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Friday, March 17, 2017

Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies

Lecture | March 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tim Brown, Professor of History at Northeastern University

 Institute of European Studies

Did environmentalism help bring down the Berlin Wall? In “Ecologism and Social Justice in Three Germanies,” Timothy Scott Brown will demonstrate that it did. Examining the development of grassroots environmental politics in the Communist East and the capitalist West from the upheaval of 1968 through the early years of newly-unified Germany, the talk will trace the emergence in the 1970s and 1980s...   More >

Digital Technologies and the Future of Qualitative and Interpretive Analysis

Lecture | March 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 356 Barrows Hall

 Laura K. Nelson, UC Berkeley; Juliana Friend, UC Berkeley

 Arts & Humanities, Letters & Science Division of

Digital technologies, digitized data, and computational methods are expanding the capacity for social scientists and humanists to do quantitative data analysis, but these methods are also changing the way we to qualitative and interpretive analysis. These two talks will explore ways digital technologies and computational methods can be integrated into qualitative and interpretive projects in the...   More >

Bayesian Optimization and Self Driving Cars

Lecture | March 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 240 Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jeff Schneider, Carnegie Mellon, Uber

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: An important property of embedded learning systems is the ever-changing environment they create for all algorithms operating in the system. Optimizing the performance of those algorithms becomes a perpetual online activity rather than a one-off task. I will review some of these challenges in autonomous vehicles. I will discuss active optimization methods and their application in...   More >

New Work in 20th- and 21st-century Literature

Lecture | March 17 | 5:30 p.m. | D1 Hearst Field Annex

 Michaela Bronstein, Stanford University; Scott Selisker, University of Arizona

 Department of English

On Jewish Heresy / David Biale: Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

Lecture | March 17 | 5:30 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way) | Canceled

 Professor David Biale, Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, UC Davis

 The Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Chair in Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The 2017 Taubman Lectures
Lecture 1 (Mon, March 13: Rabbinizing Heresy: Korah in the Midrash
Lecture 2 (Weds, March 15): The Afterlives of Baruch Spinoza and Shabbetai Zvi
Lecture 3 (Thurs, March 16): Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Boundaries of Modern Heresy

David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis.

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