Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival

Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival in the press

by Tracey Taylor

Read what the media are saying about the inaugural Uncharted:

San Francisco Business Times, Oct. 15, 2013:

Nicholas Dirks, Vivek Wadhwa, Brad DeLong to speak at Berkeley’s Uncharted festival

dirksnicholas4928-sb13-304By Steven E.F. Brown Online news business Berkeleyside is throwing a big ideas party in its home town Oct. 25 and 26, and among the speakers are U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, economist Brad DeLong, and tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa.

But organizing the conference hasn’t been easy for the tiny news group on Center Street in downtown Berkeley, especially as there are far more speakers lined up than Berkeleyside has employees. Continue reading…

UC Berkeley NewsCenter, Oct. 15, 2013:

Festival of ‘uncharted’ ideas coming to downtown Berkeley

photos of UCB speakers

By Public Affairs BERKELEY – What’s next in digital fabrication? Are we born racist, and could an app have saved Trayvon Martin? Why does wine matter? Can humans survive mass extinction?

Robots, technology, race, food justice and climate change are just some of the diverse and pressing topics up for discussion at “Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas” Oct. 25 and 26. The downtown-Berkeley happening will feature a who’s who of speakers and lots of opportunity for participating “infovores” to interact, converse and imagine new futures.

UC Berkeley scholars figure prominently in the mix. Chancellor Nick Dirks will appear in conversation about the humanities with journalist Lance Knobel, cofounder of Berkelyside, which is producing the festival. City and regional planning prof Ananya Roy will speak on global poverty, while economist (and prolific blogger) Brad DeLong will share the stage with astronomer Joshua Bloom to discuss the provocative statement “I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.” Political scientist Paul Pierson and psychologists Paul Piff and Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton are three more Berkeley faculty on the speakers’ roster. Continue reading…

Berkeley Voice, Oct. 16, 2013:

Berkeley festival will explore a world of ideas

By Lou Fancher BERKELEY – It’s no secret: People here love to talk.

You could say the tendency is uncharted. And on Oct. 25 and 26, during the inaugural Uncharted, The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, a two-day medley of minds, talking will be off the charts, unleashed and unlimited.

Independently owned local news site Berkeleyside hosts the extravaganza, with editor Lance Knobel curating the approximately 20 events. The primary action takes place on either side of downtown Berkeley’s Addison Street, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. A party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, will serve unfettered conversation, hors d’oeuvres and libations.

Designed with the gladiator-style notions that contention leads to diverse thought and immersion breeds imaginative explosions, Uncharted is not a conference. And it’s not about Berkeley, although the location is pivotal, Knobel insisted in an interview. Continue reading…