The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy invites you to The Holt Lecture 2018
featuring Gretchen Carlson (formerly of Fox News) and Professor Lisa Schweitzer
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Noon to 2pm
USC Town & Gown, 665 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90089
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University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (March 21, 2018) – The Holt Lecture is a long running speakers series focused on communications and politics. Established by longtime Price School board of councilors member Dennis Holt (founding chairman and CEO of USIM) and his wife, Brooks, the lecture supports prominent practitioners, influential policy makers, and visiting scholars in discussions of prominent issues of the day.
In 2018, The Holt Lecture will focus on gender equality in the workplace and institutions. Gretchen Carlson, formerly of Fox News, will join Professor Lisa Schweitzer for a forward-looking conversation on creating institutions which empower individuals rather than harm. Carlson is among many journalists and media personalities who have stepped into the light of public conversation regarding a rampant institutional blind-eye toward sexual abuses and exploitation.
Carlson helped change the cultural conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace when she filed and won a lawsuit against the then-chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment. Since that time, she has “walked off the set” and began a new fight to change how we all think and behave in a modern work environment.
“Sexual harassment is apolitical. When somebody harasses you, they don’t ask you what political party you’re in before they do it, and this is why we should all care. And this is why human decency supersedes any political policy,” said Carlson to the Washington Post in October 2017.
“We are trained from birth onward to worry about male well-being in a million different ways – some of which are highly harmful to men – and to downplay the sacrifices and harms that others experience,” says Professor Lisa Schweitzer, Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. “Retraining ourselves has to involve thinking about people as individuals, about their well-being, and about how we are either supporting them or harming them in our homes, workplaces, and institutions.”
About USC Sol Price School of Public Policy:
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has defined excellence and innovation in public affairs education since 1929. Ranked fourth nationwide among 272 schools of public affairs, the Price School is dedicated to teaching and research that advances society through better democratic governance, more effective social policy, and sustainable urban development. Its graduates shape our world as leaders in government, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector. Through a time-honored commitment to public service, a legacy of strong connections to professional leaders, and a world-renowned research portfolio, the mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. priceschool.usc.edu
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