In these lively and unedited video interviews, distinguished men and women from all over the world talk about their lives and their work. The interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural and social issues shaping the world in the second half of the twentieth century. At the heart of each interview is a focus on individuals and ideas that made a difference. Conversations with History guests include diplomats, statesmen, and soldiers; economists, social and political analysts and historians; scientists; writers and foreign correspondents; activists and artists. The collection is comprised of 650 interviews.
Starred Review. For more than 25 years, the University of California's Kreisler has been conducting hour-long interviews with "the distinguished men and women who pass through Berkeley on a daily basis" for a series he calls "Conversations with History." In this remarkable collection, Kreisler selects 20 conversations, spotlighting some of the most important activists, academics, and journalists of our generation, including Elizabeth Warren, Michael Pollan, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, and Oliver Stone. Having honed his craft over decades, Kreisler poses provocative, open-ended questions leagues deeper than typical sound bite-centered journalism. While discussion ranges from apartheid with Justice Albie Sachs to the Iranian revolution with Nobel Peace Prize-winning lawyer Shirin Ebadi, Kreisler also investigates the formative experiences of each subject. Offering insight into world events, as well as the life and career paths of those who work for change, this study in the art of thoughtful dissent should fascinate anyone interested in activism and world events, especially new and soon-to-be graduates.
Conversations with History has been made possible by support from the Institute of International Studies, Berkeley Graduate Lectures, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation, from UCTV, and from UC Berkeley's Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.