I am very pleased to present the Spring 2014 Berkeley Graduate Council Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley. Eight lectureships comprise the Graduate Council and Graduate Division Lectures, each with a distinct endowment history. These unique lectureship programs have brought distinguished visitors to Berkeley since 1909 to speak on a wide range of topics, from philosophy to the sciences.
Leading off a very full spring lecture sechedule, in early February, prominent experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, presents the Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures. The Hitchcock Professorship is one of the University's oldest and most cherished endowments. Previous Hitchcock Professors include Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
In early March we welcome distinguished UC Berkeley alumna, Carol Greider, as a Hitchcock Professor. She is internationally renowned for her important contributions to the field of molecular biology. Dr. Greider was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology of Medicine along with Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak.
In mid-March, acclaimed UC Berkeley Professor of Anthropology, Aihwa Ong, will present the Moses Lecture. The Moses Memorial Lectures were endowed as a memorial to Bernard Moses, a central figure in the establishment of the social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. From his classes grew the Departments of History, Economics, Political Science, and Jurisprudence.
Later in March, Sarah Broadie, Professor of Moral Philosophy and Wardlaw Professor at The University of St. Andrews, will present the Howison Lecture. She is renowned for her work on moral philosophy in the Aristotelian tradition. The Howison Lectures were endowed as a memorial to George Holmes Howison, a central figure in the establisment and history of the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.
And finally, in early April, University of Virginia Professor of Law and History, Charles W. McCurdy, will present the Jefferson Lecture. The Jefferson Memorial Lecture series was established in 1944 to promote the basic principles of American democracy. Past lecturers have included Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, Archibald Cox, Linda Greenhouse, and Elizabeth Warren.
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Berkeley