<< Week of April 19 >>

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sideways Selves: on the decolonizing geographies of trans* justice across the Américas

Lecture | April 16 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Pedro Javier DiPietro, Assistant Professor in Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Please join us for a HIFIS Transgender Studies faculty job talk:

This talk examines trans* of color geographies as they speak to the hemispheric projects of Latinx, indigenous, and decolonial trans*feminisms. It focuses on trans spaces as responses to the coloniality of gender and its shaping of trans dispossession and rehabilitation.

Network dynamics of fixed and flexible passenger transport under operational and behavioural uncertainty

Lecture | April 16 | 1-2 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Oded Cats, Delft University of Technology

 Institute of Transportation Studies

The metropolitan passenger transport landscape is shifting due to a combination of technological and social developments which enable both service providers and service users to become increasingly adaptive. Service providers can manage their resources to better cater for prevailing demand patterns, while service users can adjust their behaviour in response to real-time information. In...   More >

Aleshire Lecture: Writing the Laws of Late Classical and Hellenistic Crete (Paula Perlman)

Lecture | April 16 | 4-6:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Paula Perlman, Professor of Classics, University of Texas (Austin)

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in , Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy

2017/2018 Aleshire Lecture

Non-Authoritarian Authority: A Critical Theory of Politics for Our Times

Lecture | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Maeve Cooke, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin

 The Program in Critical Theory

What makes a political theory a critical theory of politics? What critical theory of politics responds best to the particular challenges of our times? Drawing on a conception of critical theory indebted to the Frankfurt School tradition of theorizing, but integrating new impulses from outside it, I identify the salient features of a critical theory of politics. Using this general account as a...   More >

The Aesir and the Anthropocene: Ecology and Catastrophe in Norse Mythology: A talk by Professor Chris Abram

Lecture | April 16 | 5-7 p.m. | UC Berkeley Campus, Geballe Room at the Townsend Center

 Chris Abram

 Medieval Studies Program

“The Aesir and the Anthropocene: Ecology and Catastrophe in Norse Mythology.”

Chris Abram, Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm in the Geballe Room of the Townsend Center.

False Comfort: Sex, Prayer and Modernism in Eimear McBride's 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing'

Lecture | April 16 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Institute of European Studies

Join the Irish Studies Program for a lecture by Professor Paige Reynolds (College of the Holy Cross) on acclaimed Irish novelist Eimear McBride.

Paige Reynolds, Professor of English at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, has published widely on the subjects of modernism, drama and performance, and modern and contemporary Irish literature. She is the author of Modernism, Drama, and the...   More >

Challenges for Democracy in Brazil

Lecture | April 16 | 6 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 Dilma Rousseff

 Center for Latin American Studies

Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil 2011-16) on the challenges for democracy in Brazil.

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Angela Davis: Abolition Feminisms

Lecture | April 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Angela Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Arts + Design

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on Theatre of History: Presenting the Past in American Jewish Museums

Lecture | April 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

What is “the problem with Jewish museums”? Whereas there were only two major Jewish museums in the United States before the Second World War, there has been a proliferation of Jewish museums and Holocaust museums since. What stories do they tell? Who are they for? And, is there something about the American Jewish experience that distinguishes Jewish museums from those devoted to the history of...   More >

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why are Labour’s Progressives Ineffective?

Lecture | April 17 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Matt Beech, University of Hull, England

 Institute of European Studies

The public lecture will examine the travails of the progressive wing of the British Labour Party. These right-wing Labour MPs, peers and activists were once in the ascendant of UK politics and it is arguable that they were the dominant force for over a decade (1997-2010). ‘New Labour’, ‘Blairites’, ‘Brownites’, ‘moderates’ are labels applied to this wing of the Labour Party. The designation...   More >

Czechoslovak Exile After 1948: Activities, Problems, and International Cooperation

Lecture | April 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Martin Nekola, Research Director, Democracy 21

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

The exile after the coup in 1948 and the fate of Czechs abroad, who sought the return of freedom and democracy to their homeland, enslaved by the Communists, are an integral part of our modern history. However, this phenomenon is still neglected and the general public has only fragmentary information about it. Researchers are still unable to agree on the intensities of individual waves of...   More >

Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul featuring Marilyn Strathern: Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body

Lecture | April 17 | 4:10 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Marilyn Strathern, Former William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

 Graduate Division

Marilyn Strathern will present the Foerster lecture on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 titled "Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body." The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Marilyn Strathern

Milan Vaishnav | When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Milan Vaishnav, Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 Gareth Nellis, The Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Institute of International Studies, Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

A talk by political economist, Dr. Milan Vaishnav on his new book, "When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics."

A White Stone for Belfast: One Take on Religious Politics

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Robert Orsi, Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies, Northwestern University

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

This lecture asks what “religious” politics might be given the deconstruction of the concept of “religion” that has taken place over the past several decades, which has uncovered its implicit social, legal, and political agendas from early modernity forward. It takes as its starting point an experience Anglican sisters had in Belfast at the height of the troubles, when they attempted to carve out...   More >

Post-Nazi Germany and the Myth of American Influence

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Noah B. Strote, North Carolina State University

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

Drawing on the author's recent book, Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany (2017), this talk will challenge older explanations of postwar German liberal democratic reconstruction and offer a new interpretation rooted in under-explored sources from the Hitler era.

Noah B. Strote is an Associate Professor of European History at North Carolina State University....   More >

Why the Status of Women Matters for National Progress: Rachel Vogelstein at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Rachel Vogelstein, Council on Foreign Relations

 The Berkeley Forum

With the resurgence of women's rights movement, thanks to the #MeToo campaign and the Women's March on Washington, the status of women has risen to the top of the national and global dialogue. Rachel Vogelstein has spent her career working to elevate the status of women both at home and abroad, as an official at the State Department, the White House Council for Women and Girls, and as a senior...   More >


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The Gayley Lecture: Unfixed: How the Women of Glenwood Changed American IQ, and Why We Don't Know It

Lecture | April 17 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

 Susan Schweik, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English

The talk is free and open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. CART transcription and ASL interpretation can be provided with advance request to Susan Schweik (sschweik@berkeley.edu). Please refrain from wearing scented products.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Question of Design: Gender in Hawaiian Kauhale

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. |  2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Kirsten Vacca

 Archaeological Research Facility

This talk reviews the results of a research project conducted in Nu‘u, Kaupō, Maui. The focus of this project was an examination of the kauhale (house complex) construction phenomena researchers in Hawaiian archaeology postulate reflect a gender-segregated use of space and gender-segregated activities. Previous work in Hawaiian archaeology has relied on late 19th and early 20th century...   More >

A Talk with Porpentine Charity Heartscape

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Writer and Game Designer

 Arts + Design

Porpentine Charity Heartscape is an Oakland based new media artist, video game designer, writer and curator primarily a developer of hypertext games and interactive fiction mainly built using Twine. She will be in conversation with artist Elisa Giardina Papa.

Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer, game designer, and dead swamp milf in Oakland. Her work includes xenofemme scifi/fantasy,...   More >

Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Tom McEnaney: Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In his study of the coevolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States, McEnaney explores how novelists in the radio age transformed realism as they struggled to channel and shape popular power.

Dada and Futurism in Finland

Lecture | April 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Nikolai Sadik-Ogli

 Institute of European Studies, Nordic Studies Program

By the time that Finland achieved independence in 1917, the European art world had been shaken by a number of radically avant-garde movements. Among the most extreme of these were Futurism, which was founded in 1909 by Italian artists but also fostered many aesthetic connections with similar movements in Russia, and Dada, which was started in 1916 and adopted many of the multimedia and...   More >

Muslim Spaces, Jewish Pasts: Genealogies of the Split Arab / Jew Figure

Lecture | April 18 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ella Shohat, Professor, Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, New York University

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

This lecture will offer a genealogical reading of the gradual splitting of the formerly unified Orientalist Semitic figure into a separate “Arab” and “Jew” and the ramifications of this split for contemporary discourses about Jews and Muslims.

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the Bay Area

Lecture | April 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. But there is a dark side of success...   More >

Milan Vaishnav | Cost of Democracy: Political Finance in India

Lecture | April 18 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Milan Vaishnav, Director and Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

One of the most troubling critiques of contemporary democracy is the inability of representative governments to regulate the deluge of money in politics. If it is impossible to conceive of democracies without elections, it is equally impractical to imagine elections without money. Political scientist Milan Vaishnav will preview the findings of a new edited volume, Costs of Democracy—an...   More >

2018 Lawson Lecture: The HayWired earthquake scenario

Lecture | April 18 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Memorial Stadium, University Club

 Ken Hudnut, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, United State Geological Survey; Brad Aagaard, Research Geophysicist, United States Geological Survey; Anne Wein, Principle Investigator, United States Geological Survey; Keith Porter, Research Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder; Laurie Johnson, Principal and Founder, Laurie Johnson Consulting; Jennifer Strauss, Regional Coordinator for ShakeAlert, University of California at Berkeley; Naomi Kelly, City Administrator, City of San Francisco

 Berkeley Seismology Lab

This year the lecture will feature a welcome reception followed by a panel discussion. Join us to learn about the likely impacts from a large earthquake in the east bay and ask the HayWired team your questions.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bancroft Library Roundtable: From Kitchen Tables to Laboratories: Nutritional Science at UC Berkeley, 1895-1930

Lecture | April 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Kimberly Killion, doctoral candidate, History, and Bancroft Library Study Award recipient, UC Berkeley

 Bancroft Library

During the late nineteenth century, scientists from various fields began conducting experiments that would change the way most Americans defined, chose, and related to food. Drawing from the collections of early professors of nutrition Myer Jaffa and Agnes Fay Morgan, Killion will discuss the development of nutritional science at UC Berkeley during a transformative period in American food history.

William Mazzarella | Mad Man of Bombay: A Tale of Magic Found and Lost

Lecture | April 19 | 3-5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) | Note change in time

 Dr. William Mazzarella, The Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago

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

A talk by Dr. William Mazzarella, the Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Reflections on the End of the Safety Net as We Know It

Lecture | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Sheldon Danziger, President, Russell Sage Foundation

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Goldman School of Public Policy, Institute for Governmental Studies, Berkeley Opportunity Lab, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, California Policy Lab

It’s been over fifty years since President Johnson declared war on poverty, and each year, our federal and state governments spend billions of dollars trying to alleviate it. So why are some 45.3 million Americans still living below the poverty line? Why is there still no consensus on what can be done to reduce poverty? And why does “poverty won the war” (Ronald Reagan, 1986) remain a political...   More >

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The Question of Judeo-Arabic: Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: CMES Distinguished Visitor Lecture

Lecture | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ella Shohat, New York University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Professor Ella Shohat, 2018 CMES Distinguished Visitor, teaches at the departments of Art & Public Policy and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at New York University. She has lectured and written extensively on issues having to do with post/colonial and transnational approaches to Cultural studies. Her writing has been translated into diverse languages, including: French, Hebrew, Arabic,...   More >

Facts and Other Metaphors of Enlightenment Science

Lecture | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, T. B. A.

 Tita Chico, Associate Professor, University of Maryland English

 The Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium

A Conversation With Mr. Omar Abdullah: The Path Forward in Kashmir

Lecture | April 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Great Hall

 Omar Abdullah, Indian Politician

 Institute of International Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

Charismatic, articulate, and an ardent fan of technology, Omar Abdullah is an Indian politician and the scion of one of the most prominent political families of Jammu and Kashmir, the Abdullah family. He served as the youngest Chief Minister of the State of Jammu and Kashmir from 2009-2014. He is currently the Leader of opposition in J&K legislative assembly.

As a former Chief Minister and one...   More >

DCRP / Davis Lecture: Confronting Youth and Family Homelessness

Lecture | April 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join us for the lecture/panel on homelessness on 4/19/2018 in 112 Wurster Auditorium.

Memento Mori: Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead

Lecture | April 19 | 6-8 p.m. | Latimer Hall, 120 Latimer Hall | Note change in location

 Dr. Paul Koudounaris

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

For over a decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has traveled the world documenting the display of human remains in religious practice. From the earliest Christian charnel houses to mummy festivals in modern day Indonesia, he found that the taboo we commonly associate with the dead body was anything but universal. In many cultures throughout history and many presently, a literal memento mori--a reminder...   More >

Leslie Scalapino Memorial Lecture in Innovative Poetics

Lecture | April 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Emilie Clark

 Department of English

Please join us on April 19th at 7 pm for the 2017-18 Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics. This year’s lecture will be given by New York-based visual artist Emilie Clark. Her talk,
"Toward an Ethnography of Earth’s Household" will be held in 315 Wheeler Hall and followed by a reception in the English Department Lounge (Wheeler 300). This event is free and open to the public.

Emilie...   More >

Friday, April 20, 2018

Death Drop: Becoming the Universe at the End of the World

Lecture | April 20 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Eric Stanley, Assistant Professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California, Riverside

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Please join us for a HIFIS Transgender Studies faculty job talk:

“I hope to become the universe.” These words announced the 2010 suicide of Seth Walsh, a Latinx, gender non-conforming youth. Sketching the quotidian brutality of their existence, Walsh’s manifesto, against the promise of modernity, offers a place to aggregate forms of trans life even more unlivable than death.

Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies: Burn It With Fire

Lecture | April 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Nicholas Weaver

 Information, School of

Nicholas Weaver explains why cryptocurrencies must die.

To Operate between Cultures and Languages: (Multilingual) Transnational Films in Foreign Language Classes

Lecture | April 20 | 1-2 p.m. | B-37 Dwinelle Hall

 Gabrielle Blell, University of Hannover, Germany

 Berkeley Language Center

Our societies have undergone two major changes during the last decades: firstly, the continuous rise of cultural and linguistic diversity, due to the global economy, migration and universal mobility, and secondly, the steady expansion and gathering impetus of the new communication media (Cope/Kalantzis 2000). In consequence, the phenomena of multilingualism, acquired or learned, have shaped our...   More >

Making Immigrant Knowledge from Collective Memories: Watching the Process Unfold in Spain

Lecture | April 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 (Geballe Room)

 Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Brown University

 Institute of European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC., Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Center for Latin American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Volkswagen Stiftung

The voices and spaces of immigrants come together to form collective memories. This, in turn, constitutes an important basis of community knowledge. Evelyn Hu-DeHart reflects on this process with the example ofBarcelona, where she currently teaches about new Chinese immigrants. Her research examines the distant history of Chinese in the Spanish Empire, first in Manila in the 16th century, then in...   More >

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

How to Plan for Professional Success While in College

Lecture | April 21 | 10-11 a.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Learn what experts advise students be doing in college to prepare for professional success. President of Collegial Services and Careers writer for USNews.com, Robin Reshwan, joins us at Alumni House to discuss what parents and incoming students can do to overcome employment obstacles and successfully launch a career after graduation.

Brand YOU: A Workshop for Mid-Career Professionals: Showcasing Your Unique Value

Lecture | April 21 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), 202/204

 Rebecca Andersen, Director of Career Services, UC Berkeley Information School

 UC Berkeley Extension

Does your résumé tell your story? Are your career goals, continuing education, and professional accomplishments reflected on LinkedIn? Are you building and accessing your network effectively? UC Berkeley Extension presents this interactive workshop for mid-career professionals to help you craft your personal brand and develop a strategy with next steps. Whether you are taking courses to make a...   More >

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Why Cal? The Alumni Perspective

Lecture | April 21 | 1-2 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Cal Alumni Association

Join the Cal Alumni Association to hear a panel of esteemed alumni discuss the value of a Cal education and what it means to be a Berkeley alum. Panelists will talk about their time as a student, what steps they took to ensure success after graduation, and their lives after Cal.