Friday, October 27, 2017

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

9 a.m.

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...

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

Mychal Denzel Smith

Helena Brantley

Peet's Theatre, Berkeley Rep

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

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...

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)...

The refugee experience

Bandak Lul

Lance Knobel

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

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

2 p.m.

Beating the opioid crisis

Vitka Eisen

Lisa Aliferis

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

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

The ultimate migration

Ralina Joseph

Allison Briscoe-Smith

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Ralina Joseph's work explores the arbitrariness of race. In conversation with Allison Briscoe-Smith, Joseph will explore issues of race and...

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....

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...

11:30 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...

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...


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...

2018 Schedule TBA