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September 24th, 2019

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry of President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that the U.S. House of Representatives will begin a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The announcement is in response to allegations that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son. USC experts can speak to the events that have prompted […]

September 18th, 2019

Trump’s rollback of California pollution rules expected

Making good on a campaign promise to reverse pollution rules, the Trump Administration is expected to announce a rollback of California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles. The expected announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency would come just weeks after California officials signed a deal with four automakers to produce cleaner cars. […]

August 23rd, 2019

Battle for the future of Hong Kong: Are protests a tipping point?

The Hong Kong protests started in June as a response to a contentious extradition bill. After demonstrators took over Hong Kong’s airport earlier this month, Hong Kong residents formed a 20-mile human chain across the city today. The protests are raising questions about Hong Kong’s future and its relationship with mainland China. USC experts explain […]

August 20th, 2019

USC experts examine World War II 80 years after it began

Contact: Gary Polakovic or (213) 740-9226   How do democracies resist authoritarianism? Paul Lerner is a professor of history and director of the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He’s an expert in 20th century European history and the rise of fascism and the author of Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry […]

August 15th, 2019

As students head back to school, experts share wellness tips

As students from kindergarten to college head back to school, they and their families typically experience a mixture of excitement and anxiety. USC experts share strategies for staying physically, mentally and even spiritually healthy. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or What’s the biggest challenge faced by today’s college students? “What I have noticed in my […]

August 5th, 2019

American gun violence: Communities mourn and debate

Mass shootings and gun violence are dominating the headlines after back-to-back incidents in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Is the problem getting worse? Who or what is to blame? What can be done to stop this violence and help communities heal? USC scholars offer their expertise. Contact: Jenesse Miller, (213) 810-8554 or Can Americans […]

August 1st, 2019

American epidemic: USC experts discuss the opioid crisis

The American opioid epidemic killed nearly 400,000 people from 1999 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against drug companies; a recent investigation revealed they distributed 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012. What caused America’s deadliest drug crisis and what […]

July 25th, 2019

Democrats try to seize momentum in Detroit debates

The 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls will meet again in Detroit on July 30th and 31st for round two of debates. They will take place against a backdrop of increasing party tensions and the aftermath of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress. USC experts discuss what’s changed since the first debates and predict what […]

July 22nd, 2019

Mueller hearings: Will testimony change minds about Trump?

Former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of the 2016 election will be the focus of congressional hearings this week. Will his highly anticipated testimony increase demands for impeachment among Democrats? Will it change Americans’ minds? Or could it benefit Republicans? USC experts are available to discuss. Contact: Jenesse Miller at or (213) […]

July 18th, 2019

USC experts do a deep dive on sharks during “Shark Week”

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water, up pops sharks and academics who study them. Beginning July 28, “Shark Week” returns to TV screens everywhere. Meet USC researchers who explore the cultural phenomenon of sharkmania and the biology of these ocean predators. Contact: Gary Polakovic (213) 740-9226 or What good thing […]