Cardboard cutouts of several 2020 Democratic candidates stand on the Hammer's lobby staircase.
Hammer Forum

Democratic Presidential Debates

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Join your fellow citizens to watch the Democratic presidential debates on the big screen at the Hammer. The televised debates will take place over two nights, July 30 and 31, from 5-7 p.m. Stay for a roundtable discussion with political experts. Cash bar.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - Round 1
Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, John Hickenlooper, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson

Post-debate discussion with political consultant Bill Zimmerman, organizer Zacharie Boisvert, USC law professor Franita Tolson, and Blavity politics editor Kandist Mallet.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - Round 2
Michael Bennet, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Bill de Blasio, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Jay Inslee, Andrew Yang 

Post-debate discussion with political consultant Bill Zimmerman, organizer Zacharie Boisvert, Loyola Marymount University law professor Priscilla Ocen, UCLA professor of political science Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, and UCLA law professor Adam Winkler


Hosted in the battleground state of Michigan, each of the presidential hopefuls was assigned one of the nights through a lottery process to determine the nightly lineups.


Ticketing: This program is not ticketed. 
Parking: Parking is available under the museum. Rates are $7 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. There is a $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Cash only. 
Restaurant: Enjoy a meal or drink before or after the program at our restaurant Audrey. Members and UCLA students receive 10% off. A late-night happy hour offers 10% off at the bar Tuesday–Saturday, 9–11 p.m.


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Hammer Forum is an ongoing series of timely, thought-provoking events addressing social and political issues. 

Hammer Forum is made possible in part by Bronya and Andrew Galef.

Media sponsorship is provided by KPCC Southern California Public Radio.

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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.

Public programs advancing social justice are presented by the Ford Foundation.

Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.