<< Tuesday, October 09, 2018 >>

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blockchain Unlocked Executive Academy

Course | October 8 – 10, 2018 every day | 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, Executive Education Classroom

 Berkeley Law Executive Education, Berkeley Executive Education (powered by Haas School of Business), Berkeley Center for Law & Business

Blockchain Unlocked is a three-day executive and certificate academy consisting of lectures, workshops, and guest presentations from the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

Blockchain Unlocked is designed to train business leaders in blockchain technology and its many business applications. Participants will walk away with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, a survey...   More >

Total synthesis of polycyclic natural products

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Ang Li, State Key Laboratory of Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry

 College of Chemistry

Syntheses of some polycyclic alkaloids and terpenoids by our group will be presented in this lecture. Daphniphyllum alkaloids are a class of structurally intriguing natural products. We develop a series of strategies, such as electrocyclization, [3 + 2] cycloaddition, electrocyclic ring opening, and late-stage Diels−Alder cycloaddition, to achieve the syntheses of a dozen of them. Inspired...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Robust Learning: Information Theory and Algorithms

Seminar | October 9 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Jacob Steinhardt, Stanford

 Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk

This talk will provide an overview of recent results in high-dimensional robust estimation. The key question is the following: given a dataset, some fraction of which consists of arbitrary outliers, what can be learned about the non-outlying points? This is a classical question going back at least to Tukey (1960). However, this question has recently received renewed interest for a combination of...   More >

GUH Lecture: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria

Lecture | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Lagos is notorious for its ever-expanding population, massive infrastructural challenges, and controversial practices of state-sanctioned land capture. This talk will discuss will discuss how we can utilize urban planning and visual culture studies to inv

Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2018 Colloquium

Colloquium | October 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 Global Urban Humanities

"Infrastructure Imaginaries: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria"
Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning
Ivy Mills, Lecturer in History of Art
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
170 Wurster

Charisma Acey is an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her background includes work, research and travel to countries...   More >


Presentation | October 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Clausen Center

This workshop consists of one-hour informal presentations on topics related to macroeconomics and international finance, broadly defined. The presenters are UC Berkeley PhD students, faculty, and visitors.

  RSVP by emailing jgmendoza@berkeley.edu by October 4.

Core Essentials for Better Posture (BEUHS402)

Workshop | October 9 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Greg Ryan, Campus Ergonomist, Be well at Work - Ergonomics

 Be Well at Work - Ergonomics

Improve your posture through awareness and exercise. Learn about common muscular imbalances and postural patterns. Practice strengthening, stretching, and stability exercises to promote healthy postures and better balance. Wear comfortable clothing. Enroll online through the UC Learning Center.

  Register online

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Trees of the Garden: Docent-led Tour

Tour/Open House | October 9 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Discover the signature trees from around the world at the UC Botanical Garden.

Free for Members or with Garden Admission

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Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Liquidity Constraints and the Value of Insurance

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Keith Marzilli Ericson, Boston University

 Department of Economics

Symplectic Working Group: Punctured holomorphic curves and Lagrangian embeddings

Seminar | October 9 | 2-3 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yuan Yao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 237, Human Frictions to the Transmission of Economic Policy

Seminar | October 9 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 587 Evans Hall

 Michael Weber, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

 Department of Economics

Intertemporal substitution is at the heart of modern macroeconomics and finance as well as economic policymaking, but a large fraction of a representative population -- those below the top of the distribution by cognitive abilities (IQ) -- do not change their consumption propensities with their inflation expectations. Low-IQ men are also less than half as sensitive to interest-rate changes when...   More >

Farming, agrobiodiversity, and food in the Andes: first in the series “Hidden Living Landscapes – Conversations on nature, culture, knowledge, resilience and loss in the Andes of South America”.

Workshop | October 9 | 3-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Stef de Haan, CIAT Viet Nam

 Institute of International Studies

Agronomist Stef de Haan will present and discuss his research with Andean farmers and how they manage their biodiversity.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Type B Free Probability

Seminar | October 9 | 3:45-5:45 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Ian Charlesworth, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The lattice of non-crossing partitions plays a crucial role in free probability, giving rise to the free cumulants introduced by Roland Speicher. In addition to their combinatorial description, the non-crossing partitions can be realized as arising from the Coxeter groups of Type A. Reiner used this analogy to introduce the non-crossing partitions of Type B, which raises the question: what do...   More >

Seminar 281: International Trade and Finance - "Supply, Demand, Institutions, and Firms: A Theory of Sorting and the Wage Distribution"

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Daniel Haanwinckel, UC Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper develops and tests a theory of how the supply of skills, labor demand shocks, and minimum wages affect the wage distribution in the presence of firm heterogeneity and imperfectly competitive labor markets. The model features four components: (i) a task-based production function with imperfect substitution across educational groups; (ii) final goods with distinct task...   More >

Approaching Challenges in Physics with Inorganic Chemistry

Seminar | October 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Danna Freedman, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

The Freedman research group's overarching theme is harnessing chemical intuition to approach fundamental challenges in physics. Within this framework, we are focused on three vital areas of contemporary physics: advancing quantum information science, probing magnetism, and creating new emergent materials.

The Biopolitics of Beauty: Cosmetic Citizenship and Affective Capital in Brazil

Colloquium | October 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Alvaro Jarrín, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, College of the Holy Cross

 Center for Ethnographic Research, Center for Latin American Studies

Beauty is considered a basic health right in Brazil, and plastic surgery is offered to working-class patients in public hospitals in exchange for becoming experimental subjects. This talk will trace the biopolitical concern with beauty to Brazilian eugenics and will explore the raciology of beauty that allowed plastic surgeons to gain the backing of the State. For patients, beauty has become...   More >

Letters of recommendation in Berkeley undergraduate admissions: Program evaluation and natural language processing: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 9 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Jesse Rothstein, Professor, Public Policy and Economics, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

In Fall 2015 and 2016, UC Berkeley asked many freshman applicants to submit letters of recommendation as part of their applications. This was highly controversial. Proponents argued that letters would aid in the identification of disadvantaged students who had overcome obstacles that were not otherwise apparent from their applications, while opponents argued that disadvantaged students were...   More >

Week to Week: Planning a Successful Semester: L&S Workshop Series Shoot for the Stars

Workshop | October 9 | 4:15-6:15 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Graduate Mentors, College of L&S

 College of Letters & Science, L&S Graduate Mentors

A workshop focused on weekly planning and time management.

Film Screening of Seeing Allred

Film - Documentary | October 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall, 6th Floor

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

Sophie Sartain (Co-Director and Producer, Seeing Allred) and Kellie McElhaney (Founding Executive Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership) will discuss Sophie's journey into documentary film making, the concept behind Seeing Allred, and the film's importance in today's culture. A screening of Seeing Allred will immediately follow the discussion. Registration required.

Performing Germanness: Laughter and Violence in Nazi Germany

Lecture | October 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Martina Kessel, Bielefeld University

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies, Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Martina Kessel looks at the meaning and role of humor as an identity practice in Germany during the time of National Socialism in Germany. One theory that she will explore in her lecture is that non-Jewish Germans disguised violence as 'art' to justify their failure to comply with international or humanitarian beliefs.

Martina Kessel is a Historian of Modern Germany at Bielefeld University,...   More >

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San Francisco Young Alumni Mixer

Social Event | October 9 | 6-9 p.m. |  Redford

 673 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Cal Alumni Association

Attention recent graduates!

Come join the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and fellow young alumni for drinks, appetizers, and good cheer at Redford.

Homecoming is right around the corner, so let's come together to celebrate the Cal community and spread some Blue & Gold spirit—we guaranteed a good time!

Questions? Contact studentengagementdept@alumni.berkeley.edu.

EA Info-Session

Information Session | October 9 | 6-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)


 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

AI has been an integral part of video game development since it’s inception years ago, and like just about every other company out there, Electronic Arts is investing heavily in artificial intelligence. While there has been a lot of progress and movement in AI from both academia and industry alike, digital entertainment offer a unique problem space. There are many innovations and advancements...   More >

The Browning of American Literature

Reading - Literary | October 9 | 6-8:15 p.m. | 30 Stephens Hall

 Armando Rendón, Publisher, Somos en Escrito Literary Magazine; Maria Nieto

 Roberto Haro (aka Roberto de Haro)

 Ethnic Studies Library

Three award-winning authors will speak on the theme of Latino literature and read from their works. An open mic session will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Invited authors are: Armando Rendón, Maria Nieto, and Roberto Haro (aka Roberto de Haro).

Career Connections: Data Science

Social Event | October 9 | 6-8 p.m. |  Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way)

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Alumni and student networking event.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events


Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – October 21, 2018 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: AUG 29-OCT 21. Works of He Jingtang over the past three decades and their profound reflections on place, culture, time, and future urban development. Free and open to all!

Luminous Disturbances: Paintings by Kara Maria

Exhibit - Painting | September 10 – December 14, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Kara Maria's "cheerfully apocalyptic" paintings engage with a host of political issues, including war and environmental destruction. On display at the Townsend Center for the Humanities Sept 10 - Dec 14, 2018.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 31 – December 10, 2018 every day | Moses Hall, IGS Library - 109 Moses

 Institute of Governmental Studies Library, Ethnic Studies Library

"Immigration, Deportation and Citizenship, 1908-2018: Selected Resources from the IGS and Ethnic Studies Libraries" contains items from the Ethnic Studies Library and the Institute of Governmental Studies Library addressing historical attitudes and policy around immigration, deportation, and citizens' rights, as well as monographs and ephemera relating to current events.

The Handmaid's Tale: an exhibit at Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 5 – December 31, 2018 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd Floor near Elevators


The new Moffitt Library exhibit explores the themes and antecedents of The Handmaid’s Tale, this year’s On the Same Page program selection. On exhibit are library materials and quotes that demonstrate that not only were we wrong to say “it can’t happen here” - it has already happened, all over the world: Berlin, Nazi Germany, Argentina, and yes, here in the US.

 UC Berkeley ID required for entrance to Moffitt Library.

Califas: Art of the US-Mexico Borderlands

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11 – November 16, 2018 every day |  Richmond Art Center (2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA)

 Environmental Design, College of

ON VIEW: SEPT 11-NOV 16 @ the Richmond Art Center. The exhibition, co-curated by Professors Michael Dear &amp; Ronald Rael, explores representations of the US-Mexico ‘borderlands’ in contemporary art. Free &amp; open to all!

Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 17, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Art for the Asking: 60 Years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library will be up in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery until March 1st, 2019. This exhibition celebrates 60 years of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, and includes prints in the collection that have not been seen in 20 years, as well as prints that are now owned by the Berkeley Art Museum. There are also cases dedicated...   More >

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

Exhibit - Painting | August 15, 2018 – March 3, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The 1960s architectural phenomenon Supergraphics—a mix of Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop—was pioneered by San Francisco–based artist, graphic and landscape designer, and writer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Stauffacher Solomon, a UC Berkeley alumna, is creating new Supergraphics for BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Land(e)scape 2018 is the fifth in a series of temporary, site-specific works commissioned for...   More >

Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection

Exhibit - Painting | September 19 – December 16, 2018 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Since 1872, the University of California, Berkeley has been collecting works by European artists, building a collection that includes many rare and exceptional works distinguished by artistic innovation, emotional and psychological depth, and technical virtuosity. Consisting mostly of gifts from professors, alumni, and other supporters, the collection continues to evolve, representing artistic...   More >

Bearing Light: Berkeley at 150

Exhibit - Artifacts | April 16, 2018 – February 28, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 2nd Floor Corridor

 Bancroft Library

This exhibition celebrates the University of California’s sesquicentennial anniversary with photographs, correspondence, publications, and other documentation drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library collections. It features an array of golden bears, including Oski, and explores the illustrious history of UC Berkeley.

The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community.

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk: The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Auditorium installation of high-resolution images of select collection items.

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as...   More >

Pièces de Résistance: Echoes of Judaea Capta From Ancient Coins to Modern Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This exhibition will be continuing in Spring 2019.

Notions of resistance, alongside fears and realities of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.

Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how...   More >

Project “Holy Land”: Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Exhibit - Photography | August 28 – December 14, 2018 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs smoothly oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.

After immigrating from Poland to the British Mandate of...   More >

"The Rohingya: On the Edge of Existence" Photo Show Opening Reception

Exhibit - Photography | October 9 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Donor Lobby

 Human Rights Center, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, South Asia Studies, Institute for, South & Southeast Asian Studies, Department of, Southeast Asia Studies, Center for

The Human Rights Center presents a striking show of black and white photography by Chris Beale documenting Burma's Rohingya people through the events of 2012-2017, beginning with life in the villages and confinement camps of Rakhine State (Myanmar), through the wave of ethnic cleansing and the mass exodus of Rohingya people over land and on boats, to the now sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh.


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