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Rethinking Alzheimer's Care

IDEAS IN ACTION | USC's Podcast Series

Release Date: 11/30/2021

Laughing Matters: The History and Power of Comedy show art Laughing Matters: The History and Power of Comedy

IDEAS IN ACTION | USC's Podcast Series

Comedy can be seen and experienced in many forms—onstage, on screens, and even in hospitals. Like laughter, its effects are contagious and its power spills over onto all of us. This panel of experts, comedians, and expert comedians will talk about the history of comedy and its potential to create change. Wayne Federman is a stand-up comic, actor, author, comedy writer, professor, and Emmy-winning producer. He has appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and has his own stand-up special on Comedy Central. He is the author of...

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Net Zero: California Climate Policy and The Future of Energy show art Net Zero: California Climate Policy and The Future of Energy

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California, the nation’s leader in clean energy and climate policies, has set an ambitious goal to achieve net zero carbon pollution by 2045. But what will it take? How might the policies affect the availability, reliability, and price of power consumption? This panel will address the political, technological, economic, as well as human and societal factors that play into our energy system and explore what must do to achieve our energy goals. Moderator: Genevieve Giuliano is a Distinguished Professor and the Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government at the USC...

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Confronting L.A.’s Housing Crisis show art Confronting L.A.’s Housing Crisis

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Increasing rents and home prices, gentrification, and historic inequities have contributed to a major housing crisis in Los Angeles. Yet, L.A. has a rich residential legacy that includes innovative housing design, successful housing developments, and leadership in historical preservation. Panelists will draw upon their interrelated recent books on housing, architecture, and preservation to offer compelling approaches to help address L.A.’s housing crisis. Frances Anderton covers Los Angeles design and architecture in print, broadcast media, and public events. She is the author...

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BONUS EPISODE: Queer Bodies: Gender and Power in Art and Society show art BONUS EPISODE: Queer Bodies: Gender and Power in Art and Society

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Academics, artists, and authors will have a wide-ranging conversation exploring gender, sexuality, queerness, and the body in art, culture, fashion, and society. Topics will include, but not be limited to, an inside look at being a professional dominatrix, queer performance art and theory, and fabulousness as resistance. Chris Belcher is a writer, professor, book coach, and assistant professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Writing at USC. Under her working name, Natalie West, she edited the acclaimed anthology We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival. Her debut...

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Supporting Mental Health and Developing Resilience for Youth Today show art Supporting Mental Health and Developing Resilience for Youth Today

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Growing up has never been easy, and today’s children and young adults must also face modern anxieties stemming from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, threat of mass shootings, pressures of social media, and looming specter of climate change. Experts will discuss factors that are exacerbating the mental-health struggles of youth today and how we can better support their wellness and resilience. Broderick Leaks is the Vice Chair for Student Mental Health, director of Counseling and Mental Health, and licensed clinical psychologist and clinical associate professor of...

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Crossing Borders: Stories of Struggle, Survival, and Community show art Crossing Borders: Stories of Struggle, Survival, and Community

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This discussion will explore a wide range of immigrant stories and experiences, including Vietnamese refugee girlhood, community-building for Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles, and the role of Black migrant women’s labor in the construction of the Panama Canal. Lan Duong is associate professor in Cinema and Media Studies at USC. She is the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism and co-writer of Departures: An Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies. Her debut collection of poetry, Nothing Follows, is forthcoming (April...

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Neurodiversity: Lived Experience, Advocacy and Allyship show art Neurodiversity: Lived Experience, Advocacy and Allyship

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This panel will include a variety of perspectives on neurodiversity and developmental disabilities, from autism to schizophrenia. Experts will share their research as well as personal experiences and discuss how to support neurodiverse children and adults and create a more equitable and inclusive society. Sneha Kohli Mathur is the author of Understanding the Lived Experiences of Autistic Adults and a lecturer of Applied Behavior Analysis and Psychology at USC. Considering herself an ally to the disAbility and Autism communities, she started Spectrum Success to support...

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Why extreme weather, not climate change, drives concerns about water safety show art Why extreme weather, not climate change, drives concerns about water safety

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Access to safe drinking water is a pressing global issue, with approximately 2 billion people currently lacking consistent access to this fundamental resource — a sobering statistic that is projected to soar to 5 billion by 2050. We caught up with researchers Wändi Bruine de Bruin, a Provost Professor of public policy, psychology and behavioral science at the USC Price School of Public Policy and the Department of Psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Joshua Inwald, a USC psychology doctoral student, whose research focuses on the relationships between...

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Latinos and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Look at Increasing Participation Into Alzheimer’s Research show art Latinos and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Look at Increasing Participation Into Alzheimer’s Research

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María P. Aranda is a professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, the executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and the director of the outreach, recruitment and engagement core of the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She holds a joint appointment with the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience providing mental health services to middle-aged and older adults and their families.

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Crisis on the Colorado River show art Crisis on the Colorado River

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The Colorado River is in crisis. Once hailed the "American Nile," the river stretches 1,450 miles and provides drinking water, irrigation, and hydroelectric power to nearly 40 million people across seven states and northern Mexico. But after decades of prolonged drought and overuse, vital reservoirs along the river are drying up. USC experts Robin Craig and Shon Hiatt discuss the far-reaching impacts of Colorado River water shortages on the region's agriculture and energy industries. Read the on USC News.  Robin Craig is the Robert C. Packard trustee chair in law at  USC Gould...

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Most Americans have an aging family member, friend, neighbor, or colleague who will someday be living with memory loss — and needing help. Join experts from USC and the Alzheimer's Association for a conversation about the increasingly important role of caregivers in comprehensive Alzheimer's care for #AlzheimersAwarenessMonth.

Panelists

Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, is a professor (with tenure) of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She is a widely respected authority on elder abuse and care of the elderly and underserved. She is the principal investigator of an NIA-funded R01 study to understand the causes of the abuse of people with dementia and is the director of the National Center on Elder Abuse. This federally funded initiative serves as the nation's coordinating body and clearinghouse for information on research, training, best practices, news, and resources.

Susan Howland is a gerontologist and the Program Director at the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter. In this position, she is responsible for the delivery of care and support programs in the organization's seven-county territory and developing the dementia capacity of health systems and community-based organizations. Susan has worked in aging and Alzheimer's disease for over 25 years and has received numerous national awards recognizing her contribution to the field. She holds a master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.

Moderator Michelle Levander is the founding director of the Center for Health Journalism at USC Annenberg and editor-in-chief of CenterforHealthJournalism.org. The center, which she launched in 2004, partners with journalists and their newsrooms to support ambitious reporting on health policy and health conditions in underserved communities.