Roger Daniels: U.S. Immigration Policy

Roger Daniels

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Roger Daniels for a discussion of the history of immigration policy in the United States. Professor Daniels reflects on his work as a historian. He analyzes the treatment of Asians in American history, focusing on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He also provides an historical perspective on current immigration issues.

Key Words: Historians, Immigration, Refugees

Robert William Fogel: Economic History

Robert William Fogel

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Robert William Fogel, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Economics. Dr. Fogel is the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions at the Graduate School of Business, and Director of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago. He is the 2004 Hitchcock Lecturer on the Berkeley campus.

Key Words: Nobel Laureates, Historians, RIP

Robert M. Berdahl: Leading Berkeley into the 21st Century

Robert M. Berdahl

Chancelor Berdahl discusses his work as a historian and the challenges facing the Berkeley campus


Key Words: Historians, University Presidents, University of California, Leadership, Higher Education, Berkeley Faculty

Perry Anderson: Reflections on the Left from the Left

Perry Anderson

On this episode, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Perry Anderson Professor of History and Sociology at UCLA about his intellectual journey and the status of the left.


Key Words: Historians, Theory, Marxism

Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Niall Ferguson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard historian Niall Ferguson for a discussion of his new book, "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World." Drawing on insights from the biological sciences, Ferguson describes the rise and evolution of finance focusing on insurance, banks, and the bond market. Using the examples of housing and the U.S. China economic relationship, Ferguson demonstrates the way history can inform our understanding of the current financial crisis. He also reflects on the implications of the financial crisis for American global hegemony.


Niall Ferguson: The War of the World

Niall Ferguson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard historian Niall Ferguson for a discussion of his new book The War of the World. Ferguson analzyes the role of ethnic conflict, economic volatility, and the decline of empires in making the twentieth century the most violent one in human history.


Key Words: Historians, Ethnic Conflict, International Relations, Empire

Niall Ferguson: Money and Power

Niall Ferguson

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes British historian Niall Ferguson for a discussion of the dynamics of money and power in international politics, the British Empire, and the U.S. role in world affairs.


Key Words: Historians, Money, International Relations, Power, Financial System, Great Britain, Imperialism

Niall Ferguson: World Order: Brexit, Populism and Kissinger

Niall Ferguson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution who is the 2016 Underhill Lecturer at Berkeley. After discussing the importance of Anglo American Studies, and the implications of the wave of populism sweeping the West, including Brexit and the Trump phenomena, the conversation turns to an in depth look at Ferguson’s recent book on Kissinger, 1923-1969, The Idealist. Ferguson details the evolution of Kissinger’s thinking about international affairs up until the time he assumes the position of national security advisor under President Nixon,. He...

Nell Irvin Painter: Reflections of an Historian

Nell Irvin Painter

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian and artist Nell Irvin Painter for a discussion of her intellectual odyssey. Professor Painter discusses the influence of her parents, her work as a historian and the importance of art as a way to complement the traditional historical narrative.

Key Words: Historians, Art, Black Lives, Women Trailblazers

John Heilbron: Science and History

John Heilbron

"Science and History" - Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian John Heilbron, the 2007 Hitchcock Lecturer, for a discussion of the history of science. He reflects on his contributions to the field, analyzes the challenges of studying science as a historian, and offers insight into the value of science history for society. John Heilbron also discusses his years as Vice Chancellor of the Berkeley campus.