The new chancellor has inherited a university that is politically fragmented and financially distressed.
The university has filed a response to a Berkeley College Republican and Young America's Foundation lawsuit, which alleged that Cal officials restricted First Amendment rights.
Sharon Inkelas, linguistics professor, has been named the special faculty adviser to the chancellor on sexual violence/sexual harassment for a three-year term, beginning July 24.
The dismissal ties up the latest case in a string of sexual misconduct controversies involving Cal faculty in recent years.
The project was designed as an alternative to UC Berkeley establishing campuses in other countries as some universities, including New York University, have done in recent years.
In a letter to the campus community, Dirks said he had come to a personal decision that "the time was right for him to step aside" to "allow someone else to take up the financial and institutional challenges ahead of us.”
The investigation centers on the chancellor's use of the university's gym and a personal trainer.
Sujit Choudhry resigned his position as dean of Berkeley Law on Thursday, following Tuesday’s filing of a lawsuit seeking damages from both Choudhry and the Regents of the University of California for sexual harassment.
The comprehensive strategic review announced Wednesday by UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks promises to bring significant change to the campus, including staff cuts, academic reorganization, and a more intensive effort to sweat the university’s assets, including real estate.
In a message to the UC Berkeley community at 8 a.m. today, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks warned about the consequences of “a substantial and growing structural deficit,” which he termed unsustainable.
This year’s Uncharted Ideas Festival in Berkeley, Oct. 16-17, is gearing up to be the best yet. Newly confirmed speakers include UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, bestselling author Anna Lappé, also founder of the Small Planet Institute, Alex Kozinski, the most outspoken judge on the Federal bench, Ethan Nadelmann, the nation’s point man for drug policy reform efforts, and historian and sex researcher Alice Dreger.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was in town he joked around with Robert Reich and grabbed lunch with Cal Chancellor Nick Dirks among other things.
EARTH DAY The Brower Center is hosting its first-ever Earth Day Festival, on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be hands-on workshops, live music, family arts activities and organic food tastings, all focused on “protecting and honoring the planet we call home.” Three panels during the afternoon look at carbon farming, climate-friendly consumption and fighting climate change at the neighborhood level. The Ecology Center hosts workshops to show how to reuse common household items and there will be screenings of film shorts on carbon farming. The full schedule is here. Berkeleyside is a media sponsor of the Earth Day Festival. Admission free ($10 suggested donation), The Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way. (more…)