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USC Dornsife senior Anneleise Azúa and her mentor George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean of diversity, at the Rhodes Memorial on Devil's Peak near the University of Cape Town. Photos courtesy of Anneleise Azúa.

Mellon Mays in Cape Town

February 12, 2014

As a USC Mellon Mays fellow, I rang in the New Year by boarding a plane with fellows Rachel Jones and Adeel Mohammadi, and our mentor George Sanchez of USC Dornsife. We flew across the Atlantic Ocean and Africa and made our…

USC Dornsife's Madison Swayne (left) guides hikers from SC Outfitters near the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. Also a guide during the recent hike was Noa Ervin (right), a philosophy major at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Madison Swayne.

Embracing the Detours

February 12, 2014

A competitive surfer and avid hiker, Madison Swayne arrived at USC looking to join a community of students who enjoy the outdoors. The San Clemente, Calif., native found what she was looking for in SC Outfitters, USC’s…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, sociologist Eva Illouz said the interactive format E L James used to write <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em> allowed her to incorporate readers’ feedback, including their own fantasies and desired plot twists. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Hard Core Self-Help

February 6, 2014

Anyone who claims not to have at least heard of E L James’ erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is either fibbing or has been living on a remote desert island with no Internet access for the past three years. The…

Hailing from China, history major Songyu Zhu is an aspiring writer and teacher who mentors elementary school students through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project and preschoolers through USC's Jumpstart program. Photo by Michelle Boston.

From China to L.A.

January 28, 2014

The first time USC Dornsife senior Songyu Zhu visited her history student adviser Joseph Styles during her freshman year, she knew she was following the right path. “I still remember the red bricks of the Social…

Nestled at the foot of Gemu Mountain on China’s Tibetan Plateau is Lugu Lake, the site of several villages where executive producer Ankur Poseria ’09 and a film crew lived with members of the Moso ethnic group for an upcoming National Geographic documentary. Photo by Ricky Qi.

On Lugu Lake

January 23, 2014

During an extended stay with the Moso people, a small ethnic group living in China’s Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces, Joseph Rock carefully detailed his observations for an early issue of National Geographic magazine. The…

University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife discusses George Washington's passion for the Western frontier. Photo by Tom Queally.

No Lie

January 22, 2014

George Washington had a lifelong relationship with the Western frontier that would be a continuing preoccupation throughout his adult life, said University Professor Kevin Starr at the recent George Washington Leadership…

Surbhi Agarwal, a biological sciences minor at USC Dornsife (right), at a local homeless shelter, where she educates people about breast cancer and brings them goodies.

Think Pink

January 22, 2014

Surbhi Agarwal’s devotion can be summed up in three words — All Things Pink. That’s the name of the nonprofit the senior founded to raise awareness of breast cancer in young women. All Things Pink hosts…

Desano indigenous researchers Marcelino Massa (blue shirt) and Frank Matos (gray shirt) explaining to Dr. Silva (green shirt) the significance of the image on the cover of a book about the Desano myth of origins. Photo Credit: DLDP Team 2013 (c) copyright. All rights Reserved.

No Loss For Words

January 15, 2014

Deep in the Amazon, Evangeline Alva had just awoken from a nap when she heard her first words in Desano. “A man said to me ‘Good morning, sleepy head,’ ” the linguistics major at USC Dornsife recalled…

Built in 1929, the Mudd Hall of Philosophy is a cherished USC landmark modeled after a medieval Tuscan monastery. Photo by Philip Channing.

USC Dornsife’s Historic Buildings

January 15, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Mudd Hall of Philosophy, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Family Home, Von KleidSmid Center, Physical Education Building and Allan Hancock Foundation Building have been named Historic-Cultural Monuments by the Los…

The 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center will stand in the southwest quadrant of the University Park campus, home to most of the science and engineering buildings.

$50 Million Gift Funds Convergent Bioscience

January 13, 2014

Gary K. Michelson, retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, has donated $50 million to USC to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent…