The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.

In this effort, the Institute collaborates with departments, professional schools and programs across the university to bring students and faculty together with authors and artists, philosophers and practitioners, and the ethical voices of our time.
 


 

Program Spotlight: USC Levan Interdisciplinary Minor
The minor in International Health, Development, and Social Justice prepares students for careers and leadership roles in arenas such as political economy, health and wellness, gender equity, global medicine, economic development, human welfare, and social justice. Read more about the Levan Institute minor here.

 

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FALL 2015 PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

HUMAN NATURE & NATURAL ABUNDANCE: JOHN RUSKIN AND THE ENVIRONMENT

A Levan Institute Lecture by Clive Wilmer

September 2, DML 241 | Noon | RSVP | More

John Ruskin, the Victorian social thinker credited with foreseeing climate change, established the Guild of St. George in 1871. He set up this utopian body with the aim of restoring the link between art and craft, social wealth, and natural abundance. Clive Wilmer, current Guild Master in the United Kingdom, will lecture on Ruskin’s ecological vision and his own current work.

WHAT MATTERS TO ME AND WHY WITH DOMENIKA LYNCH

September 2, 2015, Ground Zero Cafe | 12-1 PM | More

Domenika Lynch is Executive Director of the USC Latino Alumni Association. She previously held leadership positions at Bank of America, and Univision Communications Inc. She is a board trustee for St. Anne’s, an advocacy organization that supports teen-mothers and their babies.

"BRAND: A SECOND COMING": Film Screening

September 15, Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112 | 7 PM | RSVP | More

Written, Directed, and Produced by Ondi Timoner
Followed by a Q&A with two-time Sundance Documentary Grand Prize-winning Ondi Timoner

BRAND: A Second Coming questions the contradictions behind Brand’s drive to overthrow the current sociopolitical system with a revolution of consciousness, and the relationship between consumerism & our own exploitation at a time when we must choose to make an internal switch, if we are to make it at all.

CAN YOU CHOOSE YOUR IDENTITY?

A Levan Coffeehouse Conversation on Practical Ethics

September 17, Ground Zero Cafe | Noon | RSVP | More

Does the individual enjoy sovereignty over his or her own identity (whether gender, racial, or ethnic), or is it wholly up to society to determine into which categories individuals fall?

THE WOUNDED WARRIOR

Outside the Wire’s Theater of War Presents a Dramatic Reading of Scenes from Sophocles’s Ajax

September 24, Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus | 4 PM | RSVP | More

Ajax’s original audience consisted of nearly 17,000 citizen-soldiers, and the actors themselves were most likely combat veterans and cadets. Seen through this lens, ancient Greek tragedy appears to have been a powerful public-health tool to help veterans and their communities heal from the wounds of war. Co-sponsored by USC Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics and USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

MINDS MATTER: USC Policy on Student Mental Health

September 25, DML 241 | 12:30 PM | RSVP | More

ModeratorVarun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Panelists:
James Jacobs, MD, Ph.D., Medical Director, Engemann Student Health Center; Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Varun Soni, Dean, USC Office of Religious Life
Donald Hilty, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences; Vice Chair of Education; Director of Medical Student Education, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Rini Sampath, USC Study Body President and International Relations Global Business Major, USC Dornsife

VIRTUES AND VICES: MODERATION

September 29, THH 271 | 5-6:30 PM | RSVP | More

A student discussion about virtues, vices, and their role in everyday life. The discussion will be guided by the Levan Institute Undergraduate Fellows and students from Thematic Option and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics.

WHAT MATTERS TO ME AND WHY WITH GAIL PETER BORDEN

October 2, 2015, Ground Zero Cafe | 12-1 PM | More

Gail Peter Borden is Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture, where he is also the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He also serves as Faculty Master at Parkside Residential College.

Mindful USC and SIYLI Present: Search Inside Yourself 2-Day Program

October 2-3, Tutor Campus Center (TCC), The Forum | 8-5 PM | Register

A two-day workshop of personal and professional development focused on building healthy mental habits for sustained high performance and wellbeing.

STUDENT READING GROUP: GRAPHIC MEDICINE

October 15, THH 271 | 5 PM | RSVP | More

Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham

This series will explore how graphic novels artfully address health issues, particularly mental health, through discussion and speaker presentations.

USC LEVAN-OXFORD WORKSHOP

October 18-25, New York City | More

The USC Levan Institute partners with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict to offer three workshops per year on ethics and humanitarianism. The Fall 2015 seminar will meet at the United Nations, speaking with key representatives about vulnerability, institutional conduct, and the ethics of development.

DO UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS EXIST?

A Levan Coffeehouse Conversation on Practical Ethics

October 22, Ground Zero Cafe | Noon | RSVP | More

WINDOWS ON DEATH ROW: ART FROM INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE PRISON WALLS

October 22, ASC East Lobby | 5:30 PM | RSVP | More

Join us for an art exhibition and discussion that will look at capital punishment not only from the outside, but also from inside Death Row walls. The reception will include remarks by Chappatte, Widmann, and artist Ndume Olatushani, who was wrongfully sentenced to death, spent 28 years in prison, and was freed in 2012. Organized by Diane Winston (Journalism), Patrick Chappatte (research fellow), and Anne-Frédérique Widmann.

"DEAD MAN WALKING": THE JOURNEY GOES ON

A Lecture by Sister Helen Prejean

October 22, ASC Auditorium | 7 PM | RSVP | More

Sister Helen Prejean, whose story was brought to international attention in the Academy Award-winning film Dead Man Walking, will discuss her work to end the death penalty. Organized by Diane Winston (Journalism), Patrick Chappatte (research fellow), and Anne-Frédérique Widmann.

EMERGENCY TREATMENT: Exemptions to Informed Consent

October 30, DML 241 | 12:30 PM | RSVP | More

WHAT MATTERS TO ME AND WHY WITH MANUEL PASTOR

November 4, 2015, Ground Zero Cafe | 12-1 PM | More

Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. He currently directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).

“FREEDOM AS OTHER,” A Lecture by Gabriela Basterra

November 4, THH 309K | 4 PM | RSVP | More

Is freedom our most essential belonging, the intimate source of self-mastery, an inalienable right? Or is it something foreign, an other that constitutes subjectivity, a challenge to our notion of autonomy? Expanding on her new book The Subject of Freedom: Kant, Levinas (Fordham UP, 2015), professor Gabriela Basterra will analyze Kant’s concept of freedom at its most challenging and promising. What is the potential of this concept to surprise our present thinking on the ethical and the political? Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

RACIAL TENSIONS AND HEALTH: 50 Years Since the Watts Riots

November 20, DML G24 | 12:30 PM | RSVP | More

WHAT MATTERS TO ME AND WHY WITH ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK

December 2, 2015, Ground Zero Cafe | 12-1 PM | More

Ange-Marie Hancock is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. She also serves as Faculty Master at North Residential College.

NEW HUMAN RIGHTS COURSES

 

Religion and Human Rights: Citizenship in a Global Era (REL 376g, Spring 2016)

Religion, Conflict, and Human Rights (University of Oxford, Summer 2016)

Taught by USC Levan Institute Director Lyn Boyd-Judson, these exciting courses are about reading deeply and discussing a variety of religious views on human rights. The goal is to forge useful frameworks for interpreting the complexity of competing ideas on subjects such as gender, race, class, culture, and political systems.

PROJECT 32


Middle school and high school students at 32nd Street School near USC receive weekly tutoring. Each session includes a lesson from a group of tutors and small-group or individual tutoring. Participants may receive Levan Scholar program credit. More

MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

This interdisciplinary minor prepares students for careers and leadership in arenas such as political economy, health and wellness, gender equity, global medicine, economic development, human welfare, and social justice. More

SOCIAL JUSTICE REVIEW

 

Managed and edited by USC students, the Social Justice Review is a multidisciplinary e-journal in which undergraduate students from around the world may publish polished, mindfully-crafted works on social justice. These may include academic, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, hybrid prose or other forms. More

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