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In Hong Kong (pictured here), USC Dornsife students sat down for tea with Jiang Yu, deputy commissioner at the foreign affairs ministry, to discuss Chinese international policy and the relations between Hong Kong, Macau and China. In Hong Kong, students also met with Mike Chinoy, former CNN senior Asia correspondent and now a senior fellow at the USC US-China Institute.

Twin Cities of China

July 31, 2013

During a tropical downpour, Fan Fan and several of her classmates entered Victoria Park in Hong Kong one night in June. In every direction, people huddled under umbrellas, dressed in mourning black, and held flickering…

Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…

Overcoming physical adversity as a child, Max Novak comes to USC Dornsife with an interest in visual arts. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

In Tune With Life

July 23, 2013

Born with tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) affecting the windpipe, Max Novak underwent 15 surgeries in his infancy. The operations helped to correct an abnormal connection between his trachea and esophagus. But Novak never let…

Problems without Passports: Rwanda

Courage After Genocide

July 17, 2013

On a quiet hilltop in southern Rwanda is a panorama of captivating beauty: rolling hills, pastures, open sky and on the horizon, small farms and pastoral villages. But the beauty is deceptive. This hilltop, the site of a…

Gateway Internship Program

Gateway to Your Career

July 17, 2013

James Freymuth sat at a round table in a spacious office on the 20th floor of an investment management company’s sleek postmodern skyscraper overlooking downtown Los Angeles. The undergraduate was poring over neatly…

Incoming freshmen receive instruction for a solid and strong transition during orientation at USC University Park campus. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Class of 2017

July 17, 2013

The newest members of the Trojan Family hail from throughout the nation and world. The admitted USC freshman class, selected from a pool of 47,300 applicants, boasts SAT scores of 2040-2250. These freshmen bring a diversity of…

Incoming USC Dornsife pre-med freshman Taylor Harp, who joins the USC triathlon team, opened the Coffee for a Cause shop at her high school in Colorado benefiting low income students. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Ironclad Ambition

July 12, 2013

Taylor Harp was 9 when she became a triathlete. The incoming USC Dornsife freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., got her first taste of triathlons when a friend convinced her to compete in an IronKids event. It did not go…

Students in the Maymester contemporary art course visited Jeff Koons’ <em>Gazing Ball</em> exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City — one of many exhibits during their research trip. Photo courtesy of Art21.

Course is Work of Art

July 8, 2013

When Rocio Peña-Martinez walked into the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea on Manhattan’s Westside, her eyes followed the hand-blown, blue glass balls. Each ball balanced atop white plastic casts of classical…

A dramatic view of Singapore’s Marina Bay at night as seen by students in USC Dornsife's inaugural Maymester trip to that part of Southeast Asia. The ArtScience Museum, which is frequently compared to a lotus flower, is on the left. Photo courtesy of Vivan Wu.

The View From Southeast Asia

June 26, 2013

As political and economic focus shifts from Europe and the West toward the emerging powers of the East, the 21st century is being dubbed “America’s Pacific Century.” However, the United States position on…

Gen. David Petraeus reserves time for USC Dornsife undergraduates who are spending a month in Washington, D.C. meeting with officials and experts to discuss crucial international relations topics. Photo by Pam Risdon.

Undergrads Visit Gen. Petraeus

June 24, 2013

A group of USC Dornsife undergraduates on June 20 became students of retired Gen. David Petraeus, who was named as a USC Judge Widney Professor in May. In a roundtable talk at the Brookings Institution — one of…