Conversations with History

Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Lawrence Wright
Staff Writer The New Yorker

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright for a discussion of his new book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Included in the conversation are profiles of Mohammed Qutb, Osama Bin Ladin, and Dr. Ayman al-Zawarhiri. key figures in the radical jihadist movement that became Al Qaeda. Wright also reflects on the career of FBI agent John O'Neill who led the FBI search for terrorists within the United States and was killed` in the destruction of the Twin Towers.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people6/Wright/wright-con0.html

 

 

Between Memory and History: A Writer's Voice
Eva Hoffman
Author

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler is joined by writer and editor Eva Hoffman. Their discussion covers writing, the dilemmas of displaced persons, and the challenge of reconciling history and memory.

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Hoffman/hoffman-con0.html

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

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. 

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…