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Father James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion in USC College, is president and founding director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the Vatican

November 16, 2010

When it comes to the Catholic tradition, the believer must also be the thinker. "If you're going to be a believer, no one should ever suggest that you check your brain in at the entrance of the church," said Fr. James Heft,…

Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, is the new vice dean of students in USC College. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Dean Howard Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College

November 15, 2010

Dean Howard Gillman announced today that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students in USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. In his new role, Manahan will…

In his new book, <em>Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain</em>, Antonio Damasio, director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, explores  how the brain constructs a mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious. Photo credit Luiz Carvalho.

Who We Are

November 11, 2010

Without consciousness - that is, a mind endowed with subjectivity - you would have no way of knowing who you are. -Antonio Damasio The brain, mind, self and consciousness, on their own and in relationship to each other, are…

Keary Colbert is a graduate assistant coach for the USC Trojans football team and a spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "Be Great" campaign. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Pass It Forward

November 10, 2010

Keary Colbert's left forearm bears an "SC" tattoo, his right shirt sleeve, the clasped hands logo of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a man who takes pride in his history and his alliances. But for the USC College…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

November 10, 2010

From the Dean, Fall 2010/Winter 2011              View the magazine online You can change the world. We can show you how. We use this phrase to convey to prospective students the…

Cara Magnabosco roughs it during her research in the Svalbard Islands, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Photo courtesy of Al Werner.

One Bear of a Research Trip

November 9, 2010

Dressed in layers of thermal underwear, a wool sweater, raincoat and balaclava, Cara Magnabosco trekked 2 1/2 miles in below-freezing weather lugging 30 pounds of gear to her research destination each morning. That's how…

USC College’s David Kang is the author of the new book East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute.

Strong China Has Meant Peace in East Asia, Not Conflict

November 8, 2010

As China's economic ascendancy and military expansion has prompted fears of a more aggressive China, a timely new book recasts the prevailing understanding of East Asian relations, showing how a strong China has historically…

Voting As Habit

Voting As Habit

November 2, 2010

While you may think you know why you vote on election day, think again. There are, after all, a host of variables that may lead you to battle extra early morning traffic, arrive late to work, or rush the kids to school…

Representatives from Farhang Foundation and USC College gather to commemorate the launch of the Iranian Studies Initiative. From left: Bita Milanian, executive director, Farhang Foundation; Haleh Emrani, Iranian Studies Council; Ali Razi, chairman of the board, Farhang Foundation; Howard Gillman, dean of USC College; Ahmad Gramian, trustee, Farhang Foundation; David Newman, attorney, Farhang Foundation. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Farhang Foundation Sponsors First-Ever Iranian Studies Initiative at the University of Southern California

November 1, 2010

Farhang Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) announced today the launch of an Iranian Studies Initiative at the university. This initiative will, for the first time ever, offer USC students Persian…

America in Japan

Taking the Emperor's Reign

November 1, 2010

On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people…