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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tearing Down the Deep Learning Performance Wall

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310, Banatao Auditorium

 Greg Diamos, Senior Researcher, Baidu

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Greg Diamos is a senior researcher at Baidu’s Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL). Previously he was on the research team at NVIDIA. Greg holds a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he contributed to the development of the GPU-Ocelot dynamic compiler, which targeted CPUs and GPUs from the same program representation. His PhD thesis pioneered execution models for heterogeneous...   More >


 Free lunch available (limited #s). You must register by the Monday before the event for lunch. Register online

Knowing Plants in Cuneiform Cultures: Revisiting R.C. Thompson's “Dictionary of Assyrian Botany”

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Eduardo Escobar, PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

 Near Eastern Studies

This talk will consider what R.C Thompson's 1949 "Dictionary of Assyrian Botany" might look like in the twenty-first century. Scribal investigations of plants covered a wide range of scholarly genres in cuneiform cultures, from lexical lists, to materia medica, and glassmaking recipes. I will address the perennial challenge of identifying modern plant species in ancient texts, and suggest new...   More >

Syria: Spaces of War: CMES Visiting Scholars Lecture Series

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in date

 Sofia Shwayri, CMES Visiting Scholar

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The uprisings that swept North Africa from late 2010 thru early 2011 reached Syria, to the surprise of many including President Bashar Al-Assaad, in March 2011. Al-Assaad, was convinced that his country would never experience such a widespread public show of dissent. Differing from those other uprisings, Syrians could not claim their own Tahrir Square in Damascus, as the long standing state of...   More >

Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies, with Leigh Raiford

Lecture | February 15 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This talk explores what role photography—as document, as art, and as surveillance—played in the modern civil rights movement and how the medium continues to shape our memories of the "Second Reconstruction."

Free for BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian | $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons | $12 General admission | Event is included with admission

Queer(ing) Frontier Identities: Tracing Cultural Brokering at 19th century Fort Davis, Texas

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Katrina Eichner, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

This presentation focuses on the cultural slippage that occurs in frontier zones where competing worldviews create conditions for alternative, innovative, and layered performances of intersecting identities.

PopUp Exhibition: Elizabeth Rynecki on Moshe Rynecki’s Lost Art Legacy

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughter’s Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Rynecki’s family believed that most of his oeuvre—circa eight...   More >

The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater: Townsend Book Chat with Shannon Jackson

Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Shannon Jackson discusses her recent co-authored book on the Builders Association, a New York-based multimedia theater company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life.

States of Altered Consciousness

Lecture | February 15 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Non-ordinary or altered states of consciousness provide rich sources of information relevant to better understanding the connections between mind and reality.

David Presti has taught neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at UC Berkeley for more than 25 years.

Post and Trauma: The Use of Social Media by Sexual Assault Victims

Lecture | February 15 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg and Anat Peleg

 Information, School of

How can online social media communities support and empower victims of sexual violence?