Battle for the Ballot: Democratic and Republican Responses to California's New Top Two Primary

Wednesday, April 23, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum (RTCC 450)

 Free food served at 11:30AM
Discussion begins at noon
Food and space are limited. First come, first served.


Allan Hoffenblum, Publisher, the California Target Book
Garry South, Principal, The Garry South Group
Jordan Tygh, Member, USC College Republicans
Sam Dorn, Former Political Director, USC College Democrats 

Co-Moderated By:

Kerstyn Olson, Interim Director, USC Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics
Jordyn Holman, Opinion Columnist, USC Daily Trojan

This will be the last Students Talk Back discussion of the spring 2014 semester.
Students Talk Back will resume on September 10, 2014.

“Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum” is a series presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan

For more information, please contact us at (213) 740-8964 or 


Young Women's Political & Civic Leadership Program

Nominate a High School Girl!

Saturday, April 26, 8:45AM-3:30PM

The 2014 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program is designed for high school girls from California who have leadership potential and an interest in politics.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear young politicos, elected officials and community leaders speak about the importance of having more women leading in politics. The workshop will also emphasize hands-on training and will cover topics such as: why we need more young women in political office, crafting your personal brand, networking, and how to get involved now.

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 8:45AM-3:30PM

University of Southern California
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 450 (The Forum)
3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

If you are a high school student interested in participating, please RSVP at
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM
The cost to attend is $35
An RSVP is required in order to attend the event

Parking Information:Recommended parking is Parking Structure X (PSX) by USC Gate 3

Please direct any questions to or call 213-740-8964


 In Memoriam:

Dr. Larry Berg

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC mourns the loss of one of its founders, Dr. Larry Berg.

Dr. Berg joined the University of Southern California’s Department of Political Science in 1969 and co-founded the USC Institute of Politics and Government (IPG) in 1978, now known as the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Dr. Berg’s commitment to students and learning was widely admired, and his leadership laid the foundation for the political internships, conferences and panel discussions that make up the Unruh Institute today. Over the years, Dr. Berg’s foresight benefited thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to careers in politics, government, and public service.

During his time at USC, Dr. Berg was known for being an expert on California’s initiative process, as well as for publishing numerous works on corruption in the financing of judicial political campaigns in California. His tenure in politics includes a variety of influential roles – he served as a Board member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), as a Robert F. Kennedy delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and as an advisor to Senator Edmund S. Muskie (D – ME), the author of the Federal Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

Beginning in 2014, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC will offer an annual award for a student or students who have demonstrated a strong interest in public service through their academic work, political involvement, and civic engagement. The Dr. Larry Berg Award for Political Leadership will provide students with financial support to work on behalf of an elected official or cause that inspires them. The Award will continue Dr. Berg’s legacy of engaging students in public service. For more information on the Dr. Larry Berg Award for Political Leadership, please click here.  


  Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Video  


 The mission of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC. The following video features Director Dan Schnur, friends and former staff, along with students who have applied their education through internships at every level of government -- from the White House, to the CA State Capitol and here locally at City Hall in Los Angeles.


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