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Nick Laird
Nick Laird “has the rare ability to mate tragedy and comedy in a single line without making either side feel cheap for it” (Michael Chabon, Interview). Laird has written screenplays and three novels, as well as four books of poems. His most recent volume of poetry, Feel Free, was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2018. His honors include the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.
Poetry: David Lehman
David Lehman is a poet, literary critic, editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry, and creator of the Best American Poetry series. Lee Upton praises Lehman’s new volume, Playlist, in these terms: “What a gorgeous and ambitious poem … an elegy, a calendar, an enactment of beauty, a tribute to singers and musicians and those who love them, a musical compilation, a mediation on friendship and art.” Lehman’s honors include fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Post-screening Q&A: "The Prosecutors"
Post-screening Q&A follows a screening of "The Prosecutors." Livestream begins after the screening. This feature length documentary tells the story of three dedicated lawyers who fight to ensure that rape in war does not go unpunished. Filmed over five years on three continents, it takes viewers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Bosnia and Herzegovina to Colombia on the long journey towards justice.
Intelligent Inclusion
With every new advancement in the rapidly growing field of artificial intelligence, the gender, racial, and socio-economic biases embedded within technology become more apparent. As the AI workforce becomes increasingly diverse—from engineers, data scientists, and coders to filmmakers, artists, and scholars—is it possible to create a deeply inclusive, culturally conscious artificial intelligence? Davar Ardalan, founder of interactive storytelling agency IVOW, discusses an innovative approach with AI in storytelling expert Rafael Pérez y Pérez, research professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana at Cuajjimalpa, Mexico City.
Thomas Crow & Alexander Dumbadze
Art historians Thomas Crow and Alexander Dumbadze discuss the artistic milieu of the 1960s and 1970s and how it shaped Allen Ruppersberg and his contemporaries. Crow’s recent book, No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art, turns away from contemporary cultural theories to address a blind spot in today’s art historical inquiry: religion. Dumbadze is the author of Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere, about the late Dutch-born Conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader.
In Remembrance: Classical Music by Armenian Composers
Celebrate Armenia’s rich musical history with exquisite performances of works by four of the greatest Armenian composers of the 20th century— Komitas Vardapet, Aram Khachaturian, Alan Hovhaness, and Edward Mirzoian. Enjoy an evening of performances by the UCLA VEM Ensemble, featuring mezzo-soprano Danielle Segen, the VEM String Quartet, and special guest, Los Angeles-based composer Artashes Kartalyan. Introduced by artistic director, violinist, and UCLA music professor Movses Pogossian, on the eve of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
Black Women and the #MeToo Movement
Black women have played prominent roles in responding to sexual harassment, yet their experiences are regularly relegated to the sidelines, delegitimized, and dismissed. Panelists will examine how race influences which sexual abusers do and don’t face consequences for their misdeeds. They will compare the outrage about Harvey Weinstein, whose victims were primarily white, with the relative indifference toward R. Kelly, whose victims are primarily black.
Postscreening Q&A with Liz Goldwyn
Q&A with Liz Goldwyn and Ryan White follows a screening of "Ask Dr. Ruth". Livestream begins after screening. This documentary portrait chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
Beyond the Wall: Progressive Border Policy
A clear majority of US citizens oppose expanding the wall on the US-Mexico border. Less defined is an effective border policy that would be widely supported. Daniel Restrepo, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Western Hemisphere advisor to President Barack Obama; Jacob Soboroff, NBC News and MSNBC correspondent; and Roberto Suro, professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School and scholar of US immigration policy, examine progressive, humane visions for border control and immigration policy. Moderated by Univision journalist and Slate columnist León Krauze.
Post-screening Q&A: "Hail Satan?"
Q&A with Stuart de Haan, spokesperson and legal advisor for the Satanic Temple, follows a screening of "Hail Satan?". Director Penny Lane’s “devilishly fun documentary” (Indiewire) chronicles the rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in America. When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom, they prove that a clever idea and a sense of mischief can challenge authority in profound ways.
The Mueller Report
The ramifications of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's just-submitted report are still unknown. Assessing the likely impact of the report are Malcolm Nance, author and 33-year U.S. intelligence veteran; CNN analyst Asha Rangappa, a former F.B.I. special agent specializing in counterintelligence investigations; and Scott Horton, a Columbia law professor and contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine in legal affairs and national security. Moderated by journalist, documentary filmmaker, and KPFK 90.7 FM radio host Ian Masters.
Poetry: David Baker
David Baker reads from his just-published Swift: New and Selected Poems, as well as a suite of eco-poems. He will be joined for part of the evening by Gregory Uhlmann, a Los Angeles-based composer and guitarist who performs with jazz, fusion, and classical groups. Baker is poetry editor of the Kenyon Review and his honors include awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Harriet’s Political Will: Black Women’s Electoral Strength in an Era of Fractured Politics
Black women have long gone above and beyond the call of duty in their contributions to American civic life. Despite their extraordinary engagement, particularly in terms of voter turnout and political participation, black women and their interests face a jarring lack of political recognition and representation. With that history in mind, an ensemble cast stages a performance that explores the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman—an early 20th-century civic organizer and political activist—through music, dance, and drumming. The performance is followed by a panel exploring the political implications of Tubman’s profound legacy. Among other topics, the panel of political analysts and theorists will discuss how Tubman’s story illustrates the powerful and lasting consequences of having black women as a driving force in the fight for equality and justice. The panelists include Barbara Arnwine, Alicia Garza, Nia-Malika Henderson, and California State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove. Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw.
Matthew Aucoin & Megan Amram
Composer, conductor, pianist, and writer Matthew Aucoin joins comedy writer and performer Megan Amram in conversation. Best known for his operas, Aucoin is the Los Angeles Opera’s first artist-in-residence and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and NPR's This American Life. Amram currently works on The Good Place and has written for the series Transparent, Silicon Valley, Parks and Recreation, and The Simpsons, as well as for publications such as the New Yorker and McSweeney’s.
The Growing YIMBY Movement
While NIMBY (an acronym for the phrase “Not in My Backyard”) has become a common position, rising housing costs have spurred a new grassroots YIMBY movement, whose members favor development, density, and accessibility. YIMBY activist Sonja Trauss, housing advocate and Abode Communities president Robin Hughes, and moderator Dana Cuff of UCLA cityLAB discuss the intersection of class and economic issues surrounding urban development.
Hal Foster & Charles Ray
American art critic and historian Hal Foster joins the Los Angeles-based artist Charles Ray in conversation. A Princeton professor, Guggenheim Fellow, and widely published author, Foster’s latest book is Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency. Known for his enigmatic sculptures, Ray is also a UCLA Department of Art professor emeritus whose “career as an artist…is easily among the most important of the last twenty years” (Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times).
Poetry: Susan Wheeler
Susan Wheeler is the author of a novel, Record Palace, and six books of poetry: Bag ’o’ Diamonds, Smokes, Source Codes, Ledger, Assorted Poems, and Meme, the last of which was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in ten editions of Best American Poetry as well as the Paris Review and the New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches at Princeton University.
Gerrymandering at Its Worst: A North Carolina Case Study
Gerrymandering has a long history in the United States, but within the last decade North Carolina has become the face of some of the most egregious practices in the country. Congressional and state legislative districts throughout the state have empowered one party while crippling the other. Representative Pricey Harrison of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Saumya Narechania, director of census and community engagement at National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and moderator Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, discuss the complicated and controversial practice.
Tressie McMillan Cottom & Roxane Gay
Tressie McMillan Cottom’s debut collection of personal essays, Thick, mines for meaning everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies. In eight piercing pieces, McMillan Cottom reveals precisely how the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same. She is by joined by one of today’s most astute cultural critics, Roxane Gay, the author Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.