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Discussions

At UCLA, we hold a passionate belief that every viewpoint should be heard. The Optimist videos underscore UCLA’s commitment to the open exchange of ideas and constructive dialogue. The conversation series brings together the university’s renowned scholars, world-class scientists and accomplished alumni for in-depth discussions on the topics of the day.

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The Power of Mentors

President & COO of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks Christine Simmons, UCLA evolutionary biologist Paul Barber and renowned gang expert Jorja Leap discuss the art and science of mentorship.

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, influential sociologist Darnell Hunt and social psychologist Ana-Christina Ramón represent UCLA’s longstanding commitment to diversity in this discussion about the business and social impact of storytelling.

Diversity in Hollywood

Oscar-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, influential sociologist Darnell Hunt and social psychologist Ana-Christina Ramón represent UCLA’s longstanding commitment to diversity in this discussion about the business and social impact of storytelling.

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