Skip to main content

USC Dornsife Magazine News

Curtis Kin in his office at the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Photos by Damon Casarez.

Good Judgement: Curtis Kin

January 6, 2016

With his easy laugh, even keel and boyish face, Curtis Kin is immediately likeable. Perhaps the type of guy you would cast in a reality television show as a foil to the more outrageous characters. It stands to reason, because…

Photos by Scott Bailey.

Girl Power: Alexis Jones

December 17, 2015

Whether she is navigating the mangroves of Micronesia as a contestant on a reality TV show, or encouraging girls and young women to nurture their self esteem while negotiating the pitfalls, paradoxes and perils of…

Through dispatches from the workforce, graduate school and abroad, a few recent graduates talk about how their experiences after USC have matched up with their expectations.

Game of Life

December 14, 2015

College students hear an awful lot about the “real world.” Relatives, professors, neighbors and even well-meaning strangers feel compelled to dispense advice about this almost mythical place. For some it can…

Scientists must reconcile the fundamental components of reality if humankind is ever to comprehend the cosmos.

The Universe As We Know It

November 25, 2015

Sitting in a small French bistro across from Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, Clifford Johnson held the pumpkin-hued drinking straw parallel to the table. “Essentially, this straw has two dimensions to it. I can…

Photos by Yu Tsai.

The Art of Style: Brad Goreski

November 23, 2015

Brad Goreski has worked hard to become a successful stylist. And he remains chic, even under pressure. Case in point: During the first season of It’s a Brad, Brad World — the 2012 Bravo reality television series…

“Eye Window” (detail) by Lorie Novak. www.lorienovak.com

Through the Lens

November 16, 2015

Mirrored Images By Geoff Dyer Two related questions: How long do we have to go back to trace the origins of what happened last year in Ferguson, Mo.? And when does the aftermath of what happened begin? In terms of narrative…

Sculpture by Mashanda Lazarus, who appeared on <em>House Hunters Renovation</em> "The Unlivable Living Room." Photo by Matt Meindl for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

As Seen on TV?

November 16, 2015

Although its popularity exploded in the 1990s, reality television —  in one guise or another — has been around almost as long as the medium itself. While the genre is frequently derided as being anything but…

Within Reach

Within Reach

November 16, 2015

When Zinahi Rodriguez turned 18, fresh out of high school, she took a retail job in downtown Los Angeles. She was excited. Her plan was to help support her parents, both garment workers, with whom she and a younger brother…

Addressing Perception

Addressing Perception

November 16, 2015

A couple on the tiny Hebridean island of Colonsay in Scotland were planning their wedding earlier this year when the bride’s mother sent her daughter a photograph of the dress she planned to wear. When the bride showed…

Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

Remaining Present

November 16, 2015

I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, a Hispanic boy living in the shadow of USC. One would think that there could be no greater divide. On my side a poor working-class neighborhood; two blocks away, an enclave of students…