Joan Blades joins Uncharted Festival program; today is last day for early-bird tickets

The Uncharted Festival is at Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley on Oct. 27-28. Photo: Uncharted

The fifth edition of Berkeleyside’s Uncharted Festival of Ideas is seven weeks away.

Those who have recently joined the program lineup include Living Room Conversations and founder Joan Blades; Zachary Norris of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who will be talking with Gideon’s Promise founder Jon Rapping about criminal justice; cognitive linguistics pioneer George Lakoff, who will discuss why we can’t underestimate Donald Trump; and — for a burst of energy — Non Stop Bhangra, one of the festival’s performances that will guarantee everyone is on their feet dancing.

The full festival program, which is still developing, is now up at — and note that today, Sept. 6, at midnight, is the last opportunity to get early-bird tickets which are half the price of regular tickets.

Get your early-bird tickets before tonight’s midnight deadline.

As we recently reported, there are several exciting new developments with the ideas festival this year, including a new co-curator, a new “living room conversations” element in the program which allows festivalgoers to deep-dive into some of the issues raised by the on-stage conversations, and a new partnership with Mother Jones.

“A perfect way to take a vacation from daily life, expanding my mind and piquing my curiosity without leaving home,” said a participant after last year’s festival. “Progressives can be apocalyptic too! Uncharted connects me to smart people and ideas. I love it!” said another. And a third put it this way: “Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Uncharted is a well-designed and fulfilling event which proves that time flies when you’re having fun!”

Berkeleyside would like to thank the following partners for their support of the Uncharted Festival:

Levi Strauss Foundation / Panoramic Interests / DeYoe Wealth Management / Bregante + Company / North Berkeley Investment Partners / Jetton Construction / 2000 Center Street Mechanics Bank / McCutcheon Construction / JCC East Bay / Hotel Shattuck Plaza / Diablo Magazine /KALW / Mother Jones.

Follow Uncharted Festival on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram #BerkeleyIdeas — Listen to past Uncharted conversations on the Uncharted podcast.