of every month at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville.
This month's short talks:
The cells that give us sight with Mathew Summers

What volcanoes can teach us about combating global climate change with Jonathan Proctor