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Thursday, January 18, 2018

From Communism to Authoritarianism via Democracy. The Puzzle of Political Transformations in East Central Europe

Lecture | January 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University

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

During the first two decades after 1989, countries of East Central Europe experienced a swift and successful democratization process and a relatively painless transition to a market economy. Consolidation of liberal democracy and working market economy opened the door to their accession to the NATO and the European Union. By 2004, it seemed that these countries became “normal” European...   More >

The Royal Alcazar of Seville

Lecture | January 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The UC Botanical Garden is pleased to host author and scholar, Mervyn Samuel for an illustrated lecture on the palace and gardens of the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the oldest royal residence in Europe still used for its original purpose. The talk will showcase the historical context of the Alcázar going back to Roman times and the influence of the Islamic presence in Spain. After 1492 Seville, and...   More >

$20 / $15 UCBG Member

  Register online

The Future of Humans: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Lecture | January 18 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Executive Director, Innovative Genomics Institute

 Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, Columbia University

 Innovative Genomics Institute

In honor of UC Berkeley’s 150th Anniversary year, the Innovative Genomics Institute is presenting a free lecture. Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna will join oncologist Sid Mukherjee to discuss unprecedented advancements in gene editing and the effect new technologies will have on the future of humanity.

The significance of Dr. Doudna's research is difficult to overstate. It has led to what...   More >

 Registration required on Evenbrite site. NOTE: Sign-up does not guarantee a seat. Entrance will be first come, first served with printed or electronic ticket in hand.


  Registration opens December 8. Register online or by calling Jennifer Bevington at 510-664-7579 by January 18.

Talking to Gods: Ainu Artifacts in the Hearst Museum

Lecture | January 18 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Christopher Lowman, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Ainu, the Indigenous people of northern Japan, traditionally use uniquely carved prayer sticks and highly-prized lacquer bowls to send prayers and offerings to their many gods. These sacred objects have made their way into museum collections, but their stories are seldom straightforward: they are entwined with ongoing Ainu cultural change, the desires of collectors, and the ways in which...   More >