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In 2009, three University of California, Berkeley graduates were arrested on espionage charges in Iran when they were lured over the border from Iraqi Kurdistan, where they were hiking. Imprisoned for as long as 26 months, they became known as “the hikers,” and their story captivated the world. Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd joined the JCCSF for a sold-out conversation on their experiences, as recounted in their beautifully-written memoir A Sliver of Light. There was so much to discuss—from the dramatic facts of their capture and imprisonment, to the psychological toll of solitary confinement, to their strong inner resolve and terrific recent work as advocates for prisoners worldwide. The conversation was expertly moderated by UCSF professor Chanan Tigay.
Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book by Adam Mansbach that perfectly captures the familiar—and unspoken—tribulations of putting the little angel down for the night. Join Mansbach in conversation with Bay Area rap artist Lyrics Born over how best to get a little provocateur tucked in without actually uttering the title of the book.
Alfie Kohn made many parents feel less guilty about hovering over their children, saying there’s little proof that such parenting hurts kids and even some that say it’s beneficial. Kohn also decried what he perceives as a “right wing conservative” bias against hyper-involved parenting and gave a strong endorsement for progressive education.
Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz (Chutzpah, The Case For Israel, Reversal of Fortune) has led or been part of the defense team for Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson and the former presidents of Ukraine and Pakistan. His new memoir, Taking the Stand, reveals how his thinking has evolved on fundamental issues like the First Amendment, civil rights, abortion and homicide.
In his long-awaited first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century, New Yorker music critic Alex Ross’ democratic, love of the artform grounds 20th-century classical music in a wide political and cultural context that highlights its intersections with the pop, rock, and hip-hop realms.
With Davia Nelson of NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters
Alice Waters, the legendary chef of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, is perhaps more responsible than anyone for revolutionizing the way we think about food. Her new cookbook, The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden, brings seasonal, vegetable-centric meals to the table. If you shop at a farmer’s market, grow your own food or are just thinking about making some changes, don’t miss this special event.
Alicia Suskin Ostriker is one of the nation’s premier poets and critics. Writing as “as an American, a woman, a Jew, a mother, a wife, a lover of beauty and art, a teacher, an idealist, a skeptic,” Ostriker has cultivated a truly inimitable voice. At once unpretentious and provocative, she has been called “America’s most fiercely honest poet.” She is the author of several books on the Bible and 14 poetry collections, including The Book of Life, The Mother/Child Papers, No Heaven, and the volcano sequence.