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UCTV’s May schedule showcases Berkeley events

05 May 2004

The month of May is a busy one in Berkeley, as students, faculty, and other interested parties celebrate commencement, departmental graduations, and a raft of other end-of-the-school-year events. But it’s not a bad time to do a little living in the past, either, given the jam-packed schedule of Berkeley events from months gone by that UCTV, the University of California’s televison/Internet station, will be offering as webcasts, broadcasts, and video-on-demand.

In March, the Graduate School of Journalism held a high-profile three-day conference called “The Media at War: Understanding the U.S. Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.” Panelists included journalists, commentators, diplomats, and others whose observations of the invasion and its aftermath were both trenchant and topical. A number of conference events were webcast, and those broadcasts are being shown on UCTV throughout May. Remaining broadcasts this month include U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix in conversation with CNN’s Christine Amanpour; “The Los Angeles Times Goes to War,” with a panel of Times editors, writers, and photographers; and “Did We Get It Right? The Media at War in Iraq,” with experts from The New York Times, PBS, and Al-Jazeera, among others.

Also in May, three programs focusing on the upcoming presidential election, all from Berkeley: former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich’s recent address, “Why a Massachusetts Liberal Will Be the Next President…” (reported on in last week’s Berkeleyan); the 23rd Annual Review of the Presidency, an assessment by a panel of presidential scholars and White House reporters; and the newest edition of “Bear in Mind,” Chancellor Berdahl’s interview program, with guests Tom Camp-bell, dean of the Haas School of Business (and a former Repub-lican House member); Institute of Governmental Studies director and political science professor Bruce Cain; and Steven Weber, associate professor of political science.

In addition to its changing monthly lineup, UCTV has a varied archive of videos on demand, to which its adds on regularly. Among the programs recently added to that archive are several from Berkeley, many of which were so well-attended when originally held that many who wished to see them could not, until now. New additions to UCTV’s archive from Berkeley include:

• “Fast Food World: Perils and Promises of the Global Food Chain,” a panel discussion on globalization’s impact on food production and consumption;

• “Fomenting Democracy: Independent Media in a Time of War and Elections,” in which Pacifica Radio’s Amy Goodman, on campus for a Free Speech Movement celebration last November, critiques the mainstream media’s coverage of American interventionism;

• George Soros’ address, “The Bubble of American Supremacy,” which he delivered to a packed Zellerbach Auditorium in early March;

• “The Truth About Medical Marijuana,” in which activist Ed Rosenthal is joined by a panel of legal and medical experts to address the federal government’s efforts to override relevant decriminalization statutes.

Programs in May from other UC campuses include former UC President Richard Atkinson on changes in the SAT, author Margaret Atwood, a panel on lessons learned from the Endangered Species Act, and a lecture by Body Shop founder and political activist Dame Anita Roddick.

UCTV is viewable on many local cable systems (visit www.uctv.tv/cable for details), on satellite broadcast systems, and over the Internet (visit www.uctv.tv/watch for live webcasts, www.uctv.tv/ondemand for archived videos). For the full month’s schedule of programming, visit www.uctv.tv/schedule/.