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February 10, 2000

John Douglass

Thank you for coming to our symposium, 'Designing the Campus of Tomorrow.' I'm John Douglass, and along with Steve Finacom, we've been the joint program committee for this event. I'm going to say a few logistical things and then introduce the Chancellor, and then we'll move into our first talk by Paul Turner.

A reminder that we hoped you've registered in the front and picked up your program materials. That's part of the process here. I do want to note that the symposium website, if you haven't seen it, is developing. It has program information and that kind of thing, but it also has historical materials, a lot of primary documents, and also an on-line exhibition that reflects work by William Roberts at the UC Archives and Sally Thomas at the Center, and others. And it shows the campus at the turn of the century, what it was like physically, what academic life was like at the cusp of a new century. We will also have on this website a video stream of today's proceedings as well, if you have friends or others who would like to see it, or would like to go back and look at elements of it.

You are free to wander through the museum, as long as you've got your little tag to help the staff understand that, so that you can go up later during the lunch break and look at the exhibition on your own time.

Now, I'm going to say a few comments and welcome the Chancellor. There is a well-timed irony to our holding this event in the Berkeley Art Museum. In our 'Here and Now' segment later today, you will hear the physical challenges facing the Berkeley campus, rooted at least in part in the problems of seismic retrofit. To retrofit or not? That is not only the question that tries the souls of chancellors and Berkeley campus planners; you will also hear of the larger and immense capital needs of California's public higher education system and how Berkeley, a UC Merced, a CSU Channel Islands, must compete within this larger world. Many of you know much about all of this, but it is our hope to have an engaging discussion about the complexities of building, repairing and shaping the physical site of the academy. And lest we forget, all of this should be in service supporting the teaching, research and public service mission of a campus, with an eye, ultimately, toward the quality of life for those who work and visit a place like Berkeley, or a place like UC San Diego.

Without further ado, a quick note on the Chancellor. As most of you know, Robert Berdahl was appointed the eighth Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. Prior to his arrival at Berkeley, he had served as President of the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, he served as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

And there's more material and bio information on everybody who is participating on our panels and the speakers, so I hope you'll refer to that. Thank you very much for coming. Chancellor Berdahl.

John Douglass.

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