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Icons of Dissent with Jeremy Prestholdt
11/25/2019
Jeremy Prestholdt examines how Che Guevara, Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, and Osama bin Laden are major "dissenters" who have represented challenges to the world order. Prestholdt explores the appeal of these four figures over five decades, in part revealing two aspects of an increasingly interconnected world: the tension between shared global symbols and their local interpretations, and the intersection of political vision and consumerism.
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil with Susan Neiman - Holocaust Living History Workshop
10/19/2019
As an increasingly polarized America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman, author of the contemporary philosophical classic Evil in Modern Thought, asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past. In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, Susan Neiman's Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed...
When Biology Became Destiny: How Historians Interpret Gender in the Holocaust - Holocaust Living History Workshop
5/1/2019
Despite the explosive growth of Holocaust studies, scholars of Nazi Germany and the Shoah long neglected gender as an analytical category. It wasn't until 1984 when the essay collection When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany raised awareness of women's experiences under fascism. It explored women's double jeopardy as females and as Jews. In this lecture, Marion Kaplan, one of the editors the publication, takes the audience on a historical tour of her...
The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug with Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson
3/13/2019
Delve into the realms of predatory superbugs with infectious disease epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Thomas Patterson. This is an incredible story of Strathdee's fight to save her husband's life, which led her to rediscover a forgotten treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This unprecedented treatment saved Patterson's life as well as several others and helped launch the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) at...
An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea - Dinner in the Library 2018
9/27/2018
San Diego-raised novelist and UC San Diego alumnus, Luis Alberto Urrea '77 is the featured speaker at the UC San Diego Library annual gala. Urrea, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist, has written about the border and has knitted together stories in a way that makes them familiar and impactful for everyone. Recorded on 09/21/2018.
Losing the Nobel Prize with Brian Keating
5/21/2018
Cosmologist and author of "Losing the Nobel Prize" Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2's mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued in this interview with science fiction author David Brin. Keating describes a journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific...
An Evening with Ann Patchett -- Dinner in the Library 2017
10/2/2017
Celebrated author, literature champion, and bookstore owner Ann Patchett electrifies the audience as she describes her evolving relationships with various books, ranging from classics by Leo Tolstoy and John Updike to more contemporary works by Min Jin Lee ("Pachinko"), Matthew Desmond ("Evicted") and Ta-Nehisi Coates ("Between the World and Me"), among others. Patchett reads both for pleasure and for business, as the co-owner and buyer for...
The Nazis Next Door with Eric Lichtblau -- Holocaust Living History Workshop -- The Library Channel
6/26/2017
In his highly-acclaimed book, The Nazis Next Door, Eric Lichtblau tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men. Lichtblau explains here how it was possible for thousands of Nazis -- from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich -- to move to the U.S. after WWII, and quietly settle into new lives as Americans. Some of them gained entry as self-styled refugees, while others enjoyed the help and protection of...
Archiving Atrocity: The International Tracing Service and Holocaust Research with Suzanne Brown-Fleming -- Holocaust Living History Workshop -- The Library Channel
5/8/2017
The International Tracing Service, one of the world's largest Holocaust-related archival repositories, holds millions of documents detailing the many forms of persecution that transpired during the Nazi era and their continuing repercussions. Based on her recently published book, "Nazi Persecution and Postwar Repercussions: The International Tracing Service Archive and Holocaust Research," Suzanne Brown-Fleming provides new insights into human decision-making in...
The Voice of Your Brother’s Blood: The Murder of a Town in Eastern Galicia with Omer Bartov: Holocaust Living History Workshop -- The Library Channel
3/13/2017
Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and German Studies at Brown University, explores the dynamics of the horrifying genocidal violence which took place in the East Galician town of Buczacz— following the German conquest of the region in 1941— and its subsequent erasure from local memory. For centuries, Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews coexisted in the region, but tragically, by the time the town was liberated in 1944, the entire...
Sky of Red Poppies with Zohreh Ghahremani -- One Book, One San Diego Author Talk -- Library Channel
12/19/2016
Author Zohreh Ghahremani talks with Babak Rahimi, associate professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at UC San Diego about the novel, "Sky of Red Poppies," the 2012 selection for One Book, One San Diego.
Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports with Mark Johnson -- The Library Channel
11/21/2016
In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, UC San Diego alumnus and sports journalist Mark Johnson traces the doping culture in professional sports, from the early days when pills meant progress, to the current day, when athletes are vilified for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his book, Johnson, who has covered cycling as a writer and photographer since the 1980s, explores the complex relationships that underlie elite sports...
Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals with Joel Dimsdale -- The Library Channel
7/18/2016
In his book, Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals, author Joel Dimsdale draws on decades of experience as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances within psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience since the Nuremberg Trials to take a fresh look at four Nazi war criminals: Robert Ley, Hermann Goring, Julius Streicher and Rudolf Hess. Dimsdale, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, is presented by the UC San Diego Library.
Charlotte Salomon’s Interventions with Darcy Buerkle -- Holocaust Living History Workshop -- The Library Channel
4/19/2016
Writer and artist Charlotte Salomon, the daughter of a highly cultivated Jewish family in Berlin, was deported to Auschwitz and murdered at the age of 26. In her final work "Life? or Theatre?" Salomon envisioned the circumstances surrounding the eight suicides in her family, all but one of them women. Darcy C. Buerkle, an Associate Professor of History at Smith College, explores Salomon's tragic life as she discusses her remarkable book, "Nothing Happened:...
The Last of the President’s Men with Bob Woodward, Alex Butterfield and Michael Bernstein -- The Library Channel
1/4/2016
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward and former White House aide Alex Butterfield join Michael Bernstein for a conversation about Butterfield's decision to reveal the existence of tape recordings that eventually led to Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency.
Q&A with Woodward, Butterfield and Bernstein
1/1/2016
A riveting Q&A session with Bob Woodward and Alex Butterfield as the reporter and source share even more details about the personality and character of Richard Nixon. Recorded on 12/04/2015.
Creativity, Culture and Community: The Legacy of Jonas Salk -- UC San Diego Library Channel
11/23/2015
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...
San Diego and the Panama-California Exposition of 1915: The Search for Civic Identity - Kevin Starr
1/19/2015
Eminent California historian Kevin Starr traces the emergence of San Diego's role in the distinctly Southern California aesthetic of "Mediterranean-ism," as seen in the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park.
How Dr. Seuss Created Green Eggs & Ham
1/16/2015
Dr. Seuss was well known for his children's books, but how did he go about putting them together and where did his ideas come from? Lynda Claassen, director of the Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library, walks us through his process of notes and sketches for the popular Green Eggs & Ham.
Hitler’s Furies: Ordinary Women? Featuring Wendy Lower - Holocaust Living History -- The Library Channel
12/8/2014
Award-winning historian Wendy Lower discusses the lives and experience of German women in the Nazi killing fields. Her study chillingly debunks the age-old myth of the German woman as mother and breeder, removed from the big world of politics and war. The women Lower labels "furies" humiliated their victims, plundered their goods, and often killed them, and like many of their male counterparts, they got away with murder. Lower is the John K. Roth professor of history at...
 

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