Enjoy thought-provoking readings, conversations, panel discussions, and spoken word programs. Also check out virtual talks now streaming on the Skirball’s YouTube channel.
  • Ananya Dance Theatre performers in a grassy field

    Ananya Dance Theatre

    Dastak: I Wish You Me | Screening and Virtual Talk

    View on demand
    Talk: Wednesday, May 26, 6:00 pm (PT)

    FREE

    In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the social uprising that followed, Minneapolis-based Ananya Dance Theatre set out to make Dastak: I Wish You Me. Named for the Farsi word dastak, meaning “knockings,” this performance-based film traces the knockings of global injustices on our hearts.

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  • Left to right: Jake Cohen, "Jew-ish" book cover, Michael Twitty

    Jake Cohen in Conversation with Michael Twitty

    Jew-ish: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch | Virtual Talk

    Thursday, June 3, 6:00 pm (PT)

    FREE online program

    Described as the “creative, youthful future of Jewish food,” Jake Cohen introduces us to his hot new cookbook, Jew-ish, reinventing the food of his Ashkenazi heritage and drawing inspiration from his husband’s Persian-Iraqi traditions. In conversation with food writer and historian Michael Twitty (The Cooking Gene), Cohen reveals the stories behind his mouthwatering original recipes.

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  • Left to right: George J. Sánchez, "Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy" book cover, David Kipen

    George J. Sánchez in Conversation with David Kipen

    Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy | Virtual Talk

    Tuesday, June 8, 7:00 pm (PT)

    FREE online program

    Dive into the radical history of a dynamic, multiracial American neighborhood—Boyle Heights! In this illuminating conversation and Q&A, hear from USC professor George J. Sánchez and Libros Schmibros founder David Kipen about Sánchez’s new book, Boyle Heights: How a Los Angeles Neighborhood Became the Future of American Democracy.

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  • Person leading a group of singers while playing the guitar

    Out Loud

    Screening and Virtual Talk

    Viewing period: Friday, June 11–Monday, June 14
    Talk: Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 pm (PT)

    FREE

    A feel-good film, Out Loud chronicles the triumphant first season of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles—the largest group of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals anywhere who sing together. These extraordinary singers don’t just make music, they’re also making history and sharing what it means to be trans in America.

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  • Ai Weiwei

    A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

    Virtual Talk

    Now streaming on YouTube

    FREE

    In this rare speaking engagement, hear from celebrated visual artist, filmmaker, and political activist Ai Weiwei as he explores his vast body of work in the context of social justice. Imprisoned by Chinese authorities in 2011 without cause, Ai has dedicated his life and career to speaking out against human-rights violations around the globe. In this virtual conversation with Skirball curator Yael Lipschutz, Ai discusses how he views the interconnectivity of human suffering as stemming from cultural and economic systems that value profit rather than human life. Yet Ai Weiwei, in his own words, reminds us that although the world's problems are deep and complex, “we hope for the better.”

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  • Ai Weiwei: Trace—Skirball Curator Talk

    Virtual Talk

    Now streaming on YouTube

    FREE

    Tune in to this virtual talk with Skirball curator Yael Lipschutz and learn about the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace, which features more than eighty portraits by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Made from thousands of plastic LEGO® bricks and originally hand-assembled by hundreds of volunteers, the portraits in Trace depict individuals who—like the artist himself—have been detained, exiled, or have sought political asylum because of their actions, beliefs, or affiliations. Lipschutz shares insights about the installation of the exhibition at the Skirball and discusses the creation and history of the project. Stream the presentation below. 

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