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Peter La Chapelle ’02 takes a cue from Woody Guthrie and finds his own way to persevere.

In My Opinion

May 7, 2013

Most historians start off not with a rich vein of sources, but with some basic information and a hunch. That is where historical imagination makes its entrance. R.G. Collingwood’s turn of phrase “historical…

Tom Nolan, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from USC Dornsife in 1977, is an Earth explorer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Here, he teaches children about NASA at JPL. Photo courtesy of Tom Nolan.

Tommy Trojan Personified

April 10, 2013

After graduating from USC Dornsife in 1977, Tom Nolan became . . . Tommy Trojan. Not in a metaphorical sense. “I rode as Tommy Trojan from 1977 to 1980, when I moved to Alaska, and again from 1988 to 1996 after I moved…

An 1872 illustration depicts the seven African Americans who held seats in the 41st and 42nd United States Congress, a mere seven years after the abolition of slavery. The illustration is part of an African American history exhibit at Walt Disney's EPCOT, scripted by USC Dornsife lecturer and alumnus Anthony Sparks. Courtesy of the Kinsey Collection.

Narratives of Integrity

April 3, 2013

Did you know that in the post-Emancipation Reconstruction era — and only seven years after the abolition of slavery — seven African Americans had seats in the United States Congress? All were from formerly…

William Van Cleave directed the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife's School of International Relations, where he was professor of international relations, from 1967 to 1987. Here, he teaches in his earlier years. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Van Cleave.

In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

March 21, 2013

William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van…

Barraclough (right) and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity Laura Pulido at the ASE Ph.D. program's hooding ceremony in May 2006. Photo courtesy of Laura Barraclough.

Right On Track

March 1, 2013

Laura Barraclough has been pinching herself lately. Rather than concocting ill-fated New Year’s resolutions, she kicked off 2013 by accepting a dream job: a tenure-track faculty position as assistant professor of…

USC Dornsife's Solomon Golomb listens to a message from President Obama during a White House ceremony Feb. 1 in which Golomb was awarded the National Medal of Science. His medal awaits him on the right. Photo by Ryan K. Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.

President Obama Awards Two USC Dornsife Pioneers

February 1, 2013

One of USC’s most decorated faculty members has received the highest honor bestowed by the United States for scientific innovation. President Barack Obama presented Solomon Golomb, University and Distinguished Professor…

William Grant Still conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in a piece titled <em>Old California</em> that he wrote for the city of Los Angeles' Birthday Concert on Sept. 8, 1965. All photos courtesy of Judith Anne Still.

Still Life

January 4, 2013

Packed neatly in brown paper and carefully tied with string, hundreds of bundles of music sat forgotten on the shelves of a linen closet in the Los Angeles home of Judith Anne Still’s mother. One spring day in 1980,…

Brittany Berns (left) and her colleague Sabi Yoto, a fellow teacher at Toucountouna's secondary school. Berns taught English and helped to expand a school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Toucountouna from 2010 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Brittany Berns.

A Rising Star

December 6, 2012

At 6 a.m., Brittany Berns would awake to the sound of her neighbors’ breakfast pans clacking. Nearby, roosters crowed and pigs snorted. After grabbing a bite of rice and beans, Berns would pull a bucket of water from…

For his thesis determining Los Angeles' city center, USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger has been named first place winner of the UNIGIS 2012 Academic Excellence Prize and of the North American Regional Science Council's 2012 Graduate Student-Author Paper Competition. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

L.A. Has a Heart

November 20, 2012

Writer Dorothy Parker once haughtily dismissed Los Angeles as “72 suburbs in search of a city.” But USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger’s research shows that the City of Angels actually does have a focal…

USC Honorary Trustee Carmen Warschaw pledged $3 million in 2008 to endow the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics in USC Dornsife.

In Memoriam: Carmen H. Warschaw, 95

November 13, 2012

USC Honorary Trustee and alumna Carmen H. Warschaw, a leading philanthropist, committed community activist and lifelong Democrat, has died. She was 95. Warschaw died Nov. 6 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from…