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USC Dornsife undergraduate twins Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP). Photo by Carlos Puma.

Naming Gift for JEP Library

March 19, 2013

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance this community-based program. The Tesoriero’s gift will…

USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, who established the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education in USC Dornsife nearly two decades ago, announces the IWitness Video Challenge at Chandler School in Pasadena, Calif. Kori Street, the institute's director of education, stands with Spielberg. Photo by Kim Fox.

Mending a Broken Spirit

March 8, 2013

With a scarcity of food in the ghetto, Stephen Howard was told his beloved dog had to go. “We no longer had food for the dog so my father said the dog had to be put to sleep,” Howard said solemnly on videotape,…

Author Shoson Nagahara employed a gritty, proto-noir style in writing about Japanese immigrants living in 1920s Little Tokyo. This 1924 image, "Little Tokyo: An Alley" is one of the many historical photos printed in <em>Lament in the Night</em> (Kaya Press, 2012). Photo by Toyo Miyake, courtesy of Toyo Miyake Studio.

Lament in the Night

March 1, 2013

The man quietly passes through the shadows, hungrily seizing a half-rotten watermelon rind from the ground at the now-deserted marketplace, later retching miserably. After checking and rechecking his coin purse for any…

This woman in her early 20s was trafficked into a blue jean sweatshop in Thailand, where she and others were locked in and made to work 20 hours a day, sleeping on the floor, with little to eat and no pay. She managed to escape and was brought to the government-run Baan Kredtrakarn shelter in Bangkok. After telling her story to the director, the police were informed and they raided the sweatshop, freeing 38 young women, ages 14 to 26. Photo by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.

Prosecution to Empowerment

February 6, 2013

Emblematic of the shallow level of dialogue taking place concerning human trafficking is the “celebritization” of the global crisis, panelists said during a recent international conference organized by USC…

Tory Holland, a senior in USC Dornsife, took advantage of the many scholarship opportunities at USC, some from the USC Alumni Association. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Becoming Scholarship Savvy

January 16, 2013

USC Dornsife senior Tory Holland was holding down a job at the Joint Educational Project (JEP), working 15 hours a week supervising volunteers while taking classes as a double major. Some days, she worked and took classes…

Brittany Berns (left) and her colleague Sabi Yoto, a fellow teacher at Toucountouna's secondary school. Berns taught English and helped to expand a school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Toucountouna from 2010 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Brittany Berns.

A Rising Star

December 6, 2012

At 6 a.m., Brittany Berns would awake to the sound of her neighbors’ breakfast pans clacking. Nearby, roosters crowed and pigs snorted. After grabbing a bite of rice and beans, Berns would pull a bucket of water from…

Robert English, the new director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, has tales to tell about his overseas exploits. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Front-row Seat to the World

November 8, 2012

There’s no learning experience quite like getting out of the classroom — especially when the focus is on global politics. For Robert English, incoming director of USC Dornsife’s School of International…

From left to right, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee David Dornsife, Dana Dornsife, Joyce Cammilleri, University Professor Hanna Damasio, University Professor Antonio Damasio and USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, prepare to cut the symbolic ribbon during the Nov. 6 opening ceremony. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Pillars of Support

November 7, 2012

The newest building at USC is organized like a brain, with spaces for both rational inquiry and appreciation of the beautiful. It’s a fitting home for a research center that merges the latest advances in neuroscience…

Sarah Portnoy (right), lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife, and Daina Solomon, food blogger at the <em>L.A. Weekly</em> who audited Portnoy's class, enjoy shrimp tacos and <em>aguachile</em> at the <em>Mariscos Jalisco lonchera</em>. Photo by Susan Bell.

Chicken Necks and Chili Queens

October 24, 2012

USC Dornsife Spanish major Daniel Arellano picks morsels of sizzling meat from the delicate bones of a fried chicken neck and stuffs them into a warm tortilla, garnishing the resulting taco with freshly chopped onion and…

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray of USC Dornsife (left) was recently honored for his work in the community in an event at Doheny Memorial Library hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Tested By Fire

October 18, 2012

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray’s first trial by fire happened in the early 1950s. Then a young U.S. Air Force navigator, Murray was in a warplane when it erupted in flames on the tarmac. The pilot escaped the…