Past Events

Civic Engagement Symposium
Wednesday, April 26, 2016

For the past year, a handful of USC undergraduates participated in our pilot internship in which they teach civics and practical politics in local high schools. The program culminated with the Civic Engagement Symposium, where high school students presented their findings on how to increase civic participation in South Los Angeles. 


 

SCVRD - Voter Registration Drive
Wednesay, April 26, 2016

The Unruh Institute partnered with other campus groups to host SC Voter Registration Day. The event aimed to invite Trojans to participate in the political process through voter registration and civic discussion.


Election 2016: Why Asian Pacific Americans Will Elect the Next President
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a special event in partnership with USC's Asian Pacific American Student Assembly and the Political Student Assembly in RTCC 302. The event featured LA Councilmember David E. RyuShelly Chen, Voting Engagement Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Aliza Khan, Co-Director of Desis That Politic, and Sarah Kim, Finance Director of USC APASA. It was co-moderated by Dan Schnur, Jesse M. Unruh Insitite of Politics Director, and Amy Chau, External Community Chair of USC APASA.  


Election 2016: Latino Voters and the Issues That Matter
Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a special event in partnership with USC's Latino/a Student Assembly and the Political Student Assembly in RTCC 302. The event featured Gabriel Sanchez, Communications and Marketing Director of Fist 5 LA, Dan Schnur, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director, Brandi Montañez, member of Hermanas Unidas, and Alexa Chande, President of the Multicultural Greek Council. It was co-moderated by Ali Bissonette, Jesse M. Unruh Insitite of Politics Deputy Director, and Isabella Soehn, Civic Engagement Director for the Latino/a Student Assembly. 


 

Election 2016: America on the World Stage
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a special event in partnership with USC's student international relations publication, Glimpse from the Globe in The Rosen Room RTCC 227. The event featured Robert English, USC International Relations associate professor, Dan Schnur, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Director, Glimpse from the Globe Senior Correspondents Kshitij Kumar and Luke Phillips. It was co-moderated by Ali Bissonette, Jesse M. Unruh Insitite of Politics Deputy Director and Glimpse From The Globe Editor-in-Chief Isabella Soehn. 


 

Cerrell Sacramento Seminar in Political Leadership
Friday, March 4, 2016 - Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics sponsored and facilitated an annual spring conference in Sacramento for students interested in California politics. In Sacramento, students had the opportunity to meet the executive and legislative leaders who shape the laws and policies of the state. In the past, scheduled events include discussions with legislators, lobbyists, campaign strategists, journalists, Capitol staff and representatives of the Governor's administration. In addition to the formally structured events, students also had the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts.

Super Tuesday Viewing and Discussion 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a live viewing of Super Tuesday. The event included a panel featuring Speaker Emeritus John Pérez (California State Assembly),  Tony Strickland (Former California State Senator, District 37), Nick Germain (Vice President, USC College Democrats), and Mary Perez (USC College Republicans). The panel was co-moderated by Dan Schnur and Sonali Seth (Editorial Director, Daily Trojan).


 

Republican Debate Viewing and Discussion 
Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a live viewing of the Republican Debate in partnership with the Political Science Department and The Daily Trojan. The event included a panel featuring Bob Shrum (Political Science Professor and Carmen H. Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, USC),  Justin Wallin (Chief Operating Officer, Probolsky Research), and Anshu Siripurapu (Editor-in-Chief, Daily Trojan). The panel was co-moderated by Dan Schnur and Sonali Seth (Editorial Director, Daily Trojan).


 

2016 New Hampshire Primary
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a live viewing of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary results. The event also featured an analysis by Bob ShrumHenry Olsen, and Samie Archie. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur and Jack Walker


2016 Iowa Caucus
Monday, February 1, 2016

The Unruh Institute hosted a live viewing and analysis of the Iowa Caucus. The event included a panel featuring Tony Strickland (President and CEO of Strong America), Nick Germain (Vice President of USC College Democrats), and Cindy Montanez (President of CM Consulting & Public Relations). The panel was co-moderated by Dan Schnur and Emma Peplow (Managing Editor at USC Daily Trojan). 


State of the Union Address: Live Stream and Panel Discussion 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Unruh Institute partnered with the Daily Trojan, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and the Political Student Assembly to organize a viewing of President Obama's final State of the Union speech. The viewing was followed by a panel discussion. 


 

Roundtable Discussion 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Unruh Institute and the USC Political Student Assembly hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Dario Frommer, Former State Assemblyman, District 43, and Ivan Penn, Writer, Los Angeles Times, on Alternative Energy in California. The interactive discussion was lead by Kyla Middleton, Director of Political Conent, Political Student Assembly, and Ethan Bialick, Co-Director, Environmental Corps. 


 

Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Conference Fall 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015 

The 2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program brought together high school girls from across California who have leadership potential and an interest in politics and civic engagement. Through panel discussions and workshops, the Young Women's Program gives high school women the opportunity to hear young politicos, elected officials and community leaders speak about the importance of female involvement in politics, government and public affairs. The agenda consists of panel discussions and interactive activities.

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 Students Talk Back

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The USC  Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and USC Daily Trojan hosted a Students Talk Back Discussion on the United States economy and the minimum wage. Panelists included Doug Herman, Political Strategist, The Strategy Group, David Englin, Executive Vice President, BizFed, Jessica Yu, Finance Director, College Democrats, and Sarah Dhanaphatana, Secretary, USC College Republicans.

USC Daily Trojan


 

Fall 2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Fall 2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program was held for high school women from California who have exemplified leadership and who have 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 involved in politics, government and public affairs. The conference emphasized hands-on training and covered topics such as: why we need more young women in political office, crafting your elevator speech, networking, how to get involved, and what to do next. 


 2016 Republican Debate Watch

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Unruh Institute and the USC Political Student Assembly hosted a viewing of the third GOP Presidential Debate. The viewing was preceded by a discussion featuring Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute, Bob ShrumPolitical Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, and Doug Schoen, Democratic Pollster and Fox News Political Analyst.

USC Daily Trojan 


 Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Unruh Institute and the USC Political Student Assembly hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Christina Bellantoni, Assisting Managing Editor for Politics, Los Angeles Times, and Alan Zarembo, Projects and Investigative Reporter, Los Angeles Times, on Guns in America. The interactive discussion was lead by Sonali Seth, Director of Political Content, USC Political Student Assembly and Jonathan Gunn, Social Media Marketing Director, USC Political Student Assembly.

USC Daily Trojan 


Students Talk Back

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel featuring Dario Frommer, former California State Assemblymember, District 43, John Thomas, President & CEO, Thomas Partners Strategies, Christina Wilkes, President, USC College Democrats and Leesa Danzek, Vice President, USC College Republicans on the Democratic Primary. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur, Diretor, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Jack Walker, News Assignments Editor, USC Daily Trojan.

USC Daily Trojan


2016 Democratic Debate Watch

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The USC Dornsife Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy hosted a live viewing of the first Democratic Primary Debate on Tuesday October 13, 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Hall Building. The viewing was followed by a panel discussion featuring Cindy Montanez, Former California State Assemblymember (D-39); Tony Strickland, Former California State Senator (R-19); Yasmeen Serhan, Managing Editor, USC Daily Trojan; and Alec White, member, USC College Democrats. The event was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.
USC Daily Trojan

Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Unruh Institute and the USC Political Student Assembly hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Seema Mehta, Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times, and Kate Linthicum, Immigration and Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times, on Immigration. The interactive discussion was lead by Kyla Middleton, Director of Political Content, Political Student Assembly and Cindy Pineda, Director of Civic Engagement, Latino Student Assembly.

USC Daily Trojan


Students Talk Back

Wednesday, September 30, 2014

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel featuring Cindy Montañez, former California State Assemblywoman, District 39, Anthony Portantino, former California State Assemblyman, District 44, Sam Archie, Member, College Democrats and Leesa Danzek, Member, College Republicans on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur, Diretor, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Darian Nourian, USC Daily Trojan.

USC Daily Trojan


Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Unruh Institute and the USC Political Student Assembly hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times reporter, and Matt Klink, Owner and President of Klink Campaigns, on the upcoming Republican Presidental Primary. The interactive discussion was lead by Unruh fellows.

USC Daily Trojan


National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

National Voter Registration Day was presented in partnership with the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Political Student Assembly, USC Student Government, USC Program Board, USC College Republicans, USC College Democrats, Los Angeles County Clerk's Office, USC Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, USC Latino Student Assembly, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The event was held at Tommy Trojan, where we hosted a variety of accomplished speakers, served pizza and registered over 500 students to vote. 

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2016 Republican Debate Watch

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The USC Dornsife Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy hosted a live viewing of the second Republican Primary Debate on Wednesday September 16, 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Hall Building. The viewing was followed by a panel discussion featuring Dario Frommer, Former California State Assemblymember (D-43); Tony Strickland, Former California State Senator (R-19); Anshu Siripurapu, News Editor, USC Daily Trojan; and Paul Samaha, USC Political Science Major, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The event was moderated by Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

USC Daily Trojan


Making College Affordable: 
Can the Next President Bring Down The Cost?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel featuring Larry Gordon, Education Writer for the Los Angeles TimesAudrey Dow, Vice President of External Affairs, Campaign for College Opportunity, Arnim Whisler, Student Government Liaison, USC College Democrats and Sarah Dhanaphatana, Secretary, USC College Republicans, on college affordability. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur, Diretor, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Yasmeen Serhan, Managing Editor, USC Daily Trojan.

 

USC Daily Trojan


 

  Spring 2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Spring 2015 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program was held for high school women from California who have exemplified leadership and who have 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 involved in politics, government and public affairs. The conference emphasized hands-on training and covered topics such as: why we need more young women in political office, crafting your elevator speech, networking, and how to get involved now. 

Daily Trojan | Los Angeles Times


 

Fundraising For Elections: 
The Problem with Money in Politics

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

As elections for public office become more competitive and expensive, fundraising becomes more significant as candidates seek to finance their campaigns. Students joined former State Senator Mark Wyland (R, AD 38) and former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) for a roundtable discussion regarding campaign fundraising.

Daily Trojan


 

A Discussion on Foreign Policy in the 2016 Presidential Election with General David Petraeus

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Unruh Institute welcomed special guest General David Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The panel discussion focused on the role foreign policy will play in the upcoming presidential election. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur and featured student journalists David Moreno, Daniel Rothberg, and Rachel Scott

Daily Trojan | Video


 

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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. However, many public school educators and administrators argue that certain employment benefits, such as tenure, are necessary in order to promote teacher quality and therefore student success. As a result of the Vergara v. California case, the Superior Court of the state of California struck down several laws relating to teacher hiring and dismissal. 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.

Daily Trojan | Neon Tommy | Video


 

2016 Presidential Election:
Who's In and Who's Out?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Institute hosted a panel featuring Bob Shrum, political Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, and Jonathan Wilcox, President of Multiplicity Media Productions. The panelists discussed the upcoming presidential election in light of recent Republican candidacies. The panel was moderated by Kerstyn Olson and Sarah Dhanaphatana, News Editor at the Daily Trojan.

Daily Trojan | Video


 

The Power, Danger, and Responsibility of Voice: Breaking the Silence: Moroccans Speak Out

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The 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 hosted a exclusive screening of "Breaking the Silence: Moroccans Speak Out!" Students joined a discussion on gender equality in Muslim communities and home and abroad, and the importance of voice, relationships and creative dialogue as a tool to make social change. Panelists included Zaid Abu Hamdan, writer and director, Roopashree Jeevaji, actor and producer, Dr. Sherman JacksonKing 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, 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, and Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. 

Daily Trojan


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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As voter apathy has become very prevalent in our society, the question becomes what can we do to increase civic participation? Students joined former State Senator Mark Wyland (R, AD 38) and former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) for a roundtable discussion about how education plays a role in voter participation.


 

Transit Systems, High Speed Rail, and Uber:
California's Public Transportation Future

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Tony Strickland, Former CA State Senator, Darin Chidsey, Director of Strategy, Public Policy, and Public Affairs at SCAG, Alex Kludjian, President of the USC College Republicans, and Nathaniel Haas, Columnist at the USC Daily Trojan. It was co-moderated by Dan Schnur and Emma Peplow, News Editor at the Daily Trojan. The panel discussed California transportation issues including Metrolink, high speed rail, and Uber regulations. 

Daily Trojan | Video


 

Campaign 2016: 
Iran, Emails, and Immigration 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Robert Shrum, Political Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, and Brian Calle, reporter for The Orange County Register. The panel discussed how Hillary Clinton's email controversy might affect her campaign and debated what candidates have a shot at winning the Republican and Democratic nominations. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Alex Glazer, a USC political science student.

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 Obama's Second Term: 
Stronger at Home, Troubled Abroad? 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Robert Shrum, Political Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, and Michael Davidson, President of Klink Campaigns. The panel discussed the political trends of President Obama's domestic and foreign policy in his second term in office. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Nick Thomas, Member of the USC College Republicans. 

Daily Trojan | Video


 

A Global Threat:
The Advancing Reach of ISIS and its Global Implications

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Terry McCarthy, President and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Seema Mehta, Political Reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and Shikhar Gupta, Vice President of the USC College Democrats The panel discussed ISIS's advance in the Middle East and how it affects the global community and the 2016 US Presidential election. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Emma Peplow, News Editor at the Daily Trojan

Daily Trojan | Video


 

Expanding the Middle Class:
The Minimum Wage Debate

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As the cost of living rises across the nation, the debate regarding what constitutes a living wage goes on. Students joined former State Senator Mark Wyland (R, AD 38) and former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) for a roundtable discussion regarding the minimum wage debate and its effect on the middle class.


 

How the Present Affects the Future:
The 2016 Presidential Election 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Robert ShrumPolitical Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, and Matt Klink, President of Klink Campaigns. The panel discussed the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, including likely candidates and major issues. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Nathaniel Haas, Columnist at the Daily Trojan

Daily Trojan | Video


 

The Cost of Higher Education: The Community College Debate, Student Loans, and Rising Tuition

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Larry Gordon, Higher Education Reporter at the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Bill Scroggins, President of Mt. San Antonio College, Samantha Archie, Involvement Director of the USC College Democrats, and Brian Burley, member of the USC College Republicans. The panel discussed the rising cost of higher education and the challenges it faces. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Sarah Dhanaphatana, News Editor at the Daily Trojan

Daily Trojan | Video


 

California Politics Roundtable Discussion: A Look Back at the November Elections and What it Means for California Politics Going Forward

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

With a newly elected Republican Congress, it is unclear as to the relationship President Barack Obama will have with leaders of Congress. Students joined former State Senator Mark Wyland (R, AD 38) and former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) for a roundtable discussion reflecting upon the November 2014 Elections and what they mean for California's future.


 

Obama and the New Republican Congress:
Will This Marriage Work?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel to discuss the remainder of Obama's term in office, focusing on how his relationship with the Republican Congress. The panel featured Jim Bognet, Managing Director of JRB Strategies, and Robert Shrum, Political Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Annie Wanless, Political Science Major in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. 

Daily Trojan | Video


 

Raising the Bar for California Schools:
Teacher Evaluations and Student Testing

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Beth Shuster, Education Editor at the Los Angeles Times,  Mike Stryer, Vice President for District and Union Policy at Teach PlusJacob Ellenhorn, Director of Public Relations of College Republicans, and Kevin Sanchez, Former K-12 Executive Aide at Harlem Children's Zone. The panel discussed California's education system and how it can be reformed. It was moderated by Dan Schnur and Danni Wang, Editorial Director at the Daily Trojan

Daily Trojan | Video


 

State of the Union Live Viewing and Panel Analysis 

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The Unruh Institute held a live viewing and panel event for President Obama's State of the Union address where students were able to watch the State of the Union Address and hear commentary from political experts and USC students. The event featured Dan Schnur, Executive Director of the USC Dornsife Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Bob Shrum, Political Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, Jessica Yellin, Former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN and Visiting Fellow, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Geoffrey Cowan, Director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, Sarah Dhanaphatana, Assistant City Editor, News and Opinion Staff Writer at the Daily Trojan, and Daniel Rothberg, Former Managing Editor at the Daily Trojan.

Daily Trojan | KTLA


Post-Election Analysis Dinner

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ace Smith, a partner at SCN Strategies who has directed successful campaigns at nearly every level of government, and Aaron McLear, a partner at Redwood Pacific Public Affairs with over a decade of experience in media relations and campaign strategy, explored the results of the 2014 midterm elections. Student panelists Tara Campbell, member of USC College Republicans, and Sam Dorn, member of USC College Democrats, also offered insight about the 2014 midterm elections. The conversation was moderated by Unruh Institute Executive Director Dan Schnur.

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Making Sense of the Midterms:
A Post Election Analysis 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The day after the midterm elections, the Unruh Institute hosted a panel discussion featuring Hon. Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44)Anthony Russo, Partner at Russo Miller and Associates Public Affairs, Alec White, President of College Democrats, and Jordan Tygh, Vice President of College Republicans. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur and Anshu Siripurapu, News Editor at the Daily Trojan. 

Daily Trojan


 

Election Night Watch Party 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Unruh Institute hosted a live-streaming of the 2014 election at Ground Zero featuring a panel discussion with Professor Robert ShrumSam Blakeslee, the Founding Director of Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, Jennifer Massey, President of College Republicans, Nick Germain, Political Director of College Democrats, Rick Jacobs, Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Dan Schnur.

Daily Trojan


 

California Politics Roundtable Discussion: California's Prison System

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The three strike law, realignment, prevention programs, and Proposition 47 are all topics of discussion concerning reform of the prison system in California. Students joined former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D, AD 44) and current State Senator Mark Wyland (R, AD 38) for a roundtable discussion about California's prison system. 


 

 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.

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

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.

Daily Trojan


 National Voter Registration Day at USC!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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. 

Daily Trojan


 

 California Politics Roundtable Discussion 

 Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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.  

Daily Trojan


 

2014 California Gubernatorial Debate Live Viewing

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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 politically 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, 2014

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 Officials," as well as featured speakers Ruben Barrales, President/CEO, GROW Elect, and Catherine J.K. Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission.


 

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