Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and his wife Janaki Bakhlei join in a cheer led by the UC Rally Committee on the Sproul steps at his official inauguration at UC Berkeley on Friday Nov 8. Photo: Keegan Houser

The formal inauguration of Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor, took place on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8. The event comprised a public symposia on the three pillars of Dirks’ administration — undergraduate education, the role of the global university, and research and innovation — a noontime rally on Sproul Plaza and an investiture ceremony.

UC President Janet Napolitano addresses the audience at Zellerbach Hall at Nicholas Dirks’ inauguration. Photo: UCB NewsCenter

Berkeley literature professor and former Poet Laureate Robert Hass speaks about undergraduate education as Berkeley professor Saul Perlmutter, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics, listens. Photo: Barry Bergman
Chancellor Dirks offers an inaugural address, speaking of “utopian pasts and futures.” Photo: UCB NewsCenter

Watch a live webcast of the inauguration here:

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