RAND Public Programs – Los Angeles

RAND is committed to enriching the quality of public debate on important policy issues by sharing perspectives that are evidence based and that advance knowledge. RAND offers free public programs from its headquarters campus in Santa Monica to bring together policy-minded Angelenos and RAND's top researchers for dialogues on a range of pressing concerns.

To receive announcements of upcoming programs in the Los Angeles area, join our mailing list. For programs in other areas, visit RAND's Calendar of Events.

    Upcoming Events

  • Does Terrorism Work?

    Jul 30, 2015

    Bruce Hoffman will discuss his latest book, Anonymous Soldiers, which draws on newly declassified documents to describe how both Arab and Jewish terrorism between 1917 and 1947 influenced Britain's day-to-day policies and its decision to surrender the mandate for Palestine to the UN.

  • Past Events

  • The Dark Side of Technology

    Jun 25, 2015

    Global strategist, futurist, and author Marc Goodman will join RAND researcher and cybercrime expert Lillian Ablon for a glimpse into the future of crime in an interconnected world and also share steps people can take to protect themselves.

  • Financial Literacy and the Cost of Ignorance

    Jun 18, 2015

    Lack of financial literacy can lead to credit card debt, overwhelming college loans, and even bankruptcy. Annamaria Lusardi will discuss the importance of educating people on how to make complex financial decisions as well as policy changes to raise the level of financial literacy.

  • The Future of Marijuana

    Jun 9, 2015

    Multiple states have moved to decriminalize or legalize marijuana since 2012, but the prospect of legalizing it remains controversial. RAND expert Beau Kilmer will discuss the various options jurisdictions are considering, ranging from making marijuana a for-profit industry to blanket prohibition.

  • Statewide Mental Health Prevention Program Effectiveness

    May 18, 2015

    Proposition 63 was passed over ten years ago, to increase funding for prevention, early intervention, and service needs for mental health programs. Join us to learn about why statewide mental health prevention and early intervention efforts are important and what is working so far.

  • How Accurate Is TV's Portrayal of Terrorism?

    May 6, 2015

    Many hit TV shows, movies, and books center on terrorists and the fight against them. No one knows better than award-winning writer, producer, and author Howard Gordon that terrorism sells. Gordon, whose credits include Homeland and 24, will discuss the allure of terrorism in entertainment, and how its depiction differs from the reality of terrorism on the ground.

  • Decisions for the Decade Game: Planning Under Deep Uncertainty

    Mar 25, 2015

    How do you engage decisionmakers in thinking about long-term, hard-to predict risks? RANDNext members will play an interactive game intended to promote discussion about the integration of global policy and real world decisionmaking.

  • Sleep's Role in Society and Policy

    Mar 10, 2015

    Sleep deprivation is estimated to cost U.S. businesses more than $150 billion per year in absences, accidents, and lost productivity. Learn about RAND research on sleep and why it should factor into such policy decisions as setting school start times, scheduling workers' shifts, and ensuring the health and readiness of U.S. military personnel and their families.

  • Meet the Real Scorpion

    Feb 18, 2015

    The CBS TV show Scorpion tells the story of an international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. The real-life inspiration for the show, Walter O'Brien, will explain how his company applies high IQ, computer science, and artificial intelligence to mitigate risk and solve global problems.

  • Fairness for Farmworkers: A Private Screening of Food Chains

    Feb 11, 2015

    The documentary Food Chains tells the story of a coalition of tomato workers in Florida who are working with buyers and growers to turn the worst agricultural labor conditions in the United States into the best. Join us for an exclusive viewing and conversation with executive producer Eric Schlosser.

  • Lessons from 13 Years of War

    Dec 10, 2014

    During the past 13 years of war, U.S. conventional and special operations forces worked more closely together than in any previous conflict. Linda Robinson will discuss how special operations forces can be applied in Iraq and Syria and how the U.S. can apply the broad lessons of these years to a future strategy.

  • The U.S.-Japan Alliance Conference Series

    Dec 5, 2014

    The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of the U.S. presence in Asia. A series of three discussions with RAND experts and guest speakers (Nov. 6, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5) will explore new issues that have arisen for the alliance as a result of rapid, dramatic changes in the security, economic, and technological environments of Northeast Asia.

  • Set Politics Aside and Join the Conversation

    Nov 13, 2014

    Politics Aside is an intimate, postelection event that engages policymakers, opinion leaders, philanthropists, and RAND's leading thinkers in a nonpartisan examination of pressing policy challenges. Proceeds support RAND's Investment in People and Ideas program; gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

  • Self-Driving Vehicles

    Oct 28, 2014

    Self-driving cars are in the news, on the road, and the future of driving. RAND information scientist Nidhi Kalra will lead a discussion of research on the potential benefits, drawbacks, and implications of driverless cars.

  • The Elements of Surprise

    Oct 15, 2014

    Professionals today are expected to respond to more variables at a faster rate than was the case even a decade ago. RAND senior engineer Dave Baiocchi will discuss coping strategies and specific responses taken by various professionals that can help you better prepare for and respond to surprise.

  • Issues in Focus: Helping American Veterans and Their Caregivers

    Sep 23, 2014

    America's military caregivers are an essential part of the nation's ability to care for returning wounded warriors, but their own needs are often neglected. Terri Tanielian, a RAND senior social research analyst, will discuss this critical issue. Register online to attend this program in Santa Monica, Calif.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Simon Sinek

    Jul 23, 2014

    Author Simon Sinek will discuss his new book, Leaders Eat Last, and how to create stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are focused on facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Marco Villa

    Jun 24, 2014

    Marco Villa, adviser to the Hyperloop next-generation transportation system, will be the featured speaker in RAND's Distinguished Speaker Series on June 24, 2014.

  • Haskins Lecture – Next: Breakthrough Technologies for National Security

    May 8, 2014

    The 2014 Haskins Lectureship on Science Policy will feature Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussing breakthrough technologies for national security.

  • Russia: What Happened? What's Next?

    Apr 9, 2014

    What are the implications of the continuing standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine? Olga Oliker will discuss the latest unfolding events in the region and how cooperation on other global and regional issues could be affected.

  • Navigating Turmoil in the Middle East

    Mar 18, 2014

    Dalia Dassa Kaye of RAND and Aaron Miller of the Wilson Center will discuss current events in the Middle East and weigh the prospects of success for U.S. diplomats working to navigate the region's many hot spots.

  • Community Resilience

    Jan 23, 2014

    It's important to build community resilience for the sake of long-term recovery, but how do we make resilience happen? Anita Chandra will distill the extensive body of research on resilience-building into simple steps that communities and organizations can take to help strengthen themselves against all kinds of disasters.

  • Women's Heart Health: Research That Matters

    Jan 11, 2014

    A conference on women's heart health research will feature experts Chloe E. Bird, Tamara B. Horwich, and Karol E. Watson. They will discuss topics related to women's heart health including body weight and calcium.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series: Edmund Phelps

    Nov 6, 2013

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps is director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University as well as dean of New Huadu Business School at Minjiang University in Fuzhou, China. He will follow his talk with a book signing.

  • Security Versus Privacy?

    Oct 24, 2013

    People are wondering how much America is, or should be, sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for the sake of homeland security. A RAND Policy Forum on October 24, 2013 will discuss where to draw the proper lines between privacy, security, and liberty.