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May 2011 News Archives

From left to right: Chris Hammons, lecturer in anthropology; Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion, and chair of the CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group; Jane Iwamura, assistant professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity; and Brad Nabors, Ph.D. candidate in sociology. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Getting Religion

May 31, 2011

Not long after Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, Christian Hammons was sitting at a coffee shop in Bukittinggi, a city on Sumatra’s tourist circuit. Hammons, who was about to begin his doctoral…

Linguist Noam Chomsky chats with a student during a recent conference honoring the work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and professor of linguistics in USC Dornsife, who died Jan. 31. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Tribute to Words

May 27, 2011

One of the founders of modern linguistics Noam Chomsky recalled in the 1950s when a prominent senior linguist told him flat out that he would no longer conduct analyses but only collect data. The senior linguist told Chomsky…

From left, Class of 2011 Master of Liberal Studies graduates Shelly Hacco, Alan Kita, and Tiffany Miller prepare for their presentations at the Fifth Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium at Simon Fraser University. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Selected for Annual Symposium

May 27, 2011

As an actress and fan of Daphne du Maurier’s literary works, Shelly Hacco gravitated to the curriculum she undertook in the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) course “Acts of Interpretation: Literature, Film, and…

The 2010-11 cohort of AMCLI fellows. Photo by Sumaya Abubaker.

A New Generation of Civic Leaders

May 26, 2011

By day, Salim Patel works as a financial analyst for a large retail clothing company. After hours, he serves as a commissioner on the Board of Education in Passaic, N.J. He also helps run an emergency food pantry, which he…

MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch (left) gives a tour of "Art in the Streets" recently to Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history in USC Dornsife (middle in black tie) and his undergraduate students in his course, "Culture Wars: Art and Social Conflict, 1900 — the present." Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Naked Hollywood

May 25, 2011

In 1951, when bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield publicly dropped the top of her dress, the photographer Arthur Fellig, also known as “Weegee the famous,” was there to capture the moment on film. The caption to…

Ronda Bransteitter, a postdoctoral researcher in molecular biology in USC Dornsife, enjoys playing the piano located in the Ray R. Irani Hall interaction lounge. The upright was a gift from  Patrick and Cindy Haden in 2005. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Moonlight Sonata for Scientists

May 23, 2011

When classes let out for the day and buildings around USC campus close for the night, piano tunes from Bach to Coldplay echo through the hallways at Ray R. Irani Hall. The soft sound of fingers dancing across piano keys is a…

Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

USC Dornsife alumnus Adam Goldston (right) and his twin brother Ryan provide basketball players with shoes that allow them to jump higher. The young entrepreneurs opened their business Athletic Propulsion Lab (APL) in 2009. Photo by Jie Gu.

Slam Dunk to Success

May 18, 2011

Standing at 5-foot-11 Adam Goldston knew he had his work cut out for him. “I’m obsessed with jumping higher,” USC Dornsife alumnus Goldston said. “My goal has always been to do a free throw line…

Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History in USC Dornsife.

Top Interdisciplinary Scholar in English and Art History Joins USC Dornsife

May 18, 2011

Kate Flint has been named Provost Professor of English and Art History in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Flint’s appointment as well as Lee Epstein’s as Provost Professor of…

From left, Elizabeth Sophy, John Lien Margetis and Silvia Green.

Eyes Fixed on the Horizon

May 13, 2011

Now preparing for their next milestones, the first graduates under the name USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences earned their diplomas on May 13. USC Dornsife issued more than 2,500 degrees during…