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CONFERENCE: What Would Howard* Do? Conference: Home Ownership and the American Dream


Date(s) - Saturday 03/17/2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


USC, Town and Gown Ballroom





What Would Howard* Do?
Home Ownership And The American Dream: Examining The Past And Plotting A Future

*Howard Ahmanson Sr., Businessman, Philanthropist, And Purveyor Of The American Dream.



$50 Registration fee (includes breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, and dinner).

Doors open at 8:30am for registration and continental breakfast.

Event starts at 9:00am.

Visit to register.



Eric Abrahamson (Institutional historian and author) and Adam Arenson (Professor of history at Manhattan College) – A Community Partner: Howard Ahmanson Sr.’s Mid-century Innovations 

Robert Fishman (Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College) – How Los Angeles became “exceptional” and how it ceased to be exceptional

Jason Sexton (Pollak Library Faculty Fellow, CSU Fullerton) – California Values and Shifting Attitudes on Property Rights

William Fischel (Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College) – Homevoters and Housing Prices: How did we get here?

Kenneth Stahl (Professor of Law and the director of the Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law certificate program at Chapman University Flower School of Law) – Current land use law and reform: an expanded role for the county?

Joel Kotkin (Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University) – The State of California Housing Today

Panel: Allan Carlson (moderator), Brian Hanlon, Kristen Jeffers, Karla López del Rio, Manuel Pastor, Tim Piasky, Karthick Ramakrishnan – The future of the American Dream: Where do we go from here?

Johnny Sanphillippo (writer and photographer) – Beginning, Middles, Ends: A Return to Household and Community Productivity (slideshow)

Rick Cole (City Manager of Santa Monica) – Housing Policy for the 21st Century.

For more information contact Ann Hirou at

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