Inside Iraq with Hamid Al-Bayati

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.

Watch and you may learn some surprising things about Iraq in Iraq’s Journey from Dictatorship to Democracy:

To learn more, check out these videos on Iraq.

Larry Smarr, Gretchen Rubin Get into Health(care) & Happiness

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.

And what better to way to complete the year than with a look at the science and philosophy of happiness with none other than Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestseller “The Happiness Project.” In “Don’t Worry, Be Happy Now: The Science and Philosophy of the Happiness Movement,” Rubin chats with James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, about finding contentment in everyday life. That program premieres Dec. 28 at 7pm, but you can start your happy journey early by watching it online now.

T.C. Boyle at UC San Diego

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.

Watch “Revelle Forum: T.C. Boyle” this month on UCSD-TV and online now.

Salman Rushdie: A Compelling Account of Life in Hiding

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.

Don’t miss Salman Rushdie – Revelle Forum.

Remembering Ray Bradbury

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.

He appeared in 2001 to talk about his craft in “An Evening with Ray Bradbury,”, and sat down with host Dean Nelson for an in-depth and frank conversation about his life and love of writing. Both videos are online and ready for you to enjoy and fondly remember this iconic American writer.