Funding the Forum
This project has ended, but you can still support amazing Berkeley initiatives by visiting give.berkeley.edu. Your continued support of our students, faculty and staff will ensure that Berkeley remains the #1 public university. Go Bears!
The Berkeley Forum is a completely student-run nonprofit that brings some today's most prominent thinkers and leaders to campus. Our guests have included Nobel Prize winners, Peter Thiel, the US Secretary of Homeland Security, and Salman Khan - the founder of The Khan Academy. In the spring of last year, the Forum’s Senator Rand Paul event was live-broadcasted on CSPAN, FOX News, and CNN. The next morning, Forum members woke up to find the event featured on the front page of the New York Times.
All of our events are free to UC Berkeley students, and almost all are free to community members. Our mission is to make intellectual thought and dialogue accessible to all. We see our events as a way of keeping alive UC Berkeley's incredible history of intellectual debate and discourse.
The Forum plans to use crowdfunding to support our organization's long-term funding as well as to host one of our largest events yet. This upcoming semester, The Berkeley Forum is excited to bring Anant Agarwal to come speak to the Cal community.
Mr. Agarwal is the CEO and president of edX, a joint partnership between MIT and Harvard University that offers free online learning. edX has grown to become one of the world’s most prominent platforms for open source learning, allowing user worldwide to access courses from some of the world’s leading educational institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley. The Berkeley Forum is excited to host an event with Anant Agarwal this November, discussing the role of technology in transforming education and learning.
Why Your Support Matters
As Berkeley students, we're all too familiar with the pressure our school is under due to decreasing state support. Donating to The Berkeley Forum means helping fight this exclusivity in higher education and intellectual discussion. It means supporting the right of everyone to learn, think, and be exposed to incredible ideas.
Being a nonprofit, The Berkeley Forum depends entirely on donations and university grants for support. Even though we receive limited funding from the university, grants cover only a fraction of the cost of just a single event. Many times, Forum members pay out of their own pockets for events.
Our members are dedicated to continuing giving the Berkeley community professional, high-quality events. As our events and speakers become bigger and better, your support will be more critical than ever before.
The Berkeley Forum's Carter Keeling moderates an event with Peter Thiel
Khan Academy founder Salman Khan gives a speech in Sibley Auditorium
The Berkeley Forum's event with Senator Rand Paul is featured on the front page of the New York Times
The Berkeley Forum has been featured in some of today's biggest press and media sources
David Chase, the creator of Emmy winning series "The Sopranos," takes questions from the audience
To find our more about us and our events, visit us at forum.berkeley.edu and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/berkeleyforum?fref=ts .