Saturday, September 13, 2014

Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. The campus will celebrate and honor this occasion by hosting over two dozen events.  These events will be followed by a reception with light refreshments where you can meet the speaker(s) and other interested students.

Free Speech on Campus: From the Free Speech Movement to Occupy: September 17, 4:00 p.m.

Can Students Change the World? Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960's (keynote event with author Robert Cohen): September 23, 6:00 p.m.

Voter Suppression: October 8, 4:00 p.m. 

Inequality in National and Transnational Perspective: A Conversation with Emmanuel Saez and Branko Milanovic: October 13, 5:30 p.m. 

Music and Protest: October 30, 12:30 p.m.

Please note that Mavis Staples, who will present on the Music and Protest panel, is also giving a concert that night in Zellerbach, and On the Same Page will be giving out 100 free tickets to students. Watch our facebook page for details.

Questions? Contact me at 642-8378 or

Thank you,

UC Berkeley Alternative Breaks 2014-2015

Winter Trip Applications are due Sunday, September 14, 11:59pm

Spring Trip Applications are due Sunday, October 19, 11:59pm

Join the national movement of college students making a difference during their academic breaks. Explore a social justice issue, immerse yourself in a community, and apply your knowledge. Alternative Breaks takes teams of students to various areas throughout the Western United States on 1-2 week service learning trips, exploring the complexities of social issues by allowing students to work, eat, and live with people who are directly impacted by racism, poverty, and other injustices. Students prepare for trips through a 2-unit DECal. Financial aid is available for all trips. Participants often come away from these experiences with a new perspective on social justice not only on the trips, but also in their own communities.

2014 Constitution Day & Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary Events

On Wednesday, September 17, 4-5:30pm, Berkeley Law will host a panel discussion, “Free Speech on Campus: From the Free Speech Movement to Occupy.” Moderated by Christopher Kutz, panelists will include Richard Buxbaum, Jackson J. Ralston Professor of International Law (Emeritus), Berkeley Law; Robert Cole, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Berkeley Law; Linda Lye, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Northern California. More information on this, and other FSM 50 events, is available online. This event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

That same evening, in Room 105 Berkeley Law will host a screening of “Blueberry Soup: Participatory Democracy, Social Media, and Constitutionalism,” a film about popular constitutional change in Iceland. The film will begin at6pm and will be followed by a discussion with the documentary filmmaker, Eileen Jerrett, on the value of social media and person-to-person communications within participatory government. This event is sponsored by Berkeley Law’s California Constitution Center and the Institute of Governmental Studies. Information is available online.

On Monday, October 27, the renowned legal scholar Tom Ginsburg (Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago) will deliver the 2014 Jefferson Lecture entitled “Were the Framers Right About Constitutional Design? The US Constitution in Comparative Perspective.” The lecture will summarize empirical work on constitutions relevant to the founders' conjectures about design and evaluate how their propositions fared over the course of the subsequent two centuries, in which over 900 constitutions have been written. The event begins at 4:00pm in the Chevron Auditorium of International House.

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News Center

Dear students,
As the fall semester moves into high gear, we have put together an entirely different sort of back-to-school greeting. It is a stand-alone website which captures - in words, pictures, videos, and sounds - information about our incoming class, the launch of several important initiatives, the construction of new facilities, as well as the stories of a few individuals who truly embody what we are all about. It is Berkeley at its very best:

Here’s to a great year of learning, discovery and success in our every endeavor.

Claire Holmes