Past Events

CA 33rd Congressional District Debate
Elan Carr and Ted Lieu

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Henry Waxman was first elected to represent California's 33rd Congressional District almost thirty years ago, and his legacy casts a long and enduring shadow over the nation’s policies. Now two candidates, Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu and Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr, are vying to replace him. On Wednesday, October 22nd the candidates faced off in one of their last debates before the November 4th election and discussed a full range of domestic and foreign policy challenges awaiting the next Congress.

The debate was jointly presented by KPCC, Southern California Public Radio and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, and was hosted by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The debate was be co-moderated by KPCC's Larry Mantle and USC's Dan Schnur.

Good Jobs at Good Wages:
Putting Los Angeles Back to Work 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The recently released "Los Angeles 2020 Commission" report revealed that forty percent of families in Los Angeles are either unemployed or earning less than the minimum wage. The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Councilmember Mitchell Englander, City of Los Angeles District 12, Jessica Lall, Executive Director at South Park Business Improvement District, Sarah Dhanaphatana, a member of USC College Republicans, and Elena Kuhn, a member of USC College Democrats, to discuss whether Los Angeles is doing enough to combat this issue. The panel was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, Director of the Unruh Institute, and Anshu Siripurapu, News Editor at the Daily Trojan.


California Politics Roundtable Discussion: Higher Education Reform

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

With yearly rises in university tuition costs and total student loan debt, reform must be enacted to help students by alleviating the burden of attending an institution of higher learning. Students joined former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) and current State Senator Mark Wyland (R, AD 38) for a roundtable discussion about higher education reform. 


Refugee Crisis at the Border:
Immigration Reform's New Challenge 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

By the end of 2014, over 90,000 refugees, mostly children, will have arrived in the United States from south of the border, fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. As Congress prepares to tackle immigration reform in the months following the midterm elections, the Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion about the future of the issue featuring Christina Wilkes, Communications Director of USC College Democrats, Mike Madrid, Principal at Grassroots Lab, Alexander Kludjian, College Republicans, and Dan Schnur, Executive Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The discussion was moderated by Isabella Sayyah of the Daily Trojan


California Politics Roundtable Discussion: California's Energy Future

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

With the current drought crisis and other environmental issues facing the state, California has many challenges to tackle. Students joined former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) and current Assemblymember Don Wagner (R, AD 68) for a roundtable discussion about the future of energy in California. 


ISIS, Syria, and Iraq: 
The Obama Administration's Response

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Unruh Institute hosted a discussion about the crisis in the Middle East and how the United States is responding.  The panel featured Robert C. O’Brien, U.S. Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Dan Schnur, Executive Director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Raymond Nahn, Member of USC College Republicans, and Shikhar Gupta, Vice President of USC College Democrats. It was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, Director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Yasmeen SerhanUSC Daily Trojan Special Projects Editor.

 National Voter Registration Day at USC!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

The Unruh Institute partnered with several student organizations to sponsor National Voter Registration Day at USC. During the event, over 200 Trojans registered to vote. The Unruh Institute also brought speakers to campus including Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Commissioner Mike Davis, Commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works, Shawn Steel, California Republican National Committeeman and lawyer at Shawn Steel & Associates, and Assemblymen Reggie Jones-Sawyer, the representative of California's 59th District. 


 California Politics Roundtable Discussion 

 Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:30PM - 8:30PM

The upcoming General Election is set to be an interesting one. Students joined former Assemblymen Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) and former Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R, AD 37) for a roundtable discussion on hot button policy issues facing the state, including immigration reform, healthcare, campaign finance reform, and other topics relevant to the Nov. 4 CA General Election.


The Legacies of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown: 

How the Nation Moves Forward

 Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On August 9, 2014 18-year old Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. The Unruh Institute hosted a discussion examining how this event and the subsequent community reactions will affect future decisions made by our policing and security forces. The event also provided a forum to explore race in America. The panel featured Jasmyne Cannick, Communications Strategist and Community Activist, Los Angeles Police Department's Commander William Scott, and student leaders Nathaniel Haas and Yasmeen Serhan, and was co-moderated by Euno Lee, USC Daily Trojan Editor-in-Chief and Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.  


2014 California Gubernatorial Debate Live Viewing

Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

After a live viewing of the only California Gubernatorial Debate before the November election, a bipartisan panel of student leaders and seasoned political professionals offered insight and analysis of the candidate's positions and performances during the debate. The event allowed an opportunity for new politicaly minded students to meet and interact with older students and faculty, as well as to gain a deeper understanding of the two candidates for Governor of California.

USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics - HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI)

Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10

This event supported and created a pipeline of trained Latina advocates to further impact communities across California by developing a training session for the HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI) that included current participants and alumni, in partnership with the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. The training seminar served as a mechanism to enhance HLI alumni’s skills by providing them with a primer on the political landscape of California.  It also helped them develop their communication skills and provided them access to key political strategies. 



Spring 2014 Latino Policy Forum

Saturday, June 7, 8:00AM-2:00PM

The Southern California Latino Policy Center partnered with The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in order to provide a policy forum for local Latino elected officials, largely from Southern California, to collaborate in the development of more effective regional solutions. The forum included various workshops and panels on topics such as "Why Parent Engagement is Key to Latino Student Outcomes" and "Effective Communications Strategies for Local Elected Officals," as well as featured speakers Ruben Barrales, President/CEO, GROW Elect, and Catherine J.K. Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission


Young Women's Political & Civic Leadership Program

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 had the opportunity to hear young politicos, elected officials and community leaders speak about the importance of having more women leading in politics. The program emphasized hands-on training and covered topics such as: why we need more young women in political office, how to craft your personal story, networking, and how to get involved now. Speakers and panelists included, Mona PasquilAppointments Secrectary for California Governor Jerry BrownJan PerryGeneral Manager of the Office Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development, and Ling-Ling ChangCouncilwoman of the City of Diamond Bar.

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

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

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel on California's top-two primary system and how it will affect upcoming election, featuring Allan Hoffenblum, Publisher, the California Target Book, Garry South, Principal, The Garry South Group, Jordan Tygh, Member, USC College Republicans and Sam Dorn, Former Political Director, USC College Democrats and co-moderated by Jordyn Holman, Opinion Columnist, USC Daily Trojan and Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics. 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


California Policy Roundtable Discussion: How to Get Elected: The Ins-and-Outs of Campaigning Successfully in California

Wednesday, April 16, 7:30PM-8:30PM

The campaign and electioneering process in California can seem like an enigma. The Unruh Institute was joined by two former legislators as they helped to demystify the process, featuring former California State Assemblymember Hon. Anthony Portantino and former California State Assemblymember Hon. Audra Strickland.   California Policy Roundtable Discussion is a series presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Political Students Assembly, and USC Political Science Undergraduate Association. 


 From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks: The Government's Need for Secrecy and the Public's Right to Know

Wednesday, April 9, 12:00PM-1:00PM

From Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970's to Edward Snowden's recent series of exposés, whistleblowing has raised the tension between the government's need for secrecy and the public's desire for disclosure. Is the public best served when it is protected from top secret information or when it is brought to their attention? Daniel Ellsberg, USC student leaders, and experts, engaged in discussion about finding the proper balance. Panelists included: Daniel Ellsburg, Ph.D., Former Pentagon analyst and whistleblower, Stan Stahl, Ph.D., President, Information Systems Security Association - Los Angeles, Kevin Driscoll, Ph.D. Candidate, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Annalise Mantz, Former Editor-In-Chief, USC Daily Trojan. The panel was moderated by Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Heidi Greenhalgh, Graduate Research Assistant, USC CREATE.

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California Policy Roundtable Discussion: 
The Future of Environmental Policy in California

Wednesday, April 2, 7:30PM - 8:30PM

California is a national leader when it comes to innovative environmental legislation. However, from the current drought to the debate on fracking, environmental challenges still exist that the state must tackle. The Unruh Institute was joined by two former legislators, State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, as they discussed the state's environmental challenges and opportunities. California Policy Roundtable Discussions are an ooportunity for students to actively engage in policy debates with proven leaders in the field of government, politics, and public policy. 

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Students Talk Back: Race and Politics: Why are Minorities Still Underrepresented?
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

As demographics shift in the United States, minorities are playing an increasingly important role in American politics. Minority voting blocs are of great import in local, statewide, and national elections, and members of these communities are choosing to become increasingly involved in the political process by running for office and otherwise entering the political workforce. Despite major strides in diversifying American politics, racial inequalities are still pervasive throughout the field. The Unruh Institute hosted a panel of professionals and USC student leaders to discuss what barriers remain for minorities to enter the realm of politics, government and public affairs, and what steps are needed in order to offer equal political access for all races and ethnicities. Panelists included: Hon. Anthony Portantino, Former Assemblyman (AD 33), Christian Patterson, Member, USC College Democrats, Suzette Martinez, Former Vice Chair, California Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Brandon Cheung, Member, USC College Republicans. The panel was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Isabella Sayyah, Associate Managing Editor, USC Daily Trojan.



Israel, America, and the Middle East: Challenges for 2014
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics partnered with the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, The American Jewish Committee, and Sinai Temple-Los Angeles to present a discussion on the United States' relationship with Israel and its role in the Middle East. Panelists included Ambassador Dennis RossDan Schnur, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Amy Levin, Principal, Benenson Strategy Group, and Sarah Sax, Undergraduate Student, University of Southern California. The event was held at Los Angeles' Sinai Temple.  


Students Talk Back: The Crisis in Ukraine: Is US/European Diplomacy Enough?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Russian troops have crossed the Ukrainian border in the small region of Crimea. While the Ukrainian military braces itself for war, the international community is looking to the United States and Europe to ease tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russia and the West. A panel of professionals and USC student leaders discussed how and to what extent the United States, United Nations, and global community will get involved to defuse tension between these two Eastern countries. Panelists included: Rod Pacheco, Partner, SNR Denton, Paul Feldman, Assistant Foreign Affairs Editor, Los Angeles Times, Jessica Blakey, USC Undergraduate Student, Global Health and International Relations Major, and Shikhar Gupta, USC Undergraduate Student, International Relations Major.

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Roundtable Discussion: The State of California

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 California’s deadline to declare political candidacy rapidly approaching, 2014 is shaping up to be a riveting year for the state’s electoral politics. From congressional and statewide elections to intriguing local ones, the upcoming election will undoubtedly be one to keep a close eye on. The Unruh institute was joined by two veterans of the campaign trail, former State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, as they discussed the state’s 2014 midterm elections. 

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2014 Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership

Thursday, February 27 - Saturday, March 1

As part of the annual Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership, 28 hand-selected USC student leaders traveled to Sacramento with Unruh Institute Staff. In Sacramento, students had the opportunity to meet the executive and legislative leaders who shape the laws and policies of the state. Scheduled events included discussions with legislators, lobbyists, campaign strategists, journalists, Capitol staff and representatives of the Brown Administration. This year's guest list included Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Evan Westrup, Press Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown, and Donna Lucas, CEO and President of Lucas Public Affairs. In addition to formally structured events, students had the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts throughout their time in Sacramento.

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 Students Talk Back: Water for Rain: Water Scarcity in the Golden State 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In January of this year, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state.  With 2013 marking the driest year in California history, water scarcity has led to an increased wildfire risk and a decrease in groundwater and snowpack. California’s irrigated agricultural sector, particularly farmers of the San Joaquin Valley, has been grossly impacted by the drought and is the most at-risk. Legislators from both parties have proposed varied solutions to the drought. While some party leaders advocate for greater spending for drought-relief programs, others propose the roll-back of environmental protections. The Unruh Institute hosted a panel with policy experts and student leaders as they discussed how the state will face this unprecedented water shortage and prepare for the potential impacts. Panelists included,  Dr. C. Tom Williams, Water Club Committee Member, Sierra Club
, Charles Epting, Member, USC College Republicans
, and Nathaniel Haas, Opinion Columnist, USC Daily Trojan, USC Neon Tommy Co-Moderators included, Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
, and Sara Clayton, Online Editor, USC Daily Trojan.  

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 Round Table Discussion:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown outlined his 2014 policy agenda in his State of the State Address. While Governor Brown acknowledged the achievements of 2013, he also outlined the challenges and objectives that lie ahead in 2014. These included water conservation, and a high-speed rail system from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Students joined the Unruh Institute for a discussion on Governor Brown's year ahead featuring former California State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.

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 Students Talk Back: The War on Poverty: 50 Years and Fighting

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. The rate of poverty has dropped from 26% when the was was first waged to 16% today, but many argue that the war is far from won. Republican leaders Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio have put forth their own plan to restructure anti-poverty programs. President Obama highlighted income inequality and the minimum wage debate in his 2014 State of the Union Address. The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel of economic policy experts and student leaders to discuss the future of the state of poverty in California and the nation. Panelists included Reed Galen, Owner, Jedburghs, LLC, Angelica Solis, Director of Community Development, Youth Policy Institute, Christian Patterson, Member, USC College Democrats, and Giuseppe Robalino, Director of Political Affairs and Strategy, USC College Reublicans. The event was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Burke Gibson, Chief Copy Editor, USC Daily Trojans.

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 Obama's Second-Term Agenda: The Political Landscape Through 2016

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 After a year of unprecedented partisan gridlock in Washington and eventful first year of President Obama's second term, 2014 presents itself as a year of opportunity for the President and Congress. The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel to discuss the agenda items that will dominate the remainder of the Obama Presidency. Panelists included Anthony Portantino, Former California Assemblymember, 44th District, Tony Strickland, Former California Senator, 19th District, Shikhar Gupta, Vice President, USC College Democrats, and Jennifer Massey, President, USC College Republicans. The event was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Yasmeen Serhan, Editorial Director, USC Daily Trojan

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State of the Union Live Viewing 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a live viewing of the State of the Union address followed by an analysis of the Address from political communications experts of the state and USC student leaders. Panelists included Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Bill Simon, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, William E. Simon & Sons, LLC, Sarah Herald, President, USC College Democrats, Jack Merritt, Speakers’ Director, USC College Republicans. The event was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Teddy Davis, Candidate, City of Los Angeles Council District 4

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Immigration Conference

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics partnered with political organizations including Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) in order to discuss Congress's approach to immigration reform. The conference featured California State Senator Kevin de León and California State Assemblymember Jeff Gorell, Immigration Reporter for the Los Angeles Times Cindy Chang, as well as Linda Lopez, Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  Also featured were Michael Madrid, Founder, Grassroots Lab; Rita Medina, Policy Advocate, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Roxana Ontiveros, Intern, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and Roberto Suro, Director, USC Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.


Lean In: A Student Government Initiative

Friday, November 22, 2013

The USC Women's Student Assembly, the USC Undergraduate Student Government and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics came together for a Trojan Women's Political Caucus.  Campus leaders and professional women discussed how to make USC a stronger community and build a political future for its diverse individuals and demographics.

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California Politics Roundtable Discussion: the Affordable Care Act in California

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a first-ever Politics Roundtable Discussion regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. The Roundtable featured Tony Strickland, former California State Senator; and Anthony Portantino, former California State Assemblymember. 

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Bush in Iraq; Obama and Syria: U.S. Presidents and the Challenge of the Middle East

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Middle East has always been one of the most difficult foreign policy challenges for any U.S. President. The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel for a behind-the-scenes look at President Bush and the Iraq War. Panelists included 
Peter Baker, White House Correspondent for The New York Times and author of Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White HouseTerry McCarthy, President and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Annalise Mantz, Editor-in-Chief, USC Daily Trojan. The event was co-moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and 
Yasmeen Serhan, Co-Online Editor, USC Daily Trojan

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 Students Talk Back: Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Will Congress Reach a Deal?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Discussions in Washington are once again turning to comprehensive immigration reform. With activists and major players on both sides pushing for action, the question of weather Congress can strike a deal is on everyone's minds. The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel to discuss the status of comprehensive immigration reform in Washington. Panelists included 
Jon Wilcox, President, Multiplicity Media; Teddy Davis, former Press Secretary, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Christian Patterson, former intern, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Amy Gebert, former intern, The Sacramento Bee. The event was co-moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and 
Jordyn Holman, Online Editor, USC Daily Trojan

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 Students Talk Back: The Cost of Higher Education: What's the Best Way to Make College More Affordable?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The rising cost of higher education in the United States has impacted levels of student enrollment, widened the achievement gap and dramatically increased student loan debt. The USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel to discuss the benefits and challenges to lowering the price tag of a college degree. Panelists included 
Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, The Campaign for College Opportunity, Los Angeles; Lisa Chavez, Chief Financial Officer, California State University, Los Angeles; Megan Baaske, M.P.P. Student, USC Price School of Public Policy and Taylor Wolfson, Student, USC Price School of Public Policy. The event was co-moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and 
Daniel Rothberg, Special Projects Editor, USC Daily Trojan



Civic Engagement: Next Generation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Co-chairs Dan Schnur of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Carrie Lopez of Coro brought thought leaders to present and discuss the latest innovations, big ideas, and effective strategies for promoting greater civic engagement in California. This event was held in The California Endowment.


 We The Parents Screening

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"In 2010, a group of parents in Compton made history when they were the first to use California's new "Parent Trigger" law in an attempt to transform their failing public school.  Inspired by these parents' courage, we took a leap of faith to make this film, WE THE PARENTS."


 Students Talk Back: Obama v. Romney: How the 2012 Presidential Campaign Changed American Politics

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel to look back at one of the most important presidential elections in modern political history. Panelists included 
Lynn Vavreck, USCLA Associate Professor of Political Science, and co-author, "The Gamble"; Dan Balz, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post
; and Daniel Rothberg, Special Projects Editor, USC Daily Trojan. The event was co-moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and 
Annalise Mantz, Editor-in-Chief, USC Daily Trojan

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  Students Talk Back: Affordable Care Act: What Does it Mean for Young People?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel to discuss the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act and what its implementation means for young adults. Panelists included 
Dana P. Goldman, Ph.D., USC Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and Director, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
; Tamika Butler, California Director, Young Invincibles
; Sarah Axeen, Ph.D. Student, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
; and Julia Wick, Student, USC Price School of Public Policy, Sustainable Planning Track. The event was co-moderated by 
Bonnie Reiss, Global Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute and 
Annalise Mantz, Editor-in-Chief, USC Daily Trojan

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Reforming California's Politics: Where Do We
Go from Here?

Los Angeles
Thursday, September 26, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics partnered with the UCLA Department of Political Science, California Common Cause, Rescue California Educational Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy at Cal Poly to host a conference on the state of California politics. The panelists included 
Sam Blakeslee, Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy, Cal Poly
; John Cox, Founder and Chairman, Rescue California Educational Foundation
; Kathay Feng, Executive Director, California Common Cause; Lynn Vavreck, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCLA

. The panel was moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics



Students Talk Back: Making Our Public Schools Work: The Future of K-12 Education in California
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a discussion on the state of California's K-12 education. The panelists included  
Dr. John E. Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
; Lori Adams, President, Burbank Teachers Association
; Jeremy Gross, Former Intern, USC California Policy Research Internship; Kevin Sanchez, Former Organizing Fellow, Parent Revolution

. The panel was co-moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
 and Jordyn Holman, Online Editor, USC Daily Trojan. 



Students Talk Back: To Frack or Not to Frack?   

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a discussion on the controversial issue of hydrualic fracturing or "fracking". The panelists included  
Brenna Norton, Southern California Organizer, Food and Water Watch
; Jake Jordan, Student, USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations
; Dave Quast, California Director, Energy in Depth
; Kelsey Harrison, Student, USC Dornsife’s Department of Political Science

. The panel was co-moderated by 
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
 and Daniel Rothberg, Special Projects Editor, USC Daily Trojan. 

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Crossing the Red Line: Will Syria be Obama's War? 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a discussion on President Obama’s proposal for a U.S. military strike in Syria. Panelists included: Teddy Davis, Former Press Secretary, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Terry McCarthy, President and CEO, Los Angeles World Affairs Council; Nick Kosturos, Former intern, U.S. Department of Defense; and Shikhar Gupta, Former intern, U.S. State Department Virtual Student Foreign Service. This event was moderated by Dan Schnur, Executive Director, Unruh Institute of Politics.

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Students Talk Back: Student Power: Can Young People Make California Politics Work Again?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Join us for a conversation on the role of millenials in the current age of politics. Panelists included: Anthony Portantino, former California State Assemblymember; Tony Strickland, former California State Senator; Aaron Taxy, former President, USC College Democrats; and Alex Kludjian, Executive Director, USC College Republicans. This event was co-moderated by Dan Schnur, Executive Director, Unruh Institute of Politics; and Annalise Mantz, Editor-in-Chief, USC Daily Trojan



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