USC Hosts Lecture on National Security Threats in the 21st Century

August 6, 2012

WHAT:  USC’s National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) will present its Distinguished Speaker Series with a lecture titled “National Security Threats in the 21st Century.”

WHO: Frances Townsend, who served as assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008, is now a CNN contributor on issues of counterterrorism and national security. Townsend spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Erroll Southers, adjunct professor of homeland security and public policy with the USC Price School of Public Policy and CREATE’s associate director of research transition, will lead a question-and-answer session with Townsend following her lecture.

WHEN: Friday, August 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

WHERE: University of Southern California, Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Grand Ballroom – Room B43
3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (campus map here:

MORE: Established in 2004, CREATE is an independent, interdisciplinary national research center based at the University of Southern California in the Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CREATE’s mission is to improve our nation’s security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security.

Contact and RSVP: Kelly Buccola at (949) 230-2270 or