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National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis is a doctoral student at USC Dornsife. Photo by Amanda Schwengel, courtesy of Hampshire College.

USC Dornsife doctoral student wins the National Book Award

November 24, 2015

USC Dornsife doctoral candidate Robin Coste Lewis has won the National Book Award for Poetry, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. Lewis received the award for her debut book, Voyage of the Sable Venus…

Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

Remaining Present

November 16, 2015

I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, a Hispanic boy living in the shadow of USC. One would think that there could be no greater divide. On my side a poor working-class neighborhood; two blocks away, an enclave of students…

Create a Conversation

Create a Conversation

November 16, 2015

Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America’s Metro Areas (University of California Press, 2015) looks at 11 prospering metropolitan regions in the U.S. to understand their success. The book…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

November 16, 2015

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Photos by Daryl German.

Racing With Style: Jenny Wu

November 16, 2015

A leading voice on the style scene, Los Angeles fashion lawyer-turned-fashion blogger Jenny Wu ’03 is known among her devotees for cutting an elegant figure in the alluring designer outfits she dons on her blog Good,…

Photos by Damon Casarez.

Good Judgement: Curtis Kin

November 16, 2015

With his easy laugh, even keel and boyish face, Curtis Kin is immediately likeable. Perhaps the type of guy you would cast in a reality television show as a foil to the more outrageous characters. It stands to reason, because…

Eighty young women from Los Angeles-area high schools attended the annual Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference on Oct. 31 at USC. Photos by Erika Maldonado.

Women as Leaders

November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of…

National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award Finalists

October 15, 2015

USC Dornsife students, faculty and staff members and alumni have another reason to take pride: two of their fellow Trojans were named among the finalists for the National Book Awards. Doctoral candidate Robin Coste…

The USC Dornsife Preceptor Program gives its recent Ph.D. graduates teaching experience as they seek tenure-track positions. English Ph.D. Alex Young is pictured here teaching undergraduates. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Teaching to Learn

September 16, 2015

In 1905, Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton University, introduced the preceptorial method — a style of learning wherein small groups of students meet regularly with a faculty member for more intimate learning…

Alumnus Morgan Hawkins overcame many obstacles to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a physician in 2014. Photos courtesy of Morgan Hawkins.

Surviving the Storm

August 27, 2015

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, Morgan Hawkins was holed up in a dorm room at the city’s Xavier University where he was about to begin his sophomore year as a premed student. “Most…