I am very pleased to present the Fall 2013 Graduate Council Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley. Seven lectureships comprise the Graduate Council 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, in late October, I am proud to welcome and host a new lectureship sponsored by the Graduate Division. The HarvEst Distinguished Women Lecture Series features women from a broad range of disciplines and cultures. It offers a forum to foster thoughtful dialogue and an opportunity to be inspired by outstanding and accomplished real-world women leaders. The theme for each lecture varies from year to year. The lectureship realizes the entrepreneurial vision of University of California, Berkeley alumni Esther Ma, ’87, and her husband, Harvey Lee, ’88, of Hong Kong. In 2013, they graciously provided support for the HarvEst lectureship. The inaugural HarvEst Lecture will be presented by distinguished educator and philanthropist, Harriet Mayor Fulbright.
In early November prominent UC Berkeley Professor of Anthropology and Integrative Biology, Patrick V. Kirch, will present the Carl O. Sauer Memorial lecture. This event will be co-sponsored by the Graduate Division and the Archaeological Research Facility. The Sauer Lecture was established in 1976 by colleagues, friends, and students as a memorial to one of the most influential geographers of the 20th century. It honors the memory of the late Carl O. Sauer, professor of geography at the University of California from 1923-1957 and a Professor Emeritus from 1957-1975.
Also in early November, influential and prolific historian, and artist, Nell Painter, will present the Jefferson Lecture. She is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. The Jefferson 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.
And finally, in mid-November, Stanford University Anthropologist, Tanya Luhrmann, will present the Foerster Lecture. Many prominent individuals, including writer Aldous Huxley and physician and author Oliver Sacks, have presented the Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul since they were first established.
I invite you to attend these exciting lectures, which are free and open to the public. It is my hope that you will benefit from the opportunity to hear and interact with these distinguished speakers.
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies andDean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Berkeley