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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Calcutta to California: Sowing an American Lineage of Kathak Dance with Rachna Nivas

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Rachna Nivas

 Arts + Design


Bancroft Library Roundtable: Cherokees and Choctaws Among the Miwok and Yokuts: Legacies of Cultural Blending and Intertribal Relations in Nineteenth Century California

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Andrew Shaler, PhD candidate in History, UC Riverside

 Bancroft Library

The California Gold Rush is remembered for the thousands of immigrants who traversed continents and oceans for a chance to gain quick wealth. Lost in these narratives are the rich histories of Native American emigrants who made the same journey to California’s Gold Country beginning in 1849. Andrew Shaler considers the legacies of these Native emigrants.

 The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.

BIDS Data Science Lecture: Astrophysical Machine Learning

Lecture | April 18 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Joshua Bloom, Professor, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

From streaming, repeated, noisy, and distorted images of the sky, time-domain astronomers are tasked with extracting novel science as quickly as possible with limited and imperfect information. Employing algorithms developed in other fields, we have has already reached important milestones demonstrating the speed and efficacy of using ML in data and ...   More >

Oxytocin-dependent reopening of a social reward learning critical period with MDMA

Lecture | April 18 | 3-4 p.m. | 3101 Berkeley Way West

 Gul Dolen MD PhD, Johns Hopkins

 Center for the Developing Adolescent

Russia 2018: The Global Potemkin Village | A Lecture by David Goldblatt

Lecture | April 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 David Goldblatt, Sports Writer, Broadcaster, Sociologist, Journalist and Author

 Prof. Martha Saavedra, Center for African Studies, UC Berkeley

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Department of History, Center for British Studies

David Goldblatt is a sports writer, broadcaster, sociologist, journalist and author. Among his books are The Games: A Global History of the Olympics, The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football, Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil, and The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football.

AHMA Colloquium - 3D Printed Replicas vs their Originals for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The series is co-sponsored by the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Diversity and Power in Global Christian Communities

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

Candace Lukasik, PhD Candidate in Anthropology

Hannah Waits, PhD Candidate in American History

Mathematics Department Colloquium/Serge Lang Undergraduate Lecture: Distinguishing shapes via topology

Lecture | April 18 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Helene Barcelo, MSRI

 Department of Mathematics

Topologists will say that a coffee cup is like a donut. What do they mean? Homotopy and Homology are invariants created to distinguish basic geometric structures. In this talk I will briefly talk about the history of such invariants and describe new ones that are also applicable to discrete structures like graphs.

Michael Cook: "Muslim Sectarianism: Past and Present"

Lecture | April 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Michael Cook, Class of 1946 Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

“ ‘Global Mission’: Nazi Foreign Cultural Policy and the Goethe Society in Weimar”

Lecture | April 18 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

Bio:
W. Daniel Wilson was professor of German at Berkeley from 1983 to 2005 and departmental chair for four years; he is now professor of German at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely in eighteenth-century literature, culture, and politics, particularly on political, gender and sexuality in Goethe. His most recent books are Goethe Männer Knaben: Ansichten zur...   More >

Ayahuasca Shamanism: Illuminating the Interface between Biology, Emotion and Spirituality

Lecture | April 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Room 4 | Note change in location

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Drawing from his first hand experience at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon; Dr. Tafur will review the role of spiritual and emotional healing in modern healthcare. He will discuss how emotional trauma contributes to medical illness, and how spiritual healing techniques can lead to improvements in the mind-body. Ayahuasca shamanism and...   More >

BERC and ISAS present: How Clean Energy Can Boost Incomes in the Global South

Lecture | April 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N440+N444

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative, Institute for South Asia Studies

Over the last decade, clean energy innovations have transformed access to electricity and lighting for millions in the global south, but with little economic impact. However, with wide deployment throughout India, solar irrigation pumps have been the exception, improving productivity, product value, reducing inputs costs and improving the economic situation of farmers.

Abhishek Jain from CEEP...   More >

AIA Lecture - The Harbour Landscape of Ephesos

Lecture | April 18 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in time

 Sabine Ladstätter, Director of the Ephesus Excavations

 Archaeological Institute of America, the San Francisco Society

The geographical location of Ephesos is favorable, but throughout history the continuous shifting of the shoreline from the east to the west created some difficulties and resulted in the movement of the settlements. Since the beginning of research in Ephesos, in the late 19th century, the importance of a connection to the sea and the existence of functioning harbors for the settlement activity in...   More >

Friday, April 19, 2019

Scaling the Landfill: Policy Solutions for Waste Reduction in California: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Kathleen Kirsch, MS student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Design Conversations: Jodi Forlizzi

Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Jacobs Design Conversations
Each semester, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation invites leading designers and makers to Berkeley to speak as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series. Connecting diverse perspectives under one roof, Jacobs Design Conversations are spaces for dialogue on a broad spectrum of innovations and ideas.

As part of this series, Jodi Forlizzi will speak...   More >

Members' Walk: Water Wise Entrance Garden

Lecture | April 19 | 1-2 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Anthony Garza, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Botanical Garden

Join Supervisor of Horticulture & Grounds Anthony Garza for a discussion and demonstration of our Water-Wise Entry Display. This garden assembles drought adapted plants from various regions around the world into an interesting and low-maintenance display. This walk will cover a range of topics, from demolition, to rock placement, irrigation choices, plant selection, and maintenance insights.

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2019 Clark Kerr Lecture

Lecture | April 19 | 2 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Lecture Hall

 President Diana Natalicio, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The Clark Kerr Lectures series honors Clark Kerr, president of the University of California from 1958 to 1967 and long recognized as one of the great leaders of American higher education in the twentieth century.

The Lectures provide a forum for analysis and reflection about the forces shaping universities and the complex roles they play in modern society. This year's lecture and recipient is...   More >

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Schwarz Alternating Method for Concurrent Multiscale in Finite Deformation Solid Mechanics

Lecture | April 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. Alejandro Mota, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore CA

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Science, Poetry and Cultural Resistance in Early Modern Portugal

Lecture | April 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Luís Miguel Carolino

 Institute of European Studies, Portuguese Studies Program

In Renaissance Europe, cosmological poetry was often perceived as a privileged means to discuss the constitution of heaven, its structure and the interrelations of its parts. Nevertheless, the Portuguese case presents what seems to be a particularity in the European context. The Aristotelian philosophical tradition was put into question all over Renaissance Europe, but in Portugal the first sharp...   More >

Luís Miguel Carolino

Tarski Lecture: A formal proof of the Kepler conjecture

Lecture | April 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Thomas Hales, University of Pittsburgh

 Department of Mathematics

The Kepler Conjecture asserts that no packing of congruent balls in three-dimensional Euclidean space can have density greater than that of the face-centered cubic packing. This talk will describe the history and proof of the conjecture, including early attempts to reduce the problem to a finite calculation, controversy surrounding claimed proofs, the announcement of a proof by Sam Ferguson and...   More >

Cynthia A. Chan Memorial Lecture: “Structure, assembly and reaction chemistry of DNA replisome””

Lecture | April 22 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Wei Yang, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

 College of Chemistry

Design Field Notes: Bill Leddy

Lecture | April 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

A founding Principal of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects in San Francisco, William Leddy, FAIA, believes that architecture has an important role to play in leading our communities toward a just, carbon-neutral future for all.

For 30 years Leddy has been a national leader in the design of regenerative architecture that celebrates our place in the natural world. His firm has received over 150...   More >

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research: Advancing Cloud Computing Together

Lecture | April 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure

 Data Sciences

Microsoft Azure is rapidly evolving, which offers rich opportunities for collaborations with Microsoft Research to explore improvements to cloud performance, cost, security, scale and reliability. In this talk, Microsoft Azure Chief Technical officer Mark Russinovich provides an overview of Azure’s datacenter design and infrastructure software architecture, covering compute, networking and...   More >

Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science: Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research: advancing cloud computing together

Lecture | April 22 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Mark Russinovich, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Microsoft Azure

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Microsoft Azure is rapidly evolving, which offers rich opportunities for collaborations with Microsoft Research to explore improvements to cloud performance, cost, security, scale and reliability. In this talk, ...   More >

GUH Lecture: “Contested City: Art, Activism, and Urban Renewal”

Lecture | April 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 170 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Artist, activist and urbanist Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani will speak about her five years of work with community members and urban planning students at a 14-square-block area in lower Manhattan that remained vacant for many years after being cleared for...   More >

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

GUH Lecture: Environmental Design Public Scholarship & Publishing

Lecture | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 106 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join us for another invigorating public discussion with Nancy Levinson, Editor of Places Journal, who will be talking about public scholarship and publishing in environmental design fields. This event is part of the Spring 2019 course ARCH 271...   More >

Beachhead or Refugium? The Rise and Dilemma of Germany’s Far-Right Intellectual Counterculture

Lecture | April 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Eliah Bures

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

Today’s intellectual far right loves rebellion. In calculated acts of public provocation, radical conservative writers and thinkers present themselves as outsiders and nonconformists, bravely breaking the taboos of a "politically correct" mainstream culture. It is not for nothing that one of the premier publications of the German “New Right” is called Sezession and carries as its motto the Latin...   More >

Fireside Chat with Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Lecture | April 23 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 295 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California

 UC Berkeley School of Law

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fireside Chat with Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

* Fireside Chat with Associate Justice Goodwin Liu
12:15pm to 1:30pm at Warren room 295
RSVP by 4/16 for a complimentary lunch: Fireside Chat with Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

* Jefferson Memorial Lecture
State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity

De-Ontologising Andean Landscapes: Some Reflections from Qaqachaka Marka

Lecture | April 23 | 3-6 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Denise Y. Arnold; Juan de Dios Yapita Moya

 Archaeological Research Facility

This workshop explores fundamental differences in understanding landscapes between ourselves in the West and an ayllu community in Southern Bolivia. There the stark absence of ideas about being, presence and absence is striking, yet the “ontological turn” in Anthropology has not questioned such absences. Our point of departure is the philosophical corpus of François Jullien, which explores...   More >

State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity: Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring Associate Justice Goodwin Liu

Lecture | April 23 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court

 Graduate Division

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu will present the Jefferson lecture on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The lecture, entitled "State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human-Nature Relations

Lecture | April 23 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  University Press Books

 2430 Bancroft way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Carolyn Merchant

 College of Natural Resources

Join us for a book release event celebrating “After the Death of Nature”, by ESPM Professor Carolyn Merchant, edited by Ken Worthy, Elizabeth Allison, and Whitney Bauman. Contributors of the book will read brief passages and be available for signing.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Race, Place, and Other Things for the Taking: The Buffalo Soldiers and Allensworth, California

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Jarre Hamilton, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

In 1908, Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth (and chaplain to the 24th infantry regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers) founded the town of Allensworth, California. This talk will discuss the daily, lived experiences of both the civilian population and the enlisted military men who existed in these varying racialized landscapes and the archaeological material culture they have left behind.

Evoking Sympathy for the Muslim Woman Post 9/11

Lecture | April 24 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Evelyn Alsultany, Associate Professor of American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies Program Co-Founder and Director, University of Michigan

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

This talk examines representations of Muslim women in the U.S. news media post-9/11/01, focusing on how Muslim women became sites of public sympathy and moral outrage. It argues that the logics central to the War on Terror are not possible without their accompanying affects, showing how Muslim women are designated as worthy of feeling while Muslim men are not.

Political Imagery and Bonfires in Northern Ireland

Lecture | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Renée Tosser, Université de la Réunion (France)

 Irish Studies Program - Institute of European Studies

Visual displays play an important political role in Northern Ireland. They are often the most visible sign of sectarian division and attitudes in a society still marked by division thirty years after the end of the so-called ‘Troubles’. Violence still prevails in that country and sometimes it coalesces around Orange marches, especially during the month of July. July 12, known as "the Twelfth,"...   More >

Tarski Lecture: Formalizing mathematics

Lecture | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Thomas Hales, University of Pittsburgh

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will describe a broad long-term research program to make formal proofs in mathematics a practical reality. A formal proof is a mathematical proof that has been checked exhaustively by computer, on the basis of the fundamental axioms of mathematics and the primitive inference rules of logic. The field has progressed to the point that it is now possible to give formal proofs of major...   More >

Humanitarianism from the Margins: Framing Return Migration and Repatriation in Jewish Europe and Africa

Lecture | April 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nick Underwood and Florian Wagner, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley & The Regional Pacific Office of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC

 Institute of European Studies, The Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

A dual lecture with tandem fellows Nick Underwood and Florian Wagner. As fellows of the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute with a focus on the history of migration, their research centers around Jewish return migration and repatriation tendencies in France and Ethiopia. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with Andrea Westermann,

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias

Lecture | April 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Susana de Sousa Dias

 Arts Research Center

Les Blank Lecture: Susana de Sousa Dias
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00pm
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive

Susana de Sousa Dias is an award-winning Portuguese independent filmmaker.

Susana de Sousa Dias

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The House of the Spirits: A Conversation with Isabel Allende and Caridad Svich, moderated by Michael Moran

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Isabel Allende; Caridad Svich; Michael Moran

 Arts + Design

In the final public lecture of the series, author Isabel Allende will be in conversation with Caridad Svich, theater-maker and playwright, about The House of the Spirits in its may iterations: novel, play, and the upcoming staged performance by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, directed by Michael Moran at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse. Michael Moran will...   More >

peterglazer

Emerging efforts to improve complex care from The Commonwealth Fund’s perspective

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, CR-5101-fifth floor

 Public Health, School of

The Commonwealth Fund and five other foundations have formed a collaborative focused on adoption of promising practices that improve outcomes and lower costs for adults with complex needs. Tanya Shah, assistant vice president at The Commonwealth Fund, will be sharing the latest lessons and research emerging from this joint effort.
Tanya Shah MBA, MPH ’99 is assistant vice president, Delivery...   More >

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So what are we to make of Brexit?

Lecture | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech

 Institute of European Studies, Center for British Studies, Berkeley Law, International Group

IES Senior Fellow Matt Beech, offers an analysis of Brexit in the post-March 29 environment. Beech evaluates the UK's current position and posits an interpretation of the decentering effects the phenomenon of Brexit has had, and will likely continue to have, upon the ideas, culture, and politics of Britain.

Matt Beech

Candace Lukasik | Ecumenism of Blood: Islamophobia and the Geopolitics of MENA Christians

Lecture | April 25 | 1-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This talk unpacks the ways Copts, as a community of Middle Eastern Christians in the United States, are caught at the nexus of American evangelical moral imaginaries and the racialization of Muslims in a post-9/11 context. Increasing international media attention on Copts and Islamic State affiliate attacks on Coptic places of worship and pilgrimage in Egypt are connected to and predated by...   More >

Reforming national chemicals safety policy to protect the health of workers and the public

Lecture | April 25 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

In June 2016, with bipartisan support, Congress passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act—the first comprehensive reform in more than 40 years aimed at fixing the nation's badly outdated Toxic Chemicals Control Act of 1976. The Lautenberg Act includes improvements such as mandatory requirement for EPA to evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable...   More >

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The TDPS Speaker Series presents Caridad Svich | The Wilderness: Playwriting in the World

Lecture | April 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Durham Studio Theater (Dwinelle Hall)

 Caridad Svich, Playwright/text-builder, theatre-maker, translator, lyricist, editor, educator

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Arts + Design

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company)...   More >

Tanika Sarkar | Intimate Violence - Colonial Lawmaking and Cultural Nationalism in 19th Century India: The Indo-American Community Lecturer at UC Berkeley for 2018

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Tanika Sarkar, historian of modern India

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Lecture by acclaimed historian of women’s histories and social movements in colonial and post-colonial India and Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dr. Tanika Sarkar.

Ruth Marshall Talk

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. |  Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of Religion & Political Science, University of Toronto

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on...   More >

Tragic Power, Comic Self: 2019 Ringrose Lecture in Italian Studies

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Timothy Campbell, Professor of Italian Studies, Cornell University

 The Department of Italian Studies, The Program in Critical Theory, The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, The Program in Romance Languages and Literatures, The Department of Comparative Literature, The Department of French, The Department of Philosophy, The Department of Rhetoric

Reading recent work on Italian Thought and biopolitics, one might be forgiven for thinking that biopolitics and biopower are deeply negative concepts. What gives? Why the relentlessly negative characterization of politics inflected biologically?

Liliana Porter, Man with Axe, 2017

"Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of Religion & Political Science, University of Toronto

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly...   More >

Cinefication in Three Scenes

Lecture | April 25 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Pavle Levi, Professor, Film and Media Studies, Stanford University

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

This talk will diagnose and theoretically elaborate the notion of reality’s “general cinefication” by drawing on a range of post-WWII experimental and documentary film practices and spectatorial experiences. Questions pertaining to the politics of East European filmmaking in the age of moving image’s ubiquity will be explored through the consideration of works by Zelimir Zilnik, Bojan Jovanovic,...   More >

Ancient Use of Psychoactive Plants in Pre-Columbian South America: Chemical Evidence from a Ritual Bundle from Southwestern Bolivia

Lecture | April 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Melanie Miller, University of Otago

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Humans have utilized various substances with psychotropic properties for millennia, and while evidence for some of these substances can be traced through historical and archaeological sources, others have been elusive. Recent advances in chemical techniques have enabled archaeologists to examine residues from archaeological materials in order to identify specific ingredients, including plants...   More >

Friday, April 26, 2019

Environmental Engineering Seminar: Environmental Engineering Seminar

Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Arlene Blum, Executive Director of the Green Science Policy InstituteBerkeley

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

New Perspectives on the "Incomplete Acquisition" Debate in Heritage Language Bilingualism

Lecture | April 26 | 12-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Eve Zyzik, Professor of Spanish, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Berkeley Language Center

In this presentation, I examine the use of the term ‘incomplete acquisition’ and the controversy it has generated in recent years (cf. Pascual y Cabo & Rothman, 2012; Kupisch & Rothman, 2016; Silva-Corvalán, 2018). Although the matter is a question of terminology, the debate reflects a very real dilemma in how to describe and ultimately explain heritage speakers’ language abilities.

Cortical Circuits During Continuous Decision-Making

Lecture | April 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 177 Life Sciences Addition

 Christina Gremel, UCSD

 HWNI

Decision-making allows for adaptive behavior. The brain takes an active role in this process. It is not simply waiting to respond to incoming information from the world. I will show work where we use mouse model of self-initiated actions to probe orbital frontal and pre-motor circuit mechanisms underlying continuous decision-making.

Salman Hussain | Together Without Consensus: Class, Emotion and Memory in the Lawyers’ Movement (2007-09) in Pakistan

Lecture | April 26 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Salman Hussain, Lecturer/Research and Teaching Fellow in the Legal Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Sadia Saeed, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of San Francisco

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada Endowment on Pakistan

A lecture by Salman Hussain, the S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies recipient for 2018.

Tarski Lecture: Integrating with Logic

Lecture | April 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall | Note change in date and location

 Thomas Hales, University of Pittsburgh

 Department of Mathematics

In 1995, Kontsevich introduced a new form of integration, call motivic integration. From the start, the development of motivic integration has been guided by model theory, especially quantifier elimination. One particularly useful result has been a far-reaching generalization of the Ax-Kochen-Ersov transfer principle in logic to integration. This talk will give a gentle introduction to motivic...   More >

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Conservation Movement: Incorporating the Latinx Community in Conservation Decisions Regarding Forests, National Parks, and Wildlife

Lecture | April 27 | 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Auditorium

 Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), House Natural Resources Committee; Linda Escalante, Southern California Legislative Director, NRDC

 College of Natural Resources

Conservation Leader Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) of the House Natural Resources Committee will be in conversation with Linda Escalante, Southern California Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003. He was elected Ranking Member of the...   More >

  RSVP online or by calling Kassie Darling at 510-642-4902, or by emailing Kassie Darling at kdarling@berkeley.edu by April 18.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Building Bridges or a Bridge Too Far? The "Macedonia" Name Agreement and the Past, Present and Future of Greek Interstate Relations

Lecture | April 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Spero Paravantes

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

The "Macedonia" name issue has been a constant point of contention between Greece and the newly re-named Republic of North Macedonia since the breakup of Yugoslavia. With the origins of the dispute stretching back to the Second World War, the "Prespa Agreement", signed between the two Balkan neighbors in June 2018 (in effect since February 2019) is hoped to be a new beginning in interstate...   More >

Spero Paravantes

New Research from the Latinx Research Center

Lecture | April 1 – 29, 2019 every Monday with exceptions | 12-1 p.m. |  The Shorb House

 2547 Channing way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 The Latinx Research Center

Over the past year, Latinx Studies faculty and doctoral students have been advancing their research at the LRC, with visiting post-doctoral and doctoral students joining campus scholars in focused working groups to advance dissertation and book projects. Join us biweekly every Monday in April, for our "Lunch on the LRC" lecture series to learn about interdisciplinary cutting edge Latinx Studies...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Real-World Robotic Perception and Control Using Synthetic Data

Lecture | April 29 | 1-2 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Josh Tobin

 n/a

Modern deep learning techniques are data-hungry, which presents a problem in robotics because real-world robotic data is difficult and expensive to collect. In contrast, simulated data is cheap and scalable, but jumping the "reality gap" to use simulated data for real-world tasks is challenging. In this talk, we discuss applications of Domain Randomization: a technique for bridging the reality...   More >

Molly Kaushal | When Lakshman undertakes the fire ordeal to prove his chastity: Ramayana among the Gonds of Central India

Lecture | April 29 | 4-6 p.m. | 341 Dwinelle Hall

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Molly Kaushal on an unusual Gond folk version of the Ramayana, illustrated with paintings by Gond artists

Toiling in the Agroecological Matrix: What Does Co-existence Look Like?

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5 p.m. | Morgan Hall, Morgan Lounge

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

In an ideal world, farm families would farm in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. In that ideal world, we would see synergies arising from communities of growers using complementary practices that enhance sustainable farming in local regions. Over the past decade and a half, changes in farm size and the implementation of key agricultural policies have made it...   More >

Political Machines at Work: Electoral Subversion in the Russian Workplace

Lecture | April 29 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 John Reuter, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin - Milawaukee

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

In many countries, employers use their leverage over workers to induce them to turn out in elections and/or vote a specific way. This practice is very common in contemporary Russia. In recent elections, as many as 1 in 4 firms engaged in some form of electoral mobilization. Drawing on voter surveys, firm surveys, focus groups, and electoral violation reports, this talk will address several...   More >

Molly Kaushal | When Lakshman undertakes the fire ordeal to prove his chastity: Ramayana among the Gonds of Central India

Lecture | April 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Molly Kaushal, Professor of Performance Studies and Head of Janapada Sampada Division, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

 Robert Goldman, Professor of Sanskrit and Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in South and Southeast Asian Studies

A talk by Molly Kaushal on an unusual Gond folk version of the Ramayana, illustrated with paintings by Gond artists

A Tantric Theology from 12th century Tibet

Lecture | April 29 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Matthew T. Kapstein, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

 Center for Buddhist Studies

The teachings of the tantric lineage of the Zur clan, which flourished in West Tibet during the early second millennium, have remained a missing element in the history of the “ancient,” Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. While the historical importance of the clan is well known and significant lines of transmission are attributed to it, few authentic works stemming from the Zur and detailing...   More >

Places in Space

Lecture | April 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Adam Savage; Nicholas de Monchaux

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Department of Architecture's Studio One

Adam Savage's mother is a psychologist; his father was a celebrated artist, painter and filmmaker. From the youngest age they encouraged his flights of fancy. Savage has been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer and director. He...   More >

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ikram Masmoudi: The Appeal of the Gothic and Hassan Blasim's Fiction

Lecture | April 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Acclaimed Iraqi writers are using Gothic aesthetics and motives to narrate a historical moment marred by ubiquitous violence, cultural crisis and disintegration. Hassan Blasim’s stories are filled with unspeakable and ‘unreal’ violence. More than representing the irrational violence raging outside the texts in a realistic rendering, Blasim’s fiction produces in the readers its own brand of...   More >

2019 William Main Seminar Series: PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program

Lecture | April 30 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center

 Becky Johnson, PG&E

 William Main Seminar Endowment

Join Becky Johnson, a Senior Manager of External Relations in PG&E's Vegetation Management and Community Wildfire Safety Program for her talk about PG&E's Community Wildfire Safety Program. Question and answer session and casual reception to follow presentation.

Faculty Research Lecture: Mysteries of the Invisible World of Microbes: Faculty Research Lecture by Jill Banfield

Lecture | April 30 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Jill Banfield, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

 Academic Senate

Jill Banfield is the director of microbial research in the Innovative Genomics Institute and a CZ Biohub investigator. She studies microbial communities and their roles in shaping soil and groundwater biogeochemistry as well as human health. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Australian Academy of Science and the National Academy of Science

The Frozen Conflict in Transnistria: Current Situation and Prospects for Settlement

Lecture | April 30 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Anatolii Dirun, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Georgetown University

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

Ethno-political conflicts are key factors affecting the level of regional security. Being complex in their “nature of origin”, they become protracted in the process of their settlement. Thus, the history of the Transnistrian conflict has been around for almost 29 years. The armed confrontation of the parties in 1992 complicated the elaboration of a political settlement formula. On the one hand,...   More >