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Students hike with Ainsley Carry, far right, USC vice provost of student affairs. Photos by Tim Rue.

No lectern, no laptop? No problem for Trojans and their teachers hiking on SoCal’s scenic trails

May 26, 2016

Ask the average college student: “What’s your best memory involving a professor?” “Sitting near a waterfall munching on trail mix” probably won’t be the common response. But for a…

At the poetry reading held before an invited audience at The Broad, doctoral student in creative writing and literature Mary-Alice Daniel reads aloud her poem written in response to California artist Kara Walker’s work, <em>African’t</em>. Photos by Susan Bell.

A tour of the imagination: Art inspires graduate poetry at The Broad

May 23, 2016

It was after hours at the museum and the abstracted black butterfly wings of Mark Grotjahn’s 2007 series Untitled (Dancing Black Butterflies) appeared to flutter across the white walls of The Broad, surrounding poet and…

Photo by Mike Glier.

Commencement 2016: The Big Day is Here

May 13, 2016

Graduates, families and friends — more than 60,000 in all — participated in USC’s Commencement 2016 festivities on campus on Friday, May 13. Amid the various events, USC Dornsife conferred 1,622 Bachelor of…

USC Dornsife's 2016 Fulbright Fellows

Fulbright Fellows Worldwide

May 9, 2016

This year, 12 USC Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students and alumni earned Fulbright Fellowships. A Fulbright grant supports a year of independent study, research and teaching in one of more than 140 countries. This…

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

May 4, 2016

Elizabeth Petsios: Appreciating Disaster Liz Petsios traveled frequently to collect rock samples for her doctoral research on ecosystems after a mass extinction. Photo courtesy of Liz Petsios. Elizabeth (Liz) Petsios…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias addresses attendees at the 2016 Academic Honors Convocation in Town and Gown. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Outstanding students, faculty members recognized at 2016 Academic Convocation

April 22, 2016

Standout students, faculty and administrators celebrated the heights of Trojan scholarship at last week’s 35th annual Academic Honors Convocation. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential…

Thousands will gather at USC’s University Park campus to share their love of the written word and enjoy readings, panel discussions, music and more at the 21st annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

USC Dornsife faculty and students highlight the L.A. Times Festival of Books

April 8, 2016

USC Dornsife Provost’s Fellow in the creative writing and literature Ph.D. program Robin Coste Lewis recently won the National Book Award for Poetry. This Sunday she will read from and discuss her debut book, Voyage of…

Safiya Sinclair grew up in a small fishing village in Jamaica, a seaside setting that figures prominently in her poetry. Photo by Diani Sinclair.

Poetry graduate student wins major award for emerging writers

April 5, 2016

Her mother would tell you that Safiya Sinclair always knew she would be a writer. When she was 16 years old, Sinclair had her first poem published in the national newspaper of Jamaica, where she grew up. Shortly thereafter…

In Quantum Chess, pieces can be in two places at once (quantum superposition) if the player chooses a quantum move.

‘Anyone Can Quantum’ — just ask graduate student Chris Cantwell

February 12, 2016

What started as a simple project for one graduate student’s elective class may well change the way you play a centuries-old board game. Since its debut in Caltech’s Anyone Can Quantum video, Quantum Chess —…

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

December 31, 2015

The writing staff in the USC Dornsife Communication department has the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant and inspiring students, faculty members and alumni on the planet and telling their stories. Reflecting…