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About the site: Topical questions, campus experts, public opinion

Today, UC Berkeley is widely known as the preeminent public university in the United States, and as the home of the Free Speech Movement. The Berkeley Blog bridges these two.

We created this interactive site to give voice to our scholars’ ideas and opinions in a forum that encourages public comment. Our authors include some 300 UC Berkeley faculty members, graduate students and other scholars, who share their thoughts on topical national and global issues with which we all grapple. This blog serves as a virtual blackboard for ideas and expertise found on the Berkeley campus.

The thoughts expressed here are not that of the University, not official, not predictable, and not of one mind. In the spirit of the Free Speech Movement, the thoughts expressed here are those of the individual authors.

We welcome your comments. The ground rules for joining the conversation, drawn from the UC Berkeley Principles of Community, are as follows:

  • Stay on topic. We will remove posts that rant far afield.
  • Be civil and respectful of others, even if you disagree with their posts.
  • Don’t get personal.
  • We reserve the right to limit the number of comments related to election campaigns, especially if multiple comments are making essentially the same point.