L&S Curricular Connections

Celebrating 30 Years of Freshman and Sophomore Seminars at Berkeley

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“The Freshman Seminars owe their existence to the combination of a good idea and a bad budgetary situation. In 1992 the University suffered deep cuts in its state budget and threats of further curtailments. The legislature resounded with the old complaints that the faculty did not teach enough. To demonstrate that we could do more […]

Liberal arts education is about truth-seeking — a call to intellectual arms

Liberal arts education is about truth-seeking — a call to intellectual arms

Institutions of higher education and, more specifically, liberal arts colleges, have become the butt of resentment in current culture wars based on misinformation and the attack on facts. But UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science aims to combat that by continuing to provide an education that focuses on truth-seeking and on knowledge-based discourse and […]

Berkeley Talks: Learning from nature to design better robots

Berkeley Talks: Learning from nature to design better robots

In Berkeley Talks episode 148, Robert Full, a professor of integrative biology and founder of the Center for Interdisciplinary Biological Inspiration in Education and Research at UC Berkeley, discusses how nature and its creatures — cockroaches, crabs, centipedes, geckos — inspire innovative design in all sorts of useful things, from bomb-detecting, stair-climbing robots to prosthetics […]

Commencement Speech – UC Berkeley Cognitive Science ’22, Akash Kulgod

Commencement Speech – UC Berkeley Cognitive Science ’22, Akash Kulgod

It began my freshman semester when I took David Presti’s Drugs and the Brain. I learned that we are amidst a tremendous resurgence of a class of compounds known as psychedelics. A couple of sessions with psilocybin, a molecule found in 200 species of mushrooms, and people heal from a Pandora’s box of ailments like […]

Saul Perlmutter: The Man Who Upended the Universe

Saul Perlmutter: The Man Who Upended the Universe

After making the astonishing discovery that what he and his fellow cosmologists thought they knew about the universe was wrong, Saul Perlmutter began a course at his university explaining why catching mistakes is at the heart of science. It’s also a lesson in life for the rest of us.

A partnership with Moleskine and U.C. Berkeley: The Future of Handwriting

A partnership with Moleskine and U.C. Berkeley: The Future of Handwriting

The evolution of handwriting has been a critical factor in preserving history and learning about the past. If it were not for the development of handwriting, some of the greatest thinkers of our time would not have been able to share their thoughts; thus, their stories never being told. …