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USC College alumna Mandana Dayani ’03 is director of brand development for Rachel Zoe Inc. in Los Angeles. Photo credit Phil Channing.

A Passion for Fashion

February 4, 2011

Brainy and beautiful, the elegant and edgy Mandana Dayani ’03 could pass for a high-fashion runway model. So many dream of casting a wide net in the fashion industry with hopes of creating the ever elusive perfect…

Doyce Nunis Jr. was professor emeritus of history at USC College and editor of <em>Southern California Quarterly</em>. Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Southern California.

In Memoriam: Doyce B. Nunis Jr., 86

February 4, 2011

Doyce Nunis Jr., professor emeritus of history at USC College and historian of early California history, died Jan. 22 at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 86. Nunis was…

Linguist Jean-Roger Vergnaud, a pioneer in syntax and phonology, taught in USC College until May 2010. Photo credit Antonio Nava.

In Memoriam: Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 65

February 3, 2011

Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, professor of linguistics and a major contributor to generative grammar, has died. He was 65. The USC College professor died at USC University Hospital surrounded…

USC College junior Arin Ghosh was presented with the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in January for his on-going collaboration with the Maryland Interagency Strategic Council to strengthen Indo-U.S. relations. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Creating His Own Path

February 1, 2011

It’s Monday at 6 a.m. and Arin Ghosh’s phone is already ringing. After all, while the day is just beginning in Los Angeles, for his business contacts in New Delhi, India, it’s 7:30 p.m. and they are eager for…

Divinity Matovu '08 (middle) with young women from the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda, which she co-founded in 2008. <em>Glamour</em> magazine has named Matovu one of "20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World." Photo courtesy Divinity Matovu.

The Power of Change

January 27, 2011

When Divinity Matovu chose Kenya as her study abroad destination during her senior year in USC College, she had no idea that this one decision would dramatically alter countless lives in addition to her own. Just three years…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC College, explores the hidden world of modern-day witches, vampires and daemons in her new book, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em>. Portrait photo credit Marion Ettlinger.

With New Book, A Discovery of Magic

January 26, 2011

There's a certain magic that Deborah Harkness finds in libraries. On one hand, for a historian who studies the science and magic of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Harkness, they provide a venue for her to "meet" her…

On Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read from his work at the Bovard Auditorium. Photo credit Steven Kovich.

There Will be Poetry

January 21, 2011

Even Carl Sandburg admitted, “I’ve written some poetry I don't understand myself.” This winter, members of the USC community may gather more insight into poetry by attending four free events hosted by USC…

# Daniel J. Strouse plans to attend the University of Cambridge after graduation. Photo credit Katy Capper.

First USC Student to Receive Churchill Scholarship

January 21, 2011

Daniel J. Strouse, one of 14 students from U.S. universities chosen to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, is the first at USC. Churchill Scholars must demonstrate extraordinary talent, outstanding academic…

The sea cliffs near Lyme Regis, one of the locations in England where a team from the USC College Department of Earth Sciences searched for stromatolites. Photo credit Frank Corsetti.

Stories Set in Stone

January 19, 2011

When four members of the USC College Department of Earth Sciences took a fieldwork expedition to the United Kingdom, they didn’t have to venture out in the middle of nowhere, drive on dirt roads for hours or hike miles…

Philosophy, Politics and Law

Pre-law and More

January 19, 2011

As the USC Trojans prepared to play the California Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last fall, there was another face-off scheduled on campus: Weston Rowland vs. Ronald Dworkin. As part of his Philosophy of Law…