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 winter quarter opens on Friday, November 1, 2019. Online enrollment begins at 8am: Click here to enroll online (add the course to your cart & check out). Phone enrollment begins at 8am: Call Registration at 310-825-9971, Ext. 601 (to bypass menu options).

Winter 2020

Date Lecture Speaker
Jan 14 The 2020 Presidential Election: What’s Ahead? Michael Dukakis, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Presidential Nominee 1988 (D-MA), Visiting Professor of Public Policy, UCLA
Jan 21 Turning up the Heat: Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife Populations and Global Biodiversity Graeme Gissing, MSc, Lecturer, Ambrose University; Director of Education, Stop Poaching Now!
Jan 28 Back to the Future for America’s Conservative Movement Pete Peterson, Dean of Pepperdine School of Public Policy, Senior Fellow at Davenport Institute, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
Feb 4 To Impeach a President Bill Blum, JD, lawyer, former State of California Administrative Law Judge, legal journalist
Feb 11 Mike Madrid, Principal at Grassroots Lab, Republican consultant who specializes in Latino voter participation
Feb 18 James L. Gelvin, Professor, Modern Middle Eastern History, UCLA
Feb 25 Rafiq Doassani, Director, RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Mar 10 Eugeniu Han, Researcher, RAND


Fall 2019

Date Lecture Speaker
Sep 24 The College Admission Scandal: Making Sense of the Madness 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