The Annie Softspots Womens Taupe Womens Softspots Lo Lo Womens Annie Softspots Taupe Softspots Womens Beyond the Headlinesspeaker series features eight speakers per quarter, each presenting an in-depth lecture about the most significant contemporary, and often controversial, issues in the news. Pulled from today’s major headlines, our topics cover foreign policy, state and national politics, education, the economy, social justice issues, and more!

Enrollment for Fall Quarter opens on Friday, July 27, 2018.  Enroll over the phone by calling registration at 310-825-9971 (press 1 at the first menu, 2 at the second menu).

Starting July 27: Click here to enroll online (add the course to your cart & check out).

Beyond the Headlines is returning to the Gayley Center for Fall 2018, located at 1145 Gayley Ave in Westwood.

Please note, due to UCLA Extension moving its administrative offices, classroom space is extremely limited during this transition. Fall quarter of Beyond the Headlines will have very limited seating (178 max). We plan to offer more seating in 2019 once more space becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

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Date Topic Lecture Speaker Speaker Bio
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Softspots Womens Softspots Annie Womens Taupe Lo “Changing Demographics and the Economy”
Mark Pisano, MA
Professor of the Practice of Public Administration at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. His most recent book, The Puzzle of the American Economy: How Changing Demographics Will Affect Our Future and Influence Our Politics, was published in 2017.
Oct 9
“Climate Change in California’s Sierra Nevada”
Alex Hall, PhD
Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA. His research is focused on reducing climate change uncertainty at both regional and global scales.
Oct 16
“It’s October, so it must be the Start of a New Supreme Court Term”
Bill Blum, JD
Los Angeles lawyer and former State of California Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). In addition, he is an award-winning writer and legal journalist of considerable notoriety. He is currently a columnist with


Oct 23
Annie Taupe Lo Womens Womens Softspots Softspots The Latin American Diaspora
Miguel Tinker Salas, PhD
Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Author of several books and articles, he frequently serves as a political analyst and his comments can be seen on television, radio, and print media.
Oct 30
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Shahin Berenji, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Political Science at UCLA
Nov 6
No class. Election Day.
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Nov 13
“Conservatism in the U.S. Electorate”
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Distinguished Professor, Director of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, UCLA
Nov 20
“The 2018 Midterms and the New Political Landscape”
Mark Peterson, PhD
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the Department of Public Policy’s Meyer and Renee Luskin School of Public Affairs, and Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.
Nov 27
“Promise vs. Hype of Artificial Intelligence”
Vwani Roychowdhury, PhD
Professor, UCLA in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering at UCLA



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