Ten years have passed since the United States and allies invaded Iraq. Get an eye-opening look at how those ten years have shaped Iraq’s history, presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego.
Hamid Al-Bayati, Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, gives an insider’s perspective on life in Iraq through Saddam Hussein’s reign. Hear Al-Bayati explain what it was like to live amongst the shocking violence and war crimes while in opposition of the dictatorship. He describes the consequences of war that Iraqis faced and warns against the reality of war.
Our presentations of “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” forum continue into the New Year, but first we’re wrapping up 2012 with two stellar presentations from the three-day forum held at UC San Diego in October.
Premiering tonight (Dec. 17) at 9pm (and online now) is “The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine,” a fascinating conversation between Calit2 director Larry Smarr, the subject of a recent piece in “The Atlantic,” and author Mark Bowden, who wrote the screenplay for Katherine Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and riveting works of non-fiction like “Black Hawk Down.” In this program, Smarr and Bowden talk about Smarr’s determination to understand everything about his own body, and how that kind of knowledge will become standard in the future of healthcare.
Acclaimed author T.C. Boyle’s forthcoming work, San Miguel, is the latest entry in what The New York Times called Boyle’s “own fascinating, unpredictable, alternately hilarious and terrifying fictional history of utopian longing in America.” The novel is a soaring historical narrative about two families—one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s—starting new lives on a windswept, near-desolate island off of the Santa Barbara coast.
In the latest installment of UC San Diego Extension’s Revelle Forum, now airing and online on UCSD-TV, Boyle presents excerpts from his new novel, followed by a reading of his gripping short story, The Lie.
If you were one of many who missed out on Salman Rushdie’s appearance last month at UC San Diego’s Revelle Forum, then you’ll be happy to know you can catch it on UCSD-TV starting tonight, Ocotber 8, at 8pm, and also online.
In a conversation with Seth Lerer, dean of Arts and Humanities, Rushdie shares details from his autobiography, “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” a compelling account of his years in hiding after being condemned by the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran. He also addresses the infamous anti-Islamic video that has sparked riots across the Middle East.
Today we remember legendary writer Ray Bradbury, who passed away this week at the age of 91.
A prolific writer who helped elevate the literary reputation of the science fiction genre, Bradbury has also been one of the most popular guests on the “Writer’s Symposium by the Sea” series from Pt. Loma Nazarene University.