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Novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott brings her unique charm to the Writer's Symposium by the Sea once again as she stresses the importance of finding one's pure voice in writing about sadness, disappointment or satisfaction with life in this freewheeling conversation with author Donald Miller and veteran journalist Dean Nelson of Point Loma Nazarene University.

Established in 1982, the Stuart Collection at UC San Diego is a unique assembly of commissioned works by leading contemporary artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, and William Wegman. Each project is tailored for a specific site on the 1200-acre campus, and the diversity of forms, materials, and scale reflect and enhance the topographical and architectural distinctiveness of UC San Diego. Many of the artists who have designed works for the Collection are seldom represented in public sculpture collections and a significant number of the artists were better known for work in other media before creating their first permanent outdoor sculpture for the Stuart Collection.

Despite the growing importance of visual effects across the media industries, VFX companies and their employees have been in turmoil for over a decade due to the increasing pressures of globalized production. Long hours, short deadlines, and low profit margins have become characteristic of an industry that was once considered a shining example of the elite knowledge economy. Reflecting on both artistry and activism, this session brings together leading advocates of the VFX community in Southern California to discuss practical strategies for dealing with the challenges they confront.

Social psychologist and author Jack Glaser makes a compelling case against racial profiling in law enforcement, arguing that it's not only wrong, but can lead to more crimes being committed by non-profiled groups in this timely conversation on race, shooter bias and stereotypes with Oakland Assistant Police Chief Paul Figueroa and Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Cairo Drive is a documentary exploration of Egyptian identity and change spanning the critical period before the revolution and up to the most recent presidential elections. Shot from 2009 to 2012 the film portrays the congested streets through encounters in traffic with taxi drivers, ambulance, traffic cops, and private citizens. The director Sherief Elkatsha talks with Professors Laila Shereen Sakr and Dick Hebdige from the UCSB Department of Film and Media Studies. Recorded on 03/09/2016.

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes filmmaker Oliver Stone for a discussion of his career as director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone describes formative experiences, talks about different aspects of the filmmaking process including working with actors, writing screenplays, and postproduction. He focuses on the themes that have drawn him, and emphasizes the distinction between a historian and dramatist who works with historical materials. He concludes with a discussion of recent works including Alexander and the 10-part documentary on The Untold History of the United States. Recorded on 04/22/2016.

Robotics are increasingly becoming part of our lives, providing diverse benefits. However, that same technology captures information about us. This raises intriguing questions about whether that information should be stored, with whom and when it should be shared, and if it should be shared at all. Albert ("Al") P. Pisano, Professor and Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, explains how engineers are working to not only answers these questions but create solutions that improve our quality of life.

In this candid and heartwarming interview, Tam O'Shaughnessy, the life partner of the late astronaut Sally Ride, describes her long relationship with the first American woman in space. From their days on the teen tennis circuit in California through Sally's historic flights on the Space Shuttle Challenger to their parallel academic careers and later, founding their own company, Tam tells how their deep friendship blossomed over time into a romance that ended with Sally's death from cancer in 2012. As the Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego, Tam continues to inspire girls to embrace STEM, and shares her profound pride as the sponsor of the newly commissioned R/V Sally Ride, the first Naval academic research vessel ever named for a woman, now operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Author Zohreh Ghahremani talks with Babak Rahimi, associate professor of Communication, Culture and Religion at UC San Diego about the novel, "Sky of Red Poppies," the 2012 selection for One Book, One San Diego.

Film preservationist James Katz and Tom Pollock, former Executive Vice President of MCA and Chairman of Universal Pictures, discuss the restoration of "Vertigo" with Charles Wolfe, UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies. Recorded on 01/28/2017.

The HBO one-hour drama series "Westworld" is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. UCSB Script to Screen welcomed UCSB Department of Film & Media Studies Alumnus Fred Toye, director of two pivotal episodes: Season 1, Episode 6 "The Adversary" and Season 1, Episode 7 "Trompe L'Oeil." Recorded on 03/11/2017.

The documentary In Utero explores how experiences in utero affect our lives. Director Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal and Producer Stephen Gyllenhaal are be joined by Professor Brenda Major (Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB) and Professor Maya Rossin-Slater (Economics, UCSB) for a discussion moderated by Professor Maryam Kia-Keating (Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology, UCSB). Recorded on 04/27/2017.

Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 altered the media landscape. To discuss that aspect of the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline are some of the organizers of the opposition and indigenous media makers. Panelists: John Bigelow, Paula Antoine, and Myron Dewey. Moderator: Todd Darling. Recorded on 05/19/2017.
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