<< Week of April 13 >>

Monday, April 9, 2018

Trans Memoir/Memory: Migrations and Territories of Racial Gender Becoming

Lecture | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jian Chen, Assistant Professor of English, The Ohio State University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Janet Mock’s coming-of-age stories as a Black and Native Hawaiian trans woman in Redefining Realness (2014) create points of transmission between cis-heterosexual civil society and emergent transgender, especially trans of color, communities in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Rani D. Mullen | China and India in Afghanistan: A long-term strategic loss for Afghanistan or a win-win for all?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

 Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dr. Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

Mapping the History of Aesthetic Concepts

Lecture | April 9 | 2-5 p.m. | Doe Library, Visual REsource Center

 Pete de Bolla, Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics, University of Cambridge, the Faculty of English

 Ewan Jones, University Lecturer in the Nineteenth Century, University of Cambridge, the Faculty of English

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities

A presentation and discussion of the Concept Lab‘s work on the structure and data of social/intellectual “concepts.”

The Concept Lab studies the architectures of conceptual forms. It is committed to the view that concepts are not equivalent to the meanings of the words which express them. The Lab considers conceptual architectures as generating structured environments for sensing that one has...   More >

Tracking the Concept of Government, 1700-1800: University of Cambridge Concept Lab

Lecture | April 9 | 3-5 p.m. | Doe Library, Doe 308A, Visual Resource Center

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley

In the final event for the 2018 DH Faire, Peter de Bolla and Ewan Jones from the University of Cambridge Concept Lab will showcase a range of techniques that build upon and refine procedures common to corpus linguistics, such as pointwise mutual information. We will also chart a number of specific case studies, using the large dataset of Eighteenth Century Collections Online so as to demonstrate...   More >

Complicity and Dissent: Literature in the Cold War

Lecture | April 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Duncan White, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

 Department of English, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

At the outbreak of the Second World War Vladimir Nabokov stood on the brink of losing everything all over again. The reputation he had built as the pre-eminent Russian novelist in exile was imperilled. In Nabokov and his Books, Duncan White shows how Nabokov went to America and not only reinvented himself as an American writer but also used the success of Lolita to rescue those Russian books that...   More >

Scheiber Lecture: What Lies Ahead for the Ocean

Lecture | April 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Ronán Long, World Maritime University

 Law of the Sea Institute

Please join us for the first annual Harry and Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law and Policy. Professor Ronán Long, Director of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University, will provide the inaugural lecture and explore the future of global ocean governance amidst increasing ecological and political challenges.

Towards a Subaltern History of the Crusades?

Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Christopher J. Tyerman, Oxford University Professor of the History of the Crusades

 Department of History, Medieval Studies Program, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Christopher J. Tyerman is Professor of the History of the Crusades at Oxford University. His research considers the cultural, religious, political and social phenomenon of crusading in medieval Western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. He has published widely on various aspects of the crusades and on crusade historiography from the Middle Ages to the present day. Recent books...   More >

Imagining The Future Of War

Lecture | April 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London

 Institute of International Studies

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman was Professor of War Studies at King's College London from 1982 to 2014 and Vice-Principal from 2003 to 2013. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King's, he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Elected a Fellow of...   More >

LAEP Lecture: Christophe Girot

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, APRIL, 6:00PM - Christophe Girot is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Architecture Department of the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich since 2001.

Smart City of Edinburgh: Routing Enlightenment, 1660-1750

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Murray Pittock, Professor, University of Glasgow, School of Critical Studies

 Florence Green Bixby Chair in English

Using data, evidence and the models provided by modern innovation and urban studies theory, “Smart City of Edinburgh” identifies the particular features of Edinburgh which made the Enlightenment possible. Focused on culture, society, education and cosmopolitan networks rather than people and ideas, it identifies the special qualities of ‘Enlightenment’ as a term rather than the controversial...   More >

Proud to be "Tribeless": Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism...   More >


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Proud to be "Tribeless" - Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism...   More >

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new art, flag art, good art, portal art

Lecture | April 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ian Cheng, Artist

 Arts + Design

Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often...   More >

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Farewell to Arms: Broken Hopes and Total Departure from the Homeland, in The Heroic Battle of Aintab

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Umit Kurt, Polonsky Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

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

Umit Kurt earned his PhD in history at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University in 2016. He is Polonsky Fellow in the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Kurt is engaged in his work with examining transfer of Armenian wealth, transformation of space, elite-making process, ordinary perpetrators, collective violence, microhistories, inter-ethnic conflicts, Armenian...   More >

Analyzing European Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World: Operationalizing the Decentring Agenda

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stephan Keukeleire, University of Leuven, Belgium

 Institute of European Studies

Building on Chakrabarty’s “Provincializing Europe” (2000) and Fisher Onar and Nicolaïdis’ “Decentring Agenda” (2013), Stephan Keukeleire presents an analytical framework to operationalize the decentring agenda and support scholars in analysing European foreign policy in an increasingly non-European and post-Western World. The framework consists of six partially overlapping decentring categories...   More >

Reimagining Morocco's Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

Lecture | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and...   More >

Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Alexander Graser, University of Regensburg.

 Institute of European Studies

Poverty has become an issue in Germany. Whereas the phenomenon has been present for quite a while, public attention has grown only recently. The talk will review and contextualize poverty-related legislation since the early nineties, highlight trends, identify seeming paradoxies, and discuss potential explanations: Among the candidates are exogenous ones like the fashions of policy diffusion or...   More >

The Persistent Geography of the indio bárbaro: Racial Representation, Racism, and the Mexican Migrant: María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo

Lecture | April 10 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender

The Persistent Geography of the indio bárbaro: Racial Representation, Racism, and the Mexican Migrant

Visiting Professor, English, UC Berkeley
Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Introduction by Prof. Susan Schweik, Department of English

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

SOLD OUT - Practical Garden Design for the Home Gardener

Lecture | April 11 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Spend the morning turning your garden dreams into a reality! Join horticulturist for the Garden's Australasian and California collections, Clare Al-Witri, for a perennial garden design workshop. Come with a garden design project in mind and receive advice on steps you can take to create the garden you desire.

$20 / $15 UCBG Member


Europe. America. Trump.

Lecture | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 John Peterson, University of Edinburgh

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 sent shock waves across political classes globally and prompted debates about whether his ‘America first’ agenda threatened the liberal international order generally and the transatlantic alliance specifically. During his first year in office, Trump seemed determined to undermine the hallmarks of the international order: democracy, liberal economics and...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Amanda Jo Goldstein: Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life

Lecture | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Today we do not expect poems to carry scientifically valid information — but this was not always the case. Sweet Science explores how Romantic poetry served as an important tool for scientific inquiry.

Telling Time by the Stars in Mesopotamia: Between Observational and Schematic Astronomy

Lecture | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Gil Breger, PhD Candidate (Cuneiform Studies), Department of Near Eastern Studies, UCB

 Near Eastern Studies

Astronomers in Mesopotamia used a group of stars, called ziqpu, in order to indicate and measure time at night. How exactly this was accomplished is unknown. Were they directly observed in the night sky as part of this time-telling practice, or did they belong to some kind of theoretical scheme that allowed astronomers to describe time? The talk will explore the evidence for both these...   More >

The Bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia: Islamic Discourse in the Context of State Power

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Dominik Muller, Head of Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Drawing on debates in the anthropology of the state, Dr. Müller will empirically illustrate and theoretically explain “family resemblances” and differences of bureaucratized Islam in Southeast Asia, mainly drawing upon his own ethnographic work in Brunei and Singapore.

Dominik Muller

Wealth and Poverty of African states

Lecture | April 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Morten Jerven, Chair of Africa and International Development, Edinburgh University

 Center for African Studies

Professor Jerven will speak on the topic, Wealth and Poverty of African states - on his forthcoming book on material change (growth, taxes, wages) in African states in the 20th century.

More details to follow.

Morten Jerven

What is "Populism"?: From Zombie Neoliberalism to Racial Nationalism in Global Right Organizing

Lecture | April 11 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Race and Gender, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

A talk by Lisa Duggan, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Lecture | April 11 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Victoria Smolkin, Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, Department of History

When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools — from education to propaganda to terror — to turn its vision of a Communist world without religion into reality. Yet even with its monopoly on ideology and power, the Soviet Communist Party never succeeded in overcoming religion and...   More >

Feminist Curatorial Practices: A roundtable convening

Lecture | April 11 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor

 Arts Research Center

Join the Arts Research Center and Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matrix Curator at BAMPFA for a roundtable conversation about Feminist Curatorial Practices.

ARCH Lecture: Chat Chuenrudeemol

Lecture | April 11 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, APR 11, 6:30pm. The Director of CHAT architects (a CED alumnus) will talk about the relationship between Bangkoks street vernacular and the citys built and theoretical designs, both of which are referred to as Bangkok Bastards. Open to the public!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

State of Emergency and State of Lawlessness: Turkey’s Contemporary Political Predicament

Lecture | April 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Hüseyin Levent Köker

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

A substantially significant aspect of constitutionalism is to limit state power even under states of emergencies. Accordingly, “emergency rule” under constitutionalism is not “exceptional”, “extralegal”, therefore “unlimited” form of rule. Turkey, with its relatively long albeit troubled tradition of constitutional government is no exception. Thus, according to the Turkish Constitution (1982),...   More >

Politics at Work: How Employers Use Their Workers to Change US Politics and Policy

Lecture | April 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

 Kim Voss, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley; Ann Ravel, Lecturer, Berkeley Law

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley Labor Center

In 2010, the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision upheld corporations’ right to participate in politics, declaring that limits to their political spending would infringe on freedom of speech. But money is not the only political resource that corporations can use. Private companies have access to – and control over – powerful human capital in the form of their employees. Professor...   More >

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Vivek Bald | Documenting the Undocumented: Bengali Muslim Migrants In and Beyond 20th Century U.S. Archives

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Vivek Bald, scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of International Studies, Center for British Studies, Asha For Education, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies Library, Center for Race and Gender

An evening with scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Writing and Digital Media at MIT, Vivek Bald.

Buddhist Painting, Painters and Performance

Lecture | April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ronald M. Davidson, Fairfield University

 Center for Buddhist Studies

From the Gupta-Vākāṭaka period forward, Buddhist rituals featured painting on cloth and other media as part of their increasingly elaborate ritual program. The paintings from Ajanta, Bedsa and other sites in India exemplify in some measure the importance of painting systems for Indian Buddhists. In Buddhist usage, both the painter and paintings were sanctified with ritual systems...   More >


Lecture | April 12 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Dr. Taylor is currently working on a manuscript titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, which looks at the federal governments promotion of single-family homeownership in Black communities after the urban rebellions of th

When Black Lives Matter: Racial Differences in Police Use of Force, and What to do About It: The 23rd Annual Aaron Wildavsky Forum for Public Policy

Lecture | April 12 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University, Dept. of Economics & Education Innovation Laboratory

 Goldman School of Public Policy

A discussion of policing in modern America, and how racial differences affect use of force and our perception of it; from a policy perspective, how do we go forward? How can we do better for our communities and people of color?

Prof. Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Overcoming Zero-Sum Games to Sustain Growth and Globalization

Lecture | April 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Antonio de Lecea, European Commission

 Institute of European Studies

Some in the West argue that the emerging countries have prospered from globalisation at the expense of low- and middle-income classes in advanced countries by abusing open trade. Others in the East counter that the problem is the unfair distribution in Western countries of the benefits derived from global integration. Antonio de Lecea argues that Europe's stance on globalisation – a combination...   More >

American Empire: A Global History

Lecture | April 13 | 12-2 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 A.G. (Tony) Hopkins, Emeritus Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Cambridge

 Department of History, African History Working Group

Challenging conventional accounts of the place of the United States in the international order during the last three centuries, this talk will show that the U. S. was part of a Western imperial order throughout this period. After 1898, it ruled a now forgotten empire in the Pacific and Caribbean. It brought formal colonial control to an end after 1945, when other Western powers also abandoned...   More >

Can Canada claim climate leadership? Can the Paris Accord succeed in avoiding the worst of the climate crisis?: Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture

Lecture | April 13 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Elizabeth May MP OC, Green Party of Canada

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

What role can Canada play to advance global climate goals, especially in 2018 as chair of the G7? As politics and governments change, Canada and the US have changed places, relatively speaking, on climate change. In Canada, global climate saboteur, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been replaced by self-avowed climate champion, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; in the US, Barack...   More >


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Understanding, Utilizing, and Predicting Human Mobility Data

Lecture | April 13 | 4 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Jessie Li, Penn State

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: Large scale human mobility data can be collected from mobile phones, car navigation systems, location-based applications, social media, Wi-Fi, and traffic cameras. Turning such raw data into knowledge can provide insights in social science, urban problems, and prevention health, and can also benefit applications in transportation, advertisement targeting, and urban planning. In this...   More >

Working Group in Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle's Concept of Right Action

Lecture | April 13 | 5-7 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Mi-Kyoung Lee, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Townsend Center for the Humanities