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The Last Lecture belongs to a venerable academic tradition designed to answer a single question: "If you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?" On April 25, 2013 Dan Lowenstein - one of UCSF's most beloved professors - said a lot.

"The Brick People" chronicles the story and legacy of Mexican immigrants who came to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century. The bricks they made literally built Los Angeles and the surrounding region. Produced by UC Irvine professor Alejandro Morales, this documentary explores themes of immigration, discrimination and cultural foundry as told by former residents and historians of Simons, California .

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, Professors at the Yale Law School, for a discussion of their new book, "The Triple Package." Chua and Rubenfeld explain the rise and fall of certain cultural groups, primarily, 2nd generation recent immigrants to the U.S. These groups which demonstrate high success rates manifest 3 characteristics - a superiority complex (rooted in theology, history, or imported social hierarchies), a sense of insecurity (driven by scorn, fear and family) and impulse control(resulting in a drive to work harder). Chua and Rubenfeld analyze the interface of these characteristics with American institutions and incentives to create high rates of success as measured by material goals, academic achievement, and prestige. They also offer a critique of recent US cultural trends that contribute to American relative decline. Recorded on 02/14/2014.

New York Times best-selling author Ayelet Waldman's new novel, "Love and Treasure," was called a "treasure trove" by Joyce Carol Oates. Previous books include "Red Hook Road" and "Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace." Her novel "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. Waldman's personal essays, profiles and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, "All Things Considered" and "The California Report." She reads to an audience at UC Berkeley. Recorded on 04/10/2014.

In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a fresh look at the causes and consequences of variation in aggression, both between and within species. Christopher Boehm (USC) begins with a discussion about Warfare and Feuding in Pleistocene Societies, followed by Patricia Lambert (Utah State Univ) on Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Male Violence in Prehistory, and Kim Hill (Arizona State Univ) on Male Violence among the Aché and Hiwi Hunter-Gatherers. Recorded on 05/16/2014.

Join writer/songrwriter Dean Pitchford to celebrate the classic film "Footloose."

From net neutrality to what broadband means, the politics of the infrastructure we rely on to move information is evolving. A panel of experts discusses the idea that everything should be delivered equally and at the same speed regardless of who is sending it. Though much of the infrastructure is invisible, it has big impacts. Panelists: Harold Feld, Public Knowledge; Zachary Katz, University of Southern California; Danny Kimball, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Becky Lentz, McGill University; Victor Pickard, University of Pennsylvania; Sharon Strover, University of Texas at Austin. Moderated by Jennifer Holt, UC Santa Barbara
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