<< Week of October 21 >>

Monday, October 22, 2018

Mathematical Theories of Communication: Old and New

Lecture | October 22 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Madhu Sudan, Harvard University

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Reliable and efficient digital communication is possible today largely due to some wonderful successes in mathematical modelling and analysis. A legendary figure in this space is Claude Shannon (1916-2001) who laid out the mathematical foundations of communication in his seminal 1948 treatise, where among other contributions he gave a mathematical definition of "entropy" and coined the now...   More >

Sandow Birk: American Qur'an in Conversation with Professor Asad Ahmed, Department of Near Eastern Studies

Lecture | October 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Sandow Brik, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco; Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles; P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies

A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world.

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently...   More >

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sarwar Uddin Ahmed | Does it pay to be socially responsible in Bangladesh?

Lecture | October 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Sarwar Uddin Ahmed, Professor of Finance and Director, BBA Program, School of Business, Independent University, Bangladesh

 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, Global Programs at Goldman School of Public Policy

A talk by Professor of Finance and Director, BBA Program, School of Business, Independent University, Bangladesh, Dr. Sarwar Uddin Ahmed.

The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation, Resistance, and the American Museum

Lecture | October 23 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sarita Echavez See, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside

 Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Prof. See will discuss her new book The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation, Resistance, and the American Museum (NYU Press, 2017) - a counterdisciplinary study of the epistemological, aesthetic and curatorial politics of collecting things and people.

2018 G.N. Lewis Memorial Lecture: The Application of Physical Organic Methods to the Investigation of Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms

Lecture | October 23 | 4 p.m. |  Pitzer Auditorium, 120 Latimer Hall

 Robert Bergman, Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor, Emeritus; Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

 College of Chemistry

A Nostalgia Trip Through Some Organotransition Metal Chemistry of the Late 20th Century

Professor Robert Bergman

Optimal robot action for and around people: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 23 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Anca Dragan, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Estimation, planning, control, and learning are giving us robots that can generate good behavior given a specified objective and set of constraints. What I care about is how humans enter this behavior generation picture, and study two complementary challenges: 1) how to optimize behavior when the robot is not acting in isolation, but needs to coordinate or collaborate with people; and 2) what to...   More >

A New Malaysia? Elite Defectors and Opposition Success in Malaysia’s 2018 Elections

Lecture | October 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Sebastian Dettman, Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

This past May, a coalition of opposition parties in Malaysia, headed by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, won power, unseating the National Front (Barisan Nasional or BN) government for the first time in 61 years. This talk will examine the roots of this victory in the unique coalitional dynamics that allowed the BN to hold power for so many decades – and for the opposition to win.

Election night, May 2018

Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History: Household, Halakhah, Haggadah. Family Life and Religious Authority at the Passover Seder

Lecture | October 23 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Berkeley Scholars on Art and History

In the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, Berkeley historians, art historians, media, and Jewish Studies scholars will present insightful research and commentary Around Arthur Szyk in a series of programs at The Magnes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 PM–7:00PM
The Magnes
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Household, Halakhah,...   More >

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Edward Simpson | State Highway 31: A road trip through the heart of modern India

Lecture | October 24 | 12-2 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Edward Simpson, Social Anthropologist and Director of the South Asia Institute at SOAS, University of London

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, International and Area Studies (IAS)

A talk by Professor Edward Simpson, Director, SOAS South Asia Institute.

Cracking the Code: Language, Learning, and Technology in Dystopian Times

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Aria Razfar, Professor of Education and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Berkeley Language Center

I draw on the NIDALS framework of language, learning, and identity and semiotic data visualization in order to better understand how “Trump” became an icon of a populist movement in the United States.

Paving the Way: Refugees in German Higher Education

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Bernd Fischer, Deputy Head of Division, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research,

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

Many refugees coming to Germany are highly educated. In late 2015, at the beginning of the so-called “European refugee crisis”, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research launched a 100 Million Euro four-year initiative to pave the way for refugees into the German higher education system.

200 universities are taking part in the programs rolled out by the German Academic Exchange...   More >

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Hertha Sweet Wong: Picturing Identity: Contemporary American Autobiography in Image and Text

Lecture | October 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Wong explores the intersection of writing and visual art in the autobiographical work of Art Spiegelman, Faith Ringgold, Leslie Marmon Silko, and other American writers-artists who experiment with hybrid forms of self-narration.

Living on Ohlone Land

Lecture | October 24 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Speaker: Corrina Gould, spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone

Women of Mosul in the Age of Terrorism and Beyond: 2014 to the Present

Lecture | October 24 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In June 2014, a terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham also known as ISIS conquered the city of Mosul. They displaced Christians, enslaved Yazidis, killed Shia and Sunnis alike. Life in Mosul came to a halt. More than 9,000 Yazidi women were enslaved and more than 500 women were publicly executed in the streets of the city on multiple charges. 2,000 women from...   More >

Lift Us Up Don’t Push Us Out! Book Talk and Discussion

Lecture | October 24 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Mark Warren, University of Massachusetts Boston

 Graduate School of Education

New book lifts up stories and successes in the fight for educational justice.

Lift Us Up Don’t Push Us Out! Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement (Mark R. Warren, Beacon Press, 2018) features voices from the front lines of a new movement for educational justice that is growing across the United States. Contributors tell their own stories of how black and brown...   More >

Buddhist Textiles Along the Silk Road: Material Evidence and Visual Representation

Lecture | October 24 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, University of California Riverside

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

In the field of Buddhist Studies textual sources provide a fundamental ground to analyze and compare philosophical and religious contexts developed in various geographic areas of the larger Asian continent. However, as a non-verbal form of communication, textile material evidence and visual representation may offer a different intercultural perspective that clarifies Buddhist rituals, and...   More >

The Distinguished Astronomy Lecture at UC Berkeley: From the Accelerating Universe to Accelerating Science

Lecture | October 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard University

 College of Letters & Science

Twenty years ago, astronomers were astonished to learn from observations of exploding stars that cosmic expansion is speeding up. We attribute this to a mysterious “dark energy” that pervades the universe and makes up 70% of it. Scientists are working in many ways to learn more about the nature of dark energy, but our reservoir of ignorance is deep. This talk will summarize the present state of...   More >


Lecture | October 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, OCT 24, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Fall 2018 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor of Practice, CED alumnus, and founding principal of Mark Cavagnero Associates. Open to all!

Mark Cavagnero

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bodies and Boundaries: Arts, Migrations, and Identities with Allan deSouza

Lecture | October 25 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Allan deSouza

 Arts + Design

In this talk, Alex Saragoza and Allan deSouza will hold a lively discussion on the relationships between art and migrations—both literal and metaphorical.
Allan deSouza is a Bay Area multi-media artist. His photography, installation, text and performance works restage colonial material culture through counter-strategies of fiction, erasure, and (mis)translation. His work has been exhibited...   More >

Political and Operatic Mythologies in Contemporary Italy: Lega Nord's "Va Pensiero"

Lecture | October 25 | 5-6 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Marina Romani, Lecturer, UC Berkeley / Contributing Writer, San Francisco Opera

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Italian Studies, Department of Music

From operatic Risorgimento fantasies to patriotic myths propagated by the fascist regime, the figure of composer Giuseppe Verdi and of one of his most popular choruses, “Va pensiero,” have become potent receptacles of Italian nationalistic sentiment. One of the most recent displays of cultural re-appropriation is peculiar: since the early 1990s, “Va pensiero” has been claimed as its anthem by...   More >

Reflections on the Movement to Revive the Precepts in Kamakura Japan: With a focus on Eison’s 叡尊 Chōmonshū 聴聞集

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Paul Groner, University of Virginia

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Although Japanese monks are renowned for their disregard for the precepts and monastic discipline, serious monks were concerned with whether they actually were proper Buddhists or not. Professor Groner uses a set of fragments from Eison’s 叡尊 (1201-1290) to explore how serious monks strove to revive the precepts and ordinations. By delving into the background of some of the fragments...   More >

The Color of Monogamy in Shakespeare's Sonnets

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler

 Melissa Sanchez, Department of English, Univ. of Pennsylvania

 Department of English

Shakespeare’s Sonnets register the development of a fiction of somatic, heritable whiteness as a correlate of respectable sexuality, one disseminated in Renaissance celebrations of classical male friendship and imperial allegories of sexual conquest. Yet in their depiction of the entanglements among the poetic speaker, a “fair” young man, a “black” mistress, and unnamed others, the Sonnets...   More >

Gary Bass | Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide

Lecture | October 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Gary Bass, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University

 Munis D. Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies; Associate Professor, South & South East Asian Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Human Rights Center

A talk by professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and author of "The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide," Prof. Gary Bass

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

Lecture | October 25 | 5:15-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Omer Bartov, John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History, Brown University

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Jewish Studies, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History at Brown University. He is the author of Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, along with several other well-respected scholarly works on the Holocaust and genocide, including Hitler’s Army, Germany’s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories and Erased: Vanishing Traces of...   More >

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Jacobs Design Conversations: Kyle Wiens

Lecture | October 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

About Jacobs Design Conversations:
Each semester, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation invites leading designers and makers to Berkeley to speak as part of the Jacobs Design Conversations series. Connecting diverse perspectives under one roof, Jacobs Design Conversations are spaces for dialogue on a broad spectrum of innovations and ideas.

As part of this series, Kyle Wiens will share...   More >

A Fair Shot- Discussion of Life and Career Lessons, Incorporating Public Health and Leadership Principles

Lecture | October 26 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Colloquium Room 1103

 Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH

 Center of Excellence in Maternal, Child, and Adolecsent Health

The Center of Excellence in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health is thrilled to welcome Dr. Michael Lu for a once in a lifetime presentation and discussion on becoming a leader in public health. We hope you join us!

RSVP link in attached flyer

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Book Talk: Power Shift: How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America

Lecture | October 26 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 David R. Ayón, Author; George L. Pla, Author

 Lisa García Bedolla, IGS Director

 Institute of Governmental Studies

Come join us for a dialogue among authors David R. Ayón and George L. Pla and IGS Director Lisa García Bedolla.

Register at: bit.ly/PowerShiftBook

Organized by the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Matsui Center.

Highway Traffic Operations under Reliability and Security Failures

Lecture | October 26 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Saurabh Amin, MIT

 Institute of Transportation Studies

MIT's Saurabh Amin will present Highway Traffic Operations under Reliability and Security Failures on October 26, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m.

Visit from Leonardo Padura, Cuba's Greatest Living Author

Lecture | October 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Leonardo Padura, Writer

 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of History, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UC-Cuba Educational Initiative

Leonardo Padura, Cuba's most distinguished living author, winner of numerous international literary prizes, including the Asturias Prize (called Spain's "Literary Nobel Prize"), and author of several novels and essays, including the detective series The Four Seasons of Havana, which has also been adapted as a Netflix series, will read from his work and be interviewed on-stage on Friday, October...   More >