The Big Truth: Election Denialism and Democracy

The moderated program includes a panel of community members, students, and special guests who will be engaged in a focused discussion of critical questions at the heart of our national discourse today: Why is there election denialism? Where does it come from? What can be done to address it? What is at the core of the problem?

Leveraging the book, The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of “The Big Lie” (2022) written by CBS’s Chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and David Becker, Executive Director and Founder of the nonpartisan, non-profit Center for Election Innovation & Research and foremost elections expert, the program will extend and deepen the points made by Major and David through expert moderation by renowned communications expert Frank Luntz.

This program is a collaboration between ASU Cronkite School for Journalism, USC Center EDGE, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC Center for the Political Future, and the McCain Institute.

Center EDGE Founding Director moderates discussion on Edible Education with Alice Waters as part of the Los Angeles Business Council’s 16th Annual Sustainability Summit

By Alexa Avila Montaño

September 15, 2022

The LABC Institute, the research and educational arm of the LA Business Council, organized this year’s in-person sustainability summit where experts in various sectors convened at USC’s Town and Gown on September 8th, 2022 to discuss current and emerging issues related to sustainability. Sample areas of discussion included the future of carbon-free power, water resources, and the potential of a new all-electric transportation sector. 

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Alan Arkatov, Center EDGE Founding Director, and Alice Waters, Founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project, at LABC's 16th Annual Sustainability Summit.

Center EDGE’s Founding Director, Alan Arkatov, led a discussion on Edible Education with renowned food activist, author, and chef Alice Waters. During the discussion, Alice shared how her legendary restaurant Chez Panisse was founded and how her food activism contributed to the farm-to-table movement. Additionally, Waters touched on her work with the Edible Schoolyard Project which has reached over 6,500 schools globally in the span of 25+ years. The project utilizes food from local gardens and in-kitchen classroom settings to engage students in learning about a variety of academic subjects, while addressing topics like climate change and other social issues. 

To watch the full discussion, please click on the video below.

If you are interested in learning more about the Edible Education discussion, contact edge@rossier.usc.edu

Promoting Civic Learning Through a Distributed Partnership ModelGrounded in Story and Music: A Case of the Willesden Project

Book Summary

Center EDGE’s own managing director, Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman, PhD, has co-authored the chapter titled “Promoting Civic Learning Through a Distributed Partnership Model Grounded in Story and Music: A Case of the Willesden Project” together with Karen A. Kim.

The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools (2011) lamented the “lack of high-quality civic education in America’s schools [that] leaves millions of citizens without the wherewithal to make sense of our system of government” (p. 4). Preus et al. (2016) cited literature to support their observation of “a decline in high-quality civic education and a low rate of civic engagement of young people” (p. 67). Shapiro and Brown (2018) asserted that “civic knowledge and public engagement is at an all-time low” (p. 1). Writing as a college senior, Flaherty (2020) urged educators to “bravely interpret … national, local, and even school-level incidents as chances for enhanced civic education and to discuss them with students in both formal and casual settings” (p. 6).

In this eighth volume in the Current Perspectives on School, University, Community Research series, we feature the work of brave educators who are engaged in school-university-community collaborative educational endeavors. Authors focus on a wide range of projects oriented to civic education writ large—some that have been completed and some that are still in progress—but all authors evince the passion for civic education that underpins engagement in the democratic project.

About the Book

"School-University-Community Collaboration for Civic Education and Engagement in the Democratic Project" Book Cover

Editors: R. Martin Reardon (East Carolina University) and Jack Leonard (University of Massachusetts)

Publication date: May, 2022

Page Count: 276


  • Paperback: 978-1-64802-941-7
  • Hardcover: 978-1-64802-942-4