In the News Events

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Upcoming Events

Why 2020 Makes the Case for 10% Less Democracy
Speaker: 
Garett Jones
Wednesday, December 16th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

How did U.S. government elites handle the many crises of 2020? Garett Jones argues that in 2020, the elites did well (at least, when they kept a safe distance from the voters).

Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom
Speaker: 
Ilya Somin
Wednesday, December 16th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join George Mason University professor of Law, author, and Cato Institute scholar Ilya Somin in this interactive exploration of ideas introduced in his new book, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom.” Ilya will explain how “voting with your feet” has important advantages over conventional ballot-box voting, and how expanding foot voting opportunities – particularly by breaking down barriers to international migration – can increase freedom and happiness for many millions of people around the world.

Past Events

Womanist Activism and the Fight for Equality
Saturday, October 3rd, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

Over the past 40 years, Black women activists have built the womanist movement to advocate for the rights of all people. The inspirational Reverend Dr. Fry Brown will highlight the work of several womanist activists, from public figures to ordinary people committed to making change, and demonstrate how their actions illustrate the ideals of womanism.

Art Imitating Life: How Climate Fiction Addresses Climate Change
Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

Seeking Justice for All: Race and the Criminal Justice System
Sundays, September 13th and 20th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, award-winning sociology professor and director of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, for this two-part lecture examining the history of race and the criminal justice system.

Hate Speech and The First Amendment: A Short Course for Concerned Citizens
Speaker: 
John Finn
Friday, September 4th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Join award-winning professor of constitutional law John E. Finn for this timely seminar. We’ll explore what the First Amendment does—and does not—say about the place of hate speech in American political culture.

Technologies for Vaccines for COVID-19
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 19th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Dr. Steve Chamow is back by popular demand for an extended conversation on COVID-19 drug discovery. Join us to learn more about the availability of technologies for therapeutics and vaccines and opportunities to shorten the timeline of clinical drug development.

Coping with Climate Change & Trying to Stop It
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Thursday, May 7th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

The solution space for climate change isn’t only about stopping emissions. It’s also about coping with the consequences in our local communities. Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes will discuss two responses to climate change —adaptation vs. mitigation — and what we can do to help.

What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 7th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

The current pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we never expected, and scientists around the globe are working to stop its spread. In this timely talk with Dr. Steve Chamow, we'll learn about what it will take for drug companies to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

How Saudi Money Changed the Muslim World
Sunday, May 3rd, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Award-winning journalist Krithika Varagur will discuss Saudi influence on the Muslim world and national security implications of the US-Saudi relationship.

How to Talk about Mental Health During a Pandemic (and Beyond)
Speaker: 
Dan Berstein
Friday, May 1st, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

How do we talk candidly and sensitively about mental health during a pandemic (and beyond)? Dan Berstein draws on his professional training as a mediator, academic background in mental health, and personal experience living with bipolar disorder to help us navigate this critical topic.

In Times of Crisis: How Has America Responded?
Speaker: 
Al Camarillo
Saturday, April 25th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

How have Americans and their leaders responded in times of crisis throughout our history? Join acclaimed Stanford historian Al Camarillo for this timely discussion.

Solving the Flint Water Crisis with Data Science
Speaker: 
Eric Schwartz
Sunday, April 19th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Learn how machine learning has helped researchers and policy makers take a targeted approach to solving water crises in Flint and beyond.

What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Thursday, April 16th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

We're eager to learn from drug development expert Dr. Steve Chamow about what it will take to make drugs to treat COVID-19.

Human Rights in the Arab World, from the 1970s to the Arab Spring
Friday, April 10th, 7-8pm PT / 10-11pm ET

Spend the evening learning about human rights activism in the Arab world with law professor and historian Catherine Baylin Duryea.

Fake News & Free Speech
Speaker: 
Étienne Brown
Tuesday, March 24th, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Join philosopher Étienne Brown for a lively discussion about the tensions between free speech and fake news.