<< Week of May 05 >>

Sunday, May 5, 2019

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

THIS SH*T IS FOR US

Special Event | April 29 – May 7, 2019 every day | D-3 Hearst Field Annex

 College of Environmental Design

A weeklong celebration of #BLACKGIRLHEALING and creative expressions on sisterhood, spirituality, ancestry, joy, care, wellness, and healing featuring art for and by black women and girls.

Berkeley Morris Dancers for May Day

Tour/Open House | May 5 | 10-10:30 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Be entertained with a lively performance of the Berkeley Morris Dancers in the Garden's Entrance oval.

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Bay Area Book Festival

Special Event | May 4 – 5, 2019 every day | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  BART Station

 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California)

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley. One of the premier literary events in the nation! Visit keynotes, interviews, and talks taking place on 10 indoor stages throughout Downtown Berkeley and on the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Outdoor Fair. May 4th + 5th

$10 Tickets needed for indoor lectures only.

Family Workshop: Kaleidoscope Making

Workshop | May 5 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join this month’s Family Workshop at the Hearst Museum! Make your own kaleidoscope and learn how changes in vision can affect your perception of reality. This is a drop-in workshop for all ages. Bring the whole family for this activity included free with museum admission.



Find out more about events at the Hearst Museum by going to hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/events.

  RSVP 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

University Baroque Ensemble

Performing Arts - Music | May 5 | 2 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Christine Brandes, director
Vocalists from the 150B studio
Nicholas Nackley, director
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas

Berkeley’s University Baroque Ensemble (UBE) was founded in 2003 as a successor to the Collegium musicum. It is, as far as weknow, the only student group in the world that performs not just on copies of original instruments but on original eighteenth-century instruments. These...   More >

$16 General Admission, $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

  Buy tickets online

The House of the Spirits

Performing Arts - Theater | April 28 – May 5, 2019 every Sunday | 2-4 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Michael Moran

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel, Caridad Svich’s The House of the Spirits follows three generations of the Trueba family—their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country....   More >

$13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

  Buy tickets online

Michael Barenboim, violin

Performing Arts - Music | May 5 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Michael Barenboim, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Program*:
Tartini/Sonata in G minor, Bg. G, Devil’s Trill
Salvatore Sciarrino/6 Caprices
Paganini/Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1, Nos. 1, 6, 17, 16, 9, 24
Berio/Sequenza VIII

* please note that this program has changed from what was originally announced

$30-68 (prices subject to change)

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

Violinist Michael Barenboim performs Sunday, May 5, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall.

Works from the Eisner Competition 2019

Film - Animated | May 5 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We are pleased to present this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition. The Eisner Prize is the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus. Expect narratives, documentaries, experimental works, and animations. A handout with written descriptions by the artists will be available at the screening. This annual event,...   More >

After Life

Film - Feature | May 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An original, humorous, and inspired meditation on life, memory, and happiness. Here, passage into the afterlife begins at a combination guidance school and movie set. As soon as a new group arrives, they are assigned counselors who help them choose one special memory to cherish for eternity. The memory, once picked, will be re-created by the staff, then captured on film for the dead to take into...   More >

Monday, May 6, 2019

THIS SH*T IS FOR US

Special Event | April 29 – May 7, 2019 every day | D-3 Hearst Field Annex

 College of Environmental Design

A weeklong celebration of #BLACKGIRLHEALING and creative expressions on sisterhood, spirituality, ancestry, joy, care, wellness, and healing featuring art for and by black women and girls.

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Between-individual variation in the human retina ultrastructure: the key for understanding everything from myopia to AMD?

Seminar | May 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Rigmor Baraas, OD, PhD, National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design, University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg, Norway

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) have become invaluable tools for mapping the ultrastructure of the retina in living humans. OCT imaging has revealed considerable variation in retinal layer thickness, foveal shape and morphology. AOSLO imaging has revealed large variation in cone mosaics, both peak and eccentricity dependence density...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: LLT Polynomials, k-Schur Functions, and Positivity

Seminar | May 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Christopher Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Both LLT polynomials and k-Schur functions were derived from the study of Macdonald polynomials, and have proved to be fruitful areas of study. A conjecture due to Haglund and Haiman states that k-bandwidth LLT polynomials expand positively into k-Schur functions. This is trivial in the case k=1 and has been recently proved for k=2. In this talk, I will present a proof for the case k=3. To this...   More >

PERL Seminar: "Moral Tribes: Why Do People Join Armed Groups?"

Seminar | May 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Qihang Wu, UC Berkeley

 BCEP

Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

String-Math Seminar: Searching for Lie groups of the XXI century

Seminar | May 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Andrei Okounkov, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

It has been understood for some time now that many highlights of Lie theory, such as the representation-theoretic theory of special functions, or the Kazhdan–Lusztig theory, have a natural extension to a much broader setting, the boundaries of which are yet to be explored. In this extension, the focus is shifting from a group \(G\) to various classes of algebraic varieties that possess the key...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Divisor complements in Calabi-Yau symplectic manifolds

Seminar | May 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 384H STANFORD

 Umut Varolgunes, Stanford

 Department of Mathematics

Let $(M,\omega )$ be a closed symplectic manifold. Consider a closed symplectic submanifold $D$ whose homology class is a positive multiple of the Poincare dual of $[\omega ]$. The complement of $D$ can be given the structure of a Liouville manifold, with skeleton $S$. We prove that $S$ cannot be displaced from itself inside $M$ by a Hamiltonian isotopy if we assume that $c_1(M)=0$. Under the...   More >

Between Shannon and Hamming: how bad can the channel be?: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | May 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Anand Sarwate, Rutgers

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The information theory community has traditionally studied two different models for communication. The Shannon-theoretic model treats the channel’s impact as random, so codes must correct almost all error patterns of a given weight; this is an average-case analysis. The coding-theoretic (Hamming-theoretic?) model treats the channel as adversarial, so codes must correct all error patterns of a...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Moduli spaces of spherical surfaces with conical singularities

Seminar | May 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dmitri Panov, University College London

 Department of Mathematics

A spherical surface with $n$ conical singularities is a surface $S$ with cone points $x_1, \dots ,x_n$ and a metric $g$, such that $g$ has curvature 1 on the complement $S \setminus (x_1,...,x_n)$ and has a conical singularity of angle $2\pi (\theta _i)$ at each $x_i$. Moduli spaces of spherical metrics with fixed angles are intriguing objects. Up to very recently the most basic questions about...   More >

A French Revolution for the Third Millennium?: The Reimagining of Higher Education in Contemporary France

Colloquium | May 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

 Grace Neville

 Human Resources

In 2009 the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, invited two highly respected, leading French politicians, Michel Rocard and Alain Juppé, both former Prime Ministers, one centre-left and the other centre-right, to identify the national priorities to be followed over the ensuing years. The Rocard-Juppé report was accepted by the French parliament with immediate effect. Most of its initial budget...   More >

Quantitative chemical imaging in live cells

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Yamuna Krishnan, The University of Chicago

 College of Chemistry

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Quantum topology from symplectic geometry

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N STANFORD

 Vivek Shende, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The discovery of the Jones polynomial in the early 80s was the beginning of "quantum topology": the introduction of various invariants which, in one sense or another, arise from quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. There are many mathematical constructions of these invariants, but they all share the defect of being first defined in terms of a knot diagram, and only subsequently shown by...   More >

IB Finishing Talk: Title to be announced

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

 Lindsey Hendricks-Franco, UCB (Sousa Lab)

 Department of Integrative Biology

A French Revolution for the Third Millennium?: The Reimagining of Higher Education in Contemporary France

Colloquium | May 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215 (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

 Grace Neville, University College Cork / National University of Ireland

 Graduate School of Education

In 2009 the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, invited two highly respected, leading French politicians, Michel Rocard and Alain Juppé, both former Prime Ministers, one centre-left and the other centre-right, to identify the national priorities to be followed over the ensuing years. The Rocard-Juppé report was accepted by the French parliament with immediate effect. Most of its initial budget...   More >

Space Tech Symposium 2.0 at Berkeley: Hosted by Space Technologies at Cal

Conference/Symposium | May 6 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Space Technologies at Cal, Berkeley SkyDeck

Come expand your network at Space Tech Symposium 2.0 @ Berkeley (https://stac.berkeley.edu/sts2) on May 6 by meeting researchers, CEOs of the hottest space startups, and Berkeley faculty as they discuss their visions for the future of space development.

Mobility between space and non-space fields is at an all-time high and we'd love to have you join this conversation. Panelists from NASA,...   More >

$10 Student Tickets, $30 Industry / Faculty Tickets

  Buy tickets online

Join us on May 6th for Space Tech Symposium!

Fung Fellowship: Journeys in Aging and Innovation

Special Event | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. |  Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Fellowship

Join the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations for our final showcase, Journeys in Aging and Innovation!

For the past semester, Fung Fellows have envisioned the future of aging, focusing on customer engagement, innovation, and prototyping. Twelve teams will present their projects ranging from gamification to incentivize community supported caregiving networks to designing...   More >

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Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana

Lecture | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Nadia Yala Kisukidi; Rocío Zambrana

 Human Resources

Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora
Nadia Yala Kisukidi | How to Philosophize in a Dominated Country
Rocío Zambrana | Pasarse políticamente: Hopeful Acts of Protest in Puerto Rico

Monday, May 6, 2019
5:00-7:00pm
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
(seating first-come, first served until full)

Note: On Tuesday, May 7, from 10-4pm, Professors Kisukidi and Zambrana will be holding a seminar as...   More >

Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana

Lecture | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 470

 Arts Research Center, Co-sponsored by UCHRI, the Critical Theory Program, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana

Monday, May 6, 2019
5:00-7:00pm
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
(seating first-come, first served until full)

 seating restrictions: 47 person capacity

Nadia Yala Kisukidi and Rocío Zambrana

Mobile Augmented Reality Makers Panel

Panel Discussion | May 6 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

 Mayan Shay May-Raz, Augmented Reality SDK Product Manager, Lenovo; Nicholas Butko, Director of Engineering, 8th Wall; Rigel Benton, Interaction Designer, 8th Wall

 Sheng Huang, Head o Business Operations & Partnerships, Sturfee

 UC Berkeley Extension

Come join fellow Augmented Reality and Computer Vision/Machine Learning folks and learn about the world of mobil augmented reality.

  Register online

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

Garden Closed

Miscellaneous | January 1, 2019 – January 7, 2020 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed on the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day per month to complete jobs that may pose safety risks to visitors, such as dropping tree limbs, renovating paths, or controlling pests.

-I’m only in Berkeley for one day from...   More >

THIS SH*T IS FOR US

Special Event | April 29 – May 7, 2019 every day | D-3 Hearst Field Annex

 College of Environmental Design

A weeklong celebration of #BLACKGIRLHEALING and creative expressions on sisterhood, spirituality, ancestry, joy, care, wellness, and healing featuring art for and by black women and girls.

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

BIO Express Travel Signature Day

Workshop | May 7 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | International House, Hall of History | Note change in location

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office has set aside this special day for *express* travel signatures just for you! Stop by any time during the hours below to get your documents signed on the spot (please read below—""Do You Really Need a Travel Signature?"").

Come to the I-House Great Hall during the following days and times for your Express Travel Signature.
Tuesday, May 7, 10am -...   More >

Psychology Department Annual Poster Session

Presentation | May 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Department of Psychology

You’re cordially invited to come to the 2019 psychology poster session, where our 2nd year graduate and honors students will present their newest research. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Twists and Ripples: Self-Organization of 1- and 2D Structures into New Multi-Functional Materials

Seminar | May 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Assistant Professor Sameh Tawfick, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Abstract: The bottom-up synthesis and self-organization of precisely engineered 1D and 2D materials enables new multi-functional designs. In particular, owing to their low dimensionality, the use of carbon nanotubes and graphene in load-bearing materials requires deep understanding of their mechanics from the atomic to micron scales.

I will demonstrate extremely reconfigurable materials made...   More >

Between Maximum Pressure and Minimum Engagement: The EU’s Foreign Policy Towards North Korea

Lecture | May 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tereza Novotná, Free University Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Since the PyeongChang Olympic Games at the beginning of 2018, hopes have risen for a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Three inter-Korean summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have taken place as well as the Singapore Summit between him and US President Donald Trump. Yet these ups have been followed by various downs,...   More >

Tereza Novotná

Webnet: What a UC Berkeley Webdev needs to know

Workshop | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 303 Doe Library

 TBD

 Director of Staff Learning and Development

Zed Lopez, Web Architect, Office of Communications and Public Affairs will talk about campus and UC policies, accessibility, technologies, and just plain what to request from whom. A web developer at UC Berkeley needs to know a lot. Join us for this brief survey of what we need to know and more importantly, where to find more.

Please feel free to bring your lunch to the meeting. Please keep it...   More >

BSA 2019 Staff Perspectives Lunch: Equity and Inclusion efforts on campus

Social Event | May 7 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Human Resources

Registration: Click here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEf0_p2frrQSf9QYLRihg8yinnlfvxk_hUfOIc_o2h3t9j0Q/viewform) to register and indicate your meal preference (we encourage early RSVP to make sure we can make arrangements for special meal requests). We hope to accommodate as many as possible with our catering, but cannot guarantee meeting the dietary restrictions of all attendees....   More >

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Building Teams: BPM204

Workshop | May 7 | 12:30-4:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Kathy Mendonca

 Human Resources

The content covers the characteristics of and the tools necessary for building an effective team.

Dissertation Talk: On Systems and Algorithms for Distributed Machine Learning

Presentation | May 7 | 1-2 p.m. | 521 Cory Hall

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The advent of algorithms capable of leveraging vast quantities of data and computational resources has led to the proliferation of systems and tools aimed to facilitate the development and usage of these algorithms. Hardware trends, including the end of Moore's Law and the maturation of cloud computing, have placed a premium on the development of scalable algorithms designed for parallel...   More >

Seminar 237/281: Macro/International Seminar - "Fiscal Rules and Discretion under Limited Enforcement"

Seminar | May 7 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Pierre Yared, Professor of Business, Columbia University

 Department of Economics

We study a fiscal policy model in which the government is present-biased towards public spending. Society chooses a fiscal rule to trade off the benefit of committing the government to not overspend against the benefit of granting it flexibility to react to privately observed shocks to the value of spending. Unlike prior work, we examine rules under limited enforcement: the government has full...   More >

  RSVP by emailing Joseph G. Mendoza at jgmendoza@berkeley.edu

ML-Astro Talks: The ages, rotation periods, and magnetic activity of stars

Special Event | May 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Ruth Angus

 Data Sciences

In this talk <a href = "http://ruthangus.github.io"> Ruth Angus, PhD. </a> will be speaking on her research about stars, planets and, statistics with an important ML component. She will describe how to measure state-of-the-art stellar ages by combing information from different evolutionary processes, including hydrogen burning and magnetic braking.

SIGNAL Online Game Launch

Special Event | May 7 | 3-5:30 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Garbarini Lounge

 Nuclear Science and Security Consortium

On behalf of the University of California, Berkeley in cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Project on Nuclear Gaming (PoNG) invites you to the public release of the SIGNAL online game! With sponsorship from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the PoNG team is developing new experimental wargaming methods to study conflict escalation,...   More >

 You must be 18 years or older to participate. RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/signal-online-game-launch-party-tickets-60342615387

The Pushouts: Documentaries at Doe

Film - Documentary | May 7 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Library

In telling the story of Victor Rios’s journey from an impoverished childhood in East Oakland to tenured professorship at UC Santa Barbara, this film explores the school-to-prison pipeline and the important role of mentors and community in the lives of young people. (Film runs 55 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion.)

The Pushouts film poster

Gehen|Bleiben. Whether to remain or to leave. A film series focusing on the topic of migration in European documentaries and films.: Bebe Tigre

Film - Feature | May 7 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Alliance Française San Francisco

 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

 Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute at UC Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, Alliance Française San Francisco, Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Young Tiger” introduces 15-year-old Many who was smuggled as illegal immigrant into France and expects to begin to work immediately to send money back to his parents. But instead of risking to hire an underaged worker, his smuggler Kamal decides to hand Many over to the state. Two years later Many seems to be an exemplary teenager: fully integrated into France's Indian Sikh community, a caring...   More >

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Spring Class Showcases

Performing Arts - Other | May 2 – 9, 2019 every day |  Various Campus Locations (See Below)

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

The Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies invites you to its spring class showcases, where students will share creative projects and techniques conceived and crafted throughout the semester.

African Film Festival 2019

Film - Series | March 2 – May 10, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

March 2–May 10, 2019

This year’s edition of the African Film Festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora. We pay tribute to the great director Bill Gunn—also an actor, playwright, and novelist—with new restorations of two genre-benders, his radical horror film Ganja & Hess and his “meta–soap opera” Personal Problems. The latter was conceived by...   More >

Collaborating Effectively in the Workplace

Workshop | May 8 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 24 University Hall

 Sara Thacker, Staff Ombuds Office

 Staff Ombuds Office

To be successful in the rapidly changing workplace, where jobs and people change fast – staff must be able to collaborate with a variety of people within and outside the organization who have the skills, resources, and influence to tackle increasing complex challenges. Collaboration is a skill and a set of practices that are rarely taught in the workplace. In this course staff will learn about...   More >

Spring at the Hall

Special Event | March 21 – June 7, 2019 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This spring, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Contact lens optics and binocular vision in childhood myopia

Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  100 Minor Addition

 Kate Gifford, Clinical Optometrist - Gerry & Johnson Optometrists, Visiting Research Fellow - Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Optometry and Vision Science

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

A globally growing prevalence of myopia has led to increasing investigation and development of optical corrections which slow its progression. Overnight orthokeratology (OK, also known as corneal reshaping) and multifocal soft contact lenses (MFSCLs) show the most consistent results for reducing axial and refractive progression in childhood myopia, by around 50%, with only some understanding of...   More >

The James R. Boyce Housing Studio Symposium

Conference/Symposium | May 8 | 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Please join the Terner Center for Housing Innovation and the College of Environmental Design for a panel discussion, networking lunch, and presentation of student work focused on developing and supporting affordable housing.

ICBS Seminar

Seminar | May 8 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1217

 Anca Dragan, EECS; Emily Cooper, Vis Science

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optimal Robot Action for and around People, Anca Dragon

3D Vision in Natural Environments, Emily Cooper

Mad cows and crazy proteins: understanding how the prion protein folds and misfolds at the single-molecule level

Seminar | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Michael T. Woodside, University of Alberta

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Prion diseases like "mad cow" disease are caused by the protein PrP, which forms an incorrect structure that is both toxic to neurons and infectious, in the sense that it can propagate the misfolding. The mechanisms by which misfolded PrP forms and spreads remain poorly understood. I will discuss our studies of PrP misfolding in the single-molecule regime, using high-resolution optical tweezers...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Learning to Predict Human Behavior from Video

Seminar | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. | 337A Cory Hall

 College of Engineering

In recent times, the field of computer vision has made great progress with recognizing and tracking people and their activities in videos. However, for systems designed to interact dynamically with humans, tracking and recognition are insufficient; the ability to predict behavior is requisite. In this talk, I will present my work on learning to make predictions from visual input. Using team...   More >

UCOP Virtual Career Series: Your Culture + Your Career

Workshop | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. |  Virtual

 Cal Alumni Association, University of California Office of the President

This high-impact, online series is designed to provide UC alumni with the insights, information, and connections to launch, grow and expand your career opportunities.

No MVZ Lunch Seminar: Tba

Seminar | May 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 TBA

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Noon Concert: Gamelan

Performing Arts - Music | May 8 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

MUSIC AND DANCE OF BALI PERFORMED BY THE BALINESE GAMELAN CLASS WITH SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS
Co-Directed by I Nyoman Windha and Lisa Gold
Guest dancer, I Nyoman Cerita, Guest musician, I Dewa Putu Berata, Guest singer, Katie Harrell

Come hear complex interlocking rhythms, technical precision, & beautiful complex compositions played on the bronze gamelan semar pagulingan. Featuring an...   More >

Prof. Birgit Pfau-Effinger on "The Gender Division of Labor: Cultural Influences on Cross-National Differences": Friedlander Lecture

Lecture | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall

 Social Welfare, School of

Dr. Pfau-Effinger will discuss the limitations of approaches that explain cross-national differences in women’s and men’s employment and childcare behavior with the “de-familializing” or “familializing” nature of welfare state policies. She will introduce her theoretical approach to the explanation of these differences that emphasizes the role of culture and the interrelations acting between...   More >

Communication Skills to Support Your Quiet Teens (BEUHS372)

Workshop | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 April Snow

 Jessica Weikers

 Be Well at Work - Work/Life

Many parents are looking for more connection, communication and clarity when interacting with their Quiet Teens, but don’t know how to reach them or be a more central figure in their lives. In this dynamic workshop led by two teen therapists, you will learn how to feel more confident engaging in open conversations with your teen that don’t feel forced, invasive, or strained. When parents and...   More >

  Enroll online

Friedlander Lecture on International Social Welfare: The Gender Division of Labor: Cultural Influences on Cross-National Differences

Lecture | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Dr. Birgit Pfau-Effinger, Professor of Cultural & Institutional Change, University of Hamburg

 Social Welfare, School of

  RSVP online or or by emailing Lia Swindle at LIA.SWINDLE@BERKELEY.EDU by May 3.

Be Well at Work: Communication Skills to Support Your Quiet Teen

Workshop | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. |  Tang Center, University Health Services

 April Snow; Jessica Weikers

 Human Resources

Many parents are looking for more connection, communication and clarity when interacting with their Quiet Teens, but don’t know how to reach them or be a more central figure in their lives. In this dynamic workshop led by two teen therapists, you will learn how to feel more confident engaging in open conversations with your teen that don’t feel forced, invasive, or strained. When parents and...   More >

Dissertation Talk: Coded Illumination for Multidimensional Quantitative Phase Microscopy

Seminar | May 8 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Visual Computing Lab (VCL)

 Michael Chen, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Imaging biological samples under optical microscopes is challenging, since the absorption is too weak to form images with informative contrast. Besides fluorescent imaging techniques, label-free phase contrast imaging methods have been proposed to greatly improve the contrast of transparent samples. In order to efficiently recover quantitative properties, such as 2D phase projection and 3D...   More >

STEM Graduate School Info Session and Panel

Information Session | May 8 | 1-3 p.m. | 3110 Eshleman Hall

 Latinx Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Science at UC Berkeley (LAGSES), Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE), Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students (BGESS)

Panel and information session targeted for STEM underclassmen who have not yet decided if graduate school is a good fit for them. We will provide an overview of the application process, fellowships, research, grad student life, the finances of being a grad student, etc., and open up for questions. Students are encouraged to submit questions and discussion topics at the attached link.

Harmonic Analysis Seminar: Multilinear Restriction and its Use in Decoupling

Seminar | May 8 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Kevin O'Neill, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Multilinear restriction estimates are an important tool in the proof of the decoupling inequality for the paraboloid. This talk will introduce and provide a heuristic proof of a multilinear restriction estimate, relying on the multilinear Kakeya inequality discussed in last week's talk. If time permits, attention will be given to applications to decoupling and multilinear decoupling (the latter...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Scissor Congruence and Mixed Tate Motives

Seminar | May 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Daniil Rudenko, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

Scissor congruence theory of polytopes is an old subject going back to 19th century. One of its first major achievements was appearance of so-called Dehn invariant. This mysterious invariant could be properly understood and generalized in the context of the theory of mixed Hodge structures of mixed Tate type. I will explain this relation and show some applications to hyperbolic geometry.

Last Passage percolation: modulus of continuity and the slow bond problem

Seminar | May 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Sourav Sarkar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Statistics

The talk has two parts. In the first part we will speak on the modulus of
continuity in Poissonian last passage percolation, a model lying in the
KPZ universality class. In the second part we speak on the “slow bond”
model, where Totally Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process (TASEP) on
$\mathbb{Z}$ (a model which can be thought to simulate a one-way traffic
movement) is modified by adding...   More >

BIDS Data Science Lecture: Hate speech, algorithms, and digital connectivity

Lecture | May 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Claudia von Vacano, Executive Director, D-Lab, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Online Hate Index (OHI) is a research partnership between UC Berkeley’s D-Lab and Google Jigsaw that seeks to improve society's understanding of online hate speech (from sources such as YouTube, Reddit, Twitter and other social media sites), including its prevalence over time, ...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Etale and crystalline companions

Seminar | May 8 | 3:10-5:10 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Kiran Kedlaya, UCSD

 Department of Mathematics

Deligne's "Weil II" paper includes a far-reaching conjecture to the effect that for a smooth variety on a finite field of characteristic $p$, for any prime $\ell $ distinct from $p$, $\ell $-adic representations of the etale fundamental group do not occur in isolation: they always exist in compatible families that vary across $\ell $, including a somewhat more mysterious counterpart for $\ell =p$...   More >

Housing in the Bay Area Webinar

Information Session | May 8 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Should you live on campus in the residence halls? What are the neighborhoods like surrounding campus? What is a co-op? Where do grads students usually live? Attend this webinar to learn all about your housing options and what to expect living on vs. off campus. Representatives from UC Berkeley Housing will be in attendance.

Dissertation talk: Machine Learning---Why Do Simple Algorithms Work So Well?

Lecture | May 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 Chi Jin

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

While state-of-the-art machine learning models are deep, large-scale, sequential and highly nonconvex, the backbone of modern learning algorithms are simple algorithms such as stochastic gradient descent, or Q-learning (in the case of reinforcement learning tasks). A basic question endures---why do simple algorithms work so well even in these challenging settings?

This talk focuses on two...   More >

"The Multifaceted Roles of Adipocytes: Therapeutic Targets for Diabetes and Beyond”.

Seminar | May 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 114 Morgan Hall

 Philipp Scherer, UT-Southwestern

 Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology

Topology Seminar (Main Talk): Non-Euclidean tetrahedra, mixed Hodge structures and rational elliptic surfaces

Seminar | May 8 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Daniil Rudenko, University of Chicago

 Department of Mathematics

I will explain how to construct a rational elliptic surface out of every non-Euclidean tetrahedra. This surface "remembers" the trigonometry of the tetrahedron: the length of edges, dihedral angles and the volume can be naturally computed in terms of the surface. The main property of this construction is self-duality: the surfaces obtained from the tetrahedron and its dual coincide. This leads to...   More >

Swahili Table

Social Event | January 23 – May 8, 2019 every Wednesday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter Taproom

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Elizabeth Resor

 Center for African Studies

Every Wednesdays speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter Taproom. This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company (don't worry- beverage/food purchases are NOT required). And of course, Swahili speaking...   More >

The World of Soviet Cartoons: Boris Efimov and the Political Caricature

Lecture | May 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Stephen M. Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History; Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University

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

Officially described as a weapon of satire that could help to build socialism, the Soviet political caricature also tried to foster a particular worldview. This lecture will provide a short history of the Soviet political caricature, its aims, and how it formed a significant part of Soviet satire. It will highlight the most significant political caricaturist in Soviet history, Boris Efimov, who...   More >

Book Talk and Reception with Dr. Olaf Groth and Mark Nitzberg

Special Event | May 8 | 6 p.m. |  Great Hall of the Easton Conference Center

 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA

 Dr. Olaf Groth, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley; Mark J. Nitzberg, Executive Director, Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence

 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

As we cede more and more of our decisions to technologies powered by forms of artificial intelligence (AI), we face new questions about staying safe, keeping a job, and determining the direction we want our lives to take. Please join Dr. Olaf Groth, and co-author Mark J. Nitzberg, as they discuss their recent book, “Solomon's Code: Humanity in a World of Thinking Machines.”

Dr. Olaf Groth is a...   More >

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 Registration is limited to 50 participants. Registration opens April 24. Register by calling 831-647-4648, or by emailing breannad@middlebury.edu by May 3.

  RSVP by calling Breanna Donofrio at 831-647-4648, or by emailing Breanna Donofrio at breannad@middlebury.edu

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3119 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable, safe, self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

Music According to Tom Jobim

Film - Documentary | May 8 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of Brazil’s most popular and respected musicians and composers, Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim found himself the face (or at least the sound) of a new Brazil when his songs such as “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Desafinado” seduced the world with their clear, cool, sensual style. (“I haven’t sung this quietly since I had laryngitis,” quipped Frank Sinatra after trying out the songbook.) Dos Santos...   More >