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.

Michael Tubbs

Jefferson Memorial Lecture

Investing in People

Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton
September 13, 2018, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in Stockton’s history as well as the youngest mayor in American history of a city with a population over 100,000. He is also Stockton’s first African-American mayor to date. Elected mayor in 2016 at age 26, he was endorsed by then-President Barack Obama less than a week before the election. He previously served as a City Councilmember representing the city’s 6th District. Tubbs’ political mission is to turn Stockton, which declared bankruptcy in 2012, into one of the nation’s pioneering cities in experimental, cutting-edge, progressive policies.

Eugenie Scott

Charles M. & Martha Hitchcock Lectures

Why Do People Reject Good Science? Evolution and Creationism as Science and Myth

Eugenie C. Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education
October 3 – 4, 2018, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

Eugenie C. Scott served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, an organization that works to keep publicly (though not scientifically) controversial topics like evolution and climate change in the public schools. Her work has involved a mixture of science, communication, religion, education, law, and community activism.

Joseph Raz

Howison Lectures in Philosophy 

Identity and Social Bonds

Joseph Raz, Professor, Columbia Law School; Research Professor, King’s College London
October 11, 2018, 4:10 pm, Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

Joseph Raz is well known for his research in the fields of moral and legal philosophy. He is the Thomas M. Macioce Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he has taught since 2002. As of 2011 he has also served as research professor (part-time) at King’s College, London. Raz has held visiting professorships at a number of institutions, including Yale Law School, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1987 and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1992.

Wendy Brown

Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture

Neoliberalism’s Scorpion Tail: Markets and Morals Where Democracy Once Was

Wendy Brown, Class of 1936 First Chair Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
October 30, 2018, 4:10 pm, Alumni House, Toll Room

Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science, with affiliations in Rhetoric and the interdisciplinary graduate program in Critical Theory. She is a political theorist who draws from the history of Western political thought, political economy, and Continental thought to illuminate contemporary formations and predicaments of power, freedom, citizenship, and democracy.

Jennifer Granholm

Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade

Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?

Jennifer M. Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan
November 9, 2018, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

As the former 47th governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm led the state through a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change. Granholm became the first woman to be elected as governor of Michigan in 2002, and in 2006 she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. Granholm was Governor of Michigan until 2011. Prior to being elected governor, she served as Michigan Attorney General from 1998 to 2002.

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.

David Cole, National Legal Director of the ACLU and Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law, recently lectured about how the ACLU has been at the forefront of the defense of liberty in the age of Donald Trump.  What does the first year of fighting for liberty tell us about constitutional law and the future of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States?

“Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front”

Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, at Georgetown University, explored how interacting over social media is changing and challenging relationships, amplifying both the risks and the gifts of voice-to-voice conversations.

“Conversations on the Small Screen: Talking over Social Media”

Marilyn Strathern, Former William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Life Fellow at Girton College Cambridge, shared that sometimes the soul seems a more precise concept than the body. This lecture goes to a place and time where all kinds of beings (including food plants) have souls and where the bodily basis of life is immortalized through cloning. It comments on the way present-day anthropology brings fresh illumination to what we thought we knew.

“Souls in Other Selves, and the Immortality of the Body”

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