<< Week of February 16 >>

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice: Black Public Art

Lecture | February 18 | 12-1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Rodney Leon

 Arts + Design

*This event is on a Tuesday, and will be ticketed.*

Rodney Leon, Founder and Principal, Rodney Leon Architects PLLC

Join us for a talk by architect Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent and the founder of Rodney Leon Architects. Mr. Leon is the designer of "The Ark of Return", the permanent United Nations memorial dedicated to victims of slavery...   More >

Rodney Leon

Notes of the Unsuccessful Writer in Progress: Dostoevsky and Shvarts Revise their City

Lecture | February 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Polina Barskova, Associate Professor of Russian Literature, Hampshire College

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

The fourth lecture in the Spring 2020 Slavic Graduate Colloquium Series.

A Celebration of Doreen G. Fernandez’s "Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture”

Lecture | February 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 554 Barrows Hall

 Aileen Suzara, Chef/Educator, Sariwa Kitchen; Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

This book talk celebrates the reprinting of Doreen G. Fernandez’s Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture and will feature reflections on the book's impact by chef Aileen Suzara, who authored a new foreword for the reprinting, and by Prof. Catherine Ceniza Choy, who wrote the preface. First published in 1994, Tikim is a groundbreaking work that introduces readers to Filipino foodways.

Supreet Kaur | The Malleability of Cognitive Capacity: A Novel Approach to Education in Schools

Lecture | February 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Sanchita Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies; Executive Director, Institute for South Asia Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

A talk by Prof. Supreet Kaur, development economist at UC Berkeley.

Revisiting the Economics of German Overseas Imperialism, 1884-1918

Lecture | February 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Steven Press, Stanford University

 Institute of European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington, Center for German and European Studies

In the early 1900s, Germans discovered the richest diamond fields in history in the Protectorate of German Southwest Africa. Namibian diamonds quickly proved more than baubles. These tiny stones made an overlooked impact on the German colonial economy and even on German domestic politics. In addition, Namibian diamonds intersected with what has become a major topic of study: Germany’s genocidal...   More >

Steven Press

AIA Lecture - Spartan Taste: Through the Lens of Excavations at Geraki, Perioikic Geronthrai

Lecture | February 18 | 7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall | Note change in date

 Elizabeth Langridge-Noti, UC Davis

 AIA San Francisco Society

Lacedaimonian conservatism has been a recurring trope in scholarship, but current scholarship has begun to demonstrate how many of our assumptions about ancient Lacedaimon are later constructions. When examining material culture, this conservatism meant assumptions of local focus and production. The ancient acropolis at Geraki, as one of the few historical period settlements (as opposed to...   More >

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar

Lecture | January 22 – May 6, 2020 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UAM@Berkeley, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Find out more on the BIDS website: https://bids.berkeley.edu/events.

Zelia Nuttall, The Drake Plate of Brass, and the Hunt for Drake's Fair Bay

Lecture | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility) | Note change in date

 Melissa Darby, Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Portland State University

 Archaeological Research Facility

The theory that Francis Drake and the crew of the Golden Hind landed in California was not always universally accepted. In the early twentieth century new clues to Drake’s movements in the Pacific came to light with the findings of anthropologist Zelia Nuttall, one of the founders of the anthropology department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research in Mexican and European...   More >

How Has the Ukraine Crisis Affected EU Foreign Policy and the EU-US Relationship?

Lecture | February 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Marianne Riddervold, Innlandet School of Business and Social Sciences

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

Marianne Riddervold's lecture discusses the EU’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the impact of increased Russian aggression on the EU’s foreign policy more broadly. Functioning as a 'critical juncture', the Ukraine crisis not only sparked sanctions on Russia - it also helped form common EU policies in areas that are not directly related to the Ukraine situation as such,...   More >

Marianne Riddervold

Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Rosie Lee Tompkins

Lecture | February 19 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective with exhibition cocurator Elaine Yau, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at BAMFPA. Yau will discuss how Tompkins’s textile art evolved both within and outside of quilting traditions, sharing new information about the artist’s life and introducing never-before-exhibited artworks along with Tompkins’s signature quilt tops.

Yau, who received her PhD...   More >

Remainders of Communism: China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba in a Post-Communist World

Lecture | February 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight & Salvage

 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

 George Breslauer, Professor of Political Science, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus, UC Berkeley

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Professor Emeritus George Breslauer explores four surviving, yet distinctly different, communist regimes — China, Vietnam, North Korea and China — and discusses their future prospects and the implications for US foreign policy.

 FREE to OLLI @Berkeley members, UC faculty, staff and students. $10/general admission. No RSVP required. All welcome!

Lecture: Prof Alon Chen | Stress-induced psychiatric disorders: A symphony of molecular and cellular mechanisms

Lecture | February 19 | 2-3 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium (Rm 300)

 Prof Alon Chen, President, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

 Division of Biological Sciences, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

<a href=https://ls.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/alon_chen_short_bio_berkeley.pdf>Prof Alon Chen</a>, (President of The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) will present a special lecture on the neurobiology of stress. Part of the UC Berkeley-Israel STEM Speaker Series

Faculty Research Lecture: Attention Deficits, Impulsivity, and Self-Harm: A Multi-level, Developmental Psychopathology Perspective

Lecture | February 19 | 3 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West

 Stephen Hinshaw, Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of Psychology

 Department of Psychology

From the core behavioral dimensions of attention and impulse control, to the clinical manifestations of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders, both voluminous science and major societal controversy exist. I review my lab's longstanding program of research on core cognitive mechanisms, risk and etiologic factors, the roles of parenting and peer relations in the unfolding of symptoms and...   More >

Jill Lepore, Una's Lecture: The End of Knowledge: From Facts to Data

Lecture | February 19 | 5 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at the New Yorker.

Syria’s Fraught Balance: Movement, Politics, and Dabke Performance: With Shayna Silverstein, followed by a conversation with Deena Chalabi

Lecture | February 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Shayna Silverstein

 Arts Research Center

Syria’s Fraught Balance: Movement, Politics, and Dabke Performance
With Shayna Silverstein, followed by a conversation with Deena Chalabi
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 5:00-7:00pm
Dwinelle Annex, Room 126, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center, the Music Department, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Department

 Event held in Dwinelle Annex on the UC Berkeley campus. Seating first-come, first served until capacity is reached.

Shayna Silverstein

Changing Climates: Lessons From Community Organizing in PR

Lecture | February 19 | 6-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Oscar Lopez Rivera, Foundation OLR-Libertá

 Boricuas in Berkeley

  RSVP online or by calling Betsabe Castro at 787-586-9778, or by emailing Betsabe Castro at boricuasinberkeley@gmail.com by February 18.

Changing Climates: Lessons Learned from Community Organizing in Puerto Rico

Lecture | February 19 | 6 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Center for Latin American Studies

After almost 36 years as a political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera’s sentence was commuted by President Obama in 2017. Since his release, he founded the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, Libertá, through which he has been leading efforts to strengthen grassroots community organizing, demanding the auditing and cancelation of the island's debt, and advocating for independence. In this talk, López...   More >


Lecture | February 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

WED, FEB 19, 6:30pm. Join us for a talk and book signing with co-founding Partner of nARCHITECTS and Adjunct Associate Professor at at the GSAPP/Columbia University. Open to all!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Bancroft Library Roundtable: Brown, Behind the Scenes: Contending with Governor Jerry Brown and his Oral History

Lecture | February 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis Latimer Room

 Martin Meeker, Director, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library

 Todd Holmes, Historian, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library

 Bancroft Library

Jerry Brown wrapped up a lifetime of public service in January 2019, having served four terms as California governor. In this presentation, OHC historians Martin Meeker and Todd Holmes provide behind-the-scenes story of a remarkable interview with a singular Californian and offer an initial perspective on our understanding of California and its political culture.

 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.

The Future of Demographobia, Latinxs, and the Realist-Speculative Convergence

Lecture | February 20 | 4-6 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way

 Department of English, Latinx Research Center

In this talk, Román analyzes the current American wave of “demographobia,” a term that Sami Alim defines as “the irrational fear of changing demographics.” To further explain this concept, Román offers close readings of three speculative dystopian cultural texts, America Libre, Ink, and Elysium, that envision what would happen if demographobia toward Latinxs and other people of color continues to...   More >

Jill Lepore in Conversation with Cathryn Carson: The second of two events with Jill Lepore

Lecture | February 20 | 5 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Jill Lepore, the 2019-20 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, is joined in conversation by UC Berkeley history professor Cathryn Carson.

Does cultural interaction foment cultural change?: A case study from the proto-Silk Road in northwestern China

Lecture | February 20 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Womack, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

More than 2000 years before the development of the historical Silk Road, people living in what is now northwestern China were participating in long-distance exchange networks that brought them new goods and technologies from both the Central Asian steppe and eastern China. These included domesticates such as wheat, barley, sheep, and cattle, as well as bronze working, jade carving, and pyromantic...   More >

From New Spain to the Dutch East Indies: The Global Histories of Indian Cotton

Lecture | February 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Sugata Ray, History of Art Department, UC Berkeley

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative

About this Event
The Lounge Lecture series, hosted alongside the current exhibit Cloth That Stretches: Weaving Community Across Time and Space, provides an opportunity to explore topics related to cloth and textiles with leading experts. This February, join Sugata Ray on a journey exploring the complex histories of cotton.

Colonial Mexican casta paintings depicting Indian printed...   More >

Miguel Cabrera, De español y negra, mulata, 1763, oil on canvas.

Gallery Talk with Becky Jaffe

Lecture | February 20 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Each plant has a story to tell. Each plant is not just a bundle of striving molecules like us, but a set of ideas-made-flesh, a library in bloom. In the exhibit The Book of Life: A Photographic Bibliography, Artist-in-Residence Becky Jaffe pairs her photographs of the UC Botanical Garden with books on ecology, evolutionary biology, and ethnobotany in a visual ode to Nature’s spellbinding...   More >

$15, $10 Garden members

  Buy tickets online

'Bookish' by Becky Jaffe

The Legacy of School Integration and Educational Outcomes

Lecture | February 20 | 7-9 p.m. |  JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

 1414 Walnut St, Berkeley, CA 94709

 Rucker Johnson, GSPP; Natalie Orenstein, Berkeleyside

 Goldman School of Public Policy

It has been more than 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education pushed schools to integrate, and we are only now beginning to understand the legislature’s full ramifications. The resulting integration affected children’s lives in areas as broad as health, income, and educational attainment. Join GSPP professor Rucker Johnson (Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works)...   More >

Friday, February 21, 2020

Gallery Talks: Lands of Promise and Peril

Lecture | February 21 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The student curators of Lands of Promise and Peril present gallery talks mapping the exhibition’s themes and revealing their curatorial process and perspectives.

The curators are Noor Ali, Lillias Arvanites, Aidan Barry-Owen, Joseph Chang, Kate Gabon, Jocelyn Gama, Joss Harrison, Shuge Luo, Luz Mendez, Paul O’Neill, Mohini Rye, and Aylin Figueroa Uribe, students in the UC Berkeley course...   More >

Deirdre Cooper Owens: Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology

Lecture | February 21 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Deirdre Cooper Owens

 Othering & Belonging Institute

Deirdre Cooper Owens is The Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program. She is also an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. A popular public speaker, she has published essays, book chapters, and blog pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. Her first book, Medical...   More >

Transportation and Climate Change: The Challenge of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Driving

Lecture | February 21 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Ethan Elkind, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Transportation Studies

UC Berkeley/UCLA Center for Law, Energy & the Environment Climate Program Director Ethan Elkind will present Transportation and Climate Change: The Challenge of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Driving at the ITS Berkeley Transportation Seminar Feb. 21, 2020 at 4 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining.

Life, Music, and Autism

Lecture | February 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1203 Berkeley Way West

 Michael B. Bakan, Florida State University

 Graduate School of Education

From the advent of autism as a diagnosed condition in the 1940s until the present, the musical talents and affinities of autistic people have been widely recognized. Yet for all of the scholarly attention paid to the autism-music nexus, autistic musicians themselves have rarely been asked to account for how they make and experience music, or for why it matters to them that they do. It is to this...   More >

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tagore in our Times: Celebrating the Tagore Program on Literature, Culture and Philosophy

Lecture | February 22 | 3-6:30 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago

 Kamalini Mukherji, Rabindra Sangeet Artist; Nandita Yasmin, Rabindra Sangeet Artist

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Tagore Program on Literature, Culture and Philosophy at UC Berkeley, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative

The launch of the Tagore Program on Literature, Philosophy and Culture at UC Berkeley