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President Obama’s State of the Union speech is shown on the big screen in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Jan. 20. Photos by David Medzerian.

State of the Union on Campus

January 21, 2015

Students and faculty gathered in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama speak on issues from middle-class economics to terrorism, ending on this note: “My fellow Americans,…

The Auschwitz camp is seen at the end of the tracks. Photo by Steve Purcell.

Remembering Auschwitz

January 20, 2015

On a bitter cold day in January 1945, the Soviet Army — pushing across Nazi Germany as the Allies drew closer to victory in Europe and the end of World War II — arrived at a Nazi concentration and extermination…

Suit Yourself

Suit Yourself

January 12, 2015

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet.

This one-hour special report, airing nationally on the 70th anniversary of the camp’s liberation, will look back at the atrocities committed at Auschwitz through the eyes of those imprisoned there more than 70 years ago.

You’re Invited

January 9, 2015

Everyone is invited to watch a pre-screening of Voices of Auschwitz, a new CNN documentary telling the stories of four survivors from the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp. The USC Dornsife-based USC Shoah…

A photo of Armenian orphans from J. Michael Hagopian's interview with Mihran Andonian. Photo courtesy of the Armenian Film Institute.

No Longer ‘Forgotten Genocide’

January 7, 2015

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is preparing at least 40 of the nearly 400 Armenian testimonies it has secured from…

The Art and Science of Peppermint

The Art and Science of Peppermint

December 8, 2014

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. Read our holiday card online:

USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni speaks at a recent panel discussion on whether it is time to abolish the death penalty, while Dan Simon of USC Gould (left), moderator Sharon Lloyd and USC Vice Provost Martin Levine listen. Photo by Janet Kramer.

Crime and Punishment

December 4, 2014

A bumper sticker reads, “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?” The question was examined during a Nov. 12 panel discussion held at USC's University Park campus. “Is It…

The yellowing and torn pages of an 18th-century manuscript, some shown in this illustration, are from an unpublished recipe book written by Pennysylvanian Ann Ellis and her English mother, Bettee Saffin. Illustrations by Stephanie Dalton Cowan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Brave New World

December 2, 2014

Despite its handsome, embossed, brown-calfskin cover and imposing size, the unpublished 18th-century manuscript had been overlooked by academics until Juliette Parsons, a doctoral student in history at USC Dornsife, discovered…

A graffitti-sprayed chunk of the Berlin Wall from the Wende Museum in Los Angeles was on show at the on-campus screening of the documentary Behind the Wall. Photos by Susan Bell.

‘We Are One People’

December 1, 2014

The man’s voice choked with emotion as he recounted how as a child, his family would gather each year on Aug. 14 to celebrate his birthday. Until 1961, when everything changed. On Aug. 13, his family heard on the news…

Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee says the presiding sentiment in Iran is, “The world needs Iran more than Iran needs the world.” Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Autarky in Iran

November 11, 2014

Iran’s quest for self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are as much economic and cultural as political, said Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee during a recent lecture at USC University Park campus. Matthee…