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Marjorie Becker, associate professor of history in USC College, creates the stories of individuals often overlooked by the general population in her new book, <em>Piano Glass/Glass Piano</em>. Portrait photo credit Jie Gu.

Speaking for the Unrepresented

February 17, 2011

Writing for Marjorie Becker is not such an arduous task. Rising at 6 a.m. each morning, she grabs a pen and welcomes the emotions and thoughts that flood her mind to flow onto the paper. Although she has honored her…

Margaret Rosenthal, professor of Italian, comparative literature and English in USC College, is the author of the 1992 book Honest Courtesan, which opens as a musical called Dangerous Beauty on Feb. 13 at the Pasadena Playhouse. Photo credit Jie Gu.

From Page to Mainstage

February 11, 2011

Veronica Franco, history’s most complex and colorful courtesan, appears in many forms in the office of Margaret Rosenthal, professor of Italian, comparative literature and English in USC College. A Madame Alexander doll,…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC College, explores the hidden world of modern-day witches, vampires and daemons in her new book, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em>. Portrait photo credit Marion Ettlinger.

With New Book, A Discovery of Magic

January 26, 2011

There's a certain magic that Deborah Harkness finds in libraries. On one hand, for a historian who studies the science and magic of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Harkness, they provide a venue for her to "meet" her…

The sea cliffs near Lyme Regis, one of the locations in England where a team from the USC College Department of Earth Sciences searched for stromatolites. Photo credit Frank Corsetti.

Stories Set in Stone

January 19, 2011

When four members of the USC College Department of Earth Sciences took a fieldwork expedition to the United Kingdom, they didn’t have to venture out in the middle of nowhere, drive on dirt roads for hours or hike miles…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

A new paper by USC College professor of economics Richard Easterlin, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country does not go up with income. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Over Long Haul, Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

December 15, 2010

A new collaborative paper by economist and University Professor Richard Easterlin — namesake of the Easterlin Paradox and founder of the field of happiness studies — offers the broadest range of evidence to date…

University Professor of History Kevin Starr's "passion is appealing" in his new book <em>Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> wrote in a review. Starr of USC College will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame mid-December. Portrait photo credit Philip Channing.

A Wonder of the Modern World

November 30, 2010

Joseph Strauss’ audacity to try out for football as a spare 5-foot-3 undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati led to the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. During his tryouts, Strauss was injured so badly he was…

Emily Liman: Sparkling Study

Sour Research, Sweet Results

November 24, 2010

This Thanksgiving, when you nibble the cranberry sauce and the tartness smacks your tongue as hard as that snide comment from your sister, consider the power of sour. Of the five taste sensations — sweet, bitter,…

Organizer Sonya Lee of art history and East Asian languages and cultures in USC College gives opening remarks at the Kucha symposium. Photo credit Kristine Tanton.

Kucha and the Silk Road

November 18, 2010

Scholars from the United States and Europe met at USC recently to discuss topics related to Kucha, an ancient Buddhist kingdom along the Silk Road. Located in what is now the westernmost part of China, Kucha was once a major…

USC College’s Jim Haw with ABC <em>Castle</em> television actress Stana Katic during filming of The Alternative Travel Project.

Jim Haw Joins ABC Castle Actors in Short Videos for Environmentalism

November 17, 2010

Navigating Los Angeles without a car is possible and worth the change of habit, just ask ABC Castle television actors Stana Katic and Seamus Dever. USC College's Jim Haw was tapped for his environmental expertise, and is…