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Author, New York Times columnist and master storyteller Samuel Freedman describes the process of creating powerful narratives about people engaged with race, faith and other cultural issues in this interview with veteran journalist Dean Nelson. Freedman is presented as part of the 19th Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Walter Kirn is an author, essayist and critic. The New York Times has commented that "No one mines his own life in the service of understanding the American experience better than Walter Kirn." His best-selling novels "Up in the Air" and "Thumbsucker" were made into movies. A contributing editor to Time magazine, Kirn's work has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Vogue, New York and Esquire. He reads to an audience at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 03/13/2014.

Anthropologist Nancy Postero describes the political rise of indigenous peoples in Latin America, as they called for more recognition from the state and more inclusive forms of citizenship. Where that was impossible, they sought international attention by demanding human rights, especially human rights to culture. Postero explores what kinds of freedom these two frameworks of rights offer and how the struggles of indigenous peoples demonstrate the contradictions and limitations of liberal notions of rights.

Visual Artist Sheldon Brown presents a multimedia tour de force exploring how art and science illuminate the freedom of imagination. Using examples from his extensive body of work, the founding director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination challenges this audience to think about how developments in computation have reframed our understanding of the world and how new digital methods are affecting the means and modes of culture. Brown's talk is the final installment of the "Degrees of Freedom" lecture series presented by the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego.

Can nonviolent civil disobedience effectively counter the brutality of organized crime and government corruption in Mexico? What impact can people's movements have against such odds? Pietro Ameglio, a leading theorist and practitioner of nonviolent social movements in Mexico addresses this challenge in an interview with Everard Meade, the director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.

From the moment Myrlie Evers-Williams faced the murder of her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, she became a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For more than five decades, she has fought to carry on his legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations in this country. She reflects here on the impact of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and calls on today's Americans to continue her quest to quash racism and bring equality for all. This heartfelt talk was presented by Thurgood Marshall College, the Helen Edison Lecture Series and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC San Diego.
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