2008-2009 Academic Year

USC in DC: One Hundred Days 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Experts assess the first 100 days of the Obama Administration.

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The First Months of the Obama Administration

Wednesday, April 21, 2009

This one-day conference examined the first months of the Obama Administration.The event was co-sponsored by the California Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Council, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Declare Yourself, Gen Next, HealthNet, POLITICO, the USC Department of Political Science, and the USC Political Student Assembly.  It featured panelists such as former Congressman Tom Campbell, former California State Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, former White House Communications Director David Demarest, and Senior Communications Director of the Obama for America Campaign Leslie Miller.

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Students Talk Back - New President, New Challenges -Obama's First 100 Days:  Measure B, the Solar Energy & Job Creation Program

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

 


President Obama's Address to Congress

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Law and Policy, the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, and the Unruh Institute of Politics presented a public viewing of President Barack Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress.  The address this year was held in place of the customary State of the Union address.  The speech was preceded by a discussion led by Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, and included Geneva Overholser, Director of the Annenberg Journalism School, and Torey Van Oot of the Daily Trojan.

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The 2009 Sacramento Legislative Seminar

Sunday, February 22 to Tuesday, February 24, 2009

28 USC undergraduates joined other college and university students from around California for a weekend-long seminar providing students with the opportunity to meet and interact with the executive and legisltive leaders who shape the laws and policies of California.  Seminar panelists included members of the Senate and the Assembly, lobbyists, reporters, and legislative and executive branch staff.  Sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and several other California colleges and universities. 


 

 


The Death Penalty: Shifting Public Opinion and the Question of Innocence

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The USC Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Gould School of Law present a panel with Frank Baumgartner, Professor of Political Science at Penn State University, and author of "The Deadline of the Death Penalty and the Discovery of Innocence", and Jody Armour, Professor of Law and expert in criminal defense and prosecution, racial profiling, personal injury claims and sexual predator cases.  Moderated by Professor Ange-Marie Hancock.

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The Obama Stimulus Plan:  Can it Fix a Broken Economy? 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The USC Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Department of Political Science sponsored a discussion about the status of our economy with CA State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, LA City Councilman Greig Smith, and President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, Loren Kaye, as wel as other political leaders and economic experts.

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Students Talk Back -  New President, New Challenges - Obama's First 100 Days:  Closing Guantanamo Bay: What Comes Next?

Wednesday, Febuary 11, 2009 

 

Students Talk Back -  New President, New Challenges - Obama's First 100 Days:  Energy & the Environment

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 

 

USC Orange County Distinguished Speaker Series presents: Dan Schnur - What Comes Next? Challenges for the New President and the New Congress on a New Landscape

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Launching its 11th Annual Distinguished Speaker Series, Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, addressed the economic and foreign policy challenges awaiting President Obama, including the hurdles he faces working with a new Congress.  Can Obama chart a new course, or will he be thwarted by entrenched interests in Washington?  Schnur led a discussion about what to look for as Obama confronts a changing environment in policy and politics. 


 


Students Talk Back - New President, New Challenges - Obama's First 100 Days: "Fiscal Stimulus Package & The Economy"

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 

 

Students Talk Back - Obama's Challenges, Our Challenges

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 

 

Inauguration Watch

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

USC students gathered to watch US President No.44, Barack Obama, take office, and participated in post-speech analysis and discussion with Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur and journalism professor Robert Suro.  Co-sponsored by the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, the USC Political Science Department, and the Unruh Institute of Politics.

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ELECTION '08: Deconstructing the Campaign and What it Means for the Future

Friday, November 21, 2008 - Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, in association with POLITICO, hosted a two-day post-election conference featuring top strategists from the Obama and McCain presidential campaigns. The conference featured panel discussions consisting of representatives from each campaign, moderated by POLITICO reporters and editors. Panels concentrated on the primary and general election seasons, in addition to future campaign strategies, and challenges facing the new administration. A panel of professional journalists also offered analysis on the events and decisions that shaped the 2008 election.

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Students Talk Back - Challenges Facing the New Administration

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

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What Happened and Why? A Post-Election Conversation about Candidates, Strategies and Ballot Measures in the Race of '08

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Featuring Kareem Crayton, USC Law Professor, Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, and John Matsusaka of the Initiative & Referendum Institute. The panel discussed: How did the presidential victor win the election, and what impact will the win have over future governance? Which ballot measures lost/won, and what are the broader implications? Who voted, and what impact did it have on the presidential race, ballot measures, and other races?


 


Election Night: Watching the Events as They Unfold

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership, and the Unruh Institute of Politics invited students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of election returns, as well as the results for statewide offices and ballot propositions. Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute, provided led discussion throughout the evening.


 


Students Talk Back - Time to Choose

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

 


Students Talk Back - Higher Education

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

 


Debate Watch 2008: McCain-Obama Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics invited students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of the presidential debate between Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Discussion led by Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur and professor of communication Tom Hollihan.


 

 


Political Careers Panel

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute of Politics moderated a discussion panel on political careers co-sponsored by the Unruh Institute and the Career Planning & Placement Center.  Panelists included Paul Vizcaino, Pacific Strategies & former advisor to Mayor Villaraigosa and Miguel Contreras; Mike Madrid, the California League of Cities & former political director for the California Republican Party; NII-Quarterlai Quartey, Consensus Consulting group; Julie Soderlund, Wilson-Miller Communications & former spokesperson for Governor Schwarzenegger; Erin Ross, Los Angeles Director of City Year. 

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Students Talk Back - Healthcare

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

 

Debate Watch 2008: McCain-Obama Presidential Debate 

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics invited students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of the presidential debate between Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Discussion led by Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur.


 


Debate Watch 2008: Biden-Palin Vice Presidential Debate 

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics invited students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of the vice-presidential debate between Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware). Discussion led by Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur.


 

 


Students Talk Back - Social Issues

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

 

Debate Watch 2008: McCain-Obama Presidential Debate

Friday, September 26, 2008 

The USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics invited students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of the presidential debate between Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Discussion led by Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur.

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Students Talk Back: Jobs & the Economy

Wednesday, September 24, 2012

 

Campaign Update: Obama with Mitchell Schwartz, California State Director for the Obama campaign 2008


Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Mr. Schwartz has served on nearly every presidential campaign since 1984, including a pivotal role in 1992 as Governor Bill Clinton's New Hampshire State Director.  He founded the Bomaye Group, a public affairs firm in Los Angeles which coordinated the grassroots and online campaign surrounding An Inconvenient Truth and assisted the Save Darfur Campaign.  Schwartz has served as an adviser to a number of California's elected officials, including Senator Boxer, Governor Davis, and Mayor Villaraigosa. 

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Students Talk Back - the Environment & Energy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

 

Students Talk Back - Obama v. McCain on Foreign Policy

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

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Campaign Update: McCain with Adam Mendelsohn, Sr. Campaign Adviser for McCain 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mr. Mendelsohn has 14 years of experience in strategic communications and public affairs, and formerly served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  He is a veteran of numerous California State Assembly and Senate campaigns, and he has also advised numerous Fortune 500 clients on media and public affairs campaigns.

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Convention Watch: McCain Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Prof. Geoffrey Cowan of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, political communication expert Prof. Tom Hollihan, and Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute and former communications director for John McCain.


 


Convention Watch: Obama Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Prof. Geoffrey Cowan of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, political communication expert Prof. Tom Hollihan, and Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute and former communications director for John McCain.


 



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