#KPCCforum: 5 events you don't want to miss

KPCC's crime and safety reporter Rina Palta moderating panel as part of the Community Cinema series, featuring
KPCC's crime and safety reporter Rina Palta moderating panel as part of the Community Cinema series, featuring "The Graduates/Los Graduados" (Part 1) on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Jamecca Marshall (middle), Policy Manager for Urban Peace, Advancement Project California, and Daniel Castillo (right), Urban Scholars/BMYA Program Manager, Social Justice Learning Institute.
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Roman Polanski, interstellar starships and nuclear weapons. These are just a few of the topics we're discussing at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum in coming weeks. If you're a fan of smart and engaging conversations (think TED Talks), then this is the place for you.

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. Hear the untold story of Roman Polanski’s victim-turned-survivor

What:  'The Girl:' A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski | Q&A with author, book discussion

When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23

Why you should go: After 35 years of silence, Samantha Geimer speaks out about being the center of the infamous Roman Polanski sexual assault case. Geimer will discuss her searing memoir, 'The Girl,' with former attorney Lawrence Silver and Los Angeles Times reporter Rebecca Keegan. 

Join in on social: What does the #RomanPolanski rape case say about celebrity treatment in media? Tweet at us @KPCCForum. 

Price: $10 | Buy tickets here 

2. Geek out with warp technology and the possibility of manned starships

What: NEXT: Is this the Starship Century? | Mind-bending discussion about manned interstellar flight

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25

Why you should go: NEXT science series host Mat Kaplan talks to physicist and Nebula Award-winning sci-fi writer and futurist Gregory Benford about propelling humans to the next chapter in space travel: building a starship and taking interstellar flight.

Join in on social: How will humanity change as it spreads throughout the galaxy? Join the conversation using the hashtag #KPCCNext. 

Price: Free | This event is almost at capacity, but you can catch the live video stream here.

3. Learn the tricks and tips of using social media in your business 

(Photo: tonyhall/Flickr)

What: Social media IS good business | Workshop and panel discussion

When: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2

Why you should go: Are you a business owner or media professional looking to boost your marketability? Sasha Strauss, founder and managing director of Innovation Protocol, and Lawrence Crosby, dean of the Drucker School of Management, will offer up useful tips that can be easily implemented. 

Join in on social: Share your business savvy social media tips with @KPCCForum using the hashtag #brandstrategy.

Price: Free

4. Are nuclear weapons safe? Find out why nukes could pose a threat to humankind

What: Command and Control: Eric Schlosser with Mike Shuster on nuclear weapons and the illusion of safety | Hear the inside story

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7

Why you should go: Hair-raising accounts of nuclear weapon accidents, near misses, heroism and technological breakthroughs — it's all a part of our talk with investigative journalist Eric Schlosser (best known for "Fast Food Nation")  and former NPR correspondent Mike Shuster.

Join in on social: Are we any safer from nuclear weapons now than we were in the 1960s? Tweet us @KPCCForum.

Price: Free 

5. Join the pledge drive party with Cheech Marin 

What: Cheech & KPCC—It’s a Pledge Drive Party! |Live broadcast, Q&A and reception

When: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8

Why you should go: Hang with the ladies and gents behind the voices at 89.3. Off-Ramp’s John Rabe will host a live broadcast while KPCC news editor Oscar Garza chats with actor and Chicano art collector Cheech Marin (yes, the dude from "Cheech and Chong"). KPCC environment reporter Molly Peterson will take the stage, too, in KPCC's first-ever live pitching party. 

Join in on social: Tell us why you love KPCC using the hashtag #KPCClove on Twitter and Facebook. Got a question for Cheech? We're welcoming those, too. 

Price:  $60 | Buy tickets here ($50 for KPCC members with discount code - email jsmith@kpcc.org for details)

Want more? See a list of all KPCC events here. 

The Crawford Family Forum is located at 474 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105.