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A 22-year-old Greta Garbo poses with a USC track coach on campus in 1926. Photo courtesy of Charles Epting.

Bet You Didn’t Know

November 13, 2013

Remember in The Graduate, when a desperate Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) sped to “northern California” in his beat-up Alfa Romeo Spider to find Elaine? USC stood in for the University of California,…

A successful career woman, mother of six and grandmother of eight, Cynthia Maxwell-Dillard is just getting started. Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

In My Opinion

November 13, 2013

Sustainability usually refers to issues of maintaining the environment and ecosystem or improving the ozone layer. How about personal sustainability? For nearly 60 years, my determination to fulfill a commitment never…

USC Dornsife’s John Pollini (third from left) and some of his students at their excavation site in Ostia Antica, southwest of Rome, Italy. Photos courtesy of John Pollini.

They Dug Rome

November 7, 2013

Some 20 centuries ago, an ancient Roman was entombed in a mausoleum along the road leading to the sea. A countryside burial wasn’t unusual, since it was forbidden in Rome to bury bodies inside the city. What was odd is…

Fulbright fellow Travis Glynn '13 of USC Dornsife is currently working in India as an English teaching assistant. Photo courtesy of Travis Glynn.

USC Dornsife Rich in Fulbrights

November 6, 2013

USC was one of the top producers of Fulbright Student Grant recipients among U.S. research institutions for the 2013-14 academic year, according to the Fulbright Program, the government’s international educational…

Aimee Bender, professor of English and director of the Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature program at USC Dornsife, has written a new collection of short stories titled <em>The Color Master</em> as a follow-up to her bestselling 2011 novel <em>The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake</em>. Photo by D. Bender.

The Color Master

November 5, 2013

Her favorite tale from her new book of short stories is about a woman whose ogre husband ends up devouring their children. Lucky for Aimee Bender, who gave birth to girl and boy twins in May, she writes only fiction. Read…

USC Dornsife launches a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in GeoDesign — the first of its kind in the world — led by John Wilson, director of Spatial Sciences Institute. Photo by Susan Bell.

Mapping a Better World

November 5, 2013

Population growth, rapid urbanization, meeting water and energy needs, biological conservation and climate change — these are some of the most difficult and enduring challenges facing the world today. Finding innovative…

Thomas Seifrid (standing, left), chair and professor of Slavic languages and literatures, moderated the Oct. 22 talk "What's Up With Russia?" Seated from left to right, Robert English, associate professor of international relations and director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, Brad Damaré, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, and John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures. Photos by Erica Christianson.

'What’s Up With Russia?'

October 31, 2013

Clad in brightly colored ski masks, a group of young women ascended the altar of a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow. Pumping their fists into the air, they sang and danced around the dais then fell to their knees. The…

A USC Dornsife junior majoring in neuroscience, the new USC Residential Student Government President Sera Choi is also involved in USC Dornsife's Trojan Health Volunteers program, part of the Joint Educational Project. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Pointing the Way

October 25, 2013

The new president of the Residential Student Government (RSG) has a message for the 7,000 students the organization represents: learn to become leaders. “Leadership is something that we are really focusing on this…

USC Dornsife junior Eduardo Mollinedo-Piñon (standing) co-directs as Foshay Learning Center's music director, Vincent Womack, plays the trumpet during a rehearsal of the Foshay Symphonic Band. Front row (from left) Audrey Burke, Leslie Romero, Amber Johnson, Emmanuel Marquez and Christopher Ayuso. Second row (from left) Herman Lorenzo, Byron Gomez and Melvin Perez. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Playing It Forward

October 24, 2013

First the high, brassy notes of the trumpets sound, followed by the mellow, reedy tones of the alto saxophones. Tumbling piano scales join the cacophony accompanied by rolling drum beats and the slow groove of an electric bass…

Polish film director Ryszard Bugajski speaks to students in the classroom of Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Anna Krakus (standing). During the Oct. 15 event, he discussed the making of his daring and controversial film <em>Interrogation</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Filmmaker and Rebel

October 22, 2013

In the communist-era Soviet bloc, all forms of artistic expression were subject to censorship and even suppression by the government. This reality gave rise to a dissident, grassroots practice called samizdat in which censored…