<< Week of January 14 >>

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Plant Domestication in the Near East and Notes on the Modern Human Condition

Lecture | January 16 | 5-6 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Avi Gopher, Professor, Tel Aviv University; Shahal Abbo, The Levi Eshkol School of Agriculture, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Archaeological Research Facility

The major issue pertaining to Near Eastern plant domestication by archaeologists is: which model best reconstructs plant domestication? On the one hand, the protracted-autonomous (non-centered) model, thriving in Near Eastern Neolithic studies in the past decade, emphasizes three major aspects of domestication: (a) a long, protracted process that was (b) geographically autonomous (non-centered)...   More >

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Between Books and Rifles: Palestinian School Girls Talk Back

Lecture | January 17 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender

Based on three interrelated theoretical frameworks—institutional racism, settler colonialism and security and biblical reasoning- what Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian defines as security theology- the presentation will examine the invasion of the girl child body and space in Occupied East Jerusalem (OEJ).

Persistent Bias Among Local Election Officials

Lecture | January 17 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 D. Alex Hughes

 Information, School of

An audit study of the 2016 election confirms ethnic bias by local election officials.

Disability and the Dissident Body: Ancient Jewish Resistance to Empire

Lecture | January 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Julia Watts Belser, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department,Georgetown University.

 Disability Studies Research Cluster, HIFIS

Ancient Jewish accounts of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem use disability to reckon with charged questions about power, violence, and resistance. Bringing feminist disability studies to bear on rabbinic Jewish narrative, this lecture argues that disability affords the rabbis a complex symbolic discourse with which to grapple with the power of God and the brutality of empire.

Age of Anxiety: Anticulture and Autoethnography in the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Lecture | January 17 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 James Buzard, Professor, MIT

 Department of English, 19th Century and Beyond British Cultural Studies Working Group, Florence Green Bixby Chair in English

Notwithstanding Dickens’s unprecedented choice of an English cathedral town as the primary setting for his final work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870) gives many indications that it remains committed to the autoethnographic project that the author had most extensively undertaken in Bleak House (1852). This talk examines Drood’s adaptations of the model in the altered conditions of the later...   More >

Embeddings for Everything: Search in the Neural Network Era

Lecture | January 17 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Dan Gillick

 Information, School of

Dan Gillick proposes a new kind of internet search engine based on neural networks.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

From Communism to Authoritarianism via Democracy. The Puzzle of Political Transformations in East Central Europe

Lecture | January 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University

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

During the first two decades after 1989, countries of East Central Europe experienced a swift and successful democratization process and a relatively painless transition to a market economy. Consolidation of liberal democracy and working market economy opened the door to their accession to the NATO and the European Union. By 2004, it seemed that these countries became “normal” European...   More >

The Royal Alcazar of Seville

Lecture | January 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The UC Botanical Garden is pleased to host author and scholar, Mervyn Samuel for an illustrated lecture on the palace and gardens of the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the oldest royal residence in Europe still used for its original purpose. The talk will showcase the historical context of the Alcázar going back to Roman times and the influence of the Islamic presence in Spain. After 1492 Seville, and...   More >

$20 / $15 UCBG Member

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The Future of Humans: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Lecture | January 18 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Dr. Jennifer Doudna, Executive Director, Innovative Genomics Institute

 Dr. Siddartha Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, Columbia University

 Innovative Genomics Institute

In honor of UC Berkeley’s 150th Anniversary year, the Innovative Genomics Institute is presenting a free lecture. Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna will join oncologist Sid Mukherjee to discuss unprecedented advancements in gene editing and the effect new technologies will have on the future of humanity.

The significance of Dr. Doudna's research is difficult to overstate. It has led to what...   More >

 Registration required on Evenbrite site. NOTE: Sign-up does not guarantee a seat. Entrance will be first come, first served with printed or electronic ticket in hand.


  Registration opens December 8. Register online or by calling Jennifer Bevington at 510-664-7579 by January 18.

Talking to Gods: Ainu Artifacts in the Hearst Museum

Lecture | January 18 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Christopher Lowman, UC Berkeley, Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The Ainu, the Indigenous people of northern Japan, traditionally use uniquely carved prayer sticks and highly-prized lacquer bowls to send prayers and offerings to their many gods. These sacred objects have made their way into museum collections, but their stories are seldom straightforward: they are entwined with ongoing Ainu cultural change, the desires of collectors, and the ways in which...   More >

Friday, January 19, 2018

Traffic Congestion Control: A PDE backstepping perspective

Lecture | January 19 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Miroslav Krstic, UC San Diego

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Control of freeway traffic using ramp metering is a "boundary control" problem when modeling is approached using widely adopted coupled hyperbolic PDE models of the Aw-Rascle-Zhang type, which include the velocity and density states, and which incorporate a model of driver reaction time. Unlike the "free traffic" regime, in which ramp metering can affect only the dynamics downstream of...   More >

The Art of Handmade: A Zapotec Weaver in the 21st century

Lecture | January 19 | 5-7 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Porfirio Gutierrez

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join us for the closing lecture of the inaugural exhibit People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World. Weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez will speak about his work as an artist and the work of his community to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes, techniques that stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition. This talk will open a three day series of...   More >

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture- Visualizing Biological Molecules: Understanding Life’s Principles

Lecture | January 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Eva Nogales, Molecular and Cell Biology


Assemblies of biological macromolecules (proteins, DNA, RNA) are the functional units of cells and ultimate the whole organism. Visualizing these macromolecules, in different functional states, provides unique information on how they work and how they fail in the diseased state, and therefore can guide us in the design and improvement of therapies. But their extremely small size makes...   More >

Visualizing macromolecules with electron microscopy