What Makes Enthusiastic Voters:
Can Civic Education Make a Difference?

Wednesday April 1, 2015, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Mudd Hall of Philosophy (MHP 102)

Join our Visiting Fellows for a discussion about how education plays a role in voter participation. Does our education system foster apathetic voters? What can we do to increase civic participation?

Hon. Anthony Portantino, Former State Assemblymember (D - AD 44)
Hon. Mark Wyland, Former State Senator (R - SD 38)

Jessica Wysocky, USC Political Student Assembly Secretary
Justine Breuch, USC Political Student Assembly Intern

Free food served at 6:30 PM. 
Discussion begins at 7:00 PM. 
Food and space are limited. First come, first served. 

"California Politics Roundtable Discussion" is in partnership with USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Political Student Assembly. 

For more information: email unruhins@usc.edu, call (213) 740-8964 or stop by VKC 263.


The Power, Danger, and Responsibility of Voice

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240 (DML 240)

Join us for an exclusive screening of "Breaking the Silence: Moroccans Speak Out!" After the screening, a panel of experts and USC student leaders will discuss gender equality in Muslim communities at home and abroad, and the importance of voice, relationships and creative dialogue as a tool to make social change. 

Special Guests Include:
Zaid Abu Hamdan, Writer and Director
Roopashree Jeevaji, Actor and Producer
Dr. Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture; Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Amie Williams,Executive Director and Co-Founder, GlobalGirl Media
Heidi Basch-Harod,Executive Director, Women’s Voices Now
Muslema Purmul, Co-Founder and Scholar-in-Residence, at Safa Center for Research and Education
Ariana Seymore, Policy, Planning, and Development Major, USC Price School of Public Policy
Rebecca Siegel, Political Science Major, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

 Food served at 6:00 PM.
Screening begins at 6:30 PM.
Discussion starts at 7:15 PM.
Food and space are limited. First come, first served.

This film screening is presented in partnership with: USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Women’s Voices Now, GlobalGirl Media, USC Women’s Student Assembly, USC Muslim Student Union, USC Office of Religious Life, and USC Political Student Assembly.

For more information: email unruhins@usc.edu, call (213) 740-8964 or stop by VKC 263.

2016 Presidential Race

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Forum (RTCC 450) 

Free food served at 11:30 AM
Discussion begins at 12:00 PM
Food and space are limited. First come, first served. 

Professor Robert Shrum, Political Consultant and USC Dornsife Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics
Jon Wilcox, President, Multiplicity Media

Co-Moderated by:
Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
Daniel Grzywacz, Lifestyle Editor, USC Daily Trojan

"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.

Life After Vergara: 
The Future of California's Public Schools

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
USC University Club - Scriptorium Room

705 W. 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90089

Doors open at 11:45 AM.
Lunch and introductions begin promptly at 12:30 PM.

In Vergara v. California, nine public school children filed a lawsuit against the Golden State under the notion that the laws dictating hiring and firing policies for teachers in public schools left students educationally disadvantaged. As a result of Vergara v. California, the Superior Court of the state of California struck down several laws that the students felt were preventing ineffective teachers from being fired. Attorneys on behalf of the state of California appealed the decision. Join us for a summit on education in which several panels of experts representing both the defendants and plaintiffs arguments will examine the next steps of Vergara v. California and analyze its legal and legislative implications.

RSVP REQUIRED. TO RSVP: http://bit.ly/18LqXQx

This event is presented in partnership with: USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Rossier School of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, and KLCS.

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 Executive 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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Director's Corner

A Scouting Report of Emerging GOP Presidential Field

The Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2015

Two weeks ago, college basketball’s annual tournament began in its usual frenzy of chaos and unpredictability. Last week, the fight for the Republican presidential nomination began in much the same way. Read more>

With Harry Reid's Exit, Challenges for Democrats

The Wall Street Journal
March 27, 2015

Harry Reid may have inadvertently conceded his Senate seat to Republican control with his retirement announcement. But his views for the party’s future are much more interesting. Read more>

How Islamic State Threatens Rand Paul’s 2016 Campaign

The Wall Street Journal
March 17, 2015

The past few months, it has come to look like Islamic State cannot defeat U.S. airpower. It’s an open question whether the extremists can overcome the reconfigured Iraqi military. But it appears that they can, at least, defeat Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.). Read more>

How Netanyahu Can Calm the Political Storm Over His Speech 

The Wall Street Journal
February 11, 2015

On Monday, President Obama worried aloud that meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his upcoming trip to the U.S. would inject partisan politics into serious foreign policy discourse. Read more>

The 2015 State of the Union Address ... Brought to You By Elizabeth Warren

The Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2015

Sen. Warren is not the president of the United States, of course, and is unlikely to ever be. But the speech that Barack Obama delivers Tuesday night would not exist if it were not for Sen. Warren and her increasingly effective efforts to drive a more progressive and populist Democratic Party agenda. Read more>

California Democrats and Their (Impatient) Wait to Replace Barbara Boxer

The Wall Street Journal
January 8, 2015

There is a generation of Democratic politicians in California who have been waiting–not so patiently–to move up the political ladder. With Sen. Barbara Boxer‘s announcement that she will not run for re-election in 2016, and likely open seats for governor and the U.S. Senate two years later, a lot of pent-up energy and ambition is about to be unleashed on the nation’s largest state. As the field of potential candidates begins to sort itself out, here are some things to keep in mind: Read more>

The Disappearing Gov. Brown

Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2015

Has anyone seen the governor of California?

Four years ago, when Jerry Brown ran to succeed Hollywood-honed Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor, Brown's lower profile and septuagenarian “get off my lawn” countenance appealed to voters searching for a more traditional and less theatrical leader. After he was elected, Brown dramatically reduced the size of the governor's communications staff and cut back on the public events, press releases and interviews that most elected officials use to build support for their political and policy ambitions. Read more>


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