The speaker line-up is incredibly diverse, featuring some of the world's most exciting innovators and pioneers in the fields of environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. We'll be adding more speakers throughout August and September. Sessions are one-on-one conversations with ample opportunity for audience Q & A.

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    Lisa Aliferis

    Editor of State of Health, KQED News

    Lisa Aliferis is Editor of State of Health, the health blog at KQED News. She has closely covered the debate around vaccine exemptions in California…Read More

  • Chris Anderson

    Chris Anderson

    Drones and robotics pioneer

    Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. …Read More

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    W. Kamau Bell

    Socio-political comedian

    W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian who is the host of the upcoming CNN travel show, The United Shades of America. …Read More

  • Elaine Miller Bond

    Elaine Miller Bond

    Photographer celebrating the natural world

    Elaine Miller Bond is a photographer and writer whose work celebrates the natural world …Read More

  • Jamelle Bouie

    Jamelle Bouie

    Insightful observer of national politics, public policy

    Jamelle Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine where he writes on national politics, history, public policy, and racial inequality…Read More

  • Shannon Brownlee

    Shannon Brownlee

    Author of Overtreated and Co-founder, RightCare Alliance

    Brownlee is a Senior Vice President of the Lown Institute and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health …Read More

  • Timothy Caulfield

    Timothy Caulfield

    Exposes food fads and celebrity misinformation

    Timothy Caulfield, author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta …Read More

  • Brad DeLong

    Brad DeLong

    Historian in disguise as an economist

    J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley …Read More

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

    Frances Dinkelspiel

    Uncovers the scandals and intrigue of the wine trade

    Frances Dinkelspiel is a co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s online newspaper…Read More

  • Nicholas Dirks

    Nicholas Dirks

    Chancellor, UC Berkeley

    Nicholas Dirks is an internationally renowned historian and anthropologist an a leader in higher education…Read More

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    Patrick Dooley

    Committed to theater as a form of activism

    Patrick Dooley started Shotgun Players in 1992 in the basement of a pizza parlor with a few friends and a desire to make great theatre that was affordable to folks who made minimum wage…Read More

  • Alice Dreger

    Alice Dreger

    Historian of science and activist

    Alice Dreger is an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher, a mainstream writer, and an (im)patient advocate…Read More

  • Kathy Ellison

    Katherine Ellison

    Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author

    Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist, former foreign correspondent, author of seven books, and mother of two sons…Read More

  • Regina Evans

    Regina Evans

    Modern-day abolitionist

    Poet, playwright, actor, entrepreneur, and a modern-day abolitionist in the fight against sex trafficking. …Read More

  • Julia Flynn Siler

    Julia Flynn Siler

    Prize-winning author and journalist

    Julia Flynn Siler is a former staff writer and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek…Read More

  • Uncharted speaker Masha Gessen

    Masha Gessen

    Looks into Putin's Russia and doesn't like what she finds

    Masha Gessen is an award-winning journalist, LGBT activist and author. …Read More

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    Sandra Gilbert

    Reading and rereading women's lives and works

    Sandra Gilbert is a pioneering feminist critic who has most recently published Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions…Read More

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    Meklit Hadero

    Ethio-American singer-songwriter

    Meklit Hadero’s music is imbued with poetry and multiplicity, from hybridized sounds of Tizita drawing from her Ethiopian heritage, to the annals of jazz, folk songs, hip-hop and art rock…Read More

  • Quentin-Hardy

    Quentin Hardy

    Acute, witty observer of technology and society

    Quentin Hardy is the deputy technology editor for The New York Times.…Read More

  • Malo Andre Hutson

    Malo André Hutson

    What they don't tell you about gentrification

    Malo André Hutson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. …Read More

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    Joshua Johnson

    Broadcast journalist

    Joshua Johnson joined KQED as its new morning newscaster in 2010…Read More

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    Eric Kaplan

    Comic writer and philosopher

    Eric Kaplan is a co-executive producer of (and writer for) the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. …Read More

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    John King

    Urban design critic

    John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic…Read More

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    Lance Knobel

    Curator, Uncharted

    Lance Knobel is a co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s online newspaper…Read More

  • Alex-Kozinski

    Alex Kozinski

    Most outspoken judge on the federal bench

    Judge Kozinski was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit on November 7, 1985, and served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014. …Read More

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    Marissa La Brecque

    Forward thinker about food

    Marissa La Brecque is co-founder of The Butcher’s Guild, a national trade organization for craft butchers…Read More

  • Anna Lappe

    Anna Lappé

    Bold thinking for the future of food

    Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and the co-founder with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund…Read More

  • Peter Leyden

    Peter Leyden

    Reinventing what's next

    Peter Leyden is a leading expert on new technologies and trends shaping the future …Read More

  • Michael McBride

    Michael McBride

    National leader in #BlackLivesMatter

    Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. …Read More

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    Alice Medrich

    Dessert and chocolate maven

    Alice Medrich is the winner of five James Beard Foundation Awards, most recently Best Baking & Dessert Book of the Year for her tenth cookbook…Read More

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    Vivienne Ming

    Theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur

    Vivienne Ming co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes…Read More

  • Ethan-Nadelmann

    Ethan Nadelmann

    Point man for drug policy reform efforts

    Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad…Read More

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    Wallace J. Nichols

    Dives into the neuroscience of our relationship to water

    Wallace “J.” Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, movement-maker, New York Times best selling author and dad who works to inspire a deeper connection with nature. …Read More

  • Ruth-Rosen

    Ruth Rosen

    Uncovering the hidden injuries of sex

    Ruth Rosen is Professor Emerita of History at UC Davis, where she taught American history, women’s history, history and public policy, and immigration studies for over two decades…Read More

  • Tiffany Shlain

    Tiffany Shlain

    Filmmaker who changes minds

    Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain …Read More

  • Robin Sloan

    Robin Sloan

    Geeky explorer of the role of writing in our digital era

    Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State …Read More

  • Doug Solomon

    Doug Solomon

    IDEO Fellow who devises collaborative approaches to innovation

    Doug Solomon is an IDEO Fellow and an innovation consultant…Read More

  • Adora-Svitak

    Adora Svitak

    Teenager who teaches teachers how to change education

    Since the age of four, Adora has been exploring what she can do with the written word …Read More

  • Scott Timberg

    Scott Timberg

    Chronicler of the crisis of the creative class

    Scott Timberg is a longtime culture writer and editor …Read More

  • William-Turner

    William Turner

    First Amendment expert

    For the last 30 years William Turner has taught courses on freedom of speech and the press at UC Berkeley, teaching thousands of undergraduates and graduate journalism students about the First Amendment…Read More

  • Elnora Tena Webb

    Elñora Tena Webb

    Visionary leader in making higher education accessible

    Elñora Tena Webb is President of Laney College, the flagship of the Peralta Community College District…Read More

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