Mary Ann Mason: Achieving Equality for Women

Mary Ann Mason

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley's Mary Ann Mason for a discussion of the evolution of the women's movement. In the conversation, Professor Mason, the first woman dean of the graduate division at Berkeley, discusses her career as a historian, lawyer, and university official. She explains her focus on the family and its importance as an indicator of both changes in society and the status of women. Recalling her efforts at the University of California to generate data to understand the condition of women in the academy, she highlights the tools at her disposal to...

William K. Coblentz: What Made California Great

William K. Coblentz

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes attorney and civic leader William K. Coblentz for a discussion of his distinguished career. Coblentz defines the liberal values that guide his legal practice and his civic leadership. He recalls his formative years, his legal representation of important rock 'n roll figures, his work with Governor Pat Brown, his service on the University of Calfornia Board of Regents, and his work in the philanthropic sector. He compares the leadership of Governors Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan and analyzes the rise and decline of California. He concludes with...

Ralph J. Cicerone: Science, Climate Change, and Leadership

Ralph J. Cicerone

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ralph J. Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences for a discussion of the challenges facing the scientific community. Dr. Cicerone describes his research interests and explains the qualities of a scientist and what makes science a unique enterprise. He also focuses on leadership in science discussing his work at UC Irvine to establish a department of geosciences and his goals as President of the National Academy of Science and Chair of the National Research Council. He reflects on his work on,“Climate Change Science: An Analysis on...

John Heilbron: Science and History

John Heilbron

"Science and History" - Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian John Heilbron, the 2007 Hitchcock Lecturer, for a discussion of the history of science. He reflects on his contributions to the field, analyzes the challenges of studying science as a historian, and offers insight into the value of science history for society. John Heilbron also discusses his years as Vice Chancellor of the Berkeley campus.


James O. Freedman: Liberal Arts and Higher Education

James O. Freedman

President of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former president of Dartmouth College, James Freedman discusses issues in higher education with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler.


Key Words: Higher Education, University Presidents, University Leadership, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, RIP

Frank Rhodes: Adaptation and Change in the American University

Frank Rhodes

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Frank Rhodes, former President of Cornell University, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities he faced leading an Ivy League university.


Key Words: University Leadership, Leadership, Higher Education, University Presidents, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, RIP

Donald Kennedy: Science, Government, and the University

Donald Kennedy

"Science, Government, and the University" - Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Donald Kennedy, Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University. Professor Kennedy offers his reflections on research and teaching in the biological sciences. He analyzes the challenges he faced as President of Stanford and talks about his present role as Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine. He also explores the evolution of relations between government and science.