About Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler is the creator, executive producer and host of the Conversations with History series. Conceived in 1982 by Mr. Kreisler as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times, Conversations with History includes over 600 interviews.

The story behind Conversations with History  (See the interview conducted by Professors Jack Citrin and Robert Price)

Harry Kreisler was the Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley (1974-2014).  In that role, he shaped, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues.

For several years, he taught a unique course from 2002-2007 offered on the Berkeley campus focused on “Issues in Foreign Policy after 9/11.” The lectures were broadcast on the internet. Guest lectures included distinguished scholars, journalists, and policymakers from all over the world. Mr. Kreisler currently teaches a course on International Challenges Facing US Foreign Policy at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations.

From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.


Contact: kreisler [at] berkeley.edu

Recent Interviews

Apr 20 2017
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Mar 21 2017
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Oct 13 2016
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Sep 29 2016
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