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. In 1987, Dr. Berg and the late Joseph R. Cerrell secured the $1M gift that shifted the IPG to its current name – the 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.
Memorial information is forthcoming.
2014 Joseph R. Cerrell Sacramento Seminar in Political Leadership
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics invites you to apply to the 2014 Joseph R. Cerrell Sacramento Seminar in Political Leadership to be held Thursday, February 27 through Saturday, March 1, 2014.
In Sacramento, students will have the opportunity to meet the executive and legislative leaders who shape the laws and policies of the state. Scheduled events include discussions with legislators, lobbyists, campaign strategists, journalists, Capitol staff and representatives of the Brown Administration. In addition to formally structured events, students will have the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts throughout their time in Sacramento.
For those chosen to attend the Cerrell Seminar, transportation from Los Angeles to Sacramento, hotel accommodations in Sacramento, and most meals will be provided. Students will be responsible for personal and incidental expenses.
The program is open to undergraduate students of all majors currently pursuing degrees at USC with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. As this is a competitive program, in addition to exemplary academic work, candidates should have a demonstrated interest in politics, government or public service, as shown through means such as:
- Attending and/or organizing political events (especially on-campus)
- Prior political volunteerism
- Political internships
- Politically-related student activities
- Attendance and/or participation in Unruh Institute events
Please complete the attached application, and include an unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation from a professor (he/she does not have to be from USC), and your answers to the two questions listed within the application.
To download a copy of the application, please click here.
You may return all application materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit hard copies to:
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
RE: Cerrell Seminar
University of Southern California, VKC 263
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0045
Phone: (213) 740-8964
Please direct any questions regarding the Cerrell Seminar to Luca Servodio at email@example.com or (213) 740-8964.
USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll
Conducted at regular intervals throughout the year, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll is one of the largest polls of registered voters in the state and has been widely cited, helping to inform the public and to encourage discourse on key political and policy issues.
To read the USC Dornsife press release on economic concerns surrounding the Affordable Care Act, click here.
To read the Los Angeles Times analysis of the poll relating to the Affordable Care Act, click here.
To read the USC Dornsife press release on Governor Brown's approval rating, click here.
To read the Los Angeles Times analysis of the poll relating to Governor Brown's approval rating, click here.
To read the USC Dornsife press release on Californian's views on immigration, click here.
To read the Los Angeles Times analysis of the poll relating to immigration, click here.
To view the poll results, 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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