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CAL Forum

A program to help young men grow in

character, achievement and leadership. 


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 - Finance - Carlos Galvez

OCT 21 - Teaching/Education - Tim McDonnell

NOV 18 - Biomedical Engineering - Ricardo Abad

DEC 16 - Law & Politics - Dana Cruz, Esq.

JAN 13 - Medicine - Julian Lagoy, MD

FEB 17 - Industrial Design - Emmanuel Laffon

MAR 16 - Entrepreneurship I - Jay Cresalia

APR 20 - Entrepreneurship II - Jim Castelaz

MAY 18 - Civil Engineering - Dan Leary, PE

Note: 8th graders are invited to attend the program.

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.


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.


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

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