UCLA Extension

Beyond the Headlines

The Beyond the Headlines speaker 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 26, 2019. Online enrollment begins at 12am: Click here to enroll online (add the course to your cart & check out). Phone enrollment begins at 8am: Call Registration at 310-825-9971.

Fall 2019

Date Lecture Speaker
Sep 24 TBD Louis Shapiro, Esq., state and federal criminal law attorney
Oct 8 Voting Rights and the Electoral Landscape Justin Levitt, Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Oct 15 Boom or Bust? What’s in Store for the Economy over the Next 18 Months? Jerry Nickelsburg, Adjunct Full Professor and Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Oct 22 The Opioid Crisis in America John Snibbe, PhD, retired program head, Psychiatric Mobile Response Team Operations, L.A. County Department of Mental Health
Oct 29 Demystifying the Crime-Terror Nexus: Why do Violent Non-State Actors Resort to Terrorism, Criminality, or Both? Etienne Rosas, Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Nov 5 Russia and Ukraine: Origins of the Conflict J. Arch Getty, Distinguished Research Professor of History, UCLA
Nov 12 Brexit and the EU Dominic Thomas, Madeleine L. Letessier Professor and Chair of the departments of French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, and Scandinavian, UCLA
Nov 19 Is the Water Safe to Drink? The Past, Present and Future of Drinking Water James Salzman, Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, UCLA

Spring 2019

Date Lecture Speaker
Apr 9 Why Populism? Rogers Brubaker, PhD, Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Apr 16 Welcome to the Anthropocene: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of the Dramatic Global Decline in Wildlife Graeme Gissing, MSc, Lecturer, Ambrose University; Director of Education, Stop Poaching Now!
Apr 23 Racism and the Law: Contemporary Issues and Historical Context Paul von Blum, JD, Senior Lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies, UCLA
Apr 30 Trump’s Foreign Policy Derek Shearer, PhD, Former Ambassador and Professor, Occidental College
May 7 The Future of the Korean peninsula: Alternative Scenarios and their Implications Troy Smith, PhD, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
May 14 Before & After Trump: The US Immigration System John Q. Khosravi, Esq., Managing Attorney of the JQK Law Firm, Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Pepperdine Law School
May 21 The Supreme Court Completes another Term: Where is it Headed? Bill Blum, JD, lawyer, former State of California Administrative Law Judge, legal journalist
May 28 Imbalance of Power: How Executive Action and Legislative Lethargy Undermine Democratic Ideals Kurt Hohenstein, PhD, JD, MA; former Associate Professor of History, Winona State University; SEC Historical Society