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The Long Way Home

May 2, 2012

Late one night in 2006, Kwasi Connor entered a dark, empty laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles. Connor, now a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, had worked at the lab for two years under the tutelage of…

Photos by Brad Wilson.

Being Human

April 22, 2012

We humans are unique animals. Each of us may define what it means to be human differently. We place value in memory, form cultures, innovate, question the purpose of life, and dream of the future. Since the beginning of our…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Oskar Schindler (second from right) puts a face on good human conduct, a theme explored in Glenn Fox's research on gratitude. The research of USC Dornsife's Fox has earned him an award from the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation. Schinder, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II, is pictured here in Munich, Germany in 1946 with some of the people he rescued. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C./Leopold Page Photographic Collection.

From the Bottom of My Heart

January 20, 2012

Put yourself in the position of a Jew during World War II who escapes to France penniless and is forced to beg on the streets. A passerby gives you roasted peanuts — your first morsel of food in several days. You are…

Steven Lopez, professor of psychology in USC Dornsife, addresses a group of promotoras and family members of relatives who are mentally ill at a Casa de Salud private home in Puebla, Mexico. Photo by Ava Casados.

Mexico Program Targets Care for Mentally Ill

January 19, 2012

In a neighborhood in Puebla, Mexico, a dozen promotoras — health care workers who screen ill people to determine what level of doctor care they need — gathered at a private home for a platica — or chat…

USC students traveling to India, standing, from left, are Aparajitha Vadlamannati, Maya Babla, Jessica Castillo and Hend Alhinnawi. Seated, from left, Mona El Hamdani, Jerry Edling and Anna Dawson.

Public Diplomacy Students Travel to India

December 15, 2011

A team of seven graduate students is taking a two-week research trip to India while reporting on the country's public diplomacy efforts and posting entries on the India: Inside Out blog. The second-year Master’s in…

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

October 14, 2011

Poetry, subjectivity and political violence in the neoliberal age. Italian artists books in conceptual arts. House, library, field — the aesthetic of saturation. In the new Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Importance of Life's Day/Night Cycle

September 14, 2011

USC researchers were surprised recently to discover just how much the rising and setting of the sun drives life on Earth — even in unexpected places. The findings, which appear this month in the Proceedings of the…