New Documentary by 2010 Prize Recipient, Jacob Seigel-Boettner: A Way Forward

December 2016 Pedal Born Pictures, the film production company co-founded by 2010 Stronach Baccalaureate Prize recipient, Jacob Seigel-Boettner, released a new short documentary for World Bicycle Relief.  The documentary follows two school girls from Kenya and highlights their determination to stay in school, despite the many obstacles they face, including a long walk to and from school everyday.   Pedal Born Pictures has been working with World Bicycle Relief as a client for several years. Fred, the Zambian health worker whose story they told in With My Own Two Wheels (the documentary shot with the support of the Stronach Baccalaureate Prize in 2010) received his bicycle from WBR. Jacob and his team raised money for WBR during their year-long screening tour for that film, and worked with the organization to create a classroom curriculum for WMOTW. WBR was Pedal Born Pictures’ first major client.  Since WMOTW, Jacob and his team have made an annual […]

10th Anniversary Celebration: Remarks by Prof. Lyn Hejinian

Remarks by Professor Lyn Hejinian on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize October 2015, Durant Hall, University of California, Berkeley.  How people live their lives sometimes tells others why they do so. What we do matters very much, and it often matters endlessly. To inflict a small cruelty or bestow a large kindness can change someone’s life. And in so doing, it can change the lives of others down the line—sometimes way down the line. At any given moment, we have no way of knowing how or even if what we do matters—but I do truly believe that it does. And it isn’t just what we do, but the manner in which we do it that matters. What can you do—and, how can you do it? This is not two questions but one, and it speaks to the essence of the Stronach […]

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Celebrates Ten Years of Social Engagement

– By Mary Crabb October 14, 2015Each spring, the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaurete Prize awards a small number of graduating seniors the extraordinary opportunity to put their ideas and their ideals into action. Granted awards of up to $25,000, recipients of the Prize dedicate themselves to going out into the world to work on socially engaged projects of their own design in the year following graduation. This month, UC Berkeley celebrates the tenth anniversary of the prestigious student Prize. Over the past decade, the Stronach Baccalaureate Prize has been awarded to 49 Berkeley undergraduate students from 27 major departments. Winning projects have taken place across the globe, from many parts of California and the US to the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia and Oceania. As diverse as the recipients themselves, projects have addressed a range of critical social issues–including environmental justice, healthcare access, immigration, educational inequality, youth […]