The life of the mind is the common good upon which every civilization is founded, not the exclusive domain of an elite class. Philosophy’s challenge—and its reward—is to question everything, everywhere, all the time. This extended panel is an invitation to walk down unexplored alleyways of thought and discover ideas we did not know we had.
The two poets will discuss Tracy’s new prose memoir Ordinary Light, as well as her thoughts on poetry. The discussion is likely to touch on a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to, her fascination with Mars, David Bowie, duende, fathers, dark matter, and the Museum of Obsolescence. Audience questions will be welcome.
Brimming with life, overflowing with creativity, ingenuity, and spontaneity, cities are where dreamers, scientists, artists, revolutionaries, slum dwellers, and titans rub shoulders, exchange ideas, and produce culture. This extended panel will be a wide-ranging exploration of the promises, failures, and future of humanity’s greatest invention: the metropolis.
Oakland's long and illustrious literary tradition includes Ina Coolbrith, Jack London, Gertrude Stein, Floyd Salas, and many others. But is Oakland’s current literary scene truly a mirror reflection of Oakland, or is there a growing push by a conglomerate of literary moguls to “Manhattanize” Oakland’s literary culture? And is the result diversity—or tokenism?
What does it mean to live a radical life? Our panelists discuss the radicalism of the Black Panthers in Oakland, Occupy Wall Street in New York, and the Anti-Apartheid movement in Johannesburg.
How far is the government willing to go in the name of national defense, and how far are we willing to let it go to ensure our security? This panel will address the abuses of secrecy, the risks of breaking ranks, and the ethics of disobedience.