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8232Our friend Dean Nelson celebrates the 20th year of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, the wildly popular interview series that brings renowned authors from around the world to the beautiful campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for conversations about their prose and, in typical Dean fashion, lots of humor about the pain and suffering that lead to completed manuscripts.

Dean opens the 2015 series with Lysley Tenorio, author of “Monstress,” and then turns the interviewer chair over to his colleague, Karl Martin, for a talk with PLNU alum and screenwriter/film director Destin Daniel Cretton. Dean returns the final night for a feisty and revealing exchange with the literary luminary Joyce Carol Oates.

It’s been such great fun to bring this series to our viewers all these years and we know you’re watching, because the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs have been accessed more than 2.5 million times on our website. Happy Anniversary, Writer’s, and here’s to the next 20!

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Contributed by Public Affairs Producer, Shannon Bradley

April News & Highlights

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An Evening with Poet Billy Collins


Don’t miss this chance to enjoy American poet Billy Collins as he reads a selection of humorous poems and discusses the craft of writing with Dean Nelson and an appreciative audience at the keynote event of the 2013 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.

An Evening with Billy Collins
Premieres April 1 at 8pm

Find more video from past 
Writer’s Symposium by the Sea events
.


Is the Human Mind Unique?

New from CARTA, scientists from different fields discuss cognitive abilities often regarded as unique to humans, including humor, morality, symbolism, creativity and preoccupation with the minds of others. They assess the functional uniqueness of these attributes, as opposed to the anatomical uniqueness, and whether they are indeed quantitatively or qualitatively unique to humans.

Is the Human Mind Unique? Premieres April 8.


To Be Musical Concludes

We wrap up the six-part series on what makes music musical this month with two fascinating presentations. On April 2 at 9pm, Grammy-winning soprano and UCSD Professor of Music Susan Narucki presents “Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human.”

Then on April 16, Diana Deutsch, UCSD Professor of Psychology, shows the striking difference in how people hear simple musical patterns in “Musical Illusions, Perfect Pitch and Other Curiosities.”

Browse all To Be Musical programs.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

Health & Medicine

Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection

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Science

“Perspectives on Ocean Science”

Genetics and Gray Whale Behavior

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Public Affairs

Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Disease with Stanley Maloy and Alan Sweedler –The Silent Spring Series

Transforming Conflict through Nonviolent Coalitions with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee

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Arts & Music Arts & Music

Murder in the Cathedral – Opera Spotlight

Aida – Stars in the Salon

Aida – Opera Spotlight

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Check out the latest additions to our online video archive

Travel Medicine – Health Matters

Federalism at the Border: Immigration Policy and the States, with Gabriel Chin

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Poetry Spring Fling with Billy Collins

No foolin’…. April is National Poetry Month and we’re headlining our linguistic Spring fling with a delightful presentation featuring American poet Billy Collins, who reads a selection of humorous poems and discusses the craft of writing with Dean Nelson and an appreciate audience at the keynote event of the 2013 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University.

“An Evening with Billy Collins” premieres tonight (April 1) at 8pm and is also available online, along with excerpts of Collins’ readings of individual poems.

You can also browse our astounding archive of programs from past Writer’s Symposium events, going all the way back to 2000 with guests Otis Chandler, former publisher of the LA Times, and best-selling author George Plimpton. There’s even a remarkable conversation with legendary author Ray Bradbury!

If you’re hungry for more poetry, make sure to browse our complete poetry library, loaded with established and emerging writers from around the world.

This is no April Fools’ prank, we promise!

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.
 

 

Writer’s Symposium By the Sea 2010

In March, UCSD-TV will tape two of Dean Nelson’s author interviews as part of the 2010 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Look for the broadcast premieres of “An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson” and “An Evening with Bill McKibben” in April. Watch online videos of all Writer’s Symposium by the […]

In March, UCSD-TV will tape two of Dean Nelson’s author interviews as part of the 2010 Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Look for the broadcast premieres of “An Evening with Michael Eric Dyson” and “An Evening with Bill McKibben” in April.

Watch online videos of all Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs and learn more about the series.