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Some of our virtual program talks have been recorded so that people who missed the event can still watch. If you would like a link to the video of any of the talks listed below, please fill in the video request form.

Student Activism Speaker Series


Race, Place, and COVID-19 Disparities:  Structural Drivers of the Pandemic
A Conversation with Dr. Irene Headen | 1 Hour | Thursday, November 19th | Zoom Webinar

Dr. Irene Headen, Assistant Professor of Black Health in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health, explored how the long-standing structural inequality that persists across the many contexts in which communities of color live, work, and play created the perfect storm for a disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in these communities seen today, and how finding ways to address these structural drivers of inequities will remain key to effective pandemic response going forward.

A Ten Step Guide for Scientists Engaging in Policy – a conversation with Alexandra Phillips | Monday, October 26th | Zoom Webinar

While scientific research plays a critical role in informing legislative decisions and guiding effective policy, significant communication gaps persist between scientists and policymakers and traditional academic Careers rarely provide formal training to the inner workings of government, public policy, or communicating scientific findings to broad audiences. Alex Phillips, 2019-20 American Geophysical Union - Voices for Science Fellow and co-author of the A Guide for Engaging in Policy in the United States shares ten practical steps for participating in science policy in the United States

Uncivil Wars: Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates – a conversation with Thomas Hollihan | Monday, October 12th | Zoom Webinar

Dr. Thomas Hollihan, faculty fellow in the USC Center for Public Diplomacy and the USC  Center for Communication Leadership, frequent consultant to political candidates,  elected officials, and the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, and author of several books including: Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age, delves into the presidential and vice presidential debates and some of the complex issues surrounding modern political campaigns and the development of campaign strategy.

Is AI Taking Us to Utopia or Dystopia: A conversation with Darrell West 
Thursday, October 1st | 12:00 - 1:00 PM PST | Zoom Webinar

Dr. Darrell West, Brookings Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Tech Tank Co-Editor-in-Chief, and co-author of Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence discussed the opportunities and risks posed by artificial intelligence and how policy decisions will determine whether the technology leads to utopia or dystopia. Drawing on major AI uses he detailed how the technology works and outlined a policy blueprint for gaining AI's benefits.

Voting During the Pandemic: The Benefits and Challenges of Voting in the Time of COVID–19  |  Zoom Webinar  |  Thursday, August 13th | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 

Dr. Barry Burden. Professor of electoral politics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Director of the Elections Research Center, and author of “The Measure of American Elections,” “Personal Roots of Representation,” and “Why Americans Split Their Tickets: Campaigns, Competition, and Divided Government” shared ways states have responded to the unprecedented demand for vote by mail and the challenges for both officials and voters that will make the 2020 election unique and potentially problematic.

The Black Experience in La: a conversation with prof. Darnell hunt 

zoom webinar Moderated by Caltech Professor Danielle Wiggins 

Friday, July 24th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM 

Dr. Darnell Hunt: Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. Lead author of the Hollywood Diversity Report. Author of “Screening the Los Angeles ‘Riots’: Race, Seeing, and Resistance” and Editor of “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities.”

Dr. Danielle Wiggins, Caltech Assistant History Professor, specializes in African-American political history and urban political economy. Her dissertation examined the central paradox in the post-Jim Crow African-American experience: advancement of black elected officials to positions of power and concurrent economic inequality in black communities.

**The presentation of speakers should not be considered an endorsement of the speaker’s views by the California Institute of Technology, The Caltech Y or The Caltech Y Student Activism Speaker Series Committee. Views expressed are solely those of the speaker.**

DC Science Policy Symposium 

Science in a political world: a conversation with david baltimore and france cordova

tuesday, DECEMBEr 15th | Via Zoom webinar

Although the politicization of science has garnered global attention recently as we combat COVID-19, it is not a new phenomenon, or one that will fade anytime soon.  The interplay of science and politics has been, and will be, with us for years.  Join us for a conversation on politics, science, and policy with two experts who have navigated the intersection of these worlds for much of their careers.

David Baltimore, president emeritus and the Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at Caltech, senior science advisor for the Science Philanthropy Alliance, National Academy of Sciences’ chair of the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, and former president and chair of the American Association of the Advancement of Science is an accomplished researcher, educator, administrator, and public advocate for science and engineering who is considered one of the world’s most influential biologists. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1975 in Physiology or Medicine, Dr. Baltimore has profoundly influenced national science policy. 

The Honorable France A. Córdova, senior science advisor for the Science Philanthropy Alliance, President Emerita at Purdue University, Chancellor Emerita at UC Riverside, former director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and former chief scientist at NASA - where she received the Distinguished Service Medal, has been a leader in science, engineering and education for more than three decades in both higher education and government, including service in five presidential administrations, at several universities, and with three federal agencies.

Adventure 101 

Adventure 101 – Great Hikes In LA | Friday, November 6th | Via Zoom

Members of the Y-Outdoors team demonstrate a few basic bike maintenance items you can do yourself to save time and money, including: important nuts and bolts to check before a ride, how to check your tires and change one if needed, when and how to lubricate your chain, and how to adjust your brakes and shifters. 

Adventure 101 – Kayaking | Friday, October 23rd | Via Zoom

Southern California has a lot of great places for on water adventures and kayaking is a great way to access the marine wilderness! From rivers to open ocean, Y-Outdoors student trip leaders share some of their recommendations for great places to explore, where to get equipment, and what wildlife to look out for!

Adventure 101 – Basic Bike Maintenance

Wednesday, October 7th | Via Zoom

Members of the Y-Outdoors team demonstrate a few basic bike maintenance items you can do yourself to save time and money, including: important nuts and bolts to check before a ride, how to check your tires and change one if needed, when and how to lubricate your chain, and how to adjust your brakes and shifters. 

Life Skills Series 


THURSDAY, DECEMBEr 17th | Via Zoom

What better way to enjoy the season than baking some delicious desserts? Caltech Y Alum Mario Zubia, also known as @mariozeats on Instagram, leads a tutorial on how to make Choux pastry with a Craquelin cookie top and Diplomat cream filling.  Equipment:  whisk, large wooden spoon, rubber spatula, large bowls, baking sheet, parchment paper, saran wrap, mixer (highly recommended), piping bag (optional), sieve (optional).


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