Campus Conversations

A series of talks with Berkeley's leaders

Background image: Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus with Sather Tower in the background

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It is a pivotal time in higher education and at UC Berkeley. There are many new campus leaders who are seeking new opportunities for Berkeley and working to address the challenges that we face. Now more than ever, it is important to understand the issues facing our campus and engage together in developing solutions.

Each month, a campus leader will share their vision for the future and invite you, the campus community, to ask questions and share your views. Bring your questions – and your lunch – and join the conversation.

Upcoming events

Thursday, Nov. 30: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Campus Conversation:  Athletics

Join the conversation to learn more about Cal Athletics and the upcoming move to the Atlantic Coast Conference happening in response to significant conference realignments across the country.


  • Carol Christ, Chancellor
  • Jim Knowlton, Cal Athletics Director
  • Oliver O'Reilly, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education
  • Max Auffhammer, Academic Senate Chair

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Cal Athletics

Campus Conversations - Athletics

Tuesday, Dec. 12: 12-1 p.m.

Campus Conversation:  2023 Year end conversation

Join the conversation with UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ as she reflects on the fall and looks forward to her final semester on campus.

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End of semester

Campus Conversations - End of Semester

Past events

2023 Fall semester start

Campus Conversations - UC Berkeley EVC and provost Ben Hermalin

Tuesday, Aug. 29: 12-1 p.m.

Campus Conversation:  Start of the semester with EVCP Ben Hermalin

Join the conversation with UC Berkeley’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ben Hermalin to learn more about him, his plans and priorities for campus and what he is looking forward to as a new academic year begins.

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Campus safety

Campus Conversations: Campus Safety

Tuesday, Sep. 12: 12-1 p.m.

Campus Conversation:  Campus safety

Join the conversation with UC Berkeley Chief of Police Yogananda Pittman in a discussion about campus safety. Chief Pittman will talk about cultural changes on the campus in terms of the community relationship with UCPD, challenges of policing in an open campus environment and what the community can do to collaborate with law enforcement. She will also cover some of the best ways for UCPD to engage with communities that have had contentious relationships with law enforcement. This is an opportunity to have an open conversation about what it means for our community to feel safe.

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Friday, Nov. 17: 12-1 p.m.

Campus Conversation: Berkeley Space Center

On Oct. 16, Berkeley announced an exciting new project - the Berkeley Space Center at NASA Research Park, a planned 36-acre innovation hub in the heart of Silicon Valley. As envisioned, the multi-phase development will accelerate the area’s existing innovation ecosystem, catalyzing deeper collaboration between the private, academic and governmental sectors. The joint venture is dedicated to identifying, incubating and launching technological breakthroughs across a diverse set of fields including astronautics, quantum computing, climate studies and the social sciences.

Located within NASA’s Ames Research Center’s NASA Research Park, Berkeley Space Center will be designed from the ground up to foster a collaborative environment with the critical mass and infrastructure needed to expand the frontiers of knowledge and develop tomorrow’s defining technologies. Overall, the development is expected to generate considerable employment opportunities, including more than 6,000 advanced R&D positions. With a focus on high-growth, high-impact sectors, Berkeley Space Center aims to further cement the State of California as a global innovation leader.

Join the conversation to learn more about this formative project.


  • Carol Christ, Chancellor 
  • Kathy Yelick, Vice Chancellor for Research 
  • Darek DeFreece, Founder & Executive Director, Moffett Field Project
  • Alexandre Bayen, Associate Provost for Moffett Field Program Development 

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Berkeley Space Center

Campus Conversations - Berkeley Space Center

Making requests for event accommodations

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Adrianne Griffith ( with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.