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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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
7:30 PM

Social Justice through the Arts



In celebration of Asian Pacific American Islander Heritage Month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice–LA and East West Players (EWP) are teaming up with JANM for a community conversation on social justice through the arts. Presented as part of EWP’s Counter Culture Series, this panel will discuss and celebrate Asian American voices within the arts. Panelists include playwright Prince Gomolvilas, performer-writer D’lo Kid, USC professor Dorinne Kondo, spoken word artists Steph & Eddy, playwright Alice Tuan, and journalist and cultural critic Jeff Yang.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 18, 2019
1:30 PM—3:30 PM

Food, Identity, and Culture in Los Angeles



How much can we learn about people different from ourselves from interactions in their restaurants, bakeries, and markets? Are we changed by the experiences we have when dining out? Does Los Angeles have its own distinctive food culture, and if so how is it changing?

This program will explore how diverse cultures in Los Angeles have shaped its food and informed the city’s culinary landscape. Panelists will discuss connections between the things and places we eat and the way we interact with the diverse peoples who help shape our city.

Panelists include Gustavo Arellano, features writer for the Los Angeles Times and author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America; cookbook author and cooking instructor Sonoko Sakai; and Guy Gabriele, a restauranteur in the LA area since the 1970s. Richard Foss from the Culinary Historians of Southern California will moderate this lively discussion.

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

In partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ZÓCALO—Will California Pick the Next President?


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

Moderated by Madeleine Brand, Host, KCRW’s “Press Play”

When it comes to picking the country’s presidents, the richest and most populous state hasn’t much mattered. Because their primaries are held earlier and they are swing states in the general election, smaller and colder places—like New Hampshire, Iowa, and Ohio—have an outsized influence on who occupies the White House. But could 2020 be different? California has moved its presidential primary to an earlier spot on the calendar, and American politics is changing in ways that make California’s technology, celebrity, and money even more important. Could that help California candidates or even fuel a Republican challenger to Trump? And if California does have a central role in the 2020 presidential drama, how might the Golden State shape the agenda of the next president?

Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Gary Segura, vice president of the American Association of Political Consultants Rose Kapolczynski, and Latino Decisions co-founder and UCLA political scientist Matt Barreto visit Zócalo to discuss whether Californians will pick the next president, and what kind of president we might pick.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press.

Saturday, May 11, 2019
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

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.

To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center




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