Critical Conversations @Soka features artists, instigators, authors, and thought-leaders who ignite conversations, connect community, and draw attention to pressing local and global issues. We hope these conversations will extend from our stage to living rooms, classrooms, and boardrooms throughout our communities.


Grants for Student and Community Groups

To make the event more accessible to high school students, Soka University offers free tickets and grant funding to reimburse transportation costs to organized high school or community groups of 15 or more who pre-register, while supplies last.

Apply for a Grant

Pre-Event Dining

Interested in dining before the event. The Soka Bistro is available.  

Bistro Information


Director of Special Projects
Bridges to Business (B2B)
Critical Conversations @Soka
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