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Program Schedule


Friday, October 27, 2017

The program is subject to change. We’re also still adding sessions, so stay tuned!

9 a.m.

Class cluelessness

Joan Williams

Peter Leyden

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

Joan Williams' recent book, White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America, grapples with the feelings of disenfranchisement and distrust...

The refugee experience

Bandak Lul

Lance Knobel

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

Bandak Lul was born in South Sudan but grew up in a refugee camp. His family secured refugee status and...

Death 101

Jessica Zitter

Amy Tobin

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

The "accidental evangelist" Jessica Zitter is determined to change how our culture – and particularly medical culture – views the...

11 a.m.

Coffee break

Courtyard, Berkeley Rep

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

11:30 a.m.

Beyond divas, D-Girls, and ingenues

Gina Welch

David Wiegand

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Why are women still such rarities in Hollywood's writers' rooms? In production leadership roles? Screenwriter Gina Welch (Feud, Ray Donovan)...

Borderwall as architecture

Ronald Rael

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

In the great tradition of architecture as polemic, Ronald Rael has undertaken a re-examination of what the physical barrier that...

How do you learn to be a black man in America?

Mychal Denzel Smith

Helena Brantley

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

What's the script for black manhood? Mychal Denzel Smith unapologetically upends reigning assumptions about black masculinity, rewriting the script for black...

Living Room Conversation

Joan Blades

Amy Tobin

Berkeley Rep

Living Room Conversations are designed to assist in reweaving the fabric of our democracy, one conversation at a time. At...

Lab

1 p.m.

Lunch

Enjoy lunch with fellow festivalgoers either by having a locally sourced boxed lunch from Town Kitchen or going to one...

2 p.m.

Beating the opioid crisis

Vitka Eisen

Lisa Aliferis

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

Deaths from drug overdoses continue to soar in the US: the 64,000 in 2016 topped the peak annual numbers for...

Bridging the achievement gap

Prudence Carter

Cesar Cruz

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

César Cruz and Prudence Carter have both dedicated their careers to using education to overcome social and cultural inequalities. Carter's...

The most segregated hour in American life

Mauricio Wilson

Pam Kurtz

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Martin Luther King Jr. said 57 years ago that 11 a.m. on Sunday was the most segregated hour in America....

The ultimate migration

Allyson Hobbs

Ralina Joseph

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

In narrating the lives of Americans at the border of whiteness, historian Allyson Hobbs has illuminated our understanding of our country’s...

5 p.m.

Uncharted Party

Enjoy local food and wine at the annual Uncharted Party! At the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

9 a.m.

Fighting against hate

Christian Picciolini

Wes Enzinna

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

This spring, the Department of Homeland Security withdrew funding from Life After Hate, Christian Picciolini's organization that works to de-radicalize...

Economics and feminism

Heather Boushey

Lance Knobel

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

When Heather Boushey published Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict last year, it seemed as though a progressive administration...

Equal justice for all?

Jon Rapping

Zachary Norris

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

Ten years ago, Jon Rapping founded Gideon's Promise to change the landscape for public defense, particularly in America's South. How...

11 a.m.

Coffee break

Courtyard, Berkeley Rep

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

11:30 a.m.

Don’t underestimate Trump

George Lakoff

Daphne White

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

“Ideas don’t float in the air, they live in your neuro-circuitry,” says George Lakoff, pioneer of cognitive linguistics. When you...

Living Room Conversation

Joan Blades

Amy Tobin

Berkeley Rep

Living Room Conversations are designed to assist in reweaving the fabric of our democracy, one conversation at a time. At...

Lab

Where are the limits of free speech?

Alan Schlosser

William Turner

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Berkeley has been at the center of battles over free speech this year. Even for strong supporters of free speech,...

2 p.m.

Creating great choices

Jennifer Riel

Dan Mulhern

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

When it comes to our hardest choices, it can seem as though making trade-offs is inevitable. But what about those...

Silicon Valley does have a history

Leslie Berlin

Frances Dinkelspiel

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans...

ETTD

Rick Wilson

Peter Leyden

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Everything Trump Touches Dies. Rick Wilson, a long-time Republican political operative, repeats his mantra of ETTD regularly on his feisty...

Non Stop Bhangra

Non Stop Bhangra

Imagine a scene from a Bollywood movie smack in the middle of a thumping dance floor-swirling colors, rhythm of pounding...

5 p.m.

Uncharted Happy Hour

Join us at the bar of our partner hotel, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, to unwind and enjoy a last chance at Uncharted 2017 to chat to speakers and fellow festivalgoers. At Restaurant Five, 2086 Allston Way.