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.

Sherry Turkle
Sherry Turkle

Charles M. & Martha Hitchcock Lectures

The Assault on Empathy:

Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

February 5 and 6, 2019, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She has spent the last 30 years examining and studying the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. Trained as a sociologist and a licensed clinical psychologist, she is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.

Philip Kitcher
Philip Kitcher

Howison Lectures in Philosophy 

Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts

Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
February 13, 2019, 4:10 pm, Alumni House, Toll Room

Philip Kitcher specializes in the areas of pragmatism (especially Dewey), science and social issues, naturalistic ethics, and philosophy in literature. At Columbia University, he has served as the John Dewey Professor of Philosophy since 2003 and as Professor of Philosophy since 1998. He is past president of the American Philosophical Association. In 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Prometheus Prize from the American Philosophical Association.

Samuel Bowles
Samuel Bowles

Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade

The Moral Economy:
Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens

Samuel Bowles, Santa Fe Institute and CORE
February 25, 2019, 4:10 pm, Alumni House, Toll Room

Samuel Bowles is Research Professor and Director of Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a global team of researchers and teachers, he has developed a new introduction to economics that demonstrates the power of modern economics to illuminate problems such as growing inequality, climate change, innovation, wealth creation, and instability. 

Goodwin Liu
Goodwin Liu

Jefferson Memorial Lecture

State Courts and School Desegregation:
New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism
and the Myth of Parity

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court
April 23, 2019, 4:10 pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium

Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Before joining the state’s highest court in 2011, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at Berkeley School of Law and served as Associate Dean. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Upcoming Tanner Lectures

Arthur Ripstein
Arthur Ripstein

Rules for Wrongdoers

Tuesday – Thursday, April 9, 10, and 11, 2019, 4:10 pm

In early April, Arthur RipsteinProfessor of Law and Philosophy, and University Professor at the University of Toronto, will present the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, which advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning related to human values.

Commentators will include: Christopher Kutz, University of California, Berkeley; Oona Hathaway, Yale Law School; and Jeff McMahan, Oxford University.

The Tanner Lectures were founded by American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner in 1978. The lectures advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific understanding of issues related to human values.

Can’t attend but still want to hear a lecture? Watch and listen online!

Jennifer Granholm
Jennifer Granholm

Last fall, former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm spoke about how, as a member of Berkeley’s Work in the Age of Intelligent Tools workgroup, she has been researching ways to ensure that automation and AI are not threats to equality but enablers of it. She identified some of the most interesting policy ideas to address the problems of displaced workers, the skills gap, and resulting inequality in an age of robots and artificial intelligence. Watch the video of Granholm’s talk Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe?

The Berkeley Graduate Lectures Series video- and audio-records all 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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