On Sunday, October 4, the Bay Area Book Festival presents Berkeley #UNBOUND, an all-day, free, virtual mini-festival — kicked off with a ticketed keynote program on Saturday night, October 3. Just a month before the election, Berkeley #UNBOUND will gather many of the world’s most influential thinkers, writers and other trailblazers to offer bold visions in response to this moment of political and social crucible facing our nation.
There’s only one way to watch this bold, visionary showcase of brilliant minds — and to be part of the conversation. When you register for our viewing portal, you’ll get a password granting you free access to all Berkeley #UNBOUND content. What’s more: if you have a YouTube account, you can share your reactions and ideas with fellow viewers in real time. Watch, get fired up and inspired, and make your voice heard!
Speakers confirmed to date include:
- Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, who will speak about a progressive vision of the Constitution
- Steve Kerr, activist, eight-time NBA champion, and outspoken head coach of the Golden State Warriors basketball team
- Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard, chef, author, and food activist
- W. Kamau Bell, author, comedian, and Emmy-winning executive producer/host of CNN’s top-rated “United Shades of America”
- Judith Butler, whom Cornel West called “the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today,” with her new book The Force of Non-Violence, which poses a radically and necessary rethinking of social action
- Arlie Hochschild, author of 2016’s National Book Award finalist Strangers in Their Own Land, which millions read in the wake of the 2016 election
- Dacher Keltner, social psychologist, co-director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and author of The Power Paradox and the bestselling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
- Aya de Leon, author and director of UC Berkeley’s June Jordan Poetry to the People program
- Annalee Newitz, Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist, science and tech journalist, and New York Times contributing opinion writer
- Ishmael Reed, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee and author of over 30 novels, essay collections, works of poetry, and plays
- Saru Jayaraman, attorney, labor activist, creator of the ONE FAIR WAGE campaign, author of Forked and Bite Back, an Obama White House “Champion of Change” and winner of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award
- john a. powell, UC Berkeley Law Professor, Director of Othering & Belonging Institute, and internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, race, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy.
Bay Nature is a sponsor for this event.