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Joyce Carol Oates, the prolific author and winner of nearly every literary award of note, has maintained a creative dialogue with contemporary American culture for 50 years. She continues the conversation here with veteran journalist Dean Nelson as part of the 2015 Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Former UCSB professor Gerald Horne, the award-winning author of more than thirty books, discusses his newest book "The Counter-Revolution of 1776" which argues that for the country's forefathers, "freedom" meant the right to keep others enslaved-and that the consequences of this definition continue into the present in the form of a racialized conservatism and a persistent racism targeting the descendants of the enslaved.

Philosophy scholar Monte Johnson explains how the early Greek concept of freedom -- a state opposite of slavery - evolved into notions of self-sufficiency, liberality, and independence in speech and action. Though the most influential philosophers of that time, Plato and Aristotle, were dubious of democracy, a government centered on the principle of freedom, they contrasted with other lesser-known Greek philosophers who accentuated the importance of freedom, including Democritus, Protagoras, and Archytas. Johnson is presented as part of the "Degrees of Freedom" series at UC San Diego.

Stories from around California produced by graduate students at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Go behind the scenes with with Oscar-nominated producer Jeremy Dawson and Oscar-nominated production designer Adam Stockhausen about the filming of Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes author Karin Sveen for a discussion of her book, "The Immigrant and the University: Peder Sather and Gold Rush California." After describing her intellectual journey as a writer and poet, the conversation turns to a discussion of philanthropist Peder Sather, a Norwegian immigrant, who was one of the founders of the University of California and whose philanthropy left an indelible mark on the University including the Campanile, Sather Gate, endowed chairs in history, literature, and classics, and the Sather Law Library. Recorded on 02/11/2015.

This CARTA symposium addresses the question of how human language came to have the kind of structure it has today, focusing on three sources of evidence. One source, which is discussed in these three talks, concerns what contrasts between new and mature languages reveal about how language evolves. Mark Aronoff (Stony Brook Univ) begins with an examination of the Co-emergence of Meaning and Structure in a New Language, followed by David Perlmutter (UC San Diego) on Combinatoriality within the Word: Sign Language Evidence, and Ray Jackendoff (Tufts Univ) on What Can You Say without Syntax? Recorded on 2/20/2015.
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