Conversations with History

Law, Politics, and the Coming Collapse of the Middle Class
Elizabeth Warren
Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law Harvard University

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren for a discussion of the economic pressures confronting the two income middle class family as it struggles to pay mortgages, health care, and education costs. Professor Warren offers surprising answers to "Who goes bankrupt and why?" and explores the role of banks and credit card companies in tightening the squeeze on the average American family. The interface between politics and the law in addressing these problems is explored.

Chasing the Flame
Samantha Power
Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard Professor Samantha Power for a discussion of her new book, "Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World." The conversation focuses on the lessons of De Mello's life for understanding the challenges confronting world order in the 21st century.

Unraveling CRISPR-Cas9
Jennifer Doudna
Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology and Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Professor in Biomedical and Health UC Berkeley

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Jennifer Doudna of UC Berkeley for a discussion of her intellectual odyssey that led to the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, a revolutionary tool for gene editing. In the conversation, they explore the implications of CRISPR-Cas9 for agriculture, biotechnology and biomedicine. They also discuss how education and public advocacy can broaden insight into the ethical and policy dimensions of the biological revolution that is upon us.

Ideas, Political Leadership, and the Lessons of Hong Kong
Christopher Patten
The Last Governor-General of Hong Kong

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler hosts this conversation with Christopher Patten, the last Governor-General of Hong Kong.

A Cosmologist's Intellectual Journey
James E. Peebles
Professor Emeritus of Cosmology; former Albert Einstien Professor of Science, Princeton University

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Princeton cosmologist Jim Peebles for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey. They discuss his contributions to cosmology and the future of the field.