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

Robert Gallucci: The Challenges of Philanthropic Leadership

Robert Gallucci

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes the President of the MacArthur Foundation Robert Gallucci for a discussion of the work of the Foundation and his role as President. The conversations then turns to the foundation's recent initiative on nuclear threats exploring its emphasis on the twin challenges of proliferation and terrorism.

Key Words: Environment, Leadership, Nuclear Proliferation, Philanthropy

Ralph J. Cicerone: Science, Climate Change, and Leadership

Ralph J. Cicerone

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Ralph J. Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences for a discussion of the challenges facing the scientific community. Dr. Cicerone describes his research interests and explains the qualities of a scientist and what makes science a unique enterprise. He also focuses on leadership in science discussing his work at UC Irvine to establish a department of geosciences and his goals as President of the National Academy of Science and Chair of the National Research Council. He reflects on his work on,“Climate Change Science: An Analysis on...

Neil Kinnock: The Work of Politics

Neil Kinnock

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Neil Kinnock, the former leader of the Labor Party and Member of Parliament in Great Britain. In this 1994 interview, Kinnock discusses his choice of a political career, the nature of politics, the difference between theory and practice, and the choices confronting parties of the left in the era of Reagan and Thatcher.


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Jane Mayer: How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Values

Jane Mayer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for a discussion of her new book, The Dark Side. She explains how, under the direction of Vice President Cheney and his Assistant David Addington,the Bush administration, contrary to American history and tradition, implemented a policy of torture and rendition in violation of U.S. and international law. She describes the resistence within the government and the military to these actions. Mayer also offers a compelling account of what happened to detainees under the Cheney/Addington regime. She also analyzes the long...

James Wright: American Democracy, Veterans, and Higher Education

James Wright

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Dartmouth's James Wright, President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History, for a discussion of his work as a historian and as President of an Ivy League college. Topics covered include: his formative years, his research on populism in the Western U.S. in the 19th century, leadership in higher education, and challenges facing public and private universities in the new economic environment. President Wright also discusses his work in aiding Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans to pursue higher education. He places these efforts in the...

James O. Freedman: Liberal Arts and Higher Education

James O. Freedman

President of American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former president of Dartmouth College, James Freedman discusses issues in higher education with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler.


Key Words: Higher Education, University Presidents, University Leadership, Berkeley Graduate Lecturers, RIP

James M. McPherson: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

James M. McPherson

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning historian and Princeton Professor Emeritus James M. McPherson for a discussion of his new book, "Trial by War." Their discussion focuses on the qualities that defined Abraham Lincoln's leadership, how he came to define the role of commander in chief, the evolution of his thinking on national policy with regard to slavery, how his goal of saving the Union shaped the politics of the war, his relationship to his generals, and the thinking and circumstances that led to his suspension of habeas corpus and the initiation of...

Ira Michael Heyman: Values, Persuasion, and Leadership in the Public Sector

Ira Michael Heyman

In this edition, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Ira Michael Heyman, former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Chancellor Heyman discusses leadership, the challenges facing higher education and the problems of managing public museums.


Key Words: Law, Leadership, University of California, University Presidents, Higher Education...

Ira Lapidus: Islamic Societies

Ira Lapidus

Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on the Berkeley campus joins Harry Kreisler to discuss Islam, its relation to politics, the treatment of women in Islamic societies, and how an understanding of Islamic history might inform U.S. foreign policy.


Key Words: Historians, Middle East, Islam,...