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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—What Will California's Coastline Look Like in 2100?


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

Moderated by Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter, Los Angeles Times

If state projections prove right, the sea level along California’s coast will rise 55 inches by the end of this century. That increase, which will be even higher during tidal floods and Pacific storms, would threaten the economies of the coastal counties that 85 percent of Californians call home. And it could spell doom for water sources, major roadways, hazardous waste facilities, military installations, power plants, airports, and seaports. How will this sea level rise change coastal communities, coastal industries from fish to oil, and postcard settings from Big Sur to San Diego? What can be done to mitigate the effects of rising seas and save California treasures? Or will California have to abandon many of its coastal and low-lying areas?

Atmospheric physicist and director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science Alex Hall, California Coastal Commission member Effie Turnbull-Sanders, and Sean B. Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, visit Zócalo to detail the extent to which California could lose its signature coastline.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo by Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register. Courtesy of the Associated Press..

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
7:30 PM

East West Players: Counter Culture Series reading—God Said This


A New Play by Leah Nanako Winkler

Directed by Deena Selenow


Set in Kentucky, this compelling drama centers around a Japanese American family reuniting as their matriarch undergoes cancer treatment. James, the father, is a recovering alcoholic seeking redemption. His two daughters are struggling to overcome their differences; Sophie is an ardent born-again Christian while Hiro lives the single life in New York. Vividly capturing the complexities of a familial reconciliation in the throes of a crisis, this play looks at the meaning of family and what it means to be Japanese, Southern, and more.

Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan, and Lexington, Kentucky. Her other plays include Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theater, East West Players) and Two Mile Hollow (Artists at Play and theaters around the country). She is the inaugural winner of the Mark O’Donnell Prize, the recipient of the 2018 Yale Prize, and a current Jerome Fellow at the Lark.

The reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 22, 2019
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Crushing the Myth


Crushing the Myth is a nationwide speaker series that features Asian Americans and allies as they share stories and perspectives to build an active community of leaders, thinkers, and influencers to move beyond the “Model Minority” label.

Speakers/topics will include:

  • Debbie Wei Mullin—Copper Cow Coffee and How I’m Crushing the International Food Aisle

  • Koji Steven Sakai—I Teach My Son To Hate Dr. Seuss and Why You Should Too

  • Betty Ouyang—An Ode to Father’s Day: Inspiration and an Amazon Story

  • Pastor Ken Fong—How I Used My Superpower to Get Our Church to Embrace Queer and Trans People

  • Godfrey Plata—Rules and Consequences: My Life in Public Education

  • William Lex Ham—Porn and Non-Profits: My Vision as an Asian American Man

  • Nina Nam—Strong not Skinny: How I Won an $80K Body Transformation Contest that Ultimately Changed My Thinking

  • Early bird pricing (through June 12): $15
    General admission: $20
    Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    7:00 PM

    Health Care—A Conversation Determined by You (SoCal Solutions)



    What would it take to create a universal access health system in terms of money, time, and a sufficient number of health care providers? This is a question KPCC’s health reporters field often. It’s clear that many share the goal of moving the United States to universal coverage. Less clear: just how this would happen. Is “Medicare for all” the answer? What about a “single-payer” system?

    Join KPCC In Person, JANM’s National Center for the Preservation for Democracy, and KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan for a panel of policy experts and activists to address these questions. Guests to be announced. A casual post-event reception will follow the program so that we may continue the conversation.

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

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    7:30 PM

    ZÓCALO—Is Propaganda Keeping Americans from Thinking for Themselves?


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

    Moderated by Carla Hall, Editorial Board Member, Los Angeles Times

    In 1931, philosopher John Dewey warned that “democracy will be a farce unless individuals are trained to think for themselves, to judge independently, to be critical, to be able to detect subtle propaganda and the motives which inspire it.” But in the 21st century, humans are deluged with increasingly sophisticated propaganda produced not only by governments and media but by our friends and neighbors. How is anyone supposed to think clearly, or critically, amidst all this agitprop? Is contemporary propaganda damaging our attention spans, our relationships, and our ability to ponder bigger questions? Or does it offer some benefits, like nudging us to eat healthier, save the Earth, or maybe even vote?

    UCLA Anderson marketing scholar and psychologist Hal Hershfield, Texas A&M historian of rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca, and UC Santa Cruz social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis visit Zócalo to examine what propaganda is doing to our brains and our society.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Photo courtesy of Shuttercock.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    7:00 PM

    Crime and Policing—A Conversation Determined by You (SoCal Solutions)



    KPCC In Person is talking law enforcement, and you picked the topic.

    We started by inviting your questions on crime and public safety. We narrowed them to three, and you let us know what matters most by voting for the question you wanted as the focus of our conversation. The responses have been tallied, and the top vote-getter is focused on transparency in law enforcement.

    KPCC correspondent Frank Stoltze and special guests will discuss how recent changes in state law and local policy are opening up previously secret police records to public scrutiny. How will that affect the way law enforcement does its job? How will it affect the relationship between the police and the community?

    Join KPCC In Person and JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy for a conversation that was determined by you. Guests include Arif Alikhan, director of constitutional policing and policy at LAPD; Peter Bibring, director of police practices for ACLU of Southern California; and Connie Rice, civil rights activist, lawyer, and co-founder of Advancement Project (CA). Additional guests to be announced. A post-event reception will follow the program so that we may continue the conversation.

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

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum




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