Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival

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Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
08.25.2017

Zachary Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and a former director of our Books Not Bars campaign. Prior to rejoining the organization, Zachary co-founded and co-directed Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic. During the seven years he

mychael smith
by Aaron Joseph
07.24.2017

Mychal Denzel Smith is The New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching and a 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee. His work has appeared, online and print, in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, New Republic, GQ, Complex, Bleacher Report, The Atlantic, Guernica, LitHub, Pitchfork, and a number

jessica zitter
by Aaron Joseph
07.24.2017

Dr. Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, is committed to changing the current paradigm of end-of-life medical decision-making. In today’s medical culture, the dying are often put on what she calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor Belt.” They are intubated, catheterized, and die attached to machines, frequently without even knowing they are dying. Zitter is the author of the

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
08.10.2017

Rick Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant with almost 30 years of experience in national and statewide candidate campaigns, independent expenditure efforts, corporate and government public affairs, brand management and crisis communications. He has elected Governors, U.S. Senators, statewide Cabinet officers and state legislators. His company, Intrepid Media, has served over 100

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
10.06.2017

Eliot Quataert is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley and holds the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Physics. He is also the Director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center. Quataert is an astrophysical theorist who works on a wide range of problems, from the astrophysics of stars and black holes to how

by Aaron Joseph
07.24.2017

Bandak Lam Lul is a former refugee from South Sudan (the then Sudan) who spent 14 years of his life living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. In 2006, he was granted a refugee status to the United States, host city Phoenix, AZ. Lul is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Master’s Degree

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
08.31.2017

The son of the Bishop of Costa Rica, the Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson started preaching at age 17, and was youth director of the Diocese of Costa Rica for 15 years. A business major at the University of Costa Rica, he was a registered CPA in his home country, eventually working as an auditor for Coopers

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Aaron Joseph
07.24.2017

Lakoff is the world’s most prominent cognitive linguist, best known for his work on the power of linguistic framing. His book, Don’t Think of an Elephant , was a New York Times bestseller in the Bush years, arguing that progressives needed to match conservative skills in framing issues.

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
10.09.2017

Micia Mosely is a comedian and educator who earned her Ph.D. in education from UC Berkeley, and keeps audiences learning and laughing in a variety of contexts and venues. Mosely’s one-woman show, Where My Girls At? (an off-Broadway comedy about Black lesbians) was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award (Best Solo Performance). Currently, she performs her

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival
by Lance Knobel
09.05.2017

Joan Blades is a co-founder of LivingRoomConversations.org an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines while embracing our core-shared values. She is also a co-founder of MomsRising.org  and MoveOn.org. She is a co-author of The Custom-Fit Workplace, winner of a Nautilus book award in 2011  and The Motherhood Manifesto, which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book

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