250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
A Zócalo/Occidental College Event
Moderated by Sanjeev Khagram, Occidental College Political Economist and Author of Dams and Development.
Global leaders and philanthropists have spent trillions of dollars on infrastructure and services to ensure that people around the world have clean water. But we’re still nowhere near meeting this goal. Nearly 770 million people use unsafe drinking water sources. And 2.5 billion people—over a third of the world’s population—don’t have access to a toilet. In the United States, we take clean water for granted, but around the world it keeps children out of school, prevents adults from working, and kills millions of people every year. The problem isn’t that there’s not enough water to go around; the problem is that we don’t have any way to get it where it needs to go. What can be done—through economic incentives, engineering innovation, and policy changes—to get clean water to more people? Why have so many well-funded, high-profile efforts in this area accomplished so little? General manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Jeffrey Kightlinger, California State Water Resources Control Board chair Felicia Marcus, Arizona State University sustainability scholar Michael Hanemann, and Natural Resources Defense Council water program director Steve Fleischli visit Zócalo to discuss why, in our technologically advanced age, something so elemental is so difficult to transport and distribute.
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 90015
Soul man John Németh has followed an unusual path. Born in Boise, ID, to Hungarian immigrant parents, he got his start singing at Catholic Daughters of America luncheons and made a living as a truck driver. But he always followed his muse. After living for a time in Oakland ("the most southern city on the west coast," he says), John relocated his family to Memphis last year to be closer to the birthplace of blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll. Though his rental truck broke down in Arizona en route, two days later he was at Scott Bomar's Electraphonic Studio with the Bo-Keys, cutting his new album Memphis Grease. Memphis Grease is an aptly-titled, 13-track album, out on Blue Corn Music March 25. It’s slathered with fatback soul and blues done the Memphis way: tight horn lines, whirling organ with John’s soaring voice and wicked harp playing front and center. Join us, just days before the release of Memphis Grease, for an insightful discussion with Nemeth, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, and exclusive performance.
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, 90071
Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. How would he handle the host of a cable news program who denies there can be morality without religion? How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a tiger mom on how to raise the perfect child? Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides an original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. Does philosophy itself ever make progress? And if it does, why is so ancient a figure as Plato of any continuing relevance? Plato at the Googleplex is Goldstein’s startling investigation into these conundra.