Partnerships & Collaborations Past Events
ZÓCALO—Are American Presidents Above the Law?
A Zócalo/UCLA Downtown Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Moderated by Madeleine Brand, Host, KCRW’s “Press Play”
The Mueller report promises to clarify what happened in the 2016 election and its aftermath. But that document may only add to the confusion over a broader question: What does it take to fire an American president? In recent months, critics of Donald Trump have discussed removing the president by impeachment, indictment, and the 25th Amendment. But no president has ever been impeached and convicted by the Senate, and the Department of Justice may preclude a president from being indicted. If impeachment is impossible, what methods exist, legally, for removing a president? Why do we have special prosecutors if they can’t prosecute? Is the American president, for all practical purposes, above the law?
UCLA constitutional law scholar Jon D. Michaels, Wake Forest political scientist and author of The Special Prosecutor in American Politics Katy Harriger, and Joel D. Aberbach, political scientist and former director of the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy, visit Zócalo to examine the historical, customary, and legal precedents that protect our presidents.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Photo by Ron Edmonds/Associated Press
ZÓCALO—Is the Digital Age Making Museums Obsolete?
A Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Zócalo Public Square
Before the digital age, museums were places where people went to acquire knowledge. But now most of the information and images contained in museums are available on your smartphone. So how can museums stave off obsolescence? Can populist shows and attention-getting architecture keep museums relevant and pull today’s audiences away from their devices? Are some museums succeeding in redefining their purpose as providing “experiences” and at least the semblance of authenticity, like touching mastodon bones or reading directly from the pages of Lincoln’s diary or Gutenberg’s Bible? And what happens when museums try to use social media and other technology to connect visitors to exhibits—and to each other?
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County president and director Lori Bettison-Varga, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center director Lisa Sasaki, and Nicole Ivy, George Washington University public historian and former director of inclusion for the American Alliance of Museums, visit Zócalo to discuss the threats and opportunities that new technologies create for some of our most durable institutions.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.
Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting
The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank.
The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required.
In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center
2019 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance—Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together
If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.
PAY WHAT YOU WISH
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Families of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast based solely on their nation of origin and veiled under the guise of national security. While behind barbed wire, keeping the family together and safe was of utmost importance to the incarcerees.
Today, also under the guise of national security, migrants from Central America are similarly being held in detention centers. Young children have been torn from their parents as they sought safety and asylum in the United States. Just like Japanese immigrants before WWII, these migrants dream of a decent life for their family and safety for their children. The legacy from the Japanese American redress movement is to make sure we stand up and speak out when we witness people being treated inhumanely by our government as we were during WWII.
Please join us for the 2019 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance as we honor and remember those who were incarcerated during World War II and address our theme, Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together, exploring the racist parallels of past and present.
Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs for the Day of Remembrance program are strongly encouraged.
Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Kizuna, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, Organization of Chinese Americans–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA).
In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall
13th Annual Museums Free-for-All
FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY
In an effort to make museums available to the broadest possible audience, JANM joins with more than 30 other regional museums in offering free admission on this day. Please note that RSVPs are strongly encouraged at the link below.
Those who RSVP and show their ticket at JANM on Free-for-All day will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership.
For a complete list of participating institutions, visit socalmuseums.org/free-for-all.
ZÓCALO—How Has America Survived Two Centuries of Capitalism?
A Zócalo/KCRW “Critical Thinking with Warren Olney” Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”
The United States is envied around the world for its unparalleled wealth. But its riches would not have been possible without what Alan Greenspan has called America’s “unique tolerance” for the messy effects of capitalism’s creative destruction.
What is so special about our brand of capitalism that generations of Americans have been willing to endure so much wrenching change in its service? What moments in history have shaped America’s complicated relationship with capitalism? And how have Americans tried to balance our tolerance of economic inequality with our nation’s long-stated principles of fairness and justice?
Economist political editor Adrian Wooldridge, co-author of Capitalism in America: A History, visits Zócalo to examine America’s enduring affection for an economic system that produces so much pain alongside its gains.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum