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Summit on race and justice to explore issues vital to California

UCLA joins the Atlantic in staging conference to explore race, economics, inequality and opportunity

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Illustration for the Atlantic's Race + Justice summit
Courtesy of the Atlantic

UCLA is joining with Atlantic magazine to present "Race + Justice: An Atlantic Summit" on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Hudson Loft in downtown Los Angeles. The conference, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m., will bring together civic leaders, artists, activists, academics and policy makers to share ideas and insights about some of the region’s most pressing issues of race, economics, inequality and opportunity.

Tailored for a local audience, the daylong Atlantic conference will be divided into four sections related to the state: Who is California? Where is home? What is justice? And whose stories are getting told?  A range of panelists from different sectors will delve into these questions as seen through vital topics such as immigration, homelessness, criminal justice reform and the arts. Among those speaking will be Len Amato, president of HBO Films;  Andre “Lowdown” Christian, founding member of Project Fatherhood; and Elizabeth Blaney, co-director of Union de Vecinos.

Ana-Christina Ramon, assistant director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, will be discussing the center’s 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report, which she coauthored with Darnell Hunt, lead author of the study, a UCLA professor of sociology and director of the Bunche Center. In addition, a special interactive kiosk highlighting the center’s groundbreaking research will be available for visitors to view a video on the report and learn other interesting facts.

Admission is free and open to the public. To RSVP or see a schedule and list of speakers, visit http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/race-justice-an-atlantic-summit/2016/. The conference will also be livestreamed. The link to do that will be posted here when the conference starts.  Hudson Loft is located at 1200 South Hope St., Los Angeles, California 90015.

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