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President Obama Expected To Speak At USC In May

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — President Barack Obama is expected to make another trip to the Southland, it was announced Saturday.

The President is scheduled to speak on May 7 during the USC Shoah Foundation Gala.

The Shoah Foundation was founded 20 years ago by film-director Steven Spielberg. The foundation joined USC in 2006.

“In just two decades, the USC Shoah Foundation has become a vital center for Holocaust and genocide studies, as well as a dynamic partner for advancing education in these areas,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a written statement. “Thanks to Steven Spielberg’s vision, tenacity and dedication, the foundation’s work is now felt across the world.”

President Obama is also expected to receive the foundation’s highest honor, known as the Ambassador of Humanity Award, for his global efforts in protecting human rights.

“President Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt,” Spielberg said. “As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident.”

The trip will mark the President’s 17th to the Los Angeles-area since taking office.

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