Santa Monica College’s interdisciplinary 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 (former Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute is currently led by co-directors Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science adjunct Shari Davis (who also chairs Community for Excellent Public Schools).
Annual Spring Symposium
May 18-21, 2020
A variety of speakers and activities will explore how community collaboration and advocacy can effect change in our American democracy. Please visit
the Public Policy Institute website for up-to-date symposium details.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Danielle Allen
Delve into the fundamentals of American democracy and the values of the Declaration of Independence through the work of Dr. Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
Thu, May 21 | 7 p.m. | Free
SMC Student Services Center, Orientation Hall (S183)