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The multimedia Journey of the Universe project explores some of mankind's most persistent existential questions: What is our purpose? How have the universe, our planet and humanity evolved? Mary Evelyn Tucker proposes that cosmology is the necessary basis for an in-depth examination of the human condition and that useful tools may be found at the intersection of science, art, and humanities, where recent scientific discoveries are leavened and informed with wisdom gleaned through the ages. Recorded on 10/20/2016.

Celebrate UC San Diego's 56th year short presentations by three faculty. Kang Zhang looks at advances in ophthalmology, Christina Gremel talks about what it takes to break habits and Mark Hanna looks at pirates on the high seas and in the library.

Christopher Bollas, psychoanalyst and writer, asserts that mental life is innately hazardous. The steps we take through childhood are marked by mentally painful episodes that constitute ordinary breakdowns in the self. Adolescence stands as the most painful such period, during which some of the major disturbances of self arise, including anorexia, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and sociopathy. Rather than approaching mental pain as a condition to be ignored, minimized, or suppressed through medication, Bollas examines it as a constitutive element of human psychic development. Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 11/01/2016.

Documentary filmmaker David Osit discusses his film "Thank You For Playing," that follows Ryan Green, a video game programmer, who creates an unusually beautiful and poetic video game (That Dragon, Cancer) based on his family's journey when the discover that their young son has cancer. David is joined by Alenda Chang, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies. Recorded on 03/07/2017.
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