<< Week of September 10 >>

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.

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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 >