Calendar: The Holt Lecture, featuring Soledad O’Brien

October 14, 2019

5 pm

Where Policy Hits the Pavement: Storytelling in a Disconnected Age

How narrative can shape a better understanding of today’s big issues.

Following the lecture, O’Brien will join Compton Mayor, Aja Brown in conversation about narrative and policy.

O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Starfish Media Group, dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a wide range of social issues. Her lecture will address the power of story to address complicated policy issues, to allow audiences to connect with real people impacted by political decisions.

Following the lecture, O’Brien will be joined by Mayor Aja Brown (’04, MPL ’05) for a conversation about the narrative and public policy. Mayor Aja Brown made history at age 31 as the youngest mayor ever elected in the City of Compton. A national trailblazer, Mayor Brown’s ‘New Vision for Compton’ is a revitalization strategy centered on 12-key principles that focus on family values, quality of life, economic development and infrastructural growth. She was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term in June of 2017.

Join us for an evening of conversation about the importance of storytellers and connection in the policy arena.

Event Location

Town and Gown, Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Event Fees



All Ages


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