Featured This Month
Founded by the late Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy and three others to inspire young girls and boys to consider careers in STEM, Sally Ride Science is now housed at UC San Diego, offering opportunities for middle and high school students to embrace science in fun settings. Featured here is the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, where students from throughout San Diego participate in creative workshops led by UC faculty and graduate students, along with the Tritons for Sally Ride Science, a group of UCSD undergraduates who are committed to carrying on the legacy of Sally Ride.
Brown v. Board of Education was hailed as a landmark decision for civil rights. But decades later, many consider school integration a failure. UC Berkeley professor Rucker C. Johnson's new book Children of the Dream shows the exact opposite is true. The book looks at decades of studies to show that students of all races who attended integrated schools fared better than those who did not. In this interview with Goldman School of Public Policy Dean Henry E. Brady, Johnson explains how he and his team analyzed the impact of not just integration, but school funding policies, and the Head Start program. Recorded on 1/09/2019.
Undermining widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Marc Dollinger, Professor of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics, that drew blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism. Dollinger's most recent book takes a new and different look at Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, showing how American Jews leveraged the Black Power movement to increase Jewish ethnic and religious identity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Recorded on 01/14/2019.
"I use art to start conversations about something that is serious and complex." Shaney jo Darden, Founder and Global Creative Chief of The Keep A Breast Foundation, shares her journey in the world of art and activism. As someone who has carved out a career path focused on community and compassion, she stresses the importance discovering your unique talents and finding a place for them in your everyday work. Recorded on 03/12/2019.
Janet Napolitano, the former US Secretary of Homeland Security, discusses her new book, How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11, what we have accomplished since that awful day, where the critical security gaps remain, and where dangerous new ones have opened—and how to close them. While the devastation at Ground Zero is etched in our collective memory as the image of terrorism, the threat landscape has evolved dramatically since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003. "Rather than collapsed buildings," Napolitano writes, "today we face collapsed faith in our democratic institutions," caused by cyber-intrusions into US elections and into other areas of critical infrastructure, including our energy, financial and communications networks. Recorded on 04/02/2019.