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And Still We Rise - Social Justice and Education Inequality
Lunch Discussion Featuring: Miles Corwin
Monday, May 23, 2016
1:00PM to 2:00PM
Hill Annex (See map)
RSVP Required: (RSVP link here)
Miles Corwin spent a year with twelve gifted high school students from disadvantaged communities in LA. Corwin chronicled their journeys as they faced the greatest challenges of their academic lives in his book, And Still We Rise. The book won the PEN West award for nonfiction and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. On May 23rd, Corwin will come to Caltech to discuss his unique perspective on the challenges facing students in disadvantaged communities.
Praise for the book:
"An exuberant tale of South-Central kids...On every page, their voice ring as clear as church bells and make even a jaded reader feel inspired." - USA Today
"An impressive, important work of narrative journalism...A more gifted reporter can barely be imagined." - San Francisco Chronicle
Miles Corwin is a former crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote about the LAPD, homicide in South-Central Los Angeles, prisons, and the criminal justice system. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara and received an M.A. at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Corwin is the author of three nonfiction books: The Killing Season, a national bestseller; And Still We Rise, the winner of the PEN West award for nonfiction and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; and Homicide Special, a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Kind of Blue, his first novel, was named one of Booklist's Top Ten First Crime Novels of 2010. His next book in the Ash Levine series, Midnight Alley, was released in April 2012. Corwin teaches literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine.
Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series
Weekly Committee Meeting
Wednesdays at 1:00 PM
Caltech Y House (Bldg 128, 505 S. Wilson Ave)
The Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series student-run organization of Caltech (California Institute of Technology, CIT). Caltech is in Pasadena, California, near Pasadena City College (PCC),
Past Speakers include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Margaret Mead, Tim Wise, Saul Alinsky, Betty Friedan, Senator Barry Goldwater, Ted Sorensen, Dolores Huerta, Nikki Giovanni, Carl Rogers. Also Jody Williams, William F. Buckley, Jr., Huwaida Arraf & Adam Shapiro, Theodore Postol, Tahmeena Faryl, Amy Goodman. And recently: Scott Ritter, Adam Werbach, Julian Bond, D.C. James, Peter Camejo, Rahul Mahajan, Gerard Ungerman, Bernie Sanders, Mike Farrell, Peter Dreier, Chuck Collins, Ka Hsaw Wa, Kurt Gottfried, Steve Barr, Nikki Giovanni, Chris Mooney, Jack DuVall, Maquiladora workers, George Regas, Reagan Demas, Kevin Sites, Invisible Children, Life Straw.
Pathways through Politics and Power on the National and International Stage
Lunch Discussion Featuring: Kathleen A. Doherty and Michael R. Nelson
Civic Rights, Civic Equality, and Religious Liberty
The recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extended the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples. This decision was met with opposition from conservative religious groups and individuals such as Rowan County clerk Kim Davis. Claiming that the Supreme Court decision infringed on her First Amendment rights to freedom of religious expression, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Similar arguments against gay marriage have been made by many others, most notably conservative Christians running for President of the United States. Join us for a lunch discussion with David Cruz, Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law.
Panel on Space Entrepreneurship
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Discussion with Congressman Seth Moulton
Congressman Seth Moulton is a former Marine Corps Officer (four tours in the Iraq war), a member of the Democratic Party, and U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 6th Congressional district. Please join us for a one hour question and answer session.
Implications of U.S. Space Policy with Dr. Scott Pace
Dr. Scott Pace is the Director of the Space Policy Institute and a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at George Washington University. Please join us for a lecture on the geopolitical state of space exploration, and the role the U.S. plays as a leader in space studies.