Category: Blog

December 4, 2019

by Chrysa Perakis

The USC Price School of Public Policy and the Bedrosian Center on Governance are honored to have California State Controller Betty Yee as this month’s Lunch with a Leader special guest. Controller Yee served two terms on the California Board of Equalization before being elected Controller in November 2014. She was overwhelmingly re-elected for a second term in 2018.

December 2, 2019

Television news journalist Soledad O’Brien sees an industry around her in which policy is rarely a focus. Political coverage in the media latches on to popularity and personality. Producers think people just want short quips and politicians arguing.

She disagrees.

November 28, 2019

by Chrysa Perakis

While we attempt to recreate a Thanksgiving feast that united the Pilgrims and Native Americans we must ask ourselves: do we really know the history of this favorite national holiday? Is the focus on food masking the real story behind Thanksgiving? 

October 28, 2019
October 8, 2019

Soledad O’Brien’s attention to the intersection of public policy and storytelling is crucial in bringing awareness to public policy issues to those outside our policy wonk bubble. We are so excited to have her as our distinguished speaker for The Holt Lecture this year and learn more about her approach to storytelling.

If you would like tickets for this year’s Holt Lecture, click here. It’s free! Hope to see you there!

May 8, 2019
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April 2, 2019

by Casey Fischl Gary Segura is the Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Under his leadership, Luskin has successfully launched its first undergraduate program in the fall…

March 19, 2019
March 12, 2019

by Olivia Olson

While consumers frequently vilify fat, salt, or red meat, most fail to acknowledge sugar’s role in obesity and overweight. In the past 60 years of increased health consciousness, sugar has managed to largely avoid blame, and indeed increase its presence in a wide variety of ‘fat free,’ ‘gluten free,’ or ‘all natural’ ‘health foods.’

February 27, 2019

by Casey Fischl

Kim Simon is the Managing Director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education, which manages one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world. Kim has been with the Institute since its start in 1994 and has played a key role in the development and implementation of public engagement programs that connect USC Shoah Foundation to many audiences.

February 26, 2019

by Casey Fischl

Chad Kendall discussed his paper, Unbundling Polarization, co-authored by Nathan Canen and Francesco Trebbi. His research investigates political polarization, an issue that is at an all-time high for Western democracies.