Featured This Month
Stories from around the globe produced by graduate students at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the former president of Ireland, presents her vision for Climate Justice. She describes an approach that puts justice and equity at the heart of responses to climate change, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable populations around the world. Robinson is presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series, the Center on Global Justice and various campus partners at UC San Diego.
Top incomes represent a small share of the population but a very significant share of total income and total taxes paid. Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Equitable Growth, University of California, Berkeley presents evidence on income inequality gathered by a collective group of researchers in the World Top Incomes Database.
Iraq’s Journey from Dictatorship to Democracy with Hamid Al-Bayati, Iraq’s Ambassador to the United Nations -- Osher UCSD
Career diplomat and author Hamid Al-Bayati now the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, gives a riveting, insider's account of the Iraqi opposition to fallen dictator Saddam Hussein. Al-Bayati is presented by the Osher LIfelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego.
Dexter Filkins is one of the most respected combat journalists of his generation. His 2008 book, The Forever War, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time and the Boston Globe. As part of a team of New York Times reporters, Filkins won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this lecture, he retraces the seven years he spent covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, using vivid images by some of the best photojournalists working today. Filkins' intimate knowledge of many of the main actors - American, Iraqi and Afghan - in two of the most polarizing wars in American history gives him a unique perspective on these contemporary conflicts.
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, for a discussion of the changing nature of air power. In the conversation, General Schwartz reflects on his career and analyzes the essential elements of military leadership. He also explores the challenges of securing and maintaining the nuclear arsenal and the implications of developing and deploying pilotless aircraft. He concludes with a discussion of the requirements for military preparedness in an era of belt tightening and budget cuts.