Conversations with History

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.

Reflections on the Vietnam War: Presidential Decisions and Public Dissent
Daniel Ellsberg
Activist and Strategic Analyst

Host Harry Kreisler is joined by activist and strategic analyst Daniel Ellsberg, a key figure in the public protest to halt the Vietnam War. His leaking of the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times set in motion a series of events, including illegal actions by then-President Richard Nixon that led the president to resign his office rather than be impeached.  In the discussion, Ellsberg recalls the analysis of presidential decision-making that led to his fateful decision to leak the Pentagon Papers.…

Reflections on a Life in War and Peace
Sir Brian Urquhart
Former Under-Secretary General, United Nations

Former United Nations secretary General Sir Brian Urquhart in conversation with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler looks back on his distinguished career as a soldier, diplomat, and international statesman.…

Remembering the Vietnam War
Neil Sheehan
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of A Shining Lie

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning author Neil Sheehan, who reflects on the Vietnam War through the prism of American soldier John Paul Vann,

Leadership and Change
Jennifer Granholm
former Governor of Michigan (2002-2011); Distinguished Adjunct Professor Law and Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Harry Kreisler welcomes former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm for a discussion of lessons learned from her political career. She recalls her formative experiences, analyzes the essential qualities of leadership, and recounts the cascade of crises she confronted as a governor because of the failure of Michigan to recognize and adapt to challenges posed by international economic competitiveness and technological innovation. Leading at a time of structural manufacturing decline, she had to navigate transition to a new economy. Granholm concludes with an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the two parties in meeting these challenges.