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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…

Richard G. Hovannisian, a UCLA emeritus professor, recently joined USC Shoah Foundation, helping to prepare nearly 400 Armenian genocide testimonies. Photo by Dan Avila.

Life as a ‘Half Immigrant’

February 3, 2015

Although he was born in the San Joaquin Valley, Richard G. Hovannisian considers himself a “half immigrant.” The child of Armenian genocide survivors, he grew up straddling two worlds — “the world of…

In the new Fisher Fellows Program, USC Dornsife first-generation undergraduates will participate in international travel, field research and community service. Sam Fisher graduated from USC Dornsife in 2011. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Becoming a Giver

January 28, 2015

When it comes to fly fishing, Sam Fisher may have the patience of a monk. But in regard to giving back, the USC Dornsife alumnus refuses to wait. “You’ve gotta give back when something is given to you,”…

Alumnus Hovanes Margarian is so proud of his USC Dornsife education he has decorated the offices of his Glendale law firm with Trojan memorabilia, including this giant photograph of Tommy Trojan. Photos courtesy of Hovanes Margarian.

The Accidental Attorney

January 26, 2015

Hovanes Margarian never intended to become an attorney. After graduating in just three years from USC Dornsife in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Margarian had applied to medical school and was on…

USC Dornsife’s Chris Reimann and Ama Konadu Amoafo-Yeboah are Mr. USC and Miss USC for 2014-15. Left photo by Gus Ruelas, USC; right photo courtesy of Ama Amoafo-Yeboah.

Order of the Torch

January 13, 2015

Twelve seniors were selected to the 2014-15 Order of the Torch, an honor that recognizes students for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, service and mentorship, and contributions to the USC community. The highly…

As The Huntington president, English alumna Laura Skandera Trombley looks forward to working with The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. Francine Orr, Copyright, 2014, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Reprinted with permission.

Trombley Joins The Huntington

December 18, 2014

Growing up surrounded by tract housing in a Los Angeles suburb, Laura Skandera Trombley loved to escape with her mother to visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. There, in the San Marino,…

The USC Wrigley Institute, housed in USC Dornsife, sent Juan Carlos Aguilar to San Diego this March for a training course at the Maritime Institute to prepare for the United States Coast Guard test for a 50-ton “near coastal” captain’s license. Photo by Eun-Jung Julie Koh.

The Fish Whisperer

December 17, 2014

Juan Carlos Aguilar came to Catalina Island a few years after finishing high school in San Diego, California. He worked for two summers at the general store in Two Harbors, scooping ice cream among other tasks, then applied…