Category Archives: Public Affairs

Prison Reform: Why Less is More

8232What happens when prison sentences are reduced and non-violent criminals are set free? As UC Berkeley professor Steve Raphael argues, crime rates don’t rise and in some cases, they actually go down. Hear why alternatives to “tough on crime” sentencing guidelines can make communities safer as California and other states rethink their policies on punishment.

Watch Prison Reform: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration.

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Fish Stories

8232The keynotes from climate scientist Ralph Keeling and biologist Stephen Mayfield on the impacts of climate change on the ocean were terrific – but it was Rob Ruiz, the executive chef of The Land and Water Company who really stood out.

He talks here about how he traveled the world to observe local, sustainable sourcing and put what he learned to work in his Carlsbad restaurant. He credits the scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for helping him select sustainable seafood for his menu and is proud to be recognized as a world leader for his commitment to ocean conservation. Clearly, he’s doing more than just talking the talk.

Watch Ruiz and the others as they engage with high school students in Blue Oceans, Sustainable Seafood, Humans and the Sea, the latest installment of STEAM Leadership Series.


The R-O-I is H-I-G-H on Head Start and Other Public Programs

8232The numbers tell the story. In Up From Poverty: Funding Solutions That Work, public policy analysts Hilary Hoynes and Rucker Johnson show how investments in pre-K programs, nutritional assistance, Medicaid and earned income tax credits provide solid and reliable paths out of poverty if properly funded.

They’ve done the research – check out their results in this eye-opening conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

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Constructions of Terrorism

8232With the carnage in Brussels and San Bernardino still fresh, the threat of terrorism is palpable. UC Santa Barbara hosted the inaugural conference of a long-term, multidisciplinary project to study global terrorism in December 2015. This remarkable gathering of some of the country’s leading experts on terrorism approach the subject from diverse perspectives but they were generally in agreement that that government leaders and the public should be wary of overreacting to terrorist acts in ways that strengthen terrorism.

The conference was organized by the UCSB-based Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies and TRENDS Research & Advisory, a think tank based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The eight programs debate and discuss how terrorism and acts of terrorism are understood and explained. By investigating how understandings of terrorism are constructed the conference organizers hope to contribute to the development of more effective strategies for countering the extremist ideas that lead to the acts labeled as terrorism.

Get a thoughtful and in-depth look at terrorism and how we understand and explain it.

Watch Constructions of Terrorism presented by the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.


Smart Talk on The Public Policy Channel

Three new thought-provoking programs from the Goldman School of Public Policy debut this week:

First, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense and former dean Michael Nacht surveys the globe with an assessment of hot spots awaiting the new president.

Watch: Conflict Zones and National Security with Michael Nacht

Next, the Public Policy Channel launches a new series, Millennial Voices Heard at Goldman, featuring graduate students advocating on issues they care about. Hear why Charlotte Hill is taking a year off from school to fight anticorruption in government through, and then check out Rob Moore as he tells of his political awakening as an organizer for Planned Parenthood in Nebraska.

Watch: Charlotte Hill

Watch: Rob Moore

Real world experiences informing public policy – that’s what Goldman is all about.

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