​                                Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein                                      

Santa Monica College’s interdisciplinary, innovative 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 instructor Shari Davis (who also chairs Community for Excellent Public Schools).

Through an annual symposium and frequent public forums with civic leaders, the Public Policy Institute also serves as a powerful force for engaging the community in dialogue on some of the most pressing public policy issues of the day, and providing information and other support to help campus and community members become agents of change.

Please visit the Public Policy Institute website for up-to-date information. To receive invitations to our events, please send an please send email to ppi@smc.edu and request to be added to the Institute’s mailing list.


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. Please see smc.edu/ppi for 
up-to-date symposium details.


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, and the City of Santa Monica. Please visit westsideballet.com 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: Fri, November 24 | 7 p.m.

Sat, November 25 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Sun, November 26 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Fri, December 1 | 7 p.m.

Sat, December 2 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Sun, December 3 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.

See westsideballet.com for ticket details

The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center

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Sponsored by the SMC Associates.

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