Featured This Month
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley's 2016 HarvEst Distinguished Women Lecturer, Frances Dinkelspiel, for a discussion of her work as an author and journalist. Dinkelspiel reflects on the skills and temperament required in journalism and highlights the particular challenges posed by online journalism. She describes the history of Berkeleyside, the online news site she founded to cover the city of Berkeley. The conversation includes a discussion of her book on her great grandfather Isaias Hellman, an important banker in the founding of the California economy. Tangled Vines, her book on the California wine industry is also discussed. Recorded on 02/16/2016.
Arch Getty explores the intriguing details surrounding Lenin's body, which was embalmed shortly after his death in 1924 and has been on public display ever since in a mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square. Getty is a Distinguished Professor in the UCLA Department of History. Recorded on 10.19.2015.
Power Play: Trends and Opportunities in Gaming for Good with Asi Burak -- Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Game creator, tech executive and social entrepreneur Asi Burak makes an impassioned case for using digital games to spread "good" information, raise awareness, inspire social action and build civic participation as he recounts his own successes with the "PeaceMaker," an award-winning video game that simulates conflicts in the Middle East. Burak is presented by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.
David Gerrold, influential contemporary sci-fi writer and creator of genre-defining works such as the enduringly popular Star Trek episode, The Trouble With Tribbles, discusses his career across many media platforms to provide unique and valuable insights into the evolution and changing nature of the genre. Gerrold is interviewed by Word Farm Director Joe Palladino. Recorded on 01/28/2016.
In his new book, Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, author Joel Dimsdale draws on decades of experience as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances within psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience since the Nuremberg Trials to take a fresh look at four Nazi war criminals: Robert Ley, Hermann Goring, Julius Streicher and Rudolf Hess. Dimsdale, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, is presented by the UC San Diego Library.
A panel of UCSB alumni working in the technical, creative, and producing areas discuss career paths both "above and below the line" for women in the entertainment industry. Panelists include: Entertainment publicist and Film and Media Studies alum, Brittany Sandler (moderator), Brittany Vu (Film and Television Development at MASproduction), Laura Foody (Entertainment Lawyer at Anonymous Content), Andulka "Annie" Wilkes (Editor at Moving Art), Lauren Haroutunian (Cinematographer and Dean of RocketJump Film School), and Stephanie Choi (Set Lighting Technician/Director). Recorded on 04/30/2016.