<< Week of September 28 >>

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Jonathan Biss: Pre-performance talk

Lecture | September 22 | 2-2:30 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Jonathan Biss

 Cal Performances

Prof. Nicholas Mathew of the Department of Music talks about Beethoven's sonata cycle. Free to ticket holders of the performance.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Toward a Simulation-Based Qualification Paradigm for Metal Additive Manufacturing: Support Design for Residual Stress and Process-Grain Structure Modeling: SEMM Seminar

Lecture | September 23 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Albert C. To, Ph.D. Professor, University of Pittsburgh

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

This seminar will present recent advances in models and methods developed for achieving a simulation-based qualification paradigm for laser-based metal additive manufacturing (AM).

BIDS Forum: Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Lecture | September 23 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

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

Experiencing Community: Residential Life Under the lnka Empire in Huarochirí (Lima, Peru): Anthropology 290 Series

Lecture | September 23 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221 (Gifford Room)

 Carla Hernandez Garavito, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Anthropology

I discuss how lnka imperialism was experienced by a small Andean community in the Peruvian Highlands. I argue that lnka imperialism in Huarochiri built upon existing local practices and rituals, as well as the appropriation and redefinition of community organization.

Towards an Artificial Intuition: Conversational Markers of (Anti)Social Dynamics

Lecture | September 23 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

 Information, School of

Can conversational dynamics â the nature of the back and forth between people â predict outcomes of social interactions? This talk will describe efforts on developing an artificial intuition about ongoing conversations, by modeling the subtle pragmatic and rhetorical choices of the participants.

The resulting framework distills emerging conversational patterns that can point to the...   More >

Designing a Future with ML + UX

Lecture | September 23 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Michelle R. Carney

 Information, School of

As AI and ML shape technology, how do we ensure that products are designed by and for people?

Mongolia's Monastery Massacres: "The Green-Eyed Lama"

Lecture | September 23 | 5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Oyungerel Tsedevdamba; Jeffrey L. Falt

 Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

"The Green-Eyed Lama" (2008) is an award-winning and best-selling novel written by Oyungerel Tsedevdambaand Jeff Falt. Originally published in Mongolian, the book chronicles the romance between Sendmaa, a young belle in the countryside, and Baasan, a monk in the lamasery, as they try to cope with the turmoil of political purges, terrible massacres and mass executions of thousands of innocent lamas...   More >

Green-eyed Lama

The Copper in My Cooch and Other Technologies

Lecture | September 23 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Marisa Morán Jahn

 Arts + Design

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

Marisa Morán Jahn, Artist, Cambridge, MA and New York, NY

In her talk, artist Marisa Morán Jahn weaves together her interest in creative technology as myth-making and her practice of codesigning with and for historically underserved communities (specifically low-wage workers, immigrants, youth, and women). She draws from her background as an...   More >

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Rebecca Whittington | Tug-of-Ear: The Play of Dialect in Modern Bengali and Tamil Literature

Lecture | September 24 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Rebecca Whittington

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies and the co-director of the Medical Anthropology Program

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

A talk by Dr. Rebecca Whittington on an understudied aspect of modern South Asian literature: the representation of dialect and colloquial language.

Engineering a Refreshing Solution: Hydro Flask Co-Founder Travis Rosbach at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | September 24 | 6-7 p.m. |  N270 Chou Hall

 Travis Rosbach

 The Berkeley Forum

Today, the Hydro Flask is one of the most used water bottles around the world, with its application of vacuum technology to an everyday, durable, and visually appealing product. During his talk, Travis will walk through his experience with the company and provide his insights for young entrepreneurs.

Speaker Bio

Hydro Flask, a maker of double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water...   More >


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Kiutu incantation-prayers: Or a literary genre inspired by a single composition

Lecture | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Beatrice Baragli, Visiting Scholar, Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies

The Sumerian Kiutu incantation-prayers addressed to the sun god Utu constitute a small genre of roughly 20 texts, but which includes compositions that are very different from each other. Since these texts were categorized as such according to ancient criteria, the modern reader would face the following question: Why were so different texts labeled in the same way? This talk will analyze the...   More >

Floods, droughts, and salmon-supporting vs cyanobacterial food webs in California North Coast rivers

Lecture | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Mary Power, Professor, Integrative Biology

 Archaeological Research Facility

About the Speaker:
Mary Power's research interests center on river food webs. She has studied interactions among fish, birds, invertebrates, and algae in temperate and tropical rivers, and has a particular interest in how attributes of species affect food web structure and dynamics, and how strengths of these interactions change under different environmental regimes. Her team has studied, for...   More >

Townsend Book Chat with Michael Lucey: Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities, from Colette to Hervé Guibert

Lecture | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Imagine trying to tell someone something about yourself and your desires for which there are no words. Lucey examines characters from 20th-century French literary texts whose sexual forms prove difficult to conceptualize or represent.

Fung Institute presents: Engineering Leadership Speaking Series

Lecture | September 4 – November 20, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 4-5:30 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Join UC Berkeley Master of Engineering students for an executive speaker series with leaders from different technology industries. The technology industry forms a vital part of the Northern California economy and these sessions provide an opportunity to deepen your understanding and connections. Engage with innovative leaders from top companies, deepen your industry and functional knowledge and...   More >

Heather Boushey | Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do about It: IRLE Speaker Series

Lecture | September 25 | 4-6 p.m. |  2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment)

 Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Do we have to choose between equality and prosperity? Heather Boushey insists that rising inequality actually undermines growth. She will discuss how we can preserve the best of our nation’s economic and political traditions by pursuing policies that reduce inequality—and by doing so, boost broadly shared economic growth.

Rivera and the Detroit Murals: A Personal Journey

Lecture | September 25 | 4-5 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies) | Canceled

 Harley Shaiken, Director, UC Berkeley, Center for Latin American Studies

 Center for Latin American Studies

March 1932 was not a good time to come to Detroit. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo arrived in the city in the midst of a plummeting economy and social upheaval. The artists painted during grim economic times, yet Rivera’s dream of a popular international art has found an enthusiastic new audience, and Kahlo has become iconic throughout the world. In this talk, Harley Shaiken will explore the ways in...   More >

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo kiss on the scaffolding in Detroit. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Art.)

Research Transparency and Reproducibility in Economics and Beyond: UC Berkeley Economics Departmental Seminar

Lecture | September 25 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Ted Miguel, UC Berkeley Economics

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details about this lecture are posted here: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events/research-transparency-reproducibility-economics-and-beyond

Evolving Economies of Cannabis

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

 Dr. Beau Kilmer, RAND Corporation; Dr. Ann A. Laudati, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Garden

Two leading experts will speak about the economic and social implications of a growing global cannabis industry.

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The Distinguished Lecture in Astronomy: From Spinning Black Holes to Exploding Stars: New Views on the Energetic Universe

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | 105 Stanley Hall

 Fiona A. Harrison, Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, Caltech

 Department of Astronomy

Using space-based telescopes that image the cosmos in high energy radiation, Professor Harrison is exploring the densest, hottest, and most energetic regions in the Universe. These observatories are helping us to understand how black holes grow, how the elements that make up life are forged in extreme environments, and how matter behave in conditions beyond any we can create on Earth.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Melodie Yashar: Human Factors within Autonomous Buildings: Design for Earth, the Moon, and Mars

Lecture | September 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Christine Gaspar

 Arts + Design

Melodie Yashar, design architect, researcher, cofounder of SEArch+

Melodie Yashar shares insights from her work as a design architect, researcher, and cofounder of Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch+), a group building upon a ten-year portfolio of academic space research and practice developing human-supporting concepts for space exploration. In 2015 SEArch+ was awarded the top prize in...   More >

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement

Lecture | September 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Monica White, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 College of Natural Resources

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement revises the historical narrative of African American resistance and breaks new ground by including the work, roles, and contributions of southern Black farmers and the organizations they formed. The book traces the origins of Black farmers’ organizations to the late 1800s, emphasizing their activities during the...   More >

The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series presents Joseph Roach | The Temptations of Goodness: Brecht’s Enlightenment

Lecture | September 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, Room 315

 Joseph Roach, Professor Emeritus of Theater and English, Yale University

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Department of English, The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series Fund

The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series presents "The Temptations of Goodness: Brecht’s Enlightenment," a talk by Joseph Roach.

Painting by Alket Zeqiri

Childhood Immunizations: Balancing Public Health and Civil Liberties

Lecture | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, First Floor Colloquia

 Public Health, School of

Vaccine-preventable diseases are at the forefront of public health debates in 2019. The U.S. Centers for Prevention and Disease Control recently reported that the current measles outbreak – the worst in the United States in 25 years – has spread to 1,022 cases in 28 states since September 2018. More than 50 patients have been in California, but most have been in New York State. Recent laws and...   More >

Glaucon’s Dilemma: Origins of Social Order

Lecture | September 26 | 5:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Josiah Ober, Mitsotakis Professor of Classics and Political Science, Stanford University

 Department of Classics

The Sather Classical Lectures, part 2.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Houri Berberian, Professor of History; Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies; Director of the Armenian Studies Program, UC Irvine

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

Three of the formative revolutions that shook the early twentieth-century world occurred almost simultaneously in regions bordering each other. Though the Russian, Iranian, and Young Turk Revolutions all exploded between 1904 and 1911, they have never been studied through their linkages until now. Roving Revolutionaries probes the interconnected aspects of these three revolutions through the...   More >

Epistemology of the Crosshatch: Towards a Creative History of the Early Modern Hand: Seth Lerer

Lecture | September 27 | 12 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, examines how cross-hatching — the controlled marking of parallel lines — became the great technique through which visual artists of the early modern era discovered the representation of physical and emotional reality.

View from the Top: Chandrika Tandon: Breaking Boundaries

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Chandrika Tandon

 Society of Women Engineers, UC Berkeley College of Engiennering

Business leader, Grammy-nominated artist, and humanitarian Chandrika Tandon will discuss the importance of defying conventions in "Breaking Boundaries," a conversation with College of Engineering Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu.

Chandrika was the first Indian-American woman elected to Partner at McKinsey and Company and the Founder of Tandon Capital. She is a recognized leader in the worlds of business,...   More >

Jupyter Berkeley Seminar: Using Jupyter at scale within an enterprise: 10,000 users, 10,000 notebooks

Lecture | September 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

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