<< Week of March 10 >>

Monday, March 11, 2019

Design Field Notes: Caricia Catalani

Lecture | March 11 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Dr. Caricia Catalani is a Director of Design for Health and Design Research at IDEO Palo Alto. Caricia’s passion for design and research science drives impactful ways to improve health and human rights around the world.

At IDEO, Caricia combines human-centered design and qualitative and quantitative research methods to build high-impact innovations in health. Caricia’s work at IDEO is focused...   More >

Leading with Creative Confidence: Tom Kelley of IDEO in Conversation with Rich Lyons

Lecture | March 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Tom Kelley; Rich Lyons

 Arts + Design, Haas School of Business, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Tom Kelley is a Partner at IDEO, and Chairman of the Tokyo-based venture capital firm D4V (Design for Ventures). He is also the author of three successful books including The Art of Innovation and the New York Times bestseller Creative Confidence, which he wrote with his brother, IDEO founder David Kelley. As a leading speaker, Tom has addressed business audiences in more than thirty countries on...   More >

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Approaches to the Prague Spring

Lecture | March 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Timothy Scott Brown, Northeastern University, Boston

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

The Prague Spring, a movement of reform Communism instituted in Czechoslovakia under Alexander Dubcek in early 1968 and crushed by Soviet force of arms in August of the same year, has been interpreted overwhelmingly according to a liberal narrative ending in the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989. To be sure, the relevance of the experiment in “Socialism with a Human Face” for the Europe-wide uprisings...   More >

Timothy Scott Brown

PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Lectures : Among the Marshes: The Tebtunis Papyri at The Bancroft Library

Lecture | March 12 | 12-1 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The ancient Egyptian site of Tebtunis lies at the southern edge of the Fayum depression, a fertile region in the western desert fed by a branch of the Nile. Today, as in antiquity, this area was exploited for its rich agricultural production, which led to the establishment of new settlements by the Ptolemaic kings around the 4th century BCE. In her talk, Emily Cole will provide a glimpse into...   More >

Free for Members or with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty

  Register online

View from the Top: Gary Dickerson: Navigating the Perfect Storm: A New Semiconductor Playbook for the AI Era

Lecture | March 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Gary Dickerson, President and CEO, Applied Materials

 College of Engineering

The pace of change is accelerating with technology promising an ever-brighter future. Artificial intelligence and big data will touch many areas of our lives, transforming industries and the global economy. To unlock the full potential of AI and Big Data, we need a new industry playbook for semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Emma Chubb | “Measured and Discrete: Artist-Architect Collaborations in Morocco"

Lecture | March 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Emma Chubb, Smith College

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

During the period of repression and emigration known as the Years of Lead, the Faraoui and de Mazières architecture firm in Rabat commissioned site-specific artworks for building projects across Morocco. Called “integrations” by the architects and praised by the art critic Toni Maraini as “measured and discrete,” the commissions included works by Farid Belkahia, Mohammed Chebaa, and Mohammed...   More >

Chern Lectures: The (in)compatibility of 3 and 5 dimensional Heisenberg geometry with Lebesgue spaces

Lecture | March 12 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Simons Institute, Auditorium,

 Assaf Naor, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss the longstanding bi-Lipschitz embedding problem in $\mathbb R^k$, and how over the years it became intertwined with the embeddability properties of the Heisenberg groups into $L_p(\mu )$ spaces. We will explain a recent completion of this project, which exhibits unexpected twists, decisive applications to longstanding open questions in algorithms and metric geometry, and...   More >

Mosse Lecture: Ulrike Ottinger

Lecture | March 12 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmmaker in residence Ulrike Ottinger presents an illustrated lecture discussing her approach to the visual design of her films, as well as her research methods for a nonfiction film project like Chamisso’s Shadow.

Life and Career of Aaron Green

Lecture | March 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Wurster Gallery, Room 121

 Allan Wright Green; Jan Novie

 Environmental Design Archives

Join us for our third Gallery Talk this academic year with Allan Wright Green and Jan Novie!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Wurster Gallery, Room 121

6:30 to 7pm- Light Refreshments
7 to 8pm - Lecture

Free to UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends of the EDA

Suggested $10 donation for those outside UC Berkeley

Daily Life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918

Lecture | March 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Vahe Tachjian, Chief Editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, Houshamdyan

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

In 1915, two Armenian families (the Bogharians and the Tavukjians) were deported from Ayntab (in the Ottoman Empire), together with many other Armenian inhabitants of the town. They were forcibly resettled, first in Hama and then in the nearby town of Salamiyya (today in Syria). Two diaries written by members of these families have come down to us: one by Father Nerses Tavukjian, the other by...   More >

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Field of Autocratic Temptation: European Soccer and its Actors

Lecture | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Timm Beichelt, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

 Institute of European Studies

While soccer officials often insist that sports and politics belong to different spheres, the opposite seems to be true. With frames like “success”, “unlimited competition”, and “team loyalty”, soccer heavily influences the pre-political sphere in European states. In the field of soccer, basic dispositions with regard to the legitimacy of an economized life and the definition of local or...   More >

Timm Beichelt

Continuity and Change in Landscape Use: Examples from Iwate, Northern Japan

Lecture | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Junko Habu, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Anthony Long: How to Be Free: An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

Lecture | March 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Born a slave, the ancient Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. Long presents a new edition of Epictetus’s famed handbook on Stoicism.

CANCELLED: Mehnaz Afridi "The Role of Muslims in the Holocaust"

Lecture | March 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Manhattan College

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Unfortunately, this event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Self-fulfilling Prophecies in Schooling: Wherein Lies their Power

Lecture | March 13 | 3:15 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Rhona Weinstein, PH.D., Professor Emrtita, UC Berkeley, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

In this talk, I reflect on a career-long journey as a community psychologist, investigating the dynamics of how beliefs about ability can become self-fulfilling prophecies in educational settings. Such expectancy effects either foster growth or constrain it. From descriptive to intervention research (untracking a high school, new school design, and policy), I explore these discoveries in...   More >

A Tribute to Political Activist Marielle Franco

Lecture | March 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Tiana Paschel, UC Berkeley; Cidinha da Silva

 Department of History, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

A tribute to Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist.

Chern Lectures: Extension, discretization, and quantitative differentiation

Lecture | March 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Simons Institute, Auditorium,

 Assaf Naor, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss questions about the relation between discrete phenomena and their continuous counterparts. This relates to extension of partially defined functions, Bourgain’s work on discretization and almost extension for a quantitative version of Ribe’s rigidity theorem, and differentiation questions that are well understood as infinitesimal phenomena but their macroscopic counterparts...   More >

What’s Theology Got to Do with It? An Eighteenth-Century Chinese Emperor Debating Religions and Christianity

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Boston University; Collaborative Scholar, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

In his Lettres chinoises, indiennes et tartares, Voltaire republished “a note by the good Kangxi Emperor to the Peking Jesuits” as follows: “The emperor is surprised to see you so stubborn in your ideas. Why would you worry so much about a world where you have not been yet? Enjoy the present. Your God must be pained by your preoccupations...   More >

Calculation and Cosmography: Formal Continuities in Buddhist Art along the Gansu Corridor, from Dunhuang to Labrang Monastery

Lecture | March 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jon Soriano, UC Berkeley

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

While the art history of the overland silk road seems distinguished by its continual flux, as disparate visual regimes flowed in and out over the centuries, the art in question is also marked by strong formal continuities specific to its regions, as well as certain adaptations to global paradigms. This talk adopts Kublerian concepts of 'shape' and 'sequence' to identify a formal series...   More >

2019 Oppenheimer Lecture: Teaching for Learning: What I have learned from learning research

Lecture | March 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Helen R. Quinn, Professor Emeritus, SLAC

 Department of Physics

I will talk about the ideas and research base underlying the "Framework for k-12 Science Education" and the vision for "three-dimensional learning" as defined by that document.

Helen R. Quinn

How We Lived: the Houshamadyan Project

Lecture | March 13 | 7:30-9 p.m. | St. Vartan Church, John Marukian Hall

 650 Spruce Street, Oakland, CA 94610

 Vahe Tachjian, Chief Editor of the Berlin-based Houshamdyan website, Houshamdyan

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

Houshamadyan was born from this simple and powerful idea: we should bring back to life the cities, towns, and villages in which Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire by reconstructing our inheritance – the rich memory of the lives of our ancestors. Houshamadyan is a non-profit organization founded in Berlin in 2010. The website www.houshamadyan.org appears in three languages: Armenian, English,...   More >

Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award: Free Speech in Angry Times

Lecture | March 13 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 March for Our Lives

 College of Letters & Science, Goldman School of Public Policy, Library

The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award are presented annually to honor the memory of Mario Savio (1942-1996), a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement of 1964, and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and countless other activists of his generation exemplified; to promote the ideas and values he struggled to advance throughout his life; and to recognize and...   More >

 Free admission. Open to the public; first come, first served.

Professor Robert Reich

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Making Dreamer: An Oratorio of Immigration with Nilo Cruz

Lecture | March 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Nilo Cruz

 Arts + Design

Composer Jimmy López and playwright Nilo Cruz collaborate on a new oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soprano, entitled Dreamer. Performed with the LA Philharmonic. The piece will explore the US immigrant experience, in particular that of Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children—and what it means for cities to provide sanctuary from prosecution and...   More >

Yanbo Li: Surfing in Globalization: The Misplaced Urban Reaction and Community-Based Resilience in Shanghai

Lecture | March 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

Globalization is a universal context nowadays though which is not a new concept. China used to be an essential participant and even positive advocator among the earlier rounds of it. But in modern times, China became a passive follower in the globalization tides. For each time the country was trying to adapt itself to the outside world, a specific reaction could be seen. However, it is not an...   More >

How to Challenge Scandinavian Colonial Amnesia

Lecture | March 14 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 308 A Doe Library

 Elizabeth Hunter, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Leigh Raiford, African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley

 Jeannette Ehlers

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program, Department of African American Studies

Visual artist Jeannette Ehlers discusses artistic strategies of resistance to coloniality with Professor Leigh Raiford and Elizabeth Hunter (African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley), focusing on counter-narratives to the Eurocentric writing of History.

Jeannette Ehlers is a Copenhagen-based artist of Danish and Trinidadian descent whose practice takes shape experimentally across photography, ...   More >

Jeannette Ehlers

BIDS Data Science Lecture: The statistical mechanics of big data

Lecture | March 14 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 John Harte, Professor, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Constrained maximization of information entropy yields least biased probability distributions and provides a framework for construction of complex systems theory. From physics to

Decolonizing World History

Lecture | March 14 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94601

 DR. ENRIQUE DUSSEL, National Autonomous University of Mexico

 The Latinx Research Center, Chicana Studies Program

Join the Latinx Research Center and the Chicana/o Studies Program in hosting two historical events with a major Latin American and Third World intellectual. Dr. Enrique Dussel is an early critic of Eurocentric philosophy produced in the West and has become an invaluable archive to intellectuals of the global  "south," and people of color throughout the United States.

Throughout his career,...   More >

  RSVP online by March 13.

World-renowned decolonialist and a founder of Liberation Philosophy,Dr. Dussel visits us from UNAM in Mexico!

Celebrating Black Girls in Libertaory Spaces

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Ree Botts, PhD Candidate in African American Studies

Kenly Brown, PhD Candidate in African American Studies

Derrika Hunt, PhD Candidate in School of Education, Graduate Student Wellness Project Director for the Graduate Assembly

Tiffani Johnson, PhD candidate of Education, Social & Cultural Studies

Shelby Mack, BA Candidate in American Studies

Exhibit Premiere: Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Lecture | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Please join us for the opening reception of Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances, a timely exhibit exploring the complex social and economic dynamics behind ten mind-altering drugs.

  RSVP online

Performance Studies Graduate Speaker Series | Affective Publics: News Storytelling, Sentiment and Technology

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall

 Zizi Papacharissi, Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois-Chicago

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, over 70 journal articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of fifteen...   More >

Zizi Papacharissi

The Life and Times of a Gay Brazilian Revolutionary

Lecture | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 James N. Green, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Professor of Latin American History, Brown University

 Department of History, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Priya Moorjani | Reconstructing South Asian Population History using Genetic Data

Lecture | March 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Center for Computational Biology, Population Center, Population Science, Department of Demography

Talk by molecular biologist and geneticist, Professor Priya Moorjani.

Minoan Missionaries: Sather Lecture Series: A Bronze Age Greek State in Formation

Lecture | March 14 | 5:30 p.m. | 142 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.

Between the Money-Image and the Museum: Ulrich Peltzer's Theory of the (Contemporary) Work of (Installation) Art: Professor Richard Langston (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Lecture | March 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340 Moffitt

 Department of German

Abstract: If money’s status as dominant medium guiding what Jochen Hörisch once called the ontosemiological framework of modern culture has really yielded to the empire of audio-visual media, then why is so much contemporary German literature still so obsessed with money? This presentation considers how one such example—Ulrich Peltzer’s 2015 novel Das bessere Leben, a work whose very title...   More >

Jonathan Tate, Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Development + Design

Lecture | March 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Jonathan Tate, Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Development + Design

Friday, March 15, 2019

Design Innovation from Nature Lecture: Robert Lang

Lecture | March 15 | 12-1 p.m. |  310 Jacobs Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRI, MAR 15, 12pm in 310 Jacobs Hall. Join us for a talk with origami artist and scientist Robert J. Lang titled From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Art and Science of Origami. Open to all!

Opportunities for greywater reuse at different scales: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | March 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth, Professor, Process Engineer in Urban Water Management, Swiss Federal institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and Aquatic Science and Technology(Eawag)

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

3D Modeling and Development of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Assets

Lecture | March 15 | 2-3 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Rossella Franchino, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Italy); Nicola Pisacane, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Italy)

 Archaeological Research Facility

Survey and 3D modeling techniques today make possible the fruition and the sustainable renewal of buildings, objects, places even if inaccessible, destroyed or only partially preserved. The theme will be developed through the presentation of case studies in Campania Region - Italy.

Dennis Discher, 2019 Distinguished Lecture in Bioengineering: Mechanosensing: from Scaling in ‘Omics and Nuclear Rupture to a Macrophage Checkpoint in Cancer

Lecture | March 15 | 3-4 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania

 Bioengineering (BioE)

The Department of Bioengineering is pleased to welcome distinguished professor and alumnus, Dennis E. Discher, as the 2019 Distinguished Lecturer in Bioengineering.
Reception to follow.

Chern Lectures: Nonpositive curvature is not coarsely universal

Lecture | March 15 | 4:10-5 p.m. | Simons Institute, Auditorium,

 Assaf Naor, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss coarse embeddings into Alexandrov spaces of nonpositive or nonnegative curvature. By studying subtle invariants that initially arose within the Ribe program and discretization questions, we will answer a question of Gromov (1993) about the coarse universality of Hadamard spaces. Connections to important questions such as the existence of super-expanders will be explained.

Jennifer Scappettone: Agitation of a Copper Lyre: Geopoetics of Entanglement vs./within the Wireless Imagination

Lecture | March 15 | 7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Jennifer Scappettone, Associate Professor, University of Chicago English

 Department of English

Jennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of scholarly research, translation, and the literary arts, on the page and off. She is the author of the books From Dame Quickly: Poems (Litmus Press, 2009), Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University Press, 2014), and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (Atelos,...   More >