USD Votes Events

One great way to get informed and critically engage with the issues that confront us today is to attend events on campus. Everyone is welcome to all of these events. (Registration is required for a few.)

Go! You might even get a cookie or some extra credit!

USD Votes Meetings

weekly Tuesday meetings in 253 KIPJ, 1:30-2:30.

Watch Democratic debate with pizza!

See the fireworks!

Frank's Lounge, 2/25/2020, 5-8pm

Telling the Good News Too: Discussing Climate

Richard Alley, PhD
Pennsylvania State University
Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar

Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Communicating on climate is not always easy. Good news does exist—strong scholarship shows that, compared to “business as usual,” efficient use of the solid knowledge on energy and environment will yield major benefits, potentially including a larger economy with more jobs, greater national security and improved human health in a cleaner environment more consistent with the Golden Rule. Yet, many people in the USA and elsewhere continue to resist the science or its implications. This failure undoubtedly has many causes, but frequent communication of bad news rather than good seems important.

Richard Alley is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level, including multiple trips to Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska, and elsewhere. He has been honored for research (including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society), teaching, and service. Dr. Alley participated in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and has provided requested advice to
numerous government officials in multiple administrations. He has authored or coauthored over 300 refereed scientific papers. He was presenter for the PBS TV miniseries on climate and energy Earth: The Operators’ Manual, and author of the book. His popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

Universal Basic Income: For and Against

Date and Time 

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theater

From the Democratic presidential campaign of Andrew Yang, to pilot projects in Stockton, Kenya, and elsewhere, the idea of a “Universal Basic Income” has never been more popular. The basic idea is simple: every adult citizen receives a cash grant from the government to spend in any way they choose. Proponents say a basic income has the potential to end poverty and reduce inequality, and that it will soon be indispensable for coping with the massive unemployment caused by rapid increases in automation and artificial intelligence. Critics argue that a basic income costs too much, that it crowds out more useful and narrowly-targeted welfare programs, and that it undermines the central value of work for individuals and society as a whole.

Join USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy on March 25 for a debate on this important and timely issue, featuring Annie Lowrey, writer for The Atlantic and author of Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World, and Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.


Restoring Respect 9th Annual Conference April 8, 2020 with Keynote by Cindy McCain, #ActsOfCivility

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

Please plan on attending Restoring Respect's Ninth Annual Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue April 8, 2020 at the University of San Diego 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Our keynote address  will be given by Cindy McCain speaking about her and the McCain Institute’s #ActsofCivility  initiative, launched earlier this year in memory of her late husband, Senator McCain. “Acts of Civility” will be the Conference theme for this year as we discourse rebuilding Civility during the coming contentious, polarized and uncivil 2020 election year. 

Mrs. McCain will be interviewed about living the legacy of Senator McCain and his dedication to our being a civil nation. "Senator McCain didn’t always agree with his colleagues in Congress, but he always respected them. There was nothing he enjoyed more than debating the most pressing issues of the time on the floor of the Senate with his good friend, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, shaking hands at the end of their discussion, and then sharing lunch with one another as friends. Sadly, this type of civil engagement is all too rare lately. But we can do something to help reignite a spirit of civility." (Cindy McCain, 2019).  


Get Active! National Voter Registration Day

On September 24, student volunteers will be around campus with information on how YOU can register and vote in the 2020 elections.