The Berkeley Forum Announces Spring 2019 Event Lineup

Uncategorized January 21, 2019

The Berkeley Forum Announces Spring 2019 Event Lineup

January 21, 2019

BERKELEY, California―Today, the Berkeley Forum announced a selection of events from its Spring 2019 lineup, which includes 15 debates, panels, and talks with leaders from various fields and disciplines.

“I am delighted to present this semester’s outstanding lineup. Our members have worked tirelessly to bring exciting speakers, including experts in human rights, perfumery and urban planning” said Michael Chien, President of the Berkeley Forum. “I encourage the Berkeley student body to come to events that interest them, so that they can learn, engage and hopefully take something away from the experience.”

The spring lineup is tentative and subject to minor changes. For more information and the latest updates, please visit our website.

Registration is required. You can view more details about the announced events and sign up to receive notifications when tickets become available on our “Upcoming Events” page. All events are open to the public and free for UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.


Spring 2019 Lineup


Dixon Osborn, Executive Director of the Center for Justice and Accountability
“Bringing Genocidaires to Justice: The Perspective of an NGO in the Trenches”
January 23, 2019


Julie Bloom, Deputy Editor of the New York Times
February 4, 2019

Kate Wagner, Creator of McMansion Hell
February 5, 2019

Mandy Aftel, Founder of Aftelier Perfumes
“The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents: The Fascinating World of Natural Essences”
February 11, 2019

Lloyd B. Minor, Dean of Stanford Medical School
“Discovery and Diversity: Critical Factors to Tomorrow’s Health Care”
February 12, 2019

Andrew Chau, Co-Founder of Boba Guys
February 14, 2019

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Psychology Professor and Author of the How of Happiness
“The How, What, and Why of Happiness”
February 20, 2019

Tori Baisden, Designer of the Museum of Ice Cream
February 26, 2019


Natalie Coughlin, 12-Time Olympic Swimming Medalist
“A Conversation with Olympic Swimmer Natalie Coughlin”
March 4, 2019

Danielle Sered, Executive Director of Common Justice
“Why Mass Incarceration Will Never Keep Us Safe and What Will”
March 12, 2019

Yaron Brook, Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute
“The Morality of Capitalism”
March 14, 2019

Megan Grassell, Founder of Yellowberry
March 21, 2019


Joe DeLoss, Owner of Hot Chicken Takeover
“Innovating HR for Good – How a social enterprise restaurant is outperforming the industry and supporting men and women affected by criminal records”
April 10, 2019

Yoon Choi, Chief Executive Officer of College Spring
“Tackling Inequity in SAT Preparation and College Access”
April 15, 2019

Panel: Digital Privacy
April 23, 2019

The Forum’s team is working to confirm more events for the Spring 2019 session. All dates and speakers are subject to change. More information about these events and other upcoming events will be shared on the Berkeley Forum’s website and social media pages. Follow the Berkeley Forum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and subscribe to our mailing list for the latest updates.


About the Berkeley Forum

The Berkeley Forum is a non-partisan, student-run organization at the University of California, Berkeley. Established in 2012, the Forum hosts debates, panels, and talks by leading experts from a variety of fields. The Forum exists to provide the Berkeley community with a space for the free expression and debate of a wide range of viewpoints.

We have welcomed over 5,000 attendees to nearly 100 events. The Forum’s events have been covered by many media outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, CNN, the Associated Press, C-SPAN, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Since its founding, the Forum has hosted a number of distinguished guests, including Senator Rand Paul, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, ACLU President Susan Herman, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan, Director of Saturday Night Live Don Roy King and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.

The Forum’s events are only possible because of the dedication and hard work of our members. Learn more about our members on the Meet Our Team page of our website. If you’re interested in joining the Forum’s staff, you can apply here before Friday, February 1 at 12:00 AM.


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