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Sarah Portnoy (right), lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife, and Daina Solomon, food blogger at the <em>L.A. Weekly</em> who audited Portnoy's class, enjoy shrimp tacos and <em>aguachile</em> at the <em>Mariscos Jalisco lonchera</em>. Photo by Susan Bell.

Chicken Necks and Chili Queens

October 24, 2012

USC Dornsife Spanish major Daniel Arellano picks morsels of sizzling meat from the delicate bones of a fried chicken neck and stuffs them into a warm tortilla, garnishing the resulting taco with freshly chopped onion and…

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray of USC Dornsife (left) was recently honored for his work in the community in an event at Doheny Memorial Library hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Tested By Fire

October 18, 2012

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray’s first trial by fire happened in the early 1950s. Then a young U.S. Air Force navigator, Murray was in a warplane when it erupted in flames on the tarmac. The pilot escaped the…

Chimpanzees are found from Western Africa across the continent to East Africa. At one time, there were 50,000 or more chimps in Uganda. Now there are about 5,000 as a result of logging, the encroachment of villages, trapping, snare devices and other reasons. Photo by Craig Stanford.

Into the Forest

October 8, 2012

In late September, USC Dornsife Ph.D. student Maureen McCarthy traveled 9,000 miles from Los Angeles to Hoima, Uganda, to begin a year devoted to collecting chimpanzee poop. While that may seem like an unusual way to spend a…

USC Dornsife's Laura Pulido stands near the gravesite of Owen Brown in the hills of Altadena, Calif., one of the sites in her new guidebook, <em>A People's Guide to Los Angeles</em>. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes

October 8, 2012

There is a tendency among my friends in Chicago, where I lived for the past eight years, to not see a Los Angeles beyond the Hollywood glitz and the tales of horrible traffic and bodily artificiality. And before making L.A.…

USC Dornsife's Moh El-Naggar (center) was voted among the 10 most promising young scientists by Popular Science magazine. Photo by Allison V. Smith.

Brilliant One

September 19, 2012

USC Dornsife scientist Moh El-Naggar has been selected as one of Popular Science’s 2012 Brilliant 10, the magazine’s annual honor roll of the 10 most promising young scientists. El-Naggar is featured in the…

Nayan Shah joined USC Dornsife from the University of California, San Diego and began his post as professor and chair of American studies and ethnicity this Fall. Photo by Ben Pack.

Fighting for Inclusion

September 6, 2012

Nayan Shah was in South Africa on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship during the most intense period of struggle against apartheid. Black resistors were being beaten, tortured and murdered. It was 1989, a year before South African…

60-second-seminars: Jody Agius Vallejo

Barrios to Burbs

September 5, 2012

A timely new book by USC Dornsife sociologist Jody Agius Vallejo challenges the widespread assumption that Mexican Americans in the United States are persistently poor and uneducated, and do not achieve social and economic…

Caitlin Smith, a psychology doctoral student in USC Dornsife, leads sixth grade students in their final workshop in the Going for the Goal program. With guidance from USC Dornsife students, the program teaches middle schoolers how to set themselves up to achieve their goals. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Going for the Goal

August 24, 2012

Soft-spoken and shy, sixth-graders Emily Cervantes and Nayely Gonzalez are best friends with a vision for their futures. Emily plans to be a fashion designer, Nayely an author. “I’ve actually had this goal for a…

USC Dornsife freshman Azmera Hammouri-Davis flashes a Trojan sign while her mother, Tamara Hammouri Mie, gives the pinky and thumb salute -- the symbol of aloha and hang loose in Hawaii. Inside the USC Pertusati Bookstore, USC Dornsife incoming transfer student Baron Barrera buys textbooks with his wife, Cayla Barrera. Photos by Ben Pack.

Brink of Life

August 24, 2012

Arriving at USC from Oahu, Hawaii, the first thing Azmera Hammouri-Davis unpacked was a Kukui nut lei, a traditional greeting gift she brought for her roommate. The state tree of Hawaii, the Kukui has a spiritual meaning of…

USC Dornsife's Jack Halberstam explores society's evolving gender roles in his book, <em>Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal</em>, due out this September from Beacon Press. Photo of Halberstam by Assaf Evron.

Feminism Goes Gaga

August 9, 2012

On stage and off, Lady Gaga seems to be an ever-evolving performance piece dominating the media landscape. But in Gaga’s anarchic, gender-bending public persona, Jack Halberstam sees a mirror — one reflecting a…