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Former California Supreme Court Justice and UC Davis School of Law Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso recalls his days working alongside Cesar Chavez in the Community Service Organization and speaks to the influence of Latinos today on immigration, voting rights, police conduct and other contentious public issues. Justice Reynoso is presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series at UC 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.

Since the defeat of the Nazis in WWII, Germans have been forced to confront their "unmasterable past." What was it like to grow up in a divided country burdened with the legacy of genocide? How does one deal with the knowledge of one's people's complicity in mass murder, and how does this knowledge affect one's identity? Primary witnesses of both German and Jewish backgrounds explore answers to these questions. Panelists include Frank Biess, Deborah Hertz, Margrit Frolich and Brian Schottlaender of UC San Diego.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley's Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics, for a discussion of inequality. Professor Tyson traces her academic career and her work in Washington where she served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton Administration. After comparing the Washington political environment during the Clinton and Obama presidencies, she characterizes the role of government as a venture capitalist drawing on the ideas and resources of the states and the private sector to catalyze solutions to national problems. She then analyzes the problem of inequality especially the status of women. Recorded on 03/24/2015.

The world today offers a contrast between zones of peace and war. Since 1945, much of the developed world has experienced unprecedented prosperity and nearly uninterrupted peace. Some conflicts, however, are chronic. What explains this contrast? One major factor is world commerce. In a thriving environment, war becomes pointless - peace is a product of wealth and efficiency. But as UC San Diego Political Science Professor Erik Gartzke explains, there are forces at work in Russia and China that may weaken or undermine international peace in the coming decades. Gartzke is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego. Recorded on 8/18/2015.
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