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Challenges to Public Universities

Stated Meeting, Berkeley, CA
Thursday, December 2, 2008

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Speakers: Robert J. Birgeneau became the ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. An internationally distinguished physicist, he is a leader in higher education and is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community. Before coming to Berkeley, Birgeneau served for four years as President of the University of Toronto. He previously was Dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent 25 years on the faculty. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the American Philosophical Society as well as being a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received many awards for teaching and research, and is among the most cited physicists in the world for his work on the fundamental properties of materials. Honored with the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award in 2008 and the American Academy Founders Award in 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1987.
Mark G. Yudof (15 min.) became President of the University of California System in June of 2008. He served as chancellor of the University of Texas System from August 2002 to May 2008 and as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin for 26 years, serving as dean of the law school from 1984 to 1994 and as the university’s executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997. He recently completed a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy and currently serves as a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. He is a distinguished authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression and education law who has written and edited numerous publications on free speech and gender discrimination, including “Educational Policy and the Law.” A member of the American Law Institute, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001.
Christopher F. Edley, Jr. (17 min.) became Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law in 2004 after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School, where he was founding Co-Director of The Harvard Civil Rights Project (1996-2004). At Berkeley, he is founder and faculty Co-Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, a multidisciplinary think tank. In 2005, he completed a six-year term as a member of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. During the Carter administration he served as Assistant Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff and during the Clinton administration as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1993-1995, as special counsel to President Clinton, and as senior adviser on the President’s Race Initiative in 1997-1999. His areas of special interest include administrative law, education policy, and race. His publications include Not all Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race, and American Values (1996); and Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial Control of Bureaucracy (1990). He is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and of The Century Foundation, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the American Law Institute. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2007.

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