Lecture | March 17 | 1:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz leads a read-through of his Dreamers libretto, with commentary and Q&A moderated by Sabrina Klein, Cal Performances' director of artistic literacy. Free and open to the public.
Lecture | March 18 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)
The CNMAT Users Group presents: David Dunn
David Dunn is a composer and sound artist. He will be presenting on his recent work in large-scale meta-soundscape recording and invertebrate intervention research.
This Event is Free and Open to the Public
Defining Roles. Representations of Lumumba and his Independence Speech in Congolese and Belgian Literature
Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Lieselot De Taeye, Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley
On June 30th 1960, Congo declared its independence from Belgium. In his speech at the ceremony, the Belgian King Baudouin applauded the work of his countrymen during the colonial period, calling his great-granduncle Leopold II, who was responsible for the death of approximately ten million Congolese people, a genius. Patrice Lumumba, the first Congolese Prime Minister, gave a now-famous speech... More >
Lecture | March 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall
Hundreds of Armenians journeyed eastward to China in the late 19th century in search of opportunity, anchoring themselves in major cities, as well as in Harbin, a town that rose to prominence with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway. A few thousand others arrived in the region escaping the Armenian Genocide and turmoil in the Caucasus in the years that followed. Many of these... More >
Lecture | March 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall
Bill Baker, NAE, FREng, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 410 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Mar. 18 Rajan Patel and Kate Stephenson
These lectures highlight real-world experiences of leaders in the health technologies space. Looking beyond the initial excitement of a concept, industry veterans discuss the heavy lifting on many fronts that gets new ideas out of the lab and into the clinic.
Lecture | March 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Ben Allen is a PhD candidate in Stanford Universitys interdisciplinary Modern Thought and Literature program, where he studies gender and the history of software. His current work focuses on the development of COBOL and other early business programming languages.
About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio... More >
Lecture | March 18 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
Slavic Graduate Colloquium Spring 2019 Series
Lecture | March 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Anthony Hall
The Center for Race & gender Presents its Spring 2019 Distinguished Guest Lecture:
Across Oceans of Law
Lecture | March 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater
Morehshin Allahyari, Artist, Activist, Educator
Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media and co-sponsored with the Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Stanford University
For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and... More >
Lecture | March 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Theater, BAMPFA
For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and fabulation. She will use this talk as a platform to show the possibilities of art-making beyond aesthetics or visualization. She will posit and contextualize a position outside that asks difficult questions and suggests alternative... More >
Camptown Races: Blackface Minstrelsy, Stephen Foster, and Americanization in Japanese Internment Camps
Lecture | March 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall
Dr. Rhae Lynn Barnes, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
This talk will contextualize the recent blackface scandals in Virginia by examining the central role amateur blackface minstrel shows played in the United States government. In the century spanning the end of the Civil War to the birth of the Civil Rights Movement (an era called Jim Crow, after the ﬁrst blackface character), the American government refocused domestic and foreign policy... More >
Lecture | March 19 | 2-3 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Helke Sander was a key figure of the early dffb (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin), where she studied between 1966 and 1969. Returning to her political organizing and her films of the era revises three crucial narratives:
1. it expands narratives about 1968 to include the establishment of feminism as part of it (The Tomatenwurf), which is often read as a 1970s phenomenon;
2. it... More >
Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 8th floor Social Science Matrix Conference Room
Morris Levy, Professor, University of Southern California; Cecilia Mo, Professor, UC Berkeley; Cara Wong, Professor, University of Illinois
Laura Stoker, Professor, UC Berkeley
American Opinion on Immigration: Implications for Policy
Wai Wai Nu | On Rohingya Citizenship Rights: Talk followed by community updates by UC Berkeley's Rohingya Working Group
Lecture | March 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Wai Wai Nu, Visiting Scholar, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
Eric Stover, Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, UC Berkeley
Yoshika Crider, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group
Samira Siddique, MS PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group
A lecture on the Rohingya Crisis
Faculty Research Lecture: Life History and Learning: When (and Why) Children Are Better Learners than Both Adults and A.I.: Faculty Research Lecture by Alison Gopnik
Lecture | March 19 | 4-5 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium
Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
Alison Gopnik received her B.A. from McGill University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University. She is an internationally recognized leader in the study of cognitive science and of childrens learning and development and was one of the founders of the field of theory of mind, an originator of the theory theory of childrens development, and, more recently, introduced the idea that probabilistic... More >
Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall
Amna Salameh has a background in education, she serves on both the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) committee and the Office of Educational Equity (OEE) committee at the Elk Grove Unified School District. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Louisiana State University, and finished her Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Curriculum... More >
Lecture | March 19 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Dr. Thum Ping Tjin, Managing Director, New Naratif
This talk looks at the significance for Singapore's history of "Operation Coldstore" - the 1963 arrest and detention without trial of over 112 opposition politicians, trade unionists, and political activists on grounds of a communist conspiracy - including how it has shaped Singapore's governance, and why it matters to the ruling party today.
Lecture | March 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Colloquia
Around Arthur Szyk: Berkeley Scholars on Art and History: Visual Judaica: Jewish Icons and Collecting Patterns in the early 20th century
Lecture | March 19 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
The highly decorative works of Arthur Szyk contain key Jewish visual elements such as the Lion of Judah, the dove, and the seven spices mentioned in the bible as typical of the Land of Israel. These themes are repeated in Szyks oeuvre throughout his life and can be found in his early pieces ("Book of Esther," 1925) as well as in later ones ("Pathways Through the Bible," 1946). In this talk, we... More >
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Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States
Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland to the United States, will discuss topical international issues as seen from Finland, a Nordic country, a staunch member of the European Union and a close partner but not a member of NATO. The state of the transatlantic relations is fundamentally important for a small nation like Finland that depends on a rules-based international system. What are the Finns... More >
Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall
Brooke Norton, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies
Most notable for the numerous ancient amethyst mines, associated settlements, and rock inscriptions dating to the Middle Kingdom and Greco-Roman period, Wadi el-Hudi contains dozens of archaeological sites dating from the Paleolithic to the Islamic Period in the Eastern Desert south of Aswan. Recent work by the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition mapping, 3D modeling, and surveying has provided us with... More >
Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)
Lisa Pieraccini, History of Art, UC Berkeley
This presentation explores three different examples of Etruscan tomb biographies literally outside the box with new evidence of prestige items, new discoveries of Etruscan tomb groups, as well how the Etruscans were appropriated at the turn of the 20th century.
Townsend Center's Berkeley Book Chat with Mary Ann Smart: Waiting for Verdi: Opera and Political Opinion in Nineteenth-Century Italy, 1815-1848
Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
Smart explores how nineteenth-century Italian opera sparked political change by making the newly engaged spectator in the opera house into an actor on the political stage.
Lecture | March 20 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall
Dr. Neguin Yavari
If by any one thing, it is religious transformation that marks early modern history. Confessional and pietist movements, both European firsts, are prominent examples of such catalysts for change. In large parts of the Islamic world in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it was Sufi piety that carried the day. The historiographical record reveals strikingly new imaginaires and novel modes of... More >
Lecture | March 20 | 3:15 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West
Stress the experience of adverse life events and circumstances is one of the most robust contributors to psychological and other health problems. Crucially, however, the deleterious effects of stress are not observed in all people exposed to stress. Many people exhibit resilience: They maintain health and well-being even under conditions of chronically elevated stress. What psychological... More >
Lecture | March 20 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium
Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA
In her recent best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem. Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number... More >
Lecture | March 20 | 6-7 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
Sandeep Jauhar, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Dr. Sandeep Jauhar will talk about how his amazing path from experimental condensed-matter physics to med school to bestselling author started at Berkeley.
Jauhar is a cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. After graduating from Berkeley with a Ph.D. in physics, Jauhar went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He has... More >
Lecture | March 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall
WED, MAR 20, 6:30pm. Please join us for a talk with the Spring 2019 Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professors of Practice & founding principals of LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects in SF, the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award winner. Open to all!
Bancroft Library Roundtable: Sacred Time on the Frontier: Sabbath-keeping amongst Protestants and Jews in California, 1848-1920
Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Michel Sunhae Lee, PhD candidate in Religious Studies at University of Texas
How did the white Protestant tradition of Sunday-keeping take root in a religiously and racially diverse frontier societyif at all? This presentation explores the contestations between majority first day-keepers and minority voices during the mid-19th century, giving special attention to Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, and the religiously unaffiliated.
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.
Bancroft Library Roundtable: Sacred Time on the Frontier: Sabbath-keeping amongst Protestants and Jews in California,1848-1920
Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Lewis-Latimer Room
Michael Sunhae Lee
How did the white Protestant tradition of Sunday-keeping take root in a religiously and racially diverse frontier societyif at all? This presentation explores the contestations between majority first day-keepers and minority voices during the Gold Rush and early decades of statehood, giving special attention to Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, and the religiously unaffiliated. It draws from sources... More >
Lecture | March 21 | 3:15-4:30 p.m. | McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)
Composer/performer Pamela Z and composer/performer/interface designer Donald Swearingen will present together in a lecture/demonstration on the software and hardware tools they have developed for manipulating sound and image, and how they use them in their performance practice.
This Event is Free and Open to the Public
AHMA Colloquium - Making Capitals in the Iron Age Levant: New Remotely Sensed Monumental Buildings in Ancient Edom (Jordan)
Lecture | March 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library
Benjamin Porter, UC Berkeley
This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The series is co-sponsored by the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.
Lecture | March 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 44B Dwinelle Hall
Janelle Reinelt, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Warwick, UK
This talk attempts meet the challenge of our populist moment: to refresh and redefine the meaning of "the people" in order to animate a new collective political subject. Theatre and other forms of performing arts will play an important role: their embodied address, embracing varieties of expression from rational to affective, from language to movement, from sound and spectacle to quiet... More >
Lecture | March 21 | 4:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room
Tavia Nyong'o is Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Theater & Performance Studies at Yale University. His previous publications include The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (Minnesota, 2009; Errol Hill Award).
Lecture | March 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)
Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University
Lawrence Cohen, Professor in Anthropology and South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Townsend Center Working Group on Labor, Philosophy, and Change, Townsend Center for the Humanities Lecture Grant, Institute of International Studies, Department of Anthropology
A talk by Harvard Anthropologist, Ajantha Subramanian.
Lecture | March 21 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room (220)
A decade ago, Russia was a low priority for American foreign policy. Today, it's rare for the New York Times not to have at least one front page article on Russia or the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling" in US internal affairs. A decade ago, it was comparatively easy to identify trends in US-Russian relations (they were getting worse). Likewise, it was comparatively easy to forecast... More >
Lecture | March 21 | 5:45-7 p.m. | The Octopus Literary Salon
Dr. Javier Caravaca
What are neutrinos? How do they move through us without ever touching us? Join us to find out.
Lecture | March 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 160 Kroeber Hall | Note change in location
David E. Presti, UC Berkeley
For millennia, humans have cultivated deep relationships with psychoactive plants and fungi relationships embedded within and guided by ritual frameworks honoring the powers of these plants and fungi as allies. As cultures have evolved, so also have these plant-fungal-human interactions, often in ways that are highly interdependent. Join us for this opening talk of the Lounge Lecture series at... More >
Lecture | March 21 | 6-7 p.m. | 7 Evans Hall
Megan Grassell, Yellowberry
At age 17, how would you go about starting a business, much less turning it into a multi-million dollar company? The Forum invites Megan Grassell, CEO of the incredibly successful undergarment and clothing site Yellowberry, armed with the mission to "Take Girls Seriously" and create age-appropriate and empowering garments for young girls. In her talk, Megan will detail the trials and tribulations... More >
Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall
Beverly Crawford Ames, Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley
The ascendance of the far right has jolted both American and European politics, weakened the European Union, and undermined liberal democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. This ascendance - whose myriad causes continue to puzzle scholars--depends heavily upon the rights virulent opposition to immigration. Conflating refugees and asylum seekers with economic migrants, the extreme right fans the... More >
Academic English Language Acquisition and Cultural Awareness: Filmmaking with English Language Learners
Lecture | March 22 | 12-1 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall
Jia Li, John A. Sproul Research Fellow, Berkeley Language Center & Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
This talk reports on an action research project that engaged university English language learners (ELLs) in drama and filmmaking activities based on a Canadian novel. It aimed to enhance their learning of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and develop an in-depth understanding of Canadian culture.
Lecture | March 22 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)
Richard Eaton, Professor of History at the University of Arizona
Munis Faruqui, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies; Sarah Kailath Professor of India Studies; Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
A talk by historian of India and Islam, Richard Eaton, Professor of History at the University of Arizona