Guest speaker, Tom Hayden is a former State Senator and leader of Sixties peace, justice and environmental movements. As founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA, Hayden remains a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy.
February 16 – The Next Era for North Korea: Can Kim Jong-Un Survive? – Implications for the United States
The death of Kim Jong-il and the rise of the third generation of Kims poses a number of questions about whether the regime can survive and what direction its foreign and domestic policies might take.
January 19 – The Politics of Science: How a Cadre of Scientists Have Clouded Understanding of Scientific Facts to Advance a Political and Economic Agenda
The U.S.scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science and issues affecting our quality of life. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.
March 15 – American Overreach? Evaluating US Middle East Policy with special attention to recent events in Egypt
Aslı Ü. Bâli, Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, explores why American policy in the Middle East designed to advance democracy tends to yield outcomes that frustrate the aspirations of local actors while undermining the values purportedly being promoted by the US.