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.

"What you want them to do is have confidence that being who they really are connects with what the voters are looking for," said Mike Murphy, Co-Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future.

MSNBC - Political power players on high stakes and debate prep

With one day left before the first Democratic debate, Chris Jansing spoke with 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans who have faced the exact pressure 2020 contenders will be dealing with on the debate stage to discuss high stakes and to get their advice.

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Special correspondent Jeff Greenfield talks with bipartisan strategists to learn what the candidates can do in such a big field.

PBS News Hour - Dems look for edge amid jam-packed presidential debate

Special correspondent Jeff Greenfield talks with bipartisan strategists to learn what the candidates can do in such a big field, and joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss whether a debate held months before the first votes can make a difference.

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Polarization in American discourse is driven partly by identity politics, USC Dornsife experts say (Illustration by Dennis Lan for USC Dornsife Magazine.)

USC Dornsife Magazine - Making Politics Civil Again

Scholarly leaders from USC Dornsife’s Center for the Political Future discuss the forces driving Americans apart and explore how those same forces could bring them together.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Kerry made a stirring appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against climate change, saying a failure to do so would be a "betrayal of devastating consequences." (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

USC Annenberg - John Kerry speaks at USC Dornsife’s Climate Forward conference

The threat of climate change is real. That was the message of former Secretary of State John Kerry's at today's Climate Forward conference here at USC.

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David Keene (left) makes a point while answering a question from Robert Shrum at a USC Dornsife Political Conversations event. Photo by Kristy Plaza.

USC Dornsife News - Former NRA President discusses the state of conservative politics in the age of Trump

Leading conservative pundit and former head of the National Rifle Association David Keene talks about gun control and the nation’s increasingly partisan political landscape. He is joined by USC Dornsife’s Robert Shrum at an event hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. By Susan Bell

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Video by Marc Merhej

USC Dornsife News - USC Student Resolution to Address Climate Change

A group of 34 students have a renewed focus on addressing climate change after discussing the lessons of the “Climate Forward: The Politics of Climate Change” conference held earlier this month at USC. By Emily Gersema

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (right) discussed President Donald Trump’s chances for reelection in the 2020 election.

Daily Trojan - Former White House Staffer Discusses Republican Party

The Jesse Unruh Institute for Politics, in partnership with and Italian American Lawyers Association, hosted a discussion on the future of the Republican Party under the Trump administration.

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Bob Shrum

Better Angels Podcast - Diagnosing the Divide with Bob Shrum

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum stops by The Better Angels Podcast to talk polarization, campus politics and the challenges facing the Democratic field.

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Credit: Conan Nolan, Yvonne Guevara

NBC LA - Cities and States Dealing with Climate Change

USC hosts a climate change conference this past week. NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Politics and policy · Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (standing) spoke to the audience about the challenges of the 2016 Paris Agreement and the way governments can cooperate to combat climate change. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan)

Daily Trojan - Leaders, Nobel Prize winner discuss environmental issues

Town and Gown Hall traveled into the future for several hours on Thursday as Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti talked about the city’s plans to completely eliminate emissions within several decades. By Natalie Bettendorf

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