Category: Public Affairs

  • War in Ukraine: What’s Next?

    Ukrainian Member of Parliament Inna Sovsun joins Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, and Janet Napolitano, Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy and former Secretary of Homeland Security, for a firsthand perspective on the war in Ukraine since the Russian invasion in early 2022. They discuss the war’s impact, and what […]

  • Veteran Journalists Talk About the Role of the Media Today

    The role of the news media in our society has never been more important. But it can be difficult for journalists to keep ahead of the proliferation of fakes news stories, conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns. In this thoughtful conversation about journalism today, Point Loma Nazarene University’s Dean Nelson talks with veteran journalists — and […]

  • Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural Address

    On March 4th, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address. He considered it his greatest speech and best effort. Join Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss and best-selling Lincoln biographer Dr. Ronald C. White for a fascinating look at the Second Inaugural Address. Through a powerful, fascinating voyage of discovery, one comes away with […]

  • China Expert Kevin Rudd Examines the Future of U.S.-China Relations

    China is a complex country, and so is the U.S. relationship with it. For Kevin Rudd, a China expert and former Australian prime minister, his vantage point allows him to step back and see that relationship from a different perspective. Rudd’s insights into President Xi Jinping’s ideological worldview have drawn the attention of governments across […]

  • How Three Latin American Authoritarian Leaders Continue to Remain in Power

    Autocrat, dictator, and socialist — these are some of the terms used to describe three of Latin America’s most controversial leaders: Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and Cuba’s Miguel Diaz-Canel. Democracy throughout Latin America has begun to erode, leaving the door open for authoritarian leaders to install their regimes. A panel of experts on […]

  • Trailblazing Women Share Inspiring Stories as Part of Women in Leadership 2022

    “Why women?” asks journalist and author Lynn Scherr at the outset of this year’s Women in Leadership panel. It’s a question that not only gives insight into the minds of the panelists but breaks open the issues presented to all women – politically and personally – in the year 2022. Labor leader and activist Dolores […]

  • How a Cross-border Existence Influenced Journalist and Writer Jean Guerrero

    Journalist Jean Guerrero grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border. Her Puerto Rican mother put herself through medical school and met Guerrero’s Mexican father on her first day in San Diego. Guerrero says she’s always been drawn to cross-border issues having traveled back and forth across the border to Tijuana with her dad. However, Guerrero was […]

  • NYT Columnist David Brooks Reveals What Motivates Him

    David Brooks is best known for his op-ed columns in The New York Times. But he’s also an accomplished author and observer of social behavior. His books include “Bobos in Paradise,” “The Social Animal,” “The Road to Character,” and his latest book “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.” In this candid and […]

  • Insights into Putin’s Power Grab in Ukraine and What’s Behind Authoritarian Regimes

    After weeks of posturing and the imminent threat of invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to roll tens of thousands of troops across the border into the sovereign country of Ukraine in late February. The campaign was preceded by a prolonged Russian military buildup around Ukraine, as well as numerous Russian demands for […]

  • What’s Behind Racial Resentment?

    “I’m not a racist, but…” This instinct to make judgments about “deservingness” in politics often animates those who believe they are “not racist,” but tend to oppose policies and ideas that advance racial justice, and blame racial-ethnic minorities for their social, political, and economic positions. That is one of the many arguments UC Berkeley Goldman […]