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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Improving prediction of intervention effects across populations

Lecture | February 8 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 150 University Hall

 Kara Rudolph, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

 Public Health, School of

In public health, there is frequently an implicit assumption that an intervention that works in one place will work in another. This is often not the case in practice, where expansion of interventions may yield disappointingly null results or even unexpected adverse effects. In this talk, I will discuss how some of my recent work in transportability and mediation can help better predict how an...   More >

The Berkeley Seminar on Global History: Karl Jacoby on The Strange Career of William Ellis

Lecture | February 8 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Karl Jacoby, Professor, Department of History, Columbia University

 Chip Williams, Descendent of William Ellis

 Department of History, Institute of International Studies

To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather,...   More >

Working Together: How the Supreme Court Divided the Labor and Civil Rights Movements

Lecture | February 8 | 4 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Catherine Fisk, Professor, Berkeley Law

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law

Once, activists dreamed of an all-inclusive movement for poor people. But then came the 1950s – labor began to decline as a social movement, and civil rights leaders turned away from their early focus on labor rights. What role did the courts play in pushing these movements apart?

Professor Fisk finds that the era’s labor laws, which were hostile to picketing by labor organizers, encouraged...   More >

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After the Airlifts: Battling over Vietnamese Children and the Place of Vietnamese Refugees

Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Allison Varzally, Professor of History, CSU Fullerton

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This talk is derived from Prof. Varzally's new book Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Allison Varzally

The EU’s ad hoc Policy Towards the Middle East after the Refugee Crisis. A View From Central Europe

Lecture | February 8 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 (Townsend)

 Łukasz Fyderek, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University

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

Over the years the Southern Dimension of the European neighborhood policy has been characterized by efforts to promote stability and prosperity. The aim was to build “a ring of friends” from the Caucasus to the Sahara, using a plethora of foreign policy instruments and economic incentives. Within the EU, the matter was relatively uncontroversial, and since 2008 a division of labor became visible,...   More >

Bowen Lectures: Lecture 2: Mathematics and Computation (through the lens of one problem and one algorithm). Proving Algebraic Identities.

Lecture | February 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study

 Department of Mathematics

In numerous mathematical settings, an object typically has several representations. This leads to the “isomorphism problem” or “word problem”: when are two given representations equivalent. Such problems have driven much structural and algorithmic research across mathematics.

We will focus on the algebraic setting, where our objects will be polynomials and rational functions in many...   More >

Buddhism and Divination in Tibet

Lecture | February 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room

 Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

As a poor cousin of both science and religion, a begrudged relative of ritual, and a strange bedfellow of play, divination persists at the margins of established traditions. Buddhism shows some ambivalence toward divination, sometimes barely tolerating it, and other times making full use of divination as a medium for Buddhist messages. Buddhists, for their part, have employed divination in much...   More >

A Long Civil War or a Long Reconstruction?: A Case for 1865

Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Brook Thomas, UC Irvine

 Department of English, Americanist Colloquium

An evening lecture and discussion with UC Irvine professor Brook Thomas; Sponsored by the Americanist Colloquium

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

Lecture | February 8 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Author Wendy Pearlman presents her book, We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria, which is an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University, specializing in Middle East politics.

SOLD OUT - The Science of Cannabis: The Genetics of Cannabis Breeds

Lecture | February 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

There is a rich informal taxonomy of Cannabis strains with exotic and evocative names. How do these breeds reflect the genetic relationships among different strains, and how do those genetic relationships reflect the chemical properties of the specific plants?

$30 / $25 UCBG Members / $15 Current students


Celebrate Michael Krasny’s 25 Years as host of KQED’s Forum

Lecture | February 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, North Gate Hall Library

 Michael Krasny, KQED

 Graduate School of Journalism

You are invited to a very special evening celebrating the career of legendary Bay Area radio host and author Michael Krasny.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/8B6wvu
Seating is first come, first served. Advance registration does not guarantee seating.

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Hilton Als in Conservation with Stephen Best

Lecture | February 8 | 7:30 p.m. |  Nourse Theater

 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA

 Hilton Als, The New Yorker

 Stephen Best, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley English

 Department of English

Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for ‘The Talk of the Town,’ he became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Week after week, he brings to the magazine a rigorous, sharp, and lyrical perspective on acting, playwriting, and directing. With his deep knowledge of the history of performance—not only in theatre but in...   More >

Memory and the Ear: Sather Lecture #1

Lecture | February 8 | 8 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maud Fife Room | Note change in time and location

 Maurizio Bettini, Università degli Studi di Siena

 Department of Classics