The Hotel Play

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles erupted into chaos and violence after four white police officers were acquitted in the beating of African American Rodney King. The Hotel Play asks what, if anything, has changed in the past 25 years?

Join Jody David Armour, Paula Cizmar, Aubrey Hicks, and David Sloane as we think about race, Los Angeles, art, and social movements. We look at the moment that was the uprising in 1992 and how community organizing that grew out of that moment became a movement.

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Bonus- Cop in the Hood (part 2)

In part 2 of our discussion of Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos, we discuss the notion of discretion in the legal system – by police all the way to prosecutors & parole/probation boards. We think about discrimination in enforcement made possible by discretion. We think about conflicts of interest in investigations of police misconduct – especially in relation to the war on drugs. How should we move forward?

The Ethics of Governing

PhD candidate Anthony Orlando discusses the “Ethics of Democracy” in the latest episode of Our American Discourse.

Democracy is a dialogue. It requires our leaders to ask, to listen, and to react. Good governance thus hinges on conversation and consent—and whether we like it or not, conflict. Planners and policymakers have to balance competing needs, never more so than in today’s polarized environment. How do they do the right thing? Does such a thing even exist? Citizenship demands that we engage with these uncomfortable questions, especially in this troubled era.

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LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray on Media as an Exchange of Consciousness

Our guest on this episode of LA Hashtags Itself is media artist Anne Bray. Bray is executive director of Freewaves, the LA-based nonprofit arts organization that advocates for and exhibits new, uncensored, independent media. She tells us about her thirty-plus years using media art to initiate difficult and essential dialogue around pressing social issues. Civic engagement – connection – is essential to strong governance. Art & technology can confront, educate, and connect us. Is art essential to good governance? With impactful engagement in communities around policy issues, art can bring us to a more socially just world.

Community Development Agreements – New Challenges for Urban Governance (Highlights)

Highlights from Jovanna Rosen’s presentation for the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance. Watch the full version here:https://youtu.be/v2fNLQDT6n8 On Thursday, April 7, 2016 Jovanna Rosen, PhD ’16, joined us to discuss her Bedrosian Center funded project. New forms of community development agreements called Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have recently emerged in…

Community Development Agreements – New Challenges for Urban Governance (Full Video)

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 Jovanna Rosen, PhD ’16, joined us to discuss her Bedrosian Center funded project. New forms of community development agreements called Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have recently emerged in urban governance. These community development agreements represent a new way to manage urban development that supports dialogue…

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is one of the most important American books in the last decade. Alexander systematically explores the policy changes from the days of Nixon through the present – exploring how each decision has created and allowed a system which criminalizes blackness, brownness, otherness in way that both creates new racial biases and confirms them by incarcerating millions of young black and brown men (and to a lesser extent, black and brown women).

Dr. Mitchell Katz: Making a Difference through Health Policy (Highlights)

Highlights from Dr. Mitchell Katz’ presentation sponsored by the USC Schaeffer Center and Bedrosian Center. Watch the full version here.

USC Schaeffer Center Quintiles Health Policy Seminar Series and the Bedrosian Price Research Collaborative Series.

The Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics invite you to hear Mitchell Katz, M.D., the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, speak as part of the Quintiles Seminar Series that features prominent academics, researchers, policy makers, and industry leaders to discuss prevalent and current themes in health, policy, and economics.