<< September 2017 >>

Friday, September 1, 2017

Photobears: LIDAR Industry Seminar: Photonic technologies for LIDAR sensors in autonomous and ADAS applications

Lecture | September 1 | 4-5 p.m. | Cory Hall, 400 Hughes Room

 Jake Li, Hamamatsu


This talk will highlight trends, technology and applications in the field of LIDAR from an industry perspective.

Food and drinks will be provided!

From fleets to commercial vehicles, there are a growing number of new and existing technologies that are important for the development of a fully autonomous vehicle. Aside from traditional sensors such as cameras, ultrasonic, and radar, LIDAR...   More >

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Reining in Online Abuses

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

 Hany Farid

 Information, School of

Online platforms today are being used in deplorably diverse ways. How can technology companies allow the free flow of ideas while reining in abuses?

Dancing in a Posthuman World: Material Bodies and New Alliances

Lecture | September 5 | 7-9 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Marta Segarra, Research Professor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France; Professor of Gender Studies and French Studies at Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; Visiting Scholar, the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, UC Berkeley

 The Program in Critical Theory

Marta Segarra’s lecture will consider how some beings are relegated to the external margins of the community and reduced to an anonymous mass, which is often more related to animality than to humanity. From an ecofeminist and posthuman perspective, it will also examine the possibility of a reformulation of the human community beyond the “family.” It will focus on how new kinship, understood as...   More >

Marta Segarra

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Research Computing in Support of Archaeological Investigations at UC Berkeley

Lecture | September 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Nicholas Tripcevich, University of California, Berkeley Archaeological Research Facility; Chris Hoffman, University of California, Berkeley Research IT; Aaron Culich, University of California, Berkeley Research IT

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk presents overview of changes in research support and several examples that demonstrate how research computing technologies are being applied to archaeological research on campus.

Designing San Francisco: with Alison Isenberg (History, Princeton)

Lecture | September 6 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Wurster Gallery

 Alison Isenberg, Professor of History and Co-Director, History and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities

 Global Urban Humanities, Department of History, Arts Research Center

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative, Department of History, and the Arts Research Center are pleased to welcome Alison Isenberg, Professor of History and Co-Director of the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, & the Humanities. She will present her new book titled, Designing San Francisco.


 http://globalurbanhumanities.berkeley.edu/events/alison-isenberg-princeton-mellon-initiative-colloquium-talk. Registration opens August 1. Register online or by calling Tina Novero at 510-664-4077, or by emailing Tina Novero at globalurbanhumanities@berkeley.edu by September 6.

Designing San Francisco by Alison Isenberg

ARCH Lecture: Frida Escobedo

Lecture | September 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 6, 6:30pm. Frieda Escobedo is the fall 2017 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice in Architecture.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Turning big corpora into big data – Digital Humanities at scale

Lecture | September 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 200C Warren Hall

 Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities

 Social Sciences Data Lab

Adam Anderson, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at UC Berkeley, has spent his career scanning texts in order to draw upon secondary literature in archaeology and computational linguistics. He'll describe the OCR project he is working on (described in this article), as well as how he intends to utilize the generated data: "My plan is to use a combination of analytical tools,...   More >

Documenting Torture: Pitfalls and Challenges: A Talk by Dr. HernÁn Reyes

Lecture | September 7 | 2-3 p.m. | 545 Li Ka Shing Center

 Hernan Reyes, International Committee of the Red Cross

 Human Rights Center, Center for Global Public Health

Hernán Reyes, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist and was medical coordinator for the International Committee of the Red Cross, specializing in prison health and medical ethics. Dr. Reyes documented prison health as well as ill-treatment, human rights violations, and torture for the ICRC in more than 45 countries around the world during his 28 years with the institution Dr. Reyes has taught...   More >

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IRLE Fall Reception: Featuring Professor Daniel Schneider on Unstable Work Schedules in Retail

Lecture | September 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Daniel Schneider, UC Berkeley Sociology

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

It’s no secret that the American labor market is increasingly unequal for workers. While work for the highest earners yields ever-higher returns, work at the bottom is becoming more and more unpredictable and insecure. In addition to low wages, short tenure, few benefits, and non-standard hours, workers specifically in retail and food service often face schedules that are unstable and...   More >

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Food and History: Katie Parla on Southern Italy

Lecture | September 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Katie Parla, http://katieparla.com/

 Department of Italian Studies

Katie Parla, Italian food journalist and author of Tase of Rome (IACP Award Winner for Best International Cookbook 2017), joins us to discuss the history and complexity of Southern Italian cuisine.

Ejaz Hussain | Neither Transition nor Transformation: Hybridization of Civil-Military Relations in Contemporary Pakistan

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

 Ejaz Hussain, Independent political and defence analyst

 Munis Faruqui, Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Independent political and defense analyst from Pakistan, Ejaz Hussain

“The Crown Jewel of our Realm:” The Forgotten Story of Künzang Chöling, a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery in Nepal

Lecture | September 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315

 Charles Ramble, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

 Center for Buddhist Studies

In Nepal’s Mustang District, on the right bank of the Kali Gandaki river facing the large settlement of Tshug, is a low hill known as Gompa Gang, the “convent ridge”. Standing on the ridge are the ruins of a Buddhist site, Künzang Chöling, whose dilapidated condition belies the fact that it features the finest example of Nyingmapa mural art outside Tibet. Until recently, nothing else was known...   More >

Friday, September 8, 2017

Learning Spaces: An Introduction to Performative Pedagogy

Lecture | September 8 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Susanne Even, Clinical Associate Professor, Indiana University Bloomington

 Berkeley Language Center

All of us perform multiple roles in our normal daily lives without necessarily being aware of it. But when it comes to learning another language, ‘normality’ is suspended: learners enter a different world they cannot navigate as easily due to less developed lexical, structural and pragmatic knowledge. To improve foreign language skills, teachers employ grammar, communication and activity-oriented...   More >

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Career Clinic: Finding A New Career Direction: Steps to Finding Work You Love

Lecture | September 9 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 504

 Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 UC Berkeley Extension

Do you feel like you are in a rut in your career and long to do something that feels more fulfilling, even if you have no idea what that might be? Do you know you're in the wrong job but feel stuck by fear or self-doubt when you think about trying to make a change?

This workshop is tailored to help you find direction and outline steps to find (and achieve!) work you love.

In advance of the...   More >


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Talk: "Intelligent Infrastructure: Zipcars, Invisible Networks, And Urban Transformation"

Lecture | September 11 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Thérèse Tierney, Founding Director of URL: Urban Research Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

 Berkeley Center for New Media

When we think of smart cities, the hypermodern cities of Shenzen or Songdo usually come to mind. But when we look at the future, it is clear that all cities – from Brooklyn to Berkeley – will also be smart.
New or old, smart cities are sustained by intelligent infrastructure, an assemblage of software, wireless communication technologies, and environmental sensors. These allow for previously...   More >

LAEP Lecture: Kate Orff

Lecture | September 11 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


Public (Re)Assembly with Shannon Jackson and UC Berkeley Faculty

Lecture | September 11 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shannon Jackson, associate vice chancellor of arts and design at UC Berkeley, launches the Public (Re)Assembly series with a public lecture on the Arts + Design Initiative as a vehicle for elevating, fortifying, and “reassembling” the resources of Cal’s tremendous creative culture. In thinking about the artistic, social, and technological future of public higher education, Jackson is joined by...   More >

Rahul Gandhi | India At 70: Reflections On The Path Forward

Lecture | September 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Rahul Gandhi, Vice President, Indian National Congress

 Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Rahul Gandhi has led the reorganization of India’s Congress Party since becoming Vice President of the party in 2013. At UC Berkeley, he will offer his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. He follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, who delivered a historic speech at Berkeley in 1949.

 Event registration has been closed. The event venue has reached maximum capacity. Please note registration does not guarantee your seat to this event. Seats will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Please arrive early to insure a seat.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Machiavelli in Francia nel secondo cinquecento

Lecture | September 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 6331 Dwinelle Hall

 Jean-Louis Fournel, University of Paris VIII

 Department of Italian Studies

"Machiavelli in Francia nel secondo cinquecento. Una questione linguistica, una questione filosofica e una questione politica"

A talk by Italian Renaissance scholar Jean-Louis Fournel.
This talk is in Italian.

Nira Pereg, Rites of Preservation: Video Showing and Discussion

Lecture | September 12 | 6 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way), Auditorium

 Nira Pereg, Video Artist

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Center for Democracy, Toleration of the Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley, The Israel Institute, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Center for the Arts and Religion of the Graduate Theological Union

Video Showing and Discussion, with an Introduction by Robert Alter

In my talk I will discuss ways in which religious rituals affect civilian protocols in Israel and Palestine.

To explore this link between ritual and routine, I will conduct a chronological overview of my work...   More >

Video Artist Nira Pereg

The Future of Work: Implications for Individuals and Society

Lecture | September 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), Room 206

 Marty Nemko

 UC Berkeley Extension

Automation and globalization are shrinking the number of good, well-paying jobs. What's a person to do? What's society to do?

This lecture will offer practical advice for everyone--from people starting out, to older people wanting to stay relevant in a changing economy. Career Coach Marty Nemko will address a range of best-, moderate-, and worst-case scenarios for how the reduction in good...   More >

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AIA Lecture - Beads, trade, and the emergence of complexity in ancient Southeast Asia

Lecture | September 12 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Alison Carter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 AIA, San Francisco Society, Institute of East Asian Studies, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Around 500 BC people in South Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) began interacting with people in Southeast Asia. Some of the earliest indicators of this contact are stone and glass beads that were imported from South Asia and widely traded across Southeast Asia. These beads were important symbols of prestige and power. In this presentation I discuss my study of beads from 12 archaeological...   More >

Nicholas de Monchaux - Author Book Talk: Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design and the Nature of Cities

Lecture | September 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium

 Prof. Nicholas de Monchaux, Architecture Department, UC Berkeley


Praised in the New York Times for its "intelligent enquiry and actionable
theorizing," Local Code is a collection of data-driven tools and design
prototypes for understanding and transforming the physical, social, and ecological resilience of cities. Prof. de Monchaux will discuss his latest book and it's implications for urban design.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Landscapes of Heritage at the Blackfeet Boarding School, Montana

Lecture | September 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 William A. White III, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

For centuries, the Blackfeet people of northern Montana crafted a cultural landscape that served as the backdrop against which life was lived. By the nineteenth century, Blackfeet ways and landscapes had changed but fragments of their past remained. The boarding school system of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was designed by the United States government as a formal program to...   More >

Is Sugar Making Us Sick?

Lecture | September 13 | 5-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Janet King, Senior Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute; Dr. Ronald Krausse, Senior Scientist and Dolores Jordan Endowed Chair, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute; Dr. Kristine Madsen, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Gary Taubes, Cofounder and Senior Scientific Advisor, Nutrition Science Initiative

 Dr. John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor, Emeritus, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of, Tang Center (University Health Services), Berkeley Wellness

Join a panel of experts in nutrition and public health to discuss the role of added sugar in the obesity and diabetes epidemics, including how its risks compare to those of saturated fat, formerly the leading dietary villain.

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Artist's Talk: Lawrence Weiner

Lecture | September 13 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Lawrence Weiner

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Renowned Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner discusses his current project for BAMPFA's Art Wall, LAID OUT ON THE BANKS OF A RIVER LEANING TOWARDS THE OCEAN LAID OUT ON THE BANKS OF A RIVER LEANING TOWARDS THE LAND. In his talk, free with museum admission, the New York-based artist discusses his engagement with the natural lanscape, his connection to the Bay Area, and the significance of language...   More >

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with Dr. Hatem Bazian: Immigration Crisis: The Collapse of the Post-Colonial State

Lecture | September 13 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Dr. Hatem Bazian, Zaytuna College

 Graduate Theological Union

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic Professor...   More >

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Curating Worth Ryder, Past and Present with Farley Gwazda

Lecture | September 14 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Farley Gwazda, director of the Worth Ryder Art Gallery at UC Berkeley, talks about the gallery’s history and his curatorial process.

Members' Walk: Water Wise Entrance Garden

Lecture | September 14 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Anthony Garza

 Botanical Garden

Join Anthony Garza, Horticulture & Grounds Supervisor, on a tour of the Water Wise Entry Garden. Get the scoop on the best plants to choose for your garden before attending the Plant Sale on Sunday, September 24! Online registration is required.

Members' Walk: Water Wise Entrance Garden is exclusively available to current members. Admission is free and registration is required. Please visit...   More >

Lecture by Visiting Professor: "Aufklärung: transkulturelle Medien und ästhetische Erfahrung": Professor Ortrud Gutjahr

Lecture | September 14 | 2-4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Ortrud Gutjahr, University Hamburg

 Department of German

»Aufklärung ist der Ausgang des Menschen aus seiner selbst verschuldeten Unmündigkeit.« Dank prägnanter Verknappung bewahrt Kants Diktum seine hohe Attraktivität in der anhaltenden Debatte um die Frage, was unter Aufklärung zu verstehen ist. Spätestens seit Adornos und Horkheimers Dialektik der Aufklärung kommt hierbei auch immer eine Vernunft- und Kulturkritik zum Tragen, die in jüngerer Zeit...   More >

War Unmakes the State? Austria-Hungary's Internal Wars, 1914-1918

Lecture | September 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 John Deak, University of Notre Dame

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West - Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC, Center for German and European Studies

After decades of state-building success, Austria-Hungary collapsed totally and utterly in 1918. For many years, historians have argued that this ramshackle empire was an anachronism, unfit to live among modern nation states in the twentieth century, and therefore it was destined to fall. But such thinking ignores the dynamics unleashed by the First World War, including the state of exception and...   More >

The Scandal of the Human

Lecture | September 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Christopher Peterson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University

 The Program in Critical Theory

According to many scholars of the nonhuman turn, the scandal of theory lies in its failure to decenter the human. The real scandal, however, is that we keep trying. Do we not risk denying the human—or rather the persistence of its phantasm—in our enthusiasm to mark a decisive “turn” toward the nonhuman? I argue that the human can declare the fallacy of its own exceptionality only from the...   More >

Christopher Peterson

Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City

Lecture | September 14 | 7-9 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Steve Early, Author

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Townsend Center for the Humanities, California Studies Association

Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California, was once a traditional company town dominated by Chevron. This largely nonwhite city of 110,000 suffered from poverty, pollution, violent street crime, and poorly funded public services. But in 2012, when journalist Steve Early moved to Richmond, he encountered a community that was bravely struggling to reinvent itself....   More >

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Mallika Sarabhai | Dance to Change the World: The 6th Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture

Lecture | September 15 | 4-6 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Mallika Sarabhai, Activist and Indian classical dancer

 Raka Ray, Professor, Department of Sociology, Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, and Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair in India Studies, SACHI, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Natya at Berkeley, Tarangini School of Kathak Dance, Asia Society Northern California, Department of Music

Mallika Sarabhai delivers our 6th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Science at Cal Lecture - Mapping the Universe

Lecture | September 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 K.G. Lee, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


We live in a 13.7 billion year-old Universe populated by several trillion galaxies spanning billions of light years of space and time. Yet merely two hundred years ago, humanity did not know of this Universe outside of the Solar System. K.G. Lee will tell the story of how astronomers came to discover the true scale of the Cosmos, from Herschel’s attempts at mapping the Milky Way, to the discovery...   More >

Mapping the universe with KG Lee

Between Surrealism and Abstraction: New Perspectives on the Enigmatic Art of Charles Howard

Lecture | September 16 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the arresting art of Charles Howard in this fresh, wide-ranging look at the themes and changing contexts of his work as he navigated among figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents. Topics include his stylistic synthesis of chaos and order; his relation to both American and British modernism; and his connections with the San Francisco Bay Area art world of the 1940s.

Presenters are...   More >

Monday, September 18, 2017

Armenian and Turkish Lobbies and U.S. (Non-)Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Lecture | September 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Julien Zarifian, Associate Professor of American History, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France

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

The goal of this talk is to present and analyze the political opposition between the Armenian and Turkish lobbies in favor or against the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States. We will discuss why, despite decades of efforts and some positive results, the Armenian-American advocacy groups have not yet obtained the full recognition of the Genocide by the U.S. federal...   More >

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Functionalizable Polypeptides and Polymeric siRNA Smart Delivery

Lecture | September 18 | 4-6 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

The controlled polymerization of N-carboxyanhydride monomers provides a means of generating synthetic polypeptides; however, until recently, only native amino acids were incorporated along the backbone. Our lab introduced an alkyne functionalized monomer, propargyl-L-glutamate, that enables the use of click chemistry post-polymerization, thus allowing the generation of a broad range of different...   More >

The Power of Public Investment: Improving Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Future

Lecture | September 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 John Chiang, State Treasurer, State of California

 Goldman School of Public Policy

Public investment powers innovative social policies that dramatically improve lives, reduce income inequality, and give the planet a fighting chance against global warming. California State Treasurer John Chiang reveals how seemingly mundane financial decisions can drive large-scale change that makes a real difference in our quality of life.

Music of Paul Bowles

Lecture | September 18 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Music composed by the American expatriate polymath Paul Bowles will be performed by Irene Herrmann, pianist and curator of the Bowles music estate, with soprano Sheila Willey. Songs feature texts by Bowles’s friends William Saroyan, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams. Owsley Brown’s documentary Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles screens in the Barbro Osher Theater after the performance.

Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

After her ground-breaking study of emotion and politics in Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild will reflect on the various ways in which drama draws its audience over an “empathy wall” as she calls it, into the “deep story” of the other. How do people within “in-groups” talk about people in “out-groups?” How can the theatre community find stories which illuminate the emotional magic required...   More >

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Transculturality and German Discourse in the Age of European Colonialism

Lecture | September 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Chunjie Zhang, UC Davis

 Institute of European Studies

Chunjie Zhang examines the South Pacific travel writings of George Forster and Adelbert von Chamisso, literary works by August von Kotzebue and Johann Joachim Campe, Herder’s philosophy of history, and Kant’s theory of geography from the perspective of non-European impact during the age of Europe’s colonial expansion. She explores what these texts show about German and European superiority, the...   More >

Curation as Research | Contemporary Art in Central America

Lecture | September 19 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Miguel A. López; Emiliano Valdés

 Arts Research Center

López and Valdés will reflect on their experiences organizing exhibitions that focus on the visual art and performance of Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, and will discuss how their curatorial research puts pressure on monolithic narratives about Central American art.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Diplomacy, Climate and U.S.-China Relations in the Age of Trump

Lecture | September 20 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 The Honorable David Rank, Charge d'affaires and Former Acting Ambassador, China

 Thomas B. Gold, Sociology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Library, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dave Rank resigned from his position as the senior American diplomat in China in the wake of the decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. He will discuss the decision to end his 27-year career as a State Department Foreign Service Officer and the implications of this American disengagement on U.S. interests, our relationship with China and our standing in the world.

David Rank

AHMA Noon Colloquium - "Cancel the Debts! Redistribute the Land!" The History and Significance of Agitation for Socio-Economic Change in the Ancient Greek World

Lecture | September 20 | 12 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Mackil, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

The AHMA Noon Colloquium is a series of informal papers presented at noon in 7205 Dwinelle Hall.

Connect with the world, Be online: Integrating technology in Arabic classrooms

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Haitham Mohamed, Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies

Everybody Poops: Using Fecal Stanols to Track Cahokia Region Population Change and Evaluate Ideas on Cahokia’s Decline

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 AJ White, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Fecal stanols provide a proxy of population change by identifying variations in the amount of trace human waste products retained in sediment. We used fecal stanol data from Horseshoe Lake, Illinois, as a population proxy to evaluate the role of flooding, droughts, and environmental degradation in Cahokia’s demographic decline. We find that both Mississippi River flooding and warm season droughts...   More >

Curating Participation: A Public Dialogue: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 20 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Peter Samis, Associate Curator, Interpretation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kelly McKinley, Deputy Director, Oakland Museum of California; Laura E. Pérez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

In this public dialogue, we will explore how museums and other arts organizations are responding to the call for ‘participation’ in our current moment by placing the ‘visitor’ at the center of the museum experience. How does the ‘participatory turn’ change the role of the curator? How does participation change the divisions of labor within the organization itself? When does participation deepen...   More >

Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion: Insights from Cambodia

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sara Vigil, Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on case studies conducted in the Cambodian provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Thom, this talk will analyse the variegated and complex interactions between climate change politics, land grabs, and migration.

Sara Vigil

Berkeley Lectures in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering presented by The Dow Chemical Company: Nanolayered Drug Release Systems for Regenerative Medicine and Targeted Nanotherapies

Lecture | September 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Department of Chemical Engineering

Alternating electrostatic assembly is a tool that makes it possible to create ultrathin film coatings that contain highly controlled quantities of one or more therapeutic molecules within a singular construct. These release systems greatly exceed the usual ranges of traditional degradable polymers, ranging from 10 to as high as 40 wt% drug loading within the film. The nature of the layering...   More >

Climate Change and Migration in the Midst of Elusion: Insights from Cambodia

Lecture | September 20 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sara Vigil, Research Fellow, Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands), , Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, University of Liège; Research Fellow, International Institute for Social Studies (The Netherlands)

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on case studies conducted in the Cambodian provinces of Koh Kong and Kampong Thom, this talk will analyse the variegated and complex interactions between climate change politics, land grabs, and migration.

Sara Vigil

ARCH Lecture: Neri&Hu

Lecture | September 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, SEPT 20, 6:30pm. College of Environmental Design alumni Rossana Hu (B.A. Arch. 90) and Lyndon Neri (B.A. Arch. 87) discuss their work.

Zaytuna College Lecture Series with CAIR Director Zahra Billoo: Resisting the Muslim Ban

Lecture | September 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Zaytuna College, Sanctuary

 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709

 Zahra Billoo, Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations

 Graduate Theological Union

Zaytuna College invites you to their upcoming Lecture Series, occurring on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at 2401 Le Conte Ave. Berkeley, CA 94709 throughout the Fall semester with renowned speakers such as UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Laura Nader, Political Science Professor Steven Fish, CAIR Director Zahra Billoo, Stanford Comparative Literature and Classical Arabic Professor...   More >

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Is the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1960s Still Relevant Today?

Lecture | September 21 | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Carol Ruth Silver, Speaker, Author, Consultant, and Retired Attorney

 Bancroft Library

Carol Ruth Silver, arrested in 1961 as a Freedom Rider, secretly chronicled the ordeal on scraps of paper while in a Mississippi jail. Her manuscript collection and book documenting her activities are now housed in The Bancroft Library. She will share her civil-rights-era experiences and discuss non-violence and activism today.

History Graduate Association Annual Lecture with Sven Beckert | Empire of Cotton: The Global Origins of Capitalism

Lecture | September 21 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University. Beckert’s research and teaching center on the history of the United States in the nineteenth century, with a particular emphasis on the history of capitalism, including its economic, social, political and transnational dimensions. He recently published "Empire of Cotton: A Global History," the first global history of the...   More >

Maritime Diffusion of Buddhist Philosophical Thought and Art

Lecture | September 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 315 Wheeler Hall

 Osmund Bopearachchi, UC Berkeley

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Center for Buddhist Studies

Trade is understood mainly as the transfer and exchange of commodities to make profits, and this was also the driving force of economic activities in ancient time. However, as revealed by epigraphic and literary evidence, among the earliest donors and important patrons of Buddhist establishments in South and South-East Asia were caravan merchants and wealthy seafaring traders. The spread of...   More >

Arundhathi Subramaniam | When God is a Traveller: Poetry Reading and Discussion

Lecture | September 21 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Arundhathi Subramaniam, Poet

 Harsha Ram, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Comparative Literature

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by award-winning poet and writer on spirituality and culture, Arundhathi Subramaniam.

The Materialization of Time and Space in Teotihuacan: Rites of Reconstitution of the Universe in the Pyramid of the Moon

Lecture | September 21 | 5:30 p.m. |  International House

 Leonardo Lopez Lujan, Proyecto Templo Mayor, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e HIstoria, Mexico

 Archaeological Research Facility, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jacobs Design Conversations: Eric Rodenbeck, "Telling Stories with Data"

Lecture | September 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Stamen founder, CEO, and creative director Eric Rodenbeck will speak at Jacobs Hall as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Living Stories: Oral History Interviewing and Research

Lecture | September 25 | 1-3 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Paul Burnett, Oral historian, Oral History Center of The Bancroft Library

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Join historian Paul Burnett of the Oral History Center to learn about oral history, the Bancroft Library's massive oral history collection, and a primer on how to conduct interviews yourself!

Paul Burnett, Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library

Knight's Moves: The Son-in-Law in Cicero and Tacitus

Lecture | September 25 | 5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Emily Gowers, University of Cambridge

 Department of Classics

Lecture by Dr. Diana Matut on Yiddish Song in Early Modern Ashkenaz (c. 1500-1750): Sources, Repertoire, Performance

Lecture | September 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Ashkenazim (Jews of Central and Eastern Europe) have been singing in Yiddish since the Middle Ages. Their historical song repertoires were very different from today's Yiddish songs. Diana Matut's lecture will explore the world of Renaissance and Baroque Yiddish song, and answer a set of specific research questions, such as: What did the Jews of Kraków, Amsterdam, Prague and Frankfurt sing...   More >

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Auditorium

 2155 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Franklin Foer

 Berkeley Center for New Media

Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech and offers a toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate...   More >

by Evy Mages

ATC: World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech with Frank Foer

Lecture | September 25 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Auditorium, BAMPFA, Osher Auditorium

 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Franklin Foer, The Atlantic; Nicholas Thompson,, Wired Magazine

 Center for New Media

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley—Frank Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology.

Frank Foer, The Atlantic, in conversation with Nicholas Thompson, Editor, Wired

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ayotzinapa: September 26,2014 - September 26, 2017

Lecture | September 26 | 1-3 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 James Cavallaro

 Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Professor James Cavallaro, the founding director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, has dedicated his career to human rights through his scholarly research and his legal practice.

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: A talk by Max Tegmark

Lecture | September 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, 430-8 Wozniak Lounge

 Max Tegmark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing...   More >

Ayotzinapa: September 26,2014 - September 26, 2017

Lecture | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 370 Dwinelle

 Omar Garcia

 Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Omar Garcia, a student from the school for rural teachers, “Raul Isidro Burgos,” was present at the events of September 26th, 2014 and survived the attack by the army and the police.

A memorial in Mexico. (Photo by Steven Zwerink.)

Ancient Philosophy Workshop: Toward the Unity of Plato's "Statesman"

Lecture | September 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Classics Conference Room/ 7205

 Shinro Kato, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Tokyo Metropolitan University

 Satoshi Ogihara, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Touhoku University

 Department of Classics

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood: Townsend Book Chat with Jeffrey Knapp

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In his exploration of the long history of mass entertainment before film, Jeffrey Knapp opens our eyes to the uncanny resemblance between Renaissance drama and Golden-Age Hollywood cinema.

Racializing Assemblages and History Making: Why the Black Regulars of Fort Davis’ Past is Told the Way it is…

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Laurie Wilkie, Department Chair and Professor, University of California, Berkeley Department of Anthropology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Racializing assemblages are those sets of practices and policies employed by governments, institutions, and society to enforce and naturalize racial inequalities. In the summer of 2017, using Stahl research funds, I was able to spend 10 days in the National Archives investigating documentary traces left by the black regulars of Fort Davis. The experience left me thinking broadly about the ways...   More >

Curating the Performing Arts in the Age of Performance: Arts + Design Wednesdays at BAMPFA

Lecture | September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts + Design, UC Berkeley; Rob Bailis, Associate Director, Cal Performances, UC Berkeley

 Arts + Design

Partly as a response to the desire for participatory models, museums and other arts organizations have begun to incorporate ‘performance’ into their curatorial programming. How is this contemporary interest in performance affecting historic performing arts organizations — theaters, dance companies, symphonies, and presenting organizations? How are categories such as dance, theater, and music...   More >

Computational Approaches to Human Affective Neuroscience

Lecture | September 27 | 3 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Sonia Bishop, Professor, UC Berkeley

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: Computational modelling allows us to move beyond simple approaches to experimental design. Here, I will present two very different examples of integrating computational modelling into human affective neuroscience. In the first example, we sought to better characterize the mechanisms underlying intolerance of uncertainty in anxiety. Participants performed bandit style decision-making...   More >

German Federal Elections: Post-Election Discussion

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jeroen Dewulf, Institute of European Studies; Akasemi Newsome, Institute of European Studies

 Institute of European Studies

On September 24, the German people reelected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as Chancellor. At the same time, the AfD (Alternative fuer Deutschland) won 13% of the vote, becoming the first overtly nationalist party to sit in the Bundestag in 60 years. IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome will analyze the election results and discuss questions on what the election...   More >

Modern Myanmar History and the Crisis of Community, 1948-2017

Lecture | September 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Maitrii Aung-Thwin, Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This presentation questions the usefulness of interpreting Myanmar’s modern history through a democratic narrative. By examining Myanmar’s modern history as an ongoing crisis of community, we may interpret the contemporary debate over democracy as a continuation of a much older contest to define Myanmar’s identity.

Maitrii Aung-Thwin

Thursday, September 28, 2017

View from the Top: Lisa Davis: Economic Decarbonization – Breaking up Old Energy Chains by Creating an Integrated System

Lecture | September 28 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Lisa Davis, Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG

 College of Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter

Never before have energy systems faced a greater transformation than today, and never before was energy – primarily electricity – so important. With a growing global population, rising economic output and, above all, ever more uses of electricity, the demand for electricity is expected to nearly double by mid-century. At the same time, the demand for greater system sustainability and affordable...   More >

Parallel System Narratives: Polish and Hungarian Regime Formations Compared

Lecture | September 28 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Bálint Magyar, Sociologist and former Hungarian Minister of Education

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Right-Wing Studies

The Polish election results of 2015 seem to have brought Hungarian and Polish development into synchronicity again, a congruence that is apparent throughout history. A first glance may give the impression that we are dealing with regimes of identical nature, especially taking into account the similarities of the authoritarian politics practiced by Jarosław Kaczyński (PiS) and Viktor...   More >

Liberalism, War, And The Invention Of National Security

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Dr. Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

 Institute of International Studies, Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Andrew Preston teaches American history at Cambridge University, where he is a fellow of Clare College and the editor of The Historical Journal. In addition to writing over thirty scholarly articles, he has written for the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, TLS, the Boston Globe, ForeignAffairs.com, Politico, and History Today, and has appeared on national television and radio in the United States and...   More >

Samira Sheikh | Aurangzeb: A Gujarati Badshah?

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Islamic Studies Program; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Vanderbilt University

 Abhishek Kaicker, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Department of History, Berkeley Pakistan Initiative

Talk by Dr. Samira Sheikh, historian of South Asia at Vanderbilt University

Christophe Wall-romana: Cosmoscopy, Antiracism and Photo-Cinema Archaeology

Lecture | September 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 4229 French Department Library

 CHRISTOPHE WALL-ROMANA, Associate Professor French, University of Minnesota

 Matthew Evans

 Department of French

Porcelain in the Age of Mass Production

Lecture | September 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Suzanne Marchand, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

What happened to the great Central European luxury commodity of the eighteenth century, porcelain, when formerly mercantile firms had to compete in a (relatively) open market with mass producers of ceramics? How did the porcelain firms’ painters and modelers deal with the reality that consumers now wanted inexpensive imitations of Baroque tea sets rather than modern artistic masterpieces? To what...   More >

Kings of Desire: Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater

Lecture | September 28 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Room 300

 Peter Womack, University of East Anglia

 Department of English

Peter Womack is Senior lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of English Renaissance Drama ( 2006), Improvement and Romance: Constructing the Myth of the Highlands (1989) and Ben Jonson (Blackwell Publishing, 1986), and the co/author of English Drama: A Cultural History (Blackwell Publishing, 1996). His most recent book was the New Critical Idiom volume on Dialogue.

Enjoying Tyranny in the Elizabethan Theater

Richard Rothstein Lecture on The Color of Law

Lecture | September 28 | 5:45-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Richard Rothstein

 Terner Center for Housing Innovation, Department of City and Regional Planning

Join the Terner Center and the Department of City and Regional Planning for a lecture by Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, followed by a discussion with Terner Center Faculty Director Carol Galante, a question and answer session, and reception.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute,...   More >

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Connecting Invisible Makers and their Wares: Site-Specific Digital Storytelling as a Response to Globalization

Lecture | September 28 | 6-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

In this talk, Sarah Wright will share stories and media from a research trip to India and Sri Lanka to observe garment factories and meet marginalized workers with collaborator Jennifer Stock. She will discuss their work-in-progress, Invisible Seams, an augmented reality sound walk about the globalization of the fashion industry.

Ellen Pao | The Berkeley Forum and Asian Americans at Haas

Lecture | September 28 | 6 p.m. |  Haas School: Andersen Auditorium

 Ellen Pao, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, Ellen Pao Diversity and Inclusion in Tech and Beyond

 The Berkeley Forum, Asian Americans at Haas

How can Silicon Valley culture become more diverse and inclusive? Data and stories show women, people of color and women of color are not included. Major tech companies are facing sexual harassment lawsuits, low retention rates for employees of color, charges of biased hiring and management practices, complaints about discriminatory products, and a dearth of women, people of color and especially...   More >

Friday, September 29, 2017

Peder Sather Symposium: Freedom of Speech Under Pressure in the World’s Liberal Democracies

Lecture | September 29 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix

 Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, Fritt Ord Foundation; Azita Raji, Former US Ambassador to Sweden

 College of Letters & Science, Consulate General of Norway, Consulate General of Sweden

The Peder Sather Symposium fosters interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and policy makers on global and national issues of mutual concern and promotes the understanding of political, economic and cultural issues. The symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, and the Honorary Consulate General of Sweden.

  RSVP online or or by emailing LSEvents@berkeley.edu by September 22.

After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

Lecture | September 29 | 12-1 p.m. | 316 Wurster Hall

 Dr. Laurie Johnson; Dr. Robert B. Olshansky

 Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)

Great natural disasters are rare, but their aftermath can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. In their new book, After Great Disasters (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2017), Johnson and Olshansky report on their 25 years of collaborative experience and firsthand research on the roles of government in successful disaster recovery in the United States, Japan, China, New Zealand,...   More >