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2009 News Archives

One of the old books Brand found at Lycee Lutfi, a high school that dates from the colonial period. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Global Brand Journeys to Algeria

November 25, 2009

"Think of me as a kind of machine that was going through, photographing pages and pages of books, seeing titles and taking pictures because they looked good, but not having much time to digest their meaning or significance,"…

A scene from <em>Aislin Shardushan</em>, a comic book by Christina Yen and Drew Moxon.

ZAP! POW! KABLAM!

November 24, 2009

Comic books are not solely about superheroes anymore. Nor are they reserved for children. Rather, they have become a younger generation's vehicle for expressing social consciousness. A course offered by the Freshman Seminar…

Omid Nohadani, who earned his Ph.D. in physics in USC College in 2005, begins his post as assistant professor at Purdue University in January. Photo courtesy of Omid Nohadani.

A Robust Career for this USC College Alumnus

November 20, 2009

Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again. A…

From left, Becca Klaver, (B.A., creative writing, '03); Paul Legault, (B.A., screenwriting, '07); and Juliana Wang, (B.A., creative writing, '07).

Taking a Poetic Path

November 17, 2009

The question is often asked, What does one do with a bachelor's degree in creative writing? In USC College, the answer is plenty. Many go on to publish books of poetry or fiction. Some go on to teach writing, become editors or…

Scott Soames is chair of the philosophy department at USC College. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Are There Answers for the Big Questions?

November 16, 2009

While working on Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volumes 1 and 2, a definitive two-volume history of analytic philosophy, Scott Soames came to a conclusion that a less-reasoned mind might consider rather…

Martin Hodis sits in the bleachers at La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid waiting for a bullfight to begin. Photo courtesy of Martin Hodis.

Saying ‘Si’ to a New Experience

November 12, 2009

Sometimes opportunity knocks. Other times, you have to force open the door, which is exactly what Martin Hodis did. Hodis, 19, a sophomore with an undecided major in USC College, sought out the Summer Study Abroad program one…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and a member of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los Angeles Times statewide public opinion poll team. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

Golden State: Yes, No or Maybe?

November 9, 2009

Sometimes it's better to light a candle; sometimes it feels better to curse the darkness. But California voters seem to be willing to simply sit in the dark -- with neither curses nor candles -- increasingly convinced that the…

Mary Sarotte, professor of international relations in USC College, spoke about her new book, <em>1989: The Struggle to Create Post-War Europe</em>, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in October. Photo courtesy of the Wilson Center.

The Fall of the Wall and Its Legacy

November 9, 2009

Released on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, USC College's Mary Sarotte's new book examines a year that forever transformed international relations -- 1989. In 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, along with Department of Political Science chair Ann Crigler and Professor of Political Science Jane Junn, will coordinate the on-campus aspects of the poll. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

California's Best Years Have Passed, Voters Say

November 8, 2009

Frustrated at California's woes, voters are sharply pessimistic about whether the next governor will be able to move the state in the right direction, and most believe California is in the midst of a long-term decline, a new…

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Times Join Forces in New California State Poll

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Times Join Forces in New California State Poll

November 4, 2009

The Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences today announced they will jointly sponsor a series of six statewide public opinion polls beginning November 8, 2009, and…