We are excited to announce the Fall 2019 Berkeley Graduate Lectures! Eight lectureships comprise the Graduate Council and Graduate Division Lectures, each with a distinct endowment history.

These unique lectureship programs have brought distinguished visitors to Berkeley since 1904 to speak on a wide range of topics, from philosophy to the sciences.

headshot of Paul butlerThis fall, Paul Butler will deliver the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. Professor Butler serves as the Albert Brick Professor in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. His lecture on Thursday, Oct. 16 is titled, “Prison Abolition, and a Mule.” Professor Butler is a legal analyst on MSNBC and frequently consults on issues of race and criminal justice. His talk will  suggest what would replace prisons, how people who cause harm could be dealt with in the absence of incarceration, and why abolition would make everyone safer and our society more just.

Butler’s most recent book Chokehold: Policing Black Men, published in July 2017, was named one of the 50 best non-fiction books of 2017 by The Washington Post. The New York Times described Chokehold as the best book on criminal justice reform since The New Jim Crow.  It was a finalist for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction.

One week later on Oct. 23, UCLA Geography Professor Judith Carney will be presenting the Sauer Memorial Lecture, “In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Food Legacy in the Atlantic World.”

On Nov. 12 Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of American History and Citizenship in the Department of History at UC Berkeley, will present the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture titled
DEEP SOUL: Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles and the Making of the Modern World.”

And our final fall lecture, the Foerster Lecture on the Immortality of the Soul, will be presented by Jane Taylor. She holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Her Nov. 21 lecture is titled “On Uncertainty.”

The Jefferson, Sauer, and Moses lectures are part of UC Berkeley’s commemorative events spotlighting African American history after the passage of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act. To learn more about UC Berkley’s initiative, visit 400years.berkeley.edu.

Details about all of the fall lectures can be found on our website, gradlectures.berkeley.edu. On our website, you can sign up for the email notification list to keep current with upcoming lectures, and visit our online library to view past lectures and interviews.

We cordially invite you to attend our exciting lectures, which are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.