The Future of the GOP: Should/Can the Party Reinvent Itself?

The Department of Political Sciences Presents:
Political Conversations
The Future of the GOP: Should/Can the Party Reinvent Itself?

Join Prof. Bob Shrum at our very first Political Conversations as he sits down with Alex Castellanos, member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television” and co-founder of Purple Strategies, a bi-partisan public affairs firm. Castellanos has been a strategist and advisor for Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and a host of other Republican leaders.

When: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 2 – 3:00pm
Where: VKC, Room 300A (3rd Floor)
More on Political Conversations: dornsife.usc.edu/politicalscience/political-conversations

Spirit of the Law Series featuring Hon. Bernard J. Kamins, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret)

Spirit of the Law Series featuring Hon. Bernard J. Kamins, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret)

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Location: Gould School of Law (LAW), Room 2
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM | Lunch Served
RSVP: bit.ly/1sg5eGE

Spirit of the Law features legal professionals discussing how they find meaning, purpose, and identity in the law.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins served 22 years on the bench and served as a public defender prior to being appointed a judge. After graduating from USC Law School in 1968, Kamins became a Deputy Public Defender and served as deputy in charge for the LA Juvenile Hall Court. He then was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by George Deukmejian in 1985 and was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court the following year. Kamins spent all but one year of his judicial career presiding over criminal cases and briefly presided over the widely publicized Rodney King beating case in 1991. From 2000 to 2007, Kamins ran Drug Court for the entire western portion of LA County. Though formally retired, Kamins currently serves as a judge at the Van Nuys Courthouse in the assigned judge program and is working on creating a prostitution diversion program for the local court. Kamins holds a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University’s law school.

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Religious Life and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics

March 10th – Ricardo Ramirez – "Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics"

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Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, Spring 2014 Application

POSC Juniors & Seniors:

Applications are now available for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. To be eligible, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

1) Be at least a Junior majoring in POSC or IR

2) Have completed a minimum of three (3) upper division POSC/IR courses

3) Have at least a 3.5 overall GPA

4) Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in all POSC/IR courses

If you meet the above requirements, you may fill out the attached application (also available in VKC 214, 301, and 327). Applications are due no later than Monday, FEBRUARY 10, 2014, by 5 pm in VKC 327.

POSC 420: Experience How to Make Decisions and Grow a Non-profit First hand!

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POSC Majors:

Professor Ann Crigler invites students to enroll in POSC 420: Practicum in the American Political Process (Practicum on Participation and Youth Civic Engagement). She is teaching the course this Spring 2014 at 2-4:50 Tuesdays. If you are interested in a small class with a chance for a”hands-on” experience in a Los Angeles elementary school (Penny Harvest Project), then this may be the right class for you. Please see the attached course description to learn more about the course. There is no prerequisite for enrolling. The course will fulfill a POSC course in AMERICAN Politics or for an Upper Division POSC Elective.

Please see attached flyer for details.

Internship Opportunity

Good Morning,

I am writing to inform you of the internship opportunities available to college students in Congressman Becerra’s district office in Los Angeles. Although unpaid, interns walk away from their experience with a wealth of knowledge about how our nation’s political system works.

Strong organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a team and under pressure are essential.

Interns are given key roles in the following departments of Congressman Becerra’s district office:

· Constituent Casework – helping constituents resolve problems with federal agencies such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs and Immigration.

· Field – assist field deputies to address issues affecting residents of California’s 34th Congressional District and represent the Congressman at various community events and meetings.

· Legislative Research – research, analyze and provide briefs on the status and content of various House bills. Assist the district staff to produce talking points for the Congressman on numerous local and federal issues.

· Constituent Outreach – assist in planning and executing “Coffee with your Congressman” town hall meetings and other events throughout Los Angeles.

· Administrative – support the district office’s service to constituents by answering phones, fielding constituent inquiries, filing, mailing and sorting.

To apply simply go to our website www.becerra.house.gov and fill out the Congressional Internship Application form, attach your personal statement and resume and submit it to our office.

The deadline to apply is December 27, 2013.

Rachel Gonzaga | Staff Assistant

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34)

Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus

213-481-1425 (p) | 213-481-1427 (f)

Please note our new address:

350 South Bixel Street, Suite 120

Los Angeles, CA  90017

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