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Aimee Bender, professor of English and director of the Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature program at USC Dornsife, has written a new collection of short stories titled <em>The Color Master</em> as a follow-up to her bestselling 2011 novel <em>The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake</em>. Photo by D. Bender.

The Color Master

November 5, 2013

Her favorite tale from her new book of short stories is about a woman whose ogre husband ends up devouring their children. Lucky for Aimee Bender, who gave birth to girl and boy twins in May, she writes only fiction. Read…

Giselle Rodriguez-Forté took a break from the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program for an opportunity to work as an associate producer at Condé Nast Entertainment in Manhattan, N.Y. She graduates from MPW in 2014. Photo by Michael Lopez.

High Heels, High Ambitions

October 18, 2013

Giselle Rodriguez-Forté will be the first to tell you, she’s a sneakers girl. So it was a bit of a surprise when, searching for something to wear to her grandmother’s funeral, she laid her eyes on a pair of…

Gen. David Petraeus at a meeting with members of USC CREATE during his recent daylong visit to campus as USC Judge Widney Professor. Photo by Tom Queally.

Petraeus’ Surge Across Campus

October 17, 2013

Retired Gen. David Petraeus officially became “Professor Petraeus” to USC students last week — lecturing on energy and the United States economy, meeting with student veterans and cheering the football team…

“Drop, cover and hold on” for 60 seconds at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. Established by the Southern California Earthquake Center based at USC Dornsife, the drill is the largest such exercise in the world.

Brace Yourself

October 16, 2013

For the sixth consecutive year, USC will participate in the Great California ShakeOut disaster drill. Along with millions of other people throughout the state, USC students, faculty and staff will “drop, cover and hold…

Ellen Leggett, an expert in the psychology of decision-making, joined USC Dornsife in Fall 2013 as director of the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program. Photo by Letty Avila.

Mastering Human Behavior

October 1, 2013

With nearly a decade of experience in marketing, Daniela Kerfin Canto was savvy enough to know that a deeper understanding of human behavior would help her garner clients. She knew the marketing campaigns she oversaw for a…

During a recent panel discussion titled <em>The Arab Uprisings: Crisis and Conflict in Egypt, Syria and Beyond</em>, Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife, discussed how the Arab uprisings have impacted Islamic discourse and its relation to politics and government. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Bread, Freedom and Dignity

October 1, 2013

Resplendent in ivory wedding gowns and bearing blood-red banners with white lettering proclaiming “Stop all military operations in Syria,” “One hundred percent Syrian,” and “Syria is for all of…

James B. Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shares his perspective on the Arab Spring during a talk organized by the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Royal Subject to Citizen

September 26, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith witnessed firsthand the changes that took place in his region as the Arab Spring movement gained traction in 2010 and spread throughout the Arab world. These two words emerged as…

'The Art of Living'

September 19, 2013

During the recent USC Dornsife 2020 retreat at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, doctoral students presented their research and had an opportunity to enjoy the brilliant night sky. Photo by Corey Arnold.

Brainwaves by the Sea

September 17, 2013

Every student knows how vitally important it is to remember information for a final exam. However, trying to memorize your class notes in the library can be challenging. Distractions — the person next to you whispering…

HSBC fellow Melvin Earl Villaver Jr., a junior majoring in sociology, was accompanied to the event by one of his faculty mentors, Shana Redmond, assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity. Villaver researched the history of Filipino hip-hop. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Limitless Potential

September 13, 2013

Feeling her notes, her fingertips following lines of raised dots, Karen Arcos eloquently spoke about her research on schizophrenia before an audience at USC’s University Club. The psychology junior shared her work…