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May 11, 2015

Alexander Yuen — Valedictorian When Alexander Yuen steps to the podium on Friday to give his valedictory address at USC’s 132nd commencement, it’ll be with a sense of trepidation and déjà…

Leonard Williams was drafted April 30 by the New York Jets. Photo by John McGillen.

USC Dornsife Student Chosen Sixth in NFL Draft

May 5, 2015

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was taken 20th by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The pair’s choosing…

Touring the University Park campus on May 2 are, from left: USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe; and Niki C. Nikias.  Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Visits USC

May 2, 2015

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan could not leave the U.S. without returning to USC. Abe stopped at the University Park Campus on his way to Los Angeles International Airport on May 2, after a week of historic diplomacy that…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…

Soonja Choe, the first woman president of Inha University, talks with students. Choe has taught and conducted research there for 28 years. Photo courtesy of Soonja Choe.

Strength of Spirit and Mind

April 29, 2015

Growing up in Incheon, South Korea, Soonja Choe’s family was very poor. Her mother never went to school and her father had a limited grade-school education. Choe was just 12 years old when he died, leaving her mother to…

Frank Suraci, Rob Kuznia and Rebecca Kimitch, from left, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Photo by Robert Casillas.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Rob Kuznia Wins Pulitzer Prize

April 21, 2015

Rob Kuznia, a member of the communication staff of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Kuznia was awarded the prize for work done at the…

Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, talks about the legacy of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Hundred Years After the Armenian Genocide

April 20, 2015

True or false? In 1915, the Ottoman Empire perpetrated a genocide against the Armenian people that left more than 1 million dead and hundreds of thousands in exile. If you answered “true,” you are in agreement…

<em>The Cat and the Coup</em>, a documentary video game in which gamers play the role of the cat of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, exemplifies the relationship between Iranian culture and politics. Illustration by Kurosh ValaNejad.

New Horizons

April 16, 2015

Neda Maghbouleh began her presentation at the inaugural USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Conference quoting an interview she had conducted with an Iranian American teenager named Soraya. “I…

More than 150,000 book lovers are expected to attend this year’s <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books. Part of the excitement for young festival-goers is visiting USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project/USC ReadersPLUS booth. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Book Feast

April 15, 2015

At the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Dornsife faculty will be taking to the stage to participate in panel discussions on subjects as diverse as satire, black holes and Abraham Lincoln. The largest book…

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…