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Majoring in international relations in USC College, Amy Herrmann and Ken Sofer will travel to the Middle East this summer to learn Arabic after each was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Culturally Speaking

May 25, 2010

Arabic is the fastest-growing foreign language taught in universities and colleges across the country, according to the Modern Language Association. Enrollment in Arabic classes grew 127 percent nationally from 2002 to 2006,…

USC College alumnus Eric Garcia co-wrote the screenplay based on his novel <em>The Repossession Mambo</em>, which was recently transformed into the feature film <em>Repo Men</em>, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Crossing Genres

May 20, 2010

Eric Garcia '95 has written about dinosaurs disguised as humans and con men with severe psychological issues. He's also envisioned a future where artificial organs are repossessed when patients can no longer afford them. Repo…

Ronald Gottesman, professor emeritus of English in USC College, remained close with generations of students. "Ron was a father to me and perhaps my closest friend," said author and former USC College Ph.D. student Chris Abani. Photo courtesy of Beth Shube.

In Memoriam: Ronald Gottesman, 77

May 18, 2010

Ronald Gottesman, founding director of the Center for the Humanities at USC, and professor emeritus of English in USC College, has died. He was 77. Gottesman died from complications of pneumonia May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA…

Kenechi Udeze (center) lines up to accept his bachelor's degree during the 2010 USC Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration held May 13 on University Park campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

'Quitting is Not an Option'

May 14, 2010

When Kenechi Udeze joined the USC Trojan football team as a redshirt freshman in 2001, he was a 340-pound, fledgling defensive end player. "To be honest with you," he said, "the first day I came here for practice, I passed…

Exceptional USC College graduates Isabel Duenas, Brian Tenenbaum and Evan Marcus. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Touch of Class

May 14, 2010

After Manuel Arts: Isabel Duenas The youngest of three children, Isabel Duenas was in fifth grade when her brother joined a gang, started doing drugs and having run-ins with the law. "I saw what this was doing to my…

In her new post as editor-in-chief of art history's most prestigious national journal, <em>The Art Bulletin</em>, Karen Lang, associate professor of art history in USC College, will introduce several new features to the 97-year-old publication. John Pollini, professor of art history and history in the College, has been named Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year. Lang photo credit Flora Lang. Pollini photo credit Phyllis Pollini.

The Picassos of Art History

May 11, 2010

Since its founding in 1913, The Art Bulletin has for the first time tapped a West Coast scholar to lead art history's premiere journal in the English language. That scholar is USC College's Karen Lang, associate professor of…

From left: Elizabeth Garrett, vice president for academic planning and budget; Colin Keaveney, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian; Charles McKenna, professor in the Department of Chemistry; Susan Metros, associate vice provost and deputy CIO, Technology-Enhanced Learning; and Ilee Rhimes, chief information officer and vice provost for information technology services. Photo credit Christine McDowell.

Teaching With Technology Prize Winners

May 11, 2010

USC College faculty Colin Keaveney, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian, and Charles McKenna, professor in the Department of Chemistry, were awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With…

USC College Commencement

USC College Commencement

May 11, 2010

USC President Steven B. Sample, set to step down in August, will address graduates at the university's 127th commencement. Approximately 40,000 parents, family and friends attend the commencement ceremony each…

Dawn Powell, a senior in USC College, has been awarded a 2010–11 Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

USC College Senior Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

May 10, 2010

Last spring, for the first time, China displaced the United States to become Brazil's biggest trading partner. Yet, many experts are puzzled by the absence of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two. Such agreements have…

USC College Ph.D. candidates Mihaela Ignatova of mathematics (left) and Whitney Behr of earth sciences have earned 2010-11 USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Merit Fellowship awards. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Closing the Gender Gap

May 7, 2010

Nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) are difficult mathematical problems to study. Notice it didn’t say "solve." Ph.D. students researching nonlinear PDEs aren't looking for solutions. They're analyzing the…