Illustration of Emily Carpenter and Namwali Serpell as astronauts in a sci-fi landscape
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On Speculation: UC Berkeley Film and English professors discuss the politics and potential of science fiction

By Anna Tseselsky, Bailey Dunn and Sophie-Marie Prime

In a widely-ranging discussion of sci-fi texts of the past and present, UC Berkeley lecturer Emily Carpenter and professor Namwali Serpell articulate representations of race and gender, discuss the ways that sci-fi reflects contemporary politics and offer interpretations of popular films.
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U.S. President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (not pictured) in New York September 25, 2014. With Obama from left are Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power and Secretary of State John Kerry. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR47OI6
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‘Be energized:’ Director Greg Barker on documenting the final year of Obama’s presidency

By Danielle Miller

At its core, “The Final Year” is a film about people. It’s a journey through the lives and experiences of civil servants at the highest levels of government. It’s a window into what their lives are like — how they process and make decisions, how the gears of bureaucracy grind each day, what the mental and emotional tugs and toll of negotiation and international strategy feel like and how shared values can bind human beings together in the name of collective mission and purpose.
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