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Clockwise from top left: Zade Shakir, Jennifer Bou Lahoud, Sam Kosydar and Lucila Duarte. Shakir photo by Ricardo Galvez Photography. Bou Lahoud photo by Elias Tahan. Kosydar and Duarte photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Great Expectations

May 16, 2014

Lucila Duarte: ‘I Can Do Anything’ Lucila Duarte. Before Lucila Duarte’s mother died of breast cancer while Duarte was preparing to finish high school, Lucila del Carmen Jurado de Duarte told her…

From left, salutatorian Jared Sokol, valedictorian Jana Shapiro and salutatorian Brian Lentz are all from USC Dornsife this year. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Valedictorian and Salutatorians

May 14, 2014

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorians have two big things in common: all three are from USC Dornsife and all want to be doctors. Medicine is a tough profession that has come under fire lately, but Jana Shapiro,…

President Barack Obama holds up his Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented to him by USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education. Photos by Getty Images.

‘Eternal Flame of Testimony’

May 8, 2014

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by…

Senior Karissa Masciel holds up her Extraordinary Community Service Award at JEP’s recent 2014 Community Service Awards Dinner, with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, and professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson. Photos by Brian Morri.

Honoring Service and Learning

May 2, 2014

A religion major at USC Dornsife, Karissa Masciel saw a need to educate youngsters on various religions to give them the tools to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. Two years ago, Masciel created the Interfaith…

Alumni community reach stretches from India to home in Los Angeles to the Himalayan foothills. India photo (left) by Gavin Heller; tree tag photo by Matt Meindl; and rowboat photo by Ankur Poseria.

Near and Far Ahead

April 28, 2014

In India, Jasneet Aulakh finds her aunt’s seat in the village government isn’t what she thought. In Los Angeles, Paul Cummins helps Lisa thrive after her abusive childhood. Ankur Poseria, who travels to the…

History in a Box

History in a Box

April 28, 2014

Children can read about the waves of various immigration groups to Boyle Heights, a working-class, mostly Latino community in east Los Angeles. Or, they can hold the history in their hands. George Sanchez, professor of…

Diedre Badejo with her daughter, Kim, at USC in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Diedre Badejo.

In My Opinion: Strong As Oak

April 28, 2014

Consider Khalil Gibran’s passage in the chapter “On Giving” as told in 1923’s The Prophet: “They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish … . And what desert greater shall…

Paul Cummins ’67, who founded Coalition for Engaged Education, believes at-risk youth can improve if given the chance to express themselves through the arts as shown by the above message from a participant. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘I Dwell in Possibility’

April 28, 2014

Lisa was nine when her mother forced her into prostitution. When the mother went to jail, an uncle in New York took custody and put Lisa back to work on the streets. At 11, Lisa was removed from the uncle’s care, sent…

The ABCs of JEP

April 28, 2014

  Illustrations by Letty Avila for USC Dornsife Magazine. Conflict is the beginning of consciousness. That was Barbara Seaver Gardner’s take when surrounding neighbors perceived USC as an ivory tower. Reaching…

Recording artist and activist Akon and ONE representatives visited a classroom at USC recently to launch the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which will combat energy poverty in Africa. International relations students presented original social media campaign ideas to a panel, shown here. Photo courtesy of ONE.

#PowerProject

April 25, 2014

How would you cook dinner without electricity? Or get your homework done after sunset without turning on the lights? And on a more crucial level, what if your local hospital had no refrigeration for medicine or power for…