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SMC Public Policy Institute

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Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute offers FREE, informative discussions 
on the policy issues that affect our daily lives.

Founded by LA County Supervisor and former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and SMC political science professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (former Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute is currently led by co-directors Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science adjunct professor Shari Davis (who also chairs Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Several programs and topical discussions are planned for Fall 2015, including panels and community discussions. Details were not confirmed at press time. Please visit for up-to-date information.

To receive invitations to our events, please send email to​ and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list. 


NOVEMBER 16-December 6, 2015

Join us for a talk and performances that highlight the importance of the visual and performing arts in—and to—our society, how expression through the arts can influence ideas and change perceptions, and how community advocacy can contribute to public policies that support the arts.

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Keynote Address:

Austin Beutner

Creative Arts: Sustainable Pathways to Elevate Our Daily Pursuits

Austin Beutner—publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the 16-publication California News Group, a member of the Board of The Broad Stage and CalArts, and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations—will share his insight into the significant role public policy plays in the creation of a vibrant civic society that values art and culture.

Mon, November 16 | 7pm | Free

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center


Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet

The SMC Symphony and SMC student dancers partner once again with the Westside Ballet for its annual holiday Nutcracker extravaganza. Come see the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Prince, and all the other wonderful characters in Tchaikovsky’s classic come to life—with falling snow and a Christmas tree that grows—in a theater where every seat provides visual and audio delights for all ages. Produced with support from Santa Monica College, the SMC Public Policy Institute, Associated Students of SMC, and the City of Santa Monica. Please visit​ for information and to purchase tickets. Part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium.

Fri, November 27 | 7:30pm

Sat, November 28 | 1pm & 5pm

Sun, November 29 | Time TBA

Thu, December 3 | 7:30pm

Fri, December 4 | 7:30pm

Sat, December 5 | 1pm & 5pm

Sun, December 6 | 1pm & 5pm

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center​

See for ticket details.

See or call (310) 434-3541 for more information. 

Sponsored by the SMC Associates (​ 

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