The Berkeley Forum is a non-partisan, student-run organization at the University of California, Berkeley. Established in 2012, the Forum hosts debates, panels, and talks by leading experts from a variety of fields. Our committees are hard at work finalizing a line-up of engaging, intellectually stimulating conversations and addresses for the upcoming Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 sessions.
The Forum exists to provide the Berkeley community a platform for the free expression and debate of a wide range of viewpoints. As students are busy pursuing their coursework, we allow them to engage with individuals and ideas with which they might not otherwise be able to. It is our strong belief that the sort of challenging, critical colloquy that the Forum promotes is essential to attaining a truly complete education.
Our recent events have featured Senator Rand Paul, tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan, and exiled Russian Duma member Ilya Ponomarev, among other distinguished guests. With ever larger crowds and press coverage from publications including the New York Times, Politico, and the Daily Cal, we continue to expand the reach of our events.
Our activities are made possible by the dedication of our incredible members. Every component of Forum events, from inviting speakers to creating marketing materials to moderating conversations onstage, is executed by our team of undergraduate students. In addition to the valuable experience of coordinating complex, live events, we provide our members a tight-knit community in which to explore more deeply the ideas that matter to them.
Forum events are open to the general public and free for UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. To receive notices about upcoming events, you can follow us on social media (above), subscribe to our email updates (below), and regularly check the Forum website. I sincerely hope that you will join us at our next event.
Matthew FreemanPresident, The Berkeley Forum