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Join us on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 for the annual Climate Forward conference at Town and Gown on the USC campus. The conference brings political VIPs together with USC students and the local community to discuss politically realistic solutions to climate change.

The conference is FREE. You can participate in person, via Zoom, or via livestream. Lunch is provided. Space is limited. Registration is required. 

"Bridging Divides, Sharing Solutions"

12:00 PM- Lunch Service Begins 
12:30 PM-  Climate Art Installations 

  • "Serpent River Book" 
  • "My Story is a Climate Story" 

12:45 PM- Dean Amber Miller Introduction 
12:50 PM- President Folt's Welcome Remarks 
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM- “Finding Common Ground on the Politics of Climate”

  • Val Demings - Former U.S. Representative (D-FL)
  • Adam Kinzinger - Former U.S. Representative (R-IL)
  • Bob Shrum (Moderator)- Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future 

3:00 PM- 4:30 PM- “Finding Common Ground in Climate Conversations”

  • Gina McCarthy- First Ever White House Climate Advisor & Former EPA Administrator
  • Bret Stephens- Opinion columnist for the New York Times, editor-in-chief of Sapir
  • Joe Árvai (Moderator)- Director, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies 

The conference is sponsored by USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, and Common Ground Committee.

Climate Forward 2023 is also being supported by student organizations including USC Political Union, VoteSC, USC Political Student Assembly, Trojan Democrats, The Moderator, and The Bridge Cultural Exchange Academy. 

The mission at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future is to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges. The mission at the USC Dornsife Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to work toward sparking meaningful, nonpartisan change to save our planet. 

Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a non-partisan, citizen-led nonprofit that inspires action on polarizing issues by bringing prominent leaders and experts with opposing views together to find points of agreement. CGC is free of political agenda and financial influence. Their forums and podcasts allow audiences to witness constructive dialogue on important issues, and demonstrate “what good looks like.” When people see it, it can transform how they think they and their leaders can and should be engaging on political matters. 

A video of the conference is being presented as part of the National Week of Conversation, which runs from April 17-23.

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