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Articles about events and initiatives at the Center for the Political Future and Unruh Institute, as well as contributions from our team to significant publications in California and beyond.

The club meets every Thursday in THH 115 at 7PM. It plans upcoming projects and educates on the issues unhoused communities face in L.A. (Source: Teya Hisel)

Daily Trojan - Student club helps unhoused communities in L.A.

During the Spring 2022 semester, CPF Administrative Coordinator Teya Hisel, alongside two USC students, created advocaSC, a club that aims to support unhoused community members of Los Angeles through policy advocacy, education, outreach, and direct service. Hisel is a junior double majoring in Global Studies and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. CPF Executive Director Kamy Akhavan serves as the club’s adviser. Although the club is not directly affiliated with other organizations, Hisel said she hopes to partner with CPF and other student organizations in the future.

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Larchmont Boulevard is now part of the L.A. City Council’s 13th District. (Source: Rance Collins)

Beverly Press - CD13 candidates debate in virtual forum

CPF Co-Director Mike Murphy moderated an online forum for all five Los Angeles City Council 13th District candidates on Monday, April 4 hosted by Larchmont Boulevard Association, Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association, and Windsor Square Association. The forum offered candidates an opportunity to discuss several issues facing the district, including crime, homelessness, and the L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón recall campaign.

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U.S. Rep. Karen Bass smiles at a point made by businessman Rick Caruso during a mayoral debate at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus. (Source: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Magazine - L.A. Mayoral Debate: Informative, Entertaining and Truly Bashtastic

USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) co-hosted a Los Angeles mayoral debate with FOX 11 Los Angeles and Los Angeles Times at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22. The leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates, Karen Bass, Joe Buscaino, Rick Caruso, Kevin de León, and Mike Feuer, faced off for the first time in a debate. All five candidates had strong moments and weak ones, in an evening filled with attacks and candidates’ efforts to stand out.

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Rick Caruso, chairman of the University of Southern California Board of Trustees announces USC's 12th president in Los Angeles, March 20, 2019. (Source: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Spectrum News 1 - Caruso on receiving end of attacks during mayoral debate with 5 top candidates

USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) co-hosted a Los Angeles mayoral debate with FOX 11 Los Angeles and Los Angeles Times at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22. This debate was the first time the leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates, Karen Bass, Joe Buscaino, Rick Caruso, Kevin de León, and Mike Feuer, faced off. Rick Caruso was on the receiving end of attacks from several of the other candidates. Kevin de León took aim at plans to expand the LAPD, saying it would come with added cost to Angelenos.

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Los Angeles mayoral debate co-hosted by CPF, FOX 11 Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Times at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22. (Source: Alan Mittelstaedt)

CNN - Los Angeles mayoral race shows shift in policing debate in heavily Democratic city

USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) co-hosted a Los Angeles mayoral debate with FOX 11 Los Angeles and Los Angeles Times at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22. The leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates, Karen Bass, Joe Buscaino, Rick Caruso, Kevin de León, and Mike Feuer, faced off for the first time in a debate. When the debate turned to policing, the candidates pledged to either maintain the current budget and size of the city's police department ranks or to expand them.

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USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) hosted a virtual event on Tuesday, March 1 about the politics of education in partnership with USC Rossier School of Education. (Source: CPF)

LA School Report: ‘Not for the faint of heart’: Education experts and leaders warn school boards dominated by politics

USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) hosted a virtual event, “The Politics of Education at School Boards,” on Tuesday, March 1 in partnership with USC Rossier School of Education. This event featured a panel of experts, such as education expert Alan Arkatov and current/former school officials Lisa Korbatov, Nick Melvoin, Pedro Noguera, and Darline Robles. They discussed how political polarization across the nation is making parents’ collaboration with educators and elected school board officials more challenging.

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Los Angeles mayoral debate co-hosted by CPF, FOX 11 Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Times at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22. (Source: Alan Mittelstaedt)

Los Angeles Times - Stakes are high as 5 leading candidates for L.A. mayor finally meet

USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) co-hosted a Los Angeles mayoral debate with FOX 11 Los Angeles and Los Angeles Times at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, March 22. For the first time in a debate the leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates, Karen Bass, Joe Buscaino, Rick Caruso, Kevin de León, and Mike Feuer, faced off. This debate provided an opportunity for voters to see Caruso in action and how his presence would shift the dynamic among the four other candidates.

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Statement from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future

Statement from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Statement from the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF) regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Speakers discussed common perceptions of the Silk Road. (Source: Richard Tao | Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - Center for the Political Future discusses history, present of China

USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) hosted a virtual event, “China’s Relations with the Outside World: From the Silk Roads to Today,” on Wednesday, February 23 in partnership with USC Dornsife Center for the Premodern World. CPF Co-Director Mike Murphy was joined by a panel of experts: Oxford University professor of global history Peter Frankopan, Yale University professor of Chinese and world history Valerie Hansen, USC professor of East Asian languages and cultures David C. Kang, and Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft East Asia Program Director Michael D. Swaine. They discussed the history, starting with the Silk Roads, that led to today’s complex United States-China relationship.

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Avasant CEO and Chairman Kevin S. Parikh joins the CPF Board of Councilors. Current Board Members Include Kevin Beggs, Barbara Boxer, Ken Broad, Yar Chaikovsky, Lisa Korbatov, Jeff Polak, and Hope Warschaw. (Source: Kevin S. Parikh)

Avasant CEO and Chairman Kevin S. Parikh Joins CPF's Board of Councilors

The USC Center for the Political Future (CPF) is proud to welcome Kevin S. Parikh, CEO and Chairman of the Avasant Group of companies and the Avasant Foundation, as a new member of its Board of Councilors.

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