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Orville Schell in conversation with Elaine Pagels and Mark Danner

Orville Schell, a uniquely experienced observer of China gives us My Old Home: A Novel of Exilea sweeping historical novel that takes us on a journey from the rise of Mao Zedong in 1949 to the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989, as a father and his son are swept away by a relentless series of devastating events.

Orville Schell is the director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society. From 1996 to 2007 he was the dean of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He has written ten nonfiction books on China and contributed to many publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Review of Books. He is also an Emmy Award-winning producer for PBS, NBC Nightly News, and 60 Minutes. He divides his time between New York City and Berkeley, California.

Elaine Pagels, a historian of religion, is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor at Princeton University and an Aspen Institute Trustee. Perhaps best known as the author of “The Gnostic Gospels,” “The Origin of Satan,” and “Adam, Eve and the Serpent,” she has published widely on Gnosticism and early Christianity, and continues to pursue research interests on topics that include sexuality and politics, visions, and the origins of Christian anti-semitism. Her most recent books include “Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas” (was on The New York Times best-seller list) and “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation” (2012).

Mark Danner has written about foreign affairs and American politics for more than two decades, covering Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans and the Middle East among other stories. He was for many years a staff writer at The New Yorker and contributes frequently to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He teaches at the University of California and at Bard college and speaks and debates widely about America’s role in the world.

March 20, 2021

At the Stupid Coup: Mark Danner in the NY Review

Mark Danner discusses his piece 'Be Ready to Fight' with fellow journalist and journalism professor David Barstow.  Danner describes his experiences at the Capitol on January 6 and the violence he witnessed that day, and he elaborates the difficulties of covering the Trump presidency as a journalist. 

March 10, 2021

Political Science 179 Lecture and Interview

Mark Danner joins Professor Alan Ross's Political Science 179 class at the University of California, Berkeley, to give a lecture on the events of January 6 at the U.S. Capitol, President Trump, and the future of American Politics, followed by a Q&A with students. 

February 21, 2021

Background Briefing with Ian Masters: Building a reality-based community in post-truth America

We speak with Mark Danner, a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker who is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and Bard College. He joins us to discuss his latest article at the NYRB, "The Con He Rode in On: Why do people hardly even talk about all the car plants Trump has brought to Michigan?" At the rapturous rallies Mark Danner attended, Trump’s fans believed and applauded him when he lied to them declaring, “We brought you a lot of car plants, Michigan!. We brought you a LOT of car plants. You know that, right?” Given that example, we can only hold our breath as millions of his armed followers stew in righteous anger believing that the election was stolen from him. 

November 08, 2020

Fact or Fiction: Conspiracy Theories and the Current Political Moment

Real Enemies, featuring Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, was inspired by Kathryn S. Olmsted’s 2013 book Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I through 9/11. Watch as Professor Olmsted of UC Davis’ History Department, writer and director Isaac Butler, and MacArthur Fellow journalist and writer Mark Danner of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism as they had a lively conversation about the grip of conspiracy theories on the American imagination.
We encourage you to read Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I through 9/11 (Oxford University Press), available from any online bookseller.

October 23, 2020

PostModernism: Class 4


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February 06, 2020

PostModernism: Class 3


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January 28, 2020

War and Data: Week 1


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January 27, 2020

PostModernism: Class 2


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January 23, 2020

PostModernism: Class 1


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January 21, 2020

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture: Mark Danner—The Death of Human Rights

Drones, torture, and the new nationalism—the distinguished journalist reflects on two decades of the War on Terror. 


Award-winning journalist and celebrated author Mark Danner delivers this year’s annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture, “The Death of Human Rights: Drones, Torture and the New Nationalism.”

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December 10, 2019

Battle Against the Islamic State: James Verini & Mark Danner

https://www.worldaffairs.org/events/event/1985

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November 06, 2019

An Apprenticeship of Looking: Talking about Czapski

https://www.marinarts.org/event/eric-karpeles-and-mark-danner/

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November 06, 2019

Coup 53, Telluride


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September 02, 2019

Scott Burns, The Report, Intro


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September 01, 2019

Dror Moreh, "The Human Factor" Intro


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September 01, 2019

George Soros, Telluride, Q&A


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August 31, 2019

Soros, Telluride, Intro: Who’s Afraid of Democracy?: The world’s most generous man and his haters

See here for the full article featured in the Telluride Magazine.

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August 31, 2019

Coup 53, Telluride, Intro


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August 31, 2019

Pico Iyer, Telluride Interview

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July 23, 2019

Scott Burns, The Report, Telluride Interview

The Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones spent six years investigating America's use of torture during the years after 9/11, finding a web of deceit and corruption. But after a life and death struggle with the CIA, only 525 heavily redacted pages were released.

Jones's story is told in The Report, starring Festival tributee Adam Driver and written and directed by Scott Z. Burns. Burns spoke with the award-winning journalist Mark Danner.

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July 23, 2019

Dror Moreh, Director, "The Gatekeepers" Interview

See here for the full article featured in the Telluride Magazine.

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July 19, 2019

War Music, April 29, Part 2


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April 29, 2019

War Music, April 29, Part 1


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April 29, 2019

First Year Forum, Week 1


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April 23, 2019




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