UCLA Conversations to Offer Discussions with Leading Scholars

September 15, 2023
By Jonathan Riggs I UCLA

An event series beginning Sept. 14 will offer a new way for UCLA’s emeriti faculty and retired staff to stay engaged with some of the campus’s leading scholars.

The series, UCLA Conversations, will be curated and hosted by Stuart Wolpert, a 40-year veteran of UCLA’s media relations office who retired in 2022. Events will be presented at the UCLA Faculty Club by the UCLA Emeriti Association and UCLA Retirees Association in partnership with UCLA’s Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center.

“These will be conversations — not lectures, not PowerPoint presentations — with outstanding UCLA experts on important topics, followed by an audience question-and-answer period,” Wolpert said. “I’m very excited about all of these programs, and about offering unhurried, unscripted, engaging conversations that can enrich our lives.”

On Thursday, May 30, Jacob Foster, a professor of sociology, computational social scientist and co-director of the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute and external professor of the Santa Fe Institute, and Daniel Snelson, an assistant professor of English and design and a writer, editor and archivist will discuss the implications of artificial intelligence, including how it may impact creativity, art, culture, education, jobs and more.

Read the announcement.