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Visual Artist Sheldon Brown presents a multimedia tour de force exploring how art and science illuminate the freedom of imagination. Using examples from his extensive body of work, the founding director of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination challenges this audience to think about how developments in computation have reframed our understanding of the world and how new digital methods are affecting the means and modes of culture. Brown's talk is the final installment of the "Degrees of Freedom" lecture series presented by the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego.

M. Hakan Yavuz is a professor of political science at the University of Utah. His current academic work focuses on transnational Islamic networks in Central Asia and Turkey; the role of Islam in state-building and nationalism; ethnic cleansing and genocide; and ethno-religious conflict management. Recorded on 04/23/2015.

From the moment Myrlie Evers-Williams faced the murder of her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, she became a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For more than five decades, she has fought to carry on his legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations in this country. She reflects here on the impact of the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and calls on today's Americans to continue her quest to quash racism and bring equality for all. This heartfelt talk was presented by Thurgood Marshall College, the Helen Edison Lecture Series and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UC San Diego.

Writer/director Damien Chazelle discusses the process of creating his Academy Award film, Whiplash. Chazelle's sophomore film tells the story of a promising young drummer and his ruthless teacher.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University, for a discussion of his intellectual journey. Appiah reminisces about his early years in Ghana and Great Britain focusing on the influence of his parents. After outlining his formal education, he discusses the philosophical problems that have interested him. The discussion then turns to his analysis of identity and cosmopolitanism and the interface between them and concludes with a discussion of the importance of conversation in building a cooperative world. Recorded on 02/06/2015.

Architect, designer, and author William McDonough is a pioneer of sustainable design and development at all scales-products and packaging to cities and regions. He shares his vision for a world of abundance, where the very concept of waste has been eliminated, where we are all waging peace through commerce, and where-in his words-Endless is More. This is an Oppenheim Lecture from UCLA.

Director Julia Marchese discusses her documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition as seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema. Recorded on 02.25.2015.
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