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Dancing Outdoors With a Poor English Kid in the Heart of Los Angeles [PHOTOS]

By | June 27, 2016

On the first Friday night of summer in Los Angeles, the Zócalo Summer Movie Series at LA Plaza kicked off with a pirouette and a plié, courtesy of Billy Elliot, the story of a young boy who escapes poverty, politics, and the expectations of his family to become a ballet dancer.
As the sun set over downtown L.A. and the heat dissipated, Angelenos of all ages …

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Can You Guess Which Presidential Candidate Is Least Likely to Be Labeled a Demagogue?

By | June 22, 2016

There’s plenty of nastiness in our democracy. But is there anything new?
For all the fear and consternation about the lies, insults, conspiracy theories, and rhetorical excesses of the 2016 presidential election, today’s political troubles have been familiar features of democracy since its invention 2,500 years ago, said a panel of scholars of classics, history, and communications during “How Does Democracy Survive Demagoguery?,” a Zócalo/Getty Villa …

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People Are Still Arguing About Robert Mapplethorpe, and It’s Not About Porn

By | June 9, 2016

Nearly three decades after the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe escalated the culture wars and made him an embattled hero in the art world, his work continues to provoke and inspire, said panelists at a Zócalo Public Square/Getty “Open Art” event.
An overflow crowd gathered at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers to hear about the history of Mapplethorpe’s controversial works as well as his place …

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Why Women Are More Likely to Lead the Government Than the Boardroom

By | June 7, 2016

Are Women Changing the Way Institutions Are Run? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
Just an hour before the start of Time magazine Washington Correspondent Jay Newton-Small’s lecture “Are Women Changing the Way Institutions Are Run?” the news broke that Hillary Clinton had secured the Democratic presidential nomination, the first woman ever—in either party—to make it that far.
The timing was fortuitous, the standing-room-only crowd at …

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Humans Are Genes Plus Environment Plus Genetic Interactions Plus Chance

By | May 26, 2016

Will Genetic Engineering Endanger Humanity? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
Near the end of a wide-ranging conversation about the complexity of the human genome and the history and future of genetics, Arizona State University President Michael Crow noted the almost inconceivably large number—“10 to the 14th” power—of microorganisms in our bodies. And then he turned to cancer researcher Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, and posed what …

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Your Smartphone Is Making You Less Empathetic

By | May 13, 2016

Why We Must Relearn the Art of Conversation from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
Zócalo Publisher Gregory Rodriguez said he was terrified as he opened a discussion onstage at MOCA Grand Avenue with MIT’s Sherry Turkle.
It wasn’t, however, because he was moderating in front of a full house, or because Turkle is an esteemed sociologist and psychologist who was there to accept the sixth annual …

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Your College Degree Might Be Worthless in a 21st Century Economy

By | May 5, 2016

Have Universities Failed Millennials? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
For decades, a college degree “was a signal that people were ready for the workforce,” a sign to parents that their children “were going to be golden in the job market,” said Jeffrey J. Selingo, author of There Is Life After College and former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. “That is no longer …

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How Black Became the Most Contradictory and Controversial Color

By | May 3, 2016

What Does Blackness Mean? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
Black may be a color, but it’s not just a color.
Panelists at a lively Zócalo/Getty “Open Art” event at the Getty Museum explored the hue’s often contradictory and controversial associations, exploding the idea that black is merely the absence of color. Among the many connotations the panelists discussed were the signals black sends out …

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How American Health Care Can Survive the Surge of Retiring Baby Boomers

By | May 1, 2016

Will the Aging of America Bankrupt the Health Care System? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
Are the baby boomers going to bust the health care system?
That’s the big question Wall Street Journal reporter Anna Wilde Mathews posed in her opening remarks to a Zócalo/Health Futures Council at Arizona State University event last night, held at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. With America’s elderly …

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How the 1990s Got L.A. to Start Taking Itself Seriously

By | April 29, 2016

Were the ‘90s L.A.’s Golden Age? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
The L.A. Riots. The Northridge Earthquake. The AIDS crisis. Proposition 187. Fires. Mudslides. White flight. Recession and joblessness. The departure of the aerospace industry. The departures of the Rams and the Raiders. The OJ Simpson trial. The murder of Biggie Smalls. Gang warfare.
“The ’90s,” as Zócalo Public Square publisher Gregory Rodriguez put …