When Berkeleyside unveils the detailed program of Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014 next week, we know people will look for the names they recognize. Here’s a pro tip: the best speakers, the ones likely to knock you out, are almost invariably the ones you didn’t know.
Buy your tickets now to take advantage of the early bird price. Only two weeks before prices go up!
Take Mina Girgis (pictured top right) whose Nile Project will be performing at Cal Performances in February. Girgis has brought together more than a dozen instrumentalists and singers from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda to bridge cultures, traditions and politics. And their music highlights the environmental and societal challenges along the world’s longest river.
Or what about Laura Howard-Gayeton? Her Lexicon of Sustainability, co-founded with her husband Douglas Gayeton, is an art and education project that powerfully demonstrates the chains of connections needed for sustainable agriculture and food.
And then there’s Adam Mansbach. You’ve probably heard Samuel L. Jackson read his best-selling book, Go the F*** to Sleep. You probably don’t know that Mansbach is a prolific writer of suspense and crime novels, as well as young adult fiction. Oh, he also finds time to be a leading observer of hip hop music.
They’re just three of the incredible speakers you can meet at Uncharted. Get your tickets now at the special early bird rate, $100 off last year’s price.
Watch our 1-minute video to see what Uncharted is all about:
With its goal of immersing you in stimulating conversations, lively debates, provocative thinking — as well as a great cocktail party in the middle on top of Cal Memorial Stadium — Uncharted promises to be the event that the Bay Area has been waiting for.
Uncharted is a production of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website.