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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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Valorie Kondos Field, Dr. Alex Korb, and Carol Bakhos

Gratitude

UCLA Gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field, neuroscientist Alex Korb and Carol Bakhos, professor and chair in the Program of the Study in Religion, discuss the practice and science of gratitude.

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Dr. Adriana Galván, Roman Phifer, and Dr. John DiFiori

Sports Concussions

Associate Professor of Psychology Adriana Galván, Super Bowl champion Roman Phifer and UCLA Head Team Physician Dr. John DiFiori discuss the experience and science of sports concussions.

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Coming Soon

The Future

The future is a vast topic that has prompted speculation since the beginning of humankind. What is it that drives our fascination with what’s to come? How has that curiosity shaped society, and how does it impact life today? Find out what UCLA Optimists have to say about this preoccupation with tomorrow.