Dean's Speaker Series

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean's Speaker Series is designed to bring distinguished experts to Berkeley and engage the community on a variety of current and important topics in the field of public health. Each talk will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Events are held approximately once a month during the fall and spring semesters. Some talks, marked with an asterisk, are also part of the Kaiser Permanente Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

The Dean's Speaker Series events are free and open to the public; registration is encouraged. If the event reaches capacity, registered guests will receive priority seating until 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the talk.


Dr. Larry Brilliant and book cover


A Conversation with Larry Brilliant*
Tuesday, January 31

Speaker: Dr. Larry Brilliant, Chairman of the Board, Skoll Global Threats Fund

Moderator: Dr. Stefano Bertozi, Dean and Professor of Health Policy and Management, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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Shannon Brownlee


Beyond Coverage: After the ACA*
Thursday, February 23

Speaker: Shannon Brownlee, journalist and Senior Vice President, Lown Institute

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Read Q&A with Shannon Brownlee

Eli ClareMarch

Grappling with Cure
Thursday, March 2

Speaker: Eli Clare, writer, speaker, and activist

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Mike MersonA Fireside Chat with Mike Merson (Rescheduled for August 31)
Monday, April 17
Talk with reception to follow: 5-7 p.m. | Location TBD

Speaker: Mike Merson, Director of the Duke Global Health Institute and Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University



Malcom PottsThe Next 82 Years: Faculty and Students Confronting Existential Challenges
Thursday, May 4
Talk with reception to follow: 5-7 p.m. | 150 University Hall

Speaker: Malcolm Potts, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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FALL 2016 (past events)


Garen Wintemute and Magdalena CerdaFirearm Violence: Research and Action*
Wednesday, September 21

Speakers: Dr. Garen Wintemute, Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and Professor, UC Davis and Magdalena Cerda, Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Violence Prevention and Associate Professor, UC Davis

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Read Q&A with Dr. Garen Wintemute


Sophie Egan and Devoured cover

Devoured: A Journey into the American Food Psyche*
Thursday, October 27

Speaker: Sophie Egan, Director of Programs and Culinary Nutrition, Strategic Initiatives Group, The Culinary Institute of America

Moderator: Jaspal Sandhu, Lecturer, Design & Innovation, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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Read Q&A with Sophie Egan


Lynn BarrHealth Equity for Rural Patients
Thursday, November 17

Speaker: Lynn Barr, Chief Executive Officer, Caravan Health

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Iton, Hernandez, Smith

Health in California under a Trump Presidency*
Wednesday, December 7

Speakers: Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, The California Endowment; Dr. Sandra R. Hernández, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation; Dr. Karen Smith, Director and State Public Health Officer, California Department of Public Health

Moderator: Stephen Shortell, Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professorship, HPM Professor of Organizational Behavior, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

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Read Q&A with Dr. Anthony Iton