News Release| SSRIC; Cal State L.A.



Conference to highlight current research,

developments in social sciences


Pat Brown Institute’s executive director to keynote annual SSRIC event


WHAT:           Students and faculty from the California State University (CSU) and California Community College campuses will converge at Cal State L.A. on Thursday, May 3, to participate in the Social Science Research and Instructional Council’s (SSRIC) 37th Annual Student Research Conference

SUMMARY:   The conference’s keynote speaker will be Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at CSULA. Sonenshein served as executive director of the L.A. Charter Reform Commission. He also served as executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Review Commission. He is the author of three books on Los Angeles politics and government.

The conference is modeled after social science industry conferences and enables students in all areas of the social sciences to present their research to their peers.  Three students will receive awards for best undergraduate paper, best graduate paper and best paper using quantitative data. Each award consists of a certificate and $100. 

The SSRIC, founded in 1972, is the oldest disciplinary council in the CSU system. Comprised of representatives from the various CSU campuses, the council is dedicated to assisting students and faculty in their learning, teaching, and research.

WHEN:          Thursday, May 3, at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference will

take place at Cal State L.A.’s Golden Eagle Ballroom and University-Student Union.  The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. Permit dispenser parking is available at Lot 5 or upper level of Structure C. For campus map and directions:


CONTACT:     For conference details, go to or

contact Ali Modarres, professor of Geosciences and Environment at CSULA, at

(323) 343-3788. To arrange for photos or interviews, please contact the CSULA

Public Affairs office in advance at (323) 343-3050.


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