<< Monday, October 16, 2017 >>

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

​Crowding from three sides: Foveal interference, spatial attention, and appearance

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Dan Coates, PhD, University of Houston Optometry

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Crowding, the deleterious influence of clutter on identification of a target, is typically studied in the visual periphery, where it is a fundamental limit to visual perception. Most experiments entail keen spatial focus on a flanked target, which must be categorized using forced-choice response methods. I present several recent studies that extend conventional practice. First, I...   More >

New Research in Oral History: Vic Geraci: Making Slow Food Fast in California Cuisine

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Victor Geraci, Independent Scholar

 Oral History Center

Dr. Geraci will be presenting findings from his new book, which follows the development of industrial agriculture in California and its influence on both regional and national eating habits. Early California politicians and entrepreneurs envisioned agriculture as a solution to the food needs of the expanding industrial nation. The state’s climate, geography, vast expanses of land, water, and...   More >

Nation and State Vs. Europe: When the Sum of the Parts Is Larger Than the Whole

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Josef Joffe, Regents Lecturer, Institute of Governmental Studies

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies

Brexit, the endless crisis of the euro and the suspension of „Schengenland“ are the symptoms of renationalization. So is the rise of anti-European populism - even in Germany, the traditional engine of integration. As always in its 65-years history, the EU will muddle through. But for all of its resilience, it cannot not transcend the nation-state and evolve into an „e pluribus unum.“ This lecture...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Zamolodchikov periodicity and integrability

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Pavel Galashin, MIT

 Department of Mathematics

T-systems are certain discrete dynamical systems associated with quivers. Keller showed in 2013 that the T-system is periodic when the quiver is a product of two finite Dynkin diagrams. We prove that the T-system is periodic if and only if the quiver is a finite ⊠ finite quiver. Such quivers correspond to pairs of commuting Cartan matrices which have been classified by Stembridge in the context...   More >

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | October 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Na'ama Shenhav, Professor, Dartmouth

 Haas School of Business

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Differential Geometry Seminar: Collapsing hyperkähler manifolds

Seminar | October 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Valentino Tosatti, Northwestern

 Department of Mathematics

Consider a projective hyperkähler manifolds with a surjective holomorphic map with connected fibers onto a lower-dimensional manifold. In the case the base must be half-dimensional projective space, and the generic fibers are holomorphic Lagrangian tori. I will explain how hyperkähler metrics on the total space with volume of the torus fibers shrinking to zero, collapse smoothly away from the...   More >

String-Math Seminar: Betti Geometric Langlands

Seminar | October 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 David Nadler, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I’ll describe a variant of the geometric Langlands program that has more of the topological flavor of some physical accounts. I’ll explain how it fits into broader patterns in mirror symmetry, and also the form it takes in some examples. A key quest is for a “categorical Verlinde formula” to reduce the case of high genus curves to nodal configurations. (Joint work in parts with D. Ben-Zvi...   More >

Destroying a Museum Archive: Sex, Racism, Image, and Contemporary Archeology

Colloquium | October 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Doug Bailey, San Francisco State University, Department of Anthropology

 Department of Anthropology

What happens when people attempt to
discard and destroy a museum archive
that contains many thousands of visual
and material objects? In this workshop,
we discuss the politics, potential,
and violence of archive objects
specifically a cache of over 1200, 35-
mm transparencies from the mid-late
20th century. What lives do they live?
Are they passive and neutral objects
resting peacefully...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | October 16 | 2-3 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Leah Carroll, Haas Scholars Program Manager/Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

If you are thinking about getting involved in undergraduate research, this workshop is a great place to start! You will get a broad overview of the research opportunities available to undergraduates on campus, and suggestions on how to find them.

We will also let you know about upcoming deadlines and eligibility requirements for some of...   More >

ECON 281, International Trade and Finance: "Trade, Merchants and Lost Cities of the Bronze Age, with Gojko Barjamovic"

Seminar | October 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kerem Cosar, University of Virginia

 Department of Economics

Seminar 211, Economic History: Trade, Merchants and Lost Cities of the Bronze Age

Seminar | October 16 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Kerem Cosar, University of Virginia

 Department of Economics

Joint with International Seminar.

BLISS Seminar: Kannan-Lovasz-Simonovitz Conjecture

Seminar | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Yin-Tat Lee, UW Seattle

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Kannan-Lovasz-Simonovitz (KLS) conjecture asserts that the isoperimetric constant of any isotropic convex set is uniformly bounded below.

It turns out that this conjecture implies several well-known conjectures from multiple fields: (Convex Geometry) Each unit-volume convex set contains a constant area cross section. (Information Theory) Each isotropic logconcave distribution has O(d) KL...   More >

New Google Sites workshop: Organize, collaborate and share

Workshop | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jen Bellenger, bConnected Collaboration Services; Rob Silva, bConnected Collaboration Services

 Library, Information Services and Technology (IST)

In this workshop we'll explore how easy it is to organize, collaborate, and share all of your online content in the New Google Sites.

 Cal ID required to enter Moffitt Library.

  RSVP online

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Odd degree number fields with odd class number

Seminar | October 16 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Wei Ho, University of Michigan

 Department of Mathematics

For any fixed odd integer $n \geq 3$, we study the 2-torsion of the ideal class groups of certain families of degree $n$ number fields. We show that (up to a tail estimate) the average size of the 2-torsion in these families matches the predictions given by the Cohen-Lenstra-Martinet-Malle heuristics, which predict the distribution of class groups of number fields. As a consequence, we find that...   More >

Philip Protter - Issues of Incomplete Markets

Seminar | October 16 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Philip Protter, Columbia University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: In a complete market, there is a unique risk neutral measure, unique prices, and all contingent claims can be (at least theoretically) perfectly hedged. In an incomplete market, in contrast, there is an infinite number of risk neutral measures, a continuum of “fair” prices, and contingent claims can in general not be perfectly hedged, even theoretically. Unfortunately, there seems to be...   More >

A birds-eye view: Longitudinal trends in UC students and faculty

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Zachary Bleemer, UCOP, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

 Graduate School of Education

How has the student experience provided by the University of California changed over the past 100 years, and what are the ramifications of those changes for the broader state of California? I will present preliminary results from the University of California ClioMetric History Project (UCCHP), a longitudinal examination of the contributions of California universities to the state's growth,...   More >

Web Essentials Drop In Hours: Non-Coder's Guide to the Web

Information Session | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Librarians, Librarians, University Library

Student Technology Consultants, Student Technology Consultants, Student Technology Services


Stop by to learn about web design, online publishing, software and support available at Berkeley to help you build websites, create multimedia presentations, and much more. Students from Student Technology Services and Librarians will be here to answer your questions and help orient you to the technology landscape on campus.

 Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt

A Conversation on Music and Virtuosity: Kim Kashkashian, John Santos, Ken Ueno, moderated by Ben Ratliff

Lecture | October 16 | 4-5:45 p.m. | Morrison Hall, Albert Elkus Room, 125 Morrison Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

The Townsend Center brings together a selection of eminent figures in the field of music to explore what we mean when we talk about virtuosity.

Design Field Notes: Jess Hobbs

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Public artist, designer, and social entrepreneur Jess Hobbs will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Seminar 271, Development: "Discretion and Corruption in Public Procurement"

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Ferenc Szűcs, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

Molecular mechanism of cellular motility

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Tom Pollard, Yale University

 College of Chemistry

Special Topology Seminar: Something more to say about Dehn’s lemma

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 732 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Michael Freedman, Microsoft Research

 Department of Mathematics

There seem to be 5 broad theorems whose conclusion is an embedded two dimensional disk (perhaps with additional structures). The five are about mapping a disk into manifolds of dimension: 2,3,4,higher, and symplectic manifolds, respectively. Each is worth knowing. The theorem about mapping a disk into a three manifold is called Dehn’s lemma. It is 60 years old, but I will explain a new wrinkle...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Fractal uncertainty for transfer operators

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Maciej Zworski, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a new explanation of the connection between the fractal uncertainty principle of Bourgain–Dyatlov, a statement in harmonic analysis, and the existence of zero free strips for Selberg zeta functions, which is a statement in geometric scattering/dynamical systems. The connection is proved using (relatively) elementary methods via the Ruelle transfer operator which is a well known...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | September 25 – December 4, 2017 every Monday | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Blue Door Cafe | Note change in location

 2244 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Blue Door Cafe (check for location updates). Each person will support their own beverage purchases, but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and experience levels are welcome. Karibuni sana!

East African Beer and Soda

SLAM: Communicating science to the general public: Lessons from Known Universe and Particle Fever

Seminar | October 16 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor David Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Amazon Tech Talk

Information Session | October 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Have you never used or heard of version control? Are you new to git? Have you ever been burned by using a git command incorrectly? If so, come to Amazon’s Tech Talk where David Lippa, one of their Software Development Engineers, will talk about the basics of version control with git, share lessons from his 13 year software career, and teach you ways to avoid “Git Hell.”

Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | October 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Creator of the blog Black Contemporary Art

 Arts + Design

Drew has been dubbed an "international tastemaker in contemporary art" on account of her Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art and her Instagram @museummammy; and as Social Media Manager at The Met, she has been pivotal in moving that venerated institution in directions both democratic and dialogical. Drew will discuss curation, social media, race, and institutions with Professor Stephen Best...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >