Debate Series Promoting Civil Discourse in LA Hosted by ProCon.org, USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics, and the Santa Monica Pier

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Image from our last “PRO/CON @ The Pier – The Return of Civil Discourse” event, Oct. 2016

Arthur N. Rupe Debate Series in LA Focuses on Electoral Reform, Shrinking Middle Class, Education, and Housing

Come to the Santa Monica Pier on Mondays and USC on Tuesdays, starting on Sep. 11, for the four-week “Arthur N. Rupe Debate Series in LA” to watch VIPs from politics, media, business, and education prove that people can disagree without being disagreeable.

ProCon.org, America’s #1 source for pro and con research on controversial issues, the University of Southern California’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and the historic Santa Monica Pier announce PRO/CON @ The Pier and PRO/CON @ USC, a nonpartisan debate series sponsored by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. The eight events are designed to stimulate critical thinking and #civildiscourse on current issues.

The events are free and open to the public. Events will be livestreamed on the ProCon.org Facebook page and video recorded for publishing on YouTube and the ProCon.org website.

PARTICIPANTS (in alphabetical order)

Micah Ali – President of Compton Unified School District; former President of the Los Angeles Schools Trustees Association; former Compton Personnel Commissioner

Silvia Barcellos – Economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California; former Professor of Economics at RAND corporation

Howard Blume – Education reporter for the Los Angeles Times; co-host of Deadline: LA on KPFK

Brian Calle – Vice President of Opinion for the Southern California News Group; English Instructor at Chapman University; Editor-in-Chief of CalWatchdog.com; published in Forbes, Bloomberg News, Fox News, and many other media outlets

Richard Close – attorney at Gilchrist & Rutter; President of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association; Commissioner of the Local Agency Formation Commissions for “Yes on S – End Development Control”

Alex Cohen – KPCC host of NPR’s Morning Edition; former producer and director for NPR’s Weekly Edition and All Things Considered; former afternoon host and reporter for Pasadena’s KPCC “All Things Considered”

Dana Cuff – Director of cityLAB-UCLA; Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA

Mike Gatto – former 4-time California Assemblyman; candidate for California State Treasurer; former lawyer with O’Melveny & Meyers and Mayer Brown LLP; founding partner of Actium LLP law firm

David Hadley – former California Assemblyman; former Los Angeles Republican party chairman; founder of Hadley Partners Inc

Maureen Langan – former PBS and Bloomberg TV journalist; Host of a weekly radio show for ABC; Comic

Nick Melvoin – Member-Elect of LAUSD Board of Education; attorney, former seventh and eighth grades English teacher; director of Camp Harmony

Ralph Neas – former CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; former CEO of People For the American Way; and Senate Republican legislative director who left the Republican Party in 1996

Pete Peterson – Dean of Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy; 2014 Republican nominee for California Secretary of State; former Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

Trevor Potter – former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission; former general counsel to Senator John McCain’s Presidential campaigns and President George H.W. Bush 1988 campaign, and lawyer for late night host Stephen Colbert and his Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Super PAC, and currently President of the Campaign Legal Center

Christine Rangel – Director of Government Affairs for Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California

Sudha Reddy – Managing Principal, Haven Realty Capital, LLC

Joseph Sanberg – Co-founder and Chair of Aspiration.com; Founder of CalEITC4Me; founding investor in Blue Apron and board member for companies such as Bright Funds and IVY.com

Leslee Sherrill – former Vice President at ABC News, former publicist for Diane Sawyer; former White House staffer

Bob Shrum – presidential campaign manager for John Kerry (2004) and Al Gore (2000); Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC; columnist for The Week, Slate, and many other publications

Jason Spencer – Principal Advisor to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jill Stewart – former Managing Editor of LA Weekly; campaign manager for “Yes on S” 2016 ballot measure

Gary Toebben – President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

John P. Wilson – USC Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences; Director of USC Spatial Sciences Institute and Geographic Information Science & Technology Graduate Programs


REGISTRATION

Registration is optional via Facebook. Or just show up.

Register for PRO/CON at the Pier on Mondays.

Register for PRO/CON at USC on Tuesdays.


PRO/CON at The Pier: The Return of Civil Discourse

Debate Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:15pm, Sep. 11 – Oct. 2
Santa Monica Pier, west end, outdoors

Electoral Reform: Does Your Vote Really Matter?
with Ralph Neas, Pete Peterson, and Trevor Potter
Monday Sep. 11, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

America’s Shrinking Middle Class: How to Bring It Back?
with Brian Calle, Joseph Sanberg, and Alex Cohen
Monday Sep. 18, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

Public Education: Is It Broken? If So, How Can We Fix It?
with Nick Melvoin, Jason Spencer, and Maureen Langan
Monday Sep. 25, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

Housing in LA: Densification, Gentrification, and Why the Rent Is Too Damn High
with Jill Stewart, Gary Toebben, and Dana Cuff
Monday Oct. 2, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

PRO/CON at USC: Discussing the Issues
Discussion Tuesdays, 6:00pm – 7:15pm, Sep. 12 -Oct. 3
USC Ground Zero Performance Café on the University of Southern California campus

Electoral Reform: Does Your Vote Really Matter?
with Ralph Neas, Pete Peterson, Trevor Potter, Leslee Sherrill, and Bob Shrum
Tuesday Sep. 12, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

America’s Shrinking Middle Class: How to Bring It Back?
with Brian Calle, Mike Gatto, Silvia Barcellos, David Hadley, and Alex Cohen
Tuesday Sep. 19, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

Public Education: Is It Broken? If So, How Can We Fix It?
with Nick Melvoin, Micah Ali, and Howard Blume
Tuesday Sep. 26, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

Housing in LA: Densification, Gentrification, and Why the Rent Is Too Damn High
with Richard Close, Christine Rangel, Sudha Reddy, John P. Wilson, and Bob Shrum
Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017 6:00pm-7:15pm

More details about speakers, moderators, times, event venue, etc. are available on the ProCon.org website.