Lectures & Learning Opportunities

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Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; State of Siege

Saturday 8 p.m.  
Sunday 3 p.m.  
Sunday 3 p.m.  

The remarkable troupe of Paris’s Théâtre de la Ville returns to Berkeley after the smash success of its 2014 performance of Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. Again under the inspired direction of Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, the company visits with a new production based on Albert Camus’ fantastical yet frightening political allegory about the necessity of resistance in the face of authoritarianism. Demarcy-Mota describes State of Siege as “a distorted mirror of a nightmarish future in which a city is reduced to silence and submission to authority.”

Please note: State of Siege is performed in French with English supertitles. 

Tickets start at $48. Use promo code HOME2017 to save 10 percent on single ticket prices in sections 2–6 purchased after September 5. Order online at calperformances.org.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Performances
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Earthquake Warning: New Technology to Reduce This Critical Threat

Friday 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

Earthquakes pose a critical threat to people and infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay Area and in many other parts of the world. By combining advances in earthquake science with new communication capabilities, it is now possible to provide warning of coming earthquake shaking. Warnings of a few seconds to a few minutes can be used to take cover under a sturdy table, to slow and stop trains, and to isolate hazardous machinery and chemicals at work — and to thereby reduce damage and injuries. We will discuss how the seismic network in California is now generating warnings and the path to public alerts (ShakeAlert.org). We will also demonstrate a new technology that uses smartphones to detect earthquakes that could provide warning around the world (Myshake.berkeley.edu).

Speaker(s): 
Richard Allen
Professor and Chair, Earth and Planetary Science and Director, Seismology Lab

Richard Allen is an expert in earthquake alerting systems, developing methodologies to detect earthquakes and issue warnings prior to shaking and tsunamis. His group uses seismic and GPS sensing networks and is experimenting with the use of a global smartphone network called MyShake. Testing of the ShakeAlert warning system for the U.S. west coast is currently underway. Allen’s group also uses geophysical sensing networks to image the internal 3D structure of the Earth and constrain the driving forces responsible for earthquakes, volcanoes, and other deformation of the Earth’s surface. His research has been featured in Science, Nature, Scientific American, the New York Times, and dozens of other media outlets around the world. He has a B.A. from Cambridge, a Ph.D. from Princeton, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech.

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The Gulf States: Vive La Revolution or Vive La Counterrevolution?

Friday 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.  

The Gulf states seemed impermeable to the 2011 Arab uprisings but saw regional developments as both threat and opportunity. Bartu will discuss the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar in particular and their roles in an ongoing struggle for the heart and soul of a region. 

Speaker(s): 
Peter Bartu
Lecturer, International and Area Studies

Peter Bartu teaches political transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf states, and international organizations and global governance. In 2011 he was a member of the UN’s stand-by mediation team and worked in Benghazi and Tripoli during the Libyan revolution among other assignments in Djibouti, Iraq, and Malawi. In 2008–09 he led a team that produced a seminal 500-page report on the disputed internal boundaries between the Arabs and the Kurds in Iraq, including Kirkuk. From 2001–03 he was a political advisor to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, based in Jerusalem. Bartu has worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Australian Prime Minister’s Department and held other appointments with the UN in East Timor in 1999 and in Cambodia from 1991–93. He has a Ph.D. in history from Monash University.

Sponsored by: 
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
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Cutting Edge and Cutting Costs

Friday 2 p.m.3 p.m.  

New University Library initiatives explore emerging research technologies and new programs to cut textbook costs for Berkeley students. Find out what the newly renovated fourth and fifth floors of Moffitt have to offer and learn about the library’s role in digital literacy, makerspaces, student technology services, and open educational resources!

Speaker(s): 
Jean Ferguson
Learning and Research Communities Librarian

Jean Ferguson connects with students and programs at UC Berkeley to advise on new library spaces and services. Prior to joining Cal in 2015, she spent 10 years at the Duke University Libraries as head of research service, helping to create The Edge, a center for data, digital humanities, and digital scholarship. Ferguson has an M.S. in library science from the University of North Carolina, an M.S. in information science from Ball State University, and a B.A. from Augustana College.

Cody Hennesy
E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian

Cody Hennesy leads the UC Berkeley Library’s digital literacy initiative, wherein he focuses on the intersection of emerging technologies, scholarly research methods, and student learning. Prior to his five years at Cal, he worked as the systems and services librarian at California College of the Arts in Oakland. He has an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.

Rachael G. Samberg
Scholarly Communication Officer, UC Berkeley Library

Rachel Samberg is responsible for copyright and other IP and licensing rights education for Berkeley scholars, and advises about scholarly publishing options, open access publishing, and research impact. She is also a national presenter for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ workshop series “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.”  She has a B.S. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. 

Sponsored by: 
University Library
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Glass Along the Seas of the Silk Road

Friday 2 p.m.3 p.m.  

This lecture will highlight the results of underwater surveys of a 2,000-year-old shipwreck uncovered off the coast of the small fishing village of Godavaya, Sri Lanka. The ship’s cargo of glass ingots, among other objects, will be the starting point of a discussion on the movement of glass raw materials and finished objects along the intertwined maritime and overland trading networks commonly referred to as the Silk Road. In particular, the talk will focus on the implications of this evidence for archaeological analysis of early patterns of globalization. 

Speaker(s): 
Sanjyot Mehendale
Chair, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

Sanjyot Mehendale Ph.D. ’97 teaches on Central Asia in the department of Near Eastern Studies. An archaeologist specializing in cross-cultural connections of early Common Era Eurasia, her Ph.D. work focusing on the archaeology of Eurasian trading networks. Recent research and writing projects have been supported by various grants including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a publicly accessible database of the ivory and bone carvings uncovered at the early Common Era Kushan site at Bagram (Afghanistan). In 2007, Mehendale became a consultant to the National Geographic Society and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum to help structure the Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibition and contribute to the accompanying catalogue. Since 1996, she has conducted archaeological research in Sri Lanka, looking into first millennium CE maritime connections across the Indian Ocean.

Sponsored by: 
Tang Center for Silk Road Studies
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Origins of the Frontier and American Western Myth

Friday 2 p.m.3 p.m.  

The American frontier and the Old West have been indelible elements of American culture, history, and even politics. But how did the concept of “The Western” emerge and why has it endured? This presentation will take the audience on a journey to answer those questions, and to learn how the Western still impacts American society — all accompanied by images of America’s past and present.

Speaker(s): 
Nadesan Permaul
Adjunct Faculty, Political Science and Rhetoric

Nadesan Permaul received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at Berkeley in political science. He retired as an administrator at Berkeley after a 34-year-career. Permaul has taught in political science, rhetoric, and sociology over the course of 25 years with a focus on American culture, history, and politics. He is a past president of the Cal Alumni Association, having served from 2003–05.

Sponsored by: 
Class of 1972
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Berkeley Connect: The Magic of Mentoring

Friday 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.  

A large research university like UC Berkeley can be an amazing place to get an undergraduate education; it can also feel impersonal and overwhelming. Seven years ago, Berkeley set out to address this problem by establishing a pioneering mentoring program called Berkeley Connect, and the results have been astounding. Learn how this mentoring model is transforming the undergraduate experience by increasing the confidence and sense of belonging of thousands of students each semester.

Speaker(s): 
Maura Nolan
Associate Professor of English and Director, Berkeley Connect

Maura Nolan is the founding director of the Berkeley Connect mentoring program, began in 2010 as a pilot project in the English department and now serving students across the university. A scholar of late medieval English literature, Nolan is the author of John Lydgate and the Making of Public Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty in 2005, she taught at the University of Notre Dame.

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Free Speech: Status and Solutions

Friday 3:30 p.m.5 p.m.  

The Class of 1967 Symposium will examine the past and future of the Free Speech Movement on campus. Explore what has happened in the 50 years since the birth of the movement from alumni who were on campus at the time and from faculty experts.

Sponsored by: 
Class of 1967
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The Next Generation of 3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing

Friday 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.  

This presentation will introduce simulation technologies being developed for new additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing — technology still in its infancy, yet potentially crucial to the goals of several industrialized countries. Within the last decade, the economic importance of advanced manufacturing has come to the forefront, with the objective of developing superior products — such as surface structures and coatings — that can be made at lower overall cost. This session will demonstrate the advanced modeling and computation required to make such futuristic manufacturing a reality.

Speaker(s): 
Tarek Zohdi
Chancellor's Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Will C. Hall Endowed Chair, Computational and Data Science and Engineering Program Chair

Tarek I. Zohdi received his Ph.D. in 1997 in computational and applied mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and his habilitation in general mechanics from the Gottfried Leibniz University of Hannover in 2002. His main research interests are in computational approaches for advanced manufacturing and material design. He has published over 140 archival refereed journal papers and five books. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Zienkiewicz Prize and Medal in 2000, awarded once every two years to one post-graduate researcher under the age of 35 for research which contributes most to the field of numerical methods in engineering; and the 2003 Junior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Mechanics. He was elected president of the of the United Stated Association for Computational Mechanics in 2012, and served from 2012 to 2014. 

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There Goes the Neighborhood: The Challenge of American Immigration

Friday 3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.  

This conversation will take on the state of American immigrant integration in the 21st century: beyond fiery debates online, in the media, and on the political stage over immigration, ordinary people in communities across the United States confront this integration daily. Some deal with incorporating newcomers into their communities; others are adjusting to life in a new country. What works and where are the challenges we must confront? Research shows significant progress in integration over time and across generations, whether we examine income, education, or English language ability. We also find some problems: immigrants are healthier than those born in the United States and are less likely to commit crimes, but these benefits disappear with their US-born children. As we grapple with the reality of immigration and the changing nature of American identity, how can we build on the best of American values and immigrants’ promise? 

Speaker(s): 
Irene Bloemraad
Professor of Sociology, Co-founder of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative

Irene Bloemraad’s research examines how immigrants become incorporated into the political and civic life of their adopted countries and the consequences of their presence for politics and understandings of citizenship. Her workhas been published in journals spanning sociology, political science, history, and ethnic/migration studies. She is the author or co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, Rallying for Immigrant Rights, Civic Hopes and Political Realities, and Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada. In 2014 and 2015, Bloemraad served as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences committee reporting on the integration of immigrants into U.S. society.  She believes that excellence in research and teaching go hand-in-hand and is the proud recipient of multiple Cal teaching and mentorship awards.

Ali Noorani
Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum

Ali Noorani ’96 leads  the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization promoting the value of immigrants and immigration. Growing up in California as the son of Pakistani immigrants, he quickly learned how to forge alliances among people of wide-ranging backgrounds, a skill that has served him well as one of the nation’s most innovative coalition builders. Noorani is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds an M.P.H. from Boston University and is a B.A. from Cal. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is the author of There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration.

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Cal Parents 101: Weathering the Transition

Saturday 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.  

Dropping your children off at Berkeley can be an emotional moment that signals the start of their transition into adulthood. In this mid-semester check-in, staff from four different departments will describe the academic, health, and other resources available to you and your student as well as answer your questions. Don’t miss this dynamic conversation dedicated to helping you feel at ease and empowering your student to make the most of Berkeley.

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Students or Athletes: Can You Be Both on the Berkeley Campus?

Saturday 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.  

Come hear a Cal alumnus and Berkeley-Haas lecturer’s view on the student-athlete role on the Berkeley campus. In addition to teaching finance classes, Stephen Etter has been working with Cal student-athletes for more than 20 years. His focus has been on athletes majoring in business and others planning a career in the business world after graduation. He teaches a unique, nationally-recognized course preparing student-athletes for life after Berkeley as professionals in the sports world. Prior students include Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jared Goff, Davis Webb, Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb, Missy Franklin, and Ryan Murphy. 

Speaker(s): 
Stephen Etter
Finance Lecturer, Haas School of Business

Stephen Etter ’83, M.B.A. ’89 is one of the founding partners of Greyrock Capital Group, which manages over $700 million in four funds; the Greyrock partners have a collective 140 years of relevant experience and have invested in over 100 companies in a wide range of industries. Prior to founding Greyrock with his partners, Etter held positions at Bank of America, GE Capital, and Citicorp. From 1983 to 1987 he worked for Price Waterhouse, during which time he obtained his C.P.A. Etter has been a lecturer on corporate finance for the Haas School of Business for the past 22 years — 44 consecutive semesters. Etter has been awarded the Cheit Distinguished Teaching Award twice. He currently serves on the Audit Committee for the University of California at Berkeley Foundation and is in his 20th year serving as a director of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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Using the Sun’s Power to Pull Water From the Desert

Saturday 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.  

More than two-thirds of the world’s population lives in water-stressed regions. We recently demonstrated that water in the atmosphere can be harvested to deliver fresh water using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) — a class of materials we discovered 20 years ago. Learn about the technology currently being further developed at UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry and the Berkeley Global Science Institute.

Speaker(s): 
Omar Yaghi
James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry

Originally from Jordan, Omar Yaghi received his B.S. from State University of New York-Albany and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He was an National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and has been on the faculties of Arizona State University, University of Michigan, and UCLA. He is the founding director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute; and the co-director of the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute and California Research Alliance by BASF.  

The recipient of many scientific awards, he is widely known for inventing several classes of new materials termed metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent organic frameworks, and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks. These materials have the highest surface areas known to date, making them useful in clean energy storage and generation, separation of hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide, and in clean water production and delivery. He is among the top five most highly cited chemists worldwide, having published over 200 articles that have received, on average, more than 300 citations per paper.

Sponsored by: 
College of Chemistry
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Cal Parents 201: Seeing the Future

Saturday 12 p.m.1 p.m.  

“Is my student ready to graduate?” “Is my student prepared for the real world?” If you’ve had these thoughts or others like them, we have the answers for you. Dynamic faculty and staff members will provide insights for parents of third- and fourth-year students about the second half of their education.

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Winners and Losers 2017

Saturday 12 p.m.1 p.m.  

In the race for digital dominance, a gang of four have emerged: Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple. As they continue to grab shares of the retail and media industries, who will fall victim at the hands of the gang? What is their impact on broader business and society as a whole? Galloway will outline his predictions in a 90-miles-an-hour volley of data and insights.

Speaker(s): 
Scott Galloway

Scott Galloway is a professor of marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing to second-year M.B.A. students and is the author of the Digital IQ Index, a global ranking of prestige brands’ digital competence. In 2012, Galloway was named “One of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants. He is also the founder of several firms including: L2,a subscription business intelligence firm serving prestige brands; RedEnvelope, an e-commerce firm; and Prophet, a global brand strategy consultancy featuring more than 250 professionals. Galloway was elected to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders of Tomorrow,” which recognizes 100 individuals under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments have had impact on a global level.” He has served on the board of directors of Eddie Bauer,The New York Times Company, Gateway Computer, and Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He received a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business.

Sponsored by: 
Haas School of Business
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