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SMC Public Policy Institute

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Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute offers FREE, informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives.

Founded by LA County Supervisor and former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and SMC political science professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (who held the Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute is currently led by co-directors Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science adjunct Shari Davis (who also chairs the Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Several programs and topical discussions are planned for Spring 2015, including panels and community discussions. Details were not confirmed at press time. Please visit www.smc.edu/ppi for up-to-date information.

To receive invitations to our events, please send email to ppi@smc.edu​ and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list.

 

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MON 5.11 | 7pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: STATE OF THE COUNTY 

The state of public and mental health in Los Angeles County will be presented by The Honorable Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor (3rd District). An audience back-and-forth will follow.

The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center 1310 11th St., Santa Monica | Free Parking 

 

TUE 5.12 | 11:15am

FILM AND ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: SEX IN COLLEGE 

Join us for the screening of an SMC student film on sexual assault, and a discussion—led by panelists from the Rape Treatment Center, SMC “Consent Month,” and Planned Parenthood LA—on new laws, new ways of communicating, and age-old advice for healthy relationship. 

SMC Main Campus HSS 165 | Lot #6 (Pico Blvd. & 14th St.) Parking: $10 

 

WED 5.13 | 5pm

CAN MAINSTREAM ENTERTAINMENT AFFECT PUBLIC POLICY? 

The SMC Public Policy Institute presents Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, the compelling documentary of the music legend’s unprecedented tour across America after receiving the devastating Alzheimers diagnosis. Post-screening discussion with producer Trevor Albert addresses leveraging the medium of film as a stimulus for how public policy and entertainment co-exist and can provoke activism.

Aero Theater 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica 

 

THU 5.14 | 11:15am

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: EXPLORING BIG PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES & PERSONAL CHOICES 

Explore the many ways public policy and personal choices shape public health. Topics will include prevention of gun violence, immunizations, wellbeing, public health preparedness, disease prevention, and access to health care. The next step depends on making choices. 

SMC Main Campus HSS 165 | Lot #6 (Pico Blvd. & 14th St.) Parking: $10 

 

THU 5.14 | 6:30pm

PROPELLING PUBLIC AWARENESS TO ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE, FEATURING CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILM STILL ALICE

Examine early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and find out how advocates are fighting for a cure at this special screening of the film Still Alice—starring Julianne Moore in her Oscar® winning role and based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Neuroscientist Lisa Genova. Immediately following the film, join us for a riveting roundtable with special guests including Senator Ben Allen and moderated by the film's co-producer and Alzheimer's advocate Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns. The panel will discuss how public policy and the entertainment industry together can foster policy change.

The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center 1310 11th St., Santa Monica | Free Parking 

 


 

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute—which presents informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives—proudly offers an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement in Public Policy. Students can choose to specialize in one of five policy areas: Arts and cultural affairs, education, environment and sustainability, public health, and urban/socioeconomic affairs. 

 

SMC Public Policy Co-Directors: Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein & Shari Davis 

 

Visit smc.edu/ppi

Parking and transporation? smc.edu/transportation

 


 

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