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National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

May 2019

How Does Community Conflict Turn Into Genocide?

May 2 @ 7:30 pm
National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, 90012 United States

The Ninth Annual Zócalo Book Prize Lecture History often blames genocide solely on murderous demagogues and military campaigns. But more often than not, the forces that unleash ethnic cleansing arise slowly and during peacetime, and stem from seemingly everyday interactions in places that are home to diverse peoples. What sorts of exchanges and social conditions unleash genocidal behavior? How do people who long lived together as neighbors come to turn on—and kill—each other? And can we teach ourselves to spot…

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Will California Pick the Next President?

May 15 @ 7:30 pm
National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, 90012 United States

Moderated by Joe Mathews, California & Innovation Editor, Zócalo Public Square 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…

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