75th Anniversary Speaker Series

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health's 75th Anniversary Speaker Series is designed to bring distinguished experts to Berkeley and engage the community on a variety of current and important topics in the field of public health. Events are held approximately once a month during the fall and spring semesters. The Speaker Series events are free and open to the public; registration is encouraged. If the event reaches capacity, registered guests will receive priority seating until 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the talk.


Spring 2019

Universal Coverage: Is “Medicare for All” the Answer?

Tuesday, March 19th 2019
Reception: 5-6 p.m.
Talk: 6-7 p.m.
First Floor Colloquia, Berkeley Way West
2121 Berkeley Way West
Berkeley, California 94704

The cost and availability of health care is one of the most critical issues facing the United States. “Medicare for All,” or a single-payer system, is one approach that embraced by numerous presidential candidates, Governor Gavin Newsom, and leaders in other states. Several Medicare-for-All bills are either pending or in development nationally and in California.

What does “Medicare for All” really mean, how would it be financed, and are there other ways to achieve universal health care? Join us for a discussion that will address these questions and more. Our panelists will explain the basics of a single-payer system, its pros and cons, and other strategies to achieve universal health care.


Dan Geiger, co-director, Business Alliance for a Healthy California

Wendell Potter, author, journalist, and president of Wendell Potter Consulting

Stephen Shortell, Professor of the Graduate School and Dean Emeritus, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Micah Weinberg, president, Bay Area Council Economic Institute


Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Health Reform, Kaiser Family Foundation

This talk is part of the 2019 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

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Past Dean's Speaker Series events

*Talks marked with an asterisk are also part of the 2015-2016 Kaiser Permanente Lecture series, co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


  • Social Justice and Health Equity with Michael Marmot (December) watch
  • Environmental Justice: What can we do about the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities? With Van Jones (November) watch
  • A Conversation with Marion Nestle and Alice Waters, (March) watch
  • Improving Care and Restoring Dignity for the U.S. Prison Population, (September)


  • A Conversation with Larry Brilliant, (January) watch
  • Beyond Coverage: After the ACA, (February) watch
  • Grappling with Cure, (March) watch
  • The Next 82 Years: Faculty and Students Confronting Existential Challenges, (May) watch
  • Global Health and the Future Role of the United States, (August) watch
  • Is Sugar Making Us Sick?, (September) watch
  • Climate Change: The Defining Health Challenge and Opportunity of the 21st Century, (November) watch 


  • From Biomedicine to Bioregion: The Geographies of a Care-Based Economy, (February) watch
  • Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism*, (February) watch
  • Dying in America*, (February) watch
  • Why Scientific Retractions Are Rising—and Why That's Good News for Public Health (and Journalism)*, (March) watch
  • The Principles and Priorities of Population Health Science, (March) watch
  • Communicating Science to the Public: The Vaccine-Autism Controversy*, (April) watch
  • Clinical and Financial Integration: Managing Risk in a Changing Marketplace, (April) watch
  • A Conversation with Lisa Jackson, (May)
  • All That Glitters, (May) watch
  • Firearm Violence: Research and Action, (September) watch
  • Devoured: A Journey in the American Food Psyhe, (October) watch
  • From Biomedicine to Bioregion: The Geographies of a Care-Based Economy, (November) watch
  • Health in California under a Trump Presidency, (December) watch