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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Philip Pettit, of Princeton University and the Australian National University, for a discussion of his book, Just Freedom, A Moral Compass for a Complex World. After tracing his intellectual journey, Professor Pettit outlines his theory of freedom. He also discusses the problem of theory and practice and his experiences with the Spanish government under Prime Minister Zapatero where his theory of civic republicanism became a guide-post for the implementation of policy. Recorded on 04/09/2015.

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.

Taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions imposes costs now in order to avoid potentially very large costs from more severe climate change in the future. Steve Polasky, Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics University of Minnesota, reviews major sources of uncertainty and how that alters the choice of optimal climate change policy. He discusses current debates on how best to frame climate change policy; whether it should be framed as setting limits on greenhouse gas concentrations to avoid potentially catastrophic damages or as an application of benefit-cost analysis.

Income inequality is not just a catch phrase, it is the focus of noted economist Thomas Piketty's groundbreaking bestseller, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." Detailing the origins and the implications of our growing economic disparities, the book has earned Piketty comparisons to Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes and Karl Marx from The New York Times. Join the conversation between Piketty and Peter Gourevitch, founding dean of UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy, on what rising income inequality means for society.

An evening of conversation and celebration at the close of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Jonas Salk featuring his sons Jonathan and Peter, author Mary Walshok and Gary Robbins, science editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune. The panel reflects on how Jonas Salk, his wife Francoise Gilot and his Institute shaped San Diego and its fledgling biomedical community; the interplay between Salk and other leaders in building the civic infrastructure, and other remembrances from the Salk brothers about their father's discovery of a vaccine for polio.

SENTRI, the 20-year-old program that allows quick entry back into the US for low-risk travelers, has made crossing the border so much simpler for thousands of pre-approved residents. This increased access has helped boost California's economy and is critical for its future, argues Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, but as former US Rep. Lynn Schenk and others explain, getting SENTRI through Congress was no easy feat. Hear how she and other key leaders from the San Diego region achieved what many said could not be done in this panel event sponsored by the Institute of the Americas. Recorded on 09/22/2015.
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