, Bridging the Divide: Reception and Screening Feb. 15

Join us Thursday, February 15 for a reception and screening of Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race, a film by Lyn Goldfarb and Alison Sotomayor.

The event is in the Golden Eagle Ballroom at Cal State LA with a reception at 5 PM and the screening at 6 PM.

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Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom Bradley!

See this award-winning film followed by a panel on the politics of inclusion.

Panelists and Moderator

, Bridging the Divide: Reception and Screening Feb. 15

Shakari Byerly

Partner and Principal Researcher at EVITARUS

Shakari Byerly is a Partner and Principal Researcher at EVITARUS. Ms. Byerly designs and conducts public opinion research encompassing a broad range of issues, including candidate and ballot measure campaigns, American social and political values, and public attitudes toward transportation infrastructure and services, education, health care, natural resource conservation. With nearly 20 years of experience, Ms. Byerly has served as a pollster for dozens of electoral campaigns, cities, counties, local school districts, community college districts, special districts, public agencies, and non-profit organizations across the country, with concentrated expertise in California.

Prior to EVITARUS, Ms. Byerly was a Senior Vice President at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3), a national opinion research and strategy firm, where she conducted research on behalf of numerous state and local government agencies throughout California. She is also highly familiar with on-the-ground issues related to electoral representation, having designed and implemented voter targeting and field canvassing strategies on behalf of the California Democratic Party. In addition, Ms. Byerly has served as a Policy Consultant to several members of the California State Legislature and the Los Angeles Board of Education.

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Dr. Emily Acevedo

Professor of Political Science, Cal State LA

Dr. Acevedo teaches a wide variety of courses in World Politics, Model United Nations, Foundation of Global Politics, International Poltical Economy (undergraduate and graduate courses), Latin American Politics (undergraduate and graduate) and Central American & the Caribbean.

She is also the faculty adviser for the Model United Nations program at CSULA.  This program is based on enrollment in two courses (POLS 4201 and POLS 4202) which are offered every other year.  This program is open to all CSULA undergraduate students, irrespective of major.  Students who wish to participate in this program will learn about the structure, history and mission of the United Nations in POLS 4201.  Additionally, students will learn how to prepare for the role of ambassador to the United Nations, as well as how to accurately represent the issues from the perspective of the country represented in New York in POLS 4202.

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Zev Yaroslavsky

Director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and former member of the Board of Supervisors for Los Angeles County

During a career in public life spanning nearly four decades, Zev Yaroslavsky has been at the forefront of Los Angeles County’s biggest issues, including transportation, the environment, health care, and cultural arts.  He has been a pioneering advocate for the region’s homeless population and has played a key role in efforts to reform the county’s law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Yaroslavsky was first elected to office in 1975, stunning the political establishment by winning the Los Angeles City Council’s coveted 5th District seat at the age of 26.  He honed his fiscal skills as chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee and earned a reputation for being unafraid to tackle controversial issues, including the Los Angeles Police Department’s use of excessive force and its improper spying on law-abiding residents.  He authored two landmark ballot initiatives, one which cut in half the size of new commercial developments near residential neighborhoods in the City of L.A., and the other which banned oil drilling along the city’s coastline.

In describing Mr. Yaroslavsky’s City Hall tenure, the Los Angeles Times wrote that he “was more often than not a dominant player in virtually every municipal initiative of note since he joined the City Council.”

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Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein is the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles. Previously, he was Chair of the Division of Politics, Administration, and Justice at CSU Fullerton. He received his B.A. from Princeton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale. He is the author of three books on Los Angeles politics and government. Dr. Sonenshein served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles (Appointed) Charter Reform Commission. He served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Review Commission. He was Best Educator and Distinguished College Faculty Member at CSUF. He received a Wang Family Excellence Award. He was the first winner of the campus wide Carol Barnes Award for Teaching Excellence and one of two co-winners of the Haynes Foundation Research Impact award. He was the fall 2008 Fulbright Tocqueville Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Paris.

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