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March 2011 Media Mentions

 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter ran an op-ed by M.G. Lord of USC Dornsife about late actress Elizabeth Taylor and Hollywood’s rigid content code.

The Orange County Register
quoted Peter Westwick of history, director of the Aerospace History Project at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, about the role of aerospace in Southern California’s development.

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English, on reality shows about former movie, TV and music stars.

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Sacramento Bee ran an op-ed by Manuel Pastor and Ange-Marie Hancock of political science about a need for California to follow Utah in creating an integrated immigration plan.

Miller-McCune ran a Q&A with T.C. Boyle of English on his new book, “When the Killing’s Done.”

CNN interviewed Richard John of psychology about the psychology of fears related to nuclear technology.

Gannett News Service quoted Alice Echols of English, gender studies and history about the connection between the civil rights movement and the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

KCET-FM cited Phillip Ethington of history regarding Los Angeles’ El Pueblo historic district.

City News Service quoted Kenneth Alexander of mathematics about the probability of a particular store selling a wining lottery ticket.

Dana Point Times quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor, W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, and Naj Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about California’s nuclear plants.

Focus (Germany) cited research by Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute, on the role of emotions in decision-making.

Inside Higher Ed ran an op-ed by Writing Program assistant lecturer and English Ph.D. student Samantha Carrick about an email that was sent to members of a USC fraternity.

Religion Dispatches ran an op-ed by Lisa Bitel of history and religion about the history of apparitions by the Virgin Mother within the Catholic faith.

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Carol Muske-Dukes of English about an email that was sent to members of a USC fraternity.

National Journal stated that Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of politics, was one of the Republican political insiders surveyed for the publication’s Political Insiders Poll.

 

March 26-28, 2011

The New York Times quoted Pamela Starr of international relations about the resignation of the American ambassador to Mexico after the release of his private cables criticizing Mexico’s efforts to fight organized crime.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Akira Lippit of cinematic arts, comparative literature and East Asian languages and cultures about the use of the word “hibakushi,” typically used since World War II for Hiroshima or Nagasaki bombing survivors, to refer to current survivors of the Japanese nuclear plant leaks.

KFNX-AM interviewed Gordon Berger, professor emeritus of the USC College, about the Japanese mindset in response to disasters.

Los Angeles Times highlighted an upcoming event hosted by USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program, at which author Mary Roach will discuss her book “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.”

Los Angeles Times reported that Bill Deverell of history will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 History Conference.

 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Los Angeles Times featured USC alumna TÈa Obreht, author of best-selling novel “The Tiger’s Wife,” who discussed studying creative writing at USC. Obreht said that the advanced fiction workshop taught by T.C. Boyle, Distinguished Professor of English, was life-changing, both in the lessons it taught and the way Boyle treated his students.

BBC News (U.K.) interviewed Karen Sternheimer of sociology about the celebrity of late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Asian News International
quoted Lois Banner of history and gender studies about the public image of late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

The Wrap quoted Karen Sternheimer of the USC College about the potential pitfalls of videos that go viral, and noted that she is the author of “Celebrity Culture and the American Dream: Stardom and Social Mobility.”

San Clemente Times quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences Director, Southern California Earthquake Center, and Naj Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School about California’s nuclear plants.

The New York Times cited the book “Descartes’ Error” by Antonio Damasio, University Professor, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology Director of the College's Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Hammonton News reported that Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity and history will give a lecture titled “Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times” at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Leo Braudy of English about the celebrity of the late Elizabeth Taylor.

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy reviewed “MM — Personal,” by Lois Banner of history and gender studies, calling the book undeniably fascinating and appealingly presented.

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monsters and Critics quoted MG Lord of the Master of Professional Writing Program about the death of screen legend and philanthropist Elizabeth Taylor.

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Desert Sun featured T.C. Boyle of English, quoting him about his new book, “When the Killing’s Done.” He also discussed teaching at USC: “I want to be the mentor to all the young geniuses in my class, and they are geniuses, by god. They just blow me away.” Boyle will give a lecture in Palm Desert this week, the story noted.
 
Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia) quoted Leo Braudy of English about modern fame, and noted that he is author of “The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History.”

Folha de Sao Paolo (Brazil) highlighted “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon” by Leo Braudy of English.

 

March 19-21, 2011

San Jose Mercury News ran an op-ed written by Manuel Pastor of American studies and ethnicity and the COO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, about the foundation’s new Silicon Valley Latino Report Card.

Hindustan Times (India) quoted Jacques Hymans of international relations about the social psychology surrounding nuclear energy.

Newsweek quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director, Southern California Earthquake Center, about the largest earthquakes likely in the vicinity of California’s nuclear plants.

Associated Press quoted Janelle Wong of political science and American studies and ethnicity about drives to naturalize Asian immigrants.

Pasadena Star-News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of politics, about cities’ official Web sites.

Los Angeles Times reported that David Caron of biological sciences and colleagues at his lab will monitor the levels of domoic acid in compost derived from the Redondo Beach fish die-off, and quoted him on the subject.

Los Angeles Downtown News cited research by James Dolan of earth sciences and the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC on the Puente Hills fault, and quoted Thomas Jordan of the College on the subject.

 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Slate ran an article by Leo Braudy of the English that excerpted his book “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon.”

Press Trust of India (India) quoted Thomas Jordan of the USC College, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the chances of an earthquake-triggered nuclear crisis in California similar to that which occurred in Japan.

Lusa (Portugal) reported that Antonio Damasio of the USC College will be the guest speaker at a neuroscience conference in Lisbon.

Associated Press reported that Percival Everett of the USC College, author of 17 novels and several volumes of short stories and poetry, will be inducted into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

The Register-Mail noted that Antonio Damasio of the USC College was an Honnold Fund fellow at Knox College.

 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

LAist reviewed a new documentary called The Desert of Forbidden Art featuring John Bowlt, director of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture and professor of Slavic languages and literatures. The documentary tells the true story of how one man, Igor Savitsky, saved a treasure trove of art worth millions of dollars, and opens March 18 at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

Ms. ran an op-ed by Michael Messner of sociology and gender studies about his research on the lack of media coverage of women’s sports.

The Washington Post
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about Gov. Jerry Brown’s strategy of trying to win over legislators first before focusing on the public.

The Hamilton Spectator
(Canada) quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, about aftershocks of the massive Japanese earthquake.

All Headline News reported that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach.

Forward highlighted the Holocaust testimonies held by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nature highlighted the $200 million donation to USC from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife.

The Washington Post quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extension efforts.

Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan, University Professor and W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences Director, Southern California Earthquake Center, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about aftershocks of the massive Japanese earthquake.

Daily Press reported that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach, and quoted Caron on the subject.

The Hammonton News reported that Robin D.G. Kelley of American studies and ethnicity and history will give a lecture titled “Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times” at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AOL News featured the $200 million donation to USC from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife.

CNN reported that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach, and interviewed Caron on the subject.

Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan of geological sciences, and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the chances of an earthquake-triggered nuclear crisis in California similar to that which occurred in Japan.

KPCC-FM interviewed Dan Schnur of the USC College about efforts to restore city government in the scandal-plagued city of Bell, Calif.

New Scientist quoted Thomas Jordan of geological sciences, and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about models for predicting earthquakes.

Associated Press quoted Phillip Ethington of history about Los Angeles’ El Pueblo historic district.

The Globe and Mail (Canada) reviewed the book “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history, noting that multiple translation rights for the book have been sold.

 

March 12-14, 2011

The Washington Post, in an Associated Press story, reported that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach, and quoted Caron on the subject. Daily Breeze also covered the work and quoted Astrid Schnetzer of the USC College. The news was also covered by two more Associated Press stories in The Washington Post (second link here), two Los Angeles Times articles (second link here), Associated Press and Faro de Vigo (Spain).

Los Angeles Times quoted Thomas Jordan of geological sciences, and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the massive earthquake in Japan.

Contra Costa Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extension proposal.

Whittier Daily News quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about cities’ official Web sites.

L.A. Watts Times quoted Cecil Murray of religion in an obituary for Rev. Dr. Billy Ingram, pastor of the Maranatha Community Church.

Bangkok Post (Thailand) ran an interview between Abraham Lowenthal of international relations and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

 

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Christian Science Monitor highlighted the $200 million donation to USC from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife. The donation, the largest single gift in the university’s history, will go toward the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, which will be renamed the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The story stated that USC recognizes the importance of attracting and retaining excellent faculty, and that the university’s vision for the extremely generous gift is compelling.

International Herald Tribune quoted John Bowlt of Slavic languages and literatures and director of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture housed in USC College about the avant-garde Russian art collection of Igor V. Savitsky.

Buenos Aires Herald (Argentina) quoted Leo Braudy of English about filmic depictions of disasters in Los Angeles.

Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Thomas Jordan of geological sciences, and director of the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, about the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan.

L.A. Watts Times quoted Ange-Marie Hancock of political science and gender studies about first lady Michelle Obama.

Asian News International reported that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach, and quoted Caron on the subject.

The Commercial Appeal
reported that Percival Everett of English, author of the novel “I Am Not Sidney Poitier,” will speak at Rhodes College.

 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that USC will receive the largest single gift in the university’s history, a $200 million donation from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife.

Los Angeles Times reported that USC scientists including David Caron of biological sciences are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach. A second Los Angeles Times story quoted Caron on the subject and noted that the scientists had placed oxygen sensors in the harbor after a fish die-off in 2005.

The New York Times
quoted Vanessa Schwartz of the USC College about the close historical relationship between France and the United States.

The Christian Science Monitor ran an interview between Abraham Lowenthal of international relations and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

The Commercial Appeal
reported that Percival Everett, distinguished professor of English, author of the novel “I Am Not Sidney Poitier,” will speak at Rhodes College.

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that USC will receive the largest single gift in the university's history, a $200 million donation from USC Trustee and alumnus David Dornsife and wife Dana Dornsife. The gift was also featured by the the Los Angeles Times, Inside Higher Ed, two Associated Press stories, United Press International, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV and Daily Breeze.

Los Angeles Times reported that USC scientists, including David Caron of biological sciences, are investigating possible causes of a fish die-off in Redondo Beach, and quoted Caron on the subject. The story was also covered by two more Los Angeles Times articles, Agence France-Presse and La Opinion.

The Washington Post quoted Dowell Myers of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about new census figures showing that more than half of California’s children are Latino. La Opinion also quoted Myers.

Los Angeles Times quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about new census figures that presage shifts in political power within the state. A second Los Angeles Times story also quoted Schnur.

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The New York Times quoted John Bowlt of Slavic languages and literatures and director of the Institute of Modern Russian Culture housed in USC College, about the avant-garde Russian art collection of Igor V. Savitsky.

Los Angeles Times reported that Marianne Wiggins of English, author of “The Shadow Catcher” and “Evidence of Things Unseen,” will be part of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors.

The Burbank Leader reported that Aimee Bender of English, author of “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” will participate in the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series, and that Amy Hackmann of the Keck School of USC will give a lecture as part of Women’s History Month.

IndieWire noted that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Academy Film Scholars include David James and Richard Jewell of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Steven Ross of history, and that the late Anne Friedberg of the School of Cinematic Arts had also been a Film Scholar.

 

March 5-7, 2011

The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics, about the possible outcome of battles over public employee unions.

The Washington Post quoted Pamela Starr of international relations about Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s visit to the United States.

Los Angeles Times
quoted Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute of Politics and outgoing chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, about the recently implemented online process for ethics complaints.

Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reviewed the best-selling book “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness of history.

Santa Barbara Independent reported that Macarena Gomez-Barris of sociology and american studies and ethnicity and Judith Halberstam of English, American studies and ethnicity, and gender studies will participate in the conference “Queer Perspectives on Marriage: Intimacy Beyond Marriage.”

 

Friday, March 4, 2011

NPR Boston affiliate WBUR-FM’s “On Point” interviewed Deborah Harkness of history about her best-selling book “A Discovery of Witches.”

Broadway World reported that Richard Meyer of art history will lecture in conjunction with an Andy Warhol exhibit at the Indiana University Art Museum.

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Huffington Post ran an op-ed by Nake Kamrany of economics about the Democratic National Committee resolution to increase the number of U.S. jobs and speed up troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Jewish Journal reviewed “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon” by Leo Braudy, University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and professor of English , calling it an instant classic, “an artful, illuminating and absorbing meditation on a place, an era, an industry, a cast of unlikely characters and a zeitgeist.”

Jewish Journal
ran an op-ed by Gina Nahai of the Master of Professional Writing Program about the Middle East. “I follow the goings-on in Libya and the rest of the region, and I pray that history will not repeat itself this one time,” Nahai wrote.

The Washington Post, in an Associate Press story, quoted Pamela Starr of international relations about Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s agenda for his visit to the United States.

The Independent (U.K.) reported that Antonio Damasio, University Professor, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Director of the USC College Brain and Creativity Institute, will speak at the upcoming TEDx conference.

Indianapolis Business Journal reported that Richard Meyer of art history and fine arts will lecture in conjunction with an Andy Warhol exhibit at the Indiana University Art Museum.

 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted Steven Ross of history about attitudes toward labor unions.

Folha de Sao Paolo (Brazil) quoted Thomas Gustafson of English and American studies and ethnicity about late writer Charles Bukowski.

Korea Daily quoted David Kang of international relations about North Korea. Arirang (South Korea) also interviewed Kang on the subject.

Ventura County Star quoted Sheila Briggs of religion and gender studies about the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Cardinal Roger Mahony.

The Korea Times (South Korea) covered U.S. Ambassador Kathleen Stephens’ participation in a USC event sponsored by the USC Korean Studies Institute, which is directed by David Kang of international relations.

The Hankyoreh (South Korea) mentioned the USC Korean Studies Institute in a story on Korean studies expansion in the United States, and cited David Kang of international relations as a rising scholar.

Pasadena Star-News noted that the stage version of “Dangerous Beauty” was based on the scholarly book “The Honest Courtesan” by Margaret Rosenthal of Italian, comparative literature and English, and reported that Rosenthal attended a celebration of the Pasadena Playhouse production of the work.