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Boys sleep on the floor of a Edhi Foundation home in Karachi, Pakistan, praying and talking about how much they miss their families. This is a scene in <em>These Birds Walk</em>. Still courtesy of Valentina Canavesio.

These Birds Walk

January 30, 2014

Bathed in the golden hue of a few flickering candles, the boys lay barefooted on the cold stone -speckled floor. Huddled together, one asked, “Do you believe in God?” before they all whispered a prayer. “I…

Susana Smith Bautista, a USC Dornsife alumna and Provost Fellow, pens a book giving social and cultural context of how arts organizations are using new technologies. Photo by Alexander Lopez.

Museums in the Digital Age

January 27, 2014

USC Dornsife alumna Susana Smith Bautista, a lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has authored a new book about the changing roles of museums. Bautista, a Provost Fellow, received her master…

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…

Devoting mornings to what he calls “the carpentry” of writing, in which he frames and builds on ideas, Kirk DeMicco ’91 admits that creativity is hard work. However, <em>The Croods</em> director also relies on his subconscious to find unexpected solutions to creative challenges. Photos by Max S. Gerber.

Crood Awakening

January 16, 2014

As the drum rhythm and stirring horns build in intensity, the high adrenaline chase gathers momentum as the Crood family hunts down and steals a giant, blue-and-orange-speckled egg from a ramu — a hybrid of ram and emu…

Alumnus Anthony Marra's debut novel was longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction, among other laurels. Set in wartime Chechnya, the story was inspired by his study abroad in Russia, which exposed him to Chechnya and ignited a keen interest in the country, its culture and history. Photo by Smeeta Mahanti.

A Constellation of Accolades

December 17, 2013

It’s not bad when the fiction editor of The Washington Post names your first novel his favorite book of 2013. And when President Barack Obama is caught on camera purchasing said novel, that’s also pretty…

We See Snow Differently

We See Snow Differently

December 9, 2013

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In 1959, USC’s president named Robert Dockson, at age 41, dean of the then-USC School of Commerce. Dockson earned his bachelor's and Ph.D. at USC Dornsife and donated generously to USC. Here, Dockson advises at USC. Photo courtesy of USC Marshall School of Business.

In Memoriam: Robert Dockson

December 4, 2013

Robert R. Dockson, among the most distinguished graduates of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations and a generous USC benefactor, has died. He was 96. Dockson died Nov. 26 at his Los Angeles home, surrounded…

On the University Park campus, from left, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, Linda and Harlan Martens, and the Linda and Harlan Martens Endowed Director’s Chair for the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Peter Mancall. The endowed chairship was made possible through a $1 million donation by the Martens. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Securing the Future

November 27, 2013

Growing up in Pasadena, Calif., Harlan Martens’ family would bring out-of-town visitors to the magnificent Huntington Library. His wife Linda, originally of Fullerton, Calif., also remembers visiting the library as a…

Professor of Earth Sciences Thorsten Becker has been awarded a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. He will use the award to continue his research on the dynamics of earthquake faults in Potsdam, Germany. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Finding Fault

November 20, 2013

Thorsten Becker, professor of earth sciences, has won a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award will support his continued research in Potsdam, Germany, on the…

USC Dornsife alumnus Bill Altaffer is among the most traveled people in the world. He has exhausted 12 passports and 130 visas, visiting all 192 United Nations countries plus 300 island groups. Here he is pictured on the summit of China's Mount Hua Shan surrounded by red Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. Photo courtesy of Bill Altaffer.

Trojan Globetrotter

November 15, 2013

William “Bill” Altaffer has feasted on boiled cobra washed down with warm snake’s blood from a street stall in Bangkok, Thailand. He’s polished off a plate of baked crocodile skewered on a Masai sword…