Oct 10, 2018. 8:00PM


Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and subsequent hearing represents a landmark event in American politics. Has his appointment compromised the Supreme Court’s intended independent nature? What kind of litmus tests should be in place for important political positions? Has sexual assault become a politicized issue? (These questions have become incredibly divisive within the last two weeks and it is more important than ever to understand what your political opposites believe, and why they hold those beliefs. This discussion is an opportunity to learn about others' opinions, as well as to express your own.)

These are all topics that can lead to a more divisive United States. And in a period where the political divide is already stark, it is even more important for people to engage in constructive discourse.

The event will be structured around BridgeUSA’s model of constructive, moderated-forum discussion. We invite everyone to come and participate respectfully in discussing Brett Kavanaugh's supreme court nomination. If you feel strongly about a certain topic regarding his appointment, we highly encourage you to come out. Snacks will be provided. We hope to see you soon!

April 16, 2018. 3:00PM

Pauley Ballrom

Climate change is perhaps the most significant and global challenge facing humanity today. As governments worldwide struggle to implement policy to address its effects, some feel that the U.S. has abdicated its historic role as a global leader on this issue. The deep partisan divide within the United States over even addressing the reality of anthropogenic climate change has made the already daunting task of mitigating humanity’s impact on the environment seem even more impossible.

Bridge USA at Berkeley is incredibly excited to bring you Heated Debates: Conversations about Climate Change. This event will serve to highlight solutions to climate change consistent with a diversity of political leanings and empower Cal students to be able to engage in constructive discourse on this divisive issue with their political opposites.

Heated Debates will feature panels of speakers representing a wide array of professional and political backgrounds to create dynamic and intellectually engaging conversations on how we can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. BridgeUSA hopes that this event will be a step toward our larger goal of uniting people from across the political spectrum to recognize the nuanced nature of political issues and fostering a culture in which people of different ideologies can find enough common ground to take action on the issues facing our country today.

April 7, 2018. 3:00PM

Genetics and Plant Biology 100

Candidates running for California Assembly District 15 will take part in a Radical Empathy Forum discussing: "How might we build a more empathic and caring culture?"

The forum will be held using the Empathy Circle dialogue process as a way to move from combative debate to constructive dialogue.

Hosted by:

March 21, 2018. 8:00PM

Wheeler 130

The United States has clear disparities in representation across all media formats from the newspaper headline, to the television set, to the silver screen. Movements like #OscarsSoWhite and critiques of liberal media monopolies have increasingly come into serious discussion. We want to bring that discussion to Berkeley and hear what you have to say about it. Do you feel like a group that you identify with has been underrepresented or misrepresented in media? What groups, opinions, and identities do you feel have seen unfair overrepresentation? What impact, from the political arena to the personal and everywhere in between, do you think this has on the American people?

The event will be structured around BridgeUSA’s model of constructive, moderated-forum discussion. We invite everyone to come and participate respectfully in discussing where and how media landscapes have failed to account for meaningful participation by all members of our society. If you feel that this disparity in media representation has affected you or a group that you identify with, the onus is on you to come and claim this space and join us in discussion; let us hear what you have to say!

Feb 28, 2018. 8:00PM

Wheeler 130

Find your political match! Come join BridgeUSA on Wednesday, February 28 for our first political speed dating event, where you'll get the opportunity to introduce yourself and talk to others in short 3 minute rounds about controversial policies and current events.

We hope this will be an opportunity for you to challenge your ideological bubbles and engage in constructive conversation with those you may disagree with. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Feb 8, 2018. 8:00PM

Dwinelle 182

How do the majority of Americans consume news? How does that affect political discourse? How can we be diligent about recognizing social media bias in the age of media?

Join BridgeUSA on Thursday, February 8, to discuss the increasing prevalence of news consumption on digital devices. Digital news and social media continue to grow, transforming the way we engage in political discourse.

For the one-year anniversary of BridgeUSA, we are excited to have NPR covering this event to highlight the presence of constructive discourse on college campuses. We strive to use this platform to foster respectful, purposeful discussion between people of all political views. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Nov 29, 2017. 8:00PM

Barrows 140

Sexual assault and harassment continues to be a prevalent issue on college campuses, as well as throughout our nation. Recent events have only reiterated the importance of considering solutions to this issue. As such, we will be facilitating an active discussion on potential policy solutions to sexual harassment through a multi-partisan lens.

Come join Bridge USA in this solution-based, multi-partisan discussion addressing this topic. People of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Nov 8, 2017. 8:00PM

Barrows 140

Income inequality is increasing in America, and it's important to discuss the causes as well as the implications that may arise.

What can be done to ameliorate this issue, or should anything be done at all? Some people believe we should redistribute wealth to help the poor, whereas others believe income inequality is a fact of life.

Come join BridgeUSA for our second discussion of the semester! People of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to participate in a solution-based, respectful, and multi-partisan discussion.

Oct 18, 2017. 8:00PM

Barrows 140

In the wake of the tragic gun violence in Las Vegas, BridgeUSA invites you to join us for our first discussion of the year.

What can be done to effectively change legislation- or does it need to be changed at all? Most importantly, how do we stop mass shootings like those seen at Las Vegas, Sandy Hook Elementary, or the Orlando nightclub from occuring?

People of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to participate in a solution-based, respectful, and multi-partisan discussion.

Featured Speakers:

Chancellor Christ

Robert Reich

Dean Chemerinsky

Kena Hazelwood-Carter

Oct 5, 2017. 9:30AM-6:30PM

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

BridgeUSA at Berkeley, the Berkeley Center for New Media, The Berkeley Graduate, and the Graduate Assembly will host a campus-wide symposium on October 5, 2017, marking the 53rd anniversary of the birth of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement.

In the past year, the internet has turned its attention to Berkeley’s campus debates, and our own community has taken up new media and modes of digital expression to extend and challenge the discussion of free speech. This is a critical moment; both to the consideration of the intersection of speech, media and digital technologies on the Berkeley Campus and to the nation as a whole.

Our day of discussion will open with an address from Carol Christ and feature a keynote from Robert Reich. It will involve a selection of panels and open discussions with faculty, students and staff addressing the history, practice, and spaces of free speech within the university.

New media and modes of digital expression are transforming our experience of, and shaping conversations around free speech. By addressing, articulating, and helping to analyze these transformations together, we seek to fulfill Berkeley’s best tradition as a community of inquiry, and contribute to a larger, complex conversation taking place on campus in the days to come.

Featured Speakers:

Maria Echaveste

Apr 17, 2017. 6:45PM

Moffit 101

BridgeUSA is excited to present our first speaker in our 3 part Immigration Speaker Series. Maria Echaveste was a former presidential advisor and White House Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group, a policy, legislative strategy and advocacy group working with non-profit and corporate clients. We are excited for Maria Echaveste to provide us with a progressive perspective on immigration.

Featured Speakers:

Rudra Reddy

Caiden Nason

Michaela Nacht

Apr 7, 2017. 7:30PM

Boalt 100

Join Amnesty International at Berkeley and BridgeUSA on April 5th, from 7:30-9:00PM in Boalt 100, for a debate on President Trump's recent executive order and travel ban. Amnesty International will be discussing the non-partisan and human rights implications of the order, alongside the Cal Dems and the Berkeley College Republicans. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Mar 15, 2017. 8:00PM

Dwinelle 88

Is it justified or necessary to call for the deportation of undocumented immigrants? Is Trump’s border wall a legitimate response to illegal immigration? Should DACA be overturned? What rights should undocumented immigrants be granted? Join BridgeUSA as we discuss Southern border immigration and the wall. People of all political backgrounds are welcomed ands encouraged to participate in a solution-based, respectful, and bipartisan discussion!

Feb 22, 2017. 8:00PM

Dwinelle 88

Is Trump's Travel Ban constitutional? Is it justified or necessary? Does this executive action constitute racism? What is the best way for us to deal with the threat of terrorism? What is our role in the international refugee crisis? BridgeUSA wants know what you think. Join us as we discuss Trump's recent travel ban and the threat of terrorism. People of all political backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to participate in solution-based, respectful discourse.