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First-Generation College Student Panel

Being First-Gen

August 21, 2015

Starting college can be a whirlwind of new experiences for most freshmen and their families. For those who are the first in their families to attend college, it holds tremendous significance and often presents a unique set of…

USC Dornsife first-generation college student Dominique Codjia, center, on Move-in Day with (from left) her sister, Mireille; her mother, Jamie; her father, Henri; and her brother, Etienne. Photos by Darrin S. Joy.

Love, Hope and Gratitude

August 20, 2015

The excitement around the residence halls was palpable as students and families filled the campus for Move-in Day. For one group in particular, the day marked an important and special milestone. As the first-generation to…

Alumna Penny Abeywardena is the liaison between New York City and its diplomatic community, which is the largest in the world. Photographs courtesy of Penny Abeywardena.

Conquering the Big Apple

August 19, 2015

Shortly after alumna Penny Abeywardena was appointed Commissioner for International Affairs by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2014, she attended a dinner with renowned women’s rights activist Dorothy…

Alumnus Shinichi Daimyo will advance his education with the support of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships so he can train nurses to address mental health disorders in low-resource settings across the globe. Photo courtesy of Shinichi Daimyo.

Meeting Trauma Head On

August 18, 2015

From a very young age, Shinichi Daimyo ’07 could sense a disquiet — one that was a deep as it was silent. Much of his early life was spent among the Vietnamese boat-person refugee community in Los Angeles. His…

This Fall, a senior seminar offered through USC Dornsife’s Gender Studies Program will look at how Los Angeles’ legendary sci-fi societies overlapped with the early LGBT rights movement.

Sci-fi Fandom and Gay Rights

August 12, 2015

If you wanted to find life outside the closet in the 1930s, you might as well have started looking for another planet — and that’s exactly what a generation of gay and lesbian sci-fi fans did. They were drawn to a…

Eleven postdoctoral fellows are joining USC as part of a collaboration with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico’s equivalent of the United States’ National Science Foundation.

Mexican Postdocs Welcomed

July 17, 2015

USC and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) have announced the selection of 11 researchers from Mexico who will join USC this fall as part of a new initiative to jointly fund them as postdoctoral…

Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…

Josh Kun and his team weave together the threads of culinary history in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.

What Menus Can Tell Us About Our City

June 25, 2015

Menus are ostensibly utilitarian objects, enabling patrons to figure out what dishes are available at a restaurant. But in his latest book, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City, author, curator and…

Data scientist and researcher Ravi Iyer believes psychology is an important tool for understanding people-generated data. Photo courtesy of Ravi Iyer.

Data King

June 24, 2015

Have you ever pondered what Stevie Wonder album is the world’s best? Or, which are the best TV shows to binge-watch? Do you want to know which are the most important goals in life? Or, has it even crossed your mind to…

Angela Flournoy, a Southern California native, has had a lifelong relationship with Detroit, where her father was raised. Photo by LaToya T. Duncan.

This Must Be the Place

June 23, 2015

Angela Flournoy can recall an early visit to Detroit with her father when she was a young girl. He drove Flournoy and her sister around the East Detroit neighborhood where he had grown up, pointing out the locations of…