Fiona M. Doyle
Fiona M. Doyle

I am very pleased to present the Spring 2017 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.

Kicking off the spring lecture schedule in late February, renowned anthropologist Nina Jablonski will present the Hitchcock Lectures. The Hitchcock Lectureship is one of the University’s oldest and most cherished endowments. Previous Hitchcock speakers include Linus Pauling, Stephen Hawking, Joh Heilbron, Sylvia Earle, Ralph Cicerone, and Carol Greider.

In mid-March, we welcome UC Berkeley alumna Marion Nestle to present the Barbara Weinstock Lecture on the Morals of Trade. Nestle is widely recognized for her work in nutrition, food studies, and public health, Previous Weinstock lecturers include Herma Hill Kay, Amory Lovins, Robert Reich, and Kathleen Sebelius.

And, in mid-April, Gisela Striker, eminent philosopher and emerita professor at Harvard University, will present the Howison Lecture in Philosophy. The lectureship celebrates Professor George Holmes Howison. Distinguished philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Thomas Scanlon, Christine Korsgaard, and Robert Brandom have delivered earlier Howison Lectures.

I cordially invite you to attend these thought-provoking events, which are free and open to the public. I’m confident that you will benefit from the opportunity to hear and interact with these distinguished speakers.


Fiona M. Doyle
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
 and Dean of the Graduate Division
Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering