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2017-18 Academic Year

Due: February 12, 2017
Application Form

This program has been running for 50 years and brings to the University distinguished speakers who have pursued careers in arts, letters, sciences, or business substantially outside the academic profession, including James Baldwin, Sandra Day O'Connor, Steve Reich, Ernst Gombrich, Carrie Mae Weems, Amoz Oz, Sally Ride, VS Naipaul, Yo-Yo Ma, Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Each Department Chair, Professional School Dean or Unit Director may nominate a maximum of one candidate.

Regents' Lecturers present a public presentation and meet with students and faculty, ideally for several days or up to 2 weeks. Regents Lecturers receive a $5,000 honorarium, lodging, and travel expenses. The hosting unit receives up to $1,000 to defray costs of renting a lecture hall, publicizing, and archiving the presentation.

Regents' Lecturers are expected to offer at least one public lecture and to be available for seminars, colloquia, and informal consultation with faculty and students. They may participate in courses of instruction, and they may teach or co-teach lectures at the discretion of the unit's chair, dean or director, and with the concurrence of the appropriate bodies of the Academic Senate.

In addition to the honorarium, the program provides one round-trip coach airfare with a pre-approved not-to-exceed ceiling (or airfare equivalent if no airfare is involved) to the visitor. The host unit receives $1,000 to defray general expenses. Lodging will be provided by the Regents' Lectureship Program at one of the Campus Faculty Clubs. The host unit is responsible for additional hospitality, including office space, publicity (for a minimum of one free Regents' Lecture, open to the general community), and information regarding services such as library use and Recreational Sports Facility use, and for international visitors who are non-resident aliens, assistance with any visa issues or needed health insurance coverage. It is strongly recommended that the nominating unit consult Sook Hollingshead, International Scholar Advisor, Berkeley International Office (, with all visa questions prior to nominating an international visitor.

In addition to the application form, the nominating school(s)/department(s) should include the following supporting information:

  1. Letters of support from campus faculty
  2. Samples of publications (if appropriate)
  3. Stipulation of the program planned for the nominee including preferred period of stay

Send materials to: Yasya Goretsky at 

The Chancellor approves appointments of Regents' Lecturers in April. Once approved, the invitation for a Lectureship is valid only for the academic year for which it is issued.

Please direct any inquiries to Program Manager Yasya Goretsky (642-7742,

Additional information for departments regarding host-unit responsibilities can be found here: Department Checklist

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