Students Talk Back – California Legislators address Partisanship

On Wednesday September 11th the Schwarzenegger Institute, in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, co-hosted the first Students Talk Back lunch of the semester.  The “Students Talk Back” lunch speaker series furthers our Institutes commitment to student engagement, bringing relevant policy issues and thought leaders to campus to engage in meaningful dialogue with our USC community. 

 The event was a tremendous success with a large number of students attending the event.  Former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, former Senator Tony Strickland and representatives from the USC College Democrats and the USC College Republicans discussed how “millennials” can effect politics and policy making at both the local and national level. There were riveting questions from the student audience that sparked captivating conversation among the panel. 

 The purpose of Students Talk Back is to provide a fair and informative discussion on the most pressing public policy challenges facing local, state, and federal government. Each Students Talk Back lunch features a bi-partisan panel of students and professionals, specifically one Democratic and one Republican student paired with one Democrat and one Republican professional.

 Every Wednesday for the remainder of the 2013 Fall semester the Schwarzenegger Institute and the Unruh Institute will continue to co-host the Students Talk Back lunch and discussion series in RTCC 450 at 11:30am.