the Caltech Y: Social Activism Speaker Series

 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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David Cruz

Civil Rights, Civic Equality, and Religious Liberty

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
11:45PM to 1:30PM
Beckman Institute Auditorium (See map)
RSVP Required: (RSVP link here)

The recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extended the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples, citing the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 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. He will provide context on how civil liberties, civic equality, and religious liberty are protected by the Constitution of the United States, with a specific focus on same-sex marriage. As election season kicks off, it is important to gain a correct understanding of the laws behind topics that are certain to be raised by both parties.

SASSComm Meeting

Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series
Weekly Committee Meeting

Wednesdays at 1:00 PM
Caltech Y House (Bldg 128, 505 S. Wilson Ave)

Past Events

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.


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.
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