Berkeley #UNBOUND

On Sunday, October 4, the Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND, an all-day, free, virtual mini-festival — kicked off with a ticketed keynote program on Saturday night, October 3. Just a month before the election, Berkeley #UNBOUND will gather many of the world’s most influential thinkers, writers and other trailblazers to offer bold visions in response to this moment of political and social crucible facing our nation.

There’s only one way to watch this bold, visionary showcase of brilliant minds — and to be part of the conversation. When you register for our viewing portal, you’ll get a password granting you free access to all Berkeley #UNBOUND content. What’s more: if you have a YouTube account, you can share your reactions and ideas with fellow viewers in real time. Watch, get fired up and inspired, and make your voice heard!

The Berkeley #UNBOUND portal is now open for free sign-up!
Full schedule, speaker information, and more.

Who will share their ideas with you?

Full speaker schedule available now in the portal — but here’s a sneak peek:

  • U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, the highest ranking African American woman—and forceful, progressive voice—in the United States Congress where she has served with distinction since 1998
  • Steve Kerr, activist, eight-time NBA champion, and outspoken head coach for the Golden State Warriors basketball team
  • W. Kamau Bell, author, comedian, and executive producer/host of CNN’s top-rated United Shades of America
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law Dean and renowned Constitutional law scholar
  • Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard, chef, author, and food activist
  • Judith Butler, whom Cornel West called “the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today,” and author of the new book The Force of Nonviolence, which poses a radically and necessary rethinking of social action
  • Arlie Hochschild, author of 2016’s National Book Award finalist Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, which millions read to try to understand the 2016 election
  • Dacher Keltner, social psychologist, co-director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and author of The Power Paradox and the bestselling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
  • Ishmael Reed, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominated author of over 30 novels, essay collections, works of poetry, and plays
  • Saru Jayaraman, attorney, labor activist, creator of the ONE FAIR WAGE campaign, author of Forked and Bite Back, an Obama Champion of Change and winner of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award
  • john a. powell, UC Berkeley Law Professor, Director of Othering & Belonging Institute, and internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy
  • Aya de Leon, author and director of UC Berkeley’s June Jordan Poetry to the People program
  • Annalee Newitz, Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist, science and tech journalist, and New York Times contributing opinion writer
  • Davia Nelson, of NPR’s “The Kitchen Sisters,” and co-producer with her sister Nikki Silva, of the du-Pont Columbia and James Beard Award-winning series “Hidden Kitchens” on NPR’s Morning Edition
  • Stephen Best, Professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of two acclaimed books examining facets of black subjectivity, law and rhetoric, and the nexus between slavery and historiography
  • Shanthi Sekaran, novelist, children’s book author, and writer for NBC’s New Amsterdam
  • Emily Pilloton, humanitarian design activist, builder, educator, and founder of Girls Garage, a rigorous STEM program for girls
  • HyeYoon Song, artist and educator, lead instructor for Girls Garage’s Protest + Print cohort
  • Malaya Conui, student and visual artist, focused on Asian American identity, representation, education, social justice and community building
  • R.C. Barnes, YA author of the Tattoo Teller series, former long-time executive at Walt Disney Studios
  • Meridith Lackey, writer, high school sophomore, and advocate for proper representation of asexuals in the media
  • Marya Brennan, NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Programs Director, writer, and former street circus artist