2021-2022 Virtual Speaker Series
On October 13, Manu Meel, CEO of BridgeUSA, spoke about engaging college students in democracy through constructive dialogue: "Improving Democracy One Conversation at a Time": How Young People are Fighting for Better Politics.
Dr. Larry Diamond, a top scholar in democracy studies today, led off this year's Speaker Series. Watch and hear his excellent perspectives on How to Repair American Democracy!
2021 LWVPA Annual Meeting Speaker
On May 15, 2021, the Rev. Kaloma Smith, leader of the University AME Zion Church in Palo Alto and Chair of the City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission, spoke eloquently of the progress that can be made when all community organizations work together.
2020-2021 Virtual Speaker Series
Recordings of our Luncheon Speaker Series events:
Climate Crisis Call to Action: Think Globally / Act Locally - March 10, 2021
Guest speakers Christine Luong and Nicole Angiel, respectively, explained Palo Alto’s “Sustainability and Climate Action Plan” (S/CAP) and the importance of our food choices in reducing GHG emissions. Mary O’Kicki moderated. Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet co-sponsored.
LWVPA Winter Luncheon Speaker Event: The K-12 Opportunity Gap and Its Effect on Equal Access to Higher Education - December 3, 2020
Guest speakers Kristen Clarke and Genevieve Bonadies Torres summarized the current racial inequities of the K-12 system and their impact on access to higher education and social mobility, and then highlighted efforts to dismantle existing barriers.
Housing in the Bay Area – How We Got Here and What Will Bring About Change - September 2, 2020
Randy Tsuda, President and CEO of Alta Housing (previously named Palo Alto Housing), presented his personal reflections on change and growth in the Bay Area, and outlined what we can do to tackle our housing shortage. View the presentation's slides here.
The Personal and the Political: What COVID-19 Reveals and How We Might Respond" - June 24, 2020
Julie Lythcott-Haims' webinar challenged the audience to ponder how COVID-19 is changing the world we live in. Julie spoke about structural inequality and bias in schooling, health outcomes, how different communities are policed (or not), as well as personal things including the importance of human connection and much more.
How is the COVID-19 Crisis Impacting American Democracy? - April 29, 2020
Didi Kuo, Associate Director for Research and Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford, addressed the state of American democracy (pre-pandemic), voting during the pandemic, challenges to the November election, and resources & advocacy.
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