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Blair Jason (left) and Annie Gillman stand in a section of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Photo courtesy of Jason and Gillman.

Learning from ‘On Top of the World’

July 30, 2009

A tall, mysterious edifice looms over Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl Tower, located in the Pudong district, juts out of the landscape as if from another place and time. USC College undergraduates Annie Gillman and Blair Jason…

John Carlos Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities, is chair of USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). The department uses civic engagement to create scholarship and societal change, Rowe said. Photo credit Kristin Rowe.

Appending the Rules of (Civic) Engagement

July 27, 2009

Lady Bird Johnson said the clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. For USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE), diverse ideas are also the gateway to research and scholarship that can create societal…

George Sánchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, stands in front of a statue of Governor of Las Californias Felip de Neve at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Sánchez had met with scholars and community members at L.A.'s birthplace. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

The Bridge Builder

July 27, 2009

On a fall Saturday morning, parents pushed strollers along the Mexican marketplace on Olvera Street, cheerful despite an incessant drizzle. Near the birthplace of Los Angeles, a small group of scholars and community members…

Faculty Notes

July 24, 2009

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering   Arieh Warshel Elected to the National Academy of Sciences   Saori Katada Awarded NEH Fellowship   T.C. Boyle Inducted into American Academy of…

Faculty Bookplate

July 24, 2009

Landscape with Two SaintsHow Genovefa of Paris and Brigit of Kildare Built Christianity in Barbarian Europeby Lisa BitelOxford University Press / By examining the ruins of their cities and churches, the workings of their…

Student Notes

July 24, 2009

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows   A White Coat is in Her Future   What I Did on My Summer Vacation   International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards More Student Notes USC…

Alumni Bookplate

July 24, 2009

The American Discovery of Europeby Jack D. ForbesUniversity of Illinois Press / Jack D. Forbes (Ph.D., history, ’59) professor emeritus of Native American studies and anthropology at University of California, Davis,…

The Writer in the Community

Author, Author!

July 23, 2009

Fourth grader Alex Flores clamps down hard on his pencil to finish his story that begins, "One day I came to school and no one was there." In his tale, Alex turns invisible and hears Mario singing the SpongeBob SquarePants…

Kristin Hanggi, a graduate of USC College's Master of Professional Writing program and Tony nominated director, will direct a new movie musical based on the book series <em>Dear Dumb Diary</em>.  Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Don’t Stop Believing

July 20, 2009

Curled in a blanket, Kristin Hanggi was in her Manhattan apartment journaling, anxiously listening to the Tony Award nominations. The USC College alumna hoped that Rock of Ages, the metal musical she directed, would earn a…

The Resident Honors Program (RHP) offers students the opportunity to enter USC after their junior year of high school. Photo credit Theo Jemison.

The Future is Now

July 16, 2009

When Alexa Sieracki received a letter from the USC College Resident Honors Program inviting her to apply to college one year early, she wasn't sure what to think. "At first I didn't know skipping my senior year of high school…