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Higher Education Leaders and Obama Economics Advisor to Discuss Challenges to Public Universities at Berkeley, Dec. 2


Press Release

The President of the University of California System Mark Yudof, University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, University of California, Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher F. Edley, Jr., and Berkeley Professor of Economics and recently named Chair of President-elect Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer will discuss current challenges faced by public universities at an American Academy of Arts and Sciences symposium at U.C. Berkeley on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jesse Choper, the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at Berkeley.

Public higher education in America has long been an unrivaled engine of innovation and a pathway to productive careers for millions of students. Today, these institutions face unprecedented financial pressures – looming state budget shortfalls, declining endowments, and increased reliance on non-governmental funding. What risks do tough economic conditions pose to access and affordability? Is there a larger role for the federal government and if so, what strings will be attached? What is the role of public universities, especially large research universities, vis-à-vis private institutions? Is American public higher education losing ground and what will be the impact on U.S. competitiveness in the global economy?

WHAT: Symposium on Challenges to Public Universities


Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley.
Christopher F. Edley, Jr., Dean, University of California, Berkeley Law School.
Christina Romer, Class of 1957 Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley.
Mark Yudof, President, University of California.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pauley Ballroom, Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Ave. at Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA

This event is sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and global security; social policy; the humanities and culture; and education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy’s work is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs from around the world. (


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