Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival

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Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those crucial times when accepting the obvious trade-off just isn’t good enough? What do we do when the choices in front of us don’t get us what we need? In those cases, rather than choosing the

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

A Living Room Conversation on the themes raised by Christian Picciolini in the morning block of conversations at Uncharted. Living Room Conversations are designed to assist in reweaving the fabric of our democracy, one conversation at a time. At Uncharted, the Living Room Conversations will give festivalgoers a chance to dig more deeply into some

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

“Ideas don’t float in the air, they live in your neuro-circuitry,” says George Lakoff, pioneer of cognitive linguistics. When you hear facts that don’t fit your worldview, you can’t process them: you might ignore them, or reject or attack them, or literally not hear them. Trump “knows how to change your brain and use it

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

A chance to catch up with speakers and fellow festivalgoers. Music from the LaMacchia Trio.

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

Ten years ago, Jon Rapping founded Gideon’s Promise to change the landscape for public defense, particularly in America’s South. How far have we come to realizing equal justice for all? Together with the Ella Baker Center’s Zac Norris, Rapping will explore the key issues in criminal justice reform today and whether we can expect some

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

When Heather Boushey published Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict last year, it seemed as though a progressive administration would tackle sexism and inequality in the workplace. What can now be done as the federal political tide pulls back on advances? Will the increasing outcry about sexism in tech provide a countervailing pressure for

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

This spring, the Department of Homeland Security withdrew funding from Life After Hate, Christian Picciolini’s organization that works to de-radicalize people involved in hate and violent extremism. Charlottesville dramatically showed how desperately needed Life After Hate is today. In conversation with Mother Jones’ Wes Enzinna, Picciolini reflects on his own journey from extremism and looks

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

Martin Luther King Jr. said 57 years ago that 11 a.m. on Sunday was the most segregated hour in America. Has anything changed over the decades? Two local clerics, Mauricio Wilson and Pam Kurtz, examine the impact of the segregated hour and wonder whether things can change.

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

César Cruz and Prudence Carter have both dedicated their careers to using education to overcome social and cultural inequalities. Carter’s work has taken her throughout the US and to South Africa. Cruz is now deeply embedded in a program to help gang-impacted youth in Oakland. Where can we find examples of programs that succeed in

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

Deaths from drug overdoses continue to soar in the US: the 64,000 in 2016 topped the peak annual numbers for deaths from car crashes (1972), HIV (1995) and guns (1993). And it’s getting worse. Vitka Eisen, herself a former addict, now works to help people with addictions every day. In conversation with Lisa Aliferis, she’ll

  • “Go on an intellectual adventure through the medium of conversation, brilliantly realized.”

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  • “Fabulous.”

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  • “The Berkeley version of TED talks.”

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  • “Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Uncharted is a well-designed and fulfilling event which proves that time flies when you’re having fun!”

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  • “A wonderful occasion to breathe, learn about a diverse group of ideas and what interesting people are doing and thinking about.”

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  • “A community event of interesting conversations with thought leaders on topics that provoke deeper understanding and connection.”

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  • “A perfect way to take a vacation from daily life, expanding my mind and piquing my curiosity without leaving home.”

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  • “Uncharted shows Berkeleyside’s ability to raise their vital hyperlocal journalism to far-reaching (inter)national heights.”

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  • “Progressives can be apocalyptic too! 🙂 Uncharted connects me to smart people and ideas. I love it!”

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  • “Wonderful view of the world through many contrasting eyes and minds.”

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  • “Uncharted: where enlightened speakers and prominent thinkers spark conversations that ride unexpected moments of brilliance.”

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  • “A delectable spread of ideas on the edge, tapped from the fertile environment of Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area.” 

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