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Climate scientist Richard Somerville completes the "Climate Change at the Crossroads" series presented by the UC San Diego Library with a talk recounting his experiences at the Paris COP 21 conference and his ongoing efforts to widen public understanding of the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

This panel of women with successful careers in media looks at some of today's leading women writers, directors, and producers. Panelists include: Starshine Roshell (moderator), Jane Espenson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, Warehouse 13), and Anne Cofell Saunders (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville, Chuck, The Small Ship, Revolution). Recorded on 05/01/2016.

This far-reaching conversation with best-selling author Shauna Niequist offers an honest account of her journey of becoming a writer. She shares her love of storytelling and her goal of living life to the fullest, and offers tips for aspiring writers. Recorded on 02/22/2017.

Writer/producer/director Theodore Melfi, actor Kevin Costner and president of Fox 2000 Pictures, Elizabeth Gabler discuss the Oscar-nominated film based on the true story about three brilliant African-American women working on John Glenn's launch into orbit at NASA. Recorded on 01/12/2017.

2016 was a good and bad year for efforts to tackle climate change. The good news is that 120 parties have ratified the Paris Convention; the bad news is the emergence of post-truth politics and the associated denial of the evidence that climate change is a threat to our future. Leading environmentalist and Member of UK House of Lords John Krebs discusses the trends and their implications for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Recorded on 01/25/2017.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller explores how gender issues are handled in the fields of security and defense. She notes that even well-supported institutional efforts to increase awareness and training often fall short of the mark and offers suggestions on how to make them more effective. Gottemoeller is presented by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.

In the first of a nine-part series exploring the future of the North American economy, analysts from California, Arizona and Mexico look back on the factors that led to the 1993 signing of the North American Free Trade and what issues are likely to emerge as President Trump considers backing away from US commitments to Canada and Mexico. This conference is presented by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. Recorded on 02/27/2017.

Mexican Senator Armando Piter describes the alarm in Mexico about hostile actions toward immigrants in the United States and predicts this will lead to a decline in the US's moral leadership in the world. As the White House considers renegotiating NAFTA, Senator Piter calls on Mexico to overcome internal differences and unite in its opposition to Trump's agenda. Senator Piter's talk is the fourth program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Alan Bersin, a former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security, and others warn against the destruction of confidence between the US and Mexico and call on all parties to invest in what they say is the most important relationship for both countries. Political scientist David Shirk of the University of San Diego and security analyst Guillermo Valdes of of Grupo de Economistas y Asociados of Mexico follow with presentations on the Merida Initiative and other programs aimed at enhancing security and building prosperity in North America. This is the fifth program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Customs and tax attorneys from the US and Mexico explain how some proposed increases in cross border taxes and border adjustment taxes will affect trade in North America. This is the eighth program in the nine-part "What's Next for NAFTA?" series exploring the future of the North American economy, sponsored by the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Blending climate science with economic modeling, Emilie Mazzacurati offers clients strategic advice on how to protect local communities by integrating climate risk into business decisions. Mazzacurati, an alumna of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, talks with fellow alumnus Jonathan Stein how she founded her company, Four Twenty Seven Climate Solutions, to build climate resilience through social innovation.

Drawing on her own experience growing up in the caste system in India, Sudha Shetty channels her compassion for others into research and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and child abduction. As she describes here in a conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, Shetty has helped judges and others in the legal community protect women and children from the unintended consequences of poorly drafted policies.
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