I am very pleased to present the Spring 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 February I am proud to host distinguished UC Berkeley Professor of Law Mary Ann Mason to deliver the Moses Lecture. The Bernard Moses Memorial Lectureship in the Social Sciences was established in 1937 and is a Graduate Division lecture. It honors the memory of the late Bernard Moses, professor of history and political science at the University of California from 1875 to 1930.
In March, Robert Brandom, philosopher of language and professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will present the Howison Lecture in Philosophy. The Howison Lectures were endowed as a memorial to George Holmes Howison, a central figure in the establishment and history of the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.
And in April, Barnard College behavioral psychologist, Alexandra Horowitz, 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.
And later in April, William Cronon, Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present the Jefferson Lecture. Professor Cronon has made significant contributions to the fields of environmental history and conservation history. 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.
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.
Dean of the Graduate Division
University of California, Berkeley