California Magazine Archive
What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Spring
Here are a few of our favorite books, shows, and films by people from Berkeley.
5 QuestionsBy Dhoha Bareche
A conversation with Ann E. Harrison ’82, Dean and Professor, Haas School of Business
Snapp ChatsBy Martin Snapp
The National Lawyers' Guild, distributing basic necessities, and the uphill battle for transfer students.
FIRST PERSONBy Robin Dellabough, as told to Anabel Sosa
I was 66. It was 2018, and a friend of mine said she had done 23andMe. So I thought oh, what the hell.
Editor’s NoteBy Pat Joseph
Eyes open, eyes closed, it didn’t matter, I saw the same thing: an ant venturing deeper and deeper into a fern. Then somehow I became that ant, in the fern, going deeper and deeper.
Chancellor’s LetterBy Chancellor Carol T. Christ
Let’s face it, over the last few years, every day seems to arrive with a new set of unhappy headlines about existential issues.
Electric Kool-Aid Peer ReviewBy Coby McDonald
On Good Friday, 1962—five years before the hallucinogen-fueled Summer of Love—something remarkable took place in a chapel on the Boston University campus. The Good Friday Experiment, as it would later be known, was designed by a graduate student at Harvard University named Walter Pahnke under the guidance of professor Timothy Leary. Ten seminary student volunteers were taken to the basement of the Marsh Chapel, provided doses of psilocybin (the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms), and observed as the sounds of the Good Friday service above—sermon, hymns, chanting—were piped in. Pahnke’s aim was to see if psilocybin, delivered under such conditions, could induce a full-blown mystical experience.
Susan Lin ’00, MFA
Susan R. Lin ’00 (BA, mass communications) has been named Master of Wine by the Institute of Masters of Wine. The Master of Wine credential is recognized globally for the highest standards of rigor in its holistic examination of all aspects of wine. Lin joins a prestigious group of 418 Masters of Wine around the world, and is one of 56 Masters of Wine in the United States.
What’s behind Cuba’s recent historic protests?By Rebecca Bodenheimer
A Q&A with Cuba expert Elena Schneider.
Editor’s Note: How Much Worse Will We Allow It to Get?By Pat Joseph
Drought and climate change, but solutions abound.
Gospel is the Foundation of American MusicBy Dhoha Bareche
A Q&A with documentarian Matt Durning.
The San Joaquin Valley Has a Salinity ProblemBy Glen Martin
After decades of salt accumulation, Berkeley scientists look for new solutions.