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 we’ll be featuring this spring.These lectures are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


Upcoming Berkeley Graduate Lectures

Marion Nestle

Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement

March 21, 2017, 4:10 pm

In March, Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, will present the Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade. In 1902, Harris Weinstock, a well-known businessman of Sacramento, California, provided a fund to support an annual public lecture on behalf of his wife, Barbara.

Gisela Striker

Cicero’s De Officiis — Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics

April 12, 2017, 5:10 pm

In mid-April, Gisela Striker, Walter C. Klein Professor of Philosophy and of the Classics, Emerita at Harvard University, will present the Howison Lectures in Philosophy, which celebrates Professor George Holmes Howison.


Upcoming Tanner Lectures

Speaking Amongst Ourselves: Democracy and Law

April 18, 19, and 20, 2017, 4:10 pm

In April, Seana Valentine Shiffrin, Professor of Philosophy and Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, which advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning related to human values. American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner founded the Tanner Lectures in 1978.

Commentators will include: Richard R.W. Brooks, Columbia Law School; Anna Stilz, Princeton University; and Niko Kolodny, University of California, Berkeley.


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

Annette Gordon-Reed

Last fall, renowned author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed spoke about Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the United States of America, and how race and slavery complicated his views of what kind of society was possible on the American continent. You can watch the vide of of Gordon-Reeds’ talk “Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination” 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.