Press Release

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Brings The Lincoln Project to UC Berkeley


BERKELEY, CA | JANUARY 17, 2014 – America’s public universities are facing reductions in government funding, competition from for profit education providers, international competitors, and emerging technologies.

What are the implications of these threats to public higher education?

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences established The Lincoln Project to assess these threats and develop recommendations to preserve the strength and diversity of public universities. Part of that process is to engage state and federal policymakers, elected officials, university and business leaders, and the broader public in crafting a way forward.

On January 22, 2014, at 5:50 p.m. at the University of California, Berkeley Faculty Club, The Lincoln Project will convene a discussion on Public Higher Education and the Private Sector.

Leading the discussion will be the cochairs of The Lincoln Project:

  • Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus, Professor of Physics, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; and
  • Mary Sue Coleman, President; Professor of Chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Professor of Biological Chemistry in the School of Medicine, University of Michigan.

Also on the program are Lincoln Project advisors Philip Bredesen, former Governor of Tennessee; and Frank Yeary, Chairman, CamberView Partners, LLC and former Vice Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley. American Academy board chairman Don Randel, also will be featured.

The Lincoln Project is named for President Abraham Lincoln to commemorate his role in signing the Morrill Act in 1862, which laid the groundwork for the nation’s unparalleled public university system.


About the American Academy of Arts & 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 the humanities, arts, and education; science and technology policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good. 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.

Felicia Knight