Fiona M. Doyle
Fiona M. Doyle

I am very pleased to present the Fall 2018 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, in mid-September, we welcome Michael Tubbs, the trailblazing current Mayor of Stockton, California, to present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. The Jefferson Lecture Series was established in 1944 to promote the basic principles of American democracy.

In early October, recognized science educator Eugenie Scott 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.

Eminent philosopher Joseph Raz will present the Howison Lecture in Philosophy in mid-October. 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.

In late-October, distinguished UC Berkeley political theory professor Wendy Brown will present the Moses Lecture. The Moses Memorial Lectures were endowed as a memorial to Bernard Moses, a central figure in the establishment of the social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. From his classes grew the Departments of History, Economics, Political Science, and Jurisprudence.

And in early November, we welcome Jennifer Granholm, former two-term Governor of Michigan, 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, MP Neil Kinnock, and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen have delivered Weinstock 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