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Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, was the most expensive natural disaster — and one of the five deadliest hurricanes — in the history of the United States.

Op-ed: Faith and Disaster

August 28, 2015

On the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the nation reflects on the events and the lessons learned in hopes of preventing future tragedy. Following is an op-ed from Brie Loskota and Peter Gudaitis of the…

This Fall, a senior seminar offered through USC Dornsife’s Gender Studies Program will look at how Los Angeles’ legendary sci-fi societies overlapped with the early LGBT rights movement.

Sci-fi Fandom and Gay Rights

August 12, 2015

If you wanted to find life outside the closet in the 1930s, you might as well have started looking for another planet — and that’s exactly what a generation of gay and lesbian sci-fi fans did. They were drawn to a…

The USC Wrigley Marine Science Center debuts its new, high-tech greenhouse during its 50th-anniversary celebration. Photo by Ann Close.

High-tech Greenhouse

August 5, 2015

Established in 1965, the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island has grown to become a fully equipped research and education center. This summer, the institute unveils a new, advanced facility, just in time for…

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…

Center for Economic and Social Research

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…