The Cal Alumni Association Presents a CALIFORNIA Live! Event, Truth and Lies - Featuring High-Profile UC Berkeley Academics

The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) will present Truth and Lies, a provocative panel discussion with some of the University of California, Berkeley’s highest-profile academics, on Wednesday April 21 at the Autodesk Gallery, One Market, San Francisco. This event is open to all and presented as part of the California Live! series of lectures and discussions that bring to life the themes of CAA’s award-winning magazine, California.

Neil Henry, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, will lead linguists George Lakoff and Geoffrey Nunberg, as well as Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, in a lively discussion that explores the nature of fact and fiction in language and politics.

“In this era of fake news, reality television, and shrill commentary, it is increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction,” remarks California magazine Editor Wendy Miller. “It will be exciting to hear what some of Berkeley’s finest minds have to say about the present state of public and political discourse.”

George Lakoff, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at Berkeley, has adapted his research on cognitive and neural linguistics to examine politics, literature, philosophy, and mathematics. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and has written several books, most recently The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain.

Dean of Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Neil Henry worked for The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine. He is the author of Pearl’s Secret, a personal racial history and American Carnival, which examines the news industry in the digital age. As dean, Henry has helped the Graduate School of Journalism launch the Africa Reporting Project and award-winning online news sites.

Geoffrey Nunberg is a professor at the School of Information at UC Berkeley and a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He is a regular commentator on Fresh Air, a contributor to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and the author of several scholarly popular books, the latest of which is The Years of Talking Dangerously, published last year.

Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and president of the American Political Science Association, is both an economist and a political scientist. He has written extensively on social welfare policy, electoral politics, and polling and methodology, and is the coauthor of several books, including The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. He is a fellow in both the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The California Live! series began in 2009, attracting alumni of all ages and the general public to further explore thought-provoking topics presented by the quarterly magazine. Three times per year, expert speakers are brought together in a live forum that encourages candid discussion on a variety of issues.

Since 1897, California magazine has served to inform, involve, and inspire readers, connecting them to each other and the University through timely yet contextual writing and art. Its circulation of 95,000 includes alumni from all walks of life as well as leading researchers and California elected officials.


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