On April 26 more than one hundred friends of the College of Letters & Science gathered at the St. Francis Yacht Club to celebrate almost 150 years of excellence in the liberal arts at Berkeley. UC President Janet Napolitano welcomed the incoming Chancellor of UC Berkeley, Carol Christ, currently Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Over dinner guests heard a speech entitled, 'How Cal Prepared Me for Putin, Pablo Escobar, and Taylor Swift,' about the liberal arts in action from Vanity Fair Senior Correspondent and L&S alumna Maureen Orth '64.
The event was hosted by Judy Webb, co-chair of the College's Advisory Board, by the Board, by the deans of all five divisions in the College, and by a host committee consisting of Stephen & Susan M.B.A. '87 Chamberlin, Charles Huang '93 & Lillian Qian, J. Jahm '83 & Cheryl Najafi, Barbro & Bernard Osher, Sidney Russell '71, Elizabeth Simons '82 & Mark Heising '80, M.S. '83, Nat Simons '89, M.A. '95 & Laura Baxter-Simons '89, M.A. '94, Lisa '82 & Richard '79 Steiny, and Wen-hsin Yeh Ph.D. '84 & James Sha M.S. '76.
The College of Letters established in March 1868 at Berkeley is now known as the College of Letters & Science. It is the ancestor not just of UC Berkeley but of the entire University of California system.
Photos by Peg Skorpinski.