"State Counterterror and Human Rights" at the Sakharov Center

Mark Danner speaks with Andrei Soldatov, Alexander Tcherkasov, Sergey Kovalev, and Varvara Parkhomenko at the Sakharov Center in Moscow, Russia. 

May 19, 2014

Kronos Quartet Symposium: Centennial Anniversary of WWI

Cal Performances Kronos Quartet Symposium on the Centennial Anniversary of WWI at UC Berkeley. Historian and Journalist Mark Danner offered thoughts on the historical impact of the Great War and the human costs of warfare in the following century. 

April 04, 2014

Q&A with Errol Morris: The Unknown Known

Mark Danner speaks with Errol Morris after the screening of his film, The Unknown Known, at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. The film explores the years that Donald Rumsfeld influenced American policy, from the Vietnam War to the Iraq War.

September 01, 2013

A Tribute to Mohammad Rasoulof

Mark Danner leads a tribute to Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Rasoulof's films present a bold critique, often at his own risk, of Iran's systematic oppression of individuals. Listen to Danner's introduction to Rasoulof's work and watch a video of the Q&A following the screening. Translation by Mishana Hosseinioun.

August 31, 2013

A Tribute to Mohammad Rasoulof

Mark Danner leads a tribute to Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. Rasoulof's films present a bold critique, often at his own risk, of Iran's systematic oppression of individuals. Listen to Danner's introduction to Rasoulof's work and watch a video of the Q&A following the screening. Translation by Mishana Hosseinioun.

August 31, 2013

Warring with Words: A Conversation with Mark Danner and Michael Hanne

Mark Danner speaking about the use of narrative and metaphor in politics with University of Auckland professor Michael Hanne. The interview will appear as a chapter in Hanne's forthcoming book on this topic, published by The Psychology Press.

January 22, 2013

Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong

Raymond Bonner discusses his new book with Mark Danner, in an event
presented by the Berkeley Law School Death Penalty Clinic and the
Graduate School of Journalism. 

March 15, 2012

Story Hour: Mark Danner at UC-Berkeley

Mark Danner at UC-Berkeley "Story Hour", Morrison Room at Doe Library. Introduced by Vikram Chandra.

March 08, 2012

The Massacre at El Mozote, 30 Years On

Mark Danner discusses El Mozote's 30th anniversary, on al Jazeera English.

January 17, 2012

Remembering Milosz

Mark Danner at a centenary celebration for Czeslaw Milosz in Jerusalem.

December 18, 2011

Mark Danner at the Winnipeg Human Rights Museum

Mark Danner interviewed by Isabelle Masson at the Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada.

June 28, 2011

UC Riverside Commencement 2011- Remake This America: It Needs It

Mark Danner speaking at the humanities commencement for the University of California, Riverside. 

June 12, 2011

Ojai Festival 2011- Music in the Time of War Symposium

Deeply passionate about music, politics and theater, Peter Sellars and Mark Danner discuss how " the moral concerns of the U.S. as a polity and a great power must stem, ultimately, from a grounding in the humanities."

June 10, 2011

Man behind Srebrenica Massacre faces Court

Mark Danner speaks about the Mladic arrest on ABC News Australia. 

Tags: Bosnia | Srebrenica

May 27, 2011

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004): A Centenary Celebration of the Poetry of UC Berkeley's Nobel Laureate

Mark Danner speaking at the Centenary Celebration of the life of Czeslaw Milosz. UC Berkeley. Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

April 06, 2011

Frontline, "The Quake"

A powerful report on Haiti's tragedy, with never-before-seen footage of the moments after the quake. What can be done now -- and who will do it?  Mark Danner speaks about Haiti's history and politics.

April 08, 2010

Mark Danner in conversation with Geoffrey Garrett, US Studies Centre, Sydney

Mark Danner speaks about his book Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War at the US Studies Centre in Sydney, Australia, with Geoffrey Garrett.

February 25, 2010

Constructing Myths of America with Mark Danner

Mark Danner joins Laura Flanders in the studio on GRITtv to discuss his book, Stripping Bare the Body, and hopes and fears for the U.S. under Obama.

December 18, 2009

Escaping Bush's State of Exception: Torture and Truth, Obama and Us

Mark Danner delivers the Irving Howe Memorial Lecture, CUNY Graduate Center, New York 

December 16, 2009

Stripping Bare the Body - Six Questions for Mark Danner

Mark Danner interviewed by Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine. 

October 28, 2009

Mark Danner on Bill Moyers Journal

President Obama has been holding one meeting after another trying to decide whether to escalate the war in Afghanistan. He would do well to hold off another discussion until he has sent everyone home for the weekend to read this new book with the provocative title, STRIPPING BARE THE BODY, and a cover that holds the eye like a magnet.

October 16, 2009

Stripping Bare the Body: An evening with Mark Danner and Amy Goodman

Mark Danner discusses his new book, Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War, with Amy Goodman, host and co-founder of Democracy Now! at Tishman Auditorium, The New School, New York, on October 15, 2009.

October 15, 2009

Investigating CIA Abuses

Mark Danner with Mark Mazzetti and Reuel Marc Gerecht on On Point Radio with host Jacki Lyden on Attorney General Eric Holder's appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged CIA abuses in the War on Terror.

September 01, 2009

The Paradoxes of Torture

 Mark Danner in discussion with Bill Moyers and Bruce Fein

May 01, 2009

Torture Memo Backlash

Mark Danner and David Gergen on "Anderson Cooper 360"

April 17, 2009

American Power & The Crisis Over Iraq (transcript)

Mark Danner debates Christopher Hitchens, Michael Ignatieff and Robert Scheer, The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

March 15, 2009

"The Judge and the General": A Discussion of the Film

Elizabeth Farnsworth and Mark Danner discuss Farnsworth's film about the Chilean judge who investigated Augusto Pinochet; Herbst Theater, San Francisco.

March 04, 2009

On Ideology and Its Delusions: Mark Danner Debates Bernard Henri-Lévy

A debate with Mark Danner and Bernard Henry-Lévy, moderated by Caroline Weber. The Festival of New French Writing, New York University, New York. 

February 27, 2009

Words in a Time of War: Department of Rhetoric Commencement

Commencement address given to graduates of the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, published by

The Rhetoric-Major President

By Scott Horton

We're at peak commencement season right now, and so far we've paused in this column to note several speeches by administration figures — Cheney's disgraceful speech at West Point, Gates's noble address to the midshipmen in Annapolis. But from all the texts I have seen, one commencement address really stands out for its immediacy and importance. It was delivered a few days ago by a former Harper's writer, Mark Danner, at the University of California in Berkeley, and it's called "Words in a Time of War." Danner labels President Bush as the first "Rhetoric-Major President," and he deconstructs the Bush presidency's use of cheap political rhetoric to obscure reality. Here's a snippet, in which Danner reflects on the same fairly obscure (but very consequential) document on which I will have some words to say in the upcoming July issue of Harper's:

It was the assumption of this so-called preponderance that lay behind the philosophy of power enunciated by Bush's Brain and that led to an attitude toward international law and alliances that is, in my view, quite unprecedented in American history. That radical attitude is brilliantly encapsulated in a single sentence drawn from the National Security Strategy of the United States of 2003: "Our strength as a nation-state will continue to be challenged by those who employ a strategy of the weak using international fora, judicial processes and terrorism." Let me repeat that little troika of "weapons of the weak": international fora (meaning the United Nations and like institutions), judicial processes (meaning courts, domestic and international), and…. terrorism. This strange gathering, put forward by the government of the United States, stems from the idea that power is, in fact, everything. In such a world, courts - indeed, law itself - can only limit the power of the most powerful state. Wielding preponderant power, what need has it for law? The latter must be, by definition, a weapon of the weak. The most powerful state, after all, makes reality.

Now, of course, the Bush rhetoric is imploding all about him, pointing to the risk a politician takes when he pursues inflammatory rhetoric dangerously at odds with reality. Bush believed that his words and America's military power had the power to craft a new reality, but in this he was like the sorcerer's apprentice of that famous poem by Goethe, who has now unleashed forces he cannot control ("Die ich rief, die Geister,/Werd ich nun nicht los.")

Danner's remarks appear today in an abbreviated form in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times but it's best to read the whole text—crafted as a commencement address to the Rhetoric Department, but its proper audience is our entire nation.

May 10, 2007

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