Berkeley Conversations with History: Political Science

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
Conversations with History: John Kenneth Galbraith
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Conversations with History: John Kenneth Galbraith
April 27, 1986. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Welcome to a conversation with UC Berkeley's 1986 Alumnus of the Year, John Kenneth Galbraith: Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1934; Professor of Economics at Harvard for more than fifty years; writer and author of more than 20 books, including The New Industrial State and The Affluent Society, and one novel, The Triumph; price czar during World War II; Project Director in the strategic bombing studies after World War II; editor at Fortune magazine; advisor to President Kennedy; U.S. Ambassador to India during the Kennedy administration; a leader in the antiwar movement during the Vietnam War; past president of the American Economics Association.

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Professor Galbraith, welcome back to Berkeley.

It's very nice to be back.

What are your fondest memories of the campus, when you were here in the '30s?

There would be no doubt about that. My fondest memories are of the surroundings, the ambiance. As I'm s... (read more)
Lecture 2
Conversations with History: Mark Steyn
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Conversations with History: Mark Steyn
May 2007. Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes writer/critic Mark Steyn, the 2007 Nimitz Lecturer at Berkeley. Focusing on his new book, "America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It," they discuss Europe and America's relations with the Islamic world. In the interview, their conversation also focuses on the craft of writing in a multi media globalized world.

Mark Steyn
is the author of America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It, a New York Times bestseller and a Number One bestseller in Canada. His writing on politics, arts and culture can be read each week throughout much of the English-speaking world. Mark is also a visiting fellow of Hillsdale College, and a popular guest host on America's Number One radio show The Rush Limbaugh Program and on the Number Two cable news show, Fox News' Hannity & Colmes. His holiday single with Jessica Martin reached Number Seven on Amazon's easy listening chart.

In the United States, his column appears in newspapers from The Wash... (read more)
Lecture 3
Conversations with History: Studs Terkel
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Conversations with History: Studs Terkel
February 2004
Harry Kreisler welcomes Studs Terkel, prize-winning author and radio broadcast personality, on this edition of Conversations with History. Series: "Conversations with History".
Studs Terkel, prize-winning author and radio broadcast personality was born Louis Terkel in New York on May 16, 1912. His father, Samuel, was a tailor and his mother, Anna (Finkel) was a seamstress. He had three brothers. The family moved to Chicago in 1922 and opened a rooming house at Ashland and Flournoy on the near West side . From 1926 to 1936 they ran another rooming house, the Wells-Grand Hotel at Wells Street and Grand Avenue. Terkel credited his knowledge of the world to the tenants who gathered in the lobby of the hotel and the people who congregated in nearby Bughouse Square, a meeting place for workers, labor organizers, dissidents, the unemployed, and religious fanatics of many persuasions. In 1939 he married Ida Goldberg and had one son.

Terkel attended University of Chicago and recei... (read more)
Lecture 4
Conversations with History: Robert Fisk
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Conversations with History: Robert Fisk
February 2007. Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, discusses his experiences covering Middle East wars for the last 30 thirty years. Series: "Conversations with History"

Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, is the author of Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (London: André Deutsch, 1990). He holds numerous awards for journalism, including two Amnesty International UK Press Awards and seven British International Journalist of the Year awards. His other books include The Point of No Return: The Strike Which Broke the British in Ulster (Andre Deutsch, 1975); In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, 1939-45 (Andre Deutsch, 1983); and The Great War for Civilisation: the Conquest of the Middle East (4th Estate, 2005). His new book, The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings, a selection of his Saturday columns in The Independent, is also published by Fourth Estate.

Source: http://www.selvesandothers.org/view... (read more)
Lecture 5
Conversations With History: David Harvey
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Conversations With History: David Harvey
October 2004. Distinguished geographer David Harvey joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of how the analytic tools of geography and Marxism can contribute to our understanding of the new imperialism. Series: "Conversations with History"

David Harvey (born 1935, Gillingham, Kent, England) is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). A leading social theorist of international standing, he received his PhD in Geography from University of Cambridge in 1961. Widely influential, he is among the top 20 most cited authors in the humanities. In addition, he is the world's most cited academic geographer (according to Andrew Bodman, see Transactions of the IBG, 1991, 1992), and the author of many books and essays that have been prominent in the development of modern geography as a discipline. His work has contributed greatly to broad social and political debate, most recently he has been credited with helping to bring ba... (read more)
Lecture 6
Conversations with History: Roya Hakakian
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Conversations with History: Roya Hakakian
May 07, 2009
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Roya Hakakian whose book "Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran," chronicles her intellectual odyssey from teenage rebel to Iranian-American writer. In the conversation, Roya Hakakian reflects on the craft of writing, the importance of poetry in Iranian culture, the betrayal of the revolution by the Ayatollahs and the impact of the revolution on the Jewish community in Iran. She also compares the struggle within both Islam and Judaism as young people reconcile modernity with religious identity.

ROYA HAKAKIAN has collaborated on over a dozen hours of programming for leading journalism units on network television, including 60 Minutes and on A& E's "Travels With Harry", and ABC Documentary Specials with the late Peter Jennings, Discovery and The Learning Channel. Commissioned by UNICEF, Roya's most recent film, Armed and Innocent on the subject of the involvement of underage children in wars around th... (read more)
Lecture 7
Conversations with History: Kenneth Waltz
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Conversations with History: Kenneth Waltz
On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with renowned political scientist Kenneth N. Waltz, about theory, international politics, and the U.S. role in world affairs.

Kenneth N. Waltz, adjunct professor of political science, has spent much of his scholarly career proposing controversial realist theories on the world's political climate. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, he recently won the 1999 James Madison Award for "distinguished scholarly contributions to political science" from the American Political Science Association. The award is given only once every three years.

"A lot of people don't like realists," explains Waltz. "Realists face the world as it is. Most people want the world to be nicer and for people to be better."

Forty years after leaving Columbia as a newly minted Ph.D. and young faculty member, he returned to Columbia's faculty in the fall of 1997, and now focuses on testing his realist theories of international affairs,... (read more)
Lecture 8
Conversations with History: Chalmers Johnson
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Conversations with History: Chalmers Johnson
May 2007. Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Chalmers Johnson for a discussion of his new book, Nemesis. In the interview, Johnson, an Emeritus Professor of the University of California, analyzes the impact of the American empire on democracy at home. Comparing the United States to Rome and Great Britain, he argues that a combination of military Keynesianism, the Bush administration's attempt to implement a unitary presidency, and the failed checks on executive ambition point to political and economic bankruptcy.
Chalmers Ashby Johnson 1931 (age 77–78) is an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He fought in the Korean war, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967-1973, and ran the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley for years. He is also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia. He has written numerous books inclu... (read more)
Lecture 9
Conversations with History: Leslie H. Gelb
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Conversations with History: Leslie H. Gelb
April 06, 2009. Power, Ideas and Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Leslie H. Gelb
President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a discussion of his new book Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy. Gelb analyzes what power is, demonstrates how most American leaders fail to understand it, and explains how the demons of ideology, domestic politics, and arrogrance lead to its misuse. Gelb then focuses on the architecture of power in the 21st century. Finally, he proposes a strategy for U.S. foreign policy and examines two problems--the international economic crisis and the Afghanistan Pakistan crisis and offers suggestions to President Obama about how he should proceed to avoid the pitfalls that wrecked previous administrations.

Leslie H. Gelb
President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

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Lecture 10
Conversations With History: Zalmay Khalilzad
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Conversations With History: Zalmay Khalilzad
June 17, 2009

"Responding to the Strategic Challenges of the Post 9-11 World"

Zalmay Khalilzad U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan (2003-05), Iraq (2005-07) and the United Nations (2007-08)

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for a discussion of the interplay between theory and practice in shaping national security policy. Ambassador Khalilzad reflects on the strategic challenges confronting U.S. policymakers after the end of the Cold War; he describes the difficulties facing the U.S. as it makes the Afghanistan/Pakistan crisis its top strategic priority eight years after the post 9-11 Afghanistan War; and he highlights the need for the U.S. to complement its military power with diplomacy and development aid. Ambassador Khalilzad concludes with a discussion of lessons learned from his career as a strategist and an ambassador.

Zalmay Khalilzad
Ambassador - Iraq
Term of Appointment: 06/22/2005 to present

Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad was confir... (read more)