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Friday, October 18, 2019

Homecoming: Reunion and Parents Weekend

Special Event | October 18 – 20, 2019 every day |  UC Berkeley Campus

 University Development and Alumni Relations

Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming is UC Berkeley’s largest annual gathering welcoming thousands of alumni, parents, and families to campus for three days of fun. Festivities include alumni parties, family events, the Bear Affair Tailgate BBQ, tours and open houses, the Homecoming football game, lectures, spirit events, and more. In 2019, it takes place October 18–20.

  Registration opens July 1. Register online by September 27.

TDPS presents Who Shot La Miguelito? by Sean San José

Performing Arts - Theater | October 17 – 20, 2019 every day |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Sean San José

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This dynamic performance piece parallels the murder of a young street artist in San Francisco’s Mission District with the death of immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Mapping the Mission in murals, tags, stickers, stencils, and socio-political protest art, the piece invites the audience to see, hear, and move with refugees, immigrants, first gens—and ghosts.

$13–20

  Buy tickets online

Mural by Twick ICP | Poster by Ben Dillon

Access and Equity—Science for All Students with FOSS (CSTA San Jose)

Workshop | October 18 | 8-9:30 a.m. | San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Room 210E

 150 W Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

 FOSS Project Staff

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

Equitable learning opportunities require knowing the curriculum and responding to the diverse needs of students. Explore how FOSS provides universal access and targeted instruction for vulnerable students. Discuss assets and supports students need to be successful in science and engineering.

  Register online

Cal Cafe

Tour/Open House | October 18 – 19, 2019 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Join the Cal Alumni Association as Alumni House transforms into the Cal Café on Friday and Saturday of Homecoming weekend to toast Cal with complimentary beverages, light snacks, and Cal-themed giveaways.

Essig Brunch Seminar: Entomology - insects, arachnids, and other arthopods

Seminar | October 4 – December 13, 2019 every Friday with exceptions | 10-11 a.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 1101 (UCMP "fishbowl")

 See website for current speaker and topic

 Essig Museum of Entomology

Weekly seminar series focused on insect ecology, evolution, behavior, and other research topics.

What if we succeed?

Colloquium | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1102

 Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science and Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

It is reasonable to expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested? While some in the mainstream AI community dismiss the issue, I will argue instead that a fundamental reorientation of the field is required. The "standard model"...   More >

Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Presentation | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This webinar is the first in a series being organized by the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to highlight and discuss the results from research projects funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1). Established in 1947 by the California Legislature, the UC ITS has four...   More >

Free

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Seminar with PhD Student Adji Bousso Dieng: Prescribed Generative Adversarial Networks

Seminar | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250

 Adji Bousso Dieng, Columbia University

 College of Engineering

GANs are a powerful approach to unsupervised learning. They have achieved state-of-the-art performance in the image domain. However, GANs are limited in two ways. They often learn distributions with low support---a phenomenon known as mode collapse---and they do not guarantee the existence of a probability density, which makes...   More >

Integral Taiji and Qigong

Workshop | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

You are invited to participate in Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at the UC Botanical Garden. Our classes will focus on somatic, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of taiji (tai chi) and qigong.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

BIDS Forum: Information and Uncertainty in Data Science

Meeting | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Design Conversations: Claire Evans

Colloquium | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. |  Jacobs Hall

 Claire Evans

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This fall, we continue our series For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging launched in Spring 2019.

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design's perceived innocence - admitting historical and contemporary cases where design accidentally or purposefully...   More >

Green Chemistry: Using Health and Environmental Impacts as Design Criteria for Safer Materials: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Seminar | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Megan Schwarzman, Associate Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cybersecurity in Financial Services: Threats and Solutions (BEUHS376)

Workshop | October 18 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Class of '42

 Jason Mayor, Senior Manager of IT Governance, Risk & Compliance, Raymond James

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Cybersecurity concerns are a by-product of the technology boom we've experienced over the last 20+ years, but who are the threat actors behind the hacks, data breaches, and fraud activity, and how can we protect ourselves moving forward? This presentation will address these questions, while providing best practices and recommendations for individuals to apply to their everyday life in order to...   More >

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: A Framework for Information Processing: Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Seminar | October 18 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Sadasivan Shankar, Ph.D, Associate in Applied Physics, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

As part of this talk, we will also briefly illustrate a new class that we have developed in which students are taught hands-on about using extreme computing to address real applications. With a focus on real applications, we anticipate co-design will shift the way computing is evaluated and enable many possibilities in applying computing to solve societal problems.

Pitch to Roomful of Investors

Special Event | October 18 | 1-5:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), 608 - 609

 Gerry Baranano, Founder and Director, Tech Futures Group

 UC Berkeley Extension, Pitch Global, Certent

We're delighted to have Pitch Global at UC Berkeley Extension with a great pitching and networking event! Join us on Friday, October 18, from 1 pm to 5:30 pm at UC Berkeley Extension's San Francisco Center to meet and get crucial feedback from investors.

We'll welcome Gerry Baranano, founder of Tech Futures Group, for an opening keynote speech!

 Students with ID are free. Register online

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

BLISS Seminar: Spectral graph matching and regularized quadratic relaxations

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Jiaming Xu, Duke University

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Given two unlabeled, edge-correlated graphs on the same set of vertices, we study the “graph matching” problem of identifying the unknown mapping from vertices of the first graph to those of the second. This amounts to solving a computationally intractable quadratic assignment problem. We propose a new spectral method, which computes the eigendecomposition of the two graph adjacency matrices and...   More >

Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation Fall 2019 Information Session

Information Session | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation

Join us for an Information and Q&A session (and Pizza) on Friday, October, 18th at 220 Jacobs Hall, 2-3pm, to learn more about the certificate and have your questions answered about fulfilling the certificate requirements, courses enrollment, course availability, etc...
RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVv5xk-PQKgDocuFe3rGZvQT_dZ-scusZv0or1Z32-rPd7PA/viewform   More >

Photogrammetry for archaeologists: Hands on training with AGISoft Photoscan/Metashape

Workshop | October 18 | 2-4 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Felicia De Pena, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In this introduction to AGISoft Metashape (formerly known as "Photoscan") we will cover the basics of photography, photo editing, and processing to create 3D models. Proper photography is essential for producing the geometry necessary for Metashape to stitch photos and will be covered in the first part of the workshop. We will cover basic photo editing, pre-processing, and organization for...   More >

 Registration Info: Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff.

  Register online

Extraordinary Optics from Structured Nanoparticles: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | October 18 | 2-3 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Danqing Wang, Miller Instititute / Materials Science & Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Miniaturized and rationally assembled nanostructures exhibit extraordinarily distinct physical and chemical properties beyond their individual units. This talk will focus on structured metal nanoparticle lattices that show unique diffractive coupling with lattice spacings engineered close to the wavelength of light.

Collectively coupled plasmonic nanoparticles induce sharp, intense lattice...   More >

Art as Research: Excavando al Rostro de la Memoria

Panel Discussion | October 18 | 3-5 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Celia Herrera Rodriguez

 Latinx Research Center

A panel featuring scholars of arts research in conversation with artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez’s current exhibition Sabidurías Callejeras.

Simplifying and Accelerating Data Exploration

Seminar | October 18 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Aditya Parameswaran

 Information, School of

How could interactive data exploration tools be redesigned to give deeper insights more easily and quickly?

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Film - Feature | October 18 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the romance between seventeenth-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings—all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive, which features a...   More >

Organometallic Molecular Design Strategies for Luminescence, Sensing, and Photoredox Catalysis

Seminar | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Thomas Teets, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston

 College of Chemistry

This talk describes complementary synthetic strategies to enhance the photoluminescence and photoredox properties of organometallic complexes. We have addressed the long-standing challenge of designing efficient and stable blue-phosphorescent molecules, currently the most significant technological hurdle in OLED technology. Our efforts have resulted in new designs for blue-emitting iridium...   More >

Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay

Seminar | October 18 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Rob Leachman, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley's Rob Leachman will present Strategic Initiatives for Inland Movement of Containerized Imports at San Pedro Bay at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Rob Leachman

Logic Colloquium: Categoricity of Shimura Varieties

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sebastian Eterovic, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The question of categoricity of the universal cover of certain algebraic varieties begun with Zilber’s study of the complex exponential function, and his methods have allowed people to study the question on other arithmetic varieties. In this talk we will consider the case of Shimura varieties, and we will see how some ideas from model theory and the classification of abstract elementary...   More >

Building a Forest Positive Future:: Strategies for Nature, Climate and People

Lecture | October 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Clark Kerr Campus, Garden Room

 Kerry Cesareo, Senior Vice President, Forests, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 College of Natural Resources

Healthy forests are critical to addressing the climate crisis, ensuring human well-being and providing wildlife with what they need to survive. Yet efforts to conserve forests are not delivering at the speed or scale that’s needed to do so. We need new "forest positive” approaches that align public and private efforts, go beyond doing less harm and strive for reaching science-based targets.

Senior Vice President, Forests, WWF

Women's Soccer vs. USC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | October 18 | 4 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Soccer hosts USC in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Getting to Know the Gods of Taiwan: Children’s Literature and Identity Formation

Colloquium | October 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Natasha Heller, Associate Professor of Chinese Religions, University of Virginia

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In secular children’s books, gods are often part of history and culture—but what roles are they expected to play in the lives of contemporary children? Focusing on picture books and early readers about the goddess Mazu 媽祖 and the earth god (tudi gong 土地公), I will argue that they represent different strategies of incorporating religion in the creation of...   More >

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Film - Feature | October 18 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

Based on the romance between seventeenth-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures, the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings—all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive, which features a...   More >

Student Arithmetic Geometry Seminar: Hodge Bundles and Faltings Height

Seminar | October 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Roy Zhao, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will give a brief overview of the Hodge bundle and Faltings height. We will do some explicit computations and also motivate their research by stating some important results and conjectures in Diophantine geometry.

Music Studies Colloquium: Kyle Devine (University of Oslo)

Colloquium | October 18 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

"Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music"

East Bay World History Reading Group: The Woman Who Turned Into a Jaguar, and Other Narratives of Native Women in Archives of Colonial Mexico by Lisa Sousa

Meeting | October 18 | 5-7 p.m. |  ORIAS Office

 1995 University Ave Suite 520D, Berkeley, CA 94704

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Fall Dinner for Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

Social Event | October 18 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berger Center

 6633 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95405

 Cal Alumni Association, Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont will be having its Fall Dinner on Friday, October 18th at 5:30 in Oakmont at the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Our evening speaker will be Sasha Berleman, a Cal PhD who studied Wildland Fire Science. She is the fire ecologist at Audubon Canyon Ranch near Glen Ellen. The cost of the dinner is $42. For more more information or signup, contact...   More >

MRED+D Admissions Webinar

Information Session | October 18 | 6-7 p.m. |  Online

 College of Environmental Design

MRED+D Admissions Webinar

76 Minutes and 16 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami: (76 daghighe va 15 sanieh ba Abbas Kiarostami)

Film - Feature | October 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmmaker Seifollah Samadian was one of Abbas Kiarostami’s closest friends and worked alongside him for over twenty-five years, collaborating on projects such as ABC Africa and Five. In this intimate portrait, which is revealing in subtle and touching ways, Samadian draws upon footage he shot of Kiarostami on location and while traveling in Iran and abroad, showing him at work as a photographer,...   More >

76 Minutes and 16 Seconds with Abbas Kiarostami: (76 daghighe va 15 sanieh ba Abbas Kiarostami)

Film - Feature | October 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmmaker Seifollah Samadian was one of Abbas Kiarostami’s closest friends and worked alongside him for over twenty-five years, collaborating on projects such as ABC Africa and Five. In this intimate portrait, which is revealing in subtle and touching ways, Samadian draws upon footage he shot of Kiarostami on location and while traveling in Iran and abroad, showing him at work as a photographer,...   More >

Climate Crisis, Designer Babies, Our Common Future.

Lecture | October 18 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of, The Center for Genetics and Society, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

The Center for Genetics and Society, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley are pleased to host a conversation between john a. powell and Bill McKibben, two advocates and scholars who have written extensively about why we must join together to secure a just and fair future — before it’s too late. Join them in person for “Climate Crisis,...   More >

  Register online

Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

Film - Documentary | October 18 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Quite possibly as relevant today as it was on its debut over forty years ago, Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives is widely considered the first feature-length documentary on gay and lesbian identity. The film presents a diverse group of twenty-six gay and lesbian individuals who describe their struggle to live a decent life in America despite prejudice, discriminatory laws, and society’s...   More >

Volleyball vs. Utah

Sport - Intercollegiate - Volleyball | October 18 | 7 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Volleyball hosts Utah in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

Anurag Kashyap | A Cut Above: From Words to the Screen (South Asian Literature and Arts Festival)

Special Event | October 18 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Carriage House, Montalvo Arts Center

 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA

 Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, editor, producer and actor

 Institute for South Asia Studies, South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley, Art Forum SF

Join us for the Bay Area's first South Asian Literature & Art Festival, presented by Art Forum SF in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies.

  Buy tickets online

Thom Yorke: with guests: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Performing Arts - Music | October 18 | 8 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

Thom Yorke has confirmed a new series of live electronic performances to take place this fall in North America with Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri, aka Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

  Buy tickets online

Piano Recital

Performing Arts - Music | October 18 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Leyla Kabuli, student pianist

$16 General Admission, $12 Senior, Student (non-UCB), UCB Faculty/Staff, FREE UCB students

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | August 28, 2019 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Journalism, Graduate School of

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are generally Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please contact the Townsend Center to confirm availability.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery

 Library

Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor

 Library

Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?


Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >