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María Elena Martínez’s book, which traces the purity of blood concept from 15th century Spain to the New World, has won two major awards from the American Historical Association. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tracing the Roots of Discrimination

January 6, 2010

Maria Elena Martinez's book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008), the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has…

Gordon Berger, USC College professor emeritus of history, receives the 2009 decoration of The Order of the Rising Sun from Junichi Ihara, consul general of Japan in Los Angeles.

Berger Honored by Japanese Government

December 14, 2009

An expert in U.S.-Japan relations, the USC College professor emeritus earned special recognition for advancing Japanese studies in various posts. Gordon Berger, professor emeritus of history at USC College, received the 2009…

University Professor Emeritus Stephen Toulmin, a renowned ethical philosopher in USC College, called for scholars to "come out of their self-imposed isolation and reenter the collective world of practical life and shared human problems." Photo courtesy of Donna Toulmin.

In Memoriam: Stephen E. Toulmin, 87

December 8, 2009

Stephen Edelston Toulmin, University Professor Emeritus and one of the most influential ethical philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century, has died. He was 87. Toulmin, the Henry R. Luce Professor for the Center for…

Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and professor of art history, co-edited the new book, <em>Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Value</em>, which examines what museums must do to be indispensable to society today and in the future.

"Beyond the Turnstile": Does the World Need Museums?

December 1, 2009

Even before the financial crisis hit last year, top museum directors worldwide knew they were operating in a bubble that couldn't last."I think what happened was that everything just got out of control. Exhibitons got more and…

One of the old books Brand found at Lycee Lutfi, a high school that dates from the colonial period. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Global Brand Journeys to Algeria

November 25, 2009

"Think of me as a kind of machine that was going through, photographing pages and pages of books, seeing titles and taking pictures because they looked good, but not having much time to digest their meaning or significance,"…

A scene from <em>Aislin Shardushan</em>, a comic book by Christina Yen and Drew Moxon.

ZAP! POW! KABLAM!

November 24, 2009

Comic books are not solely about superheroes anymore. Nor are they reserved for children. Rather, they have become a younger generation's vehicle for expressing social consciousness. A course offered by the Freshman Seminar…

From left, Becca Klaver, (B.A., creative writing, '03); Paul Legault, (B.A., screenwriting, '07); and Juliana Wang, (B.A., creative writing, '07).

Taking a Poetic Path

November 17, 2009

The question is often asked, What does one do with a bachelor's degree in creative writing? In USC College, the answer is plenty. Many go on to publish books of poetry or fiction. Some go on to teach writing, become editors or…

Scott Soames is chair of the philosophy department at USC College. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Are There Answers for the Big Questions?

November 16, 2009

While working on Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volumes 1 and 2, a definitive two-volume history of analytic philosophy, Scott Soames came to a conclusion that a less-reasoned mind might consider rather…

Martin Hodis sits in the bleachers at La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid waiting for a bullfight to begin. Photo courtesy of Martin Hodis.

Saying ‘Si’ to a New Experience

November 12, 2009

Sometimes opportunity knocks. Other times, you have to force open the door, which is exactly what Martin Hodis did. Hodis, 19, a sophomore with an undecided major in USC College, sought out the Summer Study Abroad program one…

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc. selected George Sanchez as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions. “I am deeply honored,” he said. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonette.

Higher Education Group Honors Sanchez

October 29, 2009

George Sanchez, director of diversity and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at USC College, has been selected as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions by the American…