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Meaning in the Music: A Conversational Duet with Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu

Music is one of our greatest universal languages. Few have demonstrated this more boldly than gate-crashing rappers Fantastic Negrito and Timbuktu, whose respective journeys from Oakland’s mural-filled streets and Sweden’s inlets now bring…

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…

Protest + Print: Girls Using Words and Pictures for Activism

Presented on our YA Stream At Girls Garage in Berkeley, girls use power tools to build the world they want to see. But a different kind of world-building also takes place at Girls Garage: the kind that creates a vision for a better and…

Unleash Your Creative Superpowers with National Novel Writing Month

Presented on our YA Stream This conversation comes with an artistic advisory: prepare to dive deep into your imagination and be surprised by what you might find. You’re about to enter the place where dreams (and stories) begin. National…

Women Lit #UNBOUND: Extraordinary Dreamer: Musical and Literary Icon Patti Smith’s Year of The Monkey

She redefined rock and roll for a generation, defied conventional expectations at every turn, and created enough zeitgeist-shaping art for more than one lifetime. Now Patti Smith has something new and beautiful to share: a “beautiful, elegant,…