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<em>Elsewhere, California</em>, a debut novel written by USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson, examines assimilation, class and the complications of African American identity. Dana Johnson photo by Ben Pack.

Finding One’s Self in L.A.

July 19, 2012

As USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson strolled through Echo Park, taking in the downtown Los Angeles skyline and Palm tree-lined lake, the characters, setting and plot of her first novel took shape. Johnson often hiked several…

USC Dornsife alumnus Daniel Wu has been awarded <em>USA Today</em>’s All-USA College Academic Team scholarship for his civic engagement in Los Angeles. He was selected from a nationwide pool as a first team winner. Wu graduated with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in 2010. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Advocate for Equality

May 18, 2012

During his freshman year in USC Dornsife, Daniel Wu volunteered in South Central Los Angeles, where he listened to new immigrants talk about the difficulties they encountered attempting to find work and better housing. He…

The Liberty Hill Foundation presented Manuel Pastor with the 2012 Wally Marks Changemaker Award. The recognition honors an outstanding individual whose work in the community illustrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s insight that while "the arc of history is long, it bends toward justice." Photo by Carlos Puma

Change Over Charity

May 14, 2012

As a USC Dornsife researcher, Manuel Pastor is dedicated to improving the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income, urban communities. In honor of his work, the Liberty Hill Foundation presented Pastor…

Young Scientists Program: Energy and Motion

Eye-Opening Science

May 9, 2012

Fourth-grader Zakar Martin cut a lemon in half. He pushed a nail into the squishy side of one half and a penny into the other half of the fruit’s pulpy side. Then he clamped one end of a wire to the copper penny and the…

From left, co-chair Erica Muhl, USC Dornsife associate professor Elsi Kaiser and Timothy Pinkston of the Mellon Mentoring Forum. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Faculty Receive Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 7, 2012

Twenty-eight Trojans were recognized for promoting the culture of mentoring at the fifth annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony held on April 23 at the USC University Club. In its fifth year, the Mellon Mentoring Awards…

Introduction to Islam: Professor Sherman Jackson

Sherman Jackson Named among the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims

April 2, 2012

Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity in USC Dornsife, has been named for the second time among the world’s 500 most influential…

Ojibwe indians in Minnesota use a birch bark canoe for transport circa 1910. USC Dornsife's David Treuer fuses historical facts, reportage and memoir in his new book <em>Rez Life</em> to give a detailed history of Indian reservations in the U.S. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Center.

Life on the Rez

February 8, 2012

In the 1950s in the small village of Ball Club, Minn., a school lunch program created a nasty rift. The area was mostly populated by Indians, recounted David Treuer. Students who resided on tribal land were entitled to a free…

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits Political Science Class

A Lesson in Leadership from the Mayor

January 30, 2012

The 18 students in “Case Studies in Modern Leadership” sat with rapt attention listening to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he shared his philosophy for overcoming adversity — a challenge he…

USC Dornsife's Katrina Edwards, left, examines a sample during a deep-sea expedition. Photo by Bill Crawford.

Life Discovered on Dead Hydrothermal Vents

January 27, 2012

Scientists at USC have uncovered evidence that even when hydrothermal sea vents go dormant and their blistering warmth turns to frigid cold, life goes on. Or rather, it is replaced. A team led by USC Dornsife microbiologist…

“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…