Since 1904, hundreds of lecturers — from world-renowned theoretical physicists to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to respected philosophers and celebrated Nobel laureates — have visited Berkeley to share their research and thoughts. These lectures are free and open to the public.

Arlie Hochschild
Arlie Hochschild

Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture

Strangers in Their Own Land: Challenges Climbing the “Empathy Wall”

Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
October 11, 2017, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

Arlie Hochschild’s most recent work explores the experiences, beliefs and “deep story” of the American Right. Her book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (2016), is based on five years of research in Louisiana’s oil and petrochemical belt where she interviewed Tea Party enthusiasts. She surveys the rise and the attitudes of the American South in the face of the 2016 Presidential election. The book was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Deborah Tannen
Deborah Tannen

Charles M. & Martha Hitchcock Lectures

The Language of Friendship: The Role of Talk in an Understudied Relationship

Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media

October 24 – 25, 2017, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Deborah Tannen’s research examines the discourse of everyday conversation, including cross-cultural and gender differences in ways of speaking, and the discourse of social media. A prolific scholar, Tannen has written critically praised books for both scholarly and general audiences. Her books include the New York Times four-year #1 best-seller You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation (1990) and Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work (1994).

George Packer
George Packer

Jefferson Memorial Lecture

American Identity in the Age of Trump

George Packer, Staff Writer for The New Yorker

November 15, 2017, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

A prolific and distinguished writer, George Packer has contributed to numerous journals and magazines, including the New York Times magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, and Harper’s. He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 2003, and has written investigative work covering violence and conflict in Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, and Lagos.

Can’t Attend but Still Want to Hear a Lecture? Watch and Listen Online!

The Graduate Council Series video- and audio-recordings are 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.

Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, recently lectured on the cultural, economic, and institutional factors that influence food policies and choices, and the balance between individual and societal responsibility for those choices. You can watch the video and listen to the audio online.

“Food Politics and the Twenty-First Century Food Movement”



Nina Jablonski
Nina Jablonski

Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University, explored the nature and sequence of changes in human skin through prehistory and the consequences of these changes for the lives of people today. You can watch the video and listen to the audio online.

“The Real ‘Skin in the Game’:
The History of Naked, Sweaty, and Colorful Skin in the Human Lineage”



Gisela Striker
Gisela Striker

Gisela Striker, Walter C. Klein Professor of Philosophy and of the Classics, Emerita, at Harvard University, lectured about the Stoic philosopher Panaetius, on whose work Cicero based his own treatise, and examined what might be seen as a complete version of Stoic ethics without the theological and cosmological elements for which Cicero and other Stoics are sometimes criticized.

“Cicero’s De Officiis – Stoic Ethics for Non-Stoics”



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About Ellen Gobler

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