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The Moor's Account author Laila Lalami, who earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from USC Dornsife in 1997, speaks Arabic, Spanish and French in addition to English. Her linguistics training informs her writing. “When you’re a writer everything you experience goes into your writing,” Lalami said. Photo courtesy of Laila Lalami.

Estebanico’s Turn to Speak

July 29, 2014

In 1527, Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez led 600 men across the Atlantic Ocean to what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. Their goal was to claim land for the Spanish crown. From the get-go, the…

Emmanuel Caudillo's passion for education stems from the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. Photos courtesy of Emmanuel Caudillo.

Increasing Educational Opportunities

July 22, 2014

Emmanuel Caudillo clearly remembers the challenges he faced applying to college as a first-generation college student. Some of the forms he found daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, Hashem Pesaran, Kenneth Nealson and Ray Stevens are among those deemed by Thomson Reuters to have the most scientifically influential minds in the world.

World’s Most Influential Scientists

July 17, 2014

Four researchers at USC Dornsife have been named by Thomson Reuters as having “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for 2014. Based in New York City, the multinational media and information firm…

Alumna Angela Johnson Meszaros works in environmental justice, focusing on air quality, as general counsel for the organization Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles. Photo by Ana Mascarena.

Helping Us Breathe Easier

July 14, 2014

In Los Angeles and Orange counties in the past year, the oil industry has used more than 45 million pounds — 22,500 tons — of toxic air pollutants as part of its 477 hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and…

International relations alumna Rebecca Braun is in the Peace Corps working as a peer educator at a girl’s camp in Cameroon. Youths and one volunteer are pictured here making a “human knot” as a teamwork exercise. Photo by Rebecca Braun.

Having the Courage to Know

July 14, 2014

Now I'm not a journalist, I’m not sitting in on high level meetings, my Internet is not fast enough to allow me to do effective research, so I’m not an expert on the goings-on of Central Africa. But I do live here…

USC Dornsife alumnus Augustus Vogel (left) meets members of the Ghana Navy aboard a U.S. vessel during Vogel’s work with U.S. Naval Forces Africa. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Campbell.

Alumnus Goes Full Speed Ahead

July 10, 2014

Augie Vogel came to USC Dornsife in the late 1990s with a bachelor’s degree in biology and three years of experience in the Peace Corps. He left USC Dornsife in 2006 with a Ph.D. in biology, a NOAA Sea Grant Knauss…

USC Dornsife alumnus Theodore Roosevelt Gardner II found "Girl on a Swing," a bronze sculpture by British artist Sydney Harpley, at an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London. It became the first sculpture in Gardner's sculpture garden in Santa Barbara. Photo by Susan Levin.

He's Sculpting a Wacky Life

July 7, 2014

After graduating from USC Dornsife in 1956 with a bachelor's in communication, which was part of the College at that time, Theodore Roosevelt Gardner II became an award-winning novelist, essayist and newspaper…

This portrait of Christine Hameline was painted as part of The Face of Malibu project, which highlights some of Malibu’s biggest movers and shakers. Each honoree is painted in a single, live sitting. Portrait by artist Johanna Spinks.

Face of Interdisciplinary Success

July 1, 2014

A true Renaissance woman, Christine Hameline double majored in international relations and art history, graduating from USC Dornsife in 2008. Now she works as the managing associate of RE/MAX ELITE in her native Malibu,…

Chris Lee, CEO of Kitson, who participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) while an economics major at USC Dornsife, is now giving back to JEP. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Visionary Entrepreneur

June 26, 2014

An economics major at USC Dornsife in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kitson CEO Chris Lee retains fond memories of participating in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) as a math tutor at Manual Arts High School near the USC…

Deborah Kolodji finds inspiration for writing haiku during a visit to the Japanese garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden in San Marino, California. Photo courtesy of Deborah Kolodji.

The Art of Haiku

June 26, 2014

Haiku poet Deborah P. Kolodji was recently caught in dense traffic on the 10 Freeway. Looking up, a V-formation of birds flew overhead. Nearby, an airplane cut across the sky. Things were in motion. She saw poetry: migrating…