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. These lectures are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Upcoming Berkeley Graduate Lectures

Frances Dinkelspiel
Frances Dinkelspiel

The Intrigue of Wine, Gold, and California Today: Frances Dinkelspiel in Conversation with Deirdre English

February 11, 2016, 4:10 pm

In February, Frances Dinkelspiel, celebrated Bay Area author and co-founder of the Berkeleyside online news site, will be in conversation with Deirdre English, Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, as part of the HarvEst Distinguished Women Lecture Series.

Ralph Cicerone
Ralph Cicerone

Contemporary Climate Change as Seen Through Measurements


Why We Have Effective Agreements to Protect the Ozone Layer But Not to Stabilize Climate

February 23 and 24, 2016, 4:10 pm

Also in February, renowned scientist and president of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, 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.

V.S. Ramachandran
V.S. Ramachandran

Embodied Souls — Lessons from Neurology

March 1, 2016, 4:10 pm

In early March, V.S. Ramachandran (Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, UC San Diego) 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.

Christine Korsgaard
Christine Korsgaard

Animal Selves and the Good

March 9, 2016, 4:10 pm

A week later, Christine M. Korsgaard (Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University) will present the Howison Lecture in Philosophy, which celebrates Professor George Holmes Howison.

Upcoming Tanner Lectures

Didier Fassin
Didier Fassin

The Will to Punish

April 12, 13, and 14, 2016, 4:10 pm

In April, Didier Fassin (James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study) 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: David Garland, New York University; Bruce Western, Harvard University; and Rebecca M. McLennan, University of California, Berkeley.

Can’t attend but still want to hear a lecture? Watch and Listen Online!

Lucy Jones
Lucy Jones

Last fall, Lucy Jones, seismologist with the USGS, lectured on the vulnerabilities of modern society after a major earthquake and ways to increase society’s ability to respond to future events, “Imagine America without Los Angeles: Applying science to understand the vulnerability of modern society to natural disasters.” You can watch Jones’ 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. The Berkeley Graduate Lectures and Tanner Lectures are open to the public and admission is free. No tickets are required.

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About Ellen Gobler

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