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Professor Currid-Halkett’s book tackles ‘inconspicuous consumption’

In her latest book, The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, which launched in launched June 8 with a book signing in New York City, Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett identifies a new elite class that is defined by cultural capital rather than by income bracket — people who practice “inconspicuous consumption,” finding value not in flashy cars but in buying organic food, taking yoga and Pilates classes, listening to the right podcasts, and investing their children’s education. She found that by making wise decisions about education, health, parenting and retirement, this “aspirational class” reproduces wealth and deepens an ever-widening class divide.

SCI instructor Ehsan Zaffar joins Council on Foreign Relations

Ehsan Zaffar, an instructor with the USC CREATE Homeland Security Center, USC Price Safe Communities Institute, and frequent speaker at the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, has been invited to join the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR is a nonpartisan think tank specializing in foreign policy and international affairs.

New social justice courses advocate cultural competency, challenge assumptions

To position USC Price at the forefront of advancing social justice through producing culturally competent professionals, USC Price School of Public added three new courses for the 2016-17 academic year: Social Justice in Public Policy and Urban Planning (PPD 300) taught by Professor LaVonna Lewis; Race, Arts and Placemaking (PPD 499) instructed by Associate Professor Annette Kim; and Inequality, Policy and Administration (PPD 599) led by Assistant Professor Kathleen Doherty.

Nonprofit grad dedicated to engaging, supporting immigrant communities

Melody Klingenfuss entered the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program knowing exactly what she wanted to get out of it, down to the organization at which she wanted to work. After completing a college internship with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), she found her life’s calling to support immigrant communities. But first, she needed further education in leading a nonprofit.

Southers quoted in NASPAA article on addressing hate crimes on campus

USC Price Professor Erroll Southers, director of homegrown violent extremism Studies at the Safe Communities Institute, was quoted in an article by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, that addresses “rejecting hate and divisiveness on every campus and work, through public affairs education, to foster a civil society.”

Los Angeles Urban Funders: Lasting effects, lessons learned after ’92 civil unrest

In the wake of the 1992 Civil Unrest, 21 Los Angeles foundations united to help heal the social ruptures that drove it, working collaboratively to improve socioeconomic conditions in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, including disbursement of $25 million in grant funding. On June 1, the USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy hosted foundation and community leaders for “Los Angeles Urban Funders in Retrospect: Lasting Effects, Lessons Learned After the 1992 Civil Unrest” — marking the 25th anniversary of this watershed moment in the city’s history.

USC Price alumna Aja Brown reelected mayor of Compton

USC Price School of Public Policy alumna Aja Brown ’04, MPL ’05 has been reelected as the mayor of the City of Compton, Calif. — securing 60 percent of the vote, the Los Angeles Sentinel
reported. “I’m humbled and grateful that Compton residents have put their trust in me to serve as their mayor for another term,” said Brown via a statement. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy, urban planning and development in 2004, and a master of planning with a concentration in economic development in 2005 from USC Price.

Myers’ paper focuses on shifting demographic trends 25 years after LA civil unrest

It has now been 25 years since civil unrest roiled Los Angeles, triggered by the Rodney King verdict and the shooting death of teenager Latasha Harlins. In his new paper, “From Boom Crash Injustice to the New Maturity of Los Angeles,” sponsored by the Price Center for Social Innovation, USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Dowell Myers explores the roots of those racial tensions and the demographic changes that have shaped the city since. He finds a city transformed, with new priorities to focus on in the next quarter century.