Welcome to the Berkeley Forum! The Berkeley Forum is a student-run organization at the University of California, Berkeley. Established in 2012, the Forum hosts debates, panels, and talks by leading experts from a wide variety of fields.

Since our founding, we have worked to provide a non-partisan and accessible forum that hosts a wide range of ideas—a unique opportunity for the campus and community to engage with novel perspectives and experiences. From politics (Senator Rand Paul, Secretary Julian Castro, Governor Martin O’Malley) to tech (Project Include CEO and former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark), to academia (Turing Award winner Vint Cerf, Broad Institute investigator Feng Zhang), our events have covered a broad array of topics. Our hope is that they provoke discussion and continue to shape the culture of discourse at Berkeley.

These events are made possible by the tireless work of our student staff. Brought together by a strong commitment to our mission and desire to elevate discourse within the Berkeley community, our members run every aspect of our events, including speaker invitations, photography, marketing, financial development, moderating, and much more.

Forum events are open to the general public and free for UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. To receive notices about upcoming events, you can follow us on social media and subscribe to our email updates. I look forward to seeing you at a future Forum event!

Tanya Mahadwar

President, The Berkeley Forum

Ballet Dancer, Model, and #MeToo Activist Alexandra Waterbury at the Berkeley Forum
BART Vice President Rebecca Saltzman at the Berkeley Forum