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March 2017

Does Globalization Only Serve Elites?

March 15, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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A Zócalo/UCLA Event Moderated by Steven Greenhouse, Former New York Times Labor Reporter and Author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker President Donald Trump argues that “globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very, very wealthy” by allowing them to employ immigrants cheaply here while sending jobs and factories overseas. Senator Bernie Sanders calls globalization “an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite” who skirt regulations and the…

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June 2017

Can Digital Learning Dismantle the American Class System?

June 15, 2017 • 7:00 pm
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Los Angeles, 90012 United States
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A Zócalo/Arizona State University Event Moderated by Goldie Blumenstyk, Senior Writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education and Author of American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know American higher education reinforces inequality. Can interactive technologies, applied to learning, change that? Unlimited information is now accessible almost anywhere, and the finest university courses in the country can be taken by rural kids too poor to afford college. Unemployed Detroit auto workers have the opportunity to experience immersive education, personalized to their…

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August 2017

What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant L.A.?

August 9, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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Los Angeles, 90012 United States
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A Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation Event Moderated by Jennifer Medina, National Correspondent, The New York Times Donald Trump has said that many immigrants are criminals and security risks, and that in response he is pursuing an “America First” agenda of deporting and banning those migrants whom he claims could pose threats to public safety. What does that mean for Los Angeles County, where more than one-third of residents were born in another country? How has life changed for L.A. immigrants—from the…

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Is the Republican Party Dead?

August 10, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Christina Bellantoni, Los Angeles Times Assistant Managing Editor, Politics The Republican Party should be the dominant force in American politics. GOP politicians now control the White House, 33 governorships, and hold majorities in the U.S. House, Senate, and 32 state legislatures. But in spite of its electoral success, the rise of Donald Trump has raised difficult questions about the party’s long-term future. Does Trump’s flirtation with white nationalism threaten to taint the party of Lincoln and permanently alienate younger and more diverse generations of Americans?…

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October 2017

What Does Treason Look Like?

October 10, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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From Benedict Arnold’s defection to the McCarthy hearings to the Edward Snowden affair, the American public and the U.S. political system have wrestled with the meaning of treason—legally, morally, and politically. The Founding Fathers themselves were considered traitors by the British Crown, and the newly formed United States struggled with how to treat Americans who sided with King George III during the Revolution. Eighty years later, many Northerners condemned Southerners as traitors for breaking with the Union. In the 20th…

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Are College Campuses Rewriting the Rules of Sex in America?

October 11, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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America’s college campuses have become crucial testing grounds—and, at times, battlegrounds—as the country grapples with rapidly changing modes and mores of sexual behavior and expression. Fraternities are being scrutinized for promoting a culture of alcohol-fueled male privilege and presumption. Lecture halls and quads ring out with passionate debates about how to set the ground rules for sexual consent. Academic officials are being called to act as judges and arbiters over some of the most intimate aspects of students’ lives. Millennials…

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Are Housing Prices Destroying the California Dream?

October 12, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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Housing has never been more expensive in California than it is today. Rents are at record highs, and the average Golden-State home is worth nearly a half-million dollars, more than two-and-a-half times the national average. Home values have helped millions of California homeowners to build the wealth they need to pay for their children’s education and their own retirement. But what are the hidden costs of soaring rents and home prices—to California, its economy, and the aspirations of longtime residents…

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November 2017

Is China Prepared to Lead the Global Economy?

November 16, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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A Zócalo/UCLA Anderson Event Moderated by Julie Makinen, former Beijing Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times As America retreats from global leadership—blowing up trade agreements, questioning longstanding security alliances, dropping out of the Paris climate accord—China is stepping into the void. In purchasing-power terms, the Chinese economy already is larger than its U.S. counterpart. And Xi Jinping’s regime is building China-led global institutions, expanding his nation’s infrastructure investments deep into the developing world, and defending trade agreements and globalization in the face of…

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December 2017

How Did Barack Obama Create Himself?

December 6, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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A Zócalo/KCRW "Critical Thinking with Warren Olney" Event Barack Obama was president of the United States for eight years, and the broad outlines of his story—his Hawaiian birth, his fatherless childhood, his education at elite institutions, his work as a community organizer and politician in Chicago—are now familiar elements of American history. But even today, Obama retains a remarkable mystique, and can seem unknowable. All leaders must create narratives around themselves, but Obama’s is especially dense and complicated. Who is…

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How Can We Reverse the Depression Epidemic?

December 11, 2017 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Anna Gorman, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Depression is the world’s greatest health problem and leading source of human misery. One in four women and one in six men suffer from depression, which has a devastating economic impact since those afflicted often can’t work. Depression is also the strongest risk factor for the world’s 1 million annual suicides—a total that outnumbers deaths from war, natural disasters, and murder. And while new research is identifying the various biological, cognitive,…

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February 2018

Does Childhood Trauma Live in the Body Forever?

February 7, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Carol S. Larson, President and CEO, David and Lucile Packard Foundation Where do we find answers to the world’s growing plagues of chronic illnesses—from diabetes to depression? In childhood. Surveys and research show a connection between ill health in adults and adversity in childhood—divorce, substance abuse, neglect, and various other forms of emotional and physical abuse. And research shows that high stress levels during childhood change our neural systems in ways that can last a lifetime. What is…

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March 2018

Why Is the Modern World So Angry?

March 1, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Zócalo Public Square American mass shooters. Islamic terrorists. Vengeful nationalists. Racist presidents. Social media misogynists. In today’s world, paranoid hatred—and the wrath of the people who spread it—is inescapable. Where does all the rage come from? Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger: A History of the Present, locates the answer, paradoxically, in modernity’s successes. As the world has become more closely linked via mass politics and technology and the pursuit of wealth, those unable…

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May 2018

ARE ORDINARY VIRTUES MORE POWERFUL THAN UNIVERSAL VALUES?

May 22, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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The Eighth Annual Zócalo Book Prize Lecture Our globalized world is built on the notion of universal precepts—such as democracy and human rights—that supposedly benefit everyone. But these ideas can seem like abstractions in our daily lives. Local communities operate more according to ordinary virtues—trust, honesty, politeness, forgiveness, and respect. By shortening the distances between people and places, globalization has sharpened the conflict between the local and the global, between the principles of justice for all individuals and the need…

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June 2018

ARE THE U.S. AND MEXICO BECOMING ONE COUNTRY?

June 13, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Is there any canyon on earth wider than the gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico? The rhetoric is all about separation—with Americans proposing giant border walls and denigrating Mexican migrants, Mexican leaders condemning U.S. bullying, and each country accusing the other of being a source of violence. But the reality is two neighbors becoming even more intertwined in economic, cultural, and personal relationships. Today, San Diego and Tijuana share a…

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July 2018

What Are the Social Consequences of Racist Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric?

July 17, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Simon Romero, National Correspondent, The New York Times Relentless verbal attacks on Mexican immigrants and Muslims by President Trump and nativist pundits are one piece of a larger phenomenon. Media, academic, and law enforcement surveys suggest a rise in racist rhetoric against immigrants in this country and around the world. The effect of such rhetoric on social media has been a subject of study, but less is known about its broader social impact. Do racist words translate into violence?…

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How Can Americans Defend the 14th Amendment When The Government Won’t?

July 31, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Introduction by Irene Hirano Inouye, reading from U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s keynote address to the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Moderated by Madeleine Brand, Host, KCRW's "Press Play". Since its adoption in 1868, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has inspired advances in legal rights by guaranteeing U.S. citizens and people in the country “the equal protection of the laws”—except when it hasn’t. From Jim Crow to the World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans, from racist police corruption…

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September 2018

Can U.S. Democracy Survive Russian Information Warfare?

September 14, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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American intelligence services have unanimously concluded that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 U.S. elections, and seeks to meddle again this fall. One of Russia’s methods was to use social media to distribute disinformation. What’s the big-picture strategy behind this style of attack, and how badly is it damaging our society and politics? Does disinformation have lasting effects on how voters engage with democracy? What vulnerabilities in American society did Russia exploit in its disinformation campaign? And how can…

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October 2018

Do Americans Misunderstand The Roots of Crime?

October 24, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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A Zócalo/KCRW “Critical Thinking with Warren Olney” Event Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point” Americans treat crime as a public scourge. And we attack it via public systems—our prisons, probation departments, and school and youth programs—to intervene before people go wrong. But what if crime isn’t a public problem, but rather an intensely private issue tied to families? Just five percent of American families account for half of all crimes, and 10 percent of families account for…

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November 2018

What Does the Life of Frederick Douglass Tell Us About America?

November 29, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Baratunde Thurston, Cultural Critic, Comedian, and Author of How to Be Black   American icon Frederick Douglass died in 1895, but he still makes the news. Indeed, he represents an increasingly rare sort of hero—one whose story is invoked across the political spectrum. Perhaps that’s because his life was so large, grand, and complex. He was among the most photographed and well-traveled people of the 19th century and had so many varied roles—radical and traditionalist, diplomat and revolutionary, author…

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December 2018

Can Individuals Be Happy In An Unhappy Time?

December 12, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”   The pursuit of happiness is foundational to the United States, and happiness has become an international obsession as nations seek to measure happiness and enact policies to increase it. But this is also an era of disruption, dislocation, and great unhappiness; in the U.S., half of all adults suffer from anxiety, according to some estimates. Are the meanings and measures of happiness changing as the world is transformed by the…

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How Will the New Supreme Court Change America?

December 18, 2018 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal It’s age-old wisdom: Every single new justice creates a brand-new U.S. Supreme Court. But some legal scholars are suggesting that the court taking shape now, with a conservative majority established by President Trump’s second appointee, could make especially broad changes in the law. Long-established precedents on matters of race, sex, religion, and privacy could be overturned. And the basic structure of our government—the power of the presidency, the limits…

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January 2019

How Has America Survived Two Centuries of Capitalism?

January 24, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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…

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Is America Enabling Autocrats to Run the World?

January 30, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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Moderated by Carol Giacomo, Editorial Board Member, The New York Times A Saudi journalist living in the United States is murdered by agents of a government to which America provides arms. President Trump openly favors autocratic rulers from Russia to Hungary to the Philippines, and even expresses “love” for North Korea’s dictator. What does it mean when the president of the United States, a country long cast as a defender of freedom, sides with repressive regimes and even withdraws from democratic…

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February 2019

Is The Digital Age Making Museums Obsolete?

February 28, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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…

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March 2019

Are American Presidents Above the Law?

March 6, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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…

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May 2019

How Does Community Conflict Turn Into Genocide?

May 2, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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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June 2019

Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?

June 5, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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,…

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July 2019

What Will California’s Coastline Look Like in 2100?

July 9, 2019 • 7:30 pm
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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…

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