Politics

Schwarzenegger returns to spotlight hosting think tank symposium

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the subject of a forthcoming ESPN short film, answers a question during the ESPN Films "30 for 30 Shorts" TCA panel discussion at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The film will focus on Schwarzenegger's teenage years in the Austrian army. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the subject of a forthcoming ESPN short film, answers a question during the ESPN Films "30 for 30 Shorts" TCA panel discussion at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The film will focus on Schwarzenegger's teenage years in the Austrian army. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)  (AP )

He's been the "governator," the terminator and a world champion body builder.

Now Arnold Schwarzenegger is attempting to take on yet another role -- as elder political statesman.

The former California governor, who left office nearly two years ago, comes to the University of Southern California on Monday to play host to the first USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy symposium.

The gathering will feature such big names as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and director James Cameron on a pair of panels discussing how politicians can learn from Hollywood the art of getting things done.

For Schwarzenegger, the symposium launches a sudden public re-emergence. He has a new book coming out next month, a couple of new movies in post-production and a forthcoming appearance scheduled for CBS' "60 Minutes."