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
February 28 and March 1, 2017, 4:10 pm
In late February, Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University, will present the Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures, established in 1885 by a bequest from Dr. Charles M. Hitchcock to institute a professorship at the University of California for free lectures upon scientific and practical subjects.
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.
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
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!
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.