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February 2011 Media Mentions

 

February 26-28, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of English, about Hollywood’s reaction to bad behavior by stars.

The New York Times highlighted “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, noting that the book is No. 2 on the hardcover fiction best-seller list for the second week in a row.

USA Today
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the need for Democratic and Republican politicians to reach a budget compromise within the next few weeks.

Arirang (South Korea) interviewed David Kang , director of the Korean Institute, about U.S. priorities regarding North Korea.

The Chronicle Herald
(Canada) cited “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

Newsweek noted that the book “The Social Animal” by David Brooks draws on research by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Los Angeles Times reviewed “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon” by Leo Braudy of English.

Los Angeles Times reviewed “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, calling it “a debut novel with a big supernatural canvas and a decidedly feminine point of view.”

Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the massive earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

New Statesman (U.K.) reviewed “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Journal (U.K.) reported that Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, will speak at the upcoming TEDx conference.

 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Director, Southern California Earthquake Center, about the about the massive earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The San Diego Union-Tribune ran a Q&A with Deborah Harkness of history about her new novel “A Discovery of Witches,” which she is scheduled to read from at an upcoming appearance.

KPCC-FM’s “The Madeleine Brand Show” reviewed “When the Killing’s Done” by T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English, and noted that Boyle is the author of many novels and short stories.

The Oakland Tribune reported that Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a successor to Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, in the position of chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Huffington Post featured an article by Nake Kamrany of economics and a UCLA colleague titled "The Essence of Our Current Economic Problems, and the Solution."

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about ways for Democrats and Republicans to reach a budget compromise.

The Wall Street Journal
reviewed “MM—Personal,” a new book by Lois Banner of history and gender studies  that gathers previously unseen Marilyn Monroe papers and photographs.

NPR reviewed “When the Killing’s Done” by T.C. Boyle of creative writing. “Against a backdrop of untamed nature and within a pulse-pounding exploration of very urgent environmental issues, ‘When the Killing’s Done’ manages to illuminate Boyle’s favorite human themes: the irrationality of our behavior, and the folly of social and political divides,” the story stated.

North County Times
quoted Deborah Harkness of history about her new novel “A Discovery of Witches,” which she is scheduled to read from at an upcoming appearance.

Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about the about the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

February 19-22, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured advice from three faculty members in the USC College Master of Professional Writing Program — MPW program director Brighde Mullins, Madelyn Cain and M.G. Lord — on the ingredients of a good writing workshop.

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy of English about the function of morals clauses in Hollywood contracts.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about lobbyist spending in California.

Los Angeles Times reviewed “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, calling it “a debut novel with a big supernatural canvas and a decidedly feminine point of view.”

Los Angeles Times
reported that Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, will speak as part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections program, accompanied by Beethoven works and those of Bruce Adolphe, with whom Damasio co-wrote the composition “Self Comes to Mind.”

The Kansas City Star noted that Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, will be a presenter at the upcoming TED2011 conference.

People Magazine reviewed “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history and selected the book as a "People Pick."

 

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Huffington Post featured an article by Nake Kamrany of economics titled "China's Rapid Recovery in the Great Recession of 2007 - 2009."

The Seattle Times reviewed “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history calling her debut novel scintillating.

New Statesman (U.K.) highlighted “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, University Professor, David Dornsife Chair in Neurosciencem professor of psychology and neurology, Director of the USC College Brain and Creativity Institute.

Ventura County Star noted that the film and stage versions of “Dangerous Beauty” were based on the scholarly book “The Honest Courtesan” by Margaret Rosenthal of Italian, Comparative Literature and English.

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Foreign Policy ran an op-ed written by Laurie Brand of international relations, Rym Kaki of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and a Kent State University colleague, about the role of first lady.

USA Today highlighted “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
highlighted a 2008 study by Juan Carrillo of economics and a Universite Libre de Bruxelles colleague, which found that voters may be less drawn to candidates who espouse moderate ideas

Jewish Journal an op-ed by Reuven Firestone, a senior fellow at the USC College’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, about Egypt’s political past and future.

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Public Radio International’s “The Tavis Smiley Show” interviewed Laurie Brand of international relations about the political situation in Egypt.

Los Angeles Downtown News highlighted a USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development event on the importance of public parks, as well as a USC College panel featuring Edwin Smith of the USC Gould School and other scholars in a discussion of robotic warfare.

Boing Boing featured the new new anthology “Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two," which features work by Mark Marino of of the writing program.

 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that work by Mark Marino of of the writing program is part of the new anthology “Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two.”

The Scotsman (U.K.) reviewed “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender of English  and quoted Bender about her work.

Associated Press quoted Darry Sragow of political science about upcoming California State Senate special elections and noted that he is the editor of California Target Book, an analysis of legislative and congressional campaigns.

PBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCET-TV’s “SoCal Connected” ran two stories interviewing Laurie Brand of international relations about the political situation in Egypt. Brand was also interviewed by Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV, KFWB-AM, KNX-AM and L.A. Watts Times.

Politico
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about political strategy surrounding immigration.

Los Angeles Times noted that the film and stage versions of “Dangerous Beauty” were based on the scholarly book “The Honest Courtesan” by Margaret Rosenthal of Italian, comparative literature and English.

Der Tagesspiegel (Germany) highlighted the Holocaust survivor testimonies housed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education and cited research by Wolf Gruner of history on Jewish persecution.

Corriere della Sera (Italy) ran the story “The Appropriation of Cultures” by Percival Everett of English, and mentioned an upcoming Italian edition of one of his books.

The Times-Picayune highlighted “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history.

 

February 12-14, 2011

The Guardian (U.K.) reviewed “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain” by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Wall Street Journal cited Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, regarding theories on the role of emotion.

Associated Press quoted Darry Sragow of political science about upcoming special elections in two California State Senate districts.

San Antonio Express-News quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the phenomenon of teen crushes on celebrities.

Los Angeles Times
stated that the screenplay for the 1998 film “Dangerous Beauty” was based on the scholarly book “The Honest Courtesan” by Margaret Rosenthal of Italian, comparative literature and English, and that Rosenthal gave the screenwriter advice on the project.

Time cited research by Christopher Boehm of anthropology and biological sciences on the human revolutionary impulse and how it plays to a unique tension in the psychology of our species.

Daily Pilot reported that Katrina Edwards of biological sciences and Earth sciences is collaborating with businessman Chris Welsh on his plan to send a solo-piloted submarine to the deepest points of the world’s five oceans, and noted that she is researching microorganisms of the deep biosphere.

 

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Wall Street Journal featured Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and author of “Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain,” and who directs USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute with his wife, Hanna Costa Damasio, who is the Dana Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience.

The Examiner quoted Nake Kamrany of economics about the relationship between a country’s economic growth and the number of entrepreneurs it has.

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

KPCC-FM reported that this fall USC will offer Persian language classes for the first time, responding to student requests for such courses. Bruce Zuckerman of religion said that he expects the new classes to fill up not only with second-generation Iranian Americans, but with students interested in the language, culture and region.

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

American Public Media’s “Marketplace” interviewed Mark Bernstein of political science about Republican politicians’ effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating pollution linked to climate change.

Variety cited Richard Flory of sociology regarding current political and news discourse.

Los Angeles Downtown News covered the inaugural event for the USC Academy for Polymathic Study, which will feature Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, in conversation with The New York Times columnist David Brooks.

The List (U.K.) reviewed “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender of English and quoted Bender about her work.

Weser Kurier
(Germany) cited Richard Easterlin of economics, who identified what became known as the Easterlin paradox: that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

San Francisco Chronicle reported that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, who is chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, led a bipartisan discussion on the California budget crisis at a recent forum.

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development about retiring Rep. Jane Harman, who is married to USC Presidential Chair Sidney Harman.

Houston Chronicle quoted Leo Braudy of English about the formulas associated with the crime fiction genre.

San Francisco Bay Guardian cited Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California legislators’ reaction to the state taking away some employee cell phones.

Los Angeles Times noted that Robert Ritchie, director of research at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, helped launch the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, and quoted Peter Mancall of history and anthropology about Ritchie.

L.A. Weekly featured a new crowd-sourced Web site from USC College’s Spatial Sciences Institute, created by USC graduate students Elisabeth Sedano and Daniel Goldberg to track the proliferation of billboards in L.A.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland) cited Richard Easterlin of economics, who identified what became known as the Easterlin paradox: that when examined over a period of time, an increase in income doesn’t bring increased happiness.

Corriere della Sera (Italy) reported that Leo Braudy of English will attend a history conference in Gorizia, Italy, and noted that he is the author of “From Chivalry to Terrorism.”

The Providence Journal
highlighted “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history.

 

February 5-7, 2011

NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” interviewed Margaret Gatz of psychology about the long-term benefits of physical activity on brain function, based on the results ofher research comparing brain health in twins.


Los Angeles Times quoted Karen Sternheimer of sociology on why the Power Rangers appeal to children.

Whittier Daily News quoted Laurie Brand of international relations about potential new Egyptian presidents.

Science News highlighted an upcoming article by Kenneth Nealson of Earth sciences and biological sciences and colleagues, which suggests that detecting a chemical fingerprint of alien life might be possible, even if the aliens have different biochemistry than that found on Earth.

Daily Independent
(Nigeria) stated that Javon Johnson, postdoctoral teaching fellow in USC College, is one of the prestigious scholars who will teach at The Fyte Write! Institute, a weeklong theater and arts performance camp.

Aiken Standard
reported that Percival Everett of English will participate in the 2011 Oswald Distinguished Writers Series at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

 

Friday, February 4, 2011

The New York Review of Books reviewed “When the Killing’s Done” by T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English.

Larchmont Chronicle covered presentations that Cecilia Woloch, lecturer in the Master of PRofessional Writing Program, gave to elementary school students as part of a visiting writer and artist program.

 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jewish Journal ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Masters of Professional Writing Program about the current attempts to unseat Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The Washington Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the budget problems facing Governor Jerry Brown.

La Cronista Comercial (Argentina) reported that Abraham Lowenthal of international relations spoke on the subject of his book “Shifting the Balance: Obama and the Americas” at a Brookings Institution event.

 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Czech News Agency (Czech Republic) reported that the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education collaborates with the Malach Holocaust history center.

San Francisco Bay Guardian
cited Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California legislators’ reaction to the state taking away some employee cell phones.

L.A. Weekly highlighted the premiere of the play “The Beverly Hills Psychiatrist” by Cornelius Schnauber, professor emeritus of German, presented by USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies.