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The UC Center Sacramento Wednesday Speaker Series

The UC Center Sacramento Wednesday Speaker Series:

Please note that our Fall Wednesday Speaker Series will start on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

The UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) offers weekly public lectures by UC faculty on a variety of public policy issues. Attendees include UCCS students, legislative staff, employees of state agencies and departments, advocates, and members of the general public.  UCCS invites faculty members from any UC campus to deliver lectures summarizing new findings or synthesizing information with potential implications for state policy.

Lectures may address any policy-relevant topic, but each year the Center puts together several mini-series which emphasize special themes, in 2015-16 the mini-series focused on: 1) Water Use & Security; 2) Health and Health Care; and 3) Taxation and Revenue. In 2016-2017 our mini-series will focus on: 1) Childhood Poverty; 2) Clean Energy; and 3) Civic Engagement.

The public talks are held on Wednesdays at noon and lunch is provided. A list of upcoming talks is available on the UC Center Sacramento website at Any individual who wishes to attend a public talk can register at  The views and opinions expressed during our hosted lectures are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of California or the UC Center Sacramento.

To evaluate or provide feedback on any of our Wednesday speakers please use our new online evaluation form located here. For more information on speaking at UCCS contact Kendra Tully at the Speakers Series Coordinator at the UC Center.


Community Engagement and Planning to Address Depression: An Approach to Health Equity Oct 04, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Dr. Kenneth Wells is Director of the Semel Institute’s Center for Health Services and Society, Co-Director of the California Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and Associate Director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA.
"Paths to Carbon Neutrality: Lessons from California" Oct 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Juliann Allison, Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, UC Riverside
“Food Insecurity: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Solutions” Oct 18, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Sasha Abramsky, Author and Journalist
Capitol Insights Panel Discussion: "Homelessness in California: Causes and Solutions" Oct 19, 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Panelists: Gary Blasi, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Law; Dr. Barry Zevin, Medical Director, Street Medicine and Shelter Health SFPDH; Zack Olmstead, Deputy Director of Housing Policy Development, CA HCD
Higher Education Panel Discussion: Expanding Access to Higher Education for Latino Students in California Oct 25, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Frances Contreras, Professor of Education Studies, UC San Diego and Gloria Rodriguez, Professor of Education, UC Davis
“A Public Health Framework for Legalized Retail Marijuana: Avoiding a New Tobacco Industry” Nov 01, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Dr. Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco
“Scarcity is the Mother of Invention: Water Policy Implications in an International Setting"  Nov 08, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Professor Ariel Dinar, Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, UC Riverside
“The Impact of Career and Technical Education on Post-Secondary Credentialing” Nov 15, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Jay Plasma, PhD Candidate, Emerging Scholars Winner, UC Santa Barbara
SPECIAL WORKSHOP: “Using cost-effectiveness analysis to inform state policy” Nov 30, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Jeffrey Hoch, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for Health Care Policy and Research at UCD
“The Impossible Imperative: Navigating the Competing Principles of Child Protection Policy” Dec 06, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM 1130 K Street, Room LL3,
Professor Jill Berrick, Co-director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, UC Berkeley

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