Thursday, January 31, 2019
Lecture | January 31 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Join Professor Margareta Séquin for an illustrated story of Carolus Linnaeus's life and work and a look at his botanical garden in Uppsala, Sweden. The presentation will give an overview of his life and his development of binomial nomenclature in the mid 1700's, still used today.
$12 / $10 UCBG Members, UC Staff, Faculty and Students
Lecture | January 31 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater
Mary Zimmerman; Stan Lai
Join us for the opening lecture of the spring 2019 A+D Thursdays Lecture Series, which is shaped around three key words: Creativity, Migration and Transformation. Stan Lai, co-curator of the series, is one of the most acclaimed playwrights/directors in Asia, known not only for creating some of the most memorable works for the contemporary Chinese stage, but also for creating bold new genres and... More >
Lecture | January 31 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA
The manananggal (viscera sucker) has been the subject of countless Filipino films. This talk focuses on representations and engagements of the manananggal as a feminist national icon made to bear the weight of the social order because of her monstrous difference.
Mohamed Diagayété, Africa's Islamic Heritage in Peril? An Insider's Account of the State of Timbuktu's Arabic Manuscripts"
Lecture | January 31 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Please join us for a rare opportunity to hear from the director of the most important Arabic manuscript archive in West Africa, the Institut Ahmad Baba in Timbuktu (Mali). Timbuktu was historically one of West Africas most important Muslim intellectual centers. Chosen as a site for a UNESCO-sponsored public archive and research center for Arabic manuscripts in 1967, it was named after the famous... More >
Lecture | January 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall
Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington
We will consider the question on whether we can determine the structure of space time by making measurements near the worldline of an observer. We will consider both active and passive measurements. For the case of passive measurements one measures the fronts of light sources near the observer. For the case of active measurements we couple Einstein equations with matter or electromagnetic fields... More >
Lecture | January 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall
Beth Piatote, Associate Professor, Native American Studies
Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor, African American Studies
Somini Sengupta | Existential threats: Stories from the front lines of climate change in South Asia and beyond - The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture
Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Faculty Club, The Heyns Room
Somini Sengupta, The New York Times's International Climate Change Correspondent
Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley
Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, Renewable & Appropriate Energy Lab, Energy and Resources Group, Graduate School of Journalism, Institute of International Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies
Somini Sengupta delivers our 7th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.
Lecture | January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Oskar von Hinüber, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg
Connections between the Vedic language and that of early Buddhism were observed already during the beginnings of Buddhology in Europe. After a brief survey of research, some features of syntax and vocabulary are discussed, while concentrating on the Vedic meaning of certain words and terms such as grāma or saṃkakṣikā partly unrecognized so far and preserved only in the... More >
Lecture | January 31 | 5:45-7 p.m. | The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612
Dr. Eti Ben Simon, Center for Human Sleep Science, UC Berkeley
Join us as Dr. Eti Ben Simon, a researcher at the Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley, shares some new insights on human sleep. Her recent work found that the way we interact with the world when we are awake has a lot to do with how much we sleep.