Category Archives: Public Affairs

Mexico Moving Forward

8232You know what is so compelling about this series? The speakers!

Each year, leaders in Mexican industry, education and government convene for insightful, candid discussions about what Mexico is doing right and where it is falling short of its potential. These high-level talks give attendees (and viewers) a better, more nuanced understanding of this great country as it attempts to seize and sustain economic and social growth.

Check out Mexico Moving Forward 2015: Recapturing The Mexico Moment.


Stop the Presses!

UCTV presents two programs featuring two of the most acclaimed journalists of our time.

8232First, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and host Michael Bernstein sit with Alex Butterfield, the source of Woodward’s latest book, The Last of the President’s Men, as Butterfield recalls his painful, yet brave decision to answer truthfully about the existence of a taping system in Richard Nixon’s Oval Office during the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973.

8232Then, in From the Front Lines: Challenges of Getting to the Truth, war correspondent Robin Wright shares the stories and images of courageous people who have fought for human rights during her long career covering conflicts in 140 countries.

Woodward and Wright. Two veteran reporters still at the top of their game.
Watch them both on UCTV.


Up Next Explores the Future of Space Exploration… and Death

8232Since the launch of Up Next eight months ago, Marty Lasden has produced programs on the future of everything from artificial intelligence to Judaism to marriage. In The Future of Being Dead, Lasden interviews Stanford University humanities scholar Robert Pogue Harrison. (Back in 2005, Harrison published a fascinating book called The Dominion of the Dead, which describes how both the living relate to the dead and how that relationship has changed over time.)

Lasden admits that his interest in this topic probably has something to do with turning 60 last April. “I’m not one of those guys who’s afraid of dying,” he maintains. “I’m terrified. In fact on a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 being absolutely paralyzed with fear, I would say that I’m about a 9.5. And that’s on a good day. So, of course, when Harrison told me that on that same scale he would rate himself about a one, I was naturally intrigued.”

8232Also, just in time for the latest Star Wars movie, Lasden interviews Chris Impey on The Future of Space Exploration. Impey is a professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, and in his latest book (Beyond: Our Future in Space) he envisions not only a vibrant commercial space industry within 20 years, but also viable colonies on both the Moon and Mars. However – those Star Wars characters notwithstanding – Impey doesn’t think humans will ever be able to travel faster than the speed of light. “Physics,” he says, “is a bitch.”

Upcoming episodes explore the future of our oceans, American military power, and poverty. Browse all episodes of Up Next.


All About Those 2° C

8232Among the international delegations of climate experts gathering in Paris for COP 21 this month, leading researchers from the University of California are presenting “Bending the Curve,” a thorough report covering their top 10 scalable solutions for reducing global warming and addressing the impacts of climate change.

For a preview of what they are prescribing and why 2° C matter, check out the UC Climate Solutions series, featuring speakers from the UC Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit held at UC San Diego in October. Joining the preeminent UC faculty are California Governor Jerry Brown, UC President Janet Napolitano, energy and other business leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and UC students who are responding to the call to “Bend the Curve.”

Explore all programs from the UC Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit.


A Conversation with Joan Williams on Legally Speaking

8232Gender equality is nothing new. It gained public attention in the 1960s with the rebirth of the feminist movement. During that time, the typical worker was a man, married to a homemaker, who worked long hours for forty years without a break. While the workforce has changed, several decades later, the masculine ideal worker stereotype still exists.

Professor Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most cited experts on women and work, has played a central role in reshaping the debates over gender, class, and work-family issues.

Professor Williams has been described by The New York Times as having “something approaching rock star status.” For more than a quarter of a century, her work in the areas of pregnancy discrimination and work-family accommodation have helped define the issue of gender equality under the law.

In August, Hastings colleague Veena Dubal spoke with Williams about her career and about what she thinks American businesses must do to achieve more gender equality. This program is part of a series of in-depth interviews with prominent lawyers, judges, and academics presented by UC Hastings College of the Law and California Lawyer.

Watch A Conversation with Joan Williams and browse more Legally Speaking programs.