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In today's global economy, a high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to success ̶ it is a prerequisite. Because economic progress and educational achievement go hand in hand, educating every American student for success in a new workforce is a national imperative. However, there are wide disparities in which students have access to advanced science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education ̶ subjects critical to future success. In this inaugural Sally Ride STEAM Series event, panelists Karen Flammer of UC San Diego, Dalouge Smith of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Heather Lattimer of the University of San Diego and Francisco Escobedo, the Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, explore the importance of STEAM to the innovation economy as well as how to best to ensure equity in education. Recorded on 02/28/2017.

Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, discusses the future of food and public policy in California and around the world at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Secretary Ross covers everything from the challenges of water management in the face of climate change, to reforming United States immigration policy to benefit farmers, farm workers, and the country as a whole. Recorded on 9/05/2018.

Experts on immigration, national security and refugee movements engage in a debate about the U.S. immigration system, the values and interests it serves and the impact of immigration on the nation. The debate features Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and Rubén Rumbaut, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine. The moderator is Donald Kerwin, Jr., Director of the Center for Migration Studies of New York. Recorded on 05/02/2019.

Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles transformed both US and World History. These seminal liberation struggles include the important yet relatively unknown series of early twentieth-century southern African American streetcar boycotts as well as the iconic Civil Rights-Black Power Insurgency (1935-75). First, Waldo Martin examines why and how these foundational freedom struggles proved essential to the making of the modern African American Freedom Movement. Second, he examines the centrality of the modern African American Freedom Movement to both the creation of the modern United States and the development of the modern world. Waldo Martin is the Alexander F. & May T. Morrison Professor of American History & Citizenship at the University of California, Berkeley.

Rational choice theory states that individuals have coherent preferences over alternatives but this theory is being replaced by a new view rooted in psychology. Ignacio Esponda (Economics, UCSB) gives examples of economic experiments and contingent thinking. Recorded on 07/08/2019.

Around the world, individuals and families are fleeing their countries of origin because of war, violence, natural disasters, and climate change. As their numbers swell, host countries face calls to exclude them. Two prominent local religious leaders of especially targeted and vulnerable populations Bishop Robert McElroy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego and Imam Taha Hassane of the Islamic Center of San Diego speak about a common path forward for our society, based on the wisdom of their respective traditions. In the United States, recent political decisions and governmental policies have worsened the prospects of both those seeking to immigrate legally as well as the millions of undocumented immigrants already here or those still coming. Recorded on 11/18/2019.

Economist Aashish Mehta suggests the days of high manufacturing employment in this country are over. He explains data that show that It is increasingly hard for any wealthy country to compete in the global market — and for poorer countries to get rich by industrializing. He explores the affect of automation and off-shoring as he looks at the cause and potential solutions. Recorded on 07/17/2019.

Conflict and tensions in the Middle East have reached their highest point in years. Tensions and the risk of confrontation are growing between the U.S. and Iran, as well as between Iran and U.S. regional allies. Tzipi Livni, former Foreign Minister of Israel, reflects on whether increased tensions in the region can help create new opportunities for peace and stability. She explores, in particular, the threats Israel faces that may threaten an already fragile status quo. Tzipi Livni is the featured speaker for the 2019 Herb York Memorial Lecture, presented by UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at UC San Diego. Recorded on 11/11/2019.

Immigrants and refugees represent nearly a fourth of San Diego County - and nearly $20 billion dollars in earning power. Workforce planning and development needs to create strategies to integrate the talent of these individuals into our community and businesses. Dyna R. Jones and Rahmatullah Mokhtar share their stories of finding a place in the workforce.

Ethnic and racial diversity is a key strength in workforce development as well as moral imperative. How can we better match skills to opportunity? Molly Bashay, state policy analyst for the National Skills Coalition, explains how better workforce policies are needed to advance equity.
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