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April 20th, 2021

A seminal trial in American history

The jury’s verdict in the trial of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin — guilty on all counts — brings relief and pain. There is a sense of much remaining to be done with continued police shootings of Black men and women, a growing #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a rise in white extremism and domestic terrorism. USC […]

April 14th, 2021

As the climate crisis begins, USC experts see ways to respond

Climate change is civilization’s stress test, so government and businesses scramble for solutions. The Biden administration proposes $2 trillion for infrastructure and clean energy while the city of Los Angeles is preparing for a zero-emissions future – topic of an April 19 USC Facebook Live event. Ahead of Earth Day, USC experts examine how society is bracing for global […]

March 19th, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a wave of anti-Asian violence

Contact: Jenesse Miller, 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu or Jim Key, (619) 253-1077 or jameskey@dornsife.usc.edu The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with rising reports of crimes targeting Asian Americans. This week, a white man was charged with killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area spas. While the mass killing and possible motives continue […]

March 5th, 2021

One year of pandemic: Moms, kids struggle to recover

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools and childcare centers to close in March 2020, many working parents — especially working mothers — were thrust into new roles as teachers and daycare providers as schools switched to distance learning. Now, a year later, experts at the USC Dornsife Center for the Changing Family and the USC Rossier School of Education reflect on […]

March 4th, 2021

Beyond pandemic: one year since the coronavirus crisis

One year since the worst disease outbreak in a century, the coronavirus crisis has ravaged health, economies and governments. More than 115 million people have been infected and 2.6 million have died — including about 515,000 in the United States. The pandemic exposed the frailty of the global economy, inequities in healthcare and fault lines in […]

January 29th, 2021

Exploring the role of the Black family during Black History Month

The national theme of Black History Month this February is the Black family — an area of study in disciplines as varied as history, anthropology, literature, sociology and the arts. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which decides the theme each year, says the Black family has been “reverenced, stereotyped, and […]

January 15th, 2021

Honoring MLK Jr. during a moment of racial reckoning

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu The holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy will take place on Monday, Jan. 18th and is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” USC experts offer their thoughts on the civil rights leader’s legacy […]

January 14th, 2021

Will Joe Biden’s Inauguration Heal a Divided Nation?

Contact: Jenesse Miller 213-810-8554 or jenessem@usc.edu Next week, Joe Biden becomes America’s 46th president and inherits major problems that few other presidents faced upon their inauguration. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are dead due to the coronavirus pandemic. Business closures and rising unemployment have crippled the economy. American democracy is in peril as evidenced by Republican attempts […]

January 12th, 2021

Experts offer strategies to encourage widespread acceptance of the coronavirus vaccine

The pandemic has spiraled out of control as a more contagious version of COVID-19 spreads, increasing the urgency to quickly vaccinate as many people as possible. Yet polling over the last several months has shown that many Americans have safety concerns and don’t want the vaccine just yet. USC experts say that hesitancy can be […]

January 6th, 2021

Democracy in peril? Political chaos in the nation’s capital

The U.S. Capitol building is under lockdown due to chaos in Washington DC. Members of Congress were in the House and Senate chambers to vote on certifying the presidential election results, but they were evacuated as protestors stormed the building. USC experts are available for comment. Contact: USC Media Relations, uscnews@usc.edu (213) 740-2215 or Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 […]