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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…

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…