Lecture | May 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Lisa Maher, Department of Anthropology
Although the Mediterranean islands produced some of the most sophisticated cultures of the ancient world, until recently there was little evidence that these islands were occupied prior to the Neolithic. Identifying and dating Epipalaeolithic occupations on Cyprus addresses issues of exploration and movement into new territories.
Lecture | May 1 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Professor Meyda Yeğenoğlu, Visiting Scholar, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Duke University
Auction of Souls: The Story of Aurora Mardiganian, the Christian Girl Who Survived the Great Massacres is a film that claims to recount the true narrative of the life of Aurora Mardiganian, a young Armenian girl held in captivity by the Turks during the forced deportation of Armenians in Anatolia before the First World I.
Lecture | May 1 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
Shreeharsh Kelkar, Interpretive Social Scientist, UC Berkeley
"Data scientist, so says the Harvard Business Review, is the sexiest job of the 21st century. What accounts for the prestige that this new professional mode of knowledge production now enjoys across institutions ranging from non-profits to research labs, corporations, hospitals, and schools? Based on a two-year ethnographic study ... More >
Why are there so many big earthquakes in Alaska, and does that tell us something about California?: 2019 Lawson Lecture
Lecture | May 1 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)
Dr. Jeffrey T. Freymueller, Michigan State University
Many people think that California is the most earthquake-prone state in the US, but in fact 75% of all earthquakes in the United States with magnitudes larger than 5.0 happen in Alaska. I will talk about several of the recent large earthquakes in Alaska, and what our knowledge of active tectonic motions can (and cant) tell us about them.
Lecture | May 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room
What does reading translation live mean? If the poet is a performer, is the translator a performer as well? How is the energy of poetry translated from the page to the stage? Vincent Broqua and Tracie Morris will talk and perform together, reflecting on modes of translation in performance, and how their collaboration emerged from their discussions on translating poetic lines. They will present... More >
Lecture | May 1 | 7-9 p.m. | JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Goldman School of Public Policy, JCC East Bay
With 13 million workers, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the US economyand it is also the lowest paying. Join GSPP, the East Bay Jewish Community Center and Saru Jayaraman in a vibrant discussion about what these low wages mean for tipped workers, how this relates to #MeToo, and what can be done. Followed by a dessert reception.
Saru Jayaraman is... More >
$15 Member, $20 Non-Member
Lecture | May 2 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Annette Lützel, University of Hildesheim, Germany
How has the framework for the acceptance and integration of refugees changed in Germany since the 1990s? Annette Lützel, practitioner in residence at the GHI in Berkeley, will discuss the development on the basis of right of residence, integration policies, and access to labor markets.
Lecture | May 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Canceled
Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Pakistani politician, Writer, & (former) Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan
Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies
Talk by Khursheed Mahmood Kasuri, former foreign minister for Pakistan and author of "Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An insider's account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy."
The Communist Party of Yugoslavia during World War II: from Underground Organization to Party in Power
Lecture | May 2 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
At the beginning of World War II, the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY) was a small and rather insignificant political party in the life of prewar Yugoslavia. During 1941-43, its initial political and war strategies received very little Soviet or Allied backing, but still, support for the partisan movement grew to the point where the Allies were forced to accept the new communist reality, which... More >
Lecture | May 2 | 6 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall
Victoria Wohl, University of Toronto
Lecture | May 2 | 7-10 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall
Ben Margalit, UC Berkeley
The May edition of UC Berkeley Astronomy Night features a lecture from Berkeley postdoc Ben Margalit on the discovery of unexpected astrophysical phenomena, from pulsars to gamma-ray bursts.
As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of telescopes.
Lecture | May 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall
Dr. Tom Kirchstetter, Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
Lecture | May 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)
Berkeley Language Center
Building Bridges Across Cultures: Intercultural Service Learning
Amelia Barili, Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese
In our troubled global world and our diverse communities, our students need to develop positive attitudes, skills, values, knowledge and understanding towards people with different world views and to collaborate in common projects with them to develop a shared sense of humanity.... More >
Lecture | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Room 470
Arts Research Center, Co-sponsored by UCHRI, the Critical Theory Program, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Critique/De-coloniality/Diaspora: Nadia Yala Kisukidi + Rocío Zambrana
Monday, May 6, 2019
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
(seating first-come, first served until full)
seating restrictions: 47 person capacity
Lecture | May 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall
Nadia Yala Kisukidi; Rocío Zambrana
Nadia Yala Kisukidi | How to Philosophize in a Dominated Country
Rocío Zambrana | Pasarse políticamente: Hopeful Acts of Protest in Puerto Rico
Monday, May 6, 2019
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
(seating first-come, first served until full)
Note: On Tuesday, May 7, from 10-4pm, Professors Kisukidi and Zambrana will be holding a seminar as... More >
Lecture | May 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Tereza Novotná, Free University Berlin
Since the PyeongChang Olympic Games at the beginning of 2018, hopes have risen for a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Three inter-Korean summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have taken place as well as the Singapore Summit between him and US President Donald Trump. Yet these ups have been followed by various downs,... More >
Prof. Birgit Pfau-Effinger on "The Gender Division of Labor: Cultural Influences on Cross-National Differences": Friedlander Lecture
Lecture | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | 116 Haviland Hall
Dr. Pfau-Effinger will discuss the limitations of approaches that explain cross-national differences in womens and mens employment and childcare behavior with the de-familializing or familializing nature of welfare state policies. She will introduce her theoretical approach to the explanation of these differences that emphasizes the role of culture and the interrelations acting between... More >
Friedlander Lecture on International Social Welfare: The Gender Division of Labor: Cultural Influences on Cross-National Differences
Lecture | May 8 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons
Dr. Birgit Pfau-Effinger, Professor of Cultural & Institutional Change, University of Hamburg
Lecture | May 8 | 3-4 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
Claudia von Vacano, Executive Director, D-Lab, UC Berkeley
The Online Hate Index (OHI) is a research partnership between UC Berkeleys D-Lab and Google Jigsaw that seeks to improve society's understanding of online hate speech (from sources such as YouTube, Reddit, Twitter and other social media sites), including its prevalence over time, ... More >
Lecture | May 8 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall
While state-of-the-art machine learning models are deep, large-scale, sequential and highly nonconvex, the backbone of modern learning algorithms are simple algorithms such as stochastic gradient descent, or Q-learning (in the case of reinforcement learning tasks). A basic question endures---why do simple algorithms work so well even in these challenging settings?
This talk focuses on two... More >
Lecture | May 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Officially described as a weapon of satire that could help to build socialism, the Soviet political caricature also tried to foster a particular worldview. This lecture will provide a short history of the Soviet political caricature, its aims, and how it formed a significant part of Soviet satire. It will highlight the most significant political caricaturist in Soviet history, Boris Efimov, who... More >
Lecture | May 11 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.), Room 505
Rebecca Andersen, Career Services at the UC Berkeley Information School; RuthAnn Haffke, UC Berkeley School of Public Health
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 >
$50 $50 plus Strengthfinder Assessment
Lecture | May 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall
Shaddi Hasan, UC Berkeley
Over 400 million people live without access to basic communication services, largely in rural areas. Community-based networks, and particularly community cellular networks, can sustainably support services even in these extremely rural areas where commercial network operators cannot.
In this talk, I will identify key challenges these community cellular networks face for reaching scale, and... More >
PLANTS + PEOPLE Lunchtime Talks: Creating a more livable world: Ecology, agriculture, and autonomy in Indonesia
Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
As a part of our "Year of Ethnobotany" celebrations, the Garden will be hosting monthly lunch time lectures featuring the research of UC Berkeley graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty.
David Gilbert is a Ciriacy Wantrup Fellow in Political Economy at University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
Free with Garden Admission; Free for UC Berkeley Students, Staff and Faculty
Lecture | May 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
John O'Brennan, Maynooth University, Ireland
The vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in 2016 came after a campaign in which the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland hardly figured. Within months, however, the 'Irish border problem' was center stage. The deterioration in UK-Irish relations in the almost three years since the referendum has been accelerated and profound. It points to a troubling... More >
Lecture | May 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton) have called captivating.
$12 / $10 UCBG Members / Free UC Staff, Faculty and Students Price includes admission to the Garden, a $12 value
Lecture | May 15 | 10-11 a.m. | 360 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Cesar Torres, University of California Berkeley
Creative technologies like digital fabrication led to the rise of the Maker Movement, engendering grassroots innovation in education, manufacturing, and healthcare. This talk lays down a framework for composing new materials and technologies to foreground the existing knowledge and practices of material practitioners and alter the trajectory of the Maker Movement towards a New Making Renaissance.
Lecture | May 15 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)
Ke Li, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
In this talk, I will present our work on overcoming two long-standing problems in machine learning and algorithms: the curse of dimensionality in nearest neighbour search and mode collapse in generative adversarial nets (GANs).
Lecture | May 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Shawn Bubel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography (Archaeology), University of Lethbridge
The archaeology of the Canadian province of Alberta provides important information about the various periods of human habitation in North America. The earliest evidence for cultural activity in Alberta dates to around 13,000 years ago. These people hunted megafauna in an environment that was very different from todays. Join Shawn Bubel as she describes her work at sites throughout Alberta.
Lecture | May 15 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 1303 Dwinelle Hall
Pauline Jacobson, Brown University
Bancroft Library Roundtable: "Loans for the Little Fellow": Credit, Crisis, and Recovery in the Great Depression
Lecture | May 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Sarah Quincy, PhD candidate in Economics at UC Davis
Both lauded as the great bank of the West and reviled as a huge financial octopus, the Bank of America introduced several modern banking practices during the Great Depression, which played an integral role in Californias development. Sarah Quincy will discuss her research on the impacts of this unusual bank on the states economy during the 1920s and 1930s.
The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.
Lecture | May 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Tom Carlson, Teaching Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Curator of Ethnobotany, UC Berkeley
Different species in the plant family, Solanaceae including the genera Datura, Brugmansia, Nicotiana, Atropa, Hyoscyamus, and Mandragora are used as inebriants and as medicinal plants.
Lecture | May 18 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Patrick Gonzalez, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
From wildfires burning in Yosemite National Park, California, to glaciers melting in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, published scientific research has detected changes in United States national parks and attributed them to human-caused climate change. Since 1895, climate change has exposed the national parks to twice the heating of the country as a whole and to more severe aridity. Without... More >
Lecture | May 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Tobias Brinkmann, Penn State
Shifting centers and migration have long shaped Jewish history and that of most other people around the world. Yet the period between 1880 and 1950 witnessed movements unprecedented in Jewish history. In his keynote lecture Tobias Brinkmann (Penn State) will discuss how Jewish migration scholars helped to establish the field of migration studies. Most were themselves migrants and stateless... More >
RSVP online by May 20.
Lecture | May 23 | 1-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come join Horticulturist, Corina Rieder, on a stroll through the Garden to see a sampling of our nationally recognized fern collection. This walk and talk will include the wonderful ferns growing in Asia, Mexico/Central America, Australasia and even the Tropical House.
Please note that this walk will include multiple stairs and narrow pathways.
Make reservations online or by calling 510-643-1924
Lecture | May 23 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Delphine Sims, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern at BAMPFA and a PhD student in the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley, offers an exhibition walk-through focusing on emerging artists of the American West. Simss doctoral research is on the ways that race, gender, geography, and urbanity inform landscape photography.
Lecture | May 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Canceled
In the context of traditional Indian art it is often said that tracking an artist is akin to keeping an eye on a platter of votive leaves you have released on the waters of a swift current. Yet the effort is worth making, said B. N. Goswamy, one of Indias leading art historians... More >
Berkeley Boosts Webinar - When Icahn Comes Knocking: Best Practices and Recent Developments in Shareholder Activism with Kenton King and Thomas Ivey, Skadden
Lecture | May 29 | 10-11 a.m. | The Law Building, Online Program
Berkeley Boosts is a monthly series of free webinars (with MCLE credit) and articles for legal practitioners and organizational leaders. Berkeley Boosts content is carefully curated by the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Berkeley Law Executive Education to ensure engaging discussions on subjects that matter.Expose yourself to different viewpoints, gain insights into emerging... More >
Lecture | May 30 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Susana Valadez, founder and director of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts, will present about her lifes work to ensure the survival of the endangered Wixárika (Huichol) people and ancient way of life. As a cultural insider by marriage to Huichol yarn artist Mariano Valadez, her contributions to the ethnographic record meticulously documents the life, spirituality,... More >