Flyer for Spring 2017 Public Policy Symposium

Spring Public Policy Symposium

May 8-11

Liberty and Justice for All !?#$*: Californians as Guardians of the Galaxy in a Post-Truth Era 

Presented by the SMC Public Policy Institute and the SMC Associated Students 

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Screening of Agents of Change

A film produced and directed by Frank Dawson.

Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is at 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Director and SMC Dean, Frank Dawson, SMC AS President, Terrence Ware, and a representative from Black Lives Matter)

Mon, May 8, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Aero Theatre – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Truth vs. Post-Truth: Implications for Californians Defending the Galaxy

SMC philosophers deliberate over the meaning and prospects for objective knowledge as a path to public policy in the 21st century. Does the truth matter anymore? Facilitated by SMC Professors Amber Katherine, Paul Klumpe, Ali Mohsen.

Tue, May 9, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Santa Monica College Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Hall, HSS 165

Screening of Swimming in Auschwitz

A film written and directed by Jon Kean

Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is at 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (featuring Director Jon Kean, Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, SMC Professor Ali Mohsen, and Ahilan Arulanantham from the American Civil Liberties Union)

Tue, May 9, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Aero Theatre – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

We the People: A Projection Installation

An education and advocacy video project unveiling personal narratives from SMC and beyond of what it’s like to live in the Post Truth-Era when your civil rights are on the line. The video will be followed by a panel discussion where the

Wed, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Santa Monica College Cayton Center, Second Floor Lobby

Sanctuary-State Superheroes to the Rescue!

Join us at the SMC Clock Tower for a speculative theme park to unleash, challenge, and develop your inner Californian political superpowers through games and dialogue on diversity, freedom of expression, immigration, healthcare-for-all and respect for the environment. Presented by One Mile and SMC Public Policy Institute Interns.

Thu, May 11, 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Santa Monica College Clock Tower Quad

The Justice League: Keynote Discussion with Local and State Policymakers

Thu, May 11th, 7 p.m.
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club – 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking & Accommodations

Public parking is limited during the day at SMC. Please allow extra time when attending events. 

See SMC Transportation Options for parking options. 

If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Stephanie Schlatter at or (310) 434-4313, at least 5 business days in advance.

About the Public Policy Institute

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. Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Co-Director and Founding Associate Director; Shari Davis, MPP, Co-Director.

 To view past events, visit PPI Past Events.