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Monday, April 3, 2017 

CCLP Washington DC Forum: Panel of the Deans on the Future of Public Diplomacy

Speakers:
Ernest Wilson, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service, American University
Reuben Brigety, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Wshington University
Joel Hellman, Dean, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Read more about the event here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Trump & the Press: The Challenges of Political Reporting in 2017

Join the USC Annenberg Center – CCLP and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics for a conversation on “Trump and the Press: Media Literacy, ‘Fake News,’ and the Challenges of Political Reporting in 2017.” There will be a range of perspectives represented on the panel, and we are hoping to have an open, candid and respectful discussion with journalists and commentators from a variety of outlets and backgrounds.

Featuring:
– Kurtis Lee (Los Angeles Times, Political Reporter)
– Joel Pollak (Breitbart News, Senior Editor-at-Large & Author, “How Trump Won”)
– Nando Vila (Fusion, Host & Correspondent)
– Hannah Cranston (Host & Executive Producer of the Young Turks’ ThinkTank)
– Ken LaCorte (Founder of LaCorte News & former SVP ofFoxNews.com)

Moderated by:
– Jessica Yellin (CCLP Senior Fellow & Former CNN Chief White House Correspondent)

Monday March, 6 2017

CCLP Washington DC Forum:  Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary With Public Diplomacy

Speaker:  Vikas Sharma, Director, Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy at Foreign Affairs Canada

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

President Trump’s First Congressional Address

Join the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Annenberg Center – CCLP for a panel discussion and viewing of President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

Special guests will include:
– Bob Shrum, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
– William Rodriguez Morrison, Senate Director, California Republican Assembly
– Shakari Byerly, Partner, EVITARUS Strategic Research
– Gary Aminoff, Treasurer, Los Angeles County Republican Party

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dean’s Forum: What do Trump’s Executive Orders Mean for USC?

Join USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III and Dean Emeritus Geoffrey Cowan for an open forum on what President Trump’s executive orders mean for USC, international students, and the Annenberg School. In the month since President Trump’s inauguration, the White House has issued a series executive orders with wide-reaching repercussions affecting people across the country and at our own university, including international students, faculty members, employees, and families. Given that USC is home to thousands of international students and has issued the 2nd most student visas from the seven countries affected by the temporary travel ban, what are the direct repercussions on students and especially international students at USC?

Special guests will include Sally Pratt (Vice Provost for Graduate Programs), Cynthia Martinez (Executive Director of USC Annenberg Advisement and Academic Services), Tony Tambascia (Executive Director of USC’s Office of International Services), Noon Salih (Annenberg Media Center News Fellow), and more.

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2017

Presidential Inauguration – Viewing at USC

Join the USC Annenberg Center (CCLP) and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics as we watch the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump, who will become the 45th President of the United States. The informal viewing event will be co-hosted by new Unruh Institute Director Bob Shrum and USC Annenberg Center Director Geoffrey Cowan.

USC Annenberg professor Robert Hernandez and Annenberg student journalists will be covering the Inauguration in virtual reality for The New York Times and will provide live updates from Washington, D.C. via Skype. We’ll also have live updates from CCLP Director of Washington Programs Adam Clayton Powell III and from student reporters in D.C. for USC Annenberg Media. The event will also feature a conversation with students, faculty and staff before and after the ceremony, and will include some outside guests like Justin Wallin, Probolsky Research COO/CMO.

Tuesday, January  10, 2017

President Obama’s Farewell Address – Viewing at USC Annenberg

Join the USC Annenberg Center and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics as we watch President Obama’s Farewell Address in the main forum/lobby of USC Annenberg’s Wallis Annenberg Hall at 6pm PST on Tuesday, January 10th. Doors open at 5:30pm and the president’s speech begins at 6pm. This is not a formal event and there will be no program, but we are welcoming the USC community to gather at USC Annenberg to witness history together. The president’s farewell address is a custom that goes all the way back to George Washington in 1796. The speeches serve as a bookend to each presidency, and sometimes – as in Eisenhower’s famous farewell address in 1961 – a warning about the dangers to American democracy in the years ahead.

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

USC Annenberg Deans’ Open Forum with Washington Post Reporter Wesley Lowery

Join the USC Annenberg Center and Dean Ernest Wilson, Dean Emeritus Geoffrey Cowan, and School of Journalism Director Willow Bay for a book talk and signing with Wesley Lowery, national reporter at The Washington Post and author of the new book, “They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.”

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Election Day at USC Wallis Annenberg Hall

Join the USC Annenberg Center and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics for an Election Day party featuring free food, special guests, raffle prizes, a photobooth, and more. Watch live results come in from across the country, listen to a few panels and stress eat with us as we anticipate the end of this unique election cycle!

3-4 PM PANEL: “Behind the Scenes on Election Night: Journalists, campaigns, and the special role of the Associated Press”
– Sue Cross – Executive Director/CEO, Institute for Nonprofit News; Former Senior VP, Associated Press
– Angelique Perrin – Co-host, “Cafe Mocha” on Sirius-XM 141
– Susan Estrich – First female campaign manager of a major presidential campaign (Dukakis ‘88) and Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science, USC Gould
– Tom Hollihan – Professor of Communication, USC Annenberg
– Roger Smith – Editor, USC Center for Health Reporting; Former National Editor, Los Angeles Times
– MODERATOR: Geoffrey Cowan – USC University Professor and Former Annenberg Dean

4-5PM PANEL: “What to Expect Tonight”
– Bob Shrum – Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics
– Brian Calle – Opinion Editor, OC Register
– Chase Bakaly – Republican student, USC Gould School of Law
– Lily Vaughan – Vice President, USC College Democrats
– MODERATOR: Dan Schnur – Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Forbidden Questions about Islam: Turning Polarization into Constructive Conversation

Got burning questions about Islam? Now’s your chance to ask them—out loud. In an interactive multimedia forum that will challenge us all to get real and grow, Muslim feminist author Irshad Manji will answer USC students’ most candid questions about her faith, even those questions that many would deem “offensive.”

Irshad Manji is the internationally best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today and a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center. As founder of the Moral Courage Project, Manji is on a mission to help us face our fears, including the fear of being stigmatized for voicing taboos. She travels the world engaging people who denounce her call for liberty and love in Islam. Irshad Manji is the author of two best-selling books about Muslim reform, creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS film Faith without Fear, and executive producer of the award-winning Moral Courage Channel on YouTube. Now, with USC Annenberg, she’s launching the Moral Courage Studio, a backbone-building lab to be co-created with students across campus.

 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Third Presidential Debate Viewing + Panel

Join the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Annenberg Center for a viewing of the third and final presidential debate. We’ll provide free food and real-time analysis from special guests. The viewing and panel will be held in the main lobby/forum area of Wallis Annenberg Hall beginning at 5:15pm, and the debate itself takes place from 6-7:30pm.
Panelists include:
– Bob Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics
– Justin Wallin, COO, CMO, Probolsky Research
– Alan Arkatov, Katzman/Ernst Chair for Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation USC Rossier School of Education
– Nick Germain, Former President, USC College Democrats
– Mary Perez, Vice President, USC College Republicans

Co-moderated by:
– Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
– Lily Vaughan, Daily Trojan

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Vice Presidential Debate

As Vice Presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine face off, we’ll provide free food and real-time analysis from special guests:
Matt Klink, Partner, Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai, L.L.P., a public affairs firm
Bob Shrum, USC Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics.
Tiffany Hoss, President, USC College Republicans
Christina Wilkes, Former President, USC College Democrats
Moderated by: Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

In partnership with USC Annenberg Center, USC College Republicans,USC College Democrats and Daily Trojan.

Monday, September 26, 2016

First Presidential Debate Viewing + Panel

Join the USC Annenberg Center and the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics for a viewing of the first presidential debate and a panel discussion, “Behind the Scenes: Preparing and Spinning Presidential Debates.” The viewing and panel will be held in the main lobby/forum area of Wallis Annenberg Hall. The panel will begin at 5pm, followed by the debate viewing from 6-7:30pm.

Panel to include:
– Antonia Hernandez, Commision on Presidential Debates Board Member, CA Community Foundation President/CEO
– Gordon Stables, USC Director of Debates and Forensics and Annenberg Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
– Judy Muller, award-winning TV Journalist, NPR commentator and USC Professor of Journalism
– Geoffrey Cowan, Annenberg Center Director and USC University Professor

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California

1st Panel moderated by Geoffrey Cowan: “Are Presidential Primaries Good for Democracy?” with Nicco Mele, Robert Shrum, and Jessica Yellin
2nd Panel: “Political History: Shaping Democratic Process” with Geoffrey Cowan, Ari Berman, Nancy Cohen, and Robert Scheer

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Geoffrey Cowan in conversation with John Dean in Bob Scheer’s class

USC Annenberg, in partnership with the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) hosted a panel moderated by Professor Robert Scheer in COMM 310: “Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary” by Geoffrey Cowan. Geoff Cowan and John Dean in conversation on the current election season through the perspective of the origin and history of the American primary system as described in university professor Cowan’s new book. John Dean served as White House counsel to President Richard Nixon and is the author of 9 books on politics and the presidency.

Monday, April 4, 2016
Jazz as Public Diplomacy: Washington DC Communication Leadership Forum
Panelists included: Sunny Sumter, Executive Director, DC Jazz Festival; Jimmy Owens, NEA Jazz Master and trumpeter; Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director, DC Jazz Festival; Murray Horwitz, lyricist, playwright and Director of Special Projects, Washington Performing Arts
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Is the War on Terror a War on Muslims?
Media and Social Change Series: USC Annenberg, in partnership with the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA), presents a panel moderated by Robert Scheer in Comm 310: Media and Society. Panelists will include Hussam Ayloush, John Kiriakou, Shafiqa Ahmadi, Juan Cole, and Wajahat Ali.

Monday, March 7, 2016
Selling Apartheid, Outsmarting Apartheid
Washington DC Communication Leadership Forum
Speakers included: Ron Nixon, reporter, New York Times, and author, “Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War,” a best seller in Africa which will be published here April 1st
and Dan Whitman, author and editor of the new book, “Outsmarting Apartheid: An Oral History of South Africa’s Cultural and Educational Exchange with the United States, 1960-1999”
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Super Sunday Before the New Hampshire Primary
Michael Duffy, Deputy Managing Editor, Time
Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer, TIME, Inc., and
Geoffrey Cowan, Director, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and author, Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary
invite you to brunch and conversation on the
SUPER SUNDAY BEFORE THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY
with the nation’s top political journalists & experts, featuring
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, Moderator and Managing Editor of “Meet the Press” and host of “MTP Daily” on MSNBC
along with Matthew Dowd, Political Analyst, ABC News; Jay Newton-Small, Washington Correspondent, Time; Michael Scherer, Washington Bureau Chief, Time
Moderated by Nancy Gibbs, Editor, Time
Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

Monday, February 1, 2016
IIP – Leveraging modern engagement tools for Public Diplomacy
Washington DC Communication Leadership Forum
Speaker: Jean Manes, Principal Deputy Coordinator, International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, January 4, 2016
How Washington can Win the Information War
Washington DC Communication Leadership Forum
David Ensor, former Director of Voice of America, on his report: “How Washington can win the Information War”
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, December 7, 2015
Expo Milan: U.S. Food Diplomacy in Action
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring: Beatrice Camp, Milan Expo coordinator, U.S. Department of State, and former US Consul General in Shanghai during the Shanghai Expo; David B. Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A Conversation with Geoffrey Cowan on His New Book
Join USC University Professor and Annenberg Dean Emeritus Geoffrey Cowan for a conversation about his new book, Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary (which will be published in January) and the relevance of Roosevelt’s story to the present and future of presidential primaries.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
China: Threat or Opportunity? From hacking scandals and climate change to economic growth and currency issues
The Center on Communication Leadership & Policy invites the public to a panel moderated by Professor Robert Scheer in COMM310: Media & Society. The panel will consist of Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society; Janet Yang, award-winning film producer; Joshua Goldstein, associate professor of History in DOrnsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Yu Hong, assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and Annenberg Dean Ernest Wilson III.

Monday, November 2, 2015
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring: John Lansing, the new Chief Executive Oficer and Director of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Republican Debate Watch & Panel Discussion
Featuring: Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur, Prof. Bob Shrum, and Democratic Pollster/Fox News Political Analyst Doug Schoen

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Is Higher Education Failing Blacks and Latinos? How a college degree did not protect black and Hispanic wealth during the recent recession
Media and Social Change Series: USC Annenberg, in partnership with the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA), presents a panel moderated by Robert Scheer in Comm 310: Media and Society. Discussion of a recent Federal Reserve Bank study with: Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Michele G. Turner, MBA and Ed.D., Executive Director of the USC Black Alumni Association; George Sanchez, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives and Professor of History, USC Dornsife; Camille Gear Rich, Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences and Professor of Law and Sociology, USC Gould.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Democratic Debate Watch & Panel Discussion
Presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the USC Political Student Assembly, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

Monday, October 5, 2015
Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring: Abe Lowenthal, USC Professor Emeritus of International Relations
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Immigration and the Changing Complexion of the Nation
Screening of “Undocumented” and panel discussion with Jose Antonio Vargas, Janet Yang, and Roberto Suro.
Media and Social Change Series: USC Annenberg, in partnership with the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA), presents a panel moderated by Robert Scheer in Comm 310: Media and Society.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Republican Debate Watch & Panel Discussion
Featuring: Dario Frommer,Former California State Assemblymember, District 43; Tony Strickland, Former California State Senator, District 19; Anshu Siripurapu, News Editor, USC Daily Trojan; Paul Samaha, USC Political Science Major, Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences Moderated By: Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

Monday, September 14, 2015
A Tour of US Embassies on Social Networks
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring Jeff Fairbanks, lead trainer on social media at the Foreign Service Institute
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Hollywood and Dine: The Image and Impact of Food in Entertainment
How do the images of food in entertainment affect us? Special guests at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano include movie director and legendary writer and producer Norman Lear; the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal; food historian and USC professor Josh Kun; screenwriter, journalist and Hollywood, Health & Society founder Marty Kaplan; award-winning chef Sherry Yard; and Italian producer, screenwriter, model and actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Combating Boko Haram
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring Leo Keyen, Director, VOA Hausa Service, and Margot Shorey, Counter Boko Haram Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of State.
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Boots and Beer, Hearts and Minds: Country Music as American Public Diplomacy
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring: David J. Firestein, Perot Fellow and Vice President, East West Institute
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, June 1, 2015
50 Years of soft power: How Singapore moved from third world country to first world nation
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Singapore’s Ambassador to the USA
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Update on CCTV America
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring Mike Walter, news anchor for CCTV America.
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Richard Reeves on the Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment
Featuring Annenberg Senior Lecturer Richard Reeves in discussion of his upcoming book, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II. The author will explore the racism, greed, and hysteria during World War II that drove historically admirable figures like FDR, Earl Warren, and Edward R. Murrow to condone the imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Monday, April 6, 2015
The untold history of U.S. public diplomacy
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featuring: Aaron W. Marrs, Historian, Policy Studies Division; Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State; Adam Howard, General Editor, Foreign Relations of the United States; and Caitlin Schindler, University of Leeds. Moderated by: John Brown, Public Diplomacy Council.
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Bridging the Divide in Politics & the Media: A Communication Leadership Roundtable
A roundtable examining polarization in our national and state political arenas. Featuring: Professor Geoffrey Cowan, CCLP director; Matthew Dowd, a former top strategist for President George W. Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and Narda Zacchino, an award-winning former political editor for the Los Angeles Times.

Monday, March 2, 2015
How U.S. international broadcasting explains American policy for a Mideast audience
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featured speakers: Rana Abtar, Alhurra Congressional Correspondent; Zaid Benjamin, Washington Correspondent for Radio Sawa; Samir Nader, Radio Sawa State Department Correspondent.
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Live Webcast & Broadcast of KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle
Larry Mantle and KPCC’s AirTalk are celebrating 30 years on the air with a live show at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Discussing the future of California’s Republican Party, Mantle will be joined by panelists Ruben Barrales, president and CEO of Grow Elect; Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University; Jack Pitney, Croker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College; and Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Cost of Higher Education: The Community College Debate, Student Loans and Rising Tuition
Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum
Featuring: Larry Gordon, Higher Education Reporter, Los Angeles Times; Dr. Bill Scroggins, President, Mt. San Antonio College; Samantha Archie, Involvement Director, USC College Democrats; Brian Burley, Member, USC College Republicans

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Obama and the New Republican Congress: Will This Marriage Work?
Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum
A conversation about the remainder of President Obama’s second term in office. As Obama works with a Republican Congress, our panel with explore the possibility of both sides finding common ground on the President’s agenda. Featuring: Professor Robert Shrum, Political Consultant and USC Dornsife Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics; Jim Bognet, Managing Director, JRB Strategies. Moderated by: Annie Wanless, Political Science Major, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

Monday, February 2, 2015
Education Diplomacy in Latin America
CCLP Washington D.C. First Monday Lunch
Featured speakers: Dan Restrepo, Founder, Restrepo Strategies LLC and former Special Assistant to the President for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Matthew Clausen, Vice President, Partnerships and Leadership Programs and Senior Director, 100k Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund; and Margaret Hug, Coordinator at 100,000 Strong in the Americas, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA/PDA).
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
State of the Union Address Live Viewing and Panel Discussion
Featuring: Dan Schnur – Executive Director, 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, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy; Sarah Dhanaphatana – Assistant City Editor, News and Opinion Staff Writer, Daily Trojan; Daniel Rothberg – Former Managing Editor, Daily Trojan

Monday, January 5, 2015
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Katherine Brown, executive director of the United States Advisory Commision on Public Diplomacy, and Chris Hensman, senior advisor at the U.S. Advisory Commision on Public Diplomacy, will discuss the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting, released Dec 11, 2014.
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Russian Propaganda along the Western Border
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Featuring Jeffrey N. Trimble, Deputy Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau; Alen Mlatisuma, Internet Managing Editor, Voice of America Eurasia Division; and William Harrison Courtney, former U.S. ambassador and Executive Director, RAND Business Leaders Forum. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, November 3, 2014
The Paradox of US Public Diplomacy: It’s Rise and ‘Demise’
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Join us at our Washington D.C. forum to discuss the paradox and challenges of US public diplomacy with featured speaker Bruce Gregory, Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Election Night Live Viewing Party
Join us for free food and a live streaming of election results. The event will kick-off with a bi-partisan panel discussion from 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM, and the viewing and analysis will continue throughout the evening. Hosted by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Featuring: Professor Robert Shrum, Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics, USC Department of Political Science, and Sam Blakeslee, Founding Director, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy. Moderated by Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Combating ISIS Messaging
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Journalists join our Washington D.C. forum to discuss combating ISIS messaging. Featured speakers: Shameem Rassam, Executive Producer, Alhurra Iraq; Davin Hutchins, Director of Digital Content, Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Featuring David Ensor, Director of Voice of America. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Covering Global Conflict: Ukraine & Ferguson
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and School of Journalism, along with the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP), present an occasional series of noontime conversations on media coverage of conflicts from multiple international perspectives. This inaugural conversation features CCLP visiting fellow Florian von Heintze, deputy editor in chief of the German newspaper BILD, along with top international journalists at the front lines of global conflict, including the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and the war in Ukraine.

Monday, August 4, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
On the eve of President Obama’s welcoming dozens of African heads of state to Washington, our August forum will be devoted to U.S. international broadcasting in Africa. Speakers include Mwamoyo Hamza, Chief, VOA Swahili Service, which is over 50 years old; Joan Mower, Head of Development, Voice of America, who recently published an article on Africa’s communications revolution; and Ron Nixon, who covers international broadcasting for the New York Times. He recently returned from Africa, where his reporting led to this front page article. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Monetary Policy: Debate, Dissent and Discussion with Richard Fisher
USC Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III and Journalism School director Willow Bay will host a breakfast, conversation and Q&A with Richard Fisher, the highly regarded president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Monday, June 2, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
“Responding to Russian Propaganda.” Speakers: Nenad Pejic, Interim Manager, RFE/RL; Myroslava Gongadze, TV anchor and reporter, Voice of America’s Ukrainian Service; and William Stevens, Director, Ukraine Communications Task Force at the US State Department. Washington D.C. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, May 5, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Featuring Martha Bayles, author of “Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad.” Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Todd Purdum Talk and Reception at USC
Join us for a lively talk and reception at the USC University Club at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, with acclaimed journalist Todd Purdum to celebrate the forthcoming publication of his latest book, “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” The book tells the story of that landmark legislation and how it remains an example—and a reminder—of the value of bipartisan cooperation, governmental effectiveness, and political courage. Todd Purdum was recently interviewed about the book on Fresh Air. Immediately following the talk there will be a book signing and short reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments on the University Club patio.

Monday, April 7, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Lunch Forum at AFSA in Washington D.C. featuring Joyce Warner, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at IREX, on the US Young African Leaders Initiative. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Get Mobile Forum: Mobile Technology for Community Engagement
The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities initiative together with USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy welcome you to a forum on Mobile Technology for Community Engagement. The aim of the forum is to explore how technology can be used to expand cooperation and participation at the community level by bringing together technology leaders with organizations working with The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities initiative.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Journalism Forum – Off the Bench: Women & Sports Journalism
USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present a lunch series focused on leadership, women and diversity in the journalism, communication and technology fields. Hosted by CCLP director and USC University Professor Geoffrey Cowan and chaired by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist, Narda Zacchino, these lunch discussions will explore the opportunities and challenges encountered by women in digital media, sports journalism, photojournalism, punditry and other fields. Our March discussion will feature Lindsay Rhodes, NFL Network host and two-time Emmy winner for sports reporting; Janis Carr, sports writer for The Orange County Register; Robyn Norwood, sports writer and the only woman president of the US Basketball Writers Association; Kari Van Horn, producer and content editor for Yahoo Sports; and Jill Painter Lopez, twice named one of the top ten US sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Monday, March 3, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Lunch Forum at AFSA in Washington D.C. featuring Martha Bayles, author of “Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad”. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The War on Poverty: 50 Years and Fighting
Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum
Featuring: Reed Galen, Owner, Jedburghs, LLC; Angelica Solis, Director of Community Development, Youth Policy Institute; Christian Patterson, Member, USC College Democrat; and Giuseppe Robalino, Director of Political Affairs and Strategy, USC College Republicans. Co-moderated by: Kerstyn Olson, Interim Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; and Burke Gibson, Chief Copy Editor, USC Daily Trojan. Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. The rate of poverty has dropped from 26% when the was was first waged to 16% today, but many argue that the war is far from won. Republican leaders Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio have put forth their own plan to restructure anti-poverty programs. President Obama highlighted income inequality and the minimum wage debate in his 2014 State of the Union Address. Will we see an end to the War on Poverty in the coming years? Join us for a panel of economic policy experts and student leaders to discuss the future of the state of poverty in California and the nation. “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum” is a series presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Journalism Forum – Spotlight on Hollywood: Women & Entertainment Journalism
USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) present a series of conversations focused on women and leadership in journalism. Hosted by CCLP Director and USC Professor Geoffrey Cowan and moderated by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist Narda Zacchino, these discussions will explore the opportunities and challenges encountered in digital media, sports journalism, photojournalism, and more. Since the rise of Hollywood in the 20th century, the entertainment industry has infiltrated every aspect of our culture — and our news outlets. From Variety to Entertainment Tonight to Perez Hilton, entertainment news is now mainstream news. But what is entertainment journalism, and how is it different from gossip? How is entertainment journalism influenced by politics? How has it been changed by social media? Our discussion on the serious side of entertainment journalism will feature panelists Kirstin Wilder, VP and managing editor for Variety; Jen Garcia, senior writer at People Magazine; Mary Murphy, former Entertainment Tonight producer and USC Annenberg Senior Lecturer; and Kasia Anderson, former editor at Truthdig, The Wrap and current P.h.D student at USC.

Monday, February 3, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Lunch Forum at AFSA in Washington D.C. featuring Joie Chen, Washington anchor, Al Jazeera America. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Join us in the Annenberg east lobby for a live viewing of the State of the Union followed by an analysis of the Address from political communications experts of the state and USC student leaders. Featuring: Dan Schnur, Director (On Leave), USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; Bill Simon, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, William E. Simon & Sons, LLC; Sarah Herald, President, USC College Democrats; and Jack Merritt, Speakers’ Director, USC College Republicans. Co-Moderated by: Kerstyn Olson, Interim Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; and Jonathan Wilcox, President, Multiplicity Media, Former Gubernatorial Speechwriter. This event is co-hosted by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Tuesday January 28, 2014
Journalism Forum – Through Her Lens: Women & Photojournalism
USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) present a series of conversations focused on women and leadership in journalism. Hosted by CCLP Director and USC Professor Geoffrey Cowan and moderated by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist Narda Zacchino, these discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges encountered in digital media, sports journalism, photojournalism and punditry. Our January event features Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times staff photographer Barbara Davidson, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer Marissa Roth, indigenous multimedia documentarian Pamela Peters, and award-winning photographer and author Lori Shepler. Annenberg Journalism School Director and Professor Michael Parks will chair this program. What are the challenges of telling stories through photography? How have changes in technology affected photojournalism? What does it take to pursue a career in photojournalism? Our panelists will share their experiences in the field and answer your questions.

Monday, January 6, 2014
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, December 2, 2013
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, December 2, 2013
Journalism Forum – Off the Bench: Women & Sports Journalism
USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present a lunch series focused on leadership, women and diversity in the journalism, communication and technology fields. Hosted by CCLP director and USC University Professor Geoffrey Cowan and chaired by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist, Narda Zacchino, these lunch discussions will explore the opportunities and challenges encountered by women in digital media, sports journalism, photojournalism, punditry and other fields. Hall-of-Fame Sportscaster Lesley Visser and ESPN’s Shelley Smith are two of the country’s most prominent sports journalists. Visser and Smith have led the way for many women into the arena of sports reporting. Please join them as they share their advice, insights and thoughts on the future of sports reporting and the opportunities and challenges for women in reporting men’s sports.

Monday, November 4, 2013
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, October 21, 2013
The Government, Journalists & Their Sources
Norman Pearlstine, Mickey Kantor and Geoffrey Cowan host a reception with the board of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy to celebrate the New York City return of Geneva Overholser. Ms. Geneva Overholser, a newly named Senior Fellow at CCLP, will be joined by Gary Pruitt, the President and CEO of the Associated Press and Leonard Downie, Jr., the former Executive Editor for the Washington Post and author of “The Obama Administration and the Press in Post-9/11 America”, for a stimulating conversation on the government, journalists and their sources.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Journalism Forum – Wired Women: Bridging the Technology Gap
USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present a lunch series focused on leadership, women and diversity in the journalism, communication and technology fields. Hosted by CCLP director and USC University Professor Geoffrey Cowan and chaired by CCLP senior fellow, author and journalist, Narda Zacchino, these lunch discussions will explore the opportunities and challenges encountered by women in digital media, sports journalism, photojournalism, punditry and other fields. Please join CCLP’s Professor Cowan and Narda Zacchino, in the first of our new series of lunches, for a conversation with Christine Outram, senior inventionist at Deutsch and founder at City Innovation Group, Sophia Viklund, the co-founder of backCODE, and Sarah Penna, co-founder and chief creative officer of Big Frame. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, women represent 6% of the chief executives of the top 100 U.S. tech companies and 22% of the software engineers. This panel will discuss how mentorship, education and entrepreneurship can create leadership opportunities for women in media technology.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Privacy, Entertainment and the Millennial Generation
Please join University Professor Geoffrey Cowan, director of USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, for a conversation, reception and book signing with author, former White House official and CCLP senior fellow Morley Winograd author of Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation is Remaking America. According to Winograd, “Millennials and their technologies are forcing change in how we think about some of the most basic aspects of American life. The way the country balanced the need for collective security and individual privacy in the recent past has proven to be inadequate in light of our ability to see everywhere, monitor everything, and analyze all of this new data in the blink of an eye. Television shows are now as likely to be tweeted as watched. With Millennials well on their way to becoming one out of every three adults in this country, their beliefs and behaviors have placed them at the cutting edge of America’s transformation.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Journalism Forum
President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China held a major meeting in June at Sunnylands, the historic Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California. The meeting was hailed as “the most important meeting between an American president and a Chinese leader in 40 years, since Nixon and Mao.” However, the meeting also drew widely disparate coverage in the domestic and international press and became the focus of attention in the popular culture in both nations. Join journalism school director Michael Parks for a conversation with Geoffrey Cowan, director of USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and president of The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, USC U.S. – China Institute director Clayton Dube and other special guests to examine the media coverage and other behind the scenes details of the superpower summit. This event is co-sponsored by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the USC US – China Institute.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The March on Washington 50 Years Later: A Tribute Event
CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan moderates a conversation with civil rights leaders Rev. James Lawson, John Mack, Robert Farrell and Rev. Cecil Murray in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who delivered the historic “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This event is organized by the California African American Museum.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
A Taste of Annenberg: New Student Assembly and Involvement Fair
Dean Ernest J. Wilson III invites all incoming Annenberg students to hear faculty discuss the core ideas common to both communication and journalism and the exciting kinds of interdisciplinary study available. Following the discussion, head to Founders Park for lunch, and stop by over 20 booths highlighting student organizations and departments you can get involved with during your time at Annenberg.

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk with senior fellow Orville Schell on China’s ascent from imperial doormat to global economic powerhouse.

Friday, June 14, 2013
Public Media Futures: The Future of Media Leadership
The latest in an ongoing series of Public Media Futures forums will spotlight, “The Future of Media Leadership.” The June 14th roundtable discussion, “Public Media Futures: The Future of Media Leadership,” will be hosted by the USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy in conjunction with the American University’s School of Communication, publisher of Current. Adam Clayton Powell III, senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center, and Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean, American University School of Communication will moderate the discussion.

Monday, June 3, 2013
All about eDiplomacy: from Tech Camps to the Virtual Foreign Service
Richard C. Boly, Director of eDiplomacy, describes and demonstrates new technologies to advance knowledge-sharing initiatives at the intersection of technology and diplomacy, ranging from global Tech Camps that use technology solving local problems to the Virtual Student Foreign Service that enables university students to have internships at embassies abroad without leaving their campus. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, May 6, 2013
The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001
Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy at USC, discusses his new book, “The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001”. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, April 1, 2013
International Broadcasting in the Era of Social Media
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
On April 1, 2013, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council will host a briefing in Washington, D.C. as a follow-up to the March 1 conference at USC, “International Broadcasting in the Social Media Era.” The Center will continue this discussion in DC about how broadcasting and social media will both compete and coexist. For those who design and implement public diplomacy programs, as well as those in the media business, the ability to navigate this new media environment is crucial. In addition to this briefing and the March 1st conference, the CPD International Broadcasting Research Initiative will look at this topic through the lens of a traditional public diplomacy actor, the U.S. government (USG). It will analyze USG broadcasting and social media capabilities in the context of best practices developed by international broadcasting entities such as the BBC, CCTV, Al Jazeera, and others.

Monday, March 25, 2013
Fair Use and Copyright Act’s Free Speech Conundrum
Annenberg Research Seminar: Jack Lerner, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southern California
Please join students and faculty for the research seminar titled “Fair Use and Copyright’s Free Speech Conundrum.” Professor Lerner will examine fair use’s integral role in copyright law through the lens of the latest developments, including: appeals in the Hathitrust and Cambridge University Press cases; new decisions in the Ninth Circuit (covering California) and elsewhere; what new cell phone unlocking bills in Congress mean for fair use, copyright’s anti-circumvention provisions, and copyright reform overall; and the forthcoming Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use for Journalists.

Monday, March 4, 2013
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Featured Guest: André Mendes, Director, Office of Technology, Services and Innovation. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
State of the Union
Please join the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy for a live viewing of the State of the Union address from the Annenberg east lobby. This viewing is in partnership with the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Featuring: Bill Simon, 2002 Republican Nominee, Governor of California; Matt Rodriguez, Former Western States Regional Director, Obama for America 2008; Ernest Wilson III, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Charlie Epting, Public Relations Director, USC College Republicans; Austin Coleman, Vice President, USC College Democrats. Moderated By:Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Monday, February 4, 2013
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Featured Guest: Dawn McCall, Coordinator, International Information Programs, Department of State. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Championing Women and Diversity in Communication Leadership
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with Ms. Magazine, presents a networking reception and forum for students and young alumni to explore career possibilities and discuss why it is important to ensure all aspects of diversity are represented in the leadership of media organizations. Special guests include Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Media, Gail Berman, Co-Owner & Founding Partner, BermanBraun; Anh Do, Los Angeles Times, Gerrick Kennedy, Los Angeles Times music writer and NABJ emerging journalist of the year, and Erika Crespo, Executive Editor of social media company Fifty & Five. Research presentations by Johanna Blakley, Norman Lear Center research director, and Cinny Kennard, senior fellow, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Media Ownership and the Public Interest
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the New America Foundation’s Media Policy Initiative invite you to a conversation on media ownership and the public interest. The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed change of media ownership rules has once again stirred debate in Washington. At issue is whether to relax the ban on mergers between a newspaper and a TV station in the same market. On one side, those in favor of the change say that allowing the weaker TV stations in the top 20 markets to merge with newspapers is hardly a radical move, and that it might actually improve news viability in those markets. On the other side, opponents argue that there is too much media consolidation as it is now. They point to ample evidence that greater consolidation will constrain the already limited opportunities for entry in many markets. There are more than two sides to the argument. Some question the value of debating regulations on what they consider to be the dinosaurs of old media, and seek an updated approach to contemporary media regulations. Still others caution that we lack sufficient research to understand the impact of the proposed rule change on the public interest goals of competition, localism and diversity.

Monday, January 7, 2013
Cultural Diplomacy Frontiers: Drama in India, Music and Africa, and more
USC Communication Leadership Washington D.C. Forum
Speakers: Anita Maynard-Losh, Director of Community Engagement, Arena Stage; Pennie Ojeda, Director, International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts; and Roger J. Whyte II, Director of Special Events, Washington Performing Arts Society. With special greetings by Aluwani Museisi, First Secretary: Socio-Economic and Development, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the United States. Every 1st Monday of the month, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Washington D.C. office hosts a forum in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council.

Monday, December 3, 2012
Delivering Health News and Information to Africa: Blogs, Mobile Phones and Mobile Ideas
Speakers: Nancy Coviello, Project Manager, Africa Health Network, Voice of America; Jerelyn Eddings, Program Director, International Center for Journalists; and Joan Mower, Director, Development and International Media Training, Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Technology
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Governor Gray Davis on California’s Path Forward After the 2012 Elections
Please join Geoffrey Cowan, director of USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) for a wide-ranging post-election conversation with former California Governor Gray Davis and representatives from USC’s College Democrats and College Republicans.
Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Election Night Results
Students, faculty, and staff are cordially invited to watch the presidential election returns on November 6th at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The Center on Communication Leadership & Policy is co-sponsoring an election night live viewing “open house” in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center courtyard. Beginning at 5pm, watch the results come in live on a giant outdoor screen. The USG will be setting up a free photo booth commemorating the election night viewing party. Get a voucher for free election night food when you stop by the Program Board tables! Traditions is offering 50% to patrons wearing their “I voted” sticker on a special election night menu.
The event is also co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics, Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise, USC Political Student Assembly, USC College Democrats, and the USC College Republicans.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: The Swing Vote: Targeting Voters in the Presidential Election
Featuring: Teddy Davis, Press Secretary, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Michael Davidson, Chief Executive Officer, GenNext; Aaron Taxy, President, USC College Democrats; and Giuseppe Robalino, Member, USC College Republicans. Co-Moderated by: Daniel Rothberg, News Editor, USC Daily Trojan; and Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

October 24-30, 2012
USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Campus Challenge
Research Director Mark Latonero will moderate online discussions on Challengeslavery.org as part of the initial USAID open source initiative. Discussion Topic: Traffickers use technology to recruit and exploit victims; how can we use technology in a positive, proactive way to prevent trafficking, help rescue victims, and provide assistance to survivors? This is a new USAID initiative to inspire activism to combat trafficking on campuses in the US and overseas. Phase I of the Challenge involves creating an online community, Challengeslavery.org, dedicated to combating trafficking. The second phase of the Challenge, which begins in November, is a contest for the best technology solution to combat trafficking. USAID challenges you to propose innovative ideas on how to apply technological solutions to prevent trafficking, enable victims to escape from traffickers, and assist survivors in recovering from trauma so they can lead happy and productive lives. Partner with students across the world to design strong, creative solutions.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Human Trafficking on the California Ballot: Proposition 35 (The CASE Act)
USC’s Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a discussion of human trafficking on the upcoming California ballot featuring Chris Kelly, founder of the Safer California Foundation and former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, D’Lita Miller, a trafficking survivor and Family Support and Outreach Coordinator at Saving Innocence, and John Vanek, a retired Lieutenant who managed the San Jose Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force. The panelists will discuss Proposition 35, a California ballot initiative that aims to discourage human trafficking in the state. CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan will deliver opening remarks and CCLP research director Mark Latonero will moderate the discussion. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Policy is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise.

Monday, October 22, 2012
Presidential Debate: Live Screening
Join USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics for a live viewing of the third Presidential Debate from the Annenberg east lobby. Following the debate, a panel featuring bi-partisan political experts will provide expert analysis. Panel Moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. This viewing is co-sponsored by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Political Student Assembly, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Second Presidential Debate Live Screening
Please join the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy for a live viewing of the 2nd Presidential Debate from the Taper Hall of Humanities (THH) 101. Featuring: Garry South, Senior Democratic Strategist and former Senior Advisor to California Governor Gray Davis; Jim Brulte, Former California State Senate and Assembly Republican Leader; Max Schwartz, Member, USC College Democrats; and Greg Sefain, Member, USC College Republicans. Moderated By Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. This viewing is co-sponsored by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Political Student Assembly, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Vice Presidential Debate
Please join the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy for a live viewing of the Vice Presidential Debate from Taper Hall of Humanities RM. 101. This viewing is in partnership with the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Technology
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise. No Policy Left Behind? K-12 Education in the 2012 Campaign features Morgan Polikoff, Assistant Professor, USC Rossier School of Education; Marshall Tuck, Executive Director, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; Edgar Zazueta, Director of Government Relations, Los Angeles Unified School District; Jason Pollock, Social Media Expert and Director, Undroppable; and Gabe Rose, Deputy Director, Parent Revolution. Moderated By Bonnie Reiss, Global Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Presidential Debate
Please join the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy for a live viewing of the Presidential Debate from the Annenberg east lobby. Panelists: Lindsey Kozberg, Vice President of External Affairs at RAND and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush in 2003; Alan Arkatov, Chief Executive Officer of the Teaching Channel and former Senior Advisor to 1992 Bill Clinton for President Campaign Manager Mickey Kantor; Charles Epting, Public Relations Director for the USC College Republicans; and Aaron Taxy, President for the USC College Democrats. Moderated By Dan Schnur, Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. This viewing is co-sponsored by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Political Student Assembly, USC College Democrats, and USC College Republicans.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping the 2012 Election
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a conversation on the 2012 elections featuring CCLP senior fellow Morley Winograd and Mike Hais, co-authors of Millennial Momentum: How a new generation is remaking America. From the publisher: “In Millennial Momentum, Winograd and Hais investigate how the beliefs and practices of the Millennials are transforming other areas of American culture, from education to entertainment, from the workplace to the home, and from business to politics and government … They also illustrate why this generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome the internal culture wars and institutional malaise currently plaguing the country.” CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan will moderate the discussion. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Policy is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The War Between Policy & Politics
Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Policy is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. Featured Panelists: Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Senior Fellow at USC Price, Political Analyst for KNBC, Los Angeles; and Raphael Bostic, Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance, Judith & John Bedrosian Chair in Governance.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The Key Issues: Jobs, Healthcare, and Medicare – What Will Decide the Election?
Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Policy is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. Featuring: Glenn Gritzner, Managing Director, Mercury Public Affairs; Michael Madrid, Principal, GrassrootsLab; Christian Patterson, Member, USC College Democrats; and Alex Yebri, Vice President, USC College Republicans. Co-Moderated By: Dan Schnur, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Daniel Rothberg, News Editor, USC Daily Trojan.

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: DNC Nomination Speech
Join USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics for a live viewing of the DNC Nomination Speech and a post-speech discussion with Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute.

Monday, September 3, 2012
USC Annenberg at the Democratic Convention: Politics & the Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2012 Election
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with Bloomberg and Harvard University Institute of Politics presents a conversation and research presentation at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli, New York Times Magazine chief political correspondent Matt Bai, Obama for America press secretary Ben LaBolt, and YouTube’s news manager Olivia Ma join the conversation moderated by Al Hunt, executive Washington editor for Bloomberg News and Geoffrey Cowan, CCLP director. The program includes a presentation by USC Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur on results from a new USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times survey on the public’s view about media coverage of the 2012 election and its impact on the state of political discourse.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: RNC Nomination Speech
Join USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics for a live viewing of the RNC Nomination Speech and a post-speech discussion with Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy Forum in Washington D.C.
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council, present a discussion of “The Last Three Feet,” current field practices in cultural and education exchanges and public diplomacy.
Speakers include William Kiehl, editor of “The Last Three Feet: Case Studies in Public Diplomacy,” to be published this fall; Beatrice Camp or the Smithsonian Institution, formerly U.S. Consul-General, Shanghai; and Jean E. Manes, Staff Director for Resources, U.S. Department of State.

Sunday, August 26, 2012
USC Annenberg at the Republican Convention: Politics & the Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2012 Election
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with Bloomberg and Harvard University Institute of Politics presents a conversation and research presentation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, Republican political strategist Mike Murphy, Senior strategist for Priorities USA Bill Burton, and Restore our Future’s Charles Spies join the discussion moderated by Al Hunt, executive Washington editor for Bloomberg News and Geoffrey Cowan, CCLP director. The program includes a presentation by USC Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur on results from a new USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times survey on the public’s view about media coverage of the 2012 election and its impact on the state of political discourse.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Public Media Futures
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with American University’s School of Communication presents a forum on the future of public media in an era of shrinking government support. The conversation will focus on innovations in programming and new models for sustainable funding. Participants include top executives and programmers, including Bill Davis, president and CEO, KPCC/Southern California Public Radio; Al Jerome, president and CEO, KCET; Ed Miskevich, station manager, KOCE/PBS SoCal; Suzanne Marmion, news and editorial strategy director, KPBS-TV/FM. CCLP senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III will lead the conversation together with Mark Fuerst, director of strategic Initiatives for Current. The program also includes welcoming remarks by USC Annenberg dean Ernest J. Wilson III, American University School of Communication Associate Dean Ed Beimfohr and Classical KUSC president and general manager Brenda Barnes. This program is open for participation by webcast only.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: State of the Campaign Going into Fall
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts.
Panelists include: Dan Schnur, Director, Unruh Institute of Politics; Geoffrey Cowan, Director,USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy; and Dan Mazmanian, Director, Bedrosian Center on Government and the Public Enterprise. Moderators are Aaron Wong, President, USC College Republicans and Aaron Taxy, Membership Director, USC College Democrats. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: China From a US Policy Perspective
Join CCLP, the Unruh Institute of Politics and Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise for a conversation on China from a US Policy perspective. The conversation will be moderation by Bedrosian Center director, Dan Mazmanian and will include: Eric Heikkila, Professor, USC Price School; Joshua Harris, Master of Public Administration candidate, USC Price School; Caroline Kim, Master of Public Administration candidate, USC Price School; and Luyang Liu, Master of Arts (Economics) candidate, USC Dornsife School. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and the Presidential Primaries
Please join Geoffrey Cowan, director of the USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, who will lead an insightful conversation on the presidential election as the upcoming California primary grows in significance. Special guests will include columnist and veteran political consultant Bob Shrum, author of No Excuses: Confession of a Serial Campaigner, and Marylouise Oates, journalist, human rights activist and author of Making Peace and other novels. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Technology is presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Special Interests in Politics
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts.
In a campaign season dominated by Super PACS and a political culture in which money and lobbyists seem to rule, what role do special interests play in our political system? Join a panel of experts including Jack Abramoff, former Republican lobbyist, newly-turned ethics watchdog, and author of Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist, and Bob Hertzberg, former Speaker of the California State Assembly and Co-Chair of reform group California Forward, to discuss the impact of special interests in politics and the presidential campaign. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: The Future of Federal Transportation Policy
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Join CCLP, the Unruh Institute of Politics and Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise for a conversation about dueling transportation spending bills and what they mean for the future of US infrastructure and the race to the White House. Moderated by Bedrosian Center Director, Dan Mazmanian and featuring Lisa Schweitzer – associate professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy, Mohja Rhoads – PhD candidate, Price School, and Theodore Minch – Master’s of Public Policy candidate, Price School. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Global Freedom of Information
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and the First Amendment Center present a discussion on the state of freedom of information around the world. The program: Framing the Issues. Featuring: Vinton Cerf – Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Guy Berger – Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO; Jerelyn Eddings – Program Director, International Center for Journalists; Marguerite Sullivan – Senior Director, Center for International Media Assistance; and Arnold Zeitlin – Visiting Professor, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Moderator – Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow, Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, University of Southern California. This forum is part of the all-day 14th annual National Freedom of Information Day Conference.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Presidential Primaries After Super Tuesday
Please join Geoffrey Baum, managing director of the USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP), for an insightful conversation. Special guests will include Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles bureau chief and former national political correspondent for The New York Times; Cinny Kennard, CCLP senior fellow, former West Coast chief for NPR, and veteran political reporter and award-winning CBS News correspondent and bureau chief; and Tom Dotan, editor-at-large for Neon Tommy. The conversation will be led by CCLP senior fellow and former White House senior policy adviser Morley Winograd, co-author with Mike Hais of Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation Is Remaking America. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Technology is presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Recession and Recovery, How the Economy Will Shape the Election
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. “Recession and Recovery: How will the Economy Shape Election 2012?” will feature panelists: Michael Davidson, CEO Gen Next; Sam Garrison, Former VP of Public Policy, LA Chamber of Commerce; Alex Davidson, Director of External Relations, USC College Republicans; and Satyen Motiani, Member, USC College Democrats. The discussion will be co-moderated by Dan Schnur Director, Unruh Institute, and Melissa Caskey, Managing Editor, Daily Trojan. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: The Future of Nuclear Power in the US Energy Supply
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Join CCLP, the Unruh Institute of Politics and Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise for a conversation on nuclear power. Featuring Detlof von Winterfeldt, student panelists TBA. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Republican Primaries and the News Media
Please join Geoffrey Baum, managing director of the USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) for an insightful conversation with two influential publishers: Andrew Breitbart, founder and publisher of Breitbart.com, BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com; and Jon Fleischman, founder and publisher of FlashReport.org. Lizzy Breiter from the USC College Republicans will also join the conversation, which will be led by Jonathan Wilcox, CCLP instructor and former speechwriter for Gov. Pete Wilson. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: How Populist Movements Shape American Politics
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Please join us for a conversation focused on how populist movements shape American politics featuring Jon Fleischman, Founder and Publisher, FlashReport.org, Larry Eason, Founder and President, DotOrgPower.com, Alex Yebri, Vice President, College Republicans, and Fritz Pielstick, College Democrats. The conversation will be moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, and Rachel Bracker, News Editor for the Daily Trojan. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Thursday, February 2, 2012
TOP SECRET IN CHINA: How Did the Chinese React to Geoffrey Cowan’s Play About The Pentagon Papers, Free Press and an Independent Judiciary?
What secrets do governments need to keep? What if the secret is that the government mislead the public about an important issue? Do news organizations have the right, do they have the responsibility to bring such a secret to public attention? Those are some of the questions raised in Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, which was recently performed in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai before packed auditoriums. In some instances co-author Geoffrey Cowan, former dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and the play’s producer, director, and performers were able to talk with audiences about the issues addressed in the play. In some places, Chinese authorities sought to prevent such discussions. Please join us on Thursday, February 2 when Cowan, executive producer Susan Loewenberg, and actor Joshua Stamberg will discuss how they managed to take Top Secret to China, how it was presented to Chinese audiences, and how the play was received. USCI executive director Clayton Dube will moderate the discussion.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Overcoming Divisions Posed by Class, Aging, Race and Immigration
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Join a conversation moderated by Dan Mazmanian about the failed policy for our growing elderly, struggling young adults, and immigrants. Panelists include Dowell Myers, Director, Population Dynamics Research Group; Alaina Jackson, SPPD PhD candidate; and Dyana Mason, SPPD PhD candidate. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A Celebration in Honor of Adam Clayton Powell III
Please join Dean Ernest J. Wilson III and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to celebrate the distinguished service of CCLP senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: Debate and the Arab Spring
The USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) presents a forum on international affairs and the 2012 presidential election featuring CCLP Faculty Fellow Gordon Stables, USC’s director of Debate and Forensics; and Shawn Powers, Ph.D., Georgia State University communication professor and an expert on emerging media in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Stables and Powers will be joined by members of the Trojan Debate Squad to discuss how the democratic revolutions in the Middle East and Northern Africa might impact U.S. international policy and influence the 2012 elections. The Arab Spring is the 2011-12 national collegiate debate topic and has students from 100 universities researching the merits of providing assistance for democratic reform. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Technology is presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Price School’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Road to the White House 2012 – State of the Union Address
Come join CCLP and the Unruh Institute for a viewing of and discussion about the annual State of the Union address.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Road to the White House 2012: The State of the Campaign
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Panelists include Rob Stutzman, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hector De La Torre, Former California State Assemblyman for the 50th District. Student Panelists will include Alex Davidson, Director of External Relations, College Republicans. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute, and Rachel Bracker, News Editor, Daily Trojan. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: How Americans Elect Will Impact the Election
Join us for our last Road to the White House series event for Fall 2011, featuring Americans Elect, a nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to working past party politics and use online direct democracy to nominate a third presidential candidate. The panel will feature Kahlil Byrd, Chief Executive Officer, Americans Elect; Darry Sragow, Professor, USC Department of Political Science; Christian Grose, Professor, USC Department of Political Science; and Asher Feldman, Editor in Chief, Daily Trojan. The panel will be moderated by Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: Framing the Debate
The USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP), in partnership with USC’s Unruh Institute and Bedrosian Center, presents a conversation on the 2012 presidential election. CCLP faculty fellow Tom Hollihan is the author of Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age. Hollihan, communication professor Gordon Stables and members of the Trojan Debate Squad will talk about the media’s role in influencing public perception of issues in the 2012 presidential election.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: The Age of Obama – Race and Politics in America
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Panelists include: Margita Thompson, former Press Secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Bob Hertzberg, former two-term Speaker of the California State Assembly; Kaya Masler, Political Director, USC College Democrats; and Lena Koncha, Co-Membership Director, USC College Republicans.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: What Do Voters Want in Healthcare Reform?
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Join Director of Graduate Program in Health Mike Nichol and Master of Health Administration candidates (2012) Susan Lam and Amit Pabla to discuss what voters want in healthcare reform. Bedrosian Center Director Dan Mazmanian will moderate. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Monday, October 24, 2011
Internet Freedom: Protecting Your Rights Online
A Conversation with Michael Posner, U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner will speak about Internet freedom, a foreign policy priority of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Obama administration. Posner will discuss U.S. government efforts to develop technologies that combat Internet censorship, the growing efforts by repressive regimes to curtail digital freedoms, and the responsibility of technology corporations to respect human rights in countries that restrict Internet freedom. An open conversation will follow Posner’s remarks, moderated by Geoffrey Cowan, University Professor, Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and director of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
An Occupy Wall Street Teach In
Join USC Annenberg’s Media, Economics & Entrepreneurship M{2e} co-directors Christopher Holmes Smith and Gabriel Kahn and a roundtable of professors from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism to discuss the issues behind the Occupy Wall Street movement [OWS], the nature of U.S. and global news coverage of the protests, and the implications the groundswell has for rethinking the social benefits of financial capitalism.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: Richard Reeves on Presidential Leadership
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a conversation on the 2012 presidential election featuring CCLP senior fellow and presidential biographer Richard Reeves. A USC Annenberg journalism professor, Reeves has authored biographies of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and John Kennedy, among others. His latest book is Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift-June 1948-May 1949. Professor Reeves will discuss the 2012 presidential election in comparison with other campaigns during times of economic crisis, including 1936, 1980 and 1992. Also, as author of the CCLP white paper Bridging the Political Divide in the 2008 Presidential Election, he will discuss prospects for bipartisan cooperation in 2012. CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan will moderate the discussion. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is a weekly series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: The Politics of Education – Fixing Our Public Schools
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Panelists include: Reed Galen, Managing Director, Sacramento office, Mercury Public Affairs; Shannon Murphy, Deputy Controller, Communications, Office of Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel; Cat Shieh, Finance Chair, USC College Democrats; and Dennis Su, USC College Republicans.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Road to the White House – 2012 Presidential Election and the US Economy
Come watch the most current GOP Debate about the economy, followed by a discussion with Dan Schnur, Director of the Unruh Institute and Gabriel Kahn, Annenberg Professor and former Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: Is California’s Climate Change Policy the Right Path Forward?
CCLP, in partnership with USC’s Unruh Institute and Bedrosian Center, presents a weekly conversation about California’s climate change policy and if it is the right path moving forward. USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Join Bedrosian Center Director Dan Mazmanian and a panel of experts to explore environmental issues facing voters.

Monday, October 3, 2011
Internet Advocacy Roundtable: Tapping Into the Millennial Momentum
In 2008, Morley Winograd and Michael Hais’s Millennial Makeover explored how the Millennial generation was reshaping American politics, in part, by forcing older generations to embrace social media channels for political communications. Now the authors are back, with a new book (Millennial Momentum) exploring how Millennials are transforming other areas of American culture and a return visit to the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Internet Advocacy Roundtable. Join us as we partner with Center for American Progress’s Progressive Studies Program and Campus Progress to explore the best way to reach Millennials via social media and what messages they are most likely to hear. Tapping into the Millennial momentum requires an understanding of the generation’s civic-orientation. In order to mobilize them, we must use social media to deliver messages that speak to their sense of civic responsibility. Our moderator, Ruy Teixeira, whose own research on Millennials is quite extensive, and Angela Peoples, who is using social media to connect with Millennials through her work at Campus Progress, round out the panel to provide us with a fascinating deep dive into the minds of the Millennial generation.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: Texas vs. California – Economic Myths and Reality
The USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) presents a discussion on the 2012 elections, featuring CCLP Senior Fellow Narda Zacchino, who is currently working on a book about California that focuses on the oft-made comparisons between California and Texas. Joining her will be Annenberg Professor and Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer. Narda has written: “The emergence of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for president has invited invidious comparisons with Democratic-controlled California, as Texas, with its lower unemployment rate and job growth, appears to be in better economic shape than the Golden State. Perry supporters offer this as an argument for Republican leadership in Washington. But a closer examination of the facts renders a mixed verdict on the success and failings of both states, and some surprising reasons why Texas has not suffered as much as California in the national recession.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: Preaching, Praying and Politics – Religion and the Election
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise. Panelists include Matt Klink, Former President, Cerrell Associates; Andre Pineda, Pollster, Obama for America 2008; Fritz Pielstick, USC College Democrats; Aaron Wong, Membership Director, USC College Republicans. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Kalista Medrano, Online Editor, Daily Trojan.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: The Impact of the Housing Market on Elections
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) partners to present Richard K. Green, director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. He will be leading an in-depth look at the housing market and the fiscal issues that may affect the elections both statewide and nationwide. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Thursday, September 8, 2011
CPD Conversation in Public Diplomacy: Ten Years Later – Public Diplomacy and the Arab World
Director Geoffrey Cowan joins a panel that will examine U.S. public diplomacy during the past ten years and will consider ways in which it might be improved for the years ahead. Panel Topics: The 9/11 awakening – “Why do they hate us?”; Redefining public diplomacy in 2001 – what were the goals?; Understanding Arab expectations – policy trumps promises; Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech – success and failure; Redefining the region – the Arab revolutions and the demise of Bin Laden; Designing a new public diplomacy strategy for the United States. Panelists: Najla Al Awadhi, CPD Advisory Board Member, former Member of Parliament of the United Arab Emirates, and CEO, Najla Al Awadhi Consulting; Laurie Brand, CPD University Fellow and Robert Grandford Wright Professor and Professor of International Relations, USC School of International Relations; Geoffrey Cowan, CPD University Fellow and Director, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy; Jerrold Green, CPD University Fellow, Director of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and Research Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Philip Seib, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, Faculty, USC School of Journalism, and Faculty in Public Diplomacy; USC Annenberg School for Communication; and Ernest J. Wilson, CPD University Fellow, Dean and Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: GOP Debate Viewing and Discussion
Join USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics for a live viewing of the GOP Debate and a post-debate discussion with Dan Schnur, Unruh Institute, and Roberto Suro, USC Annenberg.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: America’s Search for a New Civic Ethos
The USC Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) presents a roundtable discussion on the 2012 elections featuring CCLP senior fellow Morley Winograd and Mike Hais, co-authors of the forthcoming Millennial Momentum: How a New Generation Is Remaking America. From the publisher: “In Millennial Momentum, Winograd and Hais investigate how the beliefs and practices of the millennials are transforming other areas of American culture, from education to entertainment, from the workplace to the home, and from business to politics and government … . They also illustrate why this generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome the internal culture wars and institutional malaise currently plaguing the country.”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Road to the White House 2012: Obama and the Republicans
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a weekly conversation on the 2012 elections featuring students, faculty, journalists and political experts. Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media & Technology is presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Unruh Institute of Politics and USC School of Policy, Planning & Development’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise.

Monday, August 1, 2011
The Future of Arts Journalism and Criticism: Communication Leadership Policy Forum
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents a forum examining the future of arts journalism and criticism in the United States featuring Tim Page, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Washington Post music critic who now serves on the faculty of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the USC Thornton School of Music. Other guests include journalists and leaders at U.S. cultural institutions. CCLP senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III will moderate the discussion.

Monday, July 25, 2011
The Danger Facing Local Public Broadcasters: Communication Leadership Policy Forum
Please join Adam Clayton Powell III for a Washington, D.C. policy forum examining the impact of funding cuts on local public television and radio stations. Powell, a senior fellow at USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, will be joined by public broadcasting executives, policymakers, researchers and others to discuss financial pressures that have led to one state network closing, a major station’s sale and another station’s decision to stop programming the PBS schedule. “While the nation celebrated the holiday weekend of independence, New Jersey’s public television network signed off for the last time and many other PBS stations around the US may soon follow suit,” Powell explains on the CCLP blog. “Nationwide, state aid to public television and radio dropped more than 25% in two years – from $270 million in FY 2008 to $210 million in 2010, according to a state-by-state survey in Current magazine. Declining state support coupled with the poor U.S. economy, stations face even larger total cuts.” CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan will offer welcoming remarks.

Monday, June 20, 2011
Immigration, the Census and a Changing America: The Dynamics of Populations, Politics and Policy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
CCLP Policy Research Roundtable
Geoffrey Cowan and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present a lively policy research roundtable on key areas of engagement, including the Role of Media in a Democracy and Communication Technology & Social Change. Research director Mark Latonero leads the discussion that features authors including senior fellow Richard Reeves on the Reagan Centennial; executive in residence Jeffrey S. Klein on Online Community News: A Case Study; and senior fellow Jeremy Curtin on equipping U.S. diplomats for 21st Century challenges. Latonero will discuss CCLP’s work with the U.S. State Department and law enforcement developing new approaches to combat human trafficking. The program also includes updates on work by graduate researchers on topics ranging from civic and political discourse to human trafficking.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Democracy and Culture of Civic Conversation: NEH Bridging Cultures Forum on Civic Discourse with Tom Hollihan
A keystone of the initiative will be a forum on Democracy and the Culture of Civic Conversation to be held March 4, 2011, beginning at 9AM at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles and adjacent Japanese American National Museum. Leading a consortium of California-based educational institutions and public organizations, CCH will convene scholars, public intellectuals, policy specialists, journalists, educators, students, public sector professionals, and members of the general public in a day-long, thought-provoking conversation about the evolution of civic conversation and the nature of democracy through time. The forum will provide a rigorous, engaging, and non-partisan humanities experience for members of the public who participate in the event (whether live or virtually). After the forum, CCH and its partners will produce an implementation plan for a range of public humanities programs that will extend into 2012 as part of a larger two-year, theme-based initiative focused upon democracy. This event, which is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and California Council for the Humanities features CCLP Faculty Fellow Tom Hollihan.

Friday, February 11, 2011
Media and Middle East Turmoil
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy are pleased to co-host a roundtable discussion about the media and Middle East Turmoil. News and social media have played a crucial role as revolution sweeps through much of the Arab world. This panel will discuss the media’s galvanizing effect and what this means for the future of the Middle East and global politics.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
USC Ronald Reagan Centennial Academic Conference
In partnership with the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy presents a panel discussion as part of the USC Ronald Reagan Centennial Academic Conference. CCLP Director Geoffrey Cowan will moderate a panel on Reagan’s Leadership Legacy: Transforming, Maintaining, and Reawakening America. Leadership is a complex scholarly and practical phenomenon. Ronald Reagan is credited with transforming political institutions and policy agendas, securing and supporting traditional elements of American life, and reawakening trust in government and a general sense of positivity and hopefulness. What were the mechanisms/processes that contributed to these outcomes? What are the implications for today?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address
Join the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy for a panel discussion and live broadcast of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Pre-speech panel featuring Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, Dan Schnur, Chairman, California Fair Political Practices Commission and director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Kate Mather, Former Editor in Chief, USC Daily Trojan.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Will WikiLeaks Transform American Diplomacy?
What are the implications of WikiLeaks’ latest release for American diplomacy? Have the media played a responsible or even defensible role by releasing these diplomatic cables? What will be the effect on the future relationship of the media and American diplomats in particular and the media and the American government in general? Are the media supposed to protect the establishment or act as a watchdog in the public interest? Join USC Annenberg Dean Emeritus Geoffrey Cowan and Amb. Derek Shearer of Occidental College on what the Wikileaks’ scandal means for foreign policy in America, and what is the media’s role when divulging state secrets.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting with Vivian Schiller
The USC Annenberg School for Communication and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present the annual Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting, with this year’s honoree. Vivian Schiller, President of NPR.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Warren Bennis at the Skirball Cultural Center
Dubbed the “Dean of Leadership Gurus” by Forbes, Warren Bennis has lived a storied life. One of America’s foremost authorities on leadership, he has been a confidant and consultant to the greatest business executives of our time, a beloved mentor to thousands of university students, and a friend and advisor to four American Presidents. As president of the University of Cincinnati, Bennis has also practiced the art of leadership hands-on. His new memoir, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership, traces his career from the battlefields of World War II to the turbulence of campus life in the 1960s through the turn of the new millennium. Join Bennis—presented in conversation with his longtime friend Uri D. Herscher, Skirball Founding President and CEO—for an insightful look at the life of a great scholar who has spent decades contemplating the ingredients for effective leadership. A book signing follows the program.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Election Night @ Annenberg
The USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics invite students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of election returns. Journalism professor and CCLP Senior Fellow Roberto Suro and Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute will lead a discussion on the potential impact of races from across the United States. The event will also focus on statewide offices and ballot propositions.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
California Gubernatorial Debate
The race for California’s gubernatorial seat is a heated one as new face and a seasoned political veteran compete to take California’s highest office as current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, prepares to step down. The Center on Communication Leadership, in partnership with the USC Unruh Institute of Politics presents a viewing of the final gubernatorial debate between candidates Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Honoring a Lifetime of Leadership with Dr. Warren Bennis
James Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, and Geoffrey Cowan, professor and director of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present a morning to honor Dr. Warren Bennis, author, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, and Founding Chairman of the USC Leadership Institute. Bennis will discuss and sign copies of his latest work, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.

Monday, October 4, 2010
Documenting Climate Change: David Breashears and the Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya
USC’s US-China Institute and USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy welcome award-winning filmmaker, photographer and mountaineer David Breashears for a presentation of his breathtaking photographs of the Himalaya and a discussion about global climate change. Breashears has reached the summit of Mount Everest five times and directed the acclaimed IMAX documentary Everest. He founded the Glacier Imaging Research Project, which, he writes “has retraced the steps of some of the world’s greatest mountain photographers as they took pictures — many of them not previously published or displayed — over the past 110 years across the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. I then returned to those same vantage points and took photographs that bear witness to the rapid warming of the Himalaya and the swift retreat of its glaciers … These then-and-now pictures have a powerful effect on the viewer, one that I hope will bring home the reality — and serious consequences — of global warming.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Debate Watch 2010: Whitman v. Brown
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics invite students and faculty to the viewing of the 2010 California Gubernatorial Debate between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. A pre-debate discussion will be led by Gordon Stables, USC Annenberg Director of debate and forensics and clinical assistant professor of communication, and Bill Simon, 2002 California Republican Gubernatorial Nominee.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Screening of “The Price of Sugar”
Join Venice Arts for a screening of the award-winning documentary, “The Price of Sugar,” which follows Haitians working in slave-like conditions. In this film, Father Christopher Hartley, a Spanish priest, organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Democracy Is…A Social Media Campaign
The Department of State plans to hold a panel discussion at the at the University of Southern California’s Davidson Center on September 21, at 6 p.m. as part of the events of Social Media Week. The panel will feature representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the University of Southern California, Edelman Los Angeles, as well as the six winners of the Democracy Video Challenge, a global competition where entrants used video to finish the phrase, “Democracy is…” The discussion will explore the ability of social media to host an online dialogue on democracy and other global issues. The Democracy is… campaign engages youth in a global online discussion about democracy through creative social media challenges.Over 3.5 million people have engaged with the project.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Back to School: Learning and Growing in the Digital Age
A public forum for leaders from Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., to discuss the best strategies for bringing technology innovations to our schools — and other learning settings — and bringing the benefits of the digital revolution to parents and kids while addressing online risks. Common Sense Media, in partnership with PBS Kids, USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, and The Children’s Partnership present a lively, half-day discussion about education and communication technology, covering issues such as digital literacy, e-learning and empowering parents and kids online.

Thursday, September 9, 2010
Raindrops Over Rwanda: Premiere Screening and Discussion
Dean Ernest J. Wilson and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) present the premiere public screening of Raindrops Over Rwanda. The program includes a discussion led by filmmaker and philanthropist Charles Annenberg Weingarten featuring Honoré Gatera, head guide at the Kigali Memorial Centre and a genocide survivor. From the filmmakers, “In 1994, more than one million people were killed in the Rwandan genocide, a three-month event of unimaginable violence and despair. In this heart-rending documentary, the Explore team travels through present day Rwanda with Gatera, a remarkable young man who guides the viewer through historically significant sites and casts his unique firsthand perspective on the story of how the genocide unfolded. More importantly, he shares his vision for the future of Rwanda. Just fifteen years later, with emotional scars still raw for countless Rwandans, is forgiveness possible?” Welcoming remarks by Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director.

Monday, August 30, 2010
Annenberg Research Seminar: Tom Hollihan
Join students and faculty as we kick off the weekly Annenberg Research Seminar series with a presentation by communication professor and CCLP Faculty Fellow Tom Hollihan. His topic: “Barack Obama and the debate on health care reform: Dialogic argument vs. the politics of resistance.” From Dr. Hollihan: “Barack Obama promised to bring “hope” and “change” to the nation. He offered more than policy changes, he would change the practice of politics and would engage citizens and their elected officials alike in discussions aimed at discovering solutions to our shared problems. But in his most significant legislative initiative, the attempt to reform health care, Obama faced a GOP leadership that refused to engage in dialogue and instead opposed him at every opportunity. This strategy of opposition capitalized on the public’s fears and anxieties. It also significantly contributed to increasing public cynicism and distrust of government. This strategy demonstrated a lack of civic virtue and has the potential to cause significant long term harm to our democracy.”

Friday, August 6, 2010
USC Annenberg Research Presentation: Wikipedia and the Future of News at the AEJMC Annual Convention
Andrew Lih, USC Annenberg journalism professor, Adam Clayton Powell III, senior fellow at USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP), and David Westphal, CCLP senior fellow, present new research findings on the future of news, how new technologies are connecting communities and the effects of peer-produced knowledge on news gathering, at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution, will discuss models for understanding the new collaborative network of information creation and real-time fact checking of news stories. Powell has updated his landmark book, Reinventing Local News, with new data examining how well local broadcasters and websites cover the fundamental local issues that are critical to an informed citizenry. Westphal will provide an update on the role of government in supporting news and information based on his study “Public Policy and Funding the News” co-authored with CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan. The program is presented by USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

Friday, July 30, 2010
Kerckhoff Summer Picnic
A midsummer celebration of the Kerckhoff community sponsored by Annenberg Facilities and Technology with the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. Come to mingle with new people and eat good food – don’t forget a blanket!

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Technology and Trafficking in Persons Working Group
The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy is launching a series of meetings to explore the use of technology to advance foreign policy goals. In partnership with the U.S. State Department, this first session will explore a range of potential technological applications that might help non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders connect trafficking victims to humanitarian services. The meeting includes representatives from the Department of State, Congress, NGOs, foundations, technology innovators, and academic institutions. These efforts are being coordinated by CCLP Senior Fellow Jeremy Curtin. Curtin served until December 2009 as coordinator of the Bureau of Information Programs in the U.S. State Department, where he was the government’s senior public diplomacy officer. He is organizing this meeting in coordination with Alec Ross, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation.

Monday, May 24, 2010
Arts Industries Policy Forum
The Arts Industries Policy Forum takes place, Monday May 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in our Washington, DC, offices, near Union Station. At this kick-off forum, Bill Ivey will engage Geoffrey Cowan, USC’s inaugural holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, in a conversation covering pressing issues in communications, mass media law and journalism. A public interest lawyer, best-selling author, playwright, television producer and former director of Voice of America, Cowen is well equipped to offer informed, insightful opinions on a wide range of topics. Issues in media ownership, news industry, broadband access and public diplomacy will likely surface in this conversation with Cowan, noted as “an important force in almost every facet of the communication world.” The policy Forum offers an atmosphere that fosters candid discussion to enable increased understanding of complex issues. Our nonpartisan, policy neutral meetings are off-the-record and confidential — no minutes or proceedings are published.

May 16 to 21, 2010
News Entrepreneur Boot Camp
A week-long training program for digital journalists and others who are passionate about new ideas for serving the information and news needs of their communities but who lack the grounding in business and startup skills. The Knight Digital Media Center (in partnership with the USC Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy, and the Online Journalism Review) will hold a special News Entrepreneur Boot Camp from May 16-21, 2010, in Los Angeles. Traditional news organizations are floundering as business models collapse and audiences are increasingly turning to alternative news and information sources. This special boot camp is designed for digital journalists and others who are passionate about new ideas for serving the information and news needs of their communities but who lack the grounding in business and startup skills. Expert faculty from both academia and the private sector will provide intense instruction and continue coaching and virtual-learning during a six-month follow-up period.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Deconstructing Obama
Experts from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post will assess the quality of President Barack Obama ‘83’s leadership and America’s reaction to it in “Deconstructing Obama,” a panel discussion to be held Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Occidental College’s Thorne Hall. Moderated by Occidental associate professor of politics Caroline Heldman, the panel includes New York Times columnist Charles Blow; Tom Edsall, political editor of the Huffington Post; Patt Morrison ’74, Los Angeles Times columnist and public affairs host on KPCC-FM; and Thalia Gonzalez, assistant professor of politics at Occidental. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel. The course has tracked the various policy initiatives of the Obama administration – health care, foreign policy, education, the environment – with the help of a series of speakers ranging from Steve Schlesinger of the World Policy Institute to Ralph Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition. Strong student interest in the course – more than 125 are enrolled – in part is a reflection of the fact that Obama spent his first two years of college at Occidental, time he has credited with turning his steps toward a career in public service.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Annenberg Student Organization Summit on Leadership
Today’s overcrowded and rapidly evolving media landscape offers new meanings to the definition of effective leadership. The inaugural summit on leadership, hosted by the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Scholars, will bring together leaders and representatives from Annenberg student organizations to participate in an open talk about the challenges of communicating in a globalizing world. Facilitated by Cindy Martinez, director of undergraduate advisement and academic services at Annenberg, this event will also be a valuable opportunity to network with other Annenberg leaders.

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf and Burt Neuborne
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and Professor Burt Neuborne, Inez Milholland professor of civil liberties at New York University, and legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice. Their topic: “Confidential Government Information in the Internet Age: Roles and Responsibilities of Courts, the Executive Branch, and the Media.” The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Thursday, March 25, 2010
The Future of Arts Criticism
The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Society of Professional Journalists will host a panel on the future of arts criticism. The panel discussion will be moderated by USC’s Sasha Anawalt and features critics Andrew Berardini and Sharon Mizota and MOCA Associate Curator Bennett Simpson. Sponsored by MOCA and the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Sasha Anawalt is currently a CCLP Faculty Fellow.

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Professor Robert P. George
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Professor Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, moderates a panel with Princeton University students including Daniel Mark, Shivani Radhakrishnan, and Jose Joel Alicea. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Women and Leadership in the News Industry
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director in conversation with Liza Gross, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, as she shares information from IWMF’s latest research on the status of women in the news industry. Other guests, TBD. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Daniel Ellsberg, Leslie Gelb, James Goodale and Nicholas Lemann
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presentsTop Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include Daniel Ellsberg, former Defense and State Department official who gave the Pentagon Papers to the Washington Post; Leslie Gelb, journalist, diplomat and president emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations; James Goodale, former vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times; and Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Discussion moderated by Victor Navasky, chairman of Columbia Journalism Review and Delacorte professor of journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism Review. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Friday, March 12, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Truth and Fiction in the Docudrama
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director, and other special guests. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Top Secret Talks: William E. Buzenberg, Sheila Coronel and Bill Kovach
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include William E. Buzenberg, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity; Sheila Coronel, director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and the founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism; and Bill Kovach, chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Co-sponsored by the Center for Public Integrity. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Sunday, March 7, 2010
Top Secret Talks: A Salute to Roy Aarons
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. This special program celebrates the legacy of Leroy Aarons, acclaimed journalist, author, activist, and co-writer of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers. Guests include Charles Kaiser, author of Full Court Press and founder and former president of the New York Chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director will provide opening remarks. Co-sponsored by Joshua Boneh and Millie Harmon Meyers. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Thursday, March 4, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Marcus Brauchli and Tim Weiner
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Carroll Bogert, associate director of Human Rights Watch, moderates a panel with Marcus Brauchli, executive editor of The Washington Post and Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Orville Schell and Jonathan Schell
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include Jonathan Schell, author and journalist, in conversation with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. Their topic: “The Learned and Unlearned Lessons of the Vietnam War and the Nixon Administration.” Co-sponsored by the Asia Society. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York theatrical production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Top Secret Talks: Geoffrey Cowan and Bob Shrum
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) presents Top Secret Talks, a series of conversations among journalists, scholars, and public policy leaders exploring the tension between the government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Guests include Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director and Bob Shrum, veteran political consultant and senior fellow, NYU Wagner. Co-sponsored by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The series is presented in conjunction with the New York production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, co-written by Cowan.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
CCLP Research Briefing: Public Policy and Funding the News
Dean Ernest J. Wilson welcomes Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and CCLP director, and David Westphal, CCLP senior fellow and USC Annenberg executive in residence from the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) as they present findings from a new report. The report, Public Policy and Funding the News, is sponsored by Carnegie Corporation of New York and was released in Washington, D.C. on January 28. The report “analyzes some of the financial tools that government has used to support the commercial press throughout our nation’s history — from postal rate discounts and tax breaks to public notices and government advertising. It documents cutbacks across a range of sectors and presents a framework for the consideration of policy options to place the industry on a more secure financial footing.” Dean Wilson also welcomes USC Annenberg’s Half-Century Trojans as his special guests.

Friday, December 4, 2009
Entrepreneurship and the Community Web Conference
In partnership with USC Annenberg’s School of Journalism, Center on Communication Leadership & Policy senior fellow and USC Annenberg executive in residence David Westphal convenes a meeting of top producers* of Web-based community news and information to discuss best practices, building audiences, and serving the information needs of local communities. The program also includes presentations by Jarl Mohn, media investor, philanthropist and USC Annenberg board chairman and Jonathan Weber, founder and editor of NewWest.net. This program is part of Dean Ernest J. Wilson III’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Literacy Initiative.

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting: David Fanning, Frontline & Ernest J. Wilson III, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
USC Annenberg School for Communication and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy present the annual Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting. This year’s honoree is David Fanning, founder and executive producer of Frontline, the weekly PBS series that remains as the only regularly scheduled investigative documentary series on television. Frontline has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including 39 Emmys and a special Emmy Award for excellence in documentary filmmaking; 23 duPont-Columbia University Awards; 13 Peabody Awards; and 10 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. This year’s program also honors Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, who has been elected chairman of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the non-profit corporation created by Congress in 1967 to support public broadcasting. CPB is the largest single source of funding for public television and radio programming and invests in more than 1,000 local radio and television stations.

Friday, November 6, 2009
Global Communication Leadership Forum on Obama’s Afghanistan: The Media and the War
A small, by-invitation working session examining the media’s role in the war in Afghanistan. Attendees included journalists, editors, policymakers, diplomats, and activists. Organized by the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and Occidental College’s Office of Global Affairs, this two-day conference brought together top journalists, scholars and government officials to discuss the role of the media in the war in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Communication Leadership Reception: Senator George McGovern
The Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with USC Annenberg’s School of Communication, communication professor Robert Scheer, and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics, presents a reception with former U.S. Senator and 1972 Democratic Presidential nominee George McGovern. Senator McGovern is the author of a new biography of Abraham Lincoln. From Publisher’s Weekly: “In this modest, fluent bio, part of the American Presidents Series, former Democratic senator and presidential nominee McGovern finds an inspiring lesson in what a man can do with his life. McGovern’s Lincoln is a smart, ambitious striver who overcame humble origins, repeated setbacks and spells of depression. He is an idealist who, though burdened with the racial prejudices of his day, embraced the principle of equal opportunity. Most resonantly for the author, he is a brilliant politician who, combining pragmatism with high purpose, steered a crooked course through ugly political realities to end the intractable curse of slavery.” Professor Scheer and Senator McGovern will make brief remarks.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Communication Leadership Open Forum: Peter Steinfels, The New York Times
Join David Westphal, Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) senior fellow and USC Annenberg executive in residence, Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and director of the CCLP and Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life, for a discussion on media, politics and religion. Special guest: Peter Steinfels, “Beliefs” columnist for The New York Times and co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture. His topic: “A Catholic approach to American public life.” He writes: “A review of different understandings of secularization suggests that the U.S., in fact, can be called a ‘post-secular’ society, preeminently and irreversibly secular in some respects, intensely religious in others. But what does this in turn mean for American public life and specifically for its politics? How should religious traditions, organizations and leaders speak to questions with profound moral implications, from war and economic security to healthcare and abortion. Should they be politically “bilingual”—addressing the faithful with one language and the general citizenry with another? What is needed is a new ethic of ‘post-secular citizenship’ involving both religious literacy and enlarged sensibilities on the part of believers and non-believers.” He is the author of A People Adrift : The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America. Book signing follows discussion. This program is co-sponsored by the USC Office of Religious Life, USC Annenberg’s Knight Chair in Media and Religion and USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Communication Leadership Open Forum: Bill Boyarsky and Tom Hollihan
Join Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and director of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, for a discussion on current events, including media coverage of the debate on health care reform and the history and future of the Los Angeles Times. Special guests include veteran newspaper editor Bill Boyarsky, author of the new book Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times and communication professor Tom Hollihan, author of Uncivil Wars: Political Campaigns in a Media Age.

Monday, October 12, 2009
Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffet
In partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Marshall School of Business, USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy presents a concert and conversation with Grammy Award-winning musician Peter Buffet. He has released 15 records and scored the memorable “Fire Dance” scene in the Oscar-winning film Dances With Wolves. He also composed the full score for “500 Nations”, the eight-hour Emmy Award-winning CBS miniseries Costner produced. He is the son of legendary investor Warren Buffett and as part of his performance, he intersperses his songs with personal anecdotes and offers candid look into “his upbringing, the lessons he’s learned, and their role in the development of the man he’s become.”

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Communication Leadership Open Forum: Tom Rosenstiel
Join Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and director of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, for an open forum with Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Topics include new models for news and the role of media in a democracy with a focus on the media’s coverage of the debate over health care reform.

Friday, August 7, 2009
Communication Leadership Research Presentation: The Future of News AEJMC Annual Convention
USC Vice Provost Adam Clayton Powell III and USC Annenberg executive in residence David Westphal, both senior fellows of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP), present new research findings at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Powell has updated his landmark book, Reinventing Local News, with new data and a new introduction. CCLP is publishing the new edition as part of its research series. Westphal is the lead researcher on a new Carnegie Corporation-funded project—led by CCLP director and USC University Professor Geoffrey Cowan—exploring the role of government in addressing the crisis in the news business.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Center for Communication & Leadership: Arts & Journalism

Thursday, July 16, 2009
USC Annenberg IJJ Reception Honoring Steve Montiel
The Institute for Justice and Journalism (IJJ) supports high-quality reporting and commentary about social justice issues through professional fellowships and workshops, the JustNews.org Web site and Justice and Journalism Fund. The institute became an independent nonprofit organization in 2009, nine years after it was created at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication to strengthen journalism about justice and injustice. IJJ is overseen by the afternoon’s honoree, Steve Montiel, the institute’s founding director and now a media relations representative for the University of California Office of the President (board president). Montiel, is a veteran journalist and educator who began his career in 1967 and worked for several news organizations during the ensuing years: The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and the Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Communication Leadership Symposium: What Comes Next? Policy Solutions After the Special Election
Leading journalists, policymakers and political analysts convene to examine the results of the May 19 special election and prospects for California’s future. Discussions will be led by Dan Schnur, director of the USC Unruh Institute of Politics and David Abel, publisher and former chairman of the California Assembly Speaker’s Commission on State Local Government Finance Reform. Other panelists TBA. This program is presented by the USC Unruh Institute and the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance in partnership with USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the USC Initiative and Referendum Institute.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
Maria Shriver Partners with CCLP to Launch “A Woman’s Nation” Project
California First Lady Maria Shriver, who leads the California Women’s Conference, is launching a multifaceted project in partnership with the Center for American Progress and the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. The project, A Woman’s Nation, will take a new, empirical look at American women who for the first time in our nation’s history make up fully half of all workers and are becoming the primary breadwinners in more families than ever before. A Woman’s Nation will include roundtables, a national poll, and interviews with icons of the women’s movement and other prominent leaders. The preliminary report will be released in the fall, to be followed by a book.

Friday, February 27, 2009
Tavis Smiley Presents: Young Scholars Forum
Several intellectuals and arts professionals shared their hopes and admonitions for America’s future on Feb. 27 as the Tavis Smiley Foundation presented the Young Scholars Forum as part of the 10th anniversary State of the Black Union symposium at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Presented in association with the Johnson Communication Leadership Center and the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy – and hosted by Smiley – the forum was intended as a kickoff event for the wider State of the Black Union discussions taking place the following weekend around Los Angeles. The panel featured USC Annenberg communication professor Josh Kun, Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude, U.S. Naval officer Jocelyn Butcher, Voto Latino executive director Maria Teresa Peterson, actress and activist Jurnee Smolett, Brown University Professor Tricia Rose, and university professor Dr. Alia Sabur, who at 18 years old became the youngest university professor in the world.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Inauguration Watch
USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, USC Dornsife College’s Political Science department and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics invite students, faculty and friends to watch the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Following the ceremony, there will be a discussion on the inaugural speech and the future of Obama\’s presidency. Guests include Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur and journalism professor Roberto Suro.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Loper Lecture in Broadcasting: Brian Lamb
The 2008 James L. Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting honors Brian Lamb, founder, president and CEO of C-SPAN, the public affairs cable television network. Lamb will deliver the annual lecture, which focuses on the future of public service broadcasting during a period of economic transformation in the media. Lamb was honored last year with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and will offer a unique perspective on public service broadcasting during a very exciting presidential election year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Communication Leadership CEO Series: Ted Turner
The Center on Communication Leadership, in partnership with USC Spectrum and the USC Marshall School of Business present a conversation with Ted Turner, the media entrepreneur and philanthropist who started CNN, Turner Broadcasting and a host of other companies. Welcoming remarks by Marshall School Dean Jim Ellis. The conversation will be moderated by University Professor Geoffrey Cowan.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Election Night at Annenberg
The Annenberg School for Communication is USC’s election headquarters. From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., CalPIRG, the Students for Barack Obama, and the Students for John McCain will be phone banking and coordinating their election-day efforts from the Annenberg East Lobby. Come by to volunteer for your respective candidate, or as part of a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort. At 5:00 p.m. the USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics, invite students, faculty and friends to watch a telecast of election returns. The event will also focus on statewide offices and ballot propositions. Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, will be in attendance to provide an expert’s opinion about the results.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Johnson Center Communication Leadership Forum
USC Annenberg’s Johnson Communication Leadership Center will host a roundtable discussion between Center director Christopher Holmes Smith and USC Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson, former vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Recently elected to the Board of Directors at American International Group (AIG), Johnson also chairs the investment committees at the University of Southern California and the Markle Foundation. The topic: “Financial democracy and the credit panic of 2008: Exploring media’s role.” Panelists include George Alexander, editor-at-large, Black Enterprise magazine; Yongheng Deng, professor and director of the doctoral program, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development; Sandy Green, assistant professor, USC Marshall School of Business; and Kathy Kristof, syndicated personal finance columnist.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Annenberg Open Forum: Parent’s Weekend
USC Annenberg and Dean Ernest J. Wilson III hosted families for Trojan Parents Weekend Oct. 10-11, with events including a Breakfast with the Dean, Open Forum with special guest former California Governor Gray Davis, and a catered picnic before the USC football team’s 28-0 win over Arizona State. “The students’ parents are special members of the Trojan Family,” Dean Wilson said. “We are delighted to welcome them to the School and hope they continue their interest in their children’s future.” More than 200 guests attended both the breakfast and the Open Forum, while more than 600 parents, students and friends came to the pre-game picnic— an event record. Parents mingled with their children’s professors and staff who work with them throughout the school year.

Thursday, September 4, 2008
Convention Watch: McCain Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech
The USC Annenberg School for Communication, the Center on Communication Leadership and the USC Unruh Institute of Politics, invited students, faculty and friends to watch the acceptance speech of Senator John McCain for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. University professor Geoffrey Cowan, law and political science professor Kareem Crayton, Annenberg School of Journalism director Geneva Overholser, journalism professor Michael Parks, journalism professor and syndicated columnist Richard Reeves, and Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute and former communications director for John McCain, also led a discussion analyzing political speech and media coverage of the 2008 presidential election.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Politics & Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2008 Election
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and POLITICO present a discussion on the role of media in a democracy with top political journalists and strategists at the Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, MN. The discussion will be led by Geoffrey Cowan, University Professor and Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and Jim VandeHei, executive editor, POLITICO. Panelists include Catalina Camia, political editor for USA Today, Nina Easton, Washington Bureau Chief of FORTUNE, Mark McKinnon, former chief media advisor to Senator McCain and President Bush and Roger Simon, author and chief political columnist, POLITICO. This event is co-sponsored by American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio.