<< Week of February 17 >>

Friday, February 22, 2019

Theology and the Public University

Conference/Symposium | February 22 – 23, 2019 every day |  UC Berkeley Campus | Note change in date

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

For the past two years, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, has convened a series of workshops and seminars concerning, broadly speaking, the place of theology in the university. From the outset, our goal was to challenge narrow conceptions of both secular learning and “theology,” in hopes of fostering robust conversation about the teaching of...   More >

Adult Mortality Determinants in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A workshop examining adult mortality in low and middle income countries and comparisons with high income countries

Workshop | February 22 |  Barrows Hall

 Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging

This workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality, mortality determinants, and risk factors in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), following-up on workshops held on this topic at USC and Berkeley in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national mortality...   More >

  Make reservations by emailing Elizabeth Vasile at evasile@berkeley.edu by February 5.

Winter at the Hall

Special Event | December 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019 every day |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

This winter, visit the Hall for interactive exhibits, special hands-on activities, intriguing Planetarium shows, and more!

Anti-Black State Violence in the Americas: Power and Struggle in Brazil and the U.S.

Conference/Symposium | February 20 – 22, 2019 every day | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Center, Room 220

 Anti-Black State Violence Across the Americas, UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

At a pivotal historical moment, this symposium will bring further attention to anti-black state violence in the Americas. The University of California, Berkeley will host some of the most influential social movement leaders from Brazil and the United States—homes to the two largest Black populations outside the continent of Africa.

As the U.S. enters a contentious new congressional term and...   More >

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BERC Energy Summit

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Pauley Ballroom

 Kevin de Leon, California State Senate

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

The BERC Energy Summit, now in its 13th year, is the largest student-run energy conference on the West Coast. This year’s event comes at a critical moment with greater climate awareness and shifts in energy policy than ever before, and will focus on the theme, “Bringing Energy Communities Together for Innovation.” Held at UC Berkeley, the event draws around 500 students, researchers, clean...   More >

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Question and Answer Session

Information Session | February 22 | 9-10 a.m. |  Online Webinar

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

If you are graduating soon and have questions about applying for F-1 employment eligibility after you graduate, then sign up for this ONLINE webinar. We'll do a brief overview of the OPT application process and timelines, followed by a Question and Answer session. Prior to attending this webinar, you need to review our <a href="https://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/students/employment/opt">OPT...   More >

27th Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference: Affective Realisms

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of German

We often think of realism as a reactionary gesture, circumscribing all that is possible within the limits of the status quo – but recent developments in critical theory, philosophy, and literary studies have mobilized affect and reality in surprising new configurations. Scholars such as Eve Kosofsky-Sedgwick, Brian Massumi, Sarah Ahmed, Jane Bennett, and Mel Y. Chen have figured affect as...   More >

Points of Transition: Ovoo and the Ritual Remaking of Religious, Ecological, and Historical Politics in Inner Asia

Conference/Symposium | February 22 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Ovoo, the structures of stones, trees, scarves, skulls, steering wheel covers, and a staggering array of other objects that are ubiquitous across the landscape of contemporary Mongolia, Buryatia, Inner Mongolia, and Qinghai, have long marked sites where ritual, though often highly spontaneous, practices invoke the presence of immanent relations. Built and maintained by various publics, gatherings...   More >

Publishing in 20th+21st Century Literature

Workshop | February 22 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 306 Wheeler Hall

 Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Rutgers English

 Department of English

A Workshop with Rebecca L. Walkowitz
Professor and Chair of English, Rutgers University
Editor, "Literature Now" series, Columbia University Press
Former editor, Contemporary Literature

Open to graduate students and faculty

Maps and More: Post-War SF in Aerial Photographs

Tour/Open House | February 22 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 50 McCone Hall


Maps and More is a map themed show-and-tell held at the Earth Sciences and Map Library. This month features post-World War 2 aerial photographs of San Francisco with a brief orientation by Dave Ruiz of Quantum Spatial.

Colluding in the Ecological Ponzi Scheme

Lecture | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 534 Davis Hall

 Dr. Mathis Wachernagel, Founder and President of Global Footprint Network

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Labor Lunch Seminar: Canceled

Seminar | February 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Center for Labor Economics

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes and their use in Time-of-Flight Applications

Seminar | February 22 | 1-2 p.m. |  Cory Hall

 Bruce Rae, Photonics Pixel Architect, STMicroelectronics in Edinburgh

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

This talk will introduce a fully industrialized SPAD
device and its implementation and state-of-the-art performance in STMicroelectronics
advanced 40nm CMOS technology node.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

A Question of Time: A Roundtable on American Literature from Colonial to Contemporary Fiction

Panel Discussion | February 22 | 1:30-3 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Cindy Weinstein, Vice Provost, CalTech Office of the Provost; Mark Goble, Associate Professor, Berkeley English; Elizabeth Freeman, Professor, UC Davis English; Dorothy Hale, Professor, Berkeley English

 Department of English, Americanist Colloquium

Please join us for a roundtable with Cindy Weinstein (California Institute of Technology), Mark Goble (UC Berkeley), and Elizabeth Freeman (UC Davis) on Friday, February 22nd, 1-3:30pm, in 315 Wheeler Hall (Maude Fife Room). Professors Weinstein, Goble, and Freeman will be discussing their individual and collective contributions to A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter...   More >

EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories

Course | February 22 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall | Note change in date, time, and location

 Office of Environment, Health & Safety

This training is required for anyone who is listed on a Biological Use Authorization (BUA) application form that is reviewed by the Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB). A BUA is required for anyone working with recombinant DNA molecules, human clinical specimens or agents that may infect humans, plants or animals. This safety training will discuss the biosafety risk...   More >

Interfacial Engineering of Lithium Metal Anodes: From Liquid to Solid Electrolytes: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | February 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 4 LeConte Hall

 Prof. Neil Dasgupta, Univ. of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

The poor performance and safety concerns of lithium (Li) metal anodes represent a critical challenge to enable high energy density rechargeable batteries. This is attributed to several well-known issues associated with Li metal electrodeposition and dissolution, including electrolyte decomposition, dendrite evolution, and “dead” Li accumulation. In addition, short-circuiting can occur due to the...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: The Structure of Gibbs Measure with Low Complexity

Seminar | February 22 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will talk about several different perspectives to analyze the structure of Gibbs measures with low complexity. The first perspective is a mean-field approximation to the free energy that appears in the variational formula, studied by Chatterjee and Dembo. As an application, one can compute the probability of large deviation events given by nonlinear functions with low complexity, for instance...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Stanford graduate composers

Colloquium | February 22 | 3 p.m. | 250 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

The DMA in composition is offered to a limited number of students who demonstrate substantial training in the field and high promise of attainment as composers. Students may work in traditional and/or electronic forms. Breadth is achieved through studies in other branches of music and in relevant fields outside of music, as desirable. In addition to formal coursework and independent study,...   More >

Fighting for a Laugh: East African Entertainers, WWII, and the Global Politics of Comedy

Lecture | February 22 | 3-5 p.m. | 3205 Dwinelle Hall

 Elizabeth Dyer, Visiting Scholar -UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of History, African History Working Group

MENA Salon: The 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Workshop | February 22 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday the CMES hosts an informal guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all.

This year, February 11 marked the 40th anniversary of the “Islamic Revolution” in Iran, accompanied by nationwide rallies commemorating the series of uprisings that took place in 1979, which led to the overthrowing of the monarchy. On the one hand, Iran’s...   More >

UCLA Library’s International Partnerships and Projects

Seminar | February 22 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Rosalie Lack

 Information, School of

Libraries and archives play a critical role in preserving and providing access to the collective memory of communities. Unfortunately, the resources for enabling archive holders to preserve cultural, social, political, and historical evidence are scarce and urgently required.

This talk will highlight UCLA Libraryâs international initiatives aimed at addressing these challenges, with a focus...   More >

Student 3-Manifold Seminar: The Sphere Theorem (cont'd)

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Kyle Miller, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This is a continuation of last week's talk about Stalling's work on ends of groups, with the Sphere Theorem as an application.

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak: "From Medieval Rhetoric to Modern Literary Criticism in Iran"

Lecture | February 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, UCLA, University of Maryland

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies

Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is one of the leading experts in the field of Persian Literature and Iranian Studies. He is a professor of Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and currently an adjunct professor of Iranian Studies at UCLA. He is the author of "Recasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran," among many other books and scholarly articles.

Leveraging Polarizability and Electrophilicity in Catalysts for Challenging Coupling Reactions

Seminar | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Brad Carrow, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

 College of Chemistry

A general approach by our group for the development of new catalytic synthetic methods that occur with higher efficiency and selectivity, use simpler reagents, and proceed with lower energy demand involves new ancillary ligand design coupled with fundamental studies of how metal-ligand bonding dictates catalytic reactivity. In this context, the presentation will focus on our recent efforts to...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Elementary theories of hyperbolic groups

Colloquium | February 22 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Rizos Sklinos, Stevens Institute of Technology

 Department of Mathematics

The discovery of non euclidean geometry in the early nineteenth century had shaken the beliefs and conjectures of more than two thousand years and changed the picture we had for mathematics, physics and even philosophy. Lobachevsky and Bolyai independently around 1830 discovered hyperbolic geometry. A notable distinguish feature of hyperbolic geometry is its negative curvature in a way that the...   More >

Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz's 17th-Century Proto-Latinx Feminism

Lecture | February 22 | 4-6 p.m. |  The Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Prof. Ivonne Del Valle, Associate Professor of Colonial Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Prof. Emilie Bergmann, Professor of Spanish, http://clpr.berkeley.edu/

 Latinx Research Center

In the 17th Century, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz defied colonial patriarchy by becoming a scholar and declaring: she is not to be found in the normal places assigned to a woman. Join us for two insightful discussions examining Sor Juana's life and scholarship. Join us in thinking with Sor Juana about the contradictions of patriarchy and how to undo it. ​


Film - Feature | February 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s wonderfully inventive Liliom, which has a musical lightness akin to René Clair’s films, fell into almost complete obscurity soon after its release. Made in France, the first stop on Lang’s self-imposed exile from Germany, this tragicomedy is based on Ferenc Molnar’s fantastical play about earth, heaven, and purgatory. Charles Boyer stars in one of his best roles, and Antonin Artaud appears...   More >

Ovidian Synchronisms

Lecture | February 22 | 5 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania

 Department of Classics

Grounds for Science -Getting the most out of light: vision and geoengineering

Lecture | February 22 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960Espresso Bar Adeline Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Mathew Summers, Molecular and Cell Biology; Jonathan Proctor, Global Policy Lab


Grounds for Science is a public science talk series organized by and featuring UC Berkeley graduate students. GfS takes place the 4th Friday of every month at Scarlet City Espresso Bar in Emeryville.
This month's short talks:
The cells that give us sight with Mathew Summers

What volcanoes can teach us about combating global climate change with Jonathan Proctor

Shakespeare Wallah

Film - Feature | February 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

In Shakespeare Wallah (wallah means “peddler”), a family of English Shakespearean actors find themselves lost in the new India, reduced to giving performances at golf clubs, schools, and the palaces of declining maharajahs. Their conflict is heightened when the daughter of the family falls in love with a young Indian playboy. The Kendal family—mother, father, and daughter—play themselves in the...   More >

University Symphony Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 22 | 8 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

David Milnes, music director
George Taylor, viola
WILSON Viola Concerto
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. Throughout its long history, the orchestra has provided students and other members of the campus community with the opportunity to expand...   More >

$20 General Admission, $15 non-UCB students, seniors, current/retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups 10+, $5 UC Berkeley students

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Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers

Performing Arts - Dance | February 21 – 23, 2019 every day | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Joe Goode, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies


Joe Goode, TDPS, Joe Goode Performance Group

Cherie Hill, IrieDance, UC Berkeley Alumna


Latanya Tigner, TDPS, Dimensions Dance Theater

Katie O'Connor, UC Berkeley Alumna

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s dance program, Berkeley Dance Project 2019: the body remembers will feature an all-student cast performing pieces by professional choreographers Joe Goode, Rulan Tangen, Latanya Tigner, and Cherie Hill, as well as recent dance program alumna Katie O’Connor.

$13 online in advance or $15 at the door for students/seniors and UC Berkeley faculty/staff, $18 online in advance or $20 at the door for general admission

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In Any Other Context: Chris Lortie, Julie Herndon and Friends

Performing Arts - Music | February 22 | 8-10 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Falling marbles, live electronics, a motion-sensing glove, transducers on a piano soundboard, no-input mixers, and an interactive light installation... Julie Herndon and Chris Lortie collaborate to curate an evening of cross-modality, process, and interactivity. Invited Bay Area performers Tony Gennaro, John Ivers, Michelle Lee, Michiko Theurer, and Julie Zhu perform recent works by Herndon and...   More >

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

The 7 Fingers: Reversible

Performing Arts - Other | February 22 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 The 7 Fingers, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Montreal’s award-winning contemporary circus troupe presents its latest creation, an exploration of the role ancestors play in the shaping of modern identities. For Reversible, each of the company’s cast members researched generations of family history, interviewing grandparents and great-grand-parents about their aspirations, struggles, and secrets. Through acrobatics, aerial stunts, and dance...   More >


  Tickets go on sale August 7. Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

The 7 Fingers perform Reversible Friday–Sunday, February 22–24, 2019 in Zellerbach Hall. (credit: Courtesy of The 7 Fingers)