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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…

Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez (left), USC Dornsife professor George Sanchez and Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, hold up a <em>Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle</em> poster. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Man in the Middle

October 15, 2013

The complex story of Ruben Salazar was brought to life last month at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism during a packed screening of a documentary directed and produced by USC Annenberg fellow Phillip…

USC Dornsife senior Jasmine Torres greets a young student at the Trojan Guardians Scholarship Program (TGS) booth during the Sept. 28 College Within Reach event on the University Park campus. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Guardian Angel

October 8, 2013

As winter break approached, Jasmine Torres’ roommate innocently asked her where she’d be spending the break. Surprised, the then-freshman replied, ‘What are you talking about? I’m staying here.’…

USC Dornsife doctoral student Amy Garrison presents her research at a Sept. 28 regional conference hosted at USC and focused on the study of hearing and vocal communication. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Sounds of Science

October 2, 2013

Working in Sarah Bottjer’s laboratory, USC Dornsife doctoral student Amy Garrison researches the inter-hemispheric connections between vocal-control regions and the amygdala in the brains of songbirds. As with humans,…

Undergraduates in the Problems Without Passports research trip to Oxford, England, contemplated the lavender beardtongues (<em>Penstemon cobaeo</em>), yellow coneflower (<em>Echinacea paradoxa</em>) and tall red Scarlet bugler (<em>Penstemon barbatus subsp. coccineus</em>) at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, and learned about medicinal values of plants and flowers. Photo courtesy of Oxford Botanic Garden.

Planting Thoughts on Global Health

September 24, 2013

Strolling among the lavender, bell-like beardtongues and enchanting weeping willows, Erin Walker got more than eye candy at one of the world’s oldest scientific gardens. During her visit to the University of Oxford…

USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel works in his laboratory with biological sciences senior Christopher Geiger. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diversifying the Lab

September 23, 2013

For more than a decade, USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel has been working to diversify the field of biological sciences. “It’s not a secret, academic research departments don’t look like America,”…

General Francisco "Pancho" Villa on horseback, during the Mexican Revolution, 1914. Villa is part of the PBS series <em>Latino Americans</em> in which USC Dornsife's George Sanchez participated. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Latino Americans on PBS

September 16, 2013

At the start of the Great Depression, Amelia Casteñada’s father lost his job as a stonemason and her family struggled. She had just celebrated her First Holy Communion when her mother died of tuberculosis in 1934.…