Human Rights

Leon Wieseltier: Intellectual Odyssey

Leon Wieseltier

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor of the New Republic. Focusing on Wieseltier's intellectual odyssey, the conversation includes discussion of his background, his education and mentors, Jewish identity in America, the political debate in Israel, his decision to write Kaddish, the attributes of intellectuals, the defining features of liberal sensibility, the challenge of reconciling theory and practice, the argument for humanitarian intervention, the meaning of the Arab Spring, and the challenges facing culture in America today.


William Haglund: Voices from the Grave

William Haglund

Forensic Scientist William Haglund joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of how his work as a coroner in murder investigations led to his involvement in the use of forensic science in human rights investigation in Bosnia, Central America and Nigeria.

KEYWORDS: Forensic Science, Anthropologists.

Wendy Ewald: The Innocent Eye

Wendy Ewald

Photographer Wendy Ewald joins host Harry Kreisler in a discussion of her craft, shares her thoughts on working with children, and reflects on using a camera as an educational tool.

KEYWORDS: Photography

Wei Jingsheng: The Political Education of a Chinese Dissident

Wei Jingsheng

Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng joins Conversations host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the factors that shaped his life as one of China's leading dissidents.

KEYWORDS: China, Dissent.

Tom Segev: The Life and Work of Simon Wiesenthal

Tom Segev

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Tom Segev for a discussion of his new book, The Life and Legends of Simon Wiesenthal. The conversation focuses on the roots of Wiesenthal's passionate commitment to justice and explores his lifelong quest to convict perpetrators of genocide. Wiesenthal's goal was to prevent future genocides by keeping the memory of the holocaust alive. Topics covered in the interview include Wiesenthal's circle of identities, his operating style, his perspectives on the holocaust, his involvement in the capture of Adolph Eichmann, his...

Tom Farer: International Law and Human Rights

Tom Farer

Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, Tom Farer discusses his work in human rights, international law, foreign policy and humanitarian intervention with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler

Tom Farer: Confronting Global Terrorism: The Elements of a Liberal Grand Strategy

Tom Farer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes international lawyer and policy analyst Tom Farer for a discussion of the different world views of liberals and neo-conservatives within the foreign policy community. He analyzes their different perspectives on the U.S. role in the world, on the problem of terrorism, and their choice of means for the conduct of foreign policy. He also discusses the historical continuity in U.S. foreign policy.

KEYWORDS: Torture, Strategy.

T.M. Scanlon: Freedom of Expression, Tolerance, and Human Rights

T.M. Scanlon

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard philosophy professor T.M. Scanlon for a discussion of freedom of expression, tolerance, and human rights.

Key Words: Freedom of Expression, Privacy, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, Principles.

Kenzaburo Oe: Art and Healing

Kenzaburo Oe

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler in conversation with Kenzaburo Oe who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. Oe's art moves from the personal to the political, exploring how the individual, in confronting life's tragedies overcomes humiliation and shame to "get on with life," and in so doing, finds personal dignity and a renewed sense of his responsibility to his fellow man

KEYWORDS: Nobel Laureates, Japan, Healing.

Judith Herman: Psychological Insight and Political Understanding: The Case of Trauma and Recovery

Judith Herman

Dr. Judith Lewis Herman, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, and a pioneer in the study of post-traumatic stress disorder and the sexual abuse of women and children, joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler on this edition of Conversations with History,

KEYWORDS: Psychiatry, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysis, Healing