The Berkeley Forum is a non-partisan, student-run organization at the University of California, Berkeley. Established in 2012, the Forum organizes panels, debates, and talks by leading experts from a wide variety of fields. Our committees are hard at work finalizing a line-up of engaging, intellectually stimulating conversations and addresses for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 sessions.
Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of hosting Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig, former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and U.S. Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul, among other experts from diverse fields. Patronage for our events continues to grow, reaffirming our belief in the need for conversation and intellectual inquiry in our community. With large turnouts and positive feedback pushing us forward, we are wholly dedicated to organizing events that continuously engage and captivate our audience.
The Forum is run entirely by Berkeley undergraduate students. While our primary object is to provide the Berkeley community and society at large a forum to debate and explore the questions that will interest them, many of our members naturally join us with ideas they personally would like to explore. Ensuring that our students are actively involved in determining event topics and moderating events, and that they are well read on issues both topical and timeless is something we take seriously. The Forum, after all, is as much a close-knit community of intellectually curious students as it is a venue for the community. Expanding and enriching this community is therefore a most important endeavor.
Forum events are open to everyone and we hope that you will consider joining us at our next event. As soon as an event is confirmed, we will do our best to publicize it extensively online and throughout campus, and to notify you directly if you have signed up for e-mail updates.
Pierre BourbonnaisPresident, The Berkeley Forum