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Time - 2017 Conversations in Place

Presenting the Sixth Outstanding Season…

  • From the beat of music to the 24-hour daily cycle—rhythms in time connect living things
  • From science fiction, fantasy and the face of the news—we’re navigating a changing place
  • Yesterday, today and tomorrow—we are all futurists now.

Featuring …

  • Interactive performances by one of the most celebrated, recorded sessions drummers in the history of R&B music who has performed on over 500 gold records and by Emmy-winning musician/journalist
  • An Emmy-winning journalist and a Senior Advisor to the Vice Chair, Congressional Committee on Science & Technology, winning entrepreneur & business leader
  • An award-winning artist/designer of cybergames creating new forms of storytelling, participation & learning
  • An expert in popular music, Neuroscience and our circadian rhythms
  • Renowned scholars from USC, UCLA, UCSB, CSULB & journalists who explore communication/media, history, science fiction, fantasy, the environment, people & place
  • An acclaimed “foresight consultant” & best-selling author, with the founder of the award-winning Studio 111, who work for sustainable solutions, communities, and the planet
Please scroll down for information about each of the three Conversations.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:30-3:30 PM
Rhythm in Time
We live by the clock yet our internal 24-hour cycles regulate physical, mental and behavior changes. In this opener, the musical beat will sync to the universal circadian rhythms connecting most living things.

Oliver Wang, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, CSULB and D.J. His commentary airs on NPR’s All Things Considered, KCET’s Artbound & KPCC’s Take Two and his pieces appear in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Review of Books. His book, Legions of Boom, features Filipino American D.J. crews in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert Fink, Ph.D., Chair, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Minor in the Music Industry & past chair of the Musicology Dept.  focuses on music and culture after 1960. Named a “UCLA Distinguished Teacher,” his lectures have been featured at Walt Disney Concert Hall, LACMA and the Getty Center.

Christopher Colwell, Ph.D., is a Neuroscientist & Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences in the UCLA School of Medicine. He is Head of the UCLA Laboratory of Circadian & Sleep Medicine which studies how disruptions in the timing of our internal cycles and rhythm evidence neurological and psychiatric disorders.

James Gadson is one of the most recorded drummers in the history of R&B. “It’s hard to imagine a more important drummer in the history of LA Music,” says Rolling Stone. He’s kept the beat for The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, and more, in over 500 gold records.

Cesar Castro and Xochi Flores. Cesar Castro founded the celebrated E. LA Chicano-Son Jarocho band, Cambalache, in 2009. Performing the spirited mix of Mexican, Afro-Caribbean, and Arabic indigenous music/dance of Veracruz, he is a master “senoro” (lead singer/musician) and maker of Son Jarocho instruments. Cesar is married to Xochi Flores, a co-founder of the LA Chicana/os and Veracruz Jarocho/os exchange and a highly skilled dancer in the Son Jarocho style. Their collaborative performances, recordings, and educational workshops support the Son Jarocho traditions sweeping the country.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
1:30–3:30 PM
Timeless Space & Values
Speaker Images

We tell and reimagine stories to navigate our place in a changing world and environment through stories offering alternate possibilities or reflections of reality, be they science fiction, fantasy, or the “face” of the news—and remember the timeless value of lives within.


Allison Carruth, Ph.D., is a Professor in the English Dept., the Institute for Society & Genetics, and the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability at UCLA. She directs the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) and is co-founder of Play the LA River. Her work focuses on American food culture, new media, and environmental narrative.

Henry Jenkins, Ph.D., Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts & Education at USC, was among the first scholars to chart the impact of interactive media (social-networking & computer games, online fan communities, advocacy groups & new media outlets), on society, politics, and culture. Author of over a dozen seminal works, he continues to redefine journalism in the digital/pop culture era.

Michael Saler, Ph.D., Professor of History at UC Davis, explores literature, secularism, spirit, and imagination during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Huffington Post named his book, As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality, one of the “Best Books of 2012”. His reviews appear in the Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Rubén Martínez, writer, performer, and Emmy Award-winning journalist, holds the Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature and Writing at Loyola Mary Mount University and is an artist in residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts. Host of VARIEDADES, a Los Angeles “performance salon,” harkening back to early 20th century Mexican Vaudeville, his many acclaimed books include, The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond.

Oscar Garza, Senior Producer of KPCC's daily arts and entertainment program, The Frame. Garza held several senior editor positions at the Los Angeles Times including Deputy Editor of the Sunday Magazine, Editor of the Daily Calendar section, and Arts Editor. Garza is an occasional host for the Zócalo lecture series in Los Angeles, where he has conducted public interviews with Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Culture Clash, writer Larry Wilmore of The Daily Show, music producer Hal Willner, film director Carl Franklin, and musician Ceci Bastida.

Lynell George, an award-winning L.A.-based journalist, covers arts, culture and social issues exploring place and identity. A former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, she is a columnist for KCET’s Artbound and Departures. Her pieces have appeared in Smithsonian magazine, Ms, the Chicago Tribune, and more. She is a Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities Fellow and a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
1:30–3:30 PM
The Future Today
Photos of steffen, Eliot, Change, Watson and Pullman

Physicists say, “time is flexible, stretchable, even reversible.” But “we are all futurists today” as the past, present and future morph together in real and virtual time and where tomorrow may depend on leaving options open now.


Alex Steffen, award-winning writer, speaker, and foresight consultant, is “one of the world’s leading voices on sustainability and the future of the planet” wrote the Vancouver Sun. He was Planetary Futurist in Residence at IDEO, an international design/innovation firm, and his Worldchanging,com project, two best-selling books, offer sustainable solutions. His latest project, The Nearly Now, explores innovation and California’s future.

Lance Eliot, MBA, Ph.D., successful entrepreneur and business leader, has started, run and sold three high-tech businesses in SoCal. The former USC Professor serves on several USC boards today, works on behalf of “STEM” (science, technology, engineering & math), and is a Senior Science & Tech adviser to the Vice Chair of the Congressional Committee on Science & Technology. He was co-host of the radio show, Technotrends, which also aired on American Airlines.

Alenda Y. Chang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies, UCSB, specializes in environmental and digital media. Her upcoming book, Playing Nature, develops ecological frameworks for creating greener games. She helped produce AIrQuest, a civic-action game about air quality and asthma in the Central Valley and is working on Corridors, a game designed to modify human infrastructure to mitigate habitat fragmentation.

Jeff Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Interactive Media & Games Division, USC, is an award-winning artist and designer who explores how game design, pervasive computing and social media can enable new forms of storytelling, participation, and learning. His work and designs have been commissioned for institutions and companies, such as Intel, BMW/Mini and Boeing and Take Action Games, and his work exhibited at the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Moving Images.

Alan Pullman, AIA, is Founder/Senior Principal of Studio One Eleven, an integrated practice of architecture, landscape, and urban design located in Long Beach and Los Angeles. With over 20 years of award-winning experience, he leads teams for mixed-use, urban infill and adaptive reuse projects. He serves on the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Revitalization Council, the Board of Downtown Long Beach Alliance, and is a participant in the Executive Masters in Cities program for global urban professionals at the London School of Economics.

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