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March 3, 2015

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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,”…

Auschwitz survivor Paula Lebovics (center) spends time with students from USC Shoah Foundation’s Junior Intern program as they tour Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 24. Photos by Josh Grossberg.

Firsthand Lessons of Auschwitz

January 27, 2015

Reporting from Warsaw and Krakow, Poland As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it falls to future generations to ensure their stories remain vibrant and strong. With that in mind, USC Shoah Foundation – The…

USC Dornsife’s Chris Reimann and Ama Konadu Amoafo-Yeboah are Mr. USC and Miss USC for 2014-15. Left photo by Gus Ruelas, USC; right photo courtesy of Ama Amoafo-Yeboah.

Order of the Torch

January 13, 2015

Twelve seniors were selected to the 2014-15 Order of the Torch, an honor that recognizes students for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, service and mentorship, and contributions to the USC community. The highly…

The USC Wrigley Institute, housed in USC Dornsife, sent Juan Carlos Aguilar to San Diego this March for a training course at the Maritime Institute to prepare for the United States Coast Guard test for a 50-ton “near coastal” captain’s license. Photo by Eun-Jung Julie Koh.

The Fish Whisperer

December 17, 2014

Juan Carlos Aguilar came to Catalina Island a few years after finishing high school in San Diego, California. He worked for two summers at the general store in Two Harbors, scooping ice cream among other tasks, then applied…

Addressing the growing influence of non-governmental organizations and other nonprofits internationally, a new bachelor’s degree will empower students who want to create positive social change.

World-Changing Major

December 10, 2014

So you want to change the world? A new major in nongovernmental organizations and social change might be for you, said Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology. “It will give you both practical tools, and a broad…

As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…