Beyond the Headlines


Osher (50+). This current events lecture series features a different speaker each week.  Guest speakers are experts in their field who provide a one-hour lecture followed by a thirty-minute Q&A.


About this course:

Pulled from today’s headlines, this exclusive speaker series offers an in-depth analysis of significant contemporary issues. Each week, an expert from the political, social, technological or economic spectrum provides a 1-hour lecture focused on a major global, national or local issue. Afterwards, students participate in a 30-minute Q&A session with the speaker. A list of speakers for this term will be available online approximately one month before the course begins. This course uses the Hybrid (Flexible) format which allows students to participate remotely and/or in the classroom. Speakers will be in the classroom. This course will be recorded. Students will have access to videos for the duration of the course.

Spring 2024 Series:

Moderator: James Aldinger

Apr. 2  

The Political Crisis in the Horn of Africa and its Wider Political Ramifications

Eyassu Gayim, JD
Adjunct faculty, Political Science Department, SDSU

Apr. 9  

Whither the Supreme Court 2024: How the Court’s Conservative Super-Majority is Changing the Nature and Direction of Constitutional Law

Bill Blum, JD
Los Angeles lawyer and a former State of California Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

Apr. 16  

The Pasts and Future of Nazi Hunting: Justice, Culture, and Archives

Jared McBride, PhD
Assistant Professor, History, UCLA

Apr. 30  

The Secret War Against Hate: American Resistance to Antisemitism and White Supremacy After 1945

Steve Ross, PhD
Distinguished Professor of History, Dean’s Professor of History, USC; Marion and Myron Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life

May 7  

Water and the Future of California's Agriculture

Alvar Escriva-Bou, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

May 14  

International Law and the Conflict in the Middle East

David Glaizier, JD
Professor of Law, Department of Political Science, LMU

May 21  

How Autocrats Seek Power: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism

Richard L. Abel, PhD
Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA

May 28  

Politics, Pressure, and Protest in a Low Mobilizational State: The Islamic Republic of Iran in its Fifth Decade

Kevan Harris, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, UCLA


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