Van Jones talks to students from Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, CA – Media personality Van Jones will speak to Santa Monica students Thursday as part of a speaker series hosted by Santa Monica’s New Roads School.

Jones, best known for his political commentary on CNN, will participate in a virtual discussion with students from schools across the country, including the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

His talk is part of the Critical Conversations lecture series being hosted by the New School with school and corporate partners across the country. The series aims to provide a space for discussions about equity and professional development, according to the website Critical Conversations.

Jones served as special adviser on green jobs, business and innovation to former President Barack Obama.

Jones is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, most recently a book entitled Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together. The 2017 book focused on the political division.

Jones’ talk, titled “Educating to Rebuild the American Dream,” will be held at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Use the Critical Talks website to register for the talk.

The series previously hosted Ibram X. Kendi, author of the award-winning books How To Be An Antiracist and Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

The recent Critical Conversations lecture was about Cancel Culture with Loretta Ross, an activist and professor at Smith College.

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