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Alumna Denise Nicholas left Michigan as a young woman to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As an actress with the Free Southern Theater, she performed across Mississippi and Louisiana.

Actress and novelist Denise Nicholas draws from her experiences in the civil rights movement

March 25, 2016

Denise Nicholas was 19 years old when she interrupted her pre-law studies at the University of Michigan to travel to the Deep South and the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was a dangerous time and place for a…

Zdenek Vorel, pictured here in 1979, taught mathematics at USC Dornsife for 45 years. Photos courtesy of Zdena Pavlova.

In Memoriam: Zdenek Vorel, 86

March 23, 2016

Zdenek Vorel, professor of mathematics, has died. He was 86. Vorel died on March 3 in Motol University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, after a six month battle with cancer. Vorel’s research focus lay in…

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

March 22, 2016

Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, grew up at the tail end of the 1960s, the son of an immigrant parent. The influences of his…

USC Dornsife student Stephanie Brito, a senior majoring in biological sciences and winner of the John R. Hubbard Award, speaks at the USC Latino Alumni Association gala on March 4. Photo by Ron Murray/ImageActive Photography.

USC Latino Alumni Association honors USC Dornsife first-generation students

March 18, 2016

Over the past 42 years, the USC Latino Alumni Association has helped more than 8,000 Latino students fulfill their dreams of a USC education, awarding more than $15 million in scholarships. The story of Stephanie Ashley…

USC Dornsife student cracks the case behind 'True Crime' exhibit

USC Dornsife student cracks the case behind 'True Crime' exhibit

March 17, 2016

The USC Libraries opened the spring exhibition True Crime in the Doheny Library Treasure Room, documenting the history of detectives and the art of crime solving. The libraries created a mixed-reality game as part of the…

Arthur "Rodger" Swearingen, pictured here in the 1980s, founded and directed the USC Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propaganda. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arthur ‘Rodger’ Swearingen, 92

March 16, 2016

Professor Emeritus of International Relations Arthur “Rodger” Swearingen, who founded a USC institute devoted to research on communist strategy and propaganda and brought his expertise on communism to national…

Don Miller, his wife Lorna and their four grandchildren. Photo courtesy of Don Miller.

It’s Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement

March 15, 2016

Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort with images of youthful-looking people sipping cocktails on a Polynesian beach. Other…

Late psychology professor J.P. Guilford believed that through cultivating traits such as creativity and analytical reasoning, students could learn to be smarter. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

Late professor’s revolutionary model of intelligence valued creativity, critical thinking

March 15, 2016

For those of us who flounder while trying to calculate a tip or parallel park — but flourish when asked to write a poem or analyze a painting — we have Joy Paul “J.P.” Guilford to thank for validating…

Enormous recycling markets like this one in Beijing exist throughout China. Plastic products, in particular, must be painstakingly hand-sorted before they can be reprocessed. Photos courtesy of Joshua Goldstein.

The transformation and social implications of China’s underground recycling industry

March 15, 2016

A curious graduate student living in Beijing in 1995, Joshua Goldstein was fascinated by the throngs of people who passed him every day on bicycles piled high with what appeared to be every kind of trash. One afternoon he…

Steven Luckert of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, left, and Stephen Smith of USC Shoah Foundation led a discussion of the Nazi's use of propaganda in their quest for power on March 6. The event preceded the opening of the museum's exhibit on Nazi propaganda at the L.A. Public Library. Photo by Audey Shen.

Experts discuss the Nazi’s use of propaganda to advance their cause

March 11, 2016

A painting of a handsome square-jawed man wearing an army uniform looks ahead into the future, a flag waving behind him. It’s an image that evokes strong emotions — exactly as it was meant to do. The flag,…