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Natalia Molina, professor of history and urban studies at UC San Diego, traces the ways US public health and immigration policies intersected and influenced the country's response to Mexican immigration. Recorded on 01/27/2016.

Legendary civil rights advocate Morris Dees addresses how our commitment to justice for all will determine our nation's success in the next century as America becomes more diverse and economic disparity widens. Drawing upon past and current cases, he also examines the issue of hate crimes and the need to teach tolerance, love and respect for one another. Dees co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971 to handle lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorism, and hate-motivated crimes. Since then the Center has successfully battled and dismantled a series of hate groups, including the Aryan Nation, Ku Klux Klan, and has secured huge criminal, civil, and financial judgments against them. Recorded on 10/21/2015.

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.

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.
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