In Search of Truth Online Program Series

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Hosted monthly via Zoom

Banksy, What Are You Looking At?, 2004, graffiti at Marble Arch Street in London, United Kingdom.

The Wende Museum presents a monthly virtual program, In Search of Truth, co-organized and co-presented by an eight-person Student Council. With this series of interviews, we will explore the concept of truth in an era of fake news, culture wars, conspiracy theories, and alternative facts. What is the meaning of truth in evolution, history, politics, (social) media, science, education, philosophy, and the arts? This series of twelve programs explores many possible answers. Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. PST via Zoom.

July 27, 2022, 4 p.m. PDT


The seventh program in the In Search of Truth series is a conversation about magic and sorcery in the quest for truth. Members of our student council invite Krystyn Lambert, mentalist, medium, and mystic, to speak about alternative dimensions of reality. 

Krystyn Lambert is one of the most recognized females in magic. The magic world's leading trade publication, Genii Magazine, aptly described Krystyn as a “witch who may or may not have supernatural powers,” and she feels delicately bound between two worlds. Between her extensive domestic and international television appearances starting at age twelve, performing solo-acts in Criss Angel’s live show in Las Vegas and on national tour, and current showcase blending witchcraft with demonstrations of her uncanny ability to delve into the minds of audience members, Krystyn is a dominant name.

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Past Programs

June 22, 2022, 4 p.m. PDT

The sixth program in the In Search of Truth series is a conversation about the power of musicians in the quest for truth. Members of our student council invite Vijay Gupta, violinist, social activist, and recipient of a MacArthur Fellows Program “Genius Grant," to speak about music as a universal language and a tool of social change. 

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May 25, 2022


The fifth program in the In Search of Truth series is a conversation about the meaning of truth and the status of facts in science. Members of our student council invite Soraya de Chadarevian, Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at UCLA, to discuss the margins of subjectivity and objectivity in the world of science.

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In Search of Truth: April Program - Truth and Society

April 27, 2022


The fourth program in the In Search of Truth series is a conversation about the importance of a shared sense of truth to keep societies together. Members of our student council invite John Emerson, former US Ambassador to Germany, and Kimberly Marteau Emerson, international human rights advocate, to discuss the changing meaning of truth in times of political and cultural polarization. 

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March 23, 2022


The third program in the In Search of Truth series is an interview on the assault on truth in wartime and the proliferation of falsities and propaganda surrounding the Russian occupation of Ukraine. Members of our student council invite John Pomfret, journalist and correspondent for the Washington Post, as well as the author of the recent book From Warsaw with Love: Polish Spies, the CIA, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance (2021) which was the center of a recent discussion at the Wende. Pomfret will join the council to discuss truths, lies, and alternative facts in the politics of war (and peace). 

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February 23, 2022

The second program in the In Search of Truth series is a panel discussion on the role of truth and truthfulness in education. Members of our student council invite Dr. Kelly Kent, neuroscientist and member of the Culver City School Board, and Catherine McTamaney, associate professor of the Practice of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University, to discuss the social responsibility of teachers, the sociopolitical context of teaching methods and teaching objectives, and the importance of critical thinking in times of fake news, alternative facts, and conspiracy theories.

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The Wende Museum begins its new monthly virtual program series In Search of Truth with an hour-long discussion featuring our eight-person In Search of Truth student council. Is there objective truth, or is everyone entitled to their own sense of reality? Can science, philosophy, and art reveal different aspects of truth? What does it mean to be truthful in history teaching? What is the function of truth in keeping our society together? And what causes the current crisis of truth, and how can we overcome it? These are some of the questions that will be addressed. The discussion will be followed by Q&A with the viewers. 

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Special thanks to Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman for generously supporting discussions at the Wende Museum and our current virtual programs.