School of Information May 2019 Commencement
The commencement ceremony honors the class of 2019 with keynote speaker Geoff Nunberg and student speakers.
The May ceremony honors graduates from all School of Information degree programs: Ph.D. in information management & systems, Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS), Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS), and Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS).
Outstanding MIDS projects will be honored with the Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award, and outstanding MIMS projects will receive the James R. Chen Award.
Reception immediately following the ceremony.
Tickets are free and are required. General seating.
Keynote speaker: Geoff Nunberg
Geoff Nunberg is a linguist and an adjunct full professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Information.
His linguistics research includes work in semantics and pragmatics, text classification, normative grammar, and written-language structure — and recently, on the use of taboo language like vulgarities and slurs
He also works and writes on the social and cultural implications of new technologies.
Nunberg does a regular feature on language on NPR’s Fresh Air, and he has written on language, technology, culture, and politics for publications including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the American Prospect, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Atlantic. He is the emeritus chair of the American Heritage Dictionary’s usage panel. He sometimes blogs at LanguageLog. For his general writing about language, Nunberg was awarded the Linguistic Society of America’s Language and the Public Interest Award in 2001.
Nunberg’s books about language include The Way We Talk Now (2001), Going Nucular (2004), Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show (2006), and The Years of Talking Dangerously (2009). His most recent book, Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years, was released in 2012.