The Berggruen Institute, an independent think tank aimed at reshaping political and social institutions, will bring its array of conversations, workshops and symposia online.
Through a series of unique partnerships with organizations including Second Home and Homeboy Industries, these virtual gatherings will enable the public and the institute’s local and global network to participate and connect with the institute’s work — exploring transformations in technology, culture, politics, economics and global power arrangements.
On Aug. 13 at 2 p.m., the Berggruen Institute will host “Conversation with Tenzin Priyadarshi.” Priyadarshi, a Buddhist monk, president and CEO of Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss his new book “Running Toward Mystery: The Adventure of an Unconventional Life.”
On Aug. 19 at 2 p.m., Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the most-well known gang-intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program, will join Berggruen’s event “Father Greg Boyle of Homebody Industries.”
Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” His latest book, “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship,” was published 2017.
He also serves as a committee member of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Economic and Job Recovery Task Force as a response to COVID-19.
On Sept. 14, “Elif Shafak and Michael Sandel” will begin at 11 a.m. Shafak, a Berggruen Prize juror and political scientist, feminist and author of “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World,” will have a conversation with American political philosopher Sandel, author of “Tyranny of Merit.” This event is in collaboration with Second Home.
Lastly, on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m., Get Lit Poetry will present “Get Lit” in collaboration with Second Home. Get Lit Poetry will present the voices of youth in Los Angeles, and how they’re responding and reflecting in the current social and political climate. Speakers will discuss how they see their future being shaped by these events as well.
For information, visit berggruen.org/events/virtual-gatherings/.
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