Eve Ensler. Photo Lindsay Aikman:Michael Priest Photography
Eve Ensler. Photo Lindsay Aikman/Michael Priest Photography

Playwright, performer, feminist and activist Eve Ensler will be joining the speaker lineup at the 2016 Uncharted Festival of Ideas in Berkeley, which is produced by Berkeleyside.

Early-bird ticket prices to this year’s festival, on Oct. 14-15 in Berkeley, end Thursday, Aug. 25 at midnight.

Early-bird tickets end Thursday Aug. 25 at midnight.

Ensler, probably most well-known for her iconic work The Vagina Monologues, will be in conversation with writer Kevin Powell, one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today, and author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

Other speakers this year include Jay Rosen who teaches journalism at New York University and is an incisive critic of the national press and its coverage of politics; Kathy Kieley, a veteran White House correspondent and commissioning editor for BillMoyers.com; Iranian American comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh; and Kenji López-Alt, James Beard Award-winning author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. Kenji will host a hands-on workshop called ‘The Steak Myth;’ and Andrew Hessel, who is leading the nascent synthetic genome project. Other workshops and musical and dance performances will be announced in September. See more confirmed speakers on the Uncharted website.

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Six of the speakers at the 2016 Uncharted Festival of Ideas (clockwise, from top left): Heather Boushey, Kevin Powell, Kathy Kieley, Kenji López-Alt, Ruth Whippman, and Andrew Hessel.

Early-bird tickets are available at BerkeleyIdeas.com.

Podcasts of 15 of conversations from last year’s Uncharted Festival can be downloaded for free on the Berkeleyside podcast channel on iTunes.

Follow #BerkeleyIdeas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Sign up for occasional update emails about the festival.

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas‘ sponsorship partners are: Autodesk; Cloudera; Wareham Development; DeYoe Wealth Management; Jetton Construction; North Berkeley Investment Partners; Panoramic Interests; 2000 Center Street LLC; Downtown Berkeley Association; Hotel Shattuck Plaza; College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley; The Grubb Company; BART; Andronico’s Community Markets; APS Wines; Drake’s Brewing Company; and KALW.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...