the Caltech Y: Social Activism Speaker Series

 2017 Calendar

 June 7:

Carl Pabo: Helping Democracy Think

 May 12:

Robb Willer: Bridging the Divide

 Feb 17:

David Wright: Domestic Nuclear Weapsons Policy

 Feb 8:

Michael Nacht: International Nuclear Weapons Policy

 Jan 26:

Jennifer Musto: Trafficking & Technology

 2016 Calendar

 Dec 8:

France Cordova (NSF Director): Science Policy

 Oct 21:

Jonathan Katz: Voter ID Laws

 Oct 12:

Andy Wilson: Minimum Wage Panel

 May 23:

Miles Corwin: (Author: And Still We Rise)

 Apr 25:

Morgan Kousser: Supreme Court & the 2016 Election

 Jan 20:

David Baltimore: Genetic Engineering

 Jan 10:

Kathleen A. Doherty & Michael R. Nelson

 2015 Calendar

 Nov 17:USC Professor: David Cruz
 Oct 27:Space Entrepreneurship Panel
 Oct 19:Congressman Seth Moulton
 Oct 13:

Dean Joseph Shepherd

 Aug 18:Dr. Scott Pace
 May 18:

Pres. Reagan Science Advisor: Dr. Bill Graham

 Apr 7:

Lunch Series: Prof. David Goodstein

 Feb 26:

Former Black Panther: Hank Jones

 Feb 24:

Lunch Series: Prof. Pietro Perona

 Feb 23:

Civil Liberties Protection Officer: Alex Joel

 Jan 27:Journalist Betty Medsger
 Jan 7:

Ebola Crisis: Dr. Wendy Kohlhase



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Upcoming Events

Connecting Nuclear Weapons with Climate Change: Managing Eisenhower's "Fearful Atomic Dilemma"

Dr. Victor Reis
Former Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy

Thursday, October 5th, 2017
12:00PM to 1:30PM

Location: Beckman Institute Auditorium

RSVP required

In a recent New Yorker article, The Atomic Origins of Climate Science: How arguments about nuclear weapons shaped the debate over nuclear warming, Harvard Professor Jill Lepore suggests that the campaign to make known the threat of a nuclear winter destroyed the concept of nuclear deterrence, but the faulty models and rhetoric used ultimately undermined environmental science. Having been in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the early 1980's, Dr. Reis will review the then ongoing nuclear debate and suggest an alternate story to Lepore's involving the nuclear freeze movement and the Catholic Church.

There is a more fundamental connection between nuclear weapons and climate change mitigation, echoing Eisenhower's 1953 Atoms for Peace Speech to the United Nations. He will try to connect those dots into a coherent story.

Dr. Victor H. Reis retired on March 1, 2017 as Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked on national security and nuclear energy issues for the Secretary of Energy and the Undersecretaries of Energy for National Security and Science. He has chaired and served on numerous government and laboratory advisory committees for the DoD, CIA, NASA, U.S. Strategic Command, NNSA, U.S. Navy and Los Alamos, Sandia, Argonne and Idaho National Labs.

Past Events

Helping Democracy Think: Addressing Cognition to Solve Complex Social Problems

Lunch Seminar with Dr. Carl Pabo


Bridging the Divide: Effective Political Communication in a Polarized World

Lunch Seminar with Dr. Robb Willer


The New Trump Card: Domestic Nuclear Weapons Policy

Evening Seminar with Dr. David Wright


Labor Market and the Wage Floor: Lunch Panel on $15 Minimum Wage

Lunch Panel Featuring: Andy Wilson, Daniel Flaming, Abel Ramirez, and Pablo Alvarado


And Still We Rise - Social Justice and Education Inequality

Lunch Discussion Featuring: Miles Corwin


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

The past few years we have seen the emergence of several space startups - private companies with the ability to make a profit while operating extraterrestrially. Please join us for a panel discussion in which Tethers Unlimited, Planet Labs, and Planetary Resources, who represent the entire spectrum of space startups, will join Professor Sergio Pellegrino to discuss what is needed to succeed as a space company.


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.


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