Sessions

BOLD VISIONS: 4:30 – 5pm

Kate Harrison, Berkeley Councilmember – How the City Council and downtown can support inclusion Tracey Taylor, Cityside – On local press and digital media transforming local communities Trisha Low, Small Press Distribution – Creating…

BOLD VISIONS: 3:00 – 3:30pm

Carol Christ, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley – On higher education for all Ka'Dijah Brown, Berkeley Unified School District – Equity and opportunity in public education Tess Mayer, Berkeley Public Library – How the…

BOLD VISIONS: 1:30 – 2:00pm

Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate – On being a Poet Laureate Dee Williams-Ridley, Berkeley City Manager – How the City is creating justice and equity Emily Pilloton, Girls Garage – Empowering girls and raising their…

BOLD VISIONS: 12 – 12:30pm

Jesse Arreguín, Mayor of Berkeley – How the City is creating positive change through policy Rafael Jesús González, Berkeley Poet Laureate – Speaking out for truth and compassion Laurie Rich, Brower Center – How the Brower creates…

How the Constitution Can Save Us

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of the American republic hangs in the balance. There are few levers as powerful in tipping that balance as interpretations of the U.S. Constitution by the Supreme Court. One of the nation’s…

Food Is Fundamental

Even before COVID-19 shined a light on the precarity faced by food servers, farm laborers, and meat processing workers—and how their working conditions impact us all—it was clear that we were desperately in need of a food revolution. From…

LIVE! Embracing the Other

Late Congressman John Lewis called the coming election “the most important ever.” The national schisms that led to the election of Donald Trump have become even deeper over the past four years. How can we address the anger and divisiveness,…

The Radical Necessity of Nonviolence

“The choice today,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1960, “is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.” Six decades later, there has never been a more important time to understand what…

Writing a New World Into Existence: Lessons from Literary Futurism

It's been demonstrated that reading fiction increases empathy. Can it also unlock a blueprint for our future, at a moment when we need new ways of defining what's possible? Four of Berkeley's most visionary novelists, known for their ability…

Politics, Race, and the State of Play in our Nation

It’s 2020, the year of all hell breaking loose—so why not let it break loose in friendly (and hilarious) company? Good friends and headline-makers W. Kamau Bell, an Emmy-winner for CNN’s United Shades of America (Robin Williams called…