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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 …

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Can We Teach Kids to Embrace the Internet Without Encouraging Addiction?

By | April 27, 2016

Is the Internet Turning Kids Into Zombies? from Zocalo Public Square on Vimeo.
You can’t protect children from smartphones—but you can teach them how to use them in healthy ways, in part by modeling good behavior yourself, said panelists at a Zócalo/UCLA event at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, “Is the Internet Turning Our Kids Into Zombies?”
The panelists—UCLA Children’s Digital Media Center researcher Yalda …

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Humans Need to Unplug Themselves, Not Their Phones

By | March 29, 2016

As we hurtle with delight into a future where a wristwatch can tell us how many steps we’ve taken each day and a few taps on a screen can bring up a video chat with relatives several time zones away, we need to be more mindful of the costs of technology.
That was the message at a Zócalo/UCLA event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in …

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Dying Doesn’t Have to Be a Struggle

By | January 21, 2016

Grandma’s dying.
She lived a full life, but illness is getting the best of her. Could be days, could be weeks, the doctors say—unless, that is, she tries one particular treatment. It’d involve some suffering on her part—needles, tubes, doctors checking up on her and all that—but, if it works, it’d buy her another few months.
The family’s divided: Her daughter says fight the illness, give …

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Money Isn’t Corrupting American Politics

By | January 13, 2016

Money alone can’t win an election—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a huge problem in American politics.
That was the main message of Zócalo’s first event of 2016, a talk by Richard L. Hasen, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections. …

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Bankrupt San Bernardino is Rich in the Arts

By | November 18, 2015

The arts could help revive San Bernardino—its streets, businesses, neighborhoods, and urban core—by encouraging visitors, sparking new development, and giving the city new narratives.
That was the conclusion of a panel of local arts and civic leaders at a “Living the Arts” event co-presented by the James Irvine Foundation at the new San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts, which opened in an old water district …

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Openness Is the Mother of Invention

By | November 16, 2015

From the light bulb to the iPhone, America has a long history of revolutionary inventions. So what does this ingenuity spring from? What are the conditions that allow for our innovative spirit?
At a Smithsonian/Zócalo “What It Means to Be American” event, held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, Zócalo Public Square publisher Gregory Rodriguez moderated a lively, big-picture discussion about the nature …

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I Feast, Therefore I Am

By | November 12, 2015

We shouldn’t let today’s cultural obsessions with health and moderation diminish the pleasure of partaking in feasts that connect us to friends and family, panelists agreed during an “Open Art” event on gluttony co-presented by the Getty at the Redondo Beach Historic Library.
Those panelists—a historian, an author of a book on gluttony, and a well-known chef—argued that feasting helps define us as human. When the …