Lisa García Bedolla
Lisa García Bedolla

I am very pleased to present the Spring 2020 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 early March, we welcome distinguished journalist and writer Gary Younge to present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. Until recently, Younge served as the editor-at-large of The Guardian. His lecture will focus on gun control in America and the challenges gun control advocates face. 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.

In mid-March, our Hitchcock lecturer will be scientist John Holdren, recognized for his substantial research on environmental policy and for serving as advisor to several U.S. presidents. Among his many titles, he is Professor of Energy and Resources Emeritus at UC Berkeley. Previous Hitchcock speakers include Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and oceanographer Sylvia Earle.

In early April, we welcome Adam Tooze, prominent historian and director of Columbia University’s European Institute, as the Weinstock lecturer. His lecture will ask questions about the climate emergency and if there were missed opportunities in the past half century to make a breakthrough.  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. Ralph Nader, Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen have delivered Weinstock Lectures.

And in late April, Stephen Yablo, eminent Professor of Philosophy at MIT, will present the Howison Lecture in Philosophy discussing “The Demarcation Problem for Philosophy.” The lectureship celebrates Professor George Holmes Howison. Distinguished philosophers such as Michel Foucault, Thomas Scanlon, and Christine Korsgaard have delivered earlier Howison Lectures.

With warm regards,

Lisa García Bedolla

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
and Dean of the Graduate Division