The CAL Forum helps young men grow in character, achievement and leadership. Our seminars provide the intellectual foundation needed for a flourishing life, and our mentoring sessions help students apply this knowledge to their own lives. Through these seminars, students come to understand the reasons for Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian views about God, man, and morality; are enabled to explain these reasons to others; and are empowered to reason correctly about important contemporary issues.
Freshmen and Sophomores
Each seminar involves a talk by a successful professional on their industry. Each seminar will also include a talk on a virtue. Speakers are TBA.
SEP 16 - Entrepreneurship I
OCT 21 - Finance
NOV 18 - Medicine/Surgery
DEC 16 - Software Engineering
JAN 13 - Law & Politics
FEB 17 - Entrepreneurship II
MAR 16 - Teaching/Education
APR 20 - Industrial Design
MAY 18 - Civil Engineering
Note: 8th graders are invited to attend the
Juniors and Seniors
These seminars present students with a college-like experience. The seminars involve reading and discussion.
SEP 16 - Reductionism
OCT 21 - Materialism
NOV 18 - Scientism
DEC 16 - Atheism
JAN 13 - Darwinism
FEB 17 - Relativism
MAR 16 - Positivism and Natural Law
APR 20 - Secular Humanism
MAY 18 - Individual Expressionism
12:00 PM - Seminar
1:15 PM - Lunch
2:00 PM - Study/mentoring
3:30 PM - Conclude
Each student is assigned a mentor who will meet individually with him at the monthly sessions. The mentor will help the student make practical goals based on the material presented in the seminars. Mentoring sessions typically last 45 minutes and will take place at Garber House, or when meeting in-person is not feasible, by phone.
APPLICATION AND FEES
To apply for the CAL Forum, please fill out an application. A phone interview may be required. The seminar fee is $200 ($175 if application is submitted by August 21, 2023). Click the 'Pay Now' button to pay online. Checks should be made payable to “Berkland Foundation” and sent to Berkland Foundation, 1827 Oxford St., #1, Berkeley, CA , 94709. The CAL Forum is open to high school men who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities.
CAL FORUM STAFF
Mark Gibson, MBA, Program Director, Peninsula Foundation
Douglas Tatz, Policy Analyst, UC Berkeley
Francis Adams, JD, Associate, Dhillon Law Group
James Herrick, PE, Civil Engineer, Kimley-Horn
Matt Bowman, Executive Director, Zephyr Institute
Jorge Tomás Gómez Mir, PhD, Research Scientist, Facebook Reality Labs
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The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought,
but what the truth of things is.
- St. Thomas Aquinas