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Activism at a Crossroads

Activism is undergoing a re-evaluation. Is protest still effective? What can work today? Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of 'The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution'), named by Esquire as one of the most influential…
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Understanding the Other: How Emotion Shapes Politics and Can Heal our Divides (PRIORITY TICKETS ARE GONE! Arrive early for General Admission possibility)

UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschilld's recent 'Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,' a National Book Award finalist, was one of the six books recommended by the New York Times to help understand Trump's…
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The Long 60s: The Counterculture's Influence in Contemporary America

The Summer of Love brought us sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but it was also a decade of extremes and radical cultural change that, in many ways, mirrors what’s going on today. A renewed interest in psychedelic drugs? Check. Women organizing…
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Our Trump, Our Television, Our Bad Luck

A lecture. A warning. A lamentation. A diatribe. From the renowned film critic, historian, and author of more than 20 books, including the recent 'Television: A Biography.'
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Cleve Jones: Rising Up

Mentored by LGBT rights pioneer Harvey Milk, Cleve Jones is an activist and author whose new memoir, 'When We Rise,' inspired an ABC TV mini-series of the same title. Rebecca Solnit said, "You could read Cleve Jones's book because you should…
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Masha Gessen on Truth, Lies and Totalitarianism in Russia and the U.S.

The relationship between Russia and the West is, shall we say, complicated. Are we headed toward a new Cold War? Join Russian-American and celebrated journalist Masha Gessen (The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia) and Orville…
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How to Speak Up: A Story of Courage

Fred Korematsu was a typical American guy—he liked to listen to music and hang out with his friends. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to…
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Cuba!

For decades Cuba has been an American obsession, a political flashpoint, and a forbidden paradise of run-down charm, aromatic rum, cigars, and long hot nights filled with music. After Fidel Castro’s Revolution in 1959, the U.S. and Cuba became…
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The Lessons of History, Alternate or Otherwise

When we think of science fiction and fantasy, we think of alternate realities and futuristic cities—avatars and AI and Coruscant. But these genres look to what happened in the past as much as what might lie ahead. Go back to the future with…
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Kingdom of Olives and Ash

With the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank upon us, award-winning authors Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon invited an international roster of top-shelf writers to visit the Israeli-occupied territories on individual…