An Academy Award-Winning Documentary & More at SMC Public Policy Institute's Spring Symposium

May 15, 2018

  • Santa Monica College students line up outside the East Wing of the SMC Performing Arts Center before a keynote panel discussion featuring Dr. Jody Heymann, Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership. The panel discussion—titled “How Does Health Policy Impact Lives and Opportunity?”—was held Thursday, May 10 as part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s 7th Annual Spring Symposium.

  • The co-directors of the SMC Public Policy Institute Shari Davis (left) and Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein welcome students and guests to a keynote panel discussion held Thursday, May 10 featuring Dr. Jody Heymann, Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership.

  • (left to right) Shari Davis, co-director of the SMC Public Policy Institute; Dr. Jody Heymann, Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; and Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership at a panel discussion “How Does Health Policy Impact Lives and Opportunity?” held Thursday, May 10 as part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s 7th Annual Spring Symposium.

  • SMC Public Policy major Niku Massoudi asks a question during the keynote panel held Thursday, May 10.

  • The 2018 Academy Award-winning documentary, “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”— produced and directed by Frank Stiefel—was screened at Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre on Saturday, May 12 as part of the SMC Public Policy Institute’s 7th Annual Spring Symposium.

  • Artist Mindy Alper (left), the subject of the 2018 Academy Award-winning documentary “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” and producer/director Frank Stiefel lead a post-screening panel discussion.

  • Santa Monica College students talk to artist Mindy Alper (left) after the screening of “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2018. The documentary is based on Alper, who has lived with severe depression and anxiety for over five decades, even as she used her art as an outlet for her fears and mental struggles.

  • (left to right) Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, SMC Superintendent/President; Mindy Alper; Frank Stiefel; and Lizzy Moore, SMC Dean of Institutional Advancement after the screening of Stiefel’s documentary “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405” at the Aero Theatre on Saturday, May 12.

(Photo Credit: Fabian Lewkowicz)

More about the SMC Public Policy Institute Spring Symposium

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute presented its 7th Annual Spring Symposium May 7-12, 2018, featuring several events around the theme: “Healing: Mending Lives and Seeking Healthfulness through Innovative Policies and Approaches.” Other events included the screening of an SMC student film “Life in Color” which was recently accepted into The American Pavilion at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, interactive faculty-student forums, and a community talk on health advocacy.

SMC’s Public Policy Institute provides nonpartisan community programs exploring key economic, social, and political issues. The Institute, which presents information discussions on the policy issues that affect our daily lives, offers an Associate in Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement in Public Policy, with specialties in five public policy areas: arts and cultural affairs, education, environment and sustainability, public health, and urban/socioeconomic issues.

The symposium was co-sponsored by a wide range of education, government and community organizations, and donors, including: Associated Students of Santa Monica College, SMC Associates, SMC Foundation, and SMC Veterans Resource Center. For more information about the symposium or the Public Policy Institute, contact Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein (310) 434-3541 or Shari Davis at (310) 721-6446, or visit the Public Policy Institute’s website.

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