Fall ’16 Faculty Dinner Talks

Monday, September 26th: “The Devotional Life of Animals” by Prof. Joanna Picciotto (UC-Berkeley – English)

Thursday, October 20th: “What is Liberal Education and Why Does It Matter?” by Dr. Peter Berkowitz (Stanford University)

Monday, November 14th: “The Christian Mandate for Space Exploration” by Prof. Brian Green (Santa Clara University)

Difficult Discourse: Searching for a Critical Generosity: Berkeley Institute Graduate Conference 2016

February 26th and 27th, 2016
315 and 330 Wheeler Hall
UC Berkeley 

The question of this year’s conference touches the heart of our intellectual work and our personal integrity, and points to practical challenges we encounter as academic professionals, as intellectuals and researchers. Among the ideas and arguments that we meet in the course of our work, some will strike us as unproductive, false, willfully mistaken, even offensive; influential currents of thought may seem (and sometimes really are) actively hostile toward our understanding of our field or of responsible argument, or toward other beliefs and values to which we are committed. How can we form the habit of interpreting what we dislike justly and generously? How can we seek out and learn from what is best in the ideas we most thoroughly reject? How do we cultivate this attitude of openness and justice while also being clear and rational about what is in fact wrong about them? More complexly still, how, practically and concretely, do we engage those ideas openly and nobly in the formal and informal exchanges of our professional lives? And how do we engage the colleagues who advance those ideas–engage them as colleagues, as fellow searchers for the true and the good, from whom we are willing to learn and with whom we are eager to cooperate? How do we learn to state our own positions and offer our critiques with confidence and grace? The conference will explore the intellectual questions raised by influential academic ideas we might find troubling; it will also explore the attitudes and practices that can help us be attentive and generous while also being principled and rigorous.

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Spring Semester Opening Reception

Thursday, January 21st, 5:30pm
2134 Allston Way
Berkeley , CA 

Please join us for our back-to-school social hour—the perfect chance for new students to learn about us and for returning students to reconnect! Senior Fellows will be around to meet students, answer questions about the Institute, and announce our up-coming fall programs. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Prospects for Education in Higher Education

Prospects for Education in Higher Education

On August 2nd and 3rd, the Berkeley Institute hosted thirty scholars for an interdisciplinary conference on “Prospects for Education in Higher Education.” Faculty from eighteen different institutions, drawn from across the arts and sciences, came together to discuss some of the most pressing issues in higher education.