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Dana and David Dornsife on a visit to Ethiopia with the humanitarian organization World Vision, which tackles the causes of poverty and injustice. Photo courtesy of Drexel University.

Dornsifes Named First Water Warriors

July 28, 2015

Dana and David Dornsife have been named among the first recipients of the Water Warrior Award presented by the humanitarian organization World Vision. The Dornsifes, philanthropists who in 2011 gave the largest single gift…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

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…

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…

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…

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Center for Economic and Social Research

March 3, 2015

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet.

Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at USC Dornsife. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Jackson Discusses American Muslims with President Obama

March 3, 2015

Sherman Jackson was driving his daughter home after a debate tournament when he got the call. The White House had summoned him along with 14 other Muslim-American leaders in education, health, religion, policy, advocacy and…

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…

Manuel Pastor (seated) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left: Michael Quick, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Patricia and Gerald Turpanjian, the chair’s donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

The People’s Academic

February 9, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor made three pledges for how he will serve the USC — and greater Los…

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,”…