Asma Abbas

Asma Abbas teaches Politics and Philosophy at Bard College at SimonÍs Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Her work inhabits the intersections of politics, ethics, and aesthetics in various philosophical and cultural traditions. She has worked on issues of suffering, memory, labour, voice, and representation, and has of late become captive to questions of love, terror, and life on the margins of times and spaces. Her first book, Liberalism and Human Suffering, is being released this autumn by Palgrave Macmillan.

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George Breslauer

George Breslauer earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1973 and then proceeded to join the faculty of UC Berkeley, where he has dedicated his entire career. Steadily advancing through the ranks, Breslauer was appointed ChancellorÍs Professor in 1998, and he currently serves as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Breslauer is a renowned authority on Soviet and Russian politics and has authored or edited 12 books on the subject, his latest being ñGorbachev and Yeltsin as Leaders.î

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Eric Cheng

Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer whose wildlife imagery has been featured in magazines, books, television shows, and museums. He is the publisher and editor of Wetpixel.com, the premiere online community for underwater photographers, and of Wetpixel Quarterly Magazine, a print magazine featuring the best in underwater photography. Through Wetpixel Expeditions, Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world.

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Amit Deutsch

Amit Deutsch recently graduated from Berkeley with a degree in psychology. His interest in the mind and the effects of group mentalities began in high school when he started interviewing Holocaust survivors and publishing their stories. His talk focuses on the roles that narratives play in perpetuating both group and interpersonal conflicts and how individuals can come to see the difference between people as they appear in our narratives and people as they really are.

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Fred Dust

Fred Dust is a partner and a practice lead at IDEO. Fred leads Systems at Scale, the group responsible for helping clients with large systemic infrastructural questions from governmental shifts, to behavior change, and beyond. During his tenure at IDEO, Fred has helped guide the realization of a future-focused education center at Stanford; taken Nike executives shopping; and worked with patients and staff to help build innovative service models for Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. Most recently, he helped The American Red Cross redesign the donation experience and the Transportation Security Administration evolve airport security.

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Ross Evans

Ross Evans is a genuine tinkerer and became a prolific and diverse inventor when he was an undergraduate in college. Among his brainchildren were an underwater breathing system for capsized kayakers, a kids fort-building system now sold by Cranium, and an innovative wall system for quickly partitioning rooms. But EvansÍs primary passion is bicycles, and one of his inventions in this area led to his career as the founder of Xtracycle, where heÍs pedaling a ñbicycle lifestyleî by turning bikes into versatile cargo vehicles (they can also power small appliances). In the developed world, ñsport utilityî bikes enable healthy fun. In poorer countries, they could also be the most practical option for moving goods and people.

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Eric Gradman

Eric Gradman is an interactive artist in Los Angeles, CA. His work often features computer vision, large-scale projections, unusual sensors, and custom electronics to produce fun environments that compel people to interact.
He has over 15 years experience designing and building diverse cutting-edge technology including 3d-touch displays, virtual reality systems, satellite control systems, intelligent robots, concept cars, semantic web databases, and social networking platforms.

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Drue Kataoka

Drue Kataoka is a modern artist based in Palo Alto, CA. Her artistic vocabulary incorporates both the refined techniques of her ancient Zen art form of Sumi-e and cutting-edge conceptual innovations inspired by life in Silicon Valley. DrueÍs original works are sought after by discerning collectors and investors in Silicon Valley and around the globe. Through her art, she has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for numerous charitable organizations. In 2001, Drue established the endowed Rotary Foundation Drue Kataoka Arts Scholarship.

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Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a psychology professor at UC Berkeley whose research focuses on two time-honored questions. A first is the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotion, with a special concentration on compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and how emotions shape all kinds of judgments. A second is the study of power, status and social class, and the nature of moral intuitions. Dacher is the co-author of two best selling textbooks, one on human emotion, the other on social psychology, as well as Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, published in January 2009 by WW Norton Publishers, and The Compassionate Instinct, to be published by WW Norton in 2010.

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Dr. Daniel Kraft

Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of innovative biomedical research and clinical experience. He is an NIH funded faculty member with the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and is on clinical faculty with the UCSF pediatric bone marrow transplantation service. He also serves as the medicine track chair for the Singularity University. Dr. Kraft has founded two companies and invented theMarrowMiner, a medical device that that streamlines bone marrow extraction. Dr. Kraft believes that the exponential growth of technology combined with wireless interconnectivity will have dramatic repercussions in the medical field, enabling personalized treatments to vastly improve quality of life.

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Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis, whoÍs stage name is ELEW, began his musical career as a pure jazz pianist, performing with leaders such as Wynton Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Roy Hargrove, and Cassandra Wilson. Lewis took his career to heighted state of existence, however, when he forged his own musical genre with the release of his independently produced album ELEW Rockjazz Volume 1. The album includes covers of popular songs but with a revolutionary fusion of professional jazz and prevalent rock. Lewis has preformed in the White House for Barack and Michelle Obama and has received a standing ovation on AmericaÍs Got Talent. His relentless innovation and disregard for the musical status quo has shocked and angered the jazz world even as it has attracted the rapt attention and following of mainstream political, artistic, and cultural leaders from across the globe.

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Nanxi Liu

Nanxi Liu has studied piano since she was 6 years old and loves all genres of music. As a member of Cal Community Music, Nanxi enjoys playing music with fellow Berkeley students and hopes to collaborate with more students on campus. Last summer, Nanxi was a volunteer piano teacher and believes that every student should have the opportunity to learn music. SheÍs been featured on the cover of Clavier Music Magazine, won the Colorado State Music Festival Piano Solo Competition and performed piano live on NBC.

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Eric Rodriguez

In March of 2009, Eric submitted the winning proposal to UC BerkeleyÍs Bears Breaking Boundaries Curricular InnovationContest with the course ñThe Economics of Philanthropy.î Thanks to generous support from Doris Buffett, president of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, students in the course will be selecting a Bay Area nonprofit to donate $10,000 to by the end of the Spring 2010 semester.

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Rick Smolan

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer best known as the co-creator of the Day in the Life and America 24/7 series. He and his partner, Jennifer Erwitt, are the principals of Against All Odds Productions, which specializes in the design and execution of large-scale global projects that combine compelling storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Many of their books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists and have also appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Fortune and U.S. News and World Report. More than five million of their books adorn coffee tables around the world; titles include America at Home, UK at Home, 24 Hours in Cyberspace, The Power to Heal, Passage to Vietnam, One Digital Day, and From Alice to Ocean.

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Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research and is Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. She served as Project Scientist for NASAÍs SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey, and has conducted numerous observational programs at radio observatories worldwide. Since the termination of funding for NASAÍs SETI program in 1993, she has served in a leadership role to secure private funding to continue the exploratory science. Currently, she serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, a joint project between the SETI Institute and the UC Berkeley Radio Astronomy Laboratory.

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Gever Tulley

A software engineer, Gever Tulley is the co-founder of the Tinkering School, a week-long camp where lucky kids get to play with their very own power tools. HeÍs interested in helping kids learn how to build, solve problems, use new materials and hack old ones for new purposes. HeÍs also a certified paragliding instructor.

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Bradley Voytek

Bradley Voytek is completing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies the role of brain rhythms and electrophysiology in attention and memory by working with patients with electrodes implanted in their brains, patients who have had portions of their skull surgically removed, and patients with brain lesions. By working with these rare groups of people and using sophisticated analysis methods he aims to learn how the brain communicates to improve patient outcomes.

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UC Menäó»s Octet

The UC MenÍs Octet is an eight member a cappella singing group comprised of some of the finest male singers at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 1948, the Octet has entertained audiences around the world with its unique mesh of close harmonies and zany antics. Dazzling fans with wide repertoire of barbershop, doo-wop, contemporary pop, modern alternative, and of course, Cal fight songs, the group has released dozens of recordings over the years. The Octet is also the only two-time champion of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella.

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Asma Abbas

Asma Abbas teaches Politics and Philosophy at Bard College at SimonÍs Rock in Great Barrington, Mass...

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George Breslauer

George Breslauer earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1973 and the...

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Eric Cheng

Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer whose wildlife imagery has been featured in m...

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Amit Deutsch

Amit Deutsch recently graduated from Berkeley with a degree in psychology. His interest in the mind ...

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Fred Dust

Fred Dust is a partner and a practice lead at IDEO. Fred leads Systems at Scale, the group responsib...

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Ross Evans

Ross Evans is a genuine tinkerer and became a prolific and diverse inventor when he was an undergrad...

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Eric Gradman

Eric Gradman is an interactive artist in Los Angeles, CA. His work often features computer vision, l...

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Drue Kataoka

Drue Kataoka is a modern artist based in Palo Alto, CA. Her artistic vocabulary incorporates both th...

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Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a psychology professor at UC Berkeley whose research focuses on two time-honored q...

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Dr. Daniel Kraft

Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist with over 20 years of innovat...

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Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis, whoÍs stage name is ELEW, began his musical career as a pure jazz pianist, performing wi...

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Nanxi Liu

Nanxi Liu has studied piano since she was 6 years old and loves all genres of music. As a member of ...

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Eric Rodriguez

In March of 2009, Eric submitted the winning proposal to UC BerkeleyÍs Bears Breaking Boundaries Cur...

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Rick Smolan

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer best known as the co-creator...

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Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research and is Director of the Center for SE...

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Gever Tulley

A software engineer, Gever Tulley is the co-founder of the Tinkering School, a week-long camp where ...

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Bradley Voytek

Bradley Voytek is completing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He...

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UC Menäó»s Octet

The UC MenÍs Octet is an eight member a cappella singing group comprised of some of the finest male ...

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