Program

Sessions at the festival occur in blocks with several different conversations. Nothing is in parallel: if you go to, say, the 9 a.m. session, you’ll hear three conversations in sequence. Program is subject to change.

Friday, Oct. 5

9 – 11 a.m.
Roda Theatre
Berkeley Rep

Black feminism can change the world
One review of Brittney Cooper’s latest book, Eloquent Rage, noted that “what you build is infinitely more important than what you tear down – and that rage makes great mortar.” In conversation with Otis Taylor Jr., Cooper examines how black feminism can truly alter our world.

Drama in an age of drama
The best drama has always dealt with vital, contemporary issues. Ayad Akhtar, in conversation with David Mura, looks at how writers can grapple and illuminate issues at a moment when most of us are fixated on daily headlines.

How hip-hop became America
The transformation of hip-hop from an urban black musical form to the pre-eminent revolution in American cultural life contains the story of America itself – a young nation finding its multicolored, multicultural, global rhythm. Danyel Smith and Kevin Smokler in conversation ask how did this happen? What was gained and lost? What does it tell us about what our young nation under a groove will be in this dangerous time and after it?

11-11:30 a.m.
Berkeley Rep courtyard

Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Freight & Salvage

History of the unheard
Historians Allyson Hobbs and Andres Resendez have both focused their work on uncovered stories: racial passing for Hobbs and Indian enslavement for Resendez. What are the challenges of covering marginalized history? What can be its impact?

Science Slam I
You’ve probably encountered poetry slams, but not science slams. Each year, postgraduate researchers at Berkeley Lab engage in a science slam competition. The challenge: describe their research in three minutes. This year, the competition is being held on Sept. 20. The festival will have two of the winners, one on Friday, and one on Saturday.

What will we risk for what we believe in?
From her post at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Zahra Billoo is at the heart of some of today’s most heated civil rights battles. In conversation with Uncharted co-curator Lance Knobel, Zahra examines what risks people are willing to take.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Michael’s Second Act
Berkeley Rep
(runs in parallel with sessions at the Freight)

Uncharted Lab: Curious Cannabis Salon

With the changed legal framework in California, the number and variety of cannabis-based products has grown enormously. Edible Excursion’s Lisa Rogovin brings together experts and entrepreneurs who are working on the new cannabis frontier, particularly on innovative health and wellness aspects. It’s an opportunity to learn how to incorporate cannabis to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia, and stimulate creativity and sense of humor.

Presenting at the Salon (clockwise from upper left): Amanda Jones, co-founder, Kikoko; Coreen Carroll, founder and Executive Chef of the Cannaisseur Series; Samantha Miller, president and chief scientist, Pure Analytics Lab; and Barbara Blaser RN.

Open to 50 participants

1-2 p.m.
Berkeley Rep courtyard
and Downtown Berkeley

Lunch
Join fellow festivalgoers for a delicious boxed lunch from Oakland’s Town Kitchen (order in advance or buy on the day) to compare your experiences. Or try one of the many lunch spots in downtown Berkeley. Please be back for a prompt start of the afternoon program at 2 p.m.

2-3:15 p.m.
Roda Theatre
Berkeley Rep

The transgender rights battle
Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, grapples with intense discrimination and harassment of the transgender community. In conversation with John Caner, Hayashi looks at where progress can be made, even in a national environment of repression and backlash.

Making vibrant neighborhoods
Jason Roberts began as a guerrilla urban activist, starting a mock transit authority that actually turned into a real streetcar line in Dallas. He now works to improve neighborhoods around the world using creativity and more than a little humor. His spotlight presentation at Uncharted uncovers some of his methods.

2-3:15 p.m.
Michael’s Second Act
Berkeley Rep
(runs in parallel with Roda Theatre session)

Uncharted Lab: The Money Illusion

What do mindfulness practices offer a society with many misconceptions about how money informs happiness? in this interactive Uncharted Lab, Jonathan DeYoe, a financial planner and practicing Buddhist, demonstrates how mindfulness techniques can offer an approach to planning, saving and spending money that is aligned with personal happiness. Participants will engage in simple exercises that illuminate our money habits and leave with mindfulness techniques to begin to revisit them. Open to 50 participants.

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Freight & Salvage

Overcoming economic disadvantage
What happens when we move socioeconomic classes but our family and friends don’t? Learning to navigate, embrace and enjoy moving on up is at the heart of this candid conversation with Jamel Oeser-Sweat and Miriam Warren. Jamel traces his rise from homelessness and living in foster care and welfare hotels as a child to student at NYU on a full scholarship to a New York Law Journal Rising Star Under 40.

Think inclusion
Most organizations remain a long way from achieving the diversity and inclusion that they profess as an ideal. Tariq Meyers and Bärí Williams look at both how to get people in the door and how to retain them. How does inclusion actually work in reality?

In the information space, no one can hear you scream
Are things really that bad? Actually, they might be worse. Samuel Woolley and Caroline Orr spend their days immersed in the information apocalypse so you don’t have to. What advice to they have for navigating through lies and misinformation? And are we about to enter a world where it will be impossible to figure out what’s real and what’s fake?

5:30-6 p.m.

If you want a guided walk up to the Uncharted Party at Alumni House, join our supporting partner Berkeley Path Wanderers outside the Freight & Salvage. It’s a nice way to decompress from a day of talks and make your way convivially to the party.

6-8:30 p.m.
Alumni House
UC Berkeley

Uncharted Party
Join your fellow festivalgoers and speakers for food, drink and music at Alumni House.

Saturday, Oct. 6

9-11 a.m.
Roda Theatre
Berkeley Rep

How to be a rebel conservative
Mona Charen has become one of the most prominent Never Trump voices. But she hasn’t abandoned conservatism: her most recent book, Sex Matters, excoriates mainstream feminist thinking. In conversation with Frances Dinkelspiel, Charen talks about sex differences as well as the post-Trump conservative world.

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
Faith Kearns and Tessa Hill study the consequences of our changing climate on drought, fire and our nearby coast. In conversation together, they discuss the state of our understanding of changing climate in California, and how these impacts are becoming increasingly personal, and how science is rapidly adapting to this changing landscape.

The rent (and house prices) are too damn high
Everyone in the Bay Area agrees there’s a desperate shortage of affordable housing, but solutions differ widely. Scott Wiener has led efforts in the State Senate to tackle housing, winning support from some and brickbats from others. In conversation with Kim-Mai Cutler, Wiener argues that there are some effective policies at hand to tackle the issue.

11-11:30 a.m.
Berkeley Rep courtyard

Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Freight & Salvage

Things we’ve forgotten to worry about
While we’re fixated on madness in Washington, there are no shortage of global headaches that for the most part are being neglected. Bonnie Jenkins, who was ambassador throughout the Obama administration, responsible for threat reduction programs, offers a tour of issues we should be worrying about, in conversation with festival co-curator Lance Knobel.

Science Slam II
You’ve probably encountered poetry slams, but not science slams. Each year, postgraduate researchers at Berkeley Lab engage in a science slam competition. The challenge: describe their research in three minutes. This year, the competition is being held on Sept. 20. The festival will have two of the winners, one on Friday, and one on Saturday.

The poet’s calling
Salvadoran-American poet Javier Zamora’s first full-length collection, Unaccompanied, explores the impact of immigration and civil war on his family. In conversation with Neruda biographer Mark Eisner, Zamora examines the poet’s role in addressing contemporary issues.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First, meet at Berkeley Farmers Market (follow Uncharted staff)
Then, reassemble in Berkeley Rep courtyard
(runs in parallel with sessions at the Freight)

Uncharted Lab: Farmers Market and Cal Peternell

Join long-time Chez Panisse head chef Cal Peternell at the Berkeley Farmers Market where he’ll show you how to pick the best produce. Then reassemble in the Berkeley Rep courtyard where Cal will show you some simple ideas for using that day’s market buys. Open to 50 participants.

1-2 p.m.
Berkeley Rep courtyard
and Downtown Berkeley

Lunch
Join fellow festivalgoers for a delicious boxed lunch from Oakland’s Town Kitchen (order in advance or buy on the day) to compare your experiences. Or try one of the many lunch spots in downtown Berkeley. Please be back for a prompt start of the afternoon program at 2 p.m.

2-4:45 p.m.
Freight & Salvage

A courageous teenager tackles gun violence
Eva Lewis, co-founder of Youth for Black Lives, has been instrumental in galvanizing protests against gun violence in her native Chicago. In conversation with Kate Schatz, Lewis explores the power of youth-led activist movements for change.

Raise Your Voice
In response to school shootings around the country, 11 young people have recorded songs and spoken-word art for The Little Village Foundation. The day before they perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Madison Yearsley performs the title track at Uncharted.

Mind the gap
USC’s Sharoni Little has written about “the fierce urgency to confront, dismantle, and (re) write the historical narrative of black boys in educational institutions.” Little joins Berkeley Unified’s Kamar O’Guinn to look into effective strategies for dealing with the achievement gap.

Maybe the Constitution is the problem
How’s the Constitution holding up under the strains of the current era? Thomas Mann, co-author of It’s Even Worse Than You Think and One Nation After Trump, looks at what the Republic can withstand in conversation with festival co-curator Lance Knobel.

Playboyz
Playboyz Incorporated (PBI) has been San Jose’s premier Popping crew for almost 40 years. They were established in 1981 by one of the current members, Bryan Moreno, during the height of the Popping craze, a dance that has its roots right here in the Bay Area. Playboyz provide a rousing conclusion to the 2018 Uncharted.

Introduction by Bryce Hill.

5-6:30 p.m.
Zino Bar
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way

Happy hour drinks
Join festivalgoers, speakers and Uncharted staff for a casual happy hour drink at the Official Festival Hotel, Hotel Shattuck Plaza. Drink a final toast to the 2018 festival!