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The University of California and Higher Education
Its Mission, History, and Goals

An Academic Symposium in Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of
the UC Academic Senate

Friday Evening and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 2018
The Waterfront Hotel, Oakland, CA

The Academic Senate of the University of California announces a symposium in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Academic Senate and of the UC faculty. The symposium will feature four lecture and panel discussion sessions focused on mission, history, and goals of the University, and will showcase the diversity and breadth of UC faculty research and knowledge.

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Friday, October 26, 5pm-8pm
Reception, Dinner, Session A

Welcoming Remarks: Michael T. Brown, Provost 

Session A – The Master Plan: Access, Equity, and the Social Contract for Higher Education

 Featured Speaker and Panelists

George Blumenthal, Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz. Academic Senate Chair 2004 – 2005.

  • Sylvia Hurtado, Professor of Education, UCLA. BOARS Chair 2008 – 2010.
  • Bill Jacob, Professor of Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara. Academic Senate Chair 2013 – 2014, BOARS chair 2010-2012.
  • Judson King, Professor Emeritus of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Former Director of the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education. University of California Provost 1995 – 2004.

ModeratorMichael Cowan, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, UC Santa Cruz. Academic Senate Chair, 2000 - 2001.

Saturday, October 27, 9am-5pm
Breakfast and Sessions B, C, and D

Welcoming Remarks: Janet Napolitano, UC President 

Session B – The Evolution of Shared Governance and the Historic and Present Role of the Academic Senate

Featured Speaker and Panelists 

John Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Higher Education, UC Berkeley

  • Aimée Dorr, Professor Emerita of Education, UCLA. University of California Provost, 2012 – 2017. Academic Senate Chair 1998 – 1999.
  • Daniel Simmons, Professor Emeritus of Law, UC Davis. Academic Senate Chair 1994 -1995; 2010 -2011.
  • Shane White, Professor of Dentistry, UCLA. Academic Senate Chair 2017 - 2018.

Moderator:  Mary Gilly, Professor of Marketing, UC Irvine. Academic Senate Chair 2014 – 2015.

Session C – Reflections on Free Speech and Academic Freedom, Past and Present

 Featured Speaker and Panelists 

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley

  • John Oakley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law, UC Davis. Academic Senate Chair 2006 – 2007.
  • Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside. UCR Academic Senate Chair.
  • Gayle Binion, Professor Emerita of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara. Academic Senate Chair 2002 – 2003.

Moderator: James Chalfant, Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Davis. Academic Senate Chair 2016–2017

Session D – Growing UC: Past Successes and Future Challenges 

Featured Speakers and Panelists 

Anneeth Kaur Hundle, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Merced
Ma Vang, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Merced 
  • Yolanda Moses, Professor of Anthropology, UC Riverside.
  • Michael Meranze, Professor of History, UCLA.
  • Henry Powell, Professor of Neuropathology, UC San Diego. Academic Senate Chair 2009 - 2010.

Moderator: Lawrence Pitts, Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery, UC San Francisco. University of California Provost 2009 – 2012.  Academic Senate Chair 2003 – 2004.

Stay tuned to this site for more details as the event approaches. Capacity is limited. To register for the symposium, please contact or use the online registrationRegistration includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch.

The Academic Senate gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of California Office of Academic Affairs (Michael T. Brown, Provost) and the University of California Office of the Chief Investment Officer (Jagdeep Singh Bachher, Chief Investment Officer) in making this event possible.