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SMC Public Policy Institute

 Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. Led by its founding director, former State Senator Sheila Kuehl, and its associate director, SMC political science professor Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (who holds the Chair of Excellence, Philosophy & Social Science), the Institute offers free, informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives.  Several programs and topical discussions are planned for Spring 2014, but details were not confirmed at press time. Please go to for information on SMC Public Policy Institute activities. To receive invitations to our events, please send email to and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list.
Annual Spring Symposium
May 12-18, 2014
Arts and Citizenship: Affecting Public Policy Through Personal Narrative 
Join us for an enlightening symposium examining the role that personal narrative plays—and can play—in calling attention to issues and shaping public policy. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( 
Community Forum
Mon, May 12 | 7pm | Free |
for location
Tue, May 13 | 11:15am | Free |
  for location
SMC Public Policy Institute Annual
Spring Symposium
Keynote Speaker:
Terry Tempest Williams
Arts and Citizenship: Affecting Public Policy Through Personal Narrative is the theme for our 2014 Spring Symposium, May 12-18 (see listings in SMC Public Policy Institute for details). Please join us for the symposium’s keynote address by award-winning author/activist/conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah and a columnist for The Progressive magazine. Sponsored by the SMC Associates ( 
 Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.
Wed, May 14 | 7pm | Free |
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium
(1501 California Ave., Santa Monica)
Thu, May 15 | 11:15am | Free |
for location
Additional symposium activities were still in the planning stages at press time. Please see or call (310) 434-3541 for up-to-date details.