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Father James Heft is founder and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC Dornsife. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

The Universal Scholar: Father James Heft

November 16, 2015

When James Heft was in second grade, an Ursuline nun at his Catholic school in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that non-Catholics would not go to heaven. “I hit my fist on the desk, stood up, pointed at her and yelled,…

Life on the Holodeck

Life on the Holodeck

November 16, 2015

When Albert Einstein published his  general theory of relativity 100 years ago, he revolutionized the way scientists perceived the physical world. Redefining the force of gravity as a curvature in the combined fabric of…

Create a Conversation

Create a Conversation

November 16, 2015

USC Dornsife's Manuel Pastor and Chris Benner of the University of California, Santa Cruz have written a new book that provides a path to tackle the growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality and political…

Drawing courtesy of the Granger Collection, New York.

At the Edge of the Known World

June 1, 2015

Imagine what it was like for the first African to explore the New World in the 16th century. For Estebanico, a Moroccan slave, arriving from Spain in 1527 to what is now the United States’ Gulf Coast was bittersweet.…

On the Banks of the Yalu River

On the Banks of the Yalu River

June 1, 2015

Two years ago, I stood on the easternmost section of China’s Great Wall looking across a narrow sliver of the Yalu River. There it was: North Korea — an empty landscape of white-capped mountains and snow-covered…

Illustrations by Nigel Buchanan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Great Explorers

June 1, 2015

Although born generations apart, Virginia Carter and Alexia Tsotsis let their passions be their guide and broke through in male-dominated fields. Carter earned her wings in the aerospace industry before taking an unexpected…

The Bridge@USC's Undergraduate Research Program

Layer By Layer

June 1, 2015

Part meticulous study, part eloquent homage, Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is considered not only a seminal work of art, but the very embodiment of the boundary-breaking, outward-looking curiosity of the Renaissance…

Psychology alumna Kina Grannis is a 29-year-old singer-songwriter who runs her own music label. Photo by Yoni Goldberg.

In Her Element: Kina Grannis

June 1, 2015

In the era of vinyl records, when the album’s lyrics were printed in full on the back cover, it was easy to see what a singer wanted to express. Even cassette tapes included a printed insert of lyrics. These days, with…

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television limits the number of foreign films shown each year in the country to 34. Fourteen of these must be either IMAX or 3-D. Illustrations by Justin Renteria for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Wild for Movies

June 1, 2015

Marketing rule No. 1: When trying to make a buck, don’t alienate one of your largest audiences. Case in point, in 2012, when MGM planned a remake of the 1984 Cold War film Red Dawn, in which a midwestern town is invaded…

Photos courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Wonder of the West

June 1, 2015

A sepia Los Angeles carnival image reveals an early 20th-century settlement on the brink of metamorphosis into a cityscape. Country store nostalgia still takes center stage, but encroaching urbanization and ubiquitous utility…