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About Us

The Berkeley Forum is a non-partisan forum for the expression and debate of a wide range of ideas. Founded in 2012, the Forum organizes panels, debates, and talks by leading experts and distinguished persons on issues both topical and timeless. Forum events are open to the public and will be broadcast online.

The Forum is run entirely by undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, though it is advised by a committee of distinguished professors. Berkeley Forum members are motivated, intellectually curious students from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. The Forum provides students valuable first-hand experience and a channel to explore and challenge the ideas that motivate them.

Our Organization

The guiding authority of the Forum rests in the president and an executive committee, composed of the president, two vice presidents, the head moderator, and the secretary-treasurer. The president and executive committee of the Forum are responsible for the day-to-day operations, the long-term growth, and ultimate success of the Forum.

Forum operations are carried out by two standing committees, each of which is chaired by a vice president. Each standing committee plays a central role in the planning and realization of Forum events. A programming affairs committee recruits guest speakers, handles travel and accommodation arrangements, and creates the program for Forum events. A communications committee publicizes all Forum events and serves as curator of the organization’s brand and graphic standards. The president may from time-to-time, with the advice and consent of the executive committee, form special committees.

The Forum also houses a variety of divisions which give members the opportunity to work on specialized tasks and projects. A systems and technology division is in charge of web design, event filming, video editing, and other technology-related tasks; an internal affairs division oversees membership recruiting and professional development; the moderating division determines event content and trains members in rhetorical skills. Each division is overseen by a director.

Our Mission

The mission of the Berkeley Forum is to provide the Berkeley community a non-partisan, accessible forum for the presentation and debate of a wide range of ideas; to reaffirm the value of a liberal arts education; and to regularly organize, promote, and broadcast debates, panels, and talks by distinguished persons, and any such events, activities, or conversations as shall engage and challenge the faculties of the mind.

See our constitution.

Admission to Forum Events

Admission to Forum Events is free for all members of the Forum and persons affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley. This includes students, professors, administrators, and other staff members.

A fee will be required of all other event attendees and will be collected at the event, unless otherwise noted.