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Donald J. Lewis retired from USC College in 1987 and spent quality time with his family. At left, he's shown with daughter Trey Mason of Rancho Palos Verdes. At right, as a young man, Donald J. Lewis enlisted in the Army and served during World War II before eventually joining USC College, where as an experimental psychologist he served as dean of social sciences and chaired the Department of Psychology. Photos courtesy of the Lewis family.

In Memoriam: Donald J. Lewis, 88

January 6, 2011

USC College Professor Emeritus Donald J. Lewis, experimental psychologist with expertise in learning and memory, former dean of social sciences and chair of the Department of Psychology, has died. He was 88. Lewis died after…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

Self-publishing <em>Cliff Falls</em>, USC College alumnus Cliff Shiepe arranged everything including his book cover, a montage of photographs taken in Woodside, Calif., which represents the mystical town of Cliff Falls in his novel.

Cliff Falls, Then Picks Himself Up

December 23, 2010

Sit down for a few hours with writer Cliff "C.B." Shiepe and you get little bits of wisdom. “Before you hear your true name, you’ll wander,” Shiepe says keeping steady eye contact. “Perhaps we all…

USC College undergraduates Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP) at Weemes Elementary School, where the twins were once students. Cynthia, three minutes older than her identical twin sister, was tutored by a JEP student when she was a Weemes third grader. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Double Duty

December 21, 2010

Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet…

University Professor Kevin Starr (fifth medalist from right) shares the stage with fellow inductees James Cameron, Barbra Streisand and Betty White, to name a few. Starr was among 14 inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Hector Amezcua of The Sacramento Bee.

A Starr Studded Affair

December 15, 2010

USC College historian Kevin Starr was among the legends inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento Tuesday night. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presented the…

A new paper by USC College professor of economics Richard Easterlin, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country does not go up with income. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Over Long Haul, Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

December 15, 2010

A new collaborative paper by economist and University Professor Richard Easterlin — namesake of the Easterlin Paradox and founder of the field of happiness studies — offers the broadest range of evidence to date…

Left, students in Anne McKnight’s Modernology class prepared lunch using ingredients from the community garden, right. Cooking photo credit Laurie Moore. Garden photo credit Ben Truong.

Hungry Minds and Green Thumbs

December 14, 2010

Anne McKnight’s class took the idea of farm-to-table cuisine literally when they prepared lunch to mark the end of the Fall semester. On December 2, the class of 25 students gathered in a small kitchen at the University…

Jeffrey Katzenberg (right), American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, receives the 2010 Ambassador for Humanity Award from film director and USC Shoah Foundation Institute founder Steven Spielberg at a gala on Dec. 9 at Kodak Theatre. Photo credit WireImages.

Ever Again People Do What Is Right

December 13, 2010

A spray of stars and supporters of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute came together on Dec. 9 in Hollywood’s famed Kodak Theatre to honor American film producer, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, philanthropist and…

Lauren Slak, a senior majoring in international relations and creative writing in USC College, teaches ethics to Manual Arts Senior High School students, with Richard Sidhom, a philosophy freshmen in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Teachable Moments

December 13, 2010

So the United States government wants to read your private e-mails and texts. Not too hypothetical after the Patriot Act was signed into law in 2001 easing restrictions on intelligence gathering within the U.S. Is that 2G2BT…

Allison Doyle (middle) shares a laugh with Saxon Burns, also a student in USC College's Master of Professional Writing program, and Kate McCarthy, whom she's been friends with since their undergraduate days as English majors in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A World of Difference

December 10, 2010

Growing up in Omaha, Neb., as an "insider-outsider," a Korean adoptee raised in an otherwise genetically-connected family of five, I discovered that writing was a way to organize the thoughts and ideas whirling around in my…