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Bill Handley, associate professor of English (right), instructs USC Dornsife's Master of Liberal Arts (MLS) student Nathan Masters in the course "Ideas of Nature." Photo courtesy of MLS.

Master of Liberal Studies Program Creates New Scholarship

May 8, 2012

The USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program has established The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to a meritorious MLS student. The award will provide support to students who have returned to…

Introducing the 2012 Dornsife Scholars

Introducing the 2012 Dornsife Scholars

May 7, 2012

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is delighted to recognize its first class of Dornsife Scholars for 2012. The 10 outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Long Way Home

May 2, 2012

Late one night in 2006, Kwasi Connor entered a dark, empty laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles. Connor, now a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, had worked at the lab for two years under the tutelage of…

Photos by Brad Wilson.

Being Human

April 22, 2012

We humans are unique animals. Each of us may define what it means to be human differently. We place value in memory, form cultures, innovate, question the purpose of life, and dream of the future. Since the beginning of our…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

USC Dornsife Students and Faculty Shine at Convocation

USC Dornsife Students and Faculty Shine at Convocation

April 5, 2012

The 31st annual USC Academic Honors Convocation was held on April 4 at Town and Gown. USC students and faculty members were honored for a wide range of intellectual and leadership achievements. Of 35 recognized at the…

Luka Yovetich, a doctoral student in USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy, will co-star in the NBC sitcom “Best Friends Forever,” on April 4. Yovetich, whose stage name is Luka Jones, plays Joe, a video game designer whose life with his live-in girlfriend, Lennon, is interrupted when her best friend, Jessica, moves back in with them after a divorce. Photo by Kimberley Joseph.

Breakout Act

April 3, 2012

If you catch yourself doing a double take while watching the premiere of NBC’s “Best Friends Forever” television show on April 4, there is good reason. Playing the role of Joe is a big break for Luka…

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits Political Science Class

A Lesson in Leadership from the Mayor

January 30, 2012

The 18 students in “Case Studies in Modern Leadership” sat with rapt attention listening to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he shared his philosophy for overcoming adversity — a challenge he…