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Viet Thanh Nguyen escaped Saigon with his family in 1975, arriving in the U.S. when he was four years old. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Voices from Vietnam

April 14, 2015

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a South Vietnamese army general is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of…

Importance of Mentorship

The Importance of Mentorship

April 7, 2015

Adrian Trinidad was in third grade at an inner city Los Angeles elementary school when a chance encounter during a school trip to USC changed the course of his life. A student gave the young boy a bookmark for the Norman…

International relations major Meghan Jahnke works with elementary school pupils as part of a breakout session during the Penny Harvest Leadership Academy on March 10. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Elementary Pupils Become Penny Harvest Advocates

March 25, 2015

One by one, the four teams took turns addressing childhood cancer, foster care, homelessness and saving animals — serious, thoughtful work, especially for elementary-age presenters. But that’s one of the…

Richard Antaramian (third from left) is presented with a crystal book to honor his installation as the Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies. From left: Michael Quick, interim university provost; Lilia Ambartsumyan, Antaramian's wife; Antaramian; Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian, the chair's donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Cultivating Curiosity

March 23, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies, Richard Antaramian delineated two reasons why Armenian studies is a crucial field. The…

Alumnus and lecturer Brandon Som’s prizewinning first book of poems, <em>The Tribute Horse</em>, examines questions of identity and language. Photo by Jason Bacasa.

Som Wins Poetry Prize

March 12, 2015

Etched into the wooden walls of the former immigration station on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, the poems tell of the hopes and fears of the Chinese immigrants once detained and interrogated there — sometimes for…

Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology at USC Dornsife and co-director of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

When I Grow Up, I Will Be...

March 4, 2015

Devil’s Night in Detroit, the eve before Halloween when youths traditionally tear up the town, got Daphna Oyserman thinking. Oyserman had just arrived in nearby Ann Arbor for her doctoral studies at the University of…

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics Robert Shrum for a Political Conversations event with students on Feb. 9. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘Housewife to House Speaker’

February 12, 2015

There has been a lot of discussion about the gridlock that characterizes the current United States Congress. Issues such as immigration, the environment, health care and tax reform have been hotly contested. President Barack…

Sebu Simonian of the band Capital Cities will be one of many performers at “Innovate Armenia.” Photo courtesy of Capital Cities.

Changemakers and Trendsetters

February 11, 2015

“I wanted to build a platform that could change the user experience of a foreign news story – help it make sense to new users and readers,” said Lara Setrakian, founder of News Deeply, in a 2014 interview…

The Joint Educational Project’s intensive internship program affords would-be lawyers and law school applicants real-world experience in the field. Here students attend a training session led by junior Jiaqi Wang, left. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Ahead of the Game

February 9, 2015

Going into her junior year, Lillian Zazueta decided she wanted to pursue a career in law. Investigating related internship opportunities, the comparative literature major and Russian minor learned about the Joint Educational…

Alumnus Oscar Balderrama is a script coordinator on the popular television show <em>Arrow</em>. He earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2005. Photo courtesy of Oscar Balderrama.

Write on Target

February 6, 2015

For five years, Oliver Queen was presumed dead. Unbeknownst to his family and friends, the billionaire playboy survived a shipwreck only to be stranded on a remote island in the Pacific. When he finally returns home, he finds…