Blackness, Religion, and Angry Republicans, at Uncharted, The Berkeley Ideas Festival

by Emily Wilson

SF Weekly, Oct. 23, 2017 Founder Lance Knobel and co-curator Helena Brantley note dryly that organizers for similar events simply Google “most interesting speakers for your festival.” Christian Picciolini, the founder of peace advocacy group Life After Hate, on his former life as a white supremacist. Author Mychal Denzel Smith on Black masculinity. Rick Wilson,

With reformed neo-Nazi, JCC East Bay heads into ‘Uncharted’ territory

by Maya Mirsky

J-WEEKLY / 10.18.17 / By Maya Mirsky — In Berkeley this month, a former neo-Nazi will stand up to warn people that that the bigots in the headlines of today are essentially the skinheads of yesterday — with the same message and the same hope for a violent future. “We need to stop calling it

Two-day Berkeley festival to showcase visions, perspectives

by Marta Yamamoto

EAST BAY TIMES / By Marta Yamamoto —The fifth year of Uncharted, the Berkeley Festival of Ideas, on Oct. 27 and 28 at Berkeley Repertory Theater and Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, will have a new co-curator and new conversations that promise to live up to the slogan “Unscripted, Unpredictable, Uncharted.” The festival, founded in 2013 by

2017 Uncharted Speakers and Performers

Uncharted returns for year five with new conversations, a new co-curator

by Berkeleyside

BERKELEY — Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas returns to Berkeley for its fifth year, Oct. 27-28. Festival events will take place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in downtown Berkeley, from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. both days. The Bay Area’s first ideas festival presents leading thinkers who

uncharted: the berkeley festival of ideas, oct. 27-28

Berkeleyside’s Uncharted Festival touches on Trump

by Sylvia Paull

By Sylvia Paull / Berkeley Blog / Oct. 16, 2016 — This year’s two-day Uncharted: Festival of Ideas, hosted by local Berkeley news site, Berkeleyside, featured an astronomer, a tree-and-water expert, a Muslim feminist standup comedian, a criminal justice reformer, Eve Ensler, and journalists Jay Rosen from NYU and Kathy Kiely, with Despite the range

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


  • “Fabulous.”


  • “The Berkeley version of TED talks.”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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