UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus of Psychology Anthony Pratkanis

Magic Is a Performing Art—and a Humanity

Anthony Pratkanis is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied social influence and persuasion. He is co-author, with Elliot Aronson, of Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion and, with Doug Shadel, of Weapons of Fraud: A Source Book for Fraud Fighters. Before joining a Zócalo/UCLA Anderson School of Management event in Los Angeles titled, “Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?” he visited the green room and spoke about becoming an amateur magician, appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and testifying …

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University of Miami Archaeologist Traci Ardren | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

University of Miami Archaeologist Traci Ardren

Right Now, I’m Really in Love With a Loquat Tree

Traci Ardren is professor of anthropology at the University of Miami and co-directs Proyecto de Interacción Política del Centro de Yucatán, at the Classic Maya site of Yaxuná, in Yucatán, …

Cal State LA Professor of History Ping Yao | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Cal State LA Professor of History Ping Yao

I’d Like to Travel Back 1,400 Years in Time

Ping Yao is professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles. Yao’s research focuses on medieval Chinese women’s experiences in everyday life and religious practice. Her co-edited book, Chinese …

UC Santa Barbara Classicist Helen Morales | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

UC Santa Barbara Classicist Helen Morales

I Will Cross-Stitch Obscene and Snarky Things

Helen Morales is a classicist and cultural critic at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She chairs the university’s Hellenic Studies Committee and is the editor of the journal Ramus. Her …

Former Governor of Hawai‘i John David Waiheʻe III  | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Former Governor of Hawai‘i John David Waiheʻe III 

I Find Myself, in This Day and Age, Wanting Fantasy

John David Waiheʻe III is an American politician who served as the fourth governor of Hawai‘i from 1986 to 1994. He was the first American of Native Hawaiian descent to be elected governor of any …

Linguist Sarah Roberts | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Linguist Sarah Roberts

I Love ‘Go for Broke,’ Because It’s One of the Few Pidgin Phrases That Has Entered Into English Around the World

Sarah Roberts is a Palo Alto, California-based linguist and has been investigating the linguistic history of Hawai‘i for over 20 years. She is working on a book about the languages …