Departments, Centers, Programs, and Student Clubs can present sessions (panels, interview, keynotes) that have appeal to general audiences. Sessions average 125 attendees, with some up to 550. Each sponsoring campus organization or partnership (collaborations are welcome) would receive publicity through the festival program, website, press releases, signage, etc., as well as special tickets for students. Topic areas are open, but the session must feature writers with recent books with general appeal. Examples:
- Berkeley Arts + Design will be working with Rebecca Solnit and the festival to curate sessions on the political, spiritual, environmental, and emotional stakes of “hope” in our current moment.
- A department could propose a panel on an urgent topic of interest, with a faculty member moderating the session.
- If a faculty member is coming out with a new book with general appeal, her department could propose to pair her with an interviewer selected mutually.
- Departments could band together to present superb faculty writers on a topic than spans them all and has general appeal.
- For examples, look under “Schedule” under each year’s archive tab at https://www.baybookfest.org.
While campus organizations regularly devote financial resources to events, the festival recognizes that budgets are limited and is offering a radically reduced cost for campus organizations to present at the festival. Normally, a sponsored session runs $10,000, which covers all planning, production, venue, author travel (if relevant) and publicity, which is extensive. For UC Berkeley, the festival has offered a rate below its cost, at $5,000/session, out of a desire to promote campus talent and resources. Executive Director Cherilyn Parsons welcomes your questions (email@example.com).
Special Opportunity: Berkeley Arts + Design would like to encourage campus programs (any area) to sponsor sessions that feature authors and books focused on the role of creativity and culture on public dialogue and heritage, including visual art, performing arts, film, media, design, and the craft of writing. Arts + Design will subsidize $1,000 of that cost for campus organizations (including collaborations) whose session proposals are accepted.
Session proposals are due to BABF’s Program Director, Melissa Mytinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than December 30. Ideas could include a topic alone (festival will select authors with you), proposed speakers alone, or both.