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Women We Admire: Carol Christ to speak at UCOP on Dec. 11

Bring your lunch and join UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ for the next talk in the Women We Admire speaker series.

Date: Monday, Dec. 11
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: Franklin Lobby 1
Remote access options:
Via Zoom:
Dial in: 408-638-0968 (toll charges apply),*4 (from a UCOP office phone); enter Meeting ID: 698-756-8179

Christ’s talk is part of the Women We Admire series, initiated by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) in 2009. PACSW brings women from around the UC system to speak at UCOP and share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work-life balance. All members of the UCOP community are invited to these events to learn how to make the most of working at UC.

Christ began her term as the 11th chancellor of UC Berkeley on July 1, 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also well known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses.

Christ spent more than three decades as a professor and administrator at UC Berkeley before serving as president of Smith College, one of the country’s most distinguished liberal arts colleges, from 2002 to 2013. She returned to Berkeley in January 2015 to direct the campus’s Center for Studies in Higher Education, and was appointed interim executive vice chancellor and provost in April 2016 before being named chancellor in March 2017. Since returning to Berkeley, Christ has played an instrumental role in efforts to stabilize the institution’s budget, confront sexual violence and sexual harassment on campus, create a long-term plan for housing students and scholars, and more.

Prior to joining Smith, Christ served as UC Berkeley’s executive vice chancellor and provost from 1994 until 2000. During her six years as the campus’s top academic officer, she sharpened Berkeley’s intellectual focus, strengthening many of the institution’s top-rated departments in the humanities and sciences as well as advancing major initiatives in areas including neuroscience and bioengineering.

Christ received her B.A. (1966) from Douglass College, and her M.Ph. (1969) and Ph.D. (1970) from Yale University. She joined the Berkeley English faculty in 1970, and in addition to her other roles, has served as chair of that department, dean of the Division of Humanities, and provost for the College of Letters and Science. Christ has authored two books, “The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity in Victorian Poetry” (1975) and “Victorian and Modern Poetics” (1994), and has edited or co-edited several others, including “The Norton Anthology of English Literature.” She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Find upcoming speakers in this series and archived audio of past talks on the Women We Admire website.

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