Noam Chomsky, Oliver Sacks, Martha Nussbaum, and Stephen Hawking — these are just some of the speakers who have lectured at UC Berkeley as part of the Berkeley Graduate Lecture Series.

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.

Upcoming Berkeley Graduate Lectures

John Fabian Witt
John Fabian Witt

The Switch: Reinventing American Freedom

September 17, 2015, 4:10 pm

In September, historian and legal scholar John Fabian Witt (Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School) will present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture, a series established in 1944 to promote the basic principles of American democracy.

Jan Assman
Jan Assmann

Immortality of the Soul – An Ancient Egyptian Invention?

October 9, 2015, 4:10 pm

In early October, Egyptologist Jan Assmann (Professor Emeritus of Egyptology, University of Heidelberg) will present the Foerster Lecture on the Immortality of the Soul, which was established by Edith Zweybruck in memory of her sister Agnes A. Foerster and her brother-in-law Constantine E. A. Foerster.

Lucy Jones
Lucy Jones

Los Angeles: Applying science to understand the vulnerability of modern society to natural disasters


The Challenges of Science Communications: What does storytelling have to do with climate change?

October 14 and 15, 2015, 4:10 pm

In mid-October, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones (Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, U.S. Geological Survey) will present the Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures, established in 1885, from a bequest made by Dr. Charles M. Hitchcock to institute a professorship at the University of California for free lectures upon scientific and practical subjects.

Laura Tyson
Laura Tyson

Can’t attend but still want to hear a lecture?

Last spring, Laura Tyson, Professor of Business Administration & Economics, and Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, lectured on the impact of women in the worldwide workforce, “Women’s Work in the World Economy: A Personal & Political Perspective from Laura Tyson.” You can watch Tyson’s video online.

The Graduate Council Series video- and audio-records all their 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, by calling 510-642-0767, extension 24. The Berkeley Graduate 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.