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PPI Fall Forum FlyerThe Arts & the AI Apocalypse: Humans Strike Back

November 10-December 3, 2023

Film Festival – "Ethos Film Awards International Film Festival"

Friday, November 10 through Friday, November 17

The fifth edition of the popular international film festival will screen films and present awards at selected local venues and online with the aim to conceptualize a vision for a better future by highlighting a “purpose-driven” artistic approach to the impact and meaning of story.

Schedule, location, and ticket details at

Panel Discussion – "Art in the Age of Artificial Intelligence"

PPI will host a conversation with experts from RAND Corporation, including a musician and scientist who heads the RAND Tech + Narrative Lab, an SMC philosophy professor, and an SMC student. Free, Student Services Center Orientation Hall (SSC 183) on the main SMC campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Monday, November 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion – "How Are Humans Striking Back?"

Kim Masters — KCRW host of “The Business” and “Hollywood Breakdown” — will lead a discussion with Woody Schultz, actor, producer, second unit/assistant director, and member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating team as representative on AI issues. Free, Student Services Center Orientation Hall (SSC 183) on the main SMC campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Wednesday, November 15 | 6:30 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet

The Westside School of Ballet, joined by the SMC Nutcracker Symphony and SMC dancers, celebrates the 50th anniversary of presenting the annual holiday extravaganza as a live, in-theater performance — featuring Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, Balanchine’s exuberant choreography, falling snow, and a Christmas tree that grows — in partnership with the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute’s Arts and Culture Initiative. Performances will be held at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica). Free onsite parking. 

Saturday, November 25 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday, December 3 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
See for ticket details.


If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in any of these events, please contact Kiersten Elliott at or 310-434-4173, at least 5 business days in advance.

Engaging Voices, Changing Lives, Shaping Futures

Inspires Students to Make a Real Difference in Their Communities and in the World

From socioeconomics to education, healthcare to housing, and energy to the environment, the decisions of policymakers affect all our lives. Understanding the role we can play collectively and individually in shaping public policy is essential to our participatory democracy.

The interdisciplinary, innovative Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College educates and empowers a diverse student body with the academic grounding and hands-on experience they need to become agents of change – whether they choose a career in public policy or simply want to improve their community and the world we share.

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.


Dr. Richard Tahvildran-Jesswein
Co-Director, Founding Associate Director
Shari Davis, MPP