Category: UCTV

Goldman Talkers

28277Trained in fiction with an MFA in creative writing, a young Ben Rhodes soon found himself writing foreign policy speeches — first, for a think tank and then later, for the President of the United States. He shares his colorful journey from graduate school to the White House with the 2014 graduates of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.


28272For more non-fiction, check out former Obama advisor and UC Berkeley professor Michael Nacht as he recounts how he explained his career choice to his perplexed father. This, before offering thoughtful analysis on Vladimir Putin’s moves in Ukraine and the impact of new nuclear technologies.


Like these programs? Stay tuned for the late summer launch of The UC Public Policy Channel, anchored by none other than the Goldman School, home of some of the best thinkers and talkers on issues that matter.

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Conversation with GoPro Founder, Nick Woodman

28380UC San Diego Alumnus and GoPro Founder Nick Woodman turned to his wife Jill recently and asked, “Is this really happening?”

The occasion was Nick’s triumphant return to UC San Diego where he was interviewed along with Jill and former classmate Justin Wilkenfeld in front of a boisterous audience of students and GoPro fans.

Watch A Conversation with Nick Woodman and learn how Nick’s degree in Visual Arts along with his passion and perseverance led to the creation of the world’s fastest growing camera company.

Browse more programs on The Career Channel.

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Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal

25957In 2006, when Rebecca Dresser was diagnosed with oral cancer, her life was thrown off-balance.

As a professor of law and biomedical ethics, she had been teaching and writing for years about the complex ethical, moral, and medical challenges of dealing with life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Yet she found herself personally unprepared for the experience.

Professor Dresser, author of “Malignant: Medical Ethicists Confront Cancer,” describes her own bout with cancer and how it changed her views about medical ethics. This is the last of The “Exploring Ethics” public lecture series of 2014 focusing on cancer, as seen through the lens of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Watch Rebecca Dresser in Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal.

Explore more programs from the Emperor of All Maladies: Moving Forward Against Cancer series.

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Join In On Conversations With History

In these lively and unedited interviews, UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished men and women from all over the world to talk about their lives and their work. Interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world. Harry recently competed his 500th interview, each an in-depth look at the guest’s life from childhood through to the present day. Check out the most recent additions to the UCTV archive.

1761The Warrior State: Pakistan in the
Contemporary World with T.V. Paul

T.V. Paul of McGill University discusses his new book, “The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World.” He discusses how Pakistan’s search for parity in its relations with India is critical for understanding why it remains a warrior state mired in a strategic dilemma which subverts its hopes for development at home and security in its regional environment.


1761Leadership with Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland discusses of her lifelong commitment to public service at the national and international level. She traces her intellectual odyssey and recalls her many roles – Norwegian Prime Minister, Chair of Global Commission on Environment and Development, and Director General of the World Health Organization.


1761Political Theory and Social Criticism with Michael Walzer
One of America’s foremost political thinkers Walzer explores his childhood, education and writing. He talks about the protest movement of the 60s and looks at the 2008 economic collapse from the perspective of a social critic.


1761Understanding Human Nature with Steven Pinker
Harvard psychology professor Pinker conducts research on language and cognition. He discusses growing up in Montreal, the impact of the 1960′s and the trajectory of his research interests. He explains his early work in linguistics and how he came to write his recent work, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.”


1761Scientific Discovery with Carol Greider
Carol Greider shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. She explores what it means to be the daughter of a physics professor and her journey to the Nobel Prize.


1761Technology and Inequality with George Packer
New Yorker staff writer George Packer discuses of the impact of Silicon Valley on society and politics. He explores the implications of technology for the status of the American worker, for American culture, and for economic inequality.


1761Reflections with General James Mattis
General James Mattis (U.S. Marine Corp. ret.), former Head of Central Command discusses his military career, the skill set and temperament required to be a marine and his battle experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also discusses the role of the military in securing peace and the contribution of the military to the policy debate.


1761History, Politics and Law with Charles McCurdy
Professor of History and Law at the University of Virginia, Charles McCurdy discusses the interactions of law and politics in the United States. Case studies discussed include: Justice Stephen Field; The Anti- Rent Era in New York Law (1830-1865); Herbert Wechsler’s article on “The Political Safeguards of Federalism;” and the Sedition Acts of the 1790′s.


1761The Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America with Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
Amy Chua attracted a lot of attention with her book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” She and her husband, fellow Yale Law School Professor Jed Rubenfeld, have written a new book, “The Triple Package” in which they explain the rise and fall of certain cultural groups, primarily, second generation recent immigrants to the U.S.


1761Congress and Foreign Policy with Congressman Howard Berman
Congressman Howard Berman discusses his 30 year career in the U.S. House of Representatives serving California’s 28th congressional district.

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Porrajmos: The Romani and the Holocaust with Ian Hancock

28100The Romani, not to be confused with the Romanian nation or people, are a diasporic ethnicity more widely known as “gypsies.” Throughout the world they are variously known as Rom, Roma, Romane, Cigáni and Gitano, just to name a few.

In this presentation about the Romani and the Holocaust, Ian Hancock, professor of English and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, and director of the Romani Studies program and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center, estimates that the Holocaust claimed anywhere between 500,000 and 1.5 million Romani lives. The Romani people refer to this tragedy as the Porrajmos, or “the Devouring.”

A Romani-born British citizen, activist, and scholar, Hancock has done more than anyone to raise awareness about the Romani people during World War II.

Watch this Library Channel presentation of Porrajmos: The Romani and the Holocaust with Ian Hancock – Holocaust Living History, a Library Channel presentation.

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