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A plethora of Berkeley events on UCTV in February

02 February 2006

The University of California's television/Internet station, UCTV, is offering a particularly rich smorgasbord of faculty lectures, literary readings, and newsmagazines from the Berkeley campus this month.

Those who missed the fall Hitchcock Lecture by Dudley Herschbach, Harvard professor and Nobel laureate in chemistry, can catch that talk on molecular science (geared to laypeople) from the comfort of their armchairs, with the tube tuned to Berkeley Community Television (Comcast channel 33). Other highlights from the month's broadcasts include political scientist Paul Pierson (featured in last week's Berkeleyan), Boalt Hall law professor John Yoo, poetry readings by Maxine Hong Kingston and California Poet Laureate Al Young, and feature segments by Berkeley graduate students on urban beekeeping and Latino-owned wineries. Details follow:

Friday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.
Conversations With History: Science and Society, with Dudley Herschbach
Nobel laureate Herschbach discusses his research, creativity in science, science education, and the role of science in society with Professor Harry Kreisler.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.
CNS News
This news program from Berkeley graduate students features stories on urban beekeeping and controversial law professor John Yoo.

Friday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
Conversations With History: The Transformation of American Politics, with Paul Pierson
Berkeley political scientist Pierson discusses how the conservative movement has changed U.S. politics and constrained the political center.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 , 5 p.m.
Intimate Encounters with Molecules: Taming Molecular Wildness
Dudley Herschbach (see Friday, Feb. 3 listing) delivers the 2005 Hitchcock Lecture, in which he explores the fascinating world of molecular science and discusses how to "tame" molecules.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.
State of Minds
George Strait, Berkeley's associate vice chancellor for public affairs, anchors a showcase of features from UC campuses, including one in which Berkeley researchers field-test a Daimler-Chrysler hydrogen-fuel-cell car along California's emerging hydrogen highway.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Cutaways
This magazine program by Graduate School of Journalism students features pieces about an AIDS activist in China, Latino-owned wineries, and Arizona border politics.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Lunch Poems: Al Young
California's poet laureate shares a selection of his poems before a live audience at the November 2005 Lunch Poems reading.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
Lunch Poems: Maxine Hong Kingston
The Berkeley graduate and professor - author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, The Fifth Book of Peace, and To Be the Poet - shares her work with a Lunch Poems audience.

Friday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.
Industry, Philanthropy, and Universities: The Roles and Influences of the Private Sector in Higher Education
MIT President Emeritus Charles Vest explores the role of individual philanthropists, foundations, and corporate-research sponsors in supporting institutions of higher education, both public and private, in his final Clark Kerr Lecture on the Role of Higher Education in Society, delivered on campus in September.

Friday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
Conversations With History: American Foreign Policy in a New Era, with Robert Jervis
Columbia University political scientist Robert Jervis discusses theory in international relations, examining (among other things) the Bush Doctrine and the failure of intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

Programs broadcast on air by UCTV are streamed simultaneously online at www.uctv.tv. The UC station is also available on Echostar Satellite's DISH Network, channel 9412. Most UCTV shows are available for viewing "on-demand" 24/7 from the website and archived indefinitely; many are available, additionally, as podcast feeds. See the website for details.