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Behind the Headlines in Palestine

Buried far within headline news and political controversies are human stories. A veteran journalist and a younger journalist help tell the unforgettable, real stories of the people caught inside the conflict over Palestine.
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Transforming Terror

Terrorism hurts us all, if not with direct violence, injury or death then by eroding peace, community life and civil liberties. But public discourse around it is often shallow and manipulative. It’s time for a deeper look at this issue: what…
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Uncharted at the Bay Area Book Festival

Get a taste of Berkeleyside’s stimulating, annual Uncharted Festival of Ideas (every October). See your surroundings afresh, understand the neurobiological benefits of being around water, and learn how to captivate your own audiences—all…
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Roots of Violence

Few other species turn on their own members with the ferocity that human beings demonstrate. Our historical path is strewn with warfare, torture, mass murder and the abuse of women and children. Is it inherent our genes? Our souls? In the shapes…
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The NFL and Its Discontents

As more critics weigh in on the dehumanizing aspects of professional football, tough questions about this most American of sports are entering mainstream conversation. These thorough and thoughtful journalists and writers offer their insiders’…
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The Secret State: The Rise of National Surveillance & the Conflict Between Freedom & Security

Moderated by the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, our experts will assess the extent of threats to American liberty presented by today’s alarmingly shrouded surveillance state, and the precarious…
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The Future of Sportswriting

With issues ranging from physical safety to performance enhancing drug use, the world of sports has been undergoing major upheavals and self-reflection. This panel — moderated by Gary Pomerantz (​Their Life’s Work: the Brotherhood of the…
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The Internet Is Not the Answer

“The Internet Is Not the Answer claims that the only real best friend today’s tech titans have is money, and until policymakers intervene, or until the ‘digital elite’ adopt a more altruistic posture, the Internet will remain a winner-take-all…
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Rebecca Solnit

She writes on topics from art to eviction, geography to feminism, environment to politics — all with impeccable, gorgeous prose. Rebecca Solnit is a Bay Area treasure, and here she is joined by Christian Frock, independent curator and author…
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Coming Together When Things Fall Apart: Giving Voice to Emotional Truth in Our Times

When this compelling all-star event aired live as a ticketed fundraiser in May 2020, the response was powerfully moving. “Incredible,” “fascinating,” and “you’re helping me to feel less isolated” were just a few of the comments…