Since 1904, hundreds of lecturers, from world-renowned theoretical physicists and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to respected philosophers and celebrated Nobel laureates, have visited Berkeley to share their research and thoughts. Here is a brief description of what is featured this spring.These lectures are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


Upcoming Berkeley Graduate Lectures

David Cole

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:10 pm

In February, David Cole, National Legal Director, ACLU, will present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. David Cole was named Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in 2016. He oversees approximately 1,400 civil liberties lawsuits, both state and federal, and manages more than 300 staff attorneys at ACLU headquarters in New York and affiliate offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.


Marilyn Strathern

Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 4:10 pm

In mid-April, Marilyn Strathern, former William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, will present the Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul. Professor Strathern’s comparative research in Melanesia, and the reflections on Euro-American culture it prompts, is fueled by an abiding interest in gender and kinship. Her theoretical work is associated with a critical approach to relationality; she is at present working on a book simply called Relations.


Upcoming Tanner Lectures

The Ethics of Infrastructure and the Infrastructure of Ethics in Climate Change

Tuesday-Thursday, March 20, 21, and 22, 2018, 4:10 pm

In March, Michael Warner, Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and Professor of American Studies at Yale University, will present the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, which advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning related to human values.

Commentators will include: Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles; John Durham Peters, Yale University; and Jedediah Purdy, Duke University.

The Tanner Lectures were founded by American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner in 1978.


Can’t attend but still want to hear a lecture? Watch and listen online!

Arlie Hochschild
Arlie Hochschild

Last fall, renowned author and UC Berkeley Emerita Professor of Sociology Arlie Hochschild described her journey from her own liberal cultural enclave to a conservative one. She discussed her effort to remove her own political alarm system and, during five years of research, to climb over what she calls an “empathy wall.” She focused on her concept of the “deep story” and ends with the possibilities of finding common ground across the political divide. You can watch the video of Hochschild’s talk “Strangers in Their Own Land: Challenges Climbing the Empathy Wall” online.

The Berkeley Graduate Lectures Series video- and audio-records all lectures and makes them available online. Lectures are also available for viewing or listening at the Berkeley Language Center, located in B-40 Dwinelle Hall. The Berkeley Graduate Lectures and Tanner Lectures are open to the public and admission is free. No tickets are required.

For more information, and to sign up for lecture announcements, visit Berkeley Graduate Lectures – or join the conversation online at Facebook.


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About Ellen Gobler

Ellen Gobler has served as the Senior Public Events Manager of the Graduate Division since Fall 2001.