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2019 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea

One of the top journalists in Washington, a Christian poet, and a new voice in the Marvel Black Panther Universe – three writers with very different backgrounds and styles, all sharing their insight into the art of putting pen to paper. Join founder Dean Nelson as he welcomes E.J. Dionne, Christian Wiman and Nnedi Okorafor to the 2019 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Nnedi Okorafor (https://www.uctv.tv/shows/33945)

International award-winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor discusses her wide-ranging work, including Black Panther comic books, young adult fiction, and her novel “Who Fears Death” which is being made into an HBO series produced by George R.R. Martin of “Game of Thrones” fame. She delves into her unique upbringing, what sparked her interest in African-based science fiction, and how a surgery gone wrong played a pivotal role in her becoming an author.

E.J. Dionne (https://www.uctv.tv/shows/33946)

Veteran journalist E.J. Dionne has spent decades reporting on American politics. He worked at the New York Times before joining the Washington Post, where he writes a twice-weekly column. His books include the 1991 release, “Why Americans Hate Politics” and his most recent effort, “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.” Dionne discusses the changing landscape of journalism and why it is more important now than ever to talk politics with those with whom we disagree.

Christian Wiman (https://www.uctv.tv/shows/33947)

The former editor of Poetry Magazine, Christian Wiman is both a poet and an essayist who teaches Literature and Religion at Yale Divinity School. Wiman discusses his books including, “He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art,” and “My Bright Abyss.” He opens up about a three-year writing drought when he felt poetry was taken away from him and he was diagnosed with cancer. He explains how falling in love and a random visit to the corner church turned his life around.

Browse past seasons of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea to watch interviews with Joyce Carol Oates, Tracy Kidder, Billy Collins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and more!

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What’s New in June on UCTV

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UCTV Prime: Our Digital Life

With the conclusion of the popular “The Skinny on Obesity” series, our YouTube original channel UCTV Prime turns its attention to the role digital technology plays in helping us understand ourselves with the 3-part series “Our Digital Life,” premiering June 15. Discover how researchers at UC Merced are using cutting-edge digital tools across disciplines and centuries to help us understand the world we live in and how we operate within it.

You’ll also want to check out “UCTV Prime: Cuts” Tuesdays in June, when we’ll be featuring meaningful excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s recent visit to San Diego.

“Subtext,”New Interview Series from UCLA

Tune in this month for the premiere of “Subtext,” a new series featuring interviews with UCLA faculty authors about their latest books.

David Hayes Bautista, the History of Cinco de Mayo

Timothy Taylor, “Sounds of Capitalism”

Michael Ross, “The Oil Curse”

UCTV Regards Religion

From science to scripture, UCTV’s video collection will inspire endless ideas and discussion, no matter what your beliefs.

Regarding Religion on UCTV

A few highlights:

Burke Lecture: Interpreting Islam in Modern Context with Tariq Ramadan

Progressive Religion

Virtue, Deed and Word – Confucian Paths to Immortality


All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

Health Matters: New Melanoma Screening Method

Why We are Always Learning to Move: The Science and Engineering of Adaptive Brains

Research on Aging: Sleep Disorders in Older Adults

The Genetics of Organ Development: A Blueprint for Regenerative Medicine

Anxiety: Sport Suspension on Life’s Bumpy Road

Applying Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Treatment: The Practicing Alternatives to Heal Depression Study

Health Effects of Climate Change at the Human-Animal-Interface

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CARTA: Culture-Gene Interactions in Human Origins

To Be Human: What Makes The Human Brain Human? with Terrence Sejnowski

Perspectives on Ocean Science: From the Titanic to the Tiny

Transistors and Integrated Circuits, from DC to the (far) Infrared (Doluca Family Endowed Chair Lecture)

How Many People Can the Earth Support?

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Public Affairs

Philosophy and Activism with Peter Singer (Conversations with History)

Pakistan on the Brink with Ahmed Rashid, (Conversations with History)

China Airborne: Aviation and the Future of China with James Fallows and Peter Cowhey

Henrietta Lacks and Human Subject Research: A Look at Past, Present, and Future

The Global Impact of Climate Change: Balance Through Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness with the Dalai Lama

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Story Hour in the Library: Isabel Allende

Lunch Poems: Richard Berengarten

Death and the Ancient Philosophers

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Arts & Music

The Perspectives Showcase

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Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

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New Online Videos and Podcasts

Motivation to Pursue Dreams and Hopes: Understanding the Brain’s Reward System

The Skinny on Obesity (Extra): Diet and Lifestyle Tips from UCSF Experts

more videos and podcasts >>


UCTV to Live Stream Dalai Lama’s San Diego Visit, April 18 & 19

The Dalai Lama is coming to UCTV’s hometown, San Diego, for a whirlwind tour that includes four appearances in just two days, April 18 and 19.

The public events sold out in no time, so we’re thrilled to give our viewers front row seats through our live stream. Then, in May and June, we will broadcast and post online his public appearances at UC San Diego and University of San Diego, as well as an invitation-only event held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. So basically, you’re in!

Here are the details:

The Dalai Lama in San Diego on UCTV
Live Stream at http://www.uctv.tv/dalai-lama

April 18 (all times Pacific)
9:30am  ”The Global Impact of Climate Change:  Balance Through Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama” (UC San Diego)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama joins esteemed scientists Richard Somerville and Veerabhadran Ramanathan at UC San Diego to discuss the need for humanitarian values and universal responsibility in responding to the impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems.

1:30pm  “The Dalai Lama: Cultivating Peace and Justice” (USD)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues his “Compassion without Borders” tour in San Diego with a public lecture at the University of San Diego addressing escalating violence among nations and alternatives that emphasize shared human values across societies.

April 19
9:30am  ”Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times” (SDSU)

The public lecture at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena provides an opportunity for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to share his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today’s society. Through the teachings of His Holiness, more than 12,000 attendees will learn how to open their minds and approach their daily struggles with patience and virtue.

Broadcasting and online in May & June
(Additional broadcast dates/times at the links)

May 23 at 8pm
The Dalai Lama: Cultivating Peace and Justice (USD)

May 30 at 8pm
Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind:  A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Consciousness and Compassion (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama engages with Larry Hinman of the University of San Diego, V.S. Ramachandran of UC San Diego and Jennifer Thomas of San Diego State University in a scientific and philosophical discussion of human consciousness.

June 6 at 8pm
The Global Impact of Climate Change:  Balance Through Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama (UC San Diego)