2013-14 Regents' Lecture Series

Paul E. Jacobs

"Digital 6th Sense"
October 16, 2013, 4p.m., Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall
hosted by the College of Engineering

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm’s strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs’ responsibilities include leadership and oversight of all the Company’s initiatives and operations.  Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's (1984) and master's (1986) degrees, as well as his doctorate (1989) in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a recipient of a number of industry, academic and corporate leadership awards and current serves as Chairman of the Berkeley Engineering Advisory Board.

Gurcharan Das

"India's economic future"
October 24, 2013, 7:30p.m., Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business (organized by the Haas School of Business)
"Dharma and the Quest for a More Meaningful Life"
November 14, 2013, 4pm, 142 Dwinelle Hall
hosted by the department of South & Southeast Asian Studies

Gurcharan Das is an Indian author and a political commentator. His work examines the issues of morality, corruption and governance and has significantly impacted the political, social and economic life of contemporary India. He is also an expert in the Indian economy, and is a highly respected business leader.

Cynthia McLeod

"Elisabeth Samson: The Life of a Remarkable Black Woman in the Surinamese Slave Society"
November 13, 2013, 7p.m., Alumni House
hosted by the Dutch department and the department of African American Studies

The Caribbean novelist and activist, Cynthia McLeod, was born in the former Dutch colony, Suriname. She is the daughter of Johan Ferrier, the nation’s first democratically elected president who was deposed in the military coup of 1980. A key topic in her literary work is the legacy of slavery and the importance of this legacy in the broader discussion on multiculturalism. In this presentation, McLeod will discuss the European and North-American approach to the legacy of slavery and multiculturalism against that of her native Suriname.

Nigel Crisp

"Triple Aim, Triple Gain: The three most promising areas for innovation in health globally"
February 19, 2014, 4p.m., 150 University Hall
hosted by the School of Public Health

"Turning the World Upside Down: What Rich Countries Can Learn from Poor Countries About Health"
February 20, 2014, 4p.m., 2nd Floor, Haviland Hall
hosted by the School of Social Welfare

Lord Nigel Crisp is the Former Chief Executive of the NHS and Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health in the UK. He is a world-renowned expert on the changing trends in health care systems and on the future of global health.

John Mather

"From Berkeley to NASA, Stockholm, and the beginning of the Universe"
February 24, 2014, 5 p.m.
hosted by the Physics and Astronomy Departments

Dr. John Mather is an experimental astrophysicist and cosmologist. He is an expert on new developments in technologies and detectors that are being developed to enable future space missions. He has a Nobel Prize in Physics for successfully carrying out one of the most important experiments in the 20th century in physics--the measurement of the spectrum of the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Patssi Valdez

March 6, 2014, 4p.m., 300 Wheeler Hall
hosted by the English Department

Patssi Valdez is one of the most celebrated Chicana artists in the U.S. today. She has been active in producing various forms of art production for more than forty years. Her work has been widely discussed in current Chicana/o art criticism, and it is taught in art, literature and film courses at major universities across the country. 

For a list of past speakers, please visit regents-lectures.berkeley.edu/