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Monday, March 4, 2019

Through the Learner's Lens: A Student Learning Center Photo Contest

Miscellaneous | February 25 – March 22, 2019 every day |  César E. Chávez Student Center

 Student Learning Center

The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center is excited to invite submissions for our first ever photo contest! We’re calling on the creativity of our campus community to build a collection of images that showcase the diverse ways learning takes place in and through the Student Learning Center. We invite you to share moments in the learning process that excite you, challenge you, and encapsulate the...   More >

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 >

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

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

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Seminar: Data-assisted high-fidelity modeling for systems design and monitoring

Seminar | March 4 | 10-11 a.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Audrey Olivier

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Increased availability of measured data has recently generated tremendous interest in the development of methods to learn from data. In parallel, engineers have a long history of building high-fidelity physics- based models that allow us to model the behavior of highly complex systems. This talk aims at presenting some of the exciting research opportunities that arise.

Certificate Program in Business Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | March 4 | 11-11:30 a.m. |  Online

 Tim Bombosch, Ph.D.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Business analysts use strategy, operational processes, requirements management and expertise to lead organizations through complex changes. Learn how this certificate program can help you move into a BA position, advance in your career or prepare to take the International Institute of Business Analysis' Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) exam or the Project Management Institute's...   More >

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Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Katharina Foote, Roorda Lab; Liz Lawler, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Katharina Foote's Abstract
Structure and function in retinitis pigmentosa patients with mutations in RHO vs. RPGR

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) causes slow, progressive, relentless death of photoreceptors. In order to gain insight on how cone survival differs between different mutations affecting rods vs. affecting rods and cones, we measured cone structure and function in patients with mutations...   More >

Instabilities and Phase Transitions in Multiphase Flow Through Porous Media: Fluids Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 12-1 p.m. | 3110 Etcheverry Hall

 Xiaojing (Ruby) Fu, Miller Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Flow and transport through porous media is ubiquitous in nature. They are key processes behind subsurface resources such as oil and gas, geothermal energy, and groundwater. They also mediate corrosion and ageing of porous engineering materials as well as geohazards such as landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Central to many of these processes is the strong coupling between porous...   More >

The Securitization of Migration and Racial Sorting in Fortress Europe

Lecture | March 4 | 12 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Maartje van der Woude, Leiden Law School (Netherlands)

 Institute of European Studies, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

These past two decades the European Union has been hit by two so-called "crises": the financial or "Euro" crisis of 2008 and the 2015-2016 migration crisis. Whereas both crises have fed into euro-sceptic sentiments, it is safe to say that the response to the financial crisis at least seemed to be somewhat coordinated and uniform with EU member states coming together to reinforce the monetary...   More >

Data and Tech for All Week: WiDs Satellite Conference and Panel

Special Event | March 4 | 12 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Data Sciences

Join us for Data and Tech for All Week, a week of events across campus democratizing data science and technology.

Monday, March 4 (School of Information): Women in Data Science (WiDS) 2019 Berkeley satellite conference and panel discussion. Online throughout the day

Maladaptive responding to the distress of others: Insights from developmental neuroscience

Colloquium | March 4 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Kalina Michalska, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Psychology

A fundamental question in developmental affective science is how children come to understand the emotions of others when deciding how to behave towards them. One consequential domain of such an ability is responding to others’ distress with empathy and kindness. In this talk, I will explore the neurobiological and social factors that lead some children to respond maladaptively to the distress of...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: On statistic of irreducible components

Seminar | March 4 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Nicolai Reshetikhin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

For finite dimensional representations $V_1, \dots , V_m$ of a simple finite dimensional Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$ consider the tensor product $W=\otimes _{I=1}^m V_i^{\otimes N_i}$. The first result, which will be presented in the talk, is the asymptotic of the multiplicity of an irreducible representation $V_\lambda $ with the highest weight λ in this tensor product when $N_i=\tau _i/\epsilon...   More >

Political Economy Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Santiago Oliveros, University of Essex

 Department of Economics

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

Carbopalladation Cascades – Not only syn, but also anti

Seminar | March 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 775B Tan Hall

 Prof. Daniel Werz, Technical University Braunschweig

 College of Chemistry

A characteristic feature of carbopalladation reactions is the syn-attack of the organopalladium species LnX[Pd]-R on the reacting π-system. Such a step results in compounds bearing Pd and R on the same side of the originating alkene moiety. Embedded into longer domino sequences complex structures are efficiently obtained by
a repetition of this syn-carbopalladation step. In this way, linear...   More >

JUNIPR: a framework for unsupervised and interpretable machine learning in particle physics: Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum

Meeting | March 4 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | 501 Campbell Hall

 Anders Andreassen, Physics, LBL

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

The Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum meets weekly to discuss current applications across a wide variety of research domains and software methodologies. All interested members of the UC Berkeley and LBL communities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Arithmetic Siegel-Weil formula for orthogonal Shimura varieties

Seminar | March 4 | 3-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Tonghai Yang, University of Wisconsin

 Department of Mathematics

After reviewing Siegel-Weil formula and progress on arithmetic Siegel-Weil formula, I will talk about my new work with Jan Bruinier on this subject. Let $L$ be an integral lattice of signature $(n, 2)$ over $\mathbb Q$, and let $T$ be a non-singular symmetric integral matrix. Associated to it are two objects. One is the $T$-th Fourier coefficient $a(T)$ of the derivative of some `incoherent’...   More >

Reproducing AlphaZero: what we learn: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | March 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Yuandong Tian, Facebook AI Research

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

We reproduce and open source AlphaGoZero/AlphaZero framework using 2000 GPUs and 9 days, achieving super-human performance of Go AI that beats 4 top-30 professional players with 20-0, provide extensive ablation studies and perform basic analysis.

PHYSICS/SQB Colloquia: "Exploring Embryonic Patterning With Colonies Of Human Embryonic Stem Cells"

Seminar | March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 1 LeConte Hall

 Eric Siggia, The Rockefeller University

 College of Chemistry, Department of Physics

Embryology at the beginning of the 21st century finds itself in a situation similar to neurobiology; the behavior of the component pieces is understood in some detail, but how they self-assemble to become life is still very hazy. There are 100’s of molecules that enable cell communication and genetics defines their function by classifying aberrant embryos at a suitable intermediate stage of...   More >

Seminar 271, Development, Joint with Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia"

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

 Leo Bursztyn, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

Joint with the Psychology and Economics seminar

Perceiving Humans in the 3D World

Seminar | March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Angjoo Kanazawa, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will discuss my work in reconstructing 3D non-rigid, deformable objects such as humans and animals from everyday photographs and video, and show how such systems can be used to train a simulated character to learn to act by watching YouTube videos.

Design Field Notes: Jacob Gaboury

Lecture | March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jacob Gaboury is an Assistant Professor of Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in the seventy year history of digital image technologies and their impact on society's contemporary visual culture. His forthcoming book is titled Image Objects (MIT Press), and it traces a material history of early computer graphics told through a set of five objects that structure...   More >

Remaking Urban Landscape in China’s Large Cities: State-Society Nexus and the Reproduction of Space amidst Accelerate Urbanization

Colloquium | March 4 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 George C.S. Lin, Chair Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong

 You-tien Hsing, Professor of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center of Global Metropolitan Studies

Phenomenal transformation of the landscape in Chinese cities has been conventionally understood as the spatial outcome of the reformation of state-market relations. The current urban landscape observable today is described as a juxtaposition of two elements, namely the legacy of the socialist city and the newly emerged space of marketization. This research identifies a new wave of urbanization in...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Misperceived Social Norms: Female Labor Force Participation in Saudi Arabia

Seminar | March 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Note change in date and time

 Leonardo Bursztyn, University of Chicago

 Department of Economics

*Joint with Development and Planning Seminar. Please note change from regularly scheduled Psychology and Economics time.

Link to NBER Working Paper

ABSTRACT: Through the custom of guardianship, husbands typically have the final word on their wives’ labor supply decisions in Saudi Arabia, a country with very low female labor force participation...   More >

The Rise of Illiberal Governance: Comparing Viktor Orban and Donald Trump: A Lecture by John Shattuck

Lecture | March 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 John Shattuck, Professor of Practice in Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

 Social Science Matrix

Join us Monday, March 4th at 4:00pm for the Spring 2019 Social Science Matrix Distinguished Lecture, "The Rise of Illiberal Governance: Comparing Viktor Orban and Donald Trump," by John Shattuck, Professor of Practice, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

John Shattuck

Science in the Schoolyards of Detroit, Cairo, and Philadelphia: What are the seven Ss of success?

Colloquium | March 4 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215, 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Nancy Butler Songer, Drexel University, School of Education

 Graduate School of Education

This talk will present three stories and empirical research results associated with middle and high school-based systemic reform with investigation and design projects as the focus of the reform. Where was systemic change realized, and where did it falter? Drawing from these research-based stories, what are the seven Ss of secondary science success?

Better Together? The Tale of Tolstoevsky

Lecture | March 4 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Julie Buckler, Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

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

Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series

Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Ransom

Lecture | March 4 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220

 Daniel Hershenzon, Associate Professor of Literature, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History

This talk explores the entangled experience of Muslim and Christian captives and by extension the connected histories of the Spanish Empire, Morocco, and Ottoman Algiers in the 17th-century. It argues that piracy, captivity, and redemption shaped the Mediterranean as an integrated region—at the social, political, and economic levels. The history that emerges of the captivities of Christians and...   More >

Seminar 208, Microeconomic Theory: Complementary Information and Learning Traps

Seminar | March 4 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 639 Evans Field

 Annie Liang, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Economics

We develop a model of social learning from complementary information: Shortlived agents sequentially choose from a large set of (flexibly correlated) information sources for prediction of an unknown state, and information is passed down across periods. Will the community collectively acquire the best kinds of information? Longrun outcomes fall into one of two cases: (1) efficient information...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Dispersive decay of small data solutions for the KdV equation

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

 Mihaela Ifrim, UW Madison

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation, and prove that small localized data yields solutions which have dispersive decay on a quartic time-scale. This result is optimal, in view of the emergence of solitons at quartic time, as predicted by inverse scattering theory. Joint work with Herbert Koch and Daniel Tataru.

History on the Run: Hmong Refugees and Knowledge Formation

Lecture | March 4 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Ma Vang, Assistant Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, UC Merced

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

Taking a feminist refugee approach and by analyzing Hmong women’s narratives against U.S. redacted archival records that erase Hmong and Laos history during the U.S. “secret war,”, this talk explores the politics of knowledge formation which has generated a historiography about the Hmong refugee as a masculinized refugee soldier and a distinct U.S. ally.

Ma Vang

LAEP Lecture Series: Diane Jones Allen

Lecture | March 4 | 6-7 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Mon, March 4, 6pm - Diane Jones Allen has years of practice focusing on land planning, and varied scales of open space design, including community development work.

Google Tech Talk: Network Infrastructure Tech Talk

Information Session | March 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The NetInfra team designs and builds the world’s largest, fastest, most reliable data-center and WAN networks, giving Google and its users compute and storage capabilities not available anywhere else. Come learn all about how NetInfra sustains Google Cloud Platform, one of the world's premier Cloud providers!

RSVP: https://goo.gl/cT2TjY

Food will be provided. The content for this...   More >

Nnedi Okorafor in Conversation with Donna Jones

Presentation | March 4 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Nature is the greatest artist and scientist,” writes Nnedi Okorafor, an award-winning author of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both children and adults. “If we human beings, with our rather brilliant, often flawed, sometimes evil creativity, joined forces with our creator (nature), as opposed to trying to control it and treat it like our slave, imagine the...   More >

A Conversation with Nnedi Okorafor

Lecture | March 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Nnedi Okorafor, Author

 Berkeley Center for New Media, Department of Architecture's Studio One, Department of African American Studies, Department of English

Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media and co-sponsored with the Department of Architecture's Studio One, the Department of African American Studies, and the Department of English.

"Nature is the greatest artist and scientist. If we human beings, with our rather brilliant, often flawed, sometimes evil, creativity joined forces with our creator (nature), as opposed to trying to control it...   More >


Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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.

Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

Exhibit - Painting | October 3, 2018 – May 26, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring works by internationally renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights the ways these artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives. Though living and working in different geographical areas—Lhasa, Dharamsala, Kathmandu, New York, and the Bay Area—the...   More >

Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

Exhibit - Painting | December 12, 2018 – April 14, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA's Japanese art collection began in 1919 with a remarkable donation of more than a thousand woodblock prints from the estate of UC Berkeley Professor of English William Dallam Armes. This exhibition features a selection of these exceptional prints, as well as hanging scroll paintings, screens, lacquerware, and ceramics that have entered the collection over the century since this...   More >

Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

Exhibit - Multimedia | December 12, 2018 – March 24, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Arthur Jafa is an artist, director, editor, and award-winning cinematographer whose poignant work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life. He has stated, “I have a very simple mantra and it’s this: I want to make black cinema with the power, beauty, and alienation of black music.” In his renowned work Love Is The Message,...   More >

Well Played! The Math and Science of Improving Your Game

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 17, 2018 – May 18, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

You don't have to be a pro to know that math and science can help improve your game. In our exhibit, Well Played!, you can experiment with force, angles, and trajectory to get the highest scores you can with classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pinball, and Basketball.

Want to improve your score? Try our interactive exhibits on the math and science behind force and trajectory, and then head...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 28 – May 17, 2019 every day | Wurster Hall, Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall


This exhibition of artists' books centers on ideas about the built environment and has been curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for UC Berkeley’s Environmental Design Library. Featuring works by 25 artists including Robbin Ami Silverberg, Clifton Meador, Inge Bruggeman, Karen Kunc, Sarah Bryant and Barbara Tetenbaum, the exhibition explores the built environment through text, image,...   More >

The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment

Exhibit - Artifacts | January 15 – May 17, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition of artists books centers on ideas about the built environment, curated by Berkeley-based book artist Julie Chen for CEDs Environmental Design Library.

Illustrating México one page at a time-Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada.

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 8 – June 30, 2019 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor

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In the pantheon of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artists who represent Mexico and Mexican art, the artwork of José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation that continues to shine a light on important stories through woodcuts, imprints, and engravings. This exhibition was created using the books from the collections of the Doe Library. The exhibition is envisioned...   More >

Aaron Marcus: Early Works

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 6 – June 30, 2019 every day |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Educated in physics, mathematics, and philosophy at Princeton University and trained in graphic design at Yale, Berkeley-based Aaron Marcus explores new possibilities for expression. He created his first “computer-assisted poem-drawings” in the spring of 1972, when he served as a research associate at Yale University’s School of Art and Architecture. Using standard typographical symbols, Marcus...   More >

Facing West 1: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 9, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific...   More >

Facing West: Camera Portraits from the Bancroft Collection

Exhibit - Photography | November 29, 2018 – March 15, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Gallery

 Human Resources

The first part of a double exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of the renewed Bancroft Library and its gallery, Facing West 1 presents a cavalcade of individuals who made, and continue to make, California and the American West. These camera portraits highlight the communities and peoples of Hubert Howe Bancroft’s original collecting region, which extended from the Rockies to the Pacific...   More >

Vision+Light: Processing Perception

Exhibit - Multimedia | February 20 – March 14, 2019 every day with exceptions | 12-5 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, Worth Ryder Art Gallery


This acclaimed program returns for its sixth, and to date most varied and provocative exhibition of the convergence of science and art.

Presenting artwork and installations across a range of media and technologies, Vision + Light: Processing Perception offers stunning visual, mind-bending virtual, and intriguing tactile experiences to spark thought and inspiration.

Vision+Light: Processing Perception