Richard Tahvildaran-JessweinSanta Monica College’s interdisciplinary 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 Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein and SMC political science adjunct Shari Davis (who also chairs Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Annual Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Forum

November 19-December 8, 2019

Exploring fundamentals of American democracy and the values of the Declaration of Independence through current artistic and cultural trends expressed through hip-hop and the spoken word will be the focus this fall, as we highlight the importance of performing arts in — and to — our society, how expression through the arts can influence ideas and change perceptions, and how community advocacy can effect change in our American democracy. Please visit the Public Policy Institute website at for up-to-date forum details.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet

The SMC Nutcracker Orchestra and SMC student dancers partner with the Westside Ballet for its annual holiday Nutcracker extravaganza, the longest-running Nutcracker production in the Los Angeles area. 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, SMC Public Policy Institute, and the City of Santa Monica. See or call (800) 595-4849 for information and to purchase tickets. Part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s Fall Arts & Cultural Affairs Symposium.

Preview: Friday, November 29 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 1 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday, December 6 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 8 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
See for ticket details
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center