USC Hosts Lecture on Threat of Homegrown Terrorism

January 14, 2014

At the Jan. 16 event, USC Professor Erroll Southers discusses the increasing threat of homegrown terrorists and the lessons learned from the attacks at the Los Angeles International Airport and Boston Marathon

Contact and RSVP: Merrill Balassone at (213) 740-6156 or

WHAT: In November’s attack on the Los Angeles International Airport, a Los Angeles man stands accused of killing a Transportation Security Adminsistration officer and injuring several others. One of the suspects in last year’s Boston Marathon bombings had become an American citizen on the anniversary of 9/11.

Even as foreign terrorists seek ways to harm U.S. citizens and interests, there is a growing threat from domestic extremists able to execute lethal attacks while eluding much of the U.S. homeland security apparatus, says USC Professor Erroll Southers in his new book, Homegrown Violent Terrorism (2013)

WHO: Erroll G. Southers is associate director of research transition at USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), where he facilitates the transition of counterterrorism software programs developed at USC into practice in places including the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and LAX.

Southers, an adjunct professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy, was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary, and he was also California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy director for critical infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security.

WHEN: Thurs., Jan. 16 from 12-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Southern California, Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC 227), 3607 Trousdale Pkwy., Los Angeles 90089

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About the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)

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.