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Screenwriter Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12, I Am Not a Hipster) returns to his alma mater to share the excitement of his latest project, adapting Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, to film. Cretton talks about the joys and frustrations of writing screenplays with Karl Martin of Point Loma Nazarene University as part of the 2015 Writer's Symposium by the Sea.

Since the defeat of the Nazis in WWII, Germans have been forced to confront their "unmasterable past." What was it like to grow up in a divided country burdened with the legacy of genocide? How does one deal with the knowledge of one's people's complicity in mass murder, and how does this knowledge affect one's identity? Primary witnesses of both German and Jewish backgrounds explore answers to these questions. Panelists include Frank Biess, Deborah Hertz, Margrit Frolich and Brian Schottlaender of UC San Diego.

1941 screenwriter Bob Gale (who also wrote the Back to the Future Trilogy), actor Perry Lang, 2nd Assistant Director Chris Soldo, assistant casting director Stanzi Stokes, and score restorer Michael Matessino look at this 1979 Steven Spielberg farce.

Students, administrators and academic researchers demonstrate the value of learning music in school as they show improvements in English and Math test scores, class attendance rates, cognitive development, self-esteem and the ability to work with others. Featured are Francisco Escobedo, the superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District; UC San Diego cognitive scientists Terry Jernigan and John Iversen; and young musicians participating in the Community Opus Project, an in-school and after school music program led by Dalouge Smith, the president and CEO of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory.

Michelle Dougherty, co-director of Sonic Sea, discusses this new film that traces the connections between increased man-made ocean noise and fatal stress on ocean life. Michael Hanrahan, an educator and filmmaker who teaches environmental media storytelling at the University of California, Santa Barbara, moderates. Recorded on 07/28/2016.

Omer Bartov, the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and German Studies at Brown University, explores the dynamics of the horrifying genocidal violence which took place in the East Galician town of Buczacz following the German conquest of the region in 1941 and its subsequent erasure from local memory. For centuries, Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews coexisted in the region, but tragically, by the time the town was liberated in 1944, the entire Jewish population had been murdered by the Nazis. They were assisted by local Ukrainians, who then ethnically cleansed the region of the Polish population. Bartov is presented as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop at UC San Diego. Recorded on 02/13/2017.

Self-driving and autonomous automobiles present new challenges that are not only technical, but also of a broader social, legal, and even ethical nature. Such issues will become more urgent and important as collisions and accidents involving self-driving or semi-autonomous vehicles occur more often harming, injuring or even killing humans in the real world. Mohan Trivedi, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, founding director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory, as well as the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) at the University of California San Diego, discusses these challenges from the perspective of a researcher. Recorded on 05/03/2017.

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.

David Murphy is Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) San Diego office. In this lecture Murphy shares his insights into the moral and logistical challenges posed by the current world-wide refugee crisis, based on his extensive experience working with the IRC in Africa and Afghanistan. Recorded on 04/18/2017.

Dante Alencastre, director of Raising Zoey, talks with AbigaĆ­l Salazar of the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity about this docuemntary that follows Zoey's transition. Recorded on 05/04/2017.

Michael Westmore is a scion of the famed Westmore makeup dynasty, which dates back to Hollywood's golden age. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Raging Bull. He talks with Anna Brusutti, UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies, to discuss that film and his other work. Recorded on 04/20/2017.
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