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Anne Willan, the founder of La Varenne Cooking School, and co-author Amy Friedman share stories, pictures and secret ingredients to a life well-lived as they discuss Willan's autobiography, "One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France." This event is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library. Recorded on 11/07/2013.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt argues that a free and independent press is fundamental to a functioning democracy. It differentiates democracy from dictatorship; separates a free society from tyranny. Governments who try to set up a situation where citizens think they must choose between a free press and security are making a mistake that will ultimately weaken, not strengthen them. It's not a real choice. It's a false choice. Recorded on 10/30/2013.

Gabriele Wienhausen, the Associate Dean of Education in the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, gives a rousing talk on the importance of being challenged in college, rather than choosing easy classes in pursuit of good grades. She argues that getting rattled out of one's comfort zone is also good for teachers as they strive to invigorate the process of learning.

UC San Diego sociologist David FitzGerald explains how recent changes in the economies of the US. and Mexico, along with border enforcement and shifting demographics have led to a stabilization of Mexican migration to the U.S. This is the fourth in a five-part series exploring the impact of NAFTA, sponsored by the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Leading experts Saru Jayaraman, David Neumark and Ron Unz weigh in on the national conversation to raise the minimum wage, devoting special attention toward the California political landscape and impacts on food-related industries. Join us and learn how sometimes divisive social issues generate new, unexpected bipartisanship and consensus. Recorded on 04/12/2014.

NextGen Climate Founder and President Tom Steyer addresses the urgency and complexity of mitigating climate change. As a national leader in this space, Steyer addresses the intersection of technology and renewable energy policy and politics in effecting change on this critical issue. Recorded on 05/06/2014.

Many middle-class Americans grew up certain they would achieve the same or higher level of success than their parents had: by going to college, working many years for one employer and retiring with a pension. But starting as early as the 1970s, that tradition started to erode, says Katherine V.W. Stone, the Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Professor of Law at UCLA. She argues that the reality today is not long-term attachment, but short-term, episodic employment and other relationships to the job market, be it part-time work or as an independent contractor or an entrepreneur. It is a dramatic change with far reaching implications.
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