International House Upcoming Events Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement, Mar 21 Marion Nestle will present the Weinstock lecture on March 21, 2017. Her lecture is titled "Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement" and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.<br /> <br /> <strong>About the lecture</strong><br /> The paradox of today’s global food system is that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world’s population. Underlying these problems is an overabundant and overly competitive food system in which companies are forced to expand market channels to meet corporate growth targets. The contradiction between the goals of public health and food corporations has led to a large and growing food movement in the United States, which seeks policy changes to promote healthier and more environmentally sound food choices. This lecture considers the cultural, economic, and institutional factors that influence food policies and choices, and the balance between individual and societal responsibility for those choices.<br /> <br /> <strong>About Marion Nestle</strong><br /> Marion Nestle’s research and writing are widely read by both popular and academic audiences and examine the scientific and socioeconomic dimensions of food choices, obesity, and food safety, with a particular focus on the role of food marketing. She is a prolific writer. Several of her award-winning publications include <i> Food Politics</i> (2002); Safe Food</i> (2003); <i> What to Eat</i> (2006); <i> Eat, Drink Vote</i> (2013); and <i> Soda Politics</i> (2015). She is also the author of two books on pet food, <i> Feed Your Pet Right </i> (2010) and <i> Pet Food Politics</i> (2008). From 2008 to 2013 she contributed a monthly Food Matters column for the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> food section. She blogs (almost) daily at<br /> <br /> Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, the department she chaired from 1988-2003. She is also professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. From 1986-88, she served as senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 <i>Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health</i>. She is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley. Beyond Academia Careers Networking Event, Mar 22 Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures, Mar 23 James Sethian<br /> James H. Simons Chair in Mathematics<br /> <br /> The Mathematics of Moving Interfaces: From Industrial Printers and Semiconductors to Medical Imaging and Foamy Fluids<br /> <br /> James Sethian joined the Berkeley faculty in 1985, after studying at Princeton, Berkeley, and the Courant Institute of Mathematics. He is also the head of the Mathematics Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and director of the laboratory’s Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA). His work is in computational fluid mechanics and materials sciences, medical and biomedical image processing, and simulation and optimization of industrial manufacturing processes. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Pioneer Prize from the International Committee on Applied and Industrial Mathematics, the AMS-SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize, and the Cozzarelli Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Mongolian Throat-singing Concert, Mar 24 KHUSUGTUN is an internationally revered performing group that performs traditional music from Mongolia, the home of Chinggis Khan. They are especially renowned for their a capella arrangements using “khöömei” or “throat-singing,” an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Consisting of six members, the band also performs horsehead fiddle, zither, flute, lute, open-ended flute and various jaw harps. Notable performances include the following: <br /> <br /> • Out of 900 artists from 15 different countries, they won 2nd place at the ‘Asia’s Got Talent 2015’ show, organized in Malaysia and Singapore. <br /> • “War Song Before Battle” an original composition for the hit TV show “Marco Polo” (Season 1, 2014).<br /> • At the festival “Rain Forest World Music Festival”(RWMF) in Malaysia, one of the top 20 international festivals, they were recognized as the most distinctive group in 2012. <br /> • In 2011, they performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK for the BBC Proms’ “Human Planet” concert, together with the BBC Concert Orchestra and bands from the Sakha Republic, Papua New Guinea, Greenland, and Zambia.<br /> <br /> RSVP here: Get Global Ready, Mar 30 To be successful on our campus, staff must be able to collaborate with a wide range of people. As UC Berkeley is becoming more and more global, understanding different cultural styles is paramount, as is making constructive efforts to bridge significant gaps in these various styles. By registering for this 3 hour workshop you will: <br /> <br /> • Gain access to an online survey called GlobeSmart (normally $20)<br /> • Receive a personalized profile of your preferred intercultural work style <br /> • Be able to compare your profile to the average profile from another country and/or other individuals at UC Berkeley<br /> <br /> Having completed the GlobeSmart profile as pre-work, you will then attend the workshop to gain increased cultural self-awareness, greater understanding of other styles and experience style-switching to explore how you can adapt for more effective intercultural interactions. The goal is that you return to your workplace with stronger intercultural awareness, knowledge and skills, leading to a more productive and inclusive campus environment. Big C Hike, Mar 30 Start the weekend early! Join Berkeley International Office (BIO) advisers on this easy hike to enjoy the breathtaking view of the bay! Bring a camera to capture the moment and don't forget to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The hike takes 1-1.5 hours. Meet at I-House front entrance on the steps. Bring water. <br /> <br /> We hope to see you there! Two-Year Requirement Workshop, Apr 4 This general information workshop is for UC Berkeley international students and scholars whose immigration status is J-1 and J-2 and who are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement. Not all J exchange visitors are subject to this requirement.<br /> <br /> J exchange visitors (students and scholars) who are subject to this requirement must return to their country of last legal permanent residence for two years or obtain a waiver of this requirement before they are eligible for H (temporary employment), L status (intracompany transfer), or Permanent Residence (a green card). Read more about this rule here.<br /> Topics<br /> <br /> What makes a J exchange visitor "subject"<br /> Strategies for timing the application for a waiver<br /> When to see an advisor at Berkeley International Office Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures, Apr 11 Thomas W. Laqueur<br /> Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History<br /> <br /> How Dogs Make Us Human<br /> <br /> Thomas Laqueur began teaching at Berkeley in 1973 after studying at Swarthmore, Princeton, and Oxford. A specialist in the cultural history of modern Europe, Laqueur is a founding editor of the journal Representations and a former director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center of the Humanities. His work — translated into fifteen languages — has focused on the history of popular religion and literacy; on the history the body, alive and dead; and on the history of death and memory. His most recent book, The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Moral Remains, was published by Princeton in 2015. He also writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Threepenny Review, The Guardian, and other journals. In 2007, Laqueur won a $1.5 million Mellon Distinguished Humanist Award that he used to produce an opera based upon the Portuguese author José Saramago’s novel, Death With Interruptions, and to provide seed money for programs in religious studies, human rights, science studies, and other initiatives at Berkeley. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Supporting Students From China at UC Berkeley, Apr 12 Students from China continue to come to UC Berkeley in ever-greater numbers. What roles can each of us play in ensuring that we all make the most of this learning opportunity, both for the students and for ourselves? How can we bring awareness to our own and others’ stereotypes, so that we might transform them into learning opportunities? Through thoughtful conversation and inquiry, we will spend the afternoon exploring these and other questions.<br /> <br /> After the workshop participants will be better able to:<br /> <br /> - Understand the unique cultural challenges faced by students from China, from their perspective<br /> - Interact with students from China in ways that help them feel included and understood, ultimately facilitating their success<br /> - Have conversations with colleagues that improve their understanding of the challenges faced by students from China<br /> - Help Chinese student better adapt to academic life on a U.S. campus Managing Conflict Across Cultures, Apr 20 Conflict is common in the workplace. It can get in the way of productivity and work satisfaction, and can even damage our relationships with colleagues. How do we learn to deal with conflict? What influence do family and culture play? How is our own style similar to or different from the larger community? By taking an assessment called the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (complimentary) and participating in this workshop, participants will be able to identify their preferred approaches for addressing conflict. Knowing more about one’s own conflict style and other intercultural conflict styles can help: resolve disagreements with people who approach conflict differently; more effectively communicate goals and interests to others; more accurately interpret the statements/actions of the other party; and manage the stress and anxiety present in conflict situations. With this increased awareness we will also develop skills for resolving differences, enhancing our ability to manage various types of conflicts. CalDay at I-House, Apr 22 CalDay at I-House<br /> Saturday, April 22, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM<br /> <br /> "All Around the World" International Theme Brunch<br /> In celebration of CalDay, International House welcomes visitors and foodies alike to experience a gourmet brunch featuring flavors from around the world in our Dining Commons. I-House residents will share their special talents with performances and presentations.<br /> <br /> Visitors/Community: $10<br /> I-House Alumni: $7<br /> Visit the Alumni table to receive an alumni card and souvenir gift!<br /> <br /> International House Tour: Living Under the Dome<br /> Come learn about I-House's unique history and experience its global atmosphere! Tours depart from the front entrance<br /> at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. 2017 Lawson Lecture, Apr 26 The field of earthquake geology, which includes paleoseismology, provides approaches for quantifying the longer term behavior of active structures and active regions in time and space. Since the mid-1960s, when trenching was first used for simple fault location primarily in California, investigations of the rupture behavior of seismogenic structures have spread globally to all tectonic settings including subduction zones. Using improved and new techniques for dating geologic deposits and geomorphic surfaces, incorporating high resolution ground-based and satellite imagery for measuring coseismic surface and longer-term displacements, and investigating sites with long records of earthquake occurrence and event slip, earthquake geologic studies have expanded our four dimensional understanding of active earthquake systems and provided fundamental data for seismic hazard analysis. The Lawson Lecture will discuss these concepts with worldwide examples and special emphasis on the past and future behavior of faults in the San Francisco Bay Region. I-House Annual Celebration and Awards Gala, Apr 27 International House 2017 Gala Honoring<br /> Sir Desmond Rea (IH 1966 - 67), Dr. Arlene Blum (IH 1967-68), and Shankar Sastry (IH 1977-78) <br /> <br /> 6 pm Music & Mingling Dinner & Program Follow<br /> $275 per person<br /> $150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of years of age and under)<br /> Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley<br /> 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA<br /> Valet Parking Provided<br /> For more information, please call 510.642.4128 or email<br /> <br /> Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged Catering provided by International House The Science of Burnout, Apr 29 At this day-long seminar, led by GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.--with special guests celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, Ph.D., burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.--you’ll explore the characteristics of burnout, its negative consequences, and the individual and organizational factors that make it more or less likely. Attendees will learn about the biological and psychological consequences of burnout—and differentiate it from related concepts like chronic stress, depression, and so-called “compassion fatigue.”<br /> <br /> 6 CEs for health care professionals and educators Between Worlds - A Conversation with Mira Nair, May 7 ISAS is proud to announce the 5th <a href=""><b>Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture</b></a> - a lecture series on the theme of Women and Leadership. This lecture series has been established in memory of Sarah Kailath (February 5, 1941 - October 15, 2008), a long-time supporter of ISAS’s mission and activities and in whose name the Institute holds an endowed chair titled the <a href=""><b>Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies</b></a>.<br /> <br /> Our fifth Sarah Kailath Memorial lecturer will be acclaimed film director <a href=""><b>Mira Nair</b></a>. The event will be in the form of a conversation between Ms. Nair and <a href=""><b>Harsha Ram</b></a>, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and will include a Q&A session where the audience will be able to engage with Ms. Nair. <br /> <br /> <b>Speaker Bio</b><br /> <a href=""><b>Mira Nair</b></a> is a prolific filmmaker who fluidly moves between Hollywood and independent cinema. After several years of making documentary films, she made <i>Salaam Bombay!</i> (1988), the first Indian film to win the coveted Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and more than 25 international awards including an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. Nair then directed <i>Mississippi Masala</i> (1991), <i>The Perez Family</i> (1995), and <i>My Own Country</i> (1998). Her <i>Monsoon Wedding</i> (2001) won the Golden Lion, Venice’s top prize in cinema. Her most recent films include <i>Amelia</i> (2009), <i>The Reluctant Fundamentalist</i> (2013), <i>Words With Gods</i> (2014), and <i>Queen of Katwe</i> (2016). <br /> <br /> Raised in India, schooled at Harvard, and living in New York City, Mira Nair uses her natural grasp of identity conflict to make films that explore race, gender, inter-generational strife, cultural appropriation and displacement. A poignant speaker, she captures beautifully the tug of competing worlds felt by millions of immigrants around the world.<br /> <br /> The <a href=""><b>Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on "Women and Leadership,"</b></a> derives from the <a href=""><b>Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies</b></a>. The chair was established by Thomas Kailath, and Vinita and Narendra Gupta in honor of Dr. Kailath's wife, Sarah Kailath, to enhance awareness and knowledge of issues relating to the Indian subcontinent. The current Sarah Kailath Chair is <a href=""><b>Lawrence Cohen</b></a>, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies and Professor, Anthropology and South Asian Studies. Professors Raka Ray, Robert P. Goldman and Thomas Metcalf previously held the Chair.<br /> <br /> Preceding Mira Nair's lecture on Sunday, May 7, we will be screening the following selected films from her vast collection: <br /> <br /> <b>Admission with Cal ID only for the following film screenings. Lecture on May 7 is free and open to the public.</b><br /> <br /> FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 5 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall: <br /> <a href=""><b>The Reluctant Fundamentalist | New Directions in Indian Cinema</b></a> <br /> <i>A 2012 ​film based ​up​on ​a novel​ ​by Mohsin Hamid, ​on the impact of the Al Qaeda attacks on one Pakistani man and his treatment by Americans in reaction to them​. Starring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson.</i><br /> <br /> FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 12 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall: <br /> <a href=""><b>The Namesake | New Directions in Indian Cinema</b></a> <br /> <i>A 2006 drama ​based upon a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri on the struggles of first-generation immigrants from West Bengal to the United States, and their American-born children​. Starring Tabu, Irfan Khan, and Kal Penn.</i><br /> <br /> FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 19 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall: <br /> <a href=""><b>Mississippi Masala | New Directions in Indian Cinema</b></a> <br /> <i>A 1991 film ​that ​explores ​an ​interracial romance between African​ ​Americans and Indian Americans in the ​US.​ Starring Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury, and Roshan Seth.</i><br /> <br /> FILM SCREENING | Wed, April 26 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall: <br /> <a href=""><b>Queen of Katwe | New Directions in Indian Cinema</b></a> <br /> <i>A 2016​ true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to ​the game of ​chess​. Starring David Oyelowo​ and Lupita Nyong'o.</i><br /> <br /> FILM SCREENING | Wed, May 3 @ 5 pm in 10 Stephens Hall: <br /> <a href=""><b>Monsoon Wedding | New Directions in Indian Cinema</b></a> <br /> <i>A 2001 film which depicts romantic entanglements during a ​traditional ​Punjabi ​Hindu ​wedding in Delhi​ and explores the bonds that unite families in touching, dramatic, and comedic ways​​. ​Starring ​Naseeruddin Shah​ and Lillete Dubey.</i><br /> <br /> PLAY | Friday, May 5 to June 25 at the Berkeley Rep: <br /> <a href=""><b>Monsoon Wedding: The Musical</b></a><br /> <i>Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep’s stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical.</i><br /> <br /> Like us on <a href=""><b>FACEBOOK</b></a><br /> Follow us on <a href=""><b>TWITTER</b></a><br /> <br /> <a href=""><b>PARKING INFORMATION</b></a><br /> <i>Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.</i> Building Trust Across Cultures, May 11 It’s a truism that trust matters in the workplace: when colleagues trust one another, not only do we feel better, but we accomplish more. Trust, though, doesn’t always come easily: evolution has programmed our unconscious minds to be sensitive to potential threats, and where there is threat there is no trust. To make matters even more challenging, our cultures have given us varied ways of perceiving, establishing, and maintaining trust: what builds trust in one culture might harm it in another. What may be an acceptable way of doing things for one can quickly become offensive or troublesome to another. In this skill-building workshop, you will: become aware of how our minds can trick us into mistrusting others; consider ways in which we can find alternative interpretations of others’ behaviors; and learn how we might adapt our behavior to other cultures’ norms of establishing trust. Sikh Monologues, May 13 The Sikh Monologues is an ethnographic theater performance informed by Sikh stories across America. Jasleen Singh, the Director of Sikh Monologues, traveled across the U.S., interviewed 150 Sikhs and wrote monologues based on the interviews. The show explores issues from domestic abuse and immigration to Sikh identity and inclusivity. After productions in other California cities, New York, and Washington D.C., the show is coming to Berkeley, CA on May 13, 2017!<br /> <br /> For more information, please visit the <a href=""> Facebook page</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="">PARKING INFORMATION</a><br /> <i>Please note that parking is not always easily available in Berkeley. Take public transportation if possible or arrive early to secure your spot.</i>