Who Names the Public Space?

From Confederate memorials to Berkeley's Boalt Hall, culture wars are being fought. We need to take a stand, but what stand? 

Tony Platt has taught for OLLI,  the University of Chicago, Cal state universities, and UC Berkeley. He is at work on his twelfth book, Beyond These Walls: A Genealogy of American Injustice, for St. Martin's Press. Currently he is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for the Study of Law & Society. 

$10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Why Is the Information Revolution So Scary?

Does the truth matter anymore? For the past several years — but especially since the 2016 US presidential election — Russian hackers, the mainstream media, social media platforms, conspiracy theorists, Twitter bots, U.S. intelligence agencies, and unscrupulous businesses have all been blamed for polluting our information sources with fake news and deceptive information. Anyone can publish anything — sometimes influencing elections, entrapping minors, setting off international crises — and often making money on the side (through advertising).

Last Stands? Art, Memory, and Public Space 

For decades, a painting of Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn has been on display at the Veterans’ Memorial Building in downtown Oakland. Does the painting glorify genocidal 19-century domestic policies, depict the comeuppance of an arrogant US general at the hands of Lakota warriors... or both? Can we broaden the public sphere to include a contextual read from many vantage points of the painting? How can we continue to learn from local examples about how our different cultures are represented and perceived?

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Beyond Crisis Liberalism: How We Can Tackle Extreme Inequality

California is remarkably prosperous. Yet most of us are stuck. How can we inspire the change we need to ensure renewed economic progress? How can we finally end racial economic exclusion? Who will lead us forward?  

Mark Gomez is the founder of the Leap Forward Project at the Haas Institute for a Inclusive Society. He was the chief strategist for the unprecedented gains of Silicon Valley janitors and an innovative communicator with SOL, California Latino civic engagement group.

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