Donnajean Ward

Articles by Donnajean Ward

Policy visits the Playhouse again

Last year the Bedrosian Center started a new initiative called Policy at the Playhouse as a way to discuss and explore public policy and governance through the lens of art and culture.  Artists have often called out and wrestled with politics, leadership and pressing social issues in ways that have as much impact as policy…

Detroit: Our students get the last word

In May of this year I accompanied a group of USC Price undergraduates to Detroit for a week to not only visit and view the oft discussed decline and nascent revitalization of the city but to actually participate in moving forward a set of existing projects by partnering with two Detroit area non-profits – Michigan…

Policy at the Playhouse

January 27, 2015 A new initiative, Policy at the Playhouse, at Bedrosian Center recognizes that conversations about governance take place in many different fora and are voiced by many different communities. We said an enthusiastic “Yes!” to the opportunity to lead a post-show discussion at the historic Pasadena Playhouse after a performance of The Whipping Man, a play…

Why Don’t They Teach Civics Anymore?

At our most recent Bedrosian Center board meeting we talked about the disappearance of civics from school curricula.  So I wasn’t surprised when I typed “civics” into Google that the first thing to pop up was an offer from my local SoCal Honda dealer – an Accord LX for only $199/mo. for 36 months ($1,999…

Politicization and Hurricane Sandy

October 30, 2012

With Hurricane Sandy in the news, we were reminded of a 2010 research talk from David E. Lewis that delved into political patronage and the politicization of bureaucracy.