[From the Institute] Exciting News from BI President

Dear friends,

I’m happy to announce some major developments in the work of the Berkeley Institute. In Fall 2015 I will be returning to UC Berkeley permanently, as Chancellor’s Professor of English. And Chiyuma Elliot, a Senior Fellow of the Institute, has accepted a tenure-track position at Berkeley, starting next fall as Assistant Professor of African-American Studies.

We are both extraordinarily happy to be returning to our home in Berkeley and becoming more closely involved in the daily life of the Institute.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our Fall opening reception (Sept. 6).


Steven Justice
President, Berkeley Institute
Chancellor’s Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

[From the Institute] New Meeting Location

The Berkeley Institute has a new Downtown Berkeley location! Unless otherwise noted, all future seminars and workshops will meet in the second-floor suite at 2134 Allston Way.

Questions or concerns about specific programs may be directed to info@binst.org.

[From the Institute] 2014 Graduate Summer Seminar

The Institute is pleased to announce our inaugural graduate summer seminar, “The Functions of Criticism at the Present Time.” This intensive, week-long workshop will take place July 21-25 and will be led by Professors Steven Justice and David Marno (UC Berkeley). Graduate students with interests in literary criticism are invited to apply by May 5, 2014.

A full description of the seminar and instructions on how to apply can be found on the seminar webpage.

[From the Institute] “Can this add up to an education?” Conference Registration


Online registration for the Berkeley Institute’s upcoming conference “Can this add up to an education?” is now available.

The conference will be held February 8th and 9th in Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus and will explore the real value of education and the coherency available in academic work. Through plenary lectures by Steven Justice (Professor of English, UC Berkeley), Robert Koons (Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas), and Lara Buchak (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley), as well as panels and workshops led by other faculty and students from UC Berkeley, Harvard, Cornell, UCLA, and the University of South Carolina, the conference will suggest to students how they can begin to find coherence among the fragmentary, specialized, and sometimes partial view of their several courses. What are the principles that underlie intellectual inquiry? What is intellectual integrity? What demands are made by intellectual commitment and consistency, and how can these cohere with the demands of moral commitments and commitments of faith? Students should find some resources for making sense of their education and of their own lived experience.

Please consider joining us February 8th and 9th. Visit the conference webpage for a full description and agenda, or email admin@binst.org for more information.