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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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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.

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E.J. Dionne – Our Divided Political Heart

Fear of decline is one of the oldest American impulses. When we feel we are in decline, we sense that we have lost our balance.  We argue about what history teaches us—and usually disagree about what history actually says.  We conclude that behind every crisis related to economics and the global distribution of power lurks a crisis of the soul.

In E.J. Dionne’s talk, “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent,” from UC Santa Barbara’s Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public LIfe, the Washington Post columnist argues that underlying our political impasse is a lost sense of national balance that, in turn, reflects a loss of historical memory.  Americans disagree about who we are because we can’t agree about who we’ve been.

Watch “E.J. Dionne, Jr. – Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent.”

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