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USC Dornsife Blog Directory

Problems Without Passports in Guatemala

In the four-week PWP course "Health, Disease, Language and Culture in Guatemala," taught by USC Dornsife’s associate dean for science and health Erin Quinn, 13 students learn about health care issues, socioeconomics issues, health care delivery and illnesses in a location they are likely to know little about: Guatemala. This blog is from participant Carnie Lewis, a junior.

The Banda Arc Project in East Timor

Follow postdoctoral researcher Leland O’Driscoll as he travels to East Timor to study the earth processes of the Banda Arc, a string of islands in Indonesia, with geologists from the USC Dornsife Department of Earth Sciences.

USC Scientific Research Diving

This four-week experiential program offered to undergraduates takes place at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and throughout Micronesia. Students investigate environmental issues such as ecologically sustainable development, fisheries management, protected-area planning and assessment, and human health issues. Students collect data to support conservation and management strategies to protect the fragile coral reefs of Guam, Palau and other Micronesian islands. Featured contributions are posted on ScientificAmerican.com’s Expeditions blog.

Problems Without Passports in Belize

Undergraduates travel to Southern Belize as part of USC Dornsife’s Problems Without Passports. There they will study the Classic Maya Civilization, examining the clues left by the ancient peoples, as they try to decipher what caused their societal collapse over 1,000 years ago.

Spirits and Healers in Brazil

This four-week, medical anthropological Problems Without Passports course leads undergraduate students from Hollywood, Calif. to Brasilia, Abadiania and Rio, Brazil to examine Spiritist healers and their cosmology. Through participant observation students investigate why patients travel from around the globe to be treated by mediums who channel saints and deceased biomedical doctors. Students examine what is health, healing and curing from different theoretical perspectives.

Up the Andes, Back in Time

Paleontologist Kathleen Ritterbush travels to the Andes of Peru to look for fossil sponges as she completes research for her dissertation this year.

Global East Asia China

Global East Asia China is a scholarship summer study abroad program administered by the USC East Asian Studies Center. Made possible by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation, the program provides a small group of USC undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad in Shanghai, China with all major expenses covered. At Fudan University they will take the course “Global China 1800 to the Present: The View from Shanghai and Beyond” taught by Brett Sheehan of history. The students will also travel extensively throughout China for a unique, intensive experience, shared through this blog.

America and the World: Japan Case Study

In May and June of 2014, USC Dornsife faculty and students are taking part in a month-long immersion program in Los Angeles and Japan to foster the understanding of social issues, culture and community. Participants begin the program with five intensive days in L.A. that include seminars and field trips in preparation for the two weeks in Japan. The two weeks in Japan are based in Tokyo with seminars, day trips and overnight trips outside of Tokyo. The program concludes with two days of debriefing in Los Angeles and final presentations at a retreat in August.

Global East Asia Japan

Global East Asia Japan is a scholarship summer study abroad program administered by the USC East Asian Studies Center. Made possible by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation, the program provides a small group of USC undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan with all major expenses covered. At Meiji University they will take “Tokyo and Beyond: Global Forces and Economic Transformation” taught by Saori Katada of international relations. The students will also travel extensively throughout Japan for a unique, intensive experience, shared through this blog.

Global East Asia Korea

Global East Asia Korea is a scholarship summer study abroad program administered by the USC East Asian Studies Center. Made possible by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation, the program provides a small group of USC undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, Korea with all major expenses covered. At Ewha Womans University, they will take "Korean Cinemascapes" taught by Youngmin Choe of East Asian languages and cultures. The students will also travel extensively throughout Korea for a unique, intensive experience, shared through this blog.

Hunter Blatherer

Learn what life is like as an undergraduate archaeology student at USC. Current students blog about their studies overseas, field work, conferences, internships, classes and more.

Ecological Security and Global Politics

Students in International Relations 422 blog about their experiences as they explore the complex policy issues surrounding the Arctic. They will have one week of class study and three weeks of field work in Stockholm, Sweden, St. Petersburg, Russia and Helsinki-Rovaniemi, Finland.

Discovering Ancient Empire

Students in Religion 495 blog as they travel and study in the Hatay region of Turkey, where they are exploring ancient sites and conducting hands-on excavation for four weeks in June 2012.

.hub

.hub, a service of USC Dornsife Advising, was created to provide a place for USC Dornsife students, staff and faculty to share opportunities and events that will enrich the educational experience of our students and facilitate an informed and engaged college community.

The Ghana Fellows 2011: Reflections

Eight USC Dornsife students traveled to the central region of Ghana to serve as research fellows for Blue Kitabu, an organization that works with communities and community leaders to build educational infrastructure, needed business and markets, materials and teacher training for the most vulnerable populations. Students  participated in a farm-stay at the Asuansi Farm Institute to research agriculture, education and sustainable development. Elizabeth M. Barreras '07 is the co-founder and executive director of Blue Kitabu. Read more about the students' trip.

re:View

A behind-the-scenes look at a student-curated "intervention" into Four Rooms and a View: USC's Collection Highlights.

Armed with original research and innovative ideas, five undergraduates will re-curate the Fisher Museum’s current show, Four Rooms and a View: USC's Collection Highlights. Their resulting exhibition, re:View, is a thought-provoking reinterpretation of selected works in USC's permanent collection and presents new perspectives on traditional curatorial practice. re:View will be exhibited from March 27 through April 17, 2010 at the USC Fisher Museum.

Summer in Antarctica

Donal Manahan, founder of the program and director of the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies in USC Dornsife, and a small group of colleagues have been accompanying some of the world’s best young biologists to Antarctica since 1994. More than 200 faculty and students representing 30 nations have participated to date. Look over the shoulders of polar scientists as they study the marine life that surrounds Antarctica. One of the group’s biggest goals: learning to work in teams to understand and predict the reaction of living things to climate change.