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Chancellor Berdahl

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The Chancellor talks to Harry Kreisler, the Institute of International Studies' executive director, about U.S. foreign policy (specifically in Iraq); senior Ankur Luthra about how to win a Rhodes Scholarship; and Mary Ann Mason, Dean of the Graduate Division, about graduate issues and her research on how having children affects women's tenure-track choices — and chances. Following each segment, the guests take questions from the audience. After fielding a few questions himself, Chancellor Berdahl wraps up this month's edition by talking about what's on his mind: war's cost on civil liberties, and why debate, dissent, and protest are not unpatriotic, but essential to being an American.

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The audio-only interviews below are in RealPlayer format.

Episode Six, Mar. 5, 2003:

audio Hear the entire episode from start to finish ...
52:21 minutes
audio Introduction: "Welcome to the latest edition of Bear in Mind" ...
1:29 minutes

Harry KreislerThe Harry Kreisler interview
13:25 minutes

Harry Kreisler, Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at Berkeley, tells why he has opened his course on U.S. foreign policy post-9/11 to the public, questions the necessity of a pre-emptive strike against Iraq, explains how technology can bring the university to the world, and talks about his most memorable interviews — such as Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe and director Oliver Stone.


Ankur LuthraThe Ankur Luthra interview
12:41 minutes

Ankur Luthra, UC Berkeley’s latest winner of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, is a senior majoring in electrical engineering/computer science and business administration. He discusses how other students can improve their Rhodes chances, the tricky interview questions he faced, the nonprofit he founded, and his plans and hopes for the future.


Mary Ann MasonThe Mary Ann Mason interview
13:36 minutes

Mary Ann Mason, Dean of the Berkeley Graduate Division and a professor on leave from the School of Social Welfare, has made it her mission to keep UC Berkeley No. 1 among graduate schools. She talks to the chancellor about some of the issues she continues to wrestle with, such as the housing shortage and falling student funding. she also shares some of her ongoing research into "Do Babies Matter?" — a look at why women in graduate school turn away from the tenure track.


Misha LeybovichQ&A with student audience
9:29 minutes

Chancellor Berdahl fields questions from the student audience at California Hall about increasing the services offered to North Side engineering students, what he wants to be remembered for as chancellor, and the challenges of retaining talented faculty.

audio Robert BerdahlTop of Mind
4:28 minutes

transcript Read a transcript of Top of Mind

What Chancellor Berdahl is thinking about: "[P]rotest is not a substitute for reasoned discourse. The purpose of debate, of discussion, is to persuade others who may disagree with us of our point of view. This campus is and should be a center for the debate. It is essential that we keep it open in every respect. That people with who we disagree not be dismissed as being either unpatriotic or thoughtlessly radical. That debate and reasoned discourse do not give way to sloganizing. We cannot persuade if we seek to silence those with whom we disagree."


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