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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—How Will the New Supreme Court Change America?


A Zócalo/UCLA Downtown Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

It’s age-old wisdom: Every single new justice creates a brand-new US Supreme Court. But some legal scholars are suggesting that the court taking shape now, with a conservative majority established by President Trump’s second appointee, could make especially broad changes in the law. Long-established precedents on matters of race, sex, religion, and privacy could be overturned. And the basic structure of our government—the power of the presidency, the limits of regulation, access to the court system itself—could be transformed. If the highest court in the land is about to make major legal history, in what ways will Americans feel the effects? What aspects of our economy, our culture, our work, and our lives are most likely to be disrupted? And if this Supreme Court defers to the most powerful people and institutions in society, will their decisions threaten American democracy—or inspire its revival?

UCLA specialist in constitutional law Adam Winkler, University of Chicago legal scholar Justin Driver, and UCLA Law School’s Beth Colgan visit Zócalo to examine how a changing high court could change America.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—Can Individuals Be Happy in an Unhappy Time?


A Zócalo/UCLA Anderson Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”

The pursuit of happiness is foundational to the United States, and happiness has become an international obsession as nations seek to measure happiness and enact policies to increase it. But this is also an era of disruption, dislocation, and great unhappiness; in the US, half of all adults suffer from anxiety, according to some estimates. Are the meanings and measures of happiness changing as the world is transformed by the digital revolution, climate change, and populist politics? Which factors—from job satisfaction and free time to wealth, personality, and the quality of our relationships—have the biggest impact on our happiness? And what strategies allow us to find happiness even in the midst of uncertainty, conflict, and unwanted change?

UCLA Anderson School of Management marketing scholar Cassie Mogilner Holmes, Harvard Business School behavioral economist and co-author of Happy Money Michael I. Norton, and Sonja Lyubomirsky, UC Riverside social psychologist and author of The How of Happiness, visit Zócalo to discuss how people can find happiness in difficult times.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM—5:00 PM

Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters during World War II



During World War II, many people defended Japanese Americans living under martial law in Hawaii. Others supported Japanese Americans in the US military, those behind barbed wire in America’s concentration camps, and families trying to resettle after the war.

Leading scholars, filmmakers, and writers present their findings about Buddhist and Christian clergy, African American and Chinese American leaders, and others who courageously spoke out for the Japanese American community.

The program is free, but RSVP is required using the link below. Click here for event schedule.

Presented in partnership with USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, December 1, 2018
2:00 PM—4:30 PM

The Words We Hold



Stories of World War II, hailing from both sides of the Pacific, paint a picture of how Japanese and Japanese American ancestors experienced everyday life during those treacherous times.

Yonsei Nicole Cherry and Kristen Hayashi, and shin-Nikkei Ayumi Nagata and Natsumi Shibata will share personal family stories passed down through generations. In a discussion moderated by Diana Tsuchida, the panelists will explore the ideas of missing home and family, the fear of the unknown, the commonality of not talking about the war experience, and what it was like uncovering family histories.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented with Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC).

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—What Does the Life of Frederick Douglass Tell Us About America?


A Smithsonian/ASU “What It Means to Be American” Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Baratunde Thurston, cultural critic, comedian, and author of How to Be Black

American icon Frederick Douglass died in 1895, but he still makes the news. Indeed, he represents an increasingly rare sort of hero—one whose story is invoked across the political spectrum. Perhaps that’s because his life was so large, grand, and complex. He was among the most photographed and well-traveled people of the 19th century and had so many varied roles—radical and traditionalist, diplomat and revolutionary, author and subject—that he contains multitudes.

How should Americans best understand Frederick Douglass? How do we engage with his legacies? And what does our relationship to Douglass say about how Americans use the past to define who we are? Yale historian David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, visits Zócalo to examine the extent to which the Douglass story—as the slave who gains freedom and even fame—defines America.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo: A daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass, circa 1855. Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Okaeri 2018: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering


Friday, November 16: 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday, November 17: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Okaeri” is a common greeting in Japanese meaning “Welcome home!” All are welcome to attend the third biennial Okaeri conference to build acceptance, support, healing, and connections for LGBTQ Nikkei, as well as to help undo the continuing homophobia and transphobia that members of the Nikkei LGBTQ community experience. Although the conference will focus on Nikkei LGBTQ people, everyone is invited to attend.

$35 general admission, $20 students/seniors. Scholarships available. JANM members receive a 20% discount (please bring your current membership card when checking in at the event). For more info:

Read a 2014 interview with Okaeri lead organizer Marsha Aizumi on Discover Nikkei.




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