Conversations with Nobel Laureates

Writing and Political Activism
Wole Soyinka
1986 Nobel Laureate in Literature

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. In an extraordinarily prolific and rich body of work including plays, novels, poems, and essays, Professor Soyinka draws on both Yoruba and western culture to exquisitely weave a subtle understanding of the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. In this discussion, Soyinka talks about the craft of writing, his work in theatre arts, human rights, and his political activism.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/Elberg/Soyinka/soyinka-c…

Behavioral Economics
Richard H. Thaler
Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Professor University of Chicago, 2017 Nobel Laureate in Economics

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Richard H. Thaler for a discussion of behavioral economics. Professor Thaler discusses theory in economics, how observed human behavior points to anomalies that contradict what theory predicts will happen, and the implications of behavioral economics for public policy including its contribution to understanding the 2008 economic collapse and to shaping future regulation.

 

Art and Healing
Kenzaburo Oe
Nobel Laureate

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler in conversation with Kenzaburo Oe who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. Oe's art moves from the personal to the political, exploring how the individual, in confronting life's tragedies overcomes humiliation and shame to "get on with life," and in so doing, finds personal dignity and a renewed sense of his responsibility to his fellow man

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Oe/oe-con0.html

Scientific Discovery
Carol Greider
2009 Nobel Laureate for Medicine and Physiology

 

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcome Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University, for a discussion of her intellectual odyssey. Topics covered include her education; her Nobel winning research on telomeres and telomerase; the implications of this research for treatment of disease; science education; and women in science.

Finding an Authentic Voice
Orhan Pamuk
Nobel laureate

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. On the occasion of the publication in the United States of his new novel, "The Museum of Innocence," Pamuk reflects on his intellectual journey, including the influence of his parents, writers who shaped his world view, the "huzun" of Istanbul, writing, and recurring themes in his novels.