<< Week of November 12 >>

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fall 2018 Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | October 30 – December 4, 2018 every Tuesday | 190 Doe Library

 Deb Agarwal, Department Head, Data Science and Technology, Computational Research Division, LBNL; Rosemary Gillespie, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management; Rachel Slaybaugh, Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering

 Kristina Hill, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design

 Data Sciences

The Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science, co-hosted by the The Berkeley Division of Data Sciences and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS), return for the Fall 2018 series. Lectures feature Berkeley faculty doing visionary research that illustrates the character of the ongoing data revolution.

Historiography and Migration: Explaining the Present through the Lens of History

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

 Paul Voerkel

 Institute of European Studies

Discussions about migration have dominated the public discourse in Germany since the “refugee crisis” of 2015. There is a growing acceptance of empiric data on migration, collected by research institutions like the IMIS at Osnabrück University. On the other hand, the public discourse – including from the government – is getting more emotional and often denies proven facts and figures.
After a...   More >

Precarious Inclusion as a Strategy of Government

Lecture | November 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

To what extent and how can those excluded from membership in the welfare state, but who are still present within its territorial borders, be lives to be cared for? How is the decision to care for certain lives made? What role do front line service providers play in (re)producing, defining, and negotiating state borders?

Building a Nation, Effacing a Race: The "Chinaman" Question of the U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1905

Lecture | November 13 | 1-2:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Richard Chu, Five College Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

The lecture focuses on the first few years of American colonial rule in the Philippines. In particular, it looks into the “Chinaman” labor question facing the colonial rulers. How were the Chinese exclusion laws applied in the Philippines? How were the Chinese and other ethnic groups racialized to justify these laws in the Philippines?

Richard Chu

Environmental Justice: What can we do about the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities?: By Van Jones, President and Founder, Dream Corps

Lecture | November 13 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 ALLSTON WAY, SUITE 100, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Van Jones, Dream Corps

 College of Natural Resources

Across America, low-income and minority communities are being hit hardest by the economic and health impacts of climate change. Join us for an afternoon with Van Jones—news commentator, author, and founder of Dream Corps —and learn how we can seek environmental justice for the country’s most vulnerable communities.

Van Jones is president and founder of the nonprofit, Dream Corps, a social...   More >

Anthropology from Portugal, on Portugal and beyond Portugal: racialized relations and representations

Lecture | November 13 | 3-5 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Paula Mota Santos; Cristiana Bastos

 Institute of European Studies, Portuguese Studies Program

Paula Mota Santos will speak about "Slavery as dark heritage in Post-colonial Portugal". The Lagos, Southern Portugal slavery exhibition is only the second European-located museum space dedicated to the transatlantic slave trade, and one institutionally linked to UNESCO’s Slave Route program. I will carry out an analysis of the images, texts and forms of display of the Lagos exhibition will be...   More >

Rewriting History in the Age of #MeToo

Lecture | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Amy Stanley, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

 Department of History, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of History Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI), History Graduate Association (HGA)

The #MeToo movement is now over a year old, but over the past few weeks its stakes have become increasingly clear, not only in American culture and politics but also in many of our intellectual lives as historians. This talk considers how the rallying call “believe women” challenges our epistemology and might lead us to a different approach to our evidence. The sources are drawn from an early...   More >

Presence and Memory: Commemorating the Buddha in Late Burmese Wall Paintings

Lecture | November 13 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, British Museum

 Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of History of Art, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

This presentation draws upon art historical, anthropological, and religious studies methodologies to analyze Burmese temple wall paintings from the late 17th to early 19th centuries and elucidate the contemporary religious, political, and social concepts that drove the creation of this lively art form.

The bodhisatta Bhuridatta meditating

Integrating eco-evolutionary data from islands to infer biodiversity dynamics: Berkeley Distinguished Lectures in Data Science

Lecture | November 13 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library

 Rosemary Gillespie, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

A central challenge in understanding the origins of biodiversity is that, while we can observe and test local ecological phenomena, we must usually infer the longer-term outcomes of these ecological forces indirectly. My colleagues and I have been developing inferential models at the interface between macroecology and population-level processes, and applying them to data from geological...   More >

Twentieth-Century Anti-Utopianism and its West German Antidote

Lecture | November 13 | 5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Jennifer Allen, Yale University

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

This talk picks up a melancholic thread in assessments of the end of the Cold War, when the triumph of liberal democracy and capitalism over “really existing socialism” led academics and public intellectuals to pronounce the end of utopian ambitions. Margaret Thatcher captured this idea in her claim that “there is no alternative.” Some West Germans, however, resisted this logic. Facing the...   More >

Poland at 100: The Continuing Challenges of Nationhood

Lecture | November 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Board Room

 John Connelly, Professor, History, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), SF-Krakow Sister City Association, Taube Philanthropies, Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union

This talk will consider the meanings and consequences of the reemergence of a Polish state in 1918 in new boundaries, after 125 years of rule by foreign powers. The event is celebrated as liberation, but what did it mean for ethnic minorities like Jews and Ukrainians? What did it mean for women? That Poland lasted barely twenty years before being overwhelmed by its totalitarian neighbors. Could...   More >

The Archaeology of Megiddo: New Light on the History of Ancient Israel

Lecture | November 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

By far the most important ancient city in Israel, Megiddo has worn many hats over the past five thousand years. During the Bronze Age, the city hosted cosmopolitan Canaanite kings whose relationships extended to Egypt, Turkey, and Mesopotamia. One thousand years later, ancient Israel's kings garrisoned the city, noting its strategic military position. Later writers so revered the city that they...   More >

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat: Daniel Boyarin: Judaism: The Genealogy of a Modern Notion

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Boyarin argues that the very concept of a religion of “Judaism” is an invention of the Christian church that was adopted by Jews only with the coming of modernity and the spread of Christian languages.

The Political Consequences of the Moratorium on the Death Penalty in 18th Century Russia

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Elena Marasinova, Professor of History, Faculty of Humanities, School of Philology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

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

Elena Marasinova, Professor of History, works at the Institute of Russian History (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Professor Marasinova graduated from Moscow Lomonosov University and had a fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institut für Geschichte in Göttingen and Institut für osteuropäische Geschichte und Landeskunde at Tübingen Universität. She is a...   More >

Discovery and Digital Curation of Textual Archives

Lecture | November 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Adam Anderson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley, Digital Humanities

 Near Eastern Studies

In this talk I will introduce examples of "at-risk" textual archives from the ancient Near East. By exploring two ancient sites which have yielded large bodies of textual and material culture through illicit excavations, I will describe the latent archival organization found in the hoards of cuneiform tablets. Then, I will describe the computational methods that I and my colleagues have used to...   More >

The Influence of Prevailing Ideology on Definitions in Duden Monolingual Dictionaries From the Third Reich Through the Reunification

Lecture | November 14 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Laura Sacia Bonicatto, Lecturer, Department of German, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Language Center

Since 1880, the Duden dictionary has set the official standard for orthography and language use in German-speaking countries. Over the course of 138 years, there have been 27 editions of the Duden, including 7 separate editions that were published during Germany’s split into the East German GDR and the West German FRG. Since the publication of the first Duden, German-speaking countries have...   More >

Anti-Asian Racism at Berkeley: The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall: Presented by Asian American Law Journal

Lecture | November 14 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Charles Reichmann, Lecturer, UC Berkeley Law

 Asian American Law Journal

Most people familiar with UC Berkeley School of Law know its traditional name and the name of its primary classroom building, Boalt Hall. Yet few know much about the man who gave the law school its name. A closer look at John Boalt’s legacy, however, calls for a reexamination of the law school’s continued association with the Boalt name, given the contrast between UC Berkeley’s values of...   More >

Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison: IRLE Speaker Series

Lecture | November 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Director's Room

 Bruce Western, Columbia University

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

What happens when people return to a community after incarceration? How do they look for work and housing? How do they manage their addictions or mental illness, and why do some return to prison?

In his talk, Western will bear witness to the lives held captive in America’s experiment with mass incarceration. Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison tells the stories of the men and women he...   More >

The Real Story of Trump and Russia

Lecture | November 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315

 David Corn, Journalist and Political Commentator

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

David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written...   More >

Radical Transformations of Self and Society: Towards a Critical Theory of Democratic Protest

Lecture | November 14 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Maeve Cook, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland

 The Program in Critical Theory

Why should we pursue a critical theory of democratic protest? Assuming that we should, what would such a critical theory look like today? My paper considers both questions, offering some partial answers. On my understanding, critical theory addresses normative questions relating to the good life for humans, to the kind of society that would enable a good life, and to protest as a means for the...   More >


Lecture | November 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, NOV 14, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with architect, environmental and social activist, and the co-founder of Breakthrough Communities Project. Co-sponsored by the Kenneth Simmons Community Lecture Endowment &amp; CED Alumni of Color. Open to all!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Crossings: Facing the Boundaries of Gender, Culture, and Family with Carla Lucero

Lecture | November 15 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Carla Lucero

 Arts + Design

Join us for a lecture and recorded musical highlights with opera-composer Carla Lucero. Lucero is originally from Los Angeles, graduating from CalArts in 1986, where she studied with Rand Steiger, Morton Subotnick and the late, legendary film composer, Leonard Rosenman. In LA, she spent 5 years as a composer in residence at Collage Dance Theater. Carla's love of opera and classical music drew her...   More >

The New Research Compact: Social Science Partnerships for the Common Good

Lecture | November 15 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on Thursday, November 15 from 10am-noon for the Social Science Matrix Distinguished Lecture, which will be delivered by Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University.


For decades, the social sciences have generated knowledge vital to guiding public policy, informing business, and...   More >

Alondra Nelson

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Lecture | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Richard A. Walker, Professor Emeritus, Geography, UC Berkeley, and Director, Living New Deal Project

 Bancroft Library

The SF Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism — the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Valley Gold Rush. But there is a dark side of success: overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes; exploding inequality and millions of underpaid workers; a delusional tech elite; and complicity with the worst in American politics.

 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.

Critical Language Pedagogy: Teaching about Dialect Variation, Identity and Power

Lecture | November 15 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Amanda Godley, Professor, English Education & Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Pittsburgh

 Berkeley Language Center

Language and literacy education scholars have long called for the teaching of language to be more critical, raising students’ awareness of how language choices and varieties convey power, identity and ideologies. In this talk, I focus specifically on Critical Language Pedagogy, an approach to teaching about dialect variation and language ideologies. I will share curriculum materials...   More >

Predicting, stabilizing, and enhancing restoration outcomes on degraded drylands

Lecture | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 132 Mulford Hall

 Dr. Jeremy James, Director of Sierra Foothills Research & Extension Center

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Is There A Light At The End Of The North Korean Nuclear Tunnel?

Lecture | November 15 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Siegfried S. Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

 Institute of International Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, Public Law and Policy Program

After a disastrous and dangerous 2017, diplomatic initiatives have opened a window for resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. But will the Trump administration's diplomacy succeed or fail as have all attempts over the past 25 years? I will offer my perspective based on seven visits to North Korea and our comprehensive study of North Korea's nuclear program.

Raza Rumi | Democracy and its Discontents - Project Naya Pakistan: The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture for 2018

Lecture | November 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Raza Ahmad Rumi, Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist

 Munis Faruqui, Chair, Institute for South Asia Studies, Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, The Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture

Pakistani writer and a public policy specialist, Reza Ahmad Rumi delivers our sixth Mahomedali Habib Distinguished Lecture.

The Honorable Willie Brown

Lecture | November 15 | 6-7 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium

 The Honorable Willie Brown

 Goldman School of Public Policy, The Berkeley Forum

Join the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum as they host the Honorable Willie Brown for the 2018 Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture in Politics and Public Policy on Thursday, November 15. Two-term Mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California State Assembly Willie Brown will discuss the midterm elections and share his knowledge of California politics,...   More >

MRED+D Visiting Fellow Lecture: Architect as Developer

Lecture | November 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Jonathan Segal has designed some of the most livable and highly regarded residential, live/work, and mixed-use housing in California. His talk will pose the question: “What if architects could leverage their training and skil

AIA Lecture - Pottery, Paintings, and Pinakides: the latest dirt from the excavation of Petsas House, Mycenae

Lecture | November 15 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Kim Shelton, Associate Professor of Classics and Director, the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology

 San Francisco Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

This elaborately illustrated lecture will present the results of ten seasons of excavation by the Archaeological Society of Athens at ‘Petsas House’ in the settlement of the famous Bronze Age palatial center at Mycenae. A look into a complex structure of the 14th century BCE reveals domestic and workshop use together with an expanding role in the socio-political life of the palace. Pottery, as...   More >

Friday, November 16, 2018

Mortal Doubt: Transnational Gangs and Social Order

Lecture | November 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room | Canceled

 Anthony Fontes

 Center for Latin American Studies

By providing cover for a host of other actors taking advantage of extreme violence, maras help create a sense of order in the midst of chaos. Fontes will explore how these gangs have become so crucial for making and mooring collective terror in Central American cities, while tracing the ties that bind violence to those residing in far safer environs.

A man stops at a grave in Guatemala City. (Photo by Anthony Fontes.)

Jacobs Design Conversations: Elizabeth Churchill

Lecture | November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Elizabeth Churchill, Director of User Experience at Google, will give a talk on Empowering Creators: Research & Material Design at Jacobs Hall.

Towards Comparative Legal Institutionalism: Featuring Katharina Pistor

Lecture | November 16 | 2-4:30 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room 295

 Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School

 Law, Boalt School of

Please join us for the Inaugural Irving Tragen Lecture on Comparative Law featuring Katharina Pistor
Towards Comparative Legal Institutionalism
Comparative law today leads only a shadow existence at law schools in the US and elsewhere. This has been true especially for the last three decades when globalization and global law have gained prominence, diminishing the interest in (foreign) local...   More >

Rethinking America’s 20th-Century Highway Institutions

Lecture | November 16 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Robert Poole, Reason Foundation

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation Robert Poole will present Rethinking America’s 20th-Century Highway Institutions on November 16, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. Join us for cookies and beverages at 3:30 p.m.

Quo Vadis Armenia?: What May Come after the Velvet Regime Change?

Lecture | November 16 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Aghasi Yenokyan, Political Analyst, South Caucasian and Russian Affairs, and Voice of America

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

This talk will analyze what has been called the "Velvet Revolution" in Armenia. It will assess the current situation and the possible developments resulting from the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Aghasi Yenokyan graduated from the Department of Physics of Yerevan State University and earned an MBA from the American University of Armenia. Mr. Yenokyan served as chief of the Yerevan...   More >

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Science at Cal Lecture - Earthquake Mythbusters

Lecture | November 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Canceled

 Dr. Jennifer Strauss, Seismological Laboratory


Get an overview on earthquake hazards in the Bay Area, some cool science the seismological lab is working on to help increase knowledge and safety, and bust some common myths about earthquakes and preparedness. Also find out the latest news about the status of Shake Alert, the earthquake early warning system now being rolled out on the West Coast.

The ShakeAlert system is being developed with...   More >

Shake Alert - Earthquake early warning system

Undocumented Tales: A Panel on Comedy and Joy in the Wake of Illegality

Lecture | November 17 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 391 Barrows Hall

 Center for Race and Gender

“Undocumented Tales” is a YouTube web series that follows the journey of Fernando Gutierrez, an undocumented queer immigrant from Mexico living in Los Angeles. Fernando’s story is one that is rarely told in the broader immigrant and LGBTQ communities, and one that is almost never told in mainstream media. The series serves as an online platform that brings together the intersections of...   More >