<< Week of April 21 >>

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Navigating Unconscious Bias

Seminar | April 24 | 105 Stanley Hall

 Cat Adams and Linet Mera, Unconscious Bias Project

 Thriving in Science

Most people don’t want to be racist, sexist, or prejudiced in general. Yet simply living in the world exposes everyone to negative stereotypes about various groups of people, which can lead anyone to internalize harmful “unconscious bias” and accidentally discriminate against people they consciously respect. We’ll review how to recognize unconscious bias, give you tips to reduce bias in your...   More >

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Computer Health Matters: User Friendly Workstations (BEUHS400)

Workshop | April 24 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Ergonomics@Work

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn how to set up a user-friendly workstation and practice stretches to help relieve computer-related aches and pains. This workshop is required to qualify for computer ergonomics matching funds.

  Register online

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment: BPM103

Workshop | April 24 | 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sidalia (Sid) Reel; Angela Stopper

 Human Resources

The content explores the importance of creating inclusive work environments and effective teams. It examines the principles of equity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, and managing a multi-generational workforce.

Keyboards and Mice: Ergonomic Alternatives (BEUHS401)

Workshop | April 24 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonimics

Learn about the ergonomics of keyboards and pointing devices, including appropriate workstation set-up, postures, and techniques for using them. Find out about the keyboards and pointing devices covered by the Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program. Enroll online at the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

Noon Concert: Chamber Music

Performing Arts - Music | April 24 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Students from the music department performing works from the chamber music literature.

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 and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins...   More >

Race, Place, and Other Things for the Taking: The Buffalo Soldiers and Allensworth, California

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Jarre Hamilton, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In 1908, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth (and chaplain to the 24th infantry regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers) founded the town of Allensworth, California. This talk will discuss the daily, lived experiences of both the civilian population and the enlisted military men who existed in these varying racialized landscapes and the archaeological material culture they have left behind.

Engineering of Biological Devices

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Assaf Gilad, Michigan State University

 Bioengineering (BioE)

We are interested in exploring the possibility of using biological tissues and cells to replace electronic devices. We are developing biological parts (“bio-parts”) for better design of diagnostic tools, controlled release of biological agents, metabolites, neurotropic factors, cytokines and drugs as well as for controlling cell fate and differentiation. The countless variations of protein...   More >

Political Imagery and Bonfires in Northern Ireland

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Renée Tosser, Université de la Réunion (France)

 Irish Studies Program - Institute of European Studies

Visual displays play an important political role in Northern Ireland. They are often the most visible sign of sectarian division and attitudes in a society still marked by division thirty years after the end of the so-called ‘Troubles’. Violence still prevails in that country and sometimes it coalesces around Orange marches, especially during the month of July. July 12, known as "the Twelfth,"...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Analysis of NLR immunity signaling across plant species"

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Jane Parker, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Jane Parker studies resistance pathway dynamics in plant immunity at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. She is also an associate professor at the Institute of Genetics University of Cologne. Current Projects in the lab are host intracellular pathogen recognition and mobilization of resistance pathways, steering the plant stress hormone network in effector-triggered immunity. and plant immunity...   More >

Evoking Sympathy for the Muslim Woman Post 9/11

Lecture | April 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Evelyn Alsultany, Associate Professor of American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies Program Co-Founder and Director, University of Michigan

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This talk examines representations of Muslim women in the U.S. news media post-9/11/01, focusing on how Muslim women became sites of public sympathy and moral outrage. It argues that the logics central to the War on Terror are not possible without their accompanying affects, showing how Muslim women are designated as worthy of feeling while Muslim men are not.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Leeann Louis: How the shapes of bird bones change with hovering flight, migratory behavior, and egg-laying

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Leeann Louis

 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 >

Complexity of linear regions in deep networks

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 560 Evans Hall

 David Rolnick, University of Pennsylvania

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is well-known that the expressivity of a neural network depends on its architecture, with deeper networks expressing more complex functions. For ReLU networks, which are piecewise linear, the number of distinct linear regions is a natural measure of expressivity. It is possible to construct networks for which the number of linear regions grows exponentially with depth. However, we show that...   More >

Health, Healing, and Death: Contestations and Interventions

Colloquium | April 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Duster Room, ISSI

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Tina Sacks, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Katie Savin, Ph.D Student, Social Welfare

"A Death by Any Other Name: When Are Health Disparities Calls for Assimilaion to a Medicalized Norm?"

Angela Aguilar, Ph.D Student, Ethnic Studies, and ISSI Graduate Fellow

"Envisioning 'Loving Care' in Impermanent Healing Spaces: Sacred and Political Organizing Toward Decolonial Health/Care in Oakland, California"

Are we over-testing? Using machine learning to understand physician decisions: A Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Ziad Obermeyer, Professor, Health Policy Management, UC Berkeley

 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.

Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program Online Information Session

Information Session | April 24 | 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

Habits: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (BEUHS052)

Workshop | April 24 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Leslie Bell, Ph.D. LCSW, Be Well at Work – Employee Assistance

 Employee Assistance Program

Habits form the structure of our lives. Habits matter because 40% of what we do every day is governed by them. What we eat, how much we move our bodies, how much we sleep, how we treat the people in our lives are all determined largely by habits. Healthy habits help us to be healthy and happy. Unhealthy habits keep us from living the lives we want.

In this workshop, we will explore how habits...   More >

Pan African Feminism: From Freedom Fighters to Feminists

Colloquium | April 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Amina Mama

 Center for African Studies

Whether hailed for transitioning to the ballot box, or condemned for failing to hold elections, African regimes continue to exhibit profound contradictions with regard to gender and sexual politics. Patriarchal state practices range from the paternalistic inclusion associated with ballot box democracy, to more coercive, politically authoritarian modes of control. The widespread formal acceptance...   More >

Guest Lecturer Amina Mama

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: A Decoupling Inequality

Seminar | April 24 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Decoupling inequalities express a form of orthogonality, in certain $L^p$ norms, for functions whose Fourier transforms are supported in small neighborhoods of curved submanifolds of Euclidean space. This talk will be an introduction (building on last week's pre-introduction) to the decoupling inequality of Bourgain and Demeter for paraboloids in $R^d$, for $d\ge 2$.

A Convex Duality Framework for GANs: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 531 Cory Hall

 Farzan Farnia, Stanford

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Generative adversarial network (GAN) is a minimax game between a generator mimicking the true model and a discriminator distinguishing the samples produced by the generator from the real training samples. Given a discriminator trained over the entire space of functions, this game reduces to finding the generative model which minimizes a divergence score, e.g. the Jensen-Shannon (JS) divergence,...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Khovanov homology

Seminar | April 24 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sucharit Sarkar, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe Khovanov's categorification of the Jones polynomial. We will talk about some applications of Khovanov homology to low-dimensional topology, such as Rasmussen's proof that the four-ball genus of the \((p,q)\) torus knot is \((p-1)(q-1)/2\). We will also talk about some directions in which the theory has been generalized.

Deformation Theory Seminar: Geometry of superpotentials in massive $1+1$ dimensional Landau-Ginzburg theories

Seminar | April 24 | 2:30-3:50 p.m. | Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Baker Room

 Raeez Lorgat, Perimeter Institute

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss some of the structures related to superpotentials appearing in the work of Gaiotto, Moore and Witten

The topologies of random real algebraic hypersufaces

Seminar | April 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Peter Sarnak, Princeton University and IAS

 Department of Statistics

The topology of a hyper-surface in P^n(R)
of high degree can be very complicated .However
if we choose the surface at random there is a universal
law . Little is known about this law and it appears
to be dramatically different for n=2 and n>2 .
There is a similar theory for zero sets of monochromatic
waves which model nodal sets .
Joint work with Y.Canzani and I.Wigman

Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics Seminar: Globalization of Split AKSZ Sigma Models in the BV-BFV Formalism

Seminar | April 24 | 3-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Nima Moshayedi, University of Zurich

 Department of Mathematics

I give an introduction to the BV-BFV formalism and discuss the setting of certain AKSZ theories. Moreover, I describe a globalization procedure using concepts of formal geometry, which extends the Quantum Master Equation for manifolds with boundary.

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 >

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
-Networking
-Career Fair Preparation
-Interview Preparation
-Graduate/Professional Program Application
-Others

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Khovanov homotopy type

Seminar | April 24 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in time and location

 Sucharit Sarkar, UCLA

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe a construction of a stable homotopy type which is a knot invariant, and whose (ordinary) homology is Khovanov homology. We will state some applications of this spatial refinement. Time permitting, we will describe further spatial refinements of other variants of Khovanov homology, such as invariants for tangles. This is joint with Robert Lipshitz and Tyler Lawson.

Maborosi

Film - Feature | April 24 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yumiko, a troubled young woman, believes she is responsible for the death of her grandmother as well as the suicide of her first husband, Ikuo. Five years after Ikuo’s death, she is happily remarried but her guilt and sorrow are never far away. Returning to her home town, she is drawn to a clifftop by the tolling of funeral bells—and by the siren call of the maborosi, a beautiful light that lures...   More >

Applying for Your Student Visa Webinar

Information Session | April 24 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

This webinar will instruct newly admitted students to UC Berkeley for Fall 2019 on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate visa application process and entry to the United States. Think ahead and apply early as delays and increased scrutiny are expected during this busy travel season. There will be time for student questions at the end of the presentation. The same webinar will be repeated live in May and...   More >

Number Theory Seminar: Algebraicity of values of the Gamma function I

Seminar | April 24 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Zixin Jiang, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

“Hormone discovery - new functional molecules and biomarkers for metabolic disease”

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Katrin Svensson, Stanford University

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Tarski Lecture: Formalizing mathematics

Lecture | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Thomas Hales, University of Pittsburgh

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will describe a broad long-term research program to make formal proofs in mathematics a practical reality. A formal proof is a mathematical proof that has been checked exhaustively by computer, on the basis of the fundamental axioms of mathematics and the primitive inference rules of logic. The field has progressed to the point that it is now possible to give formal proofs of major...   More >

Designing Catalytic Materials on the Atomic Level for Sustainable Biomass Conversion

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Nicholas Burnelli, Professor, Ohio State University

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Rapid consumption of energy and material resources demands that we identify more sustainable manufacturing processes. Sustainable processes inherently involve minimizing waste. Indeed, the key challenge is
achieving highly active and selective catalytic materials for converting resources such as biomass. Our group develops precise synthetic methods to produce uniform and well-defined catalytic...   More >

Screening: Arab Women-Directed Short Films

Film - Series | April 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This program showcases 5 short films by and about Arab women. The showcase includes documentary, narrative, and animation spotlighting compelling, socially-relevant short format work from Tunisia, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine, and Morocco, moving through a coming of age discussion between Lebanese millennials on a ferris wheel and a young girl testing the boundaries of a Salafist...   More >

EECS Colloquium: Memcomputing: leveraging memory and physics to compute efficiently

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Massimiliano Di Ventra, University of California, San Diego

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is well known that physical phenomena may be of great help in computing some difficult problems efficiently. A typical example is prime factorization that may be solved in polynomial time by exploiting quantum entanglement on a quantum computer. There are, however, other types of (non-quantum) physical properties that one may leverage to compute efficiently a wide range of hard problems. In...   More >

Land Grabbing or Land for Investors?

Film - Documentary | April 24 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | #470 Stephens Hall

 Alfredo Bini, ESPM

 Science, Technology, and Society Center (STSC)

Photojournalist Mr. Alfredo Bini will present his documentary on land grabbing in Ethiopia "Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?", followed by a round-table discussion with Prof. Claudia Carr (ESPM), Prof. Jampel Dell'Angelo (VU University, Amsterdam), Prof. Paolo D'Odorico (ESPM).

“Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?”: A conversation on Land Grabbing at the UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Alfredo Bini, Visiting Scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Claudia J Carr, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Paolo D’Odorico, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Jampel Dell’Angelo, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS)

Photojournalist Alfredo Bini, visiting scholar in the ESPM at UC Berkeley, will present his documentary: “Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?”

The documentary connects the dots between agribusiness corporations and large scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia and documents the disagreement between the way government officials and local communities view this phenomenon.

Ethiopia, Gambella. Burning forest around the Karuturi Global facility to allow access for the bulldozers that will prepare the ground for oil palm and sugar cane plantations.

Humanitarianism from the Margins: Framing Return Migration and Repatriation in Jewish Europe and Africa

Lecture | April 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nick Underwood and Florian Wagner, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley & The Regional Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

A dual lecture with tandem fellows Nick Underwood and Florian Wagner. As fellows of the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute with a focus on the history of migration, their research centers around Jewish return migration and repatriation tendencies in France and Ethiopia. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with Andrea Westermann,

Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day 2019

Special Event | April 24 | 5-8 p.m. | 100 Blum Hall

 The Big Ideas Contest

After months of developing their Big Ideas with mentors, six top student teams compete in the annual Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day for up to $5,000 in prizes. Teams will share their vision for social impact with a panel of esteemed judges. This annual highlight of the Big Ideas contest is an exciting event with opportunities for audience participation and networking. Refreshments will be served.

Distinguished Teaching Award Ceremony

Special Event | April 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Senate

Four UC Berkeley faculty have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching. The award recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact.

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 >

Cybersecurity and Defense: Trends, Challenges, and Careers

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium

 Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley School of Law and School of Information; Nicholas Weaver, UC Berkeley International Computer Science Institute; Lt. Col. Kevin Childs, Hoover Institution, US Air Force; Dorothy Ngutter, US Department of State

 Delta Phi Epsilon, UC Berkeley Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Policy Review at Berkeley, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, Review of International Conflict and Security

Join us for a discussion with four distinguished panelists about trends, challenges, and career opportunities for students interested in cybersecurity and defense. Historically, industry knowledge and career paths for students interested in tech and tech-policy have been most pronounced in the private sector, in spite of emerging public sector needs for national security roles in tech. Our panel...   More >

VSR Social Mixer

Social Event | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  Matiki Island BBQ & Brew (prev. Daily Pint)

 Map

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

On behalf of Berkeley International Office, we would like to invite you to attend our Visiting Student Researcher (VSR) Social Mixer! Enjoy this opportunity to meet and socialize with other scholars. All are welcome so feel free to invite friends, family, or new colleagues.

We'll be inside at one of the long tables. Look for signs! Food and beverages will be available for purchase. We...   More >

Making Bitters with California Natives

Workshop | April 24 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Come to the UC Botanical Garden to learn all about how to make bitters from California native plants with Katie Shea of Golden Bear Bitters. In this hands on workshop you'll create your own bitter, learn about suitable plant species and learn to prepare a cocktail and mocktail as well.

Golden Bear Bitters was founded in 2016 by Katie Shea, who also operates Bar Cart Cocktail Co.

$50 / $45 UCBG Members

  Register online

Navigating Unconscious Bias

Seminar | April 24 | 6-7 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Cat Adams and Linet Mera

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Most people don’t want to be racist, sexist, or prejudiced in general. Yet simply living in the world exposes everyone to negative stereotypes about various groups of people, which can lead anyone to internalize harmful “unconscious bias” and accidentally discriminate against people they consciously respect. We’ll review how to recognize unconscious bias, give you tips to reduce bias in 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.

Was es alles gibt: A German Cabaret

Performing Arts - Theater | April 23 – 24, 2019 every day | 7-8 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

The UC Berkeley students of German once again present a (mostly) humorous mixture of poetry, skits, and music in their annual cabaret program with texts by Robert Gernhardt, Ernst Jandl, Karl Valentin, Friedrich Hölderlin and many others. A poetic and playful celebration of the German language.

Luz Obscura

Film - Documentary | April 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Susana de Sousa Dias continues her exploration of Portugal’s tragic past in this moving experimental essay film on political imprisonment, government oppression, and the families left behind in their wake. Like her earlier Still Life and 48, the film brings to light official images from the Portuguese secret police archives of political prisoners under the dictatorship; here, testimonies of the...   More >

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias

Lecture | April 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Susana de Sousa Dias

 Arts Research Center

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00pm
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

Susana de Sousa Dias is an award-winning Portuguese independent filmmaker.

Susana de Sousa Dias

Thursday, April 25, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Inaugural Conference on Right-Wing Studies

Conference/Symposium | April 25 – 27, 2019 every day |  2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues)

 Center for Right-Wing Studies

The Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies is pleased to present the Inaugural Conference on Right-Wing Studies. This interdisciplinary conference will feature dozens of new and established scholars from around the world whose work deals with the Right as a social, political, and/or intellectual phenomenon from the 19th century to the present day.

Livestream: Berkeley Peregrine Falcon Hatch Day

Special Event | April 25 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stop by BAMPFA’s colossal outdoor screen on Addison Street between Shattuck and Oxford in downtown Berkeley on Thursday, April 25 to check out the livestream and meet our falcon experts! Berkeley’s most famous falcons—Annie and Grinnell—are nesting in the Campanile for the third consecutive year. If the experts' predictions are correct, we'll be able to watch their three eggs hatch live on the...   More >

Y-PLAN Policy Summit: Planning a More Inclusive and Resilient Region

Conference/Symposium | April 25 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. |  International House

 Center for Cities + Schools

The UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools is pleased to invite you to the 2019 Y-PLAN Policy Summit: Planning a More Inclusive and Resilient Region on Thursday April 25th, 2019 at the UC Berkeley International House, as we bring young people and civic leaders together to plan for a more inclusive and resilient region.

From designing affordable housing in East Oakland to the future of...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

Study Abroad Office Hours at Educational Opportunity Program

Information Session | February 14 – May 9, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | César E. Chávez Student Center, Educational Opportunity Program- MLK BNorth CE3

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will hold office hours at Educational Opportunity Program on Thursdays from 10 am-noon this spring to answer questions about program options, scholarships, how to apply and additional services offered!

Sign-up on http://tinyurl.com/eopstudyabroad.

Applied Math Seminar: Stochastic Algorithms for Electromagnetic Problems of Nano-Structures

Seminar | April 25 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Wei Cai, Southern Methodist University

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will present some stochastic algorithms and numerical results for solving electromagnetic problems in nano-particles and random meta-materials. Firstly, we will present a path integral Monte Carlo method for computing magnetic polarizability tensors of nano-particles of complex geometries for material sciences applications. The method relies on a Feynman-Kac formula involving...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics Seminar: What Drives Anomaly Returns?

Seminar | April 25 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | C330 Haas School of Business

 Paul Tetlock, Columbia Business School

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar

The House of the Spirits: A Conversation with Isabel Allende and Caridad Svich, moderated by Michael Moran

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Isabel Allende; Caridad Svich; Michael Moran

 Arts + Design

In the final public lecture of the series, author Isabel Allende will be in conversation with Caridad Svich, theater-maker and playwright, about The House of the Spirits in its may iterations: novel, play, and the upcoming staged performance by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, directed by Michael Moran at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse. Michael Moran will...   More >

peterglazer

So what are we to make of Brexit?

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, Berkeley Law, International Group

IES Senior Fellow Matt Beech, offers an analysis of Brexit in the post-March 29 environment. Beech evaluates the UK's current position and posits an interpretation of the decentering effects the phenomenon of Brexit has had, and will likely continue to have, upon the ideas, culture, and politics of Britain.

Matt Beech

Shaping Rights for Students and Faculty Members at the European Level: The Role of the EU Legal Order in the Protection of Academic Rights: What Could We Learn from the US?

Presentation | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Evans Hall, CSHE Conference Room, 768

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

EU recognizes academic freedom, freedom of science and students’ right to education as fundamental rights (Charter of EU Fund. Rights, art. 13-14). However, this formal recognition does not correspond to a significant power in the field of education and research: member states have an exclusive power to regulate their system of education and the Union has only the competence to “support,...   More >

Systematizing Investment Understanding at the World’s Largest Hedge Fund

Information Session | April 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Alexander Valdes, Bridgewater

 Data Sciences

Interested in designing and building systems to tackle complex, real-world problems? Curious to know what an investment system is and how it works? This talk shares how Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, builds an understanding of macroeconomics and turns that into highly inspectable investment systems. We see this as one of the keys to continued success in this highly competitive...   More >

Mindful Awareness Guided Meditation

Miscellaneous | February 21 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday | 12-1 p.m. | 5400 Berkeley Way West

 Jeffrey Oxendine

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

Focus the mind. Foster creativity, resilience, and well-being. These meetings are free and open to faculty, staff, and students. You are invited to drop in at noon any Thursday.

Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Online Information Session

Information Session | April 25 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how UC Berkeley Extension’s professional certificate can prepare you for diverse job opportunities—in teaching, business, publishing, travel and more—both in the United States and around the world.

  Make reservations online

Emerging efforts to improve complex care from The Commonwealth Fund’s perspective

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, CR-5101-fifth floor

 Public Health, School of

The Commonwealth Fund and five other foundations have formed a collaborative focused on adoption of promising practices that improve outcomes and lower costs for adults with complex needs. Tanya Shah, assistant vice president at The Commonwealth Fund, will be sharing the latest lessons and research emerging from this joint effort.
Tanya Shah MBA, MPH ’99 is assistant vice president, Delivery...   More >

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NEURO/GGD Informal Seminar: The neuromodulatory connectome of C. elegans: wire and wireless signaling

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Bill Schafer, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Professional Sequence in Technical Communication Online Information Session

Information Session | April 25 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Technical communication plays a vital role in bridging the gap between those who create new ideas or products and those who must understand how to put those products or ideas to use. Learn about the expanding need for technical communication professionals and how our program will prepare you for a career in this exciting field, or enable you to advance in your current position.

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Systemizing Investment Understanding at the World’s Largest Hedge Fund

Colloquium | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 306 Soda Hall

 Alexander Valdes, Bridgewater, Co-Head Research Investment Engineering

 Data Sciences

Interested in designing and building systems to tackle complex, real-world problems? Curious to know what an investment system is and how it works? This talk shares how Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, builds an understanding of macroeconomics and turns that into highly inspectable investment systems. We see this as one of the keys to continued success in this highly competitive...   More >

IB Seminar: A deep-time perspective of macroecology

Seminar | April 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Erin Saupe, University of Oxford

 Department of Integrative Biology

Librarian Office Hours at the SPH DREAM Office

Miscellaneous | February 7 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday | 1-3 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2220 (DREAM Office)

 Michael Sholinbeck

 Library

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.
NOTE: On Feb. 14: 2:15-3pm only

Candace Lukasik | Ecumenism of Blood: Islamophobia and the Geopolitics of MENA Christians

Lecture | April 25 | 1-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This talk unpacks the ways Copts, as a community of Middle Eastern Christians in the United States, are caught at the nexus of American evangelical moral imaginaries and the racialization of Muslims in a post-9/11 context. Increasing international media attention on Copts and Islamic State affiliate attacks on Coptic places of worship and pilgrimage in Egypt are connected to and predated by...   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

GWS Honors Presentations

Presentation | April 25 | 2-4 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

The five students who are completing their honors theses in Gender & Women's Studies will be presenting their original research at the weekly GWS cafe.

Seminar 251, Labor Seminar: "Income in the Off-Season: Household Adaptation to Yearly Work Interruptions"

Seminar | April 25 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Brendan Price, UC Davis

 Center for Labor Economics

(joint with John Coglianese, Federal Reserve Board of Governors)

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Sensitivity Analysis using Approximate Moment Condition Models"

Seminar | April 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Timothy Armstrong, Yale

 Department of Economics

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Sensitivity Analysis using Approximate Moment Condition Models"

Seminar | April 25 | 3-4 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Timothy Armstrong, Yale

 Department of Economics

Reforming national chemicals safety policy to protect the health of workers and the public

Lecture | April 25 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

In June 2016, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act—the first comprehensive reform in more than 40 years aimed at fixing the nation's badly outdated Toxic Chemicals Control Act of 1976. The Lautenberg Act includes improvements such as mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable...   More >

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Cortical circuits underlying visual perception

Seminar | April 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Michael Higley, Yale University

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

ESPM Seminar Series, Spring 2019

Seminar | April 25 | 3:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Kaitlyn Gaynor

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

Distinguished Lecture by a finishing ESPM student, Kaitlyn Gaynor, who will present: "The ecological dynamics of human-wildlife coexistence." Hosted by Justin Brashares. Meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments after the talk in 139 Mulford Hall.

From Nand to Tetris: Applied Computer Science from the Ground Up

Colloquium | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1203, Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Shimon Schocken, IDC (Interdisciplinary Center) Herzliya, Israel

 Graduate School of Education

We present a course that synthesizes many abstractions, algorithms, and data structures learned in CS courses, and makes them concrete by building a complete computer system, from the ground up. The methodology is based on guiding students through a set of 12 projects that gradually construct and unit-test a simple hardware platform and a modern software hierarchy, yielding a surprisingly...   More >

Cooperating with the Curse of Dimensionality

Seminar | April 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 3106 Etcheverry Hall

 Hao Chen, UC Davis

 Department of Statistics

The curse of dimensionality arises when analyzing high-dimensional data and non-Euclidean data, such as network data, which are ubiquitous nowadays. It causes counter-intuitive phenomena and makes traditional statistical tools less effective or inapplicable. On the other hand, some counter-intuitive phenomena might be explained by some universal patterns, which could be used to form new effective...   More >

The TDPS Speaker Series presents Caridad Svich | The Wilderness: Playwriting in the World

Lecture | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Caridad Svich, Playwright/text-builder, theatre-maker, translator, lyricist, editor, educator

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company)...   More >

Mathematics Department Colloquium: The unreasonable effectiveness of non-archimedean methods in complex geometry

Colloquium | April 25 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 François Loeser, Sorbonne University

 Department of Mathematics

In recent years non-archimedean methods have shown to be a quite powerful tool in complex algebraic geometry. I shall present some of the results that can be obtained that way, proceeding from Thuiller's proof of the invariance of the homotopy type of the incidence complex to more recent results.

"Dirty Looks" with Bradford Nordeen: Curating 'Dirty Looks' and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde

Film - Short | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 142 (Nestrick Room)

 Bradford Nordeen

 Department of English, Film & Media Studies, Arts Research Center

Ranging from digital drag revisionism to post-bohemian celluloid, this screening and talk showcase works from eight years of “Dirty Looks,” a queer avant-garde film series that, since 2011, has brought queer artists’ cinema to audiences in NYC, LA, the Bay Area, and in a touring series, across the country. Curator Bradford Nordeen will show highlights from the past eight years and discuss the...   More >

Tanika Sarkar | Intimate Violence - Colonial Lawmaking and Cultural Nationalism in 19th Century India: The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2018

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Tanika Sarkar, historian of modern India

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Lecture by acclaimed historian of women’s histories and social movements in colonial and post-colonial India and Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dr. Tanika Sarkar.

"Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of Religion & Political Science, University of Toronto

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly...   More >

Spring 2019 LEP Global Book Club: The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

Meeting | March 14 – May 2, 2019 every Thursday with exceptions | 5-6 p.m. | 110 César E. Chávez Student Center

 SLC Language Exchange Program, UC Berkeley Student Learning Center

You're invited to join the Spring 2019 LEP Global Book Club! This semester, we will be reading The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. Edited by Cal grad and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, this book features the works of refugee writers from around the world. Engaging with their stories provides intimate insight into the realities faced by millions of people in...   More >

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Career Series: Preparing for Post Graduation

Panel Discussion | April 25 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, BNorth Conference Room

 Student Environmental Resource Center, Career Center, Association of Environmental Professionals- Berkeley Student Chapter

Come and learn from out-going seniors and recent graduates about graduate school application processes and tips for getting a job. 

Tragic Power, Comic Self: 2019 Ringrose Lecture in Italian Studies

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Timothy Campbell, Professor of Italian Studies, Cornell University

 The Department of Italian Studies, The Program in Critical Theory, The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, The Program in Romance Languages and Literatures, The Department of Comparative Literature, The Department of French, The Department of Philosophy, The Department of Rhetoric

Reading recent work on Italian Thought and biopolitics, one might be forgiven for thinking that biopolitics and biopower are deeply negative concepts. What gives? Why the relentlessly negative characterization of politics inflected biologically?

Liliana Porter, Man with Axe, 2017

Ruth Marshall Talk

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of Religion & Political Science, University of Toronto

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on...   More >

Cinefication in Three Scenes

Lecture | April 25 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Pavle Levi, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Stanford University

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

This talk will diagnose and theoretically elaborate the notion of reality’s “general cinefication” by drawing on a range of post-WWII experimental and documentary film practices and spectatorial experiences. Questions pertaining to the politics of East European filmmaking in the age of moving image’s ubiquity will be explored through the consideration of works by Zelimir Zilnik, Bojan Jovanovic,...   More >

BERC Alumni Gala

Reception | April 25 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | #3300 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

 1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

Join us for the 9th Annual BERC Alumni Reunion! Catch up with alumni and current students, and meet others invested and interested in the energy industry. This will be a great opportunity to network, learn, and relax before the weekend. Simultaneously, come hear about the initiatives and programming that BERC has planned for this year.

We invite you to enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, excellent...   More >

Ancient Use of Psychoactive Plants in Pre-Columbian South America: Chemical Evidence from a Ritual Bundle from Southwestern Bolivia

Lecture | April 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Melanie Miller, University of Otago

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Humans have utilized various substances with psychotropic properties for millennia, and while evidence for some of these substances can be traced through historical and archaeological sources, others have been elusive. Recent advances in chemical techniques have enabled archaeologists to examine residues from archaeological materials in order to identify specific ingredients, including plants...   More >

Funding Your Postdoc

Panel Discussion | April 25 | 6-7:15 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

In the progression from graduate student to postdoctoral scholar, early career scientists start demonstrating their independence as researchers. Finding and securing funding can serve as an important step in the transition, demonstrating your ability to design research projects (as well as build your CV). In this panel, you will learn the types of awards Berkeley bioscientistspursue and hear from...   More >

Need-Finding For Your Next Big Idea

Seminar | April 25 | 6-8:05 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

SWE Startup Spring at Berkeley presents the first of a two-part series on Women Entrepreneurs: How To Be an Effective Female Founder on April 18th, 6-8pm at 290 HMMB.

Do you want to know how to become an effective female founder? Come listen to panelists Caroline Winnett, Executive Director at SkyDeck, Maria Artunduaga, CEO of Respira Labs, Paola Santana, Founder of Matternet and now Social...   More >

Grounds for Science - Science and Public Policy Duo!

Presentation | April 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Eric Lee, Graduate Program of Infectious Diseases and Immunity; Vetri Velan, Department of Physics

 Science@Cal

Note Change in date and location for Grounds for Science. This month's cafe will be held on a Thursday evening at Cafe Leila. Grounds for Science features short talks by UC Berkeley graduate students.

Science’s role in policy, politics, and process with Eric Lee

Science and politics have historically operated in separate spheres of society. On the rare occasions that scientists have stepped...   More >

Tharlo

Film - Documentary | April 25 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A shepherd from the steppes finds that the big city holds more pitfalls than merely bureaucracy and dreadful karaoke in Tseden’s innovatively structured critique of Tibet’s rural-urban divide. Heading to town for his first-ever picture ID, the not-so-simple shepherd Tharlo promptly loses his sense of identity, courtesy of a modern woman with designs on his time—and money. Merging a poignant...   More >

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

Performing Arts - Theater | April 25 – 28, 2019 every day | 7-10:30 p.m. | 230 Hearst Gymnasium

 Arts + Design, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

April 25–28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word “present” slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique “theatre in the surround” configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create...   More >

CrafterDark: Decorate pots and plant succulents!

Workshop | April 25 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Living Room

 Berkeley Art Studio

Join us in the Student Union on April 25th (8pm) for the final CrafterDark of the school year! Come by to decorate pottery made at the Berkeley Art Studio and plant a succulent inside! Makes a great gift for a graduating senior or to spruce up your new digs.