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Hillary Rodham Clinton receives an award and a traditional rebozo shawl during a Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) ceremony held recently at USC. From left: U.S.-Mexico Foundation President and CEO Martha Smith, Henry Cisneros, former Cabinet member and USMF trustee, Clinton, and Maria Echaveste, USMF trustee and MALI co-chair. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Peace, Prosperity and Progress

November 13, 2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton was a northern Illinois high school student the first time she engaged with the Mexican American community.  With church group members, she babysat children while their parents and older kids…

Maria Guzman helped PERE and other organizations collect air-quality data in the Pacoima, Calif., neighborhood, which is surrounded by freeways. Studies show that those living near air pollution sources have a higher risk of asthma, as her children experienced. They also risk cancer and respiratory illnesses. Photos by Damon Casarez.

‘Our Voices Have Been Heard’

November 13, 2013

The early morning hour was taking its toll on Maria Guzman as she stood near a freeway underpass in Pacoima, Calif. As the sun rose and traffic chugged by, she diligently recorded her coordinates with a Global Positioning…

A successful career woman, mother of six and grandmother of eight, Cynthia Maxwell-Dillard is just getting started. Illustration by Robert Neubecker.

In My Opinion

November 13, 2013

Sustainability usually refers to issues of maintaining the environment and ecosystem or improving the ozone layer. How about personal sustainability? For nearly 60 years, my determination to fulfill a commitment never…

Geraldine Knatz

Raising the Anchor

November 13, 2013

Growing up in Wayne, N.J., Geraldine Knatz loved nothing more than going crabbing with her family on the Jersey Shore. Until, heading home one summer evening, she was overcome by remorse. Insisting her father turn around, she…

Laura Wang ’12 is an executive fellow for renewable energy in the office of California Gov. Jerry Brown. Previously, she worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Wang graduated from USC Dornsife with a progressive master’s degree in environmental studies. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Laura Wang

November 12, 2013

Describe your job working on Gov. Jerry Brown’s renewable energy team. I work in the executive branch on energy and environmental policy for the state, preparing talking points and memos on issues, and managing some of…

JEP 40th Anniversary

‘JEP Sparked a Flame in Me’

November 1, 2013

As a 9-year-old girl growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, América Ferrera remembers lying in bed, dreaming of fame and diamonds. “That’s a 9-year-old’s fantasy of celebrity,”…

Edwin Hill, assistant professor of French and Italian, found inspiration for <em>Black Soundscapes White Stages</em> (cover on right) during his travels throughout the United States, France and the French Antilles. Meeting people of color from around the world motivated him to examine the ways race is constructed on a global stage. Photo of Edwin Hill by Michelle Boston.

Black Soundscapes White Stages

October 25, 2013

For Edwin Hill, the key to understanding the black Atlantic diaspora in the years between World Wars I and II is to listen. On a Parisian stage, a band beat their drums to the Caribbean rhythm of the beguine, a musical genre…

USC Dornsife junior Eduardo Mollinedo-Piñon (standing) co-directs as Foshay Learning Center's music director, Vincent Womack, plays the trumpet during a rehearsal of the Foshay Symphonic Band. Front row (from left) Audrey Burke, Leslie Romero, Amber Johnson, Emmanuel Marquez and Christopher Ayuso. Second row (from left) Herman Lorenzo, Byron Gomez and Melvin Perez. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Playing It Forward

October 24, 2013

First the high, brassy notes of the trumpets sound, followed by the mellow, reedy tones of the alto saxophones. Tumbling piano scales join the cacophony accompanied by rolling drum beats and the slow groove of an electric bass…

Dana Johnson, Judith Freeman and Richard Rayner, all USC Dornsife writers and faculty members, share the same muse: the city of Los Angeles. Photos by Cody Pickens.

Los Angeles by the Book

October 22, 2013

It was the 1970s and Judith Freeman was living in Sun Valley, Idaho, a ski instructor and horse wrangler by day, an aspiring writer by night. She’d never set foot in Los Angeles, yet she knew instinctively she needed to…

As part of the the Garden Gateway Nutrition Program (GGNP), residents of South Los Angeles prepare edible gardens at a local community garden. GGNP is one of many programs supported in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Photo by Zhiyi Feng.

Be a Good Neighbor

October 15, 2013

Strides have been made to remove the moniker “food desert” from South Los Angeles. Farmers markets have sprouted. Bans against more fast-food restaurants have been implemented. But Garden Gateway Nutrition Project…