In this episode, Aubrey Hicks, Oliver Mayer, Christopher Shaw, and John Sonego examine “how, over time, the rituals that we enact color, reflect, refract back upon who we are, at any time – politically, culturally,” as Oliver points out so poetically. These two plays feature characters whose creative work reflects back onto their civic and personal lives. Will these plays, theatre in general, help a polarized country learn to spend time with each other, and listen? Can theatre help us make order from chaos? What can they reflect about America today?
Much like military professionals, graduates of the USC Master’s of Public Administration program are unique in that they don’t just want the world to be a better place; they take an active, collaborative role in making it so. They “roll up their sleeves” and jump right in. The program teaches its students to deal professionally in tough situations under pressure, with public service the undercurrent goal. And it trains them to think for themselves when designing solutions to those situations; not just to not to necessarily take a prescribed methodology, but to be entrepreneurial—be a leader, think innovatively, take a risk, accept responsibility.
The University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units. USC’s Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine. The university is the largest private sector employer in the city of Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region.