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.

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    Past Events

  • Books in prison, concept of freedom of thought, photo by tapui/AdobeStock

    Expanding Education and Employment Opportunities for Inmates and Ex-offenders

    Sep 21, 2019

    Contributions to the Alumni Impact Fund are helping RAND researchers advance education opportunities and career prospects for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Join RAND for a brunch discussion with the current AIF recipients. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • RAND & Pardee RAND Alumni Summer Reunion

    Jun 20, 2019

    Come reunite with alumni from all eras. The summer reunion is a chance for RAND and Pardee RAND alumni to connect with colleagues past and present, reminisce with friends, and meet the newest members of the community. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Japanese flag and American flag

    U.S.-Japan Alliance Series

    Mar 4, 2019

    In part five of this event series, RAND will host a two-day conference to discuss U.S. and Japanese perspectives on a free and open Indo-Pacific and the PLA's growing capabilities. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Brian Michael Jenkins gets a standing ovation as he is honored at the 2018 One Night with RAND event in Santa Monica, California

    One Night with RAND 2018

    Nov 8, 2018

    One Night with RAND brought together leaders in business, government, academia, and philanthropy to pay tribute to Brian Michael Jenkins and mark his 50-year affiliation with RAND and his substantial body of research on terrorism. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Medical illustration for Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy

    What’s the Fair Price of a Drug?

    Oct 17, 2018

    Ezekiel J. Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the 2018 Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy. A former White House special advisor for health policy, Emanuel will explain why drug prices are so high and propose a policy solution. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Patient receiving chiropractic treatment

    Integrative Health: Moving from Marginal to Mainstream

    Sep 20, 2018

    Some of the nation's leading integrative health experts will discuss the path forward for incorporating evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments into standard patient care, medical training, and policymaking. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • The words Truth Decay over a fading American flag painted on wood

    Truth Decay and Civil Discourse

    May 24, 2018

    The shrinking role of facts and evidence-based analysis in American public life poses a threat to democracy, to policymaking, and to the very notion of civil discourse. Jennifer Kavanagh, a political scientist, will discuss RAND's project to define and study Truth Decay and its connection to the erosion of civil discourse. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Taiwan city skyline

    Taiwan’s Southward Pivot

    May 14, 2018

    This conference will focus on Taiwan’s economic and security relations with Southeast Asia and South Asia. Benson Wang, deputy director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Los Angeles (TECO-LA) is the chief guest. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Global network and social media connections

    Security 2040: The Promise and Perils of AI, 3D Printing, and Speed

    Apr 24, 2018

    Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing will pose new risks to people, nations, and global security. Multidisciplinary teams of experts are building on RAND's legacy of helping policymakers anticipate and respond to trends that will impact our security and well-being. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • American and North Korean flags facing opposite directions

    Understanding and Shaping the Ongoing Korea Crisis

    Mar 26, 2018

    Upon return from his latest trip to the Korean Peninsula, RAND's Bruce Bennett will offer RAND alumni and supporters his analysis of the recent appearance of a détente between North and South Korea. He also will explain U.S. options for shaping the ongoing crisis and suggest new opportunities to pressure North Korea toward denuclearization. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • An apple sits on a stack of booklets on a teacher's desk

    Teacher Pension Workshop

    Mar 8, 2018

    This Teacher Pension Workshop aims to connect evidence-based research to pension reform. In March 2018, this two-day conference will address topics including the political economy of pensions, underfunding and cross-subsidization, and the future of teacher retirement and pension research. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • American and Japanese flags waving against the sky

    U.S.-Japan Alliance Series

    Mar 5, 2018

    In part four of this event series, RAND will host a two-day conference to discuss U.S. and Japanese perspectives on the Iran nuclear deal and the creation of the amphibious rapidly deployable brigade (ARDB). [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Rolling dice with world maps

    How "Serious" Games Inform Decisionmaking

    Feb 7, 2018

    One of the ways RAND researchers engage decisionmakers in thinking about hard to predict risks is through gaming. RAND's Robert Lempert will lead Policy Circle members through a version of the Decisions for the Decade game. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • scientific illustration designed at RAND for Haskins Lecture

    Haskins Lecture: Pursuit of the Extraordinary

    Jan 23, 2018

    As a NASA astronaut on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Dr. Mae C. Jemison made history as the world's first woman of color to go into space. She now leads an initiative to make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years. She'll discuss why we must pursue an extraordinary tomorrow in order to build a better world today. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Passengers wait to enter the xray machine as a man is scanned at an airport,

    New TSA Administrator Discusses Global Aviation Security

    Nov 29, 2017

    TSA Administrator David Pekoske joins RAND terrorism and security expert Brian Michael Jenkins for a discussion about the TSA's strategy and approach to operations in the face of evolving threats to transportation from terrorist groups and the individuals they inspire. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Pardee RAND board members Pat Geraghty and Kip Hagopian, RAND trustees Soledad O'Brien and Gerry Parsky, Mary Ann Hagopian, and RAND trustee Joe Greer

    One Night with RAND 2017

    Nov 9, 2017

    One Night with RAND brought together leaders in business, government, academia, and philanthropy to pay tribute to the seven-decade relationship between RAND the U.S. Air Force. The event featured a panel discussion on the role of trust in leadership and honored three people who have had a significant impact on the Air Force-RAND partnership. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Community-Led Programs to Counter Violent Extremism

    Sep 27, 2017

    Community-led programs that focus on countering violent extremism are critical in the fight against radicalization. Todd Helmus will give RAND Alumni Association members and Pardee RAND Graduate School alumni an update on RAND's Program Evaluation Toolkit for Countering Violent Extremism. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • A business man looking at gears and a drawing of work and innovation

    The State of the American Worker

    Sep 12, 2017

    U.S. employers have steadily added jobs since 2010, but wage growth has remained sluggish. Technological change and globalization have been double-edged swords for different workers. A panel of RAND experts will discuss emerging trends in the labor market and policy options to address inequality and jobs of the future. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Illustration of two people with different opinions

    Defining Truth Decay

    Apr 27, 2017

    RANDNext members are invited to participate in a special brainstorming session on what role RAND could play in addressing what CEO Michael Rich has been calling "truth decay." A phenomenon that predates the current burst of fake news, this erosion of truth is inflaming American politics. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • A child's hands holding a small globe

    Generations@RAND: Transitioning Wealth to the Next Generation

    Apr 20, 2017

    A twice-a-year seminar series addresses how strategic charitable giving can maximize an individual's impact on society. This session will focus on the latest research about saving for education, health care, retirement, and charitable giving. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Prisoners after a graduation ceremony from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, April 20, 2015

    Why Prison Education Matters

    Apr 6, 2017

    RAND and the Michelson 20MM Foundation are hosting a policy forum on the costs and benefits of using education to stop the prison revolving door. Panelists will discuss programs like The Last Mile, which prepares inmates for reentry by providing them with marketable skills. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews the honour guard with Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (L) at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2017

    The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Challenges in the Gray Zones

    Mar 13, 2017

    On March 13 and 14, the RAND Corporation will host a two-day conference to discuss the alliance and its ability to ensure a coordinated, seamless response to coercion in gray zone contingencies in the maritime, cyber, and space domains. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • A Russian icebreaker heading through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean

    Tipping Points in the Arctic

    Mar 2, 2017

    Policy Circle members and NextLeaders are invited to an exclusive RAND briefing on the growing economic, environmental, and political importance of the Arctic. RAND researchers will discuss prospects for innovation, cooperation, and confrontation in the region. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Naval aircrewman aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom shakes hands with Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Singapore, June 3, 2013

    The Asia Pivot?

    Jan 24, 2017

    Just days after the inauguration, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III and RAND's Rafiq Dossani will discuss issues on the Asia-Pacific agenda for the new administration, including climate change and strategic U.S. economic and security interests in the region. [Santa Monica, CA]

  • Humanoid robot touching a computer screen

    The Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Dec 14, 2016

    Policy Circle and RANDNext members are invited to a special briefing on the role artificial intelligence is playing in society, including its incredible promise and pressing concerns. [Santa Monica, CA]