2012-2013 Academic Year

L.A. Mayoral Debate 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Los Angeles Times co-hosted a mayoral debate and town hall with City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel. Media partner KTLA 5 broadcasted the debate live and commercial free from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Community partners included the Junior State of America and Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

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A Bipartisan Conversation on Immigration Reform

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and leading political analysts, Mike Madrid and former CA Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, provided commentary on the political prospects of comprehensive immigration reform.

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The Twelfth Annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguised Lecture
Casden Institute Presents:
Public Service: "How the Jewish Tradition Has Influenced One Senator"

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This annual event featured Senator Al Franken of Minnesota.


 

Students Talk Back: Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Will it Happen?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

This panel on Comprehensive Immigration Reform featured Michael Madrid, Principal, Grassroots Lab; Carrie Lopez, Chair, Hispanas Organizing for Political Equality Leadership Institute (HOPE); Giuseppe Robalino, member, USC College Republicans; and Shikhar Gupta, Director of Underclassmen Engagement, USC College Democrats. The event was co-moderated by Yasmeen Serhan, News Editor, Daily Trojan; and Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

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Students Talk Back: Immigration: California Prison Reform

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

This panel on California Prison Reform featured James Austin, JFA Institute President, Emily Reisner, a graduate student in public policy, Jennifer Moore, a Rivera Policy Institute research assistant, and Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Program. The event was moderated by Robert Suro, Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.

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Students Talk Back: Immigration: The Social Justice Agenda Beyond Reform

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Join us for a conversation on the social justice issues that lie beyond the immigration reform debate. We'll talk about who has benefited from the current immigration system and who has been left behind. What's the next immigration policy agenda? How will we define success or failure twenty years from now? Featuring: Antonio Gonzalez, Southwest Voters; Stephanie Canizales, Doctoral Candidate, USC Department of Sociology; Kevin Valero, USC Member, IDEAS. This event was moderated by Robert Suro, Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.

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Students Talk Back: The Road to City Hall: The Los Angeles Mayoral Race

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

The dynamic of the Los Angeles mayoral race will shift dramatically from a five candidate primary to a two candidate dead heat. Once the field is narrowed, what must the two candidates do to convince voters to elect them the next mayor of Los Angeles? The consolidation of the race provides an opportunity to look at where the candidates stand on issues such as closing the city’s budget deficit, position on school funding and charter schools, tax rates on businesses, and other defining issues of the race. Panelists included: Thomas Waldman, Director of Communications and Media Relations, Los Angeles Unified School District; Sam Garrison, Vice President of Civic Initiatives, Caruso Affiliated; Aaron Taxy, President, USC College Democrats; and Andrew Murcia, Member, USC College Republicans. This event was co-moderated by Matt Rodriguez, Former Western States Regional Director, Obama for America 2008; and Yasmeen Serhan, News Editor, USC Daily Trojan.

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Students Talk Back: A Conversation with Ron Loveridge

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Join us for a conversation on urban and suburban sustainability, and the role of leadership and local governance with longtime Mayor of Riverside, Ronald Loveridge. Panelists included: Ronald Loveridge, Former Mayor, Riverside; Director, Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, UC Riverside; and Raphael Bostic, Director, USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance.

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Students Talk Back: Golden State of Education: The Future of Reform in California 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In California, the state's K-12 education system faces a changing landscape with the November passage of Proposition 30 and Governor Jerry Brown's proposed new school funding forumla. In our weekly Students Talk Back series, this discussion focused on the most pressing issues facing education nationally and in California including: charter schools, teacher evaluations, parent trigger laws, and guaranteed Pre-K education. Panelists included Michelle Rhee, CEO and Founder, Students First; Ben Austin, Executive Director, Parent Revolution; Catherine Shieh, Finance Director, USC College Democrats; and Haran Sivakumar, Member, USC College Republicans.

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State of the Union Live Viewing

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 

In our weekly Students Talk Back series, this event featured Bill Simon, 2002 Republican Nominee, Governor of California; Matt Rodriguez, Former Western States Regional Director, Obama for America 2008; Ernest Wilson III, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Charlie Epting, Public Relations Director, USC College Republicans; and Austin Coleman, Vice President, USC College Democrats.

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Young Women's Political Leadership Program: California Edition 

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Running Start’s widely popular Young Women’s Political Leadership Program is coming to Los Angeles, California for its second annual west coast conference! High school girls will have the chance to learn about the importance of political leadership and will begin to hone the skills needed to run for public office. Running Start will Running Start will facilitate this day-long training with USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics and California Women Lead.  The workshop is designed for high school girls from California who have leadership potential and an interest in politics.


 

Students Talk Back: Guns and Safety

February 6, 2013

In our weekly Students Talk Back series, this event featured Raphael Bostic, Director, USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance; and Erroll Southers, Associate Director of National Homeland Security, Center of Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).

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Students Talk Back: Social Justice in Los Angeles 

January 30, 2013

In our weekly Students Talk Back series, this event was moderated by Raphael Bostic, Director, USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance. Featuring Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE); Lisa Schweitzer, Associate Professor, USC Price; and Leslie Ivie, USC Price MPA Candidate, Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles.

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Initiatives and Referendums

January 30, 2013

This event was hosted by the USC Gould School of Law. Featuring Dan Schnur, Director, USC Unruh Institute of Politics; Mat McCubbins, Provost Professor of Business, Law, and Political Economy, USC; Bruce Cain, Professor of Political Science, Stanford; Colin McCubbins, Professor of Political Science, Stanford. 


 

The Obama Presidency: A Second Term Agenda

January 23, 2013

This event was moderated by Director of the Unruh Institute Dan Schnur and Managing Editor of the Daily Trojan Rachel Bracker. Tony Strickland, former California State Senator and Anthony Portantino, former California State Assemblymember both focused on Obama's second term agenda. In addition, Ethan Levin from the USC College Democrats and Greg Sefain from the USC College Republicans joined in on the dicussion. 


 

Women and the 2012 Election

December 6, 2012

This event was moderated by California Women Lead Executive Director/CEO Rachel Michelin and featured a panel with Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, Beth Miller, CEO of Miller Public Affairs, and Karen Skelton, President of Skelton Strategies, and focused on a post-election discussion of the impact of women in politics.


 

 How California Voted

November 28, 2012

On November 6th, California voted to increase taxes for the benefit of the State and education.  Community colleges are increasing class offerings, California State Universities are issuing refunds to students, and school districts across the state are taking deep breaths because they won't have to drastically shorten the school year.  The revenue from the tax has forstalled cuts, but what are the foreseeable impacts of the election in the coming years. Come join Director Dan Schnur for a deeper look at "How California Voted".  


 

Election Night Viewing Party

Election 2012: Obama vs. Romney
Post-Election Analysis

November 15, 2012

This post-election program featured top strategists for the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns and focused on the major events and themes of the 2012 Presidential Election, future campaign strategies, and the challenges facing the new administration. The panel included Bob Wickers, Senior Advisor/Media for Romney for President 2012, Larry Grisolano, Senior Advisor/Paid Media for Obama for America 2008 and 2012, Kaya Masler, President of the USC Trojans for Barack Obama, and Alex Yebri, President of USC Trojans for Mitt Romney. The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

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Governor Gray Davis on California's Path Forward After the 2012 Elections 

November 7, 2012

This post-election Road to the White House panel focused on the California Propositions and the implications of the presidential election.  The panel featured Geoffrey Cowan, Director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, Gray Davis, Former California Governor, Maddy Lansky, President of the USC College Republicans, and Christian Patterson, Member of the USC College Democrats.  

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Come join the Unruh Institute of Politics in the live viewing party of election results in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center's outdoor plaza. Large screens will be brought out to the plaza to accomodate the participants.

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The Swing Vote: Targeting Voters in the Presidential Election

October 31, 2012

This week's Road to the White House panel focused on the role of swing voters and swing states in the 2012 presidential election.  The panel featured Teddy Davis, Press Secretary, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Michael Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, GenNext, Giuseppe Robalino, Member, USC College Republicans.  The discussion was co-moderated by Daniel Rothberg, News Editor, USC Daily Trojan and Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

“Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Policy” is a weekly series presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the USC Sol Price's Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise. 

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Schools, Taxes, and Crime: Making Sense of California's Ballot Initiatives

October 30, 2012

This panel focused on the California Propositions, with a special focus on Propositions 30, 32, 34, 36, and 38.  The panel featured Rose Kapolczynski, Campaign Manager for Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate, Fiona Hutton, President of Fiona Hutton & Associates, Maddy Lansky, President of the USC College Republicans, Fritz Pielstick, Political Director of the USC College Democrats.  The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

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Road to the White House 2012: Human Trafficking on the California Ballot: Proposition 35 (The Case Act)

October 24, 2012

The panel discussed proposition 35 and the significance of having human trafficking on the ballot.  The panel featured Chris Kelly, Founder of Safer California Foundation & Former Chief Privacy Officer, D’Lita Miller, Trafficking Survivor & Family Support and Outreach Coordinator of Saving Innocence, and John Vanek, Retired Lieutenant of the San Jose Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force.  There was a welcome by Geoffrey Cowan, Director of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, and the panel was moderated by Mark Latonero, Research Director of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

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Women and the 2012 Election

October 23, 2012

This panel discussed the importance of the "Gender Gap" in the 2012 election and reflected on the role of women in the 2012 election.  The panel featured Dan Schnur, Director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Rachel Michelin, Executive Director of California Women Lead, Maddy Lansky, President of the USC College Republicans, and Catherine Shieh, Finance Director of the USC College Democrats. 

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Third Presidential Debate Live Screening

Monday, October 22, 2012

This week the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a live screening of the third Presidential Debate.  President Obama and Governor Romney addressed foreign (and domestic) issues, followed by a panel discussion co-moderated by Matt Rodriguez, Former Western States Regional Director of Obama for America Campaign in 2008 and Jonathan Wilcox, Former Speechwriter for California Governor Pete Wilson.  Featured panelists included Jared Ginsburg, member of USC College Republicans and Sydney Fishman, member of USC College Democrats.

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Pew Survey and the Latino Vote in 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) hosted a discussion regarding the latest findings on the political attitudes of the Latino electorate as portrayed in the recently released Pew Hispanic Center's, National Survey of Latinos 2012.  The discussion featured Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center and was co-moderated by Roberto Suro, Director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and Paola Fernandez, Political Director of the USC Latino Student Assembly.  Voto Latino, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to registering and engaging ALL voters, was present at the debate to register people to vote. 

This event was presented by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and co-sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Latino Student Assembly, the Bedrosian Center, Latino Association for Policy, Planning and Development, and the IDEAS Movement at USC.


 

Second Presidential Debate Live Screening

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the second Presidential Debate live screening followed by a panel discussion. The featured panelists included Garry South, Senior Democratic Strategist and former Senior Advisor to California Governor Gray Davis; Jim Brulte, Former California State Senate and Assembly Republican Leader; Max Schwartz, Member of the USC College Democrats; and Greg Sefain, Member, USC College Republicans. The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

This event was presented with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, the USC Political Student Assembly, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans

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Vice Presidential Debate Live Screening

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a live screening of the vice-presidential debate.  Free food was served before students watched Joe Biden and Paul Ryan tackle foreign and domestic issues in Election 2012.

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Road to the White House 2012: No Policy Left Behind? K-12 Education in the 2012 Campaign

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

USC's Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise helped host the regular series "Road to the White House", with this week's discussion focusing on education policy on both a state and national level. The panel discussion featured Morgan Polikoff, Assistant Professor, USC Rossier School of Education; Marshall Tuck, Executive Director, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; Edgar Zazueta, Director of Government Relations, Los Angeles Unified School District; Jason Pollock, Social Media Expert and Director, Undroppable; and Gabe Rose, Deputy Director, Parent Revolution. It was moderated by Bonnie Reiss, Global Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute. 

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First Presidential Debate Live Screening

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the first Presidential Debate live screening followed by a panel discussion. The featured panelists included Lindsey Kozberg, Vice President of External Affairs at RAND and former special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2003; Alan Arkatov, CEO of The Teaching Channel and former Senior Advisor to 1992 Bill Clinton for President Campaign Manager Mickey Kantor; Aaron Taxy, President of the USC College Democrats; and Charles Epting, Public Relations Director of the USC College Republicans. The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

This event was presented with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, the USC Political Student Assembly, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans.

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Road to the White House 2012: Going Negative: When Attack Ads Work and When They Don’t

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the regular series "Road to the White House", with this week's discussion focused on negative campaign strategies in the context of this presidential election. The panel discussion featured John Shallman, President of Shallman Communications; Michael Finnegan, reporter for the Los Angeles TimesTaylor Markey, Social Chair of the USC College Democrats; and Barr Benyamin, Member of the USC College Republicans. The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Annalise Mantz, News Editor of the Daily Trojan

This event was presented with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans.  It was co-sponsored by the USC Daily Trojan and the Jesse M. Unruh Institue of Politics.

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Road to the White House 2012: How the Millenial Generation is Shaping the 2012 Election

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) hosted a conversation on the 2012 elections featuring CCLP senior fellow Morley Winograd and Mike Hais, co-authors of Millennial Momentum: How a new generation is remaking America. From the publisher: “In Millennial Momentum, Winograd and Hais investigate how the beliefs and practices of the Millennials are transforming other areas of American culture, from education to entertainment, from the workplace to the home, and from business to politics and government … They also illustrate why this generation's unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome the internal culture wars and institutional malaise currently plaguing the country.”  CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan moderated the discussion.

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Presents:   Mind Over Media Politics, Propaganda, and the Digital Age 

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a discussion on propaganda in the 21st century. We were joined by Stephen Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation, The Institute for Visual History and Education;  Michael Sarid,  Western Regional Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Eli Attie, The West Wing screenwriter, TV producer, and former speechwriter; Dr. Steven Luckert, Curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Permanent Exhibition and of State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda; Dr. Nancy Snow, Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and at Cal State Fullerton; Tom Waldman, Director of Communications and Media Relations for LAUSD; Bruce Zuckerman, USC Myron and Marian Casden Director and Professor of Religion. The discussion was co-moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Daniel Rothberg, News Editor for the USC Daily Trojan. 

This event was presented with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education. 

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Road to the White House 2012: The War Between Policy & Politics

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

USC's Bedrosian Center on Governance hosted the regular series "Road to the White House", with this week's discussion focused on policy and politics in the context of the upcoming presidential election. The discussion featured Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Senior Fellow, USC Price School, and Political Analyst, KNBC Los Angeles, and Raphael Bostic, Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance.  

This event was presented with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

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Road to the White House 2012: The Key Issues: Jobs, Healthcare, and Medicare - What Will Decide the Election?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted the regular series "Road to the White House", with this week's discussion of jobs, healthcare, and Medicare in the context of this presidential election. The panel discussion featured Glenn Gritzner, the Managing Director of Mercury Public Affairs; Michael Madrid, Principal at GrassrootsLab; Christian Patterson, Member of the USC College Democrats; and Giuseppe Robalino, Member of the USC College Republicans. The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Daniel Rothberg, News Editor of the Daily Trojan

This event was presented with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans.

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DNC Nomination Speech Live Viewing

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a live viewing of Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. After the viewing, a panel discussion was held featuring: Matt Rodriguez, Former Western States Regional Director, Obama for America 2008; Kaya Masler,  President, Trojans for Barack Obama; Geneva Overholser, Director and Professor, USC Annenberg School of Journalism. The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

This event was presented with the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, USC College Democrats, and Trojans for Barack Obama. 

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Road to the White House 2012: Romney vs. Obama: The State of the Campaign 

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

With the polls nearly tied and the conventions coming to an end, the question remains: where will President Obama and Governor Romney take their campaigns? How will the candidates address the tough issues facing the nation?   How will the candidates define their policies and strengthen their communications strategies?  Can the candidates appeal to independent voters without alienating their base? In the battle for the White House, both candidates must prove to the nation that they are fit to lead.  The conversation focused on the politics, policies, and media impact over the course of the presidential campaigns and on the future of America. Panelists included: Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; Raphael Bostic, Director, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise; Roberto Suro, Faculty Fellow, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy

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