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  • Michael Shellenberger and Benjamin Preston on the Future of Environmental Activism

    This livestream on the future of climate activism features Michael Shellenberger, a leading energy, security and environmental expert named “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine. While Shellenberger has been a lifelong environmental activist, he now argues that “climate alarmism” is distracting us from dealing with important environmental problems, including those that led to the current coronavirus pandemic. He posits, while climate change is real, it is not the end of the world nor even the biggest environmental challenge we face. The conversation is moderated by Benjamin Lee Preston, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and director of the Community Health and Environmental Policy program.

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  • LA Manufacturing: Crisis Management & Leadership - Kathleen Talbot, Alexander Zar & Ricardo Vasquez

    This livestream, produced by The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall and the World Trade Center Los Angeles, looks at how LA-based manufacturing companies and the Mayor’s office have teamed up to address the need for PPE production and distribution. The discussion features Director of Operations & Sustainability at Reformation Kathleen Talbot, CEO of LaLa Land Production and Design Alexander Zar, and Ricardo Vasquez from the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. The conversation is moderated by Stephen Cheung, President of the World Trade Center Los Angeles. The panel discusses how Reformation and LaLa Land have pivoted manufacturing to the production of PPE, how the Mayor's office is supporting these efforts, and what still needs to be done to ensure LA’s citizens are safe and protected. Looking beyond LA, the panel tackles what’s going on in global manufacturing supply chains. Listen now for a fascinating discussion about how our local manufactures are working on innovative initiatives both here in Los Angeles and across the globe to respond to our international public health crisis.

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  • Anne-Marie Slaughter on a Woman's Journey in Foreign Policy

    Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about women, men, family, work and foreign policy as she addresses the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on October 8th.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein on Iran, Torture and Women in Politics - September 2, 2015

    Senator Dianne Feinstein said "there is no better deal" on the Iran nuclear issue, called Edward Snowden's actions a "form of espionage" that put American lives at risk, and said that after the recent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, "I don't think this will ever, ever happen again." Feinstein spoke to a sold-out Los Angeles World Affairs Council dinner September 2nd and also talked about drones, how politics have changed, and how the position of women in politics has changed over her five-decade long career.
  • President of Ghana speaks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

    Ghana's President John Mahama on Ghana's rise - October 1, 2015
  • Dianne Feinstein on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    US Senator Dianne Feinstein in conversation with Terry McCarthy, President of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

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  • Gen David Petraeus - whole government approach to counterterrorism

    9/3/2009 General David Petraeus tells the Los Angeles World Affairs Council how counterterrorism needs whole-of-government approach, not just Special Forces
  • Peter Diamandis on government regulation blocking innovation

    2/12/15 Peter Diamandis, CEO of X Prize, tells the Los Angeles World Affairs Council why he fears government over-regulation will stifle innovation.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hollywood Palladium February 26, 1965

    Audio from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech on February 26, 1965, 9 days before Selma, when he addressed the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at a luncheon at the Hollywood Palladium.

    Dr. King's speech begins at 9:35

    Although he had received the Nobel Peace Prize just two months before, he was under heavy guard during his visit following the recent assassination of Malcolm X and growing tensions in Selma.

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  • Virunga Screening with Director Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara Q&A

    The LA World Affairs Council screened the remarkable Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga on Thursday, Jan. 22nd. Council President Terry McCarthy asks Director Orlando von Einsiedel "Explicit threats were made to the rangers . . . were you scared about becoming involved [in the dispute between oil company SOCO and the national park], using covert footage?"

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