Fiona M. Doyle
Fiona M. Doyle

I am very pleased to present the Spring 2019 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 February will be Sherry Turkle, recognized for her research in the psychology of people’s relationship with technology. Previous Hitchcock speakers include Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

A week later, Philip Kitcher, eminent Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will present the Howison Lecture in Philosophy. The lectureship celebrates Professor George Holmes Howison. Distinguished philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Thomas Scanlon, and Christine Korsgaard have delivered earlier Howison Lectures.

In late February, we welcome Samuel Bowles, recognized economic theorist and educator, as the Weinstock lecturer. In 1902, Harris Weinstock, a well-known businessman of Sacramento, provided the University of California with a fund to support an annual public lecture on the morals of trade, on behalf of his wife Barbara. Ralph Nader, Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen have delivered Weinstock Lectures.

And finally, in late April we welcome Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court and past UC Berkeley law professor Justice Goodwin Liu to present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. The Jefferson Lecture Series was established in 1944 to promote the basic principles of American democracy. Previous Jefferson lecturers include the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, journalist E. J. Dionne, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

I cordially invite you to attend these exciting lectures, 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