Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
Harry Kreisler is executive producer and host of the series, which is produced at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California - Berkeley. Conceived in 1982 by Mr. Kreisler as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times, Conversations with History includes over 450 interviews.
Online Learning: Connecting Students to the World
Connecting Students to the World is an educational program developed and produced by the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The program uses the Internet and the World Wide Web to further collaboration between the university and other educational institutions, including California community colleges and K-12 schools as well as other universities. At the heart of the program is Conversations with History, which features interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work.
Here are some of the ways that teachers in the Bay Area have used the Connecting Students to the World project to help their students learn about global issues.
To further these collaborations, the Institute has created Research Galleries which collect the thoughts of a wide range of individuals on specific ideas, events, and histories. The galleries include excerpts from interviews in text or video/audio formats as well as texts from e-mail exchanges, biographical information, and other links.
The Institute has also created special pages devoted to themes that cut across the curriculum.
Online Chats/E-mail Exchanges
In order to maximize enrichment provided by the Conversations with History archive, the Institute of International Studies occasionally arranges chats or email exchanges between students and distinguished Berkeley faculty or visitors who have participated in the archive. The basic elements of a chat or email exchange are as follows:
Patty Blum: Immigration
Cranston: Politics and Nuclear Weapons
Ellsberg: Foreign Policy and Democracy
Ewald: Children and Photography
Richard J. Goldstone: International Justice
Honorable Thelton Henderson, Jr.: Civil Rights
Peress: Photography and Images
Sachs: After Apartheid
Shattuck: Civil Rights
Brian Urquhart: The United Nations
Harry Kreisler, Executive Producer
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