Category: Politics

Should We Punish Inside Traders?

LARRY HARRIS, professor of finance and business economics: “Most people believe that insider trading is simply unfair. … But what seems cut and dried to the public is a more nuanced issue to market experts, economists and legal scholars. Their…

Where Bohemians Come From

ELIZABETH CURRID-HALKETT, assistant professor of urban planning: “The idea that art can be an economic engine is hardly new, and a walk through SoHo, Venice Beach or Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood shows it can work. The N.E.A.’s promotional material makes clear…

Obama, Take a Page From Reagan

STEVEN J. ROSS, professor of history: “Once upon a time, Barack Obama understood the power of a good story. His campaign mantras — “Yes we can” and “Change we can believe in” — inspired voters, especially young people, blacks and…

The Night Anita Hill Changed America

CINNY KENNARD, senior fellow, Annenberg Center at USC: “After Clarence Thomas was narrowly confirmed, I knocked on the door again. Anita Hill finally opened it and came outside. I begged her to say something. America’s women, I said, wanted to…

How Biosensors Are Changing Sports

LESLIE SAXON, executive director of USC’s Center for Body Computing and chief of the division of cardiology at USC Keck School of Medicine: “When I watched the “Moneyball” trailer, it made me think about how far sports analytics have come…

Why the Patriot Act Must Go

SHAFIQA AHMADI, assistant professor of clinical education at USC Rossier School of Education:   “The fear of government surveillance under the law has chilled international intellectual exchange and alienated many foreign students seeking to study at U.S. campuses. That’s too…