Orville Schell, a uniquely experienced observer of China gives us My Old Home: A Novel of Exile, a 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
Mark Danner in conversation with Robert Hass at UC Berkeley.
April 12, 2018
Cal Performances Kronos Quartet Symposium on the Centennial Anniversary of World War I, at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.
March 04, 2018
Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with Mark Danner about his book, Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, at Berkeley's Townsend Center.
February 28, 2018
Mark Danner introduces Michael Krasny at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
February 08, 2018
Mark Danner's speech at the 2017 Jonathan Schell Memorial Lecture on the Fate of the Earth
October 12, 2017
Mark Danner pays tribute to Robert B. Silvers at the New York Public Library on April 26, 2017.
April 26, 2017
Mark Danner sat down with Bard President Leon Botstein to discuss President Donald Trump's first days in office and his approach to foreign and domestic policy. The event was held at Bard's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 2, 2017.
February 04, 2017
Mark Danner reflects on the journalistic legacy of Jonathan Schell and what it means to be a reporter during a speech given at the Asian Society in New York.
December 05, 2016
At the Carr Center's Strategic Consequences of Torture conference in early October, Danner was one of the speakers at a session aiming to understand how the US practices impacted the global norm prohibiting torture. How did the US use of torture impact other governments and their policies? How did it impact patterns of human rights abuses overseas? How did it impact the international norm prohibiting torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment? How can we fix the damage done to the fabric of international human rights by the US use of torture?
October 08, 2016
A symposium revisiting the torture controversies of the 2000s with Robert H. Cole, Professor Of Law Emeritus, UC Berkeley Mark Danner, Author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War and Torture and Truth Dror Ladin, Staff Attorney, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union and Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law. Moderated by: Bill Roller, President, Berkeley Group Education Foundation.
September 30, 2016
As a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival, Mark Danner travels to Colorado each Labor Day to speak with some of the world's most creative and accomplished filmmakers. At TFF2016, Danner presented a tribute to Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain and led an on-stage interview with him.
September 04, 2016
For the Friday media roundable on the August 5, 2016 edition of KALW's Your Call, Rose Aguilar has a conversation with veteran journalist Mark Danner about his new book Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War.
August 05, 2016
Join the World Affairs Council and Mark Danner, author of “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War,” for a conversation about how the United States found itself on a “permanent war footing” and what that means for our role in the world. As part of World Affairs "Engage" series, this event features a post-discussion Q&A, when the audience will have the chance to participate directly with the speaker. Moderated by Nancy A. Jarvis, Attorney at Farrand Cooper, P.C.
July 29, 2016
Since 9/11, the United States has been led by presidents with a firm mandate to quash terrorism. But according to UC Berkeley professor Mark Danner, America’s wars in the Middle East have spiraled out of control: worldwide deaths attributed to terrorism have spiked by more than 4000 percent since 9/11, several countries have plunged into civil war and the U.S. is in a seemingly endless campaign of drone strikes. In Danner’s new book, “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” he presents a damning analysis of the past two administrations and sheds light on how the next president could possibly change things for the better.
June 21, 2016
Mark Danner discusses Washington's Counterterrorism Strategy on a virtual roundtable with Peter Leyden, Rachel Kleinfeld, Stephen Walt and Suzanna Nossel. Part of the ReInvent media series.
December 08, 2015
Spiraling Down: Human Rights, Endless War
The Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold Inaugural Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights
Eldman Courtroom, Texas Law School
University of Texas, Austin
October 22, 2015
A conversation hosted by the Asia Society of New York, with Mark Danner, Orville Schell, Taisu Zhang, Andrew J. Nathan, Timothy Garton Ash, and Daniel A. Bell.
October 15, 2015
Mark Danner debates former Bush Administration speech writer, Marc Thiessen, against the notion, "America should exercise its power and straighten out the Middle East."
March 31, 2015
Berkeley Law Symposium on Torture, Security and Law
Robert Cole, Mark Danner, Rebecca Gordon, Jameel Jaffer, Bill Roller (Moderator)
This symposium seeks to promote a heightened awareness of the responsibilities of lawyers, the organized bar, law schools and law students in the context of torture.
February 12, 2015
Mark Danner with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!
January 03, 2015
In this collaboration with VICE News and the New York Review of Books Mark Danner discusses the US role in the development of ISIS.
November 14, 2014
Mark Danner delivers his MacArthur lecture, "Terror, Torture, Drones: Taking Stock of the Forever War" at Bard College
October 27, 2014