The Gene A. Burd Institute on Media & Politics
An engaging, hands-on experience created to introduce students to the relationship between media and politics.
DateJune 23 - 30, 2023
LocationOccidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Cost$1,895 | Virtual: $295
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Goals & Outcomes
Students who participate in our Burd Institute will:
Be better equipped to participate in government at the national, state, and local levels
Be able to lead and participate in civil conversations with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
Learn and demonstrate effective 21st-century leadership skills
Be ready to address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing the world
Be better suited to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education environments
Develop and hone essential critical thinking skills
JSA Institutes are an invaluable way to learn about politics beyond what is covered in the national media. Discussions with speakers with years of experience in lobbying and policymaking offer unique insight into what a career in politics can entail, and how to best get there.
I was able to learn about topics I had never heard before, listen to compelling speakers, and meet inspiring students. I will make sure to apply all the skills and knowledge I have acquired in my daily life and share it with others.
This was an amazing opportunity and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity. To be able to be engaged with JSAers from all over the world while learning new topics every week has been so memorable and truly made me a better advocate, communicator, listener, podcaster, writer, and citizen.
For me, being able to participate in this institute means that I am now able to think about what I see and hear in the news in a more objective fashion and critically analyze all of the different points.
Media bias is usually a controversial and "hands-off" topic, but Burd made it a more interesting and approachable conversation.