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 this session and future sessions.
Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of hosting Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Creative Commons Founder Lawrence Lessig, and Romney 2012 Policy Director Lanhee Chen, among other experts from diverse fields. The large turnout of students and community members at Forum events has confirmed our supposition that there exists great demand for conversation and intellectual inquiry in our community. And it has motivated us as we move forward, organizing panels, debates, and addresses that we hope the entire community will appreciate.
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