The J-School hosts numerous public events of interest to students and the general public. The events listed below are of particular interest to students in our program. Use the "Events View" picklist below to see events associated with other programs.
- Thursday, April 1st, 2010-Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
- The New York Times Magazine in the Digital Age
The New York Times Magazine in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Editor Gerald Marzorati and Professor Cynthia Gorney
- Thursday, February 11th, 2010
- Dave Eggers and the McSweeney's road show come to Berkeley!
Dave Eggers and his rogue group of writers and editors come to campus to discuss the San Francisco Panorama, a massive print newspaper that sold out across newsstands when it came out last month. The project showed the Bay Area an exciting example of the kind of newspaper it deserves.
- Thursday, November 13th, 2008
- Slouching Tiger, Crouching Crisis: Inequality, the Farm Crisis & the Media
The Center for South Asian Studies presents a talk by Palagummi Sainath on the pressures on the rural poor & the role of the press.
- Monday, November 10th, 2008
- QUESTIONS OF JEWISH IDENTITY
A panel discussion with authors Frances Dinkelspiel and Lisa Klug
-- Isaias Hellman, a Bavarian Jewish immigrant and his impact on 20th century California.
--A field manual for the 21st century Jews and the people who love them.
Moderated by J School Senior Lecturer Joan
- Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
- The Pro-Am Future: Journalism, the Public and the Digital Age
Please join Distinguished Regents' Lecturers Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.org, and Phil Bronstein, Editor-at-Large of the San Francisco Chronicle, as they discuss the future of journalism in a world in which professionals and citizens alike will play active and influential roles.
- Monday, October 27th, 2008
- At the Death House Door
Screening of the film by Steve James and Peter Gilbert with the two award-winning journalists, Steve Mills and Maurice Possley, whose news coverage of the De Luna case inspired the making of the documentary.
- Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
- An Evening with Psychologist Paul Ekman
Ekman--one of the world's foremost authorities on emotions and facial expressions, and a member of Greater Good magazine's editorial board--will present highlights from his groundbreaking conversations with the Dalai Lama on the roots of love, compassion, anger, and morality.
- Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
- Feeding a Crisis: The Limits of Industrialized Food
Paul Roberts, best-selling author of The End of Oil, discusses his most recent book The End of Food.
- Monday, October 13th, 2008
- Submersion Journalism
The Politics and Practice of Undercover Reporting. A panel discussion with Ted Conover, Roger Hodge, Michael Pollan, and Jake Silverstein
- Monday, October 13th, 2008
- Fall Open House
The School welcomes prospective applicants and others interested in learning more about the program during a full day of activities Monday, Oct. 13 featuring lectures, tours, and class visits.
- Monday, October 6th, 2008
- Covering Crisis
New York Times reporter Matt Richtel moderates a panel discussion about news coverage of the financial crisis with David Leonardt of the Times, Bloomberg's Jeffrey Taylor, AP's Laura Impellizerri, the Chronicle's Carolyn Said, and J-School Senior Lecturer Susan Rasky.
- Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
- "Asia & Beyond" China seminar
This week we focus on China, as Linjun Fan ('09) & Shipeng Guo ('10)
discuss the heady mix of fun and politics that went into the Beijing
Olympics, and Liu Jianqiang (VS '08) talks about the new democracy
movement catalyzed by China's environmental crisis.
- Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
- The World Without Us
Join Alan Weisman, best-selling author of "The World Without Us" for a lunch reading and discussion on his utterly original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet.
- Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
- A Special Report on The Future of Energy from Mother Jones
Join us for a discussion on Mother Jones Magazine's current issue on the energy crisis. Meet with the editors and authors of this special report. We will also hear from them on the magazine's current direction and how to connect with the people involved.
- Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
- Race and Ethnicity in the 2008 Presidential Contest
Join Boalt Law School Dean and civil rights expert Christopher Edley in conversation with his wife, Boalt lecturer and immigration policy expert Maria Echaveste, on how race, ethnicity and immigration are playing out in the presidential race.
- Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
- In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Michael Pollan is the author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. He'll be interviewed by Cynthia Gorney, an award-winning writer and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professor.
- Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
- Asia Colloquium: Reporting across Boundaries, Views of Japan
Chinese journalist and Berkeley Journalism student Wu Nan and Berkeley Anthropology doctoral candidate Maiko Morimoto discuss modern Japan, memory and the legacy of World War II. The presentation will include a slide show of present day Hiroshima.
- Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
- Asia Colloquium: Focus on Women, India and Mongolia
Visiting Scholar and documentary filmmaker Vanaja C probes the hidden
world of women with AIDs in India; 2nd-year and Human Rights Center
fellow Oyundary (Daria) Tsagaan presents multi-media reporting on the
spread of domestic violence in Mongolia.
- Monday, November 5th, 2007
- The Death of Environmentalism
Michael Pollan talks to the authors of Break Through, a book about finding a better way to address the threat of global warming and about the larger failure of American liberalism to reinvent itself.
- Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
- Asia Colloquium: Photographers at Work in Tibet and Kashmir
Photography slide shows and talks by visiting scholar Janqiang Liu, Portrait of Tibet, and photography instructor Mimi Chakarova, Seeing Kashmir.
- Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
- Food and Farming Film Series "King Corn"
A preview of the new documentary about corn and America's food system, followed by a discussion with its filmmakers and journalism professor Michael Pollan.
- Saturday, October 27th, 2007
- play: The Berkeley Digital Media Conference
The Berkeley Digital Media Conference presents:
current and emerging intersections
- Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
- QUEST: A Multimedia Screening and Discussion
Paul Rogers, Managing Editor of QUEST and environmental reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, presents the new multi-platform series about Northern California's science and environment from local public broadcaster KQED. Knight Professor of Journalism Michael Pollan moderates.
- Thursday, October 18th, 2007
- Food and Farming Film Series - Pollen Nation and Three Short Films
A screening of four films about modern food systems, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Singeli Agnew '07, Josh Fischer '06 and others.
- Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
- Asia Colloquium: Filming India's Uncovered Stories
Screening of "The Red Corridor" and discussion with filmmaker C Vanaja.
Described as the biggest internal threat to the country by India's Prime Minister, the Naxalite movement has spread over 16 out of 28 states.
- Saturday, September 29th, 2007
- East Meets West 2007
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT (7/07). East Meets West brings together editors from top magazines and veteran journalists for an intimate, all-day conference at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
- Food Fight: A Teach-in On the 2007 Farm Bill
Michael Pollan will moderate a panel discussion of the 2007 farm bill, now being debated, with guests Dan Imhoff, the author of Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill; George Naylor, Iowa corn farmer and president of the National Family Farms Coalition; Ann Cooper, Director of Nu
- Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
- The Past, Present, and Future of Food
Whole Foods Market is the largest organic and natural retailer in the world. The co-founder and CEO of the company will offer a multimedia presentation of the past, present, and future of food. Mackey will then join Pollan in conversation, continuing in person the exchange of views the two have b
- Tuesday, February 20th, 2007-Saturday, January 20th, 2007
- China's Media and the Environment
Since founding the magazine in 1998, Hu Shuli has been the driving force behind Caijing magazine, China's most influential business journal. The publication is known for its aggressive pursuit of investigative reporting, especially its exposes on government corruption and corporate fraud in China
- Thursday, February 15th, 2007
- Charlie LeDuff -- Reporter, Writer and Multimedia Master for the New York Times & Others
As one of the first multimedia reporters for the New York Times, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, Charles LeDuff, will discuss his new book, "U.S. Guys," and multimedia reporting in a rapidly changing media world.
- Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
- Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate
Alicia Shepard will discuss her new book, "Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadown of Watergate." The book is the first full-length biography of the reporters who helped to unseat President Nixon.
- Thursday, October 5th, 2006-Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
- Barry Lopez
Famed nature writer Barry Lopez has been invited to give a talk entitled "Landscape and the American Language," discussing his latest project--a dictionary of American landscape terms. The book, Home Ground, is an attempt Lopez writes, "to gain a sense of allegiance with our chosen places."
- Saturday, September 16th, 2006
- East Meets West 2006 (see the 2007 event page to register for the current event)
Meet editors from magazines like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Writers will learn the editors' views on long-form narrative, find out what they seek, and meet privately with an editor. Registration begins June 1 for ASJA members and alumni of the J-school. See also: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006-Monday, May 15th, 2006
- Al Gore's Film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, An Inconvenient Truth, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is f
- Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006-Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
- China - U.S. Climate Change Forum
The China-U.S. Climate Change Forum is being organized by the Berkeley China Initiative, which is forging closer ties between U.C. Berkeley and China by bringing together key experts on important international and bilateral issues. Growing concern over climate change makes this topic an obvious c
- Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
- Early Signs: Report from a Warming Planet
How does global warming affect places like Bangladesh, New Zealand, Manitoba, Kiribati, Ecuador and Tanzania? Journalism students who set out around the world as part of an extensive year-long project will host an informal discussion and a multimedia presentation on this topic.
- Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
- Careers in Digital Journalism
The Graduate School of Journalism and the Online News Association are hosting a noon-time discussion by top editors at leading new media companies about working at online news organizations and the new newsroom environment.
- Monday, April 24th, 2006
- What to Eat: Sensible Food Choices in this Era of Corporate and Scientific Confusion
Marion Nestle Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Public Health and Journalism at UC Berkeley (Spring 2006) will discuss her new book and the links between nutrition, health, politics, and navigating a supermarket designed to confuse us and obscure the origins and nature of food.
- Monday, April 17th, 2006-Friday, March 17th, 2006
- The Omnivore's Dilemma
Knight Professor of Journalism Michael Pollan will discuss his new book, "Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," with Davia Nelson of NPR's The Kitchen Sisters.
- Thursday, April 13th, 2006
- Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply
Investigative journalist Katherine Eban discusses her new book, Dangerous Doses, a troubling tale of how stolen, counterfeit and contaminated medicine is turning up on the shelves of American hospitals and pharmacies.
- Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
- Katy McColl, JANE Magazine Writer and Editor
McColl will discuss her experience in the New York magazine world and her new book that offers career and life-planning advice. Elizabeth Fishel, UC Berkeley Visiting Lecturer in Women's/Men's magazines and local author, will host the event.
- Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
- Playing with Food
The penultimate lecture in visiting scholar Marion Nestle's Food Politics lecture series. Harold McGee, author (Food & Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen) will discuss "Playing with Food: Science and Action in the Kitchen."
- Wednesday, March 1st, 2006-Monday, February 27th, 2006
- How Big Food Resists Government Regulation
Michele Simon, Director of the Center for Informed Food Choices (www.informedeating.org) will be the guest lecturer for Marion Nestle's Food Politics Lecture Series. Her talk is entitled How Big Food Resists Government Regulation.
- Tuesday, October 26th, 2004
- Global Climate Change: What Are The Facts?
Presentation on global warming and the environment by Former Vice President Al Gore, followed by a conversation with Orville Schell, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism.
- Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
- Bush Science
A panel discussion on the science policies of the Bush administration featuring David Baltimore, Kurt Gottfried, Bruce Buckheit, David Guston and Andrew Eller. Moderated by Michael Pollan. This event was webcast live.
- Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
- Humanity 2.0: Will Your Grandchildren Be Genetically Modified?
A conversation with Bill McKibben, Author of "Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age" and Dr. Marcy Darnovsky, Associate Director, Center for Genetics and Society. Moderated by Michael Pollan, Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
- Thursday, April 29th, 2004
- Living With The Genie
A panel discussion with Denise Caruso, Ray Kurzweil (by videoconference), Howard Rheingold, Richard Rhodes, and Mark Schapiro. Moderated by Christina Desser. Introduced by Michael Pollan.
- Tuesday, April 27th, 2004
- Biotech & Nanotech - Remaking Nature in the Image of Technology
Andrew Kimbrell is the executive director of the Center for Food Safety. A public-interest lawyer and writer based in Washington, D.C., he is the author of "The Human Body Shop" and "Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture."
- Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
- Journalism Without a Net: The Freelance Life
Robert Sullivan is a freelance writer who contributes to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Vogue. His new book is "Rats: Observations and Habitats of the Citys Most Unwanted Inhabitants"
- Wednesday, March 31st, 2004
- Risk Analysis or the Precautionary Principle?
Carolyn Raffensperger is a lawyer and environmentalist and the founding executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. She has been instrumental in introducing the precautionary principle, which was adopted by the city of San Francisco last year.
- Thursday, March 4th, 2004
- Life Beyond Genes: The Trouble With Genetic Engineering
A talk by Craig Holdrege, Biologist, Director of The Nature Institute, and Author of "Genetics and the Manipulation of Life: The Forgotten Factor of Context"
- Thursday, March 4th, 2004
- Life Beyond Genes
A talk by Craig Holdrege, Biologist, Director of The Nature Institute, and "Author of Genetics and the Manipulation of Life: The Forgotten Factor of Context."
- Thursday, January 8th, 2004
- The Lawless Sea
An advance screening and reception for "The Lawless Sea," a CIR and FRONTLINE/
World investigation into one of the world's worst oil spills and the international
maritime system that shields those responsible.
- Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
- Pulse of Scientific Freedom
Arpad Pusztai, John Losey, Tyrone Hayes, and Ignacio Chapela in a public conversation. Introduced by Michael Pollan and moderated by Mark Dowie.
- Monday, November 24th, 2003
- Fast Food World
Food has emerged as the flashpoint in the ongoing debate over globalization. All of us face a fateful decision: do we want to move toward a single global marketplace for food? What would doing so mean for food security? For our diets? Our cultures? The environment? Experts debate the issue.
- Monday, November 24th, 2003
- Fast Food World
A panel discussion with Wendell Berry, Carlo Petrini, Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Vandana Shiva. Introduced by Alice Waters, moderated by Orville Schell.
- Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
- The Politics of Obesity
Panelists: Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health, New York University; Joan Dye Gussow, professor emeritus of nutrition education at Columbia University; Kelly Brownell, psychology professor and director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders.
- Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
- Has Bush Made Us Safer?
Debate: Christopher Hitchens vs. Mark Danner. Introduced by Robert M. Berdahl, moderated by Orville Schell Dean.
- Tuesday, November 4th, 2003
- The Science of Medicine Comes of Age
Lisa Sanders, internist on the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine and author of the monthly New York Times Magazine column, "Diagnosis," will discuss how the evolution of the field of medicine has resulted in "competing truths"
- Wednesday, October 29th, 2003
- The High Price of Cheap Food
The Discover Cal lecture series brings J-School Prof. Michael Pollan to Southern California this month to share the lessons learned by following foods like beef cows and organic TV dinners through the food chain.
- Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
- The Future of Food, Farming and the Wild
A conversation with Fred Kirschenmann, farmer and director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Daniel Imhoff, author of Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Michael Pollan, author and Knight Professor at the Journalism School.
- Tuesday, September 30th, 2003
- Helen Thomas - The Bush White House
A conversation with Helen Thomas, Hearst newspaper columnist, United Press International and White House bureau chief for 57 years.
- Monday, September 29th, 2003
- Infectious Disease Conference
This week, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism hosts a series of seminars on infectious disease for public health reporters. See full conference listing for webcasts and more information.
- Friday, September 26th, 2003
- Paul Krugman: The War in Iraq and the American Economy
Paul Krugman is a New York Times columnist and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Introduced by Orville Schell Dean, Graduate School of Journalism.
- Tuesday, September 9th, 2003
- Covering Infectious Disease
A conference co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism's Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Training, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness.
- Thursday, May 1st, 2003
- America In the Second Nuclear Age
A conversation with Jonathan Schell, Frances FitzGerald, Michael Nacht, and Mark Danner. Introduced by Orville Schell.
- Thursday, April 3rd, 2003
- Looking at America from Abroad
A conversation with: Federico Rampini, Patrick Jarreau, Annette Levy-Willard, Olivia Schoeller, Godfrey Hodgson. Moderated by Orville Schell, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism.
- Tuesday, March 18th, 2003
- War, The Press & U.S. Power
A conversation with Strobe Talbot, Mark Danner, Peter Tarnoff and Orville Schell.
- Wednesday, January 29th, 2003
- Debate: How Should We Use Our Power?
The Goldman Forum on the Press and Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the J-School, hosts a debate between I.F. Stone Fellow Christopher Hitchens and J-School Professor Mark Danner on the topic of America's role in Iraq.
- Monday, November 18th, 2002
- Setting the Agenda: The New York Times and America's View of the World
The New York Times and America's View of the World. A conversation with Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (publisher) and Howell Raines (executive editor) of the New York Times, and Dean Orville Schell and Professor Mark Danner from the Graduate School of Journalism.
- Thursday, September 26th, 2002
- Food and the Environment
Conference: A number of distinguished panelists discuss issues related to food, nutrition, factory farming, and the environment.
- Tuesday, September 17th, 2002
- Weblogs: Challenging Mass Media and Society
Panelists discuss the challenges and opportunities that the phenomenon of weblogging presents for journalism and society.
- Monday, February 25th, 2002
- Mark Danner: Ideas in U.S. Foreign Policy
Professor Mark Danner discusses Ideas in U.S. Foreign Policy.
- Monday, January 28th, 2002
- The US and the Islamic World I: Saudi Arabia
Professor Lowell Bergman discusses "The US and the Islamic World I: Saudi Arabia."