<< Week of February 23 >>

Sunday, February 23, 2020

How to Start a College Admissions Advising Business

Lecture | February 23 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), 2nd Floor

 Margaret Rothe

 UC Berkeley Extension

Participants in our College Admissions Counseling program often find themselves wondering how they will turn what they've learned into a thriving independent consulting business. If you find yourself intimidated by the start-up process and which aspects to take into consideration, join us for a workshop dedicated to this important topic. Learn with humor and plenty of practical applications from...   More >


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Gallery Talks: Lands of Promise and Peril

Lecture | February 23 | 3 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 >

Monday, February 24, 2020

Khiara Bridges - Imagining an Ethnography of Pregnant Class-Privileged Women of Color

Lecture | February 24 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Philip Selznick Seminar Room, Philip Selznick Seminar Room

 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720

 Khiara Bridges, UC Berkeley School of Law

 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, Center for the Study of Law & Society Speaker Series

In this talk, Bridges will draw from her previous work with poor, pregnant women of color to discuss how class and race interact with -- and alter -- one another in the lives of wealthier, pregnant women of color in the United States.

Design Field Notes: Toshi Anders Hoo

Lecture | February 24 | 1-2 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Toshi Anders Hoo, The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

This spring, join The Jacobs Institute for our continued Design Field Notes series, held on Mondays from 1-2pm at 220 Jacobs Hall. This event is free and welcome to all students and the public.

Lust of the Eyes: Dostoevsky and the Feuilleton

Lecture | February 24 | 4-6 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Denis Zhernokleyev, Senior Lecturer of Russian, Vanderbilt University

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

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

Repairing Innovation: The Labor of Integrating New Technologies

Lecture | February 24 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 210 South Hall

 Madeleine Clare Elish

 Information, School of

Madeleine Clare Elish uncovers the hidden labor behind automated aviation, driverless cars, small scale agriculture, grocery retail, and emergency healthcare.

MUSA Math Monday with Professor Sug Woo Shin: An Introduction to the Langlands Program

Lecture | February 24 | 5-6 p.m. | 1015 Evans Hall

 Mathematics Undergraduate Student Association

Abstract: This is a gentle introduction to the Langlands program based on the developments of reciprocity law. Some attention will be drawn to the birth of the Langlands program in a letter of Langlands to Weil in 1967. Time permitting a snapshot of some current developments may be given.

In Search of My Robot: Emergent Media, Racialized Gender, and Creativity

Lecture | February 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Margaret Rhee

 Arts + Design, Center for New Media, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature

Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media; cosponsored by the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Comparative Literature.

Margaret Rhee, Poet, Scholar, New Media Artist

Robots, like any technology, are not “objective” or “universal”; instead, machines reveal the process of social formation. This talk by poet, scholar, and new media artist Margaret Rhee demonstrates how forms of...   More >


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Iván Velásquez Gómez: Challenging Corruption and Impunity in Guatemala

Lecture | February 25 | 12:30 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

Iván Velásquez Gómez is a Colombian jurist and diplomat currently heading – at the rank of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations – the International Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) in Guatemala. Having been hugely successful in the fight against corruption, CICIG was threatened with termination by Guatemala’s then-President Morales – but defended by Guatemala’s Constitutional...   More >

James Crabtree | The Billionaire Raj: Corruption, Division and Inequality in Narendra Modi's India

Lecture | February 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 James Crabtree, Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

 Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

A talk by author James Crabtree on his book, The Billionaire Raj: The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age, a colorful and revealing portrait of the rise of India’s new billionaire class in a radically unequal society.

Isabel Allende: A Long Petal of the Sea: In conversation with Adam Hochschild

Lecture | February 25 | 5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Center for Latin American Studies

In the late 1930s, Spain’s civil war impelled thousands of refugees to flee their homes seeking a safer life. Isabel Allende’s latest book, A Long Petal of the Sea, follows a pregnant young widow who finds her life intertwined with an army doctor who is the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Isabel Allende will speak in...   More >

The Anti-Catholic Origins of Anti-Communism

Lecture | February 25 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Udi Greenberg, Associate Professor of European History, Dartmouth College, and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The Christian campaign against secular Communism was a defining phenomenon in Europe’s modern history. Over the last few years, scholars have begun to uncover its many roots—especially in anti-Semitism—and to chart the vast intellectual production and political mobilization it inspired. This talk will add to this burgeoning work by exploring the role of Protestant anti-Catholic polemics in...   More >

Ottoman Armenian Feminist Writers on Antimilitarism and People's Right to Self-Defense

Lecture | February 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Melissa Bilal, Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA

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

Armenian feminist thought at the turn of the twentieth century developed in dialogue with many contemporary social movements including socialism, abolutionism, and antimilitarism. Accordingly, it made essential contributions to the global beginnings of gender justice activism. One of the most important and definitive components of Ottoman Armenian women's liberation struggle was its engagement...   More >

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Aviation Operations: NASA Case Studies

Lecture | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Banavar Sridhar, University Space Research Association (USRA) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: There is an increasing interest in applying methods based on Machine Learning Techniques (MLT) to problems in aviation operations. The current interest is based on developments in Cloud Computing, the availability of open software and the success of MLT in automation, consumer behavior and finance involving large database. Historically aviation operations have been analyzed using...   More >

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.

Et tu: Truth-telling Between Women

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jennifer Doyle, Professor, Department of English, UC Riverside

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

In this talk, centered on truth-telling between women in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, I take up alethurgy's shadows — those zones marked by the systems which reproduce power and authority as hidden, inexpressible and forgotten.

Ancient Hunter-Gatherer Sea-Faring Explorers of Cyprus: Traversing Land and Sea during the Epipalaeolithic

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa Maher, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus was once thought to be peripheral to regional cultural developments during prehistory. It is now at the forefront of research on Late Epipalaeolithic hunter-gatherer and Early Neolithic movements and colonization, as well as their associated technological innovations and impacts on shaping newly settled landscapes.

Townsend Center Book Chat with Beth Piatote: The Beadworkers: Stories

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Beth Piatote’s debut short story collection is a reflection on modern Native American life.

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Investigation in Progress: Centennial Bridge

Lecture | February 26 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall

 Wayne Magnusen, A3GEO

 UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society

Centennial Drive passes over Lawrence Road at a skew angle on a bridge flanked by two massive approach fills. Centennial Bridge began to exhibit signs of significant distress shortly after it was built (c. 1963) prompting a series of remedial measures intended to save the bridge and prevent collapse. During the winter of 1982-1983, one of the heaviest rainfall seasons on record, the eastern...   More >

The Radical Inductiveness of Machine Learning

Lecture | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Laura K. Nelson, Northeastern University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

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Shining Path and the Emergence of the Human Rights Community in Peru, 1980-2003

Lecture | February 26 | 4 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

The brutal guerrilla war initiated by the Shining Path and the Peruvian government's fierce response led to illegal mass detentions, disappearances, and massacres. Human rights groups emerged quickly to investigate, publicize, and adjudicate. This presentation examines the challenges they faced, both in the difficulty of tracking events in rural areas of the Andean highlands and the necessity of...   More >

CEE Leadership Seminar Series - Leadership in Civil/Structural Engineering Careers

Lecture | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Jim Malley, Degenkolb Engineers

 Computers & Structures, Inc.

Where can your CEE take you? Hear from alumnus Jim Malley as he reflects on pivotal moments in his career and best practices for new graduates!

Careers in Civil/Structural Engineering offer many opportunities for leadership roles. They can range from very individual/personal leadership in the form of mentoring of younger engineers, to company-wide roles such as Project Manager, Principal,...   More >

 Priority will be given to CEE MS students, but all are welcome based on space availability.

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Jim Malley, Senior Principal and Group Director at Degenkolb Engineers

The Global Trump: Structural US Populism and Economic Conflicts with Europe and Asia

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Welfens, University of Wuppertal

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election was largely based on the rise of economic inequality in the United States and his populist message: This populism is likely to become a structural long run problem for the US. In 2018, Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors published a study in which the US was shown to have an economic lead vis-à-vis European countries of about 20%, but the...   More >

The Ancient Middle East in Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture: The Creation of Moral Geographies through World’s Fairs, Operas, Design, and Mummy Stories

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Kevin McGeough, University of Lethbridge

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Archaeological Research Facility, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The emergence of European and North American archaeological explorations of the Middle East was coincident with an explosion of new Victorian media forms. The ancient Middle East was represented in many of these media forms - in periodicals, novels, panoramas, theatres, expositions, and even the rituals of secret societies. Thinking about the Middle East inspired authors like H. Rider Haggard and...   More >

Professor Hazel Carby, African American Studies at Yale University

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Hazel Carby, Professor, African American Studies, Yale University

 Media Studies Program

The Media Studies Program presents:

The lecture is drawn from a section of Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands, a history of the British Empire told through one woman’s search through her family’s story. The book is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands charting the imperial interweaving of capital and bodies, public language...   More >

LAEP Lecture Series: Thomas Rainer

Lecture | February 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Wed, Feb 26, 6:30pm - Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Washington, D.C. Thomas is a leading voice in ecological landscape design and has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mem

Psychoanalysis and the Invention of “Racism” - A talk with Christopher Chamberlin and Fernando Cadtrillon

Lecture | February 26 | 7-9 p.m. |  California Institute of Integral Studies (Lobby)

 Community Mental Health, Foundation of California Psychoanalysis

This talk explores how denunciations of the madness of racism shaped an understanding of white supremacy and the “afterlife of slavery,” and critiques how Freudian social theorists in the interwar United States later attempted to consolidate racism into a scientific object of investigation.

Christopher Chamberlin is the President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
in English at UC Berkeley. He received...   More >

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Abortion Policy in 2020: What Public Health Professionals Need to Know

Lecture | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. |  webinar

 Public Health, School of

What is the current state of abortion policy in the United States? What policies are likely to come to a vote in the 2020 election? What can we be doing as public health professionals to affect policy change? These and other questions will be answered by Dr. Sarah Roberts.

Sarah Roberts DrPH '09 is a public health social scientist at ANSIRH. Her research interests include gender equality and...   More >

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BlaBlaCar: On the road... With a purpose

Lecture | February 27 | 1-2 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Frédéric Mazzella, BlaBlaCar

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Frédéric Mazzella, Founder & Chairman, BlaBlaCar, a European rideshare platform, will present BlaBlaCar: On the road... With a purpose at the ITS Transportation Seminar Thursday, Feb 27, from 1-2 p.m. in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.   More >

'It hurts us that our people must work for global capital': The Symbolic Politics of Out-Migration in Socialist Yugoslavia

Lecture | February 27 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Ulf Brunnbauer, Academic director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Chair of History of Southeast and Eastern Europe, University of Regensburg

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Institute of European Studies, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Labour migration was a hallmark of the openness of socialist Yugoslavia towards the West. By the early 1970s, more than one million Yugoslav citizens lived abroad, two thirds of them in the FR Germany. This talk argues that the "Gastarbeiter" migration turned into a major ideological and policy problem for the communist regime because the Gastarbeiter embodied structural shortcomings of the...   More >

A Fanonian Black Aesthetic?

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 David Marriott, Liberal Arts Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

 The Program in Critical Theory

David Marriott’s Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being (Stanford, 2018) is a book about colonialism, blackness, and psychopolitical claims. In this lecture he will expand on his understanding of the clinical process and the political process, as two special kinds of what Fanon calls “crystallization.” By thinking through the relation between art and decolonial culture with...   More >

Carla Petievich | Educating Girls in Rural Pakistan

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Carla Petievich, Visiting Professor of History, Urdu and Women's Studies, South Asia Center, University of Texas at Austin

 Gregory Maxwell Bruce, Lecturer in Urdu, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, The Berkeley Pakistan Initiative, Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights

Talk by Carla Petievich, retired professor of History, Urdu and Women's Studies now affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin.

Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture with Horace Ballard: In conversation with Justin Underhill

Lecture | February 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 308A, Visual Resource Center

 Horace Ballard, https://gradart.williams.edu/faculty-and-staff/

 Arts Research Center

Contingent Intimacies: Queer Criticalities + Photographic Portraiture
With Horace Ballard
In conversation with Justin Underhill
Thursday, February 27 | 5:00-7:00pm
Visual Resource Center, Room 308A | Doe Library, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Arts Research Center, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Berkeley Center for New Media

A photograph is many things. It is a...   More >

 This event will be held in the Visual Resource Center, Room 308A in Doe Library, on the UC Berkeley campus. Seating is first-come first-served until capacity is reached. This event is free and open to the public.

Horace Ballard

Leaves on the Forest Floor: Towards a Method of Mapping the Evolution of Tibetan Ritual Complexes

Lecture | February 27 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315 (Maude Fife Room)

 Charles Ramble, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University)

 Center for Buddhist Studies

Divinities and demons and the rituals associated with them often change in character over the course of time. The change may take the form of a simple bifurcation, resulting in, say, two different divinities with an identifiable point of departure, or else it may entail the accretion of different iconographies and other characteristics into an uneasy association around a single name. The forms in...   More >

Who Makes Our Clothes? The Invisibility of Labor in the Global Garment Industry

Lecture | February 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena, Institute for South Asia Studies

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Institute for South Asia Studies, The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

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 Dr. Sanchita Saxena for an in depth discussion of the harsh realities of the global textile industry.

Using the Rana Plaza tragedy...   More >

Meat-less meat The quest for healthier and sustainable foods?: CLEAR PubScience

Lecture | February 27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Tamarack

 1501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612


Lecture organized by the CLEAR student group, open to the general

British Investigative Reporter/Esther Wojcicki Lecturer Carole Cadwalladr in conversation with Prof. Mark Danner

Lecture | February 27 | 7-8 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Graduate School of Journalism, Taube Philanthropies

Carole Cadwalladr is the investigative journalist who in 2018 showed the world how tech companies, including Facebook, deceived the public by allowing the spread of misinformation while failing to protect consumer privacy, leading to Cambridge Analytica’s theft of 50 million people’s private information, used to bolster Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign. It was impact journalism at...   More >

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David Pogue

Lecture | February 27 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

The New York Times columnist, CBS Sunday Morning tech correspondent, and prolific “how-to” author leads a journey through the pleasures and pitfalls of our technological world—from subjects as serious as smartphone-driven medicine to topics as fun and frivolous as e-mail etiquette.

$28–$58 (prices subject to change)

  Tickets go on sale August 6. Buy tickets online or by calling 5106429988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

David Pogue appears in Cal Performances' Speaker Series on February 27, 2020 in Zellerbach Hall.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Meaning of Action: Linking Goals, Tactics, and Strategies in the Environmental Movement

Lecture | February 28 | 12:45-2 p.m. | Law Building, Selznick Seminar Room, CSLS

 Laura K. Nelson, Northeastern University

 Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS), Berkeley Law

Full details available on the BIDS website:

Dynamic Pricing for Toll Lanes

Lecture | February 28 | 4-5 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Robert Phillips, Amazon

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Global Head of Machine Learning & Science at Amazon Web Services Robert Phillips will present Dynamic Pricing for Toll Lanes on Feb. 28 2020 at 4 p.m. at the ITS Transportation Seminar in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Political Theological Reflections on Althusser's Theory of Interpellation: Subjection,Individuation, Reproduction

Lecture | February 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221 (Gifford Room)

 Alex Dubilet, Vanderbilt University

 Secularism and its Subjects Townsend Working Group

Louis Althusser’s canonical account of the interpellation or hail of the subject occurs, as is
well-known, amidst a discussion of ISAs, but its broader context resides in the problematic of
reproduction. The interpellated subject becomes a central element in the answer to the question of how
reproduction (of capitalism and ideology, but also of the enclosure that may be named the world)...   More >