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Douglas Keeney (economics, '73; MBA '76) has authored or coauthored more than a dozen historical books, which examine events such as D-Day and the Cold War. His forthcoming book is <em>Lost in the Pacific: Epic Firsthand Accounts of WWII Survival Against Impossible Odds</em>. Photo courtesy of Douglas Keeney.

True Tales of Survival

March 14, 2014

Buoyed by only a life vest, the young American pilot bounced and bobbed in the cold, dark waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forced to abandon his aircraft earlier that afternoon after it was shot down by Japanese destroyers, it was…

Zooarchaeologist Sarah Newman carefully sweeps the area surrounding the remains of prizewinning racehorse Native Diver. USC alumnus Richard Shapiro connected with USC Dornsife archaeologists to help recover Native Diver before a complex is built on the land where the horse was buried. Photo by Lynn Swartz Dodd.

A Racing Legend Revisited

March 12, 2014

This past weekend a team of USC Dornsife archaeologists and students recovered the remains of legendary race horse Native Diver, helping to preserve a part of Los Angeles history. Black gelding Native Diver, a member of…

USC Dornsife undergraduate Thomas Honeyman (left) and Vincent Fong of the USC Marshall School of Business, co-founded FindMySong.com. Honeyman was a popular music student at the USC Thornton School of Music before switching to cognitive science. Photo courtesy of Vincent Fong.

Find Your Song — And Voice

March 11, 2014

For most college students, March Madness means basketball. For USC students Vincent Fong and Thomas Honeyman, it means business. USC Dornsife undergraduate Honeyman and Fong, an undergraduate at the USC Marshall School of…

USC Dornsife's David Ulin of the Master of Professional Writing program (far right) moderates a discussion about how the literary perception of Los Angeles architecture helped shape the city's identity. Ulin is book editor of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. From left: Jon Christensen, Alice Kimm and Christopher Hawthorne. Photo by  Gary Leonard.

Tales from Two Cities

March 6, 2014

For nearly 90 years, Los Angeles’ architecture has been seized upon by the city’s critics as an easy target, a way to reinforce its reputation as a shallow place without roots. Unjustly so, argued USC…

Surveying the mountains of garbage surrounding her, alumna Julia McGinnis said, “I see energy. I see money.” Photos by John Livzey.

Trash Can

March 5, 2014

Smartly dressed in a sleeveless harlequin green fitted dress accented by jade-stoned, gold jewelry and patent leather high heels, Julia McGinnis gazed at a mound of waste 200-feet wide being smashed down by giant roaming…

Senior Lucy Tew, holding her American Girl doll Kirsten, took the initiative and landed an internship with the international American Girl doll company, which informed her senior capstone project. Photo by Erica Christianson.

She’s an American Girl

March 3, 2014

On Christmas Day, 6-year-old Lucy Tew opened a gift from her grandfather and discovered a doll — a young pioneer girl from the mid-1800s named Kirsten. This wasn’t just any doll, but an American Girl. Instantly…

USC Dornsife alumna Alexis Jones is the cofounder of the nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which aims to inspire girls to overcome their insecurities and love themselves unconditionally. Photo by JerSean Golatt.

Girl Power

February 25, 2014

After a recent speaking engagement at a Texas high school, USC Dornsife alumna Alexis Jones was approached by a young girl in tears. An aspiring ballerina, the girl told Jones she felt so pressured she had been starving…

Bita Shahian credits her liberal arts education at USC Dornsife for helping her to cultivate her diverse interests in technology, design and psychology. She aims to foster opportunities for minorities and women in the technology industry. Photo courtesy Bita Shahian.

Tech Talk

February 25, 2014

Bita Shahian believes the future lies in technology. Since she also believes in the future of college students, she wants to help them jump into the tech world. “Technology is transforming a lot of industries and making…

Professor of International Relations at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran, USC Dornsife alumnus Mahmood Sariolghalam is a specialist in Middle East politics, and Iranian foreign policy and political culture. Photo courtesy of Mahmood Sariolghalam.

Shaping Foreign Policy

February 21, 2014

A quick lesson in Farsi: Sariolghalam, literally, means “quick pen.” Apt nomenclature for a devoted academic who has written more than 68 articles and 11 books in English, Farsi and Arabic. Mahmood Sariolghalam,…

USC Dornsife Fulbright scholar Jasneet Aulakh is in India studying the effects of India’s 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1993, which mandates that village governments reserve one-third of seats for women. Photo by Laura Paisley.

Feminism: A Family Affair

February 13, 2014

When American feminist and activist Gloria Steinem took the stage at a literary festival in Jaipur, India, in January, USC Dornsife senior Jasneet Aulakh was there. Traveling through India for nine months on a Fulbright…