Category: Public Affairs

  • Ending Poverty in America Requires Grassroots Activism

    What causes poverty and how do we fix it? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond has dedicated years to answering these critical questions. “I think we actively benefit from poverty,” Desmond said in a recent Helen Edison Lecture Series discussion at UC San Diego Park and Market. “Not because we want to…often it’s […]

  • Restoring the American Dream: Insights from Big Data

    The promise of the American Dream, once almost a certainty for the vast majority of children in the United States, has significantly diminished. Raj Chetty, a renowned professor at Harvard University and director of Opportunity Insights, delves into this issue with his talk, “The Science of Economic Opportunity: New Insights from Big Data.” Utilizing extensive […]

  • The Paradox of Progressive Governance: Ezra Klein on California’s Challenges

    In a thought-provoking discussion with Amy E. Lerman, Chair and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at UC Berkeley, Ezra Klein, a renowned opinion columnist and podcast host for The New York Times, delved deep into the heart of California’s most pressing issues. The state, known for its progressive policies, is paradoxically grappling with […]

  • U.S.-China Relations: A Delicate, Diplomatic Dance

    U.S.-China relations stands as a linchpin in today’s global landscape, encapsulating an intricate blend of significance, complexity, and urgency. To comprehend how the U.S. forges its China policy, it is important to look at the evolving strategies employed by different administrations over the years. In this compelling conversation, Susan Shirk, professor emeritus at the UC […]

  • Human Rights Defender: A Life in Education and Advocacy with Eva Pacheco

    Eva Pacheco’s story is one of determination, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to bilingual education. Starting her career as a teacher in Mexico, Eva already held a deep appreciation for education’s transformative power. However, when she moved to the United States, she quickly recognized the challenges the American education system posed for bilingual learners like […]

  • Unsung Heroes: Human Rights, Dignity, and Equity for Educators

    What does “dignity at work” truly mean for those who shape the future of our society—educators and school staff? Jeffrey M. Siminoff from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Guadalupe Carrasco Cardona from Roybal Learning Center, and Timothy Stiven from Canyon Crest Academy acknowledge the myriad roles educators play and delve into the current state of […]

  • When Billie Jean and Condoleezza and Chelsea met Sally

    Each year Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego hosts a Women in Leadership conversation, bringing together female leaders from widely varied fields to share their personal stories and their insights on the progress of women. Tam O’Shaughnessy, Ride’s life partner and cofounder of Sally Ride Science, conceived of the event in 2018 to celebrate […]

  • Navigating Diversity Challenges in Higher Education

    With the dismantling of affirmative action policies by courts and legislatures, colleges and universities face the challenge of ensuring diversity within their faculty and student populations. Dr. Stella M. Flores, a professor of Higher Education and Public Policy at the University of Texas, Austin, shares valuable research on college access and completion outcomes for underrepresented […]

  • Kim Stanley Robinson Believes We Can Solve The Climate Crisis

    What does the future look like? According to Kim Stanley Robinson, the internationally acclaimed science fiction writer, his book “Ministry for the Future” takes us to the year 2025, where our climate change nightmare has become a chilling reality. But while the novel foretells of what may come, Robinson offers inspiration and hope for how […]

  • For the People? Representative Government in America

    It has become commonplace that democracy in the United States faces an existential threat. This belief has gained popular currency in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, nourished by his conduct in office, the attempt to overturn the 2020 election, and continuing efforts to subvert the electoral process. Whether this is true only time will […]

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