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 the Berkeley community a non-partisan, accessible forum for the presentation and debate of a wide range of ideas—an unmatched opportunity for students, faculty, and community members to come together and engage with the most pressing ideas of our time. 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, and our hope is that they provoke thoughtful discussions and continue to shape discourse for years to come.

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 bring discourse to 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