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American poet Billy Collins reads a selection of humorous poems and then discusses the craft of writing with Dean Nelson and an appreciative audience in this keynote event of the 2013 Writer's Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.

Professors Bhaskar Sarkar and Janet Walker of the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies, discuss The Look of Silence, a groundbreaking documentary on trauma by Joshua Oppenheimer. The film was nominated for a 2016 Academy Award. Recorded on 11/12/2015.

In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, UC San Diego alumnus and sports journalist Mark Johnson traces the doping culture in professional sports, from the early days when pills meant progress, to the current day, when athletes are vilified for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his book, Johnson, who has covered cycling as a writer and photographer since the 1980s, explores the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture.

In his highly-acclaimed book, The Nazis Next Door, Eric Lichtblau tells the shocking and shameful story of how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men. Lichtblau explains here how it was possible for thousands of Nazis -- from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich -- to move to the U.S. after WWII, and quietly settle into new lives as Americans. Some of them gained entry as self-styled refugees, while others enjoyed the help and protection of the CIA, the FBI, and the military, who put them to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers. Lichtblau's book draws from once-secret government records and interviews, telling the full story of the Nazi scientists brought to America, and the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as Americans. He is presented by the Holocaust Living History Workshop at UC San Diego.

New Orleans native Sunni Patterson is an internationally-known Def poetry artist and activist. She is joined in a conversation with George Lipsitz and David Kim about her music and poetry, and her life reaching, teaching and healing. Recorded on 10/05/2016.

Self-driving and autonomous automobiles present new challenges that are not only technical, but also of a broader social, legal, and even ethical nature. Such issues will become more urgent and important as collisions and accidents involving self-driving or semi-autonomous vehicles occur more often harming, injuring or even killing humans in the real world. Mohan Trivedi, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, founding director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory, as well as the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) at the University of California San Diego, discusses these challenges from the perspective of a researcher. Recorded on 05/03/2017.

Arrival screenwriter and executive producer Eric Heisserer talks about adapting the the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang to the big screen. Recorded on 01/10/2017.

The 14th Dalai Lama, a 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the spiritual leader of Tibet, delivered the keynote address at UC San Diego's 2017 commencement ceremony. His talk centered on the power of compassion and finding happiness in life. He urged the graduates to use their knowledge to better the world in peaceful ways. Recorded on 6/17/2017.

Yusef Komunyakaa, an internationally renowned poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems," reads and discusses his work while writer-in-residence at UC Santa Barbara. Recorded on 03/01/2017.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, becoming the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He addressed an audience at UC San Diego focusing on love and kindness among humanity. He urged compassion and sharing each other's problems as one human family to overcome the distance and violence in the world. Recorded on 06/17/2017.
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