Spring 2011 Course

Michelle Bachelet
"Democratic Governance, Development
and Global Women's Rights"

Former President of Chile and current head of UN Women to lead CLAS-sponsored seminar on democratic governance, development and global women’s rights.


“Democratic Governance, Development and Global Women’s Rights”
Geography 198, 1 unit
Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm, Feb 11 – mid-March

In this seminar, Pres. Michelle Bachelet will reflect on the key issues she faced while governing Chile and the challenges she currently confronts as the Undersecretary General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women at the newly created superagency, UN Women.

The course will begin on February 11, 2011, and extend through mid-March; it will convene on Fridays, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. The seminar will be open to 30 students. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
3:00 pm on Monday, January 24, 2011

Application Process:

  1. Download the application cover sheet.
  2. Complete the cover sheet, which requires a statement (1-2 paragraphs) detailing why you are interested in taking the course.
  3. Email the cover sheet Word document to brittanygabel@berkeley.edu  (NOTE: If you are an undergraduate, please submit an unofficial transcript.)
  4. If you have any questions, call 510-642-2088, or email the above address. 

Applicants will be notified on Friday, January 28th 2011, regarding their admission into the course.

Because of the high demand for seats, auditors will not be permitted.

About Michelle Bachelet: Shortly after her presidential term came to a close, Michelle Bachelet was appointed head of UN Women, a new division designed to promote gender equality and to tackle discrimination around the globe. Her political career is nothing short of extraordinary. After surviving imprisonment, torture and exile under the Augusto Pinochet regime, she returned to Chile to practice medicine. She first took office as Minister of Health in 2000 and was then appointed Minister of Defense in 2002. In 2006, Bachelet was elected president of Chile. She ended her presidential term in 2010 with an approval rating of over 80 percent. She will be eligible for reelection in 2014.

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