Stephanie Campbell, local maven serving on many grassroots’ boards presents the sustained efforts of the national and local chapters of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. She offers as well, the hefty roster of speakers lined up from now into the fall, at the Orange County chapter.
Roxane Silver, UCI Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health and Associate Director of the ADVANCE Program, brings the heft of her over 30 years of compelling work on how we experience publicly-shared trauma. Natural and man-made disasters are considered.
Then, (minute 33:00) staying in the expansive public health realm, UCI professor Scott Bartell offers a look under the hood about the challenges to understanding the pathways and public health impacts of PFAS chemicals in our environment and in our bodies. It’s very current work, and on the radar of people representing us on local, state, and federal levels.
Katie Kalvoda, who’s recently founded a new political action campaign in OC, “Asian Americans Rising,” among other newly realized political talents, has the full hour, to explore them all as she institutionalizes these organizations right here, right now. Asian Americans Rising is a political action committee that elevates the political impact of the AAPI community through civic engagement, issue advocacy, and promotion of candidates at the local, state, and national levels who represent the interests of the American Asian Pacific Islander community in Orange County. Asian Americans Rising can be followed on a host of social media platforms for details about their upcoming Summit and Presidential Convention September 7-8, at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center venues in Costa Mesa.
Following Memorial Day, we explore with Pauline Lubens, Ph.D. candidate at U.C.I.’s Dept. of Public Health, her work dealing with the ravages of war on public health and the design of her dissertation studying grief among combat veterans who have lost friends with whom they have served. We hope to have her return to the program when her findings have been published.
During the second segment (minute 29:30), Irvine City Council Member Melissa Fox, elected to office last November, returns to the show to take us behind the scenes as she fields questions about a plethora of official municipal and regional duties. The Great Park was the main focus.