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The Story behind Conversations with History: Conversation with Harry Kreisler by Film Artist Ken Jacobs; October 14, 1999

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Film artist Ken Jacobs interviewed Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler in October of 1999, following Harry's interview of him (see Film and the Creation of Mind). Harry Kreisler is executive producer and moderator of the Conversations with History archive, which is produced at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at 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 300 interviews. Harry Kreisler is also Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies.

  1. Background ... origins of name ... Galveston Movement ... parents ... father's influence ... mother as single parent ... education ... impact of father's death
  2. Conversation and Storytelling ... learning ... between father and stories ... listening to other people's stories ... origins of Conversations with History ... goals of the archive ... preparation ... capturing the guest ... case of Robert McNamara
  3. Power and Purpose ... idealism ... power corrupts ... Three Kings ... communication and the restraint of power
  4. Movies and the Imagination ... learning through movies ... impact of films of Alfred Hitchcock ... lessons learned at the movies ... elements of the movie experience ... different selves in the theater audience ... tribute to Hitchcock ... Shadow of a Doubt ... using movies in the healing process

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