Experts Share Their Knowledge Through
posted October 21,
To enrich campus life and complement the work of students
and faculty, UC Regents instituted a lectureship program in
1954 to bring distinguished persons in arts, letters,
sciences and business, outside the realm of academia, to
For the past 44 years, Berkeley has invited Regents'
Lecturers to campus to share their expertise through
classes, office hours and public lectures.
"Because of Berkeley's prestige, no one has ever declined
our invitation," said John Letiche, professor emeritus of
economics and chair of the campus committee on Regents'
professorships and lectureships for the past 18 years. "Some
even refuse to accept our honorarium."
Guests from previous years read like a Who's Who list,
including musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Wynton Marsalis, former
Secretary of State Robert Macnamara and South African human
rights activist Albie Sachs.
This year is no exception as physicists, musicians,
politicians and others are scheduled to visit the campus
Following is a list of this year's lecturers. For
information, call the sponsoring department.
Charles Alcock - Physics
A native of New Zealand, Alcock is currently head
of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Institute
promotes the basic research involved in understanding the
structure, origin and evolution of the solar system. Alcock
will be on campus Feb. 22 through March 3.
Robert Colescott - Art Practice
Colescott, 72, has close ties to the Bay Area,
growing up in Oakland and earning both his BA and MA from
Berkeley. Colescott is now considered one the most important
American figurative painters of his generation. His
provocative work deals with issues of race, culture and
sexual desire. An exhibit of his work will be displayed at
the Berkeley Art Museum May 12 through August 29 to coincide
with his visit.
Jacques Delors - Sociology
As a politician and economist for his native
France, Delors has held many positions. He was a member of
Prime Minister Chaban-Delmas's cabinet in 1969, in charge of
social and cultural affairs, and social finance and
economics. He was committee director of France's Socialist
party in 1979 and served as president of the Commission of
the European Economic Community from 1985-1995. He will be
here for one week in April.
Leo Esaki - Physics
Winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics, Esaki
and his colleagues pioneered semiconductor quantum
structures. His other discoveries have assisted the boom in
wireless communications. Esaki is currently president of the
University of Tsukuba in Japan and conducts research at the
IBM Watson Research Center. A public lecture is scheduled
for Monday, April 5 in 155 Dwinelle.
Joe Goode - Center for Theater
Goode is recognized internationally as an
innovator in the development of contemporary dance theater.
In addition to stage repertory, The Joe Goode Performance
Group is known for its innovative performance installations.
The group also provides outreach services, including
workshops and lectures, to gay and lesbian teens, low-income
and at-risk youth, senior citizens and battered women. Goode
will be on campus Feb. 15 through March 12.
Stephen Kovacevich -
A Grammy-nominated pianist, Kovacevich is well known for his
highly original interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms and
Schubert. While on campus, he will collaborate with
professor of musicology and Beethoven expert Joseph Kerman.
Kovacevich will conduct master classes on Wednesday, April
14 and Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m. in Hertz Hall. He will
present a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, April 21 in
Morrison Hall and is scheduled for Cal Performance concerts
Sunday, April 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. in Hertz Hall.
Geoffry Summers -Near Eastern
A practicing archaeologist of wide experience,
Summers is currently combining aerial photography and
archaeological soundings at Kerkenes Dag, the largest
pre-Hellenistic site in Asia Minor. His finds have lent
force to his theory that Kerkenes Dag was a Median gateway
city to the west. Summers is the former assistant director
of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey.
He will present a lecture on his work Monday, Nov. 16 at 5
p.m. in 370 Dwinelle.
Henrik Thrane - Near Eastern
One of Europe's leading Bronze Age and Migration
Period archaeologists, Thrane has spent most of his
professional career in curatorial positions, mounting major
exhibitions on settlement archaeology, Bronze Age
discoveries and Ukranian archaeology. He is also known for
his major innovations in Danish museum practice. Thrane will
be on campus in early March and will participate in events
connected with the upcoming exhibit of bronzes from Luristan
at the Hearst Museum.
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