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The Helen Edison Lecture Series is the result of a major gift from the late Helen Edison, a San Diego philanthropist who supported numerous local educational, cultural and arts efforts. In accordance with the gift, since 1985 the series has presented free public lectures on issues that advance humanitarian purposes and objectives.


Helen Edison Lecture Series presents Bryan Stevenson

A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently spearheaded the opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the first national memorial to victims of white supremacy. Stevenson’s work here led to his appearance on 60 Minutes, where he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

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UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series Presents Katherine Boo

Steve Clemons of the Atlantic sat down with MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo. Her bestseller, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving for a better life in a Mumbai slum based on three years of uncompromising reporting, putting a human face on issues of inequality.

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Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

One of the most important composers in jazz history, Charles Mingus documented his lively impressions of Tijuana in "Tijuana Moods," a rarely performed suite. Join grammy-winning jazz author Ashley Kahn; eminent alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, a longstanding member of Charles Mingus' band; Anthony Davis, UC San Diego professor of music and noted composer, pianist and improviser; and Steven Schick, UC San Diego professor of music, percussionist and conductor, for an exploration of the legacy of African-American composer Charles Mingus and his historic Tijuana Moods album.

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Luis Urrea

Hailed by NPR as a "master storyteller with a rock and roll heart," Luis Urrea is a prolific writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 16 books, including "The Hummingbird's Daughter" and "Into the Beautiful North." Join "It's About Time" curator Steven Schick for a conversation with Luis Urrea about his life and work and their collaboration on a new version of Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" with texts from Urrea's writings. Tune in to UCSD-TV to watch this discussion from February 1, 2018.

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  • John Lithgow: An Actor's Lessons

    For more than half a century, John Lithgow has been delighting audiences on stage, in movies and on television. In a lively discussion with Peter Gourevitch, distinguished Professor Emiritus of Political Science at UC San Diego, Lithgow reflects on his preparations for the wide diversity of roles that have shaped his career and influenced the larger culture.

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  • Resilient Cities: A Conversation with Judith Rodin

    Judith Rodin begins by exploring the transformative contributions the University of Pennsylvania made to Philadelphia while she was its president, and then talks about her work as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, particularly the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. Both experiences are put in the context of UC San Diego embarking on a physical presence in downtown San Diego.

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  • The Future of Criminal Justice and Journalism with Bill Keller

    Bill Keller, former Editor of the New York Times, current editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project is interviewed by Matt Hall, San Diego Union-Tribune. The Marshall Project is a nonprofit nonpartisan online journalism organization reporting on issues related to the American criminal justice system.

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  • The New Frontiers of Design with Paola Antonelli

    Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, delves into design's many directions and into its future. She takes us on a fascinating tour of design to ask some very serious questions.

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  • The Last of the President’s Men with Bob Woodward, Alex Butterfield and Michael Bernstein -- The Library Channel

    Investigative journalist Bob Woodward and former White House aide Alex Butterfield join Michael Bernstein for a conversation about Butterfield's decision to reveal the existence of tape recordings that eventually led to Richard Nixon's resignation from the presidency.

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  • Tomorrow’s Leaders: Building on the Legacy of Selma with Myrlie Evers-Williams

    From the moment Myrlie Evers-Williams faced the murder of her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, she became a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For more than five decades, she has fought to carry on his legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations in this country.

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Juanita Lahaye
UC San Diego Extension
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