Civil rights, global poverty, mass extinction: Dangerous thinking at Uncharted, The Berkeley Ideas Festival

uncharted_color_big_01UC Berkeley’s global poverty expert Ananya Roy, civil rights leader Kate Kendell, creativity guru Dev Patnaik, and futurist Annalee Newitz are all among the newly confirmed speakers for the inaugural Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, October 25-26 in downtown Berkeley.

Uncharted, organized by Berkeleyside, will be two days of dangerous ideas, thought-provoking discussions, real interactions with great thinkers, as well as a fantastic party with fellow festival-goers at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.


Ananya Roy: regularly named one of the popular teachers at Cal, will be at Uncharted on Oct. 25-26

Uncharted aims to bolster’s Berkeley’s identity as a place where boundary-stretching, innovative ideas happen.

Ananya Roy is regularly named one of the popular teachers at UC Berkeley. Her commitment and passion about helping people understand the reality of poverty and her vision of ways to better the lives of the world’s poorest people is palpable whenever she speaks.

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, had a delicious moment of YouTube fame after the Supreme Court struck down Prop 8 and has a two-decade record as a civil rights advocate. At Uncharted, Kendell will be talking about the new frontier of civil rights.

Patnaik and his consultancy, Jump Associates, will be leading the interactive workshops at Uncharted. The workshops will both stretch the minds of Uncharted participants, and develop their idea-generating capacity.

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Kate Kendell: watch a delicious YouTube moment of hers, come meet her at Uncharted

Annallee Newitz’s recent book, Scatter, Adapt and Remember, received five stars in a recent Berkeleyside review. It addresses a fundamental question: can humans can survive mass extinction?

AutodeskUC BerkeleyPanoramic Interests, DeYoe Wealth Management and Greenerprinter are sponsors of Uncharted.

Tickets to Uncharted: The Berkeley Ideas Festival on Oct. 25-26 are on sale at a special earlybird rate. Numbers are limited.

Visit the Uncharted website for more information and to buy your ticket.

Announcing: Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas (07.25.13)

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  • guest

    I love Ananya Roy (she was definitely one of the best lecturer’s at Cal during my tenure as an undergrad), but $390 for a ticket to a 2-day workshop on helping to alleviate poverty?! (I guess this is a deal if you divide Cal tuition by the number of lectures you actually attend). A poverty seminar that only wealthy people will attend. Berkeley = Irony.

  • Guest,

    Uncharted is a two day festival with many speakers, interactive elements, a party and lots of discussion. It is not a two day seminar on poverty. We are hoping to bring a new kind of event to
    Berkeley. It may not interest you but we believe what we will offer is worth the ticket price.

  • Hi guest. Ananya Roy is just one of dozens of great thinkers who will be at Uncharted. The goal of Uncharted is not to alleviate global poverty (although we can wish!), but rather to get stuck into a wide range of thought-provoking issues. There will be lots of chances to engage with our speakers and to participate in workshops — and there is a big party on the Friday night for ticket-holders, with great food, wine and beer at the Berkeley Art Museum. Check out the current speaker list. We’re bringing new speakers on board and refining the program every day:

  • SicilianaTrevino

    What also makes Uncharted a deal is that the speakers are at our doorstep, not in the Alps or NY. The money spent by festival goers stays in Berkeley, benefiting local merchants who could use the extra business to grow and thrive. Alas, we won’t solve the world’s problems for $390 a ticket (any more than a ticket to Outside Lands could), but the ideas shared and connections made can alleviate a hunger for new ways of thinking and where that leads is – coincidentally, Uncharted. “A Berkeley Festival of Ideas”

  • Hildah

    It may be a great “deal” still, only a deal for the wealthy. Civil rights and poverty to be discussed with the wealthy. Sorry but I find this idea a bit hypocritical. Shouldn’t the poor and the folks who have suffered Civil Rights issues be part of the conversation? Only those that have suffered poverty and inequality can truly understand those issues and should be part of the conversation if indeed this is a forum about ideas that may work to solve the problems.

  • Berkeleyside is a bootstrapped organization and we’re running Uncharted the same way. We’ve priced it as reasonably as we can — far below equivalent events, which usually range in the thousands of dollars.

    Of course there should be discussions that are more inclusive. But I don’t think that diminishes the value of events that necessarily attract a smaller crowd, with less economic diversity. We will be announcing some scholarships so that interested people who would find it difficult to pay Uncharted’s ticket price can still attend.

  • Lowell

    Hildah, “the Cabots talk only to god”.

  • 2ndGenBerkeleyan

    Why not (at least) offer a few token free passes or low cost tickets (maybe via a first ever B-side lottery) to allow Brahmans and lower castes to mingle a little as Hildah wisely observes? Perhaps even furnish the well-heeled with the option of sampling some Popeyes drive in fare washed down with some giant Slurpees or fortified malt liquor courtesy of Bing’s while the less fortunate could sip on Richebourg Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy while snacking on some haute cuisine catered gourmet amuse-gueule?

  • Lowell

    Bravo. You capture the moronic attitude well.

  • You’ll see in my reply to Hildah that we will offer some free tickets. Details of that to come.

    We will require people know the proper spelling of amuse-gueule.

  • Hello

    Is Berkeleyside profitable by now? You seem to have a lot of ads.

  • Technically, we are profitable. We have three employees and we’re keeping our heads above water. But the three founders still don’t take a salary (although we’ve taken tiny payments from the profits on occasion), so those profits are not very meaningful yet.