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Berkeley Forum Announces Spring 2017 Event Lineup

BERKELEY, California―January 22, 2017―Today the Berkeley Forum announced a selection of events from its Spring 2017 lineup, which includes 14 debates, panels, and talks with leaders from various fields and disciplines.

You can view the announced events and sign up to receive notifications when tickets become available on our upcoming events page. All events are open to the public and free for UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

“I’m honored to announce this semester’s spectacular lineup. With this set of speakers, the Berkeley Forum draws ever closer to its mission of providing an accessible forum for students to discuss, debate, and engage with the important ideas and leaders today,” said Daniel Ahrens, president of the Berkeley Forum. “We are honored to host speakers such as Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, Justin Kan, founder of, and Amy Ziering, Director of The Hunting Ground, among others. I want to thank our student staff for putting together this lineup. None of this would be possible without their tireless work for the Forum.”

The Forum’s team is working to confirm more events for the Spring 2017 session. All dates and speakers are subject to change. More information about these events and other upcoming events will be shared on the Berkeley Forum’s website and social media pages. Follow the Berkeley Forum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.

About the Berkeley Forum
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. The Forum exists to provide the Berkeley community with a space for the free expression and debate of a wide range of viewpoints.

We have welcomed over 5,000 attendees to more than 60 events. The Forum’s events have been covered by many media outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, CNN, the Associated Presss, C-SPAN, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Since its founding, the Forum has hosted a number of distinguished guests, including Senator Rand Paul, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, ACLU President Susan Herman, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Sopranos creator David Chase, President and CEO of Liberty in North Korea Hannah Song, Virtual Reality Journalist Nonny De La Peña, and Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

The Forum’s events are only possible because of the dedication and hard work of our members. Learn more about our members on the Meet Our Team page of our website. If you’re interested in joining the Forum’s staff, you can apply here before Friday, January 27 at 11:59 PM.

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