2015-16 Regents' Lecture Series


Isaac Julien

"Undressing Icons"
April 13, 2016, 5 pm, Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall
Hosted by The Black Room

Filmmaker and artist Isaac Julien, one of the most prominent British artists of his generation, is the director of eleven films including Looking for Langston, Frantz Fanon Black Skin White Masks, and Young Soul Rebels. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and is held in collections at the Tate Modern, MOMA, Centre Pompidou, and the Guggenheim, amongst many other museums. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is currently a faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Arts and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany. 

Additional events:

I. Looking for Langston, The Attendant, The Long Road to Mazatlán
Wednesday April 20, 7pm
Conversation with Julien to follow
II. Kapital, Playtime
Thursday April 21, 7pm
Conversation with Julien to follow
Student Colloquium
Wednesday April 20, 4-5:30pm
308a Doe 
An opportunity for informal exchange with Julien about his past and current work. All interested students welcome. Email Zachary Manditch-Prottas for the PDF'd reading and to RSVP: zprottas215@berkeley.edu.

Brewster Kahle

March 2, 2016, 7 pm, 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Hosted by Berkeley Center for New Media

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 25 petabytes of data—the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 450 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

Anssi Karttunen

Friday, October 16, 3-5pm, 125 Morrison Hall (Elkus Room)
Regents’ Lecturer Anssi Karttunen in Composers Colloquium
Hosted by the Music Department

Wednesday, October 21, 8-9:30 pm, Hertz Hall
Bloch Lecture 2, “Making Music, Sharing Music:“ Kaija Saariaho in conversation with conductor Susanna Mälkki, cellist Anssi Karttunen, UC Berkeley’s David Milnes and Matias Tarnopolsky

Karttunen is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and his collaboration with composers has led him to give over 160 world premieres of works by composers as diverse as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho, Rolf Wallin, Luca Francesconi and Tan Dun. 

28 works for cello and orchestra have been written for him: Tan Dun's Cello Concerto "Yi1", Magnus Lindberg's 2 Cello Concertos, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Concerto "Mania". Martin Matalon's Cello Concerto and Luca Francesconi's Cello Concerto "Rest"or Gualtiero Dazzi's opera "Le Luthier de Venice". Kaija Saariaho's Concerto "Notes on Light" was a Boston Symphony Orchestra commission for Anssi Karttunen. The most recent Concerto written for Karttunen is by Jukka Tiensuu, whose "Oire" he premiered in Tampere Finland in November 2014. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned a Concerto from Oliver Knussen for 2018.

Anssi Karttunen performs all the standard cello works and has also discovered many forgotten masterpieces and transcribed numerous pieces for cello, or chamber ensembles. His transcriptions include Brahms's Piano Quintet for String Quintet and Händel-Variations op. 24 for String Trio, Schumann's Cello Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra and Album for the Young for String Trio.

Nathan Wolfe

"Early Detection and Prevention of Viral Epidemics"
October 1, 2015, 6 pm, Plant & Microbial Biology Building, Room 100
5:30 pm reception, Morgan Lounge

“Armed with blood samples, high-tech tools and a small army of fieldworkers, Nathan Wolfe hopes to re-invent pandemic control — and reveal hidden secrets of the planet's dominant lifeform: the virus.”  

Nathan D. Wolfe is Director of Global Viral and the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford. Wolfe’s interests in understanding and predicting human pandemics stems from nearly a decade of field work in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He started the Global Viral initiative to develop an early warning system for viral diseases in human populations. This effort now involves over 100 researchers in Africa and Asia. More on Dr. Wolfe