October Seminars to Address Hot Policy Issues

School of Public Policy events to focus on racial disparities in political participation, capital punishment, and air quality in the region


RIVERSIDE, California – Racial disparities in political participation, capital punishment, and air quality in Southern California are among the topics to be addressed in a series of seminars presented by the UC Riverside School of Public Policy and its research centers in October.

All of the events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. Parking permits for events held on the main campus may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the School of Public Policy and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) will present a panel, “Who Speaks for California? Political Participation, Youth Engagement, and Racial Disparities.” The event, which is supported by The California Endowment (TCE), will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1128, followed by a reception from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Parking is free for this event in Lot 24. RSVP online at whospeaksforca.eventbrite.com. The event will be livestreamed.

The first half of the program will feature presentations on political participation along racial lines and youth engagement. A panel discussion that follows will focus on what is happening in the youth movement in terms of voter and civic engagement.

Presenters are: Mark Baldassare, president and chief executive officer of PPIC, an independent, nonpartisan policy think tank; political scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the UCR School of Public Policy; Dean Bonner, PPIC associate survey director; and moderator Margarita Luna, The California Endowment program manager in the eastern Coachella Valley. TCE is a private, California-focused health foundation that advocates for health and health equity. Participants in the panel discussion that follows the presentations are: moderator Amy Sausser from Funders Alliance of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties; Mitzie Perez, program and development organizer of Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition; Tom Dolan, executive director of Inland Congregations United for Change; and the Rev. Sam Casey, executive director of Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement.

Also scheduled in October are:

Oct. 6 – Kamala Kempadoo, professor of social science at York University, Canada, and Adriana Piscitelli, professor of anthropology at the University of Campinas, Brazil, 9:40-11 a.m., Interdisciplinary 1113. They will discuss “Transnational Policies, Human Trafficking, Migration and Sex Work.” Kempadoo publishes and speaks widely on sex workers’ rights and human trafficking, and is the author of “Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean” and editor of “Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work and Human Rights.” Piscitelli is a feminist social anthropologist and the author of “Sexuality and Knowledge” and “Transits: Brazilian Markets in Transnational Sex.” This event is sponsored by the Blum Initiative of the School of Public Policy, and the departments of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Ethnic Studies. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society and the departments of Hispanic Studies, History, and Media and Cultural Studies.

Oct. 21 – California Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), 5:30-7:30 p.m., Interdisciplinary South 1128. “Making Public Policy: In the Trenches of Local and State Government.” Garcia, a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley and a UC Riverside alumnus, will address the intersection of environmental and economic justice in the Coachella Valley, what it takes to be a successful policymaker, translating values into action, and contemporary issues in California politics. The assemblymember was elected in 2014 to represent the 56th Assembly District, which includes communities in the Coachella and Imperial valleys. He chairs the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy and the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea. He also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Transportation, Government Organization, Utilities and Commerce, and Water, Parks and Wildlife. RSVP online at spp-garcia.eventbrite.com.

Oct. 24 – John J. Donohue, the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, 2:10-3:30 p.m., Interdisciplinary South 1113. The topic is “Empirical Analysis and the Fate of Capital Punishment.” Donohue is an economist as well as a lawyer who has written extensively on the impact and operation of capital punishment. He is well-known for using empirical analysis to determine the impact of law and public policy in a wide range of areas, including civil rights and antidiscrimination law, employment discrimination, crime and criminal justice. He also is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and is one of 15 invited members of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Sciences. This seminar is presented by the Robert Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, a research center of the School of Public Policy. RSVP online.

Oct. 27 – Barry Wallerstein, former executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, 5:30-7:30 p.m., CE-CERT, 1084 Columbia Ave., Riverside. Wallerstein will discuss “Air Quality: With the region’s success in improving Southern California air, what does the future hold?” Now a senior policy fellow at the UCR School of Public Policy, Wallerstein is a nationally known and widely recognized expert in environmental regulation and public policy. He served as the SCAQMD executive officer from 1997 through March 2016. This is the first lecture in the Randall Lewis Seminar Series presented by the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, a research center of the School of Public Policy. RSVP online.

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