Tuesday, April 29
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Light refreshments, cash bar, and an exclusive reception with Robert Birgeneau, George Breslauer, Claire Holmes for members of The CAA Fund Society and Charter Hill Society.
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Film clip, presentation, and audience Q&A
About "At Berkeley"
Veteran documentarian Frederick Wiseman is famous for exposing the inner workings of American institutions. Now he has directed his camera at Berkeley. Filmed during a turning point — when state funding was plummeting, tuition was rising, and staff were taking the heat — At Berkeley shows our community in a variety of settings, from the classroom to the boardroom, while bringing the uncertain but hopeful future of public education into stark focus. Hear what it was like to be under Wiseman’s scrutiny, and consider how the film could shape the national conversation around higher learning.
About the Speakers
Robert Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist, served as the ninth chancellor of UC Berkeley from 2004–13. Well known for his commitment to diversity and equity, he successfully advanced a vision of “Access and Excellence.” Prior to Berkeley, he was president of the University of Toronto for four years and on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 25 years. He is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and other scholarly societies. He has received many awards for his leadership, teaching, and research. Birgeneau remains at Berkeley as a faculty member in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. He also leads the Lincoln Project, an American Academy of Arts and Sciences initiative aimed at advocating for public colleges and universities and devising strategies to reverse governmental disinvestment in public higher education.
George Breslauer joined Berkeley’s Department of Political Science in 1971 as a specialist on Soviet politics and foreign relations. He advanced to become full professor, was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in social sciences in 1997, and was appointed Chancellor’s Professor in 1998. Breslauer has written or edited 12 books on Soviet and Russian politics and foreign relations and has served as the editor of Post-Soviet Affairs since 1992. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations (New York). Among many academic leadership posts at UC Berkeley, he has served as dean of social sciences (1999–2006) and as executive dean of the College of Letters & Science (2000–06). He currently serves as executive vice chancellor and provost.
Claire Holmes is Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs. She oversees media relations, internal communications, issues and crisis management, and visitor and parent relations. She also supports the Chancellor and his cabinet with strategic communications programs. Before joining UC Berkeley in 2008, she was vice president of national media, public relations, and stakeholder management for Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit integrated health plan. She also owned a consulting agency for 10 years that served clients including Charles Schwab, IBM, Pacific Telesis, Pacific Gas and Electric, Bellcore, Chevron, and Bank of America. Holmes was named PR Person of the Year by PR News in 2010 and has won several awards from the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is walk up registration available the night of the event?
We anticipate being able to accept walk-ups on the night of the event. Accommodations are made on a first come, first served basis. You may call or text us the night of the event on the CAA Event Mobile at 775.557.8235.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There are no age restrictions for this event. Please bring your photo ID if you plan enjoying alcoholic beverages.
What are my transportation and parking options for this event?
The Menlo Circus Club is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Menlo Park Caltrain Station and approximately 3 miles west of CA-84. Complimentary parking is available.
Do I need a printed ticket to the event?
No. We will have your name on a list at the event. Please check in at registration upon your arrival.
What is the refund policy?
We are able to accommodate refunds through Thursday, April 24.
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