<< Week of November 20 >>

Monday, November 19, 2018

CANCELED:Aditi Saraf | Trust Amidst Trust-Deficit: Credit, Conflict and Improvidence in Kashmir

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room) | Canceled

 Aditi Saraf, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

 Institute for South Asia Studies, The Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights

A talk by Dr. Aditi Saraf, postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

Jasmine Syedullah: Job Talk in Gender and Women's Studies

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jasmine Syedullah, Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology, Vassar College

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies


Jasmine Syedullah is a black feminist political theorist of abolition, as well as co-author of "Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation" (North Atlantic Books, 2016). She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vassar College. Her research brings a black feminist approach to questions of political theory to ask how the carceral...   More >

The Tumultuous Sixties: 1968 Around The Globe

Lecture | November 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 202 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)

 Christina Gerhardt, Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and Associate Professor of Film and German Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

 UC Berkeley Extension

In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley achieved national visibility with a series of student protests responding to the administration’s decision to ban information tables regarding the Civil Rights Movement. They mark the first time that the civil disobedience tactics of the Civil Rights Movement were brought to a college campus and served as a foundation for future protests such as...   More >


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Efficient Computational Methods with Provable Guarantees for Data-Driven Problems

Lecture | November 19 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Somayeh Sojoudi, Berkeley IEOR and EECS

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

The area of data science lacks efficient computational methods with provable guarantees that can cope with the large-scale nature and the high nonlinearity of many real-world systems. Practitioners often design heuristic algorithms tailored to specific applications, but the theoretical underpinnings of these methods remain a mystery and this limits their usage in safety-critical systems. In this...   More >

The Limits of Proof

Lecture | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Paul Beame, University of Washington

 Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

In the early part of the 20th century, Gödel, Turing, and Tarski showed that no consistent system of reasoning can contain proofs of important properties of the natural numbers or of computations. In these cases, the difficulty stems from the need to reason about infinities of numbers or time that don't show up in our everyday world. In contrast, proofs of properties in a bounded size world...   More >

Design Field Notes: Nick Seaver

Lecture | November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Nick Seaver is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Tufts University. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with the developers of algorithmic music recommender systems in the US, which is the subject of a forthcoming book titled Computing Taste.

Image taken from 38th Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Del Chiaro Lecture Fall 2018: Etrusco-Corinthian Pottery in Context - A Corinthianising Phenomenon in Etruria

Lecture | November 19 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, The Seaborg Room

 Szilvia Lakatos, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

 Department of History of Art, Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

Daemons Tools Art Tech

Lecture | November 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Osher Theater, BAMPFA | Canceled

 Marisa Morán Jahn

 Berkeley Center for New Media

A “daemon” for ancient Greeks referred to a divinity or being betwixt and between humans and the supernatural, an inner spirit or inspiring force. Today, “daemon” commonly refers to a discrete background process that handles requests for services such as print spooling and file transfers, and is dormant when not required.

A tool is a device or implement used to carry out a specific function....   More >

CANCELED: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award: Free Speech in Angry Times

Lecture | November 19 | 8-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom | Canceled

 Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

 College of Letters & Science, Goldman School of Public Policy, Library

This event has been postponed until the spring semester due to poor air quality.

The Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award are presented annually to honor the memory of Mario Savio (1942-
1996), a spokesperson for Berkeley's Free Speech Movement of 1964, and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and
countless other activists of his generation exemplified...   More >

 Free admission. Open to the public; first come, first served.

Professor Robert Reich

Tuesday, November 20, 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.