7th Annual Spring Symposium
Healing: Mending Lives & Seeking Healthfulness Through Innovative Policies and Approaches
Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute and the SMC Associated Students
Screening of SMC student film, Life in Color, an official selection in competition at The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. After the film, SMC Film Production Program Professor Mickey Birnbaum will lead a discussion about the issues explored in the film and their relation to mindfulness and mental health. Twitter: @SMC_edu #PPImindfulness
Mon, May 7 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Free | SMC Center for Media and Design, Room 180; 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Flourishing? What’s it Gonna Take?
Four professors will share their views on film, humor, and politics to prompt and facilitate a community discussion about what keeps us from flourishing in today’s world. Panelists: Paul Klumpe, Amber Katherine, Ali Mohsen, and Natalina Monteiro.
Tue, May 8 | 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. | Free | Stromberg Lecture Hall (HSS 165)
Lunch & Learn with Westside Family Health Center
Debra Farmer, President/CEO of WFHC will discuss “Women As Advocates.”
Wed, May 9 | 12 noon – 2 p.m. | Free – RSVP required:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie Kirk at (310) 450-4773 ext. 230
Virginia Avenue Park (Thelma Terry Room) 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Healing the Body, Mending the Mind
Panel discussion exploring the interconnection between physical, psychological, and emotional healing from trauma with Operation Mend, an innovative UCLA program providing advanced medical treatment, comprehensive psychological support, and an intensive treatment program for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury for post-9/11-era service members, veterans, and their families, in collaboration with SMC Veterans Resource Center.
Thu, May 10 | 11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. | Free | Stromberg Lecture Hall (HSS 165)
Dr. Jody Haymann
How Does Health Policy Impact Lives and Opportunity?
This keynote panel features Dr. Jody Heymann, Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership discussing pressing issues in access to health care and other services essential to health in underserved communities. Reception at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m.
Thu, May 10 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Free – RSVP:
Thanks to SMC Associates for their generous support.
SMC Performing Arts Center, East Wing;
1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Screening of Academy Award Winning Documentary
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Film screening with producer/director Frank Stiefel and Mindy Alper, the individual featured in the documentary. The post film
discussion with Mr. Stiefel and Ms. Alper will explore the process of making this extraordinary film and the discoveries Ms. Alper
made during the film. Audience questions will be welcome. Film is screened at 7 p.m. and panel discussion is 8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Sat, May 12 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Free | Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Parking & Accommodations
Public parking is limited during the day at SMC. Please allow extra time when attending events.
SMC Transportation Options for parking options.
If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Stephanie Schlatter at
email@example.com or 310-434-4313, at least 5 business days in advance.
About the Public Policy Institute
The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute—which presents informative discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives—proudly offers an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate of Achievement in Public Policy.
Students can choose to specialize in one of five policy areas: arts and cultural affairs, education, environment and sustainability, public health, and urban/socioeconomic affairs. Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Co-Director and Founding Associate Director; Shari Davis, MPP, Co-Director.
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