Dialogues for Faculty have concluded for 2012.

Thanks to all who attended!

From September 21 through 28, faculty members from across the campus will be hosting sessions to discuss various angles on this year's theme. These "Dialogues with Faculty" are very informal, and all Cal undergrads are welcome. Meeting and interacting with faculty should be one of your main goals while you are at Cal--this is an early opportunity for you to fulfill that goal. If you are thinking of majoring in the department of one of these faculty members, or just take an interest the topic he or she has chosen, please sign up and plan to attend.

Bob Jacobsen

Professor of Physics
Friday, September 21, 12:00-1:30, 236 Evans Hall

Professor Jacobsen's session will focus on the science and technology of the past, present and future. He considers the Fiat Lux volume a wonderful snapshot of where we thought we were over forty years ago. We can use this to understand where we've gone from there--which experiments are still ongoing and which have been superseded--and to project into the future.

Alex Glazer

Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology (and UC Natural Reserves System Director, 1997-2009)
Friday, September 21, 1:30-3:00, 236 Evans Hall

This session will explore the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS), the world's largest University-administered system of reserves and field stations, now consisting of thirty-seven sites, and still growing (see http://nrs.ucop.edu). We will briefly review of the genesis, development, and current operation of this unique resource dedicated primarily to University-level instruction and research that depend on access to natural environments. NRS reserves host undergraduate and graduate courses that include archaeology, biogeography, botany, ecology, environmental planning, entomology, paleontology, population genetics, wildlife management, as well as the humanities, and the arts. We will devote much of the time to discussing the role of such protected areas in advancing understanding of the current physical and social consequences of the impacts of rapid population growth, intensifying exploitation of natural resources, and attendant climate change. An award-winning one-hour documentary, Mapping the Future (http://nrs.ucop.edu/videos/mappingFuture/index.htm), that describes ongoing research at Berkeley's Angelo Coast Range Reserve, provides an insightful account of the activities at a NRS reserve.

Tyler Stovall

Professor of History and Dean of the Undergraduate Division
Monday, September 24, 10:30-12:00, 236 Evans Hall

In Dean Stovall's session you will have a chance to take a look back in time at the photos in Fiat Lux to see how they mirror the life of the university fifty years ago, and think about how they speak to our lives today. Dean Stovall looks at these photos as a set of historical documents. What do they say about life at the time, about the ways we look back on that time, and about how we might approach the time in which we live?

Carla Hesse

Professor of History and Dean of the Social Sciences
Monday, September 24, 1:30-3:00, 236 Evans Hall

Jeffrey Skoller

Professor of Film and Media
Tuesday, September 25, 11:00-12:30, 236 Evans Hall

In this session Professor Skoller will lead a discussion of the art of appropriation, in which artists take objects, images and sounds from other contexts and remake them into new works of art. We are familiar with appropriation in popular music--hiphop in particular--and on YouTube, where people remix videos from television and elsewhere to create new art. Exploring the art of appropriation is a good jumping-off point for your own explorations of Fiat Lux. You can take the photos and re-contextualize them into your own artworks, reactivating them making them move and come alive again, to speak to our own present moment.

Anthony J. Cascardi

Professor of Rhetoric, Comparative Literature, and Spanish and Portuguese, and Dean of the Arts and Humanities
Wednesday, September 26, 1:30-3:00, 236 Evans Hall

Dean Cascardi, who is a professor in three different Humanities departments, takes an interest in the relation between the arts and philosophy. His session will focus on the sense in which photography can be a way of thinking, not just a way of seeing. Together, he and the students in his session will look at the photos in Fiat Lux to see how Ansel Adams was thinking about the future, and learn how to read thinking in the visual artifact of the photograph.

Ruth Tringham and Michael Ashley

Professor of Anthropology and Creative Director of the Center for Digital Archaeology; and Chief Technology Officer of the Center for Digital Archaeology
Thursday, September 27, 11:00-12:30, 236 Evans Hall

Professor Tringham and Michael Ashley will lead not only a discussion but also two follow-up workshops for the students in their session. In these workshops students will learn to re-photograph some of the sites that Ansel Adams photographed, and then create layered photos, in which the Adams photo is either overlaid or underlaid in relation to the students' photos, with some of each showing through. This is an opportunity not only to learn about some of the coolest digital technology available, but also to tell stories about the university, and envision its future.

Mark Richards

Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, Dean of the Physical Sciences, and Executive Dean of L&S
Thursday, September 27, 2:00-3:30, 262 Evans Hall

In Dean Richards' session students will explore the emotional content of the photos: some, such as Richards himself, see them as dark and foreboding and others see them as utopian. Dean Richards looks forward to hearing your perspectives. He points out that the university is dynamic: we are recreating it over and over again, and you will be a part of this project of reimagining the university.

Robert Birgeneau

Professor of Physics and Chancellor of UC Berkeley
Friday, September 28, 9:00-10:00, 236 Evans Hall

Our student body reflects the wonderful mosaic of California today. Chancellor Birgeneau is looking forward to hearing the advice and wise counsel of students on the challenge of guaranteeing both the excellence of Berkeley and its public character going forward.

G. Steven Martin

Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Dean of the Biological Sciences
Friday, September 28, 10:30-12:00, 236 Evans Hall

Dean Martin points out that much about the university remains unchanged since the 1960s, when the Ansel Adams photos were taken: we still have an extraordinary variety of schools, campuses, libraries and research facilities, for instance. And our faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are still outstanding. However, there have also been big changes, including the make-up of the student body and the way the university is funded: it's more dependent on you for financial support. In turn, you may rightly feel you should have more say in your education and in the governance of the university. The Dean is interested to hear how the changes affect you, and what you would like to say to the university about what is important to you.

Christina Maslach

Professor of Psychology
Thursday, October 4, 1:00-2:30, 236 Evans

Professor Maslach will focus on personal time perspectives and the collective time perspectives of the university. Psychologists have found that the way in which people think about time (the past, present and future) profoundly influences their behavior and the choices they make.