Berkeley is home to the University of California, Berkeley, the oldest campus in the University of California system and birthplace of the 1960s Free Speech Movement. It is also home to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed and operated by the University, and home to the Graduate Theological Union, one of the largest religious studies institutions in the world. It is named after the 18th century Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley. The site of today’s City of Berkeley was the territory of the Chochenyo/Huchiun band of the Ohlone people when the first Europeans arrived. During the 1970s and 1980s, activists increased their power in local government. This era saw major developments in Berkeley’s environmental and food culture. The first curbside recycling program in the U.S. was started by the Ecology Center in 1973. Styrofoam was banned in 1988. Berkeley is now considered one of the most socially liberal cities in the United States. Join us and enjoy the site of the Free Speech Movement.