<< February 2019 >>

Friday, February 22, 2019

Colluding in the Ecological Ponzi Scheme

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Mathis Wachernagel, Founder and President of Global Footprint Network

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Fighting for a Laugh: East African Entertainers, WWII, and the Global Politics of Comedy

Lecture | February 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 3205 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth Dyer, Visiting Scholar -UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of History, African History Working Group

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak: "From Medieval Rhetoric to Modern Literary Criticism in Iran"

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, UCLA, University of Maryland

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is one of the leading experts in the field of Persian Literature and Iranian Studies. He is a professor of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and currently an adjunct professor of Iranian Studies at UCLA. He is the author of "Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran," among many other books and scholarly articles.

Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz's 17th-Century Proto-Latinx Feminism

Lecture | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Prof. Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Prof. Emilie Bergmann, Professor of Spanish, http://clpr.berkeley.edu/

 Latinx Research Center

In the 17th Century, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy by becoming a scholar and declaring: she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. Join us for two insightful discussions examining Sor Juana's life and scholarship. Join us in thinking with Sor Juana about the contradictions of patriarchy and how to undo it. ​

Ovidian Synchronisms

Lecture | February 22 | 5 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Classics

Grounds for Science -Getting the most out of light: vision and geoengineering

Lecture | February 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mathew Summers, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Proctor, Global Policy Lab


Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. GfS takes place the 4th Friday of every month at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville.
This month's short talks:
The cells that give us sight with Mathew Summers

What volcanoes can teach us about combating global climate change with Jonathan Proctor

Sunday, February 24, 2019

TESOL Sunday Matinees: Teaching English Abroad

Lecture | February 24 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 202

 UC Berkeley Extension

Interested in traveling and looking for your next big adventure? Teaching English abroad is a great opportunity to experience life in another country and travel inexpensively. Come to the TESOL Sunday Matinees: Teaching English Abroad event to learn about opportunities to teach English in France, Spain, Vietnam, China, and beyond! A panel of veteran international English teachers will share their...   More >


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Engineering Clarity

Lecture | February 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gregor Horstmeyer, PE, Associate, Eckersley O'Callaghan

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Design Field Notes: Niloufar Salehi

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Niloufar Salehi is an Assistant Professor in Berkeley's School of Information. Her research centers on social computing, technologically mediated collective action, digital labor, and more broadly, human-computer-interaction (HCI). At Jacobs, she'll discuss her research on how computing platforms can support collective efforts for social change.

From Exile to Utopia: A Yugoslav Writer’s Return

Lecture | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Djordje Popovic, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota

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

The act of writing assures that exile is never permanent in the mind of the writer even if it is an abiding feature of their reality. Dubravka Ugresic explores this paradox in her essay “The Writer in Exile,” suggesting that what separates the exiled writer from the migrant is the former’s ability to leave her footprints on the cultural map of the world, thus retaining the imprint of her...   More >

Behind the Curtain Translational Medicine Lecture

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Feb. 25 – Tony Fields (BS ‘83)
Clinical Trials: Successes and Fails

These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.

Ned Sublette "Kalunga: Kongo Thought in Africa and the Americas"

Lecture | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Ned Sublette

 Global Urban Humanities

Ned Sublette is a historian, musicologist, rumba producer, a long-time correspondent for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide, the author of four books, and now a music travel producer. He has had extensive field experience with music throughout the African diaspora, and especially in Cuba. His books all deal, in one way or another, with the world of the Kongo and its connection with...   More >

Report Back from Syria with Dr. Ahmad Tarakji

Lecture | February 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, 145 Boalt Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, Syrian American Medical Society

 Human Rights Center

Dr. Ahmad Tarakji is the President of the Syrian American Medical Society and a cardio-thoracic surgeon. SAMS has treated millions of patients in and out of Syria and oversaw the humanitarian response plan for crises including starvation, besiegement, and chemical attacks. Dr.Tarakji lead the Syria session at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and has testified before the members of the US...   More >

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Ned Sublette: Kalunga, Kongo Thought in Africa and the Americas

Lecture | February 25 | 4-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Ned Sublette

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Global Urban Humanities, Institute of European Studies

Ned Sublette is a historian, musicologist, musician, and record producer. His books include *Cuba and its Music: from the First Drums to the Mamba* (2004), *The World that made New Orleans: from Spanish Silver to Congo Square* (2008), *The Year before the Flood: a Story of New Orleans* (2009), and, with Constance Sublette, *The American Slave Coast: a History of the Slave-breeding Industry*...   More >

The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens: Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade by Samuel Bowles

Lecture | February 25 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Samuel Bowles, CORE

 Graduate Division

Samuel Bowles will present the Weinstock lecture on February 25, 2019. His lecture is titled "The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens" The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

LAEP Lecture Series: Anita Berrizbeitia

Lecture | February 25 | 6-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Mon, Feb 25, 6pm - Anita Berrizbeitia research focuses on design theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture, the productive aspects of landscapes, and Latin American cities and landscapes.

In and out of the Body and into the Machine

Lecture | February 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA

 Chico MacMurtrie

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Chico MacMurtrie’s work pushes the boundaries between robotic sculpture, new media installation, and performance. Immersed in the Bay Area’s Art and Technology Counterculture of the 1990s, he became known for his anthropomorphic, computer-controlled sculptures which evolved over the years into a “Society of Machines”.

In and Out of the Body and into the Machine

Lecture | February 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Chico MacMurtrie, Artist

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Graduate School of Journalism

Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media

Chico MacMurtrie’s work pushes the boundaries between robotic sculpture, new media installation, and performance. Immersed in the Bay Area’s Art and Technology Counterculture of the 1990s, he became known for his anthropomorphic, computer-controlled sculptures which evolved over the years into a “Society of Machines”. Today, operating out of his...   More >

How the Catholic Church Can Overcome the Sexual Abuse Crisis: featuring Dr. Jennifer Haselberger

Lecture | February 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Jennifer Haselberger

 Law, Boalt School of

In 2013, Dr. Haselberger made national news when she resigned as the top canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and publicly exposed the Archdiocese’s mishandling of sexual abuse. In this lecture, Dr. Haselberger will address how canon law and other institutional factors have contributed to the abuse crisis and possible reforms for the Church to overcome it.

Dr....   More >

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

View from the Top: Ashraf Habibullah: Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Ashraf Habibullah, Founder, President, and CEO, Computers and Structures, Inc.

 College of Engineering, Cal Seismic Design Team.

Ashraf Habibullah, founder, president, and CEO of Computers and Structures Inc., a global leader in the development of software tools for structural and earthquake engineering.

In his talk, "Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers," Ashraf will share his view of the future of the engineering profession and discuss how engineering education and the role of engineers must adapt if the...   More >

Sparse Generalized Eigenvalue Problem and its Application in Neuroscience

Lecture | February 26 | 3-5 p.m. | 5101 Berkeley Way West

 Kean Ming Tan, PhD, School of Statistics, University of Minnesota

 Biostatistics/Data Sciences

Sparse generalized eigenvalue problem (GEP) plays a pivotal role in a large family of high-dimensional learning tasks, including sparse Fisher’s discriminant analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and sufficient dimension reduction. Most of the existing methods and theory in the context of specific statistical models that can be recast into sparse GEP require restrictive structural assumptions...   More >

Counter-Trajectories of Agrarian Change: Agroecology and Politics in a Sumatran Plantation Zone

Lecture | February 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 David Gilbert, S.V. Ciriacy Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Science, Management, and Policy, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

This talk looks at what happened after a group of plantation laborers living on the Aren volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra joined with a self-proclaimed 'peasant' union in 1996 to occupy a nearly 100-year-old industrial ranch and plantation.

David Gilbert

Michael Lewis in Conversation on the Art of Writing

Lecture | February 26 | 5 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Reading Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Michael Lewis is the author of The Big Short, Moneyball, The Fifth Risk, and other New York Times bestselling books. He is also an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and Slate. Lewis talks with Ramona Naddaff (Rhetoric), director of Art of Writing, about his career and practice as a writer.

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History: Poland Reborn: A State Between Democracy and Fascism

Lecture | February 26 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

This talk focuses on the divided Poland that emerged after World War I. On the one hand Poland had to accommodate the demands of generations of freedom fighters, while on the other...   More >

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Rope-A-Dope Politics and the Erosion of Democratic Norms

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Markus Hinterleitner, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute of European Studies

Many advanced democracies are currently characterized by a norm-eroding politics, which manifests itself in increased levels of populism and blame generation. The erosion of norms is a potentially far-reaching challenge for democracy. In his lecture, Markus Hinterleitner conceptualizes the process of political norm erosion capturing the interactions of norm violators and norm defenders with the...   More >

Markus Hinterleitner

Curating a Decolonial Guide to Hawai‘i: The Detours Project

Lecture | February 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, Associate Professor of American Studies, Honors Program Director, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

The "Detours" project takes seriously the power of form, and the reading practices and publics produced by the genre of the guidebook, which manifest the fantasy of Hawai‘i as an exotic island destination for the consumption of tourists. "Detours" deliberately perverts the guidebook to produce alternative narratives, tours, itineraries, mappings and images of the islands as well as concrete...   More >

The Use of Ancient DNA to Understand Human History

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Rasmus Nielsen, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Department of Statistics, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

I this talk I will discuss the use of ancient DNA in anthropological research. I will start by discussing some of our work on the discovery of interbreeding between modern humans and Neanderthals and the causes of the Neanderthal extinction. I will then move into a discussion of several different studies we have been involved with on analyzing human remains.

Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Scripts in Ptolemaic Egypt

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Emily Cole, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for the Tebtunis Papyri at The Bancroft Library

 Near Eastern Studies

The Egyptian language is visually associated with its iconic Hieroglyphs. However, by the Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE), the later form of Egyptian known as Demotic, which employed a different script, was commonly used in daily life. Hieroglyphs retained a prominent position and could imbue an inscription with prestige, but the multicultural shift of the Egyptian population by this period led to...   More >

Rohini Pande | Women and Work in India

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Rohini Pande, Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Blum Center for Developing Economies

Talk by Political Economist, Prof. Rohini Pande

Maggie Nelson: Songs of Care and Constraint: Townsend Center Una's Lecture 2019

Lecture | February 27 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, an autobiographical account that received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her Una's Lecture is titled "Songs of Care and Constraint."

Photo of Maggie Nelson

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Power and Energy Seminar and IEEE SSCS Distinguished Lecture Series

Lecture | February 28 | 10-11 a.m. | Cory Hall, 540 AB

 Yogesh Ramadass, Director, Power Management, Kilby Labs at Texas Instruments

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Power electronics can be found in everything from cellphones and laptops to gasoline/electric vehicles, industrial motors and inverters that connect solar panels to the electric grid. With close to 80% of electrical energy consumption in the US expected to flow through a power converter by 2030, innovative circuits, devices and systems solutions are required to tackle key issues related to...   More >

Performing the Unimaginable: Theater of War with Peter Glazer, Rob Bailis, and Akram Khan

Lecture | February 28 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Peter Glazer

 Arts + Design

Peter Glazer, the co-curator of this series, teaches in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. He is a professional director and playwright whose plays, adaptations, collaborations and directing projects include Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Bay Area Drama Critics award, with Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations Off-Broadway and Joseph Jefferson...   More >

Border Surveillance and the Black Mediterranean: Alternative Imaginaries of Refugees, Race and Rights

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, The Program in Critical Theory

Camilla Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Debarati Sanyal, French, Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Institute of European Studies, and the Center for Race & Gender, UC Berkeley

Four Physics Stories and their Effect on China's Future Mobility: CEE Faculty Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | February 28 | 5-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Carlos Daganzo, Professor of the Graduate School, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Four short stories will be used to illustrate how physics and imagination can be used to diagnose and remedy some of the critical urban mobility problems that are faced today by some of the world’s megacities. The stories have in common that they address important problems in new ways.

Project Europe: A New History of the European Union

Lecture | February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 240 Mulford Hall

 Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Insitute Washington DC, Department of History, Center for German and European Studies

Today, the EU seems to be in an existential crisis. Against this backdrop, the early history of European integration since the 1950s shines all the brighter. But is this an appropriate assessment? Kiran Patel analyzes the concrete effects and results of European integration and what we can learn from the past for our present day, summarizing some of the key findings of his monograph on the topic...   More >

Public University, Public Values

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Maggie Nelson, Professor of English, University of Southern California

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Public University, Public Values is a new series of talks and conversations co-organized by BCSR and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. The series is prompted by the recognition that the current moment of crisis in the liberal democracies of Europe and North America is, among other things, a crisis of value. The “political” focus that has shaped the humanities and much of the social...   More >

Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920 and 1945-1946: New Social-Psychological Perspectives

Lecture | February 28 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 William Hagen, Professor Emeritus of History, UC Davis

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

This talk will summarize the speaker’s arguments in his book, Anti-Jewish Violence in Poland, 1914-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2018), contrasting them with major recent works on the post-World War II years by Polish scholars Joanna Tokarska-Bakir and Marcin Zaremba. It will highlight interpretation focused on popular mentalities, societal traumas, and enactment of routinized, unreflected-upon...   More >

Preserving and Conserving Nestor: Sather Lecture Series: A Bronze Age Greek State in Formation

Lecture | February 28 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jack L. Davis, Blegen Professor of Greek Archaeology, University of Cincinnati

 Department of Classics

Internationally recognized scholar of Bronze Age Greece offers a series of lectures showing how the archaeological record sheds light on culture and communal life of early Greece.