California Countercultures: Diggers, Communes, and Counterculture and the Death of Hope with Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote has performed as an actor for some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers, including Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar, Steven Spielberg, Martin Ritt, Steven Soderbergh, Sidney Pollack, and Jean-Paul Rappeneau. He is an Emmy Award–winning narrator of more than 120 documentary films, including Ken Burns’s National Parks, Prohibition, The West, The Dustbowl, and The Roosevelts. Coyote has written a memoir of the 1960s counterculture titled Sleeping Where I Fall; his new book, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education, about mentors and the search for wisdom, was nominated as one of the top five books in Northern California in 2015.

About California Countercultures
Thinking Through the Arts and Design at Berkeley: California Countercultures is a UC Berkeley course cotaught by Natasha Boas, independent curator and critic of contemporary art and theory, and Michael Cohen, associate teaching professor in the African American studies department. The Wednesday public lecture series is organized by Natasha Boas. California Countercultures is sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Big Ideas program and the Arts + Design Initiative, with additional support from Cal Performances and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.