the Caltech Y: Social Activism Speaker Series

 2017 Calendar

 Nov 11:

Erin Hartman: Polling in 2016

 Nov 3:

Michael Dello-Iacovo: Effective Altruism

 Oct 5:

Victor Reis: Connecting Nuclear Weapons with Climate Change

 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

Solving Climate Change: From Policy to the Personal

Lunch Panel with Members of Citizens' Climate Lobby

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
4:00PM to 5:30PM
Reception begins at 3:45PM

Location: Morgan Library, Kerckhoff Lab

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The Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series is hosting a panel with members of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, a non partisan volunteer organization dedicated to national policy to address climate change.

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. The effects of climate change are already apparent, and immediate policy changes are required to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the global warming trend. Passing legislation to deal with climate change, however, remains a partisan issue. The CCL has had success in campaigning for the passage of a Carbon Fee and Dividend bill designed to tax carbon emissions and return carbon dioxide to its pre-1990s levels. This discussion will feature a panel of CCL members from a variety of backgrounds each of whom will bring their own unique perspective. Each panel member will talk about their views and then take questions from the audience. Find out more about our panel below.

On the Panel:

Daniel Brotman

Dan is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Glendale City College with degrees from Brown and Johns Hopkins. In addition to being an active CCL member, Dan recently formed the Glendale Environmental Coalition to address concerns over the expansion of the Grayson Power Plant and also heads the SoCal 350 Legislative Committee.

Peter Kalmus

Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, speaking on his own behalf. He has a PhD in physics from Columbia University and a BA in physics from Harvard. At work, Peter uses satellite data, in situ data, and models to study the rapidly changing Earth, with a focus on boundary layer clouds. At home, he explores how dramatically reducing carbon emissions can lead to a happier, more connected life. He enjoys orcharding, beekeeping, and backpacking with his family.

Carol Kravetz

Carol Kravetz has been a Production Coordinator in Film & Television for over 30 years, and is known for her work on Breaking Bad (2008), This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and Party of Five (1994). In her active retirement she volunteers her time to fight the climate crisis with Citizens Climate Lobby on the national level and other organizations more locally. She has written a manual on what she did in the film industry and performs a 2-day live seminar, a 4 week webinar or guest lectures under the Film Industry Training Seminars (FITS) banner for people starting, changing or needing help with a career in entertainment.

Austin Minnich

Austin Minnich is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics at Caltech and a CCL member. His research focuses on the discovery of new materials for energy and environmental applications.

Past Events

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

Lunch Seminar with Dr. Victor Reis


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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