Message from the Dean
I am very pleased to present the Fall 2015 Berkeley Graduate Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley. Eight lectureships comprise the Graduate Council and Graduate Division Lectures, each with a distinct endowment history. These unique lectureship programs have brought distinguished visitors to Berkeley since 1904 to speak on a wide range of topics, from philosophy to the sciences.
Leading off the fall lecture schedule, noted legal historian John Fabian Witt will present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. This lecture will be in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s observance of Constitution Day on September 17th. The Jefferson Lecture Series was established in 1944 to promote the basic principles of American democracy.
In early October we will welcome distinguished Egyptologist, Jan Assmann, to present the Foerster Lecture on the Immortality of the Soul. Previous Foerster lecturers include Oliver Sacks, Thomas S. Kuhn, Aldous Huxley, and Paul Tillich.
And, in mid-October, renowned seismologist and education advocate, Lucy Jones, will present the Hitchcock Lectures. The Hitchcock Professorship is one of the University’s oldest and most cherished endowments. Previous Hitchcock Professors include Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos laboratory during the development of the atomic bomb.
I invite you to attend these exciting lectures, which are free and open to the public. It is my hope that you will benefit from the opportunity to hear and interact with these distinguished speakers.
Fiona M. Doyle
Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering