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Rebecca Wertman, a sophomore in the School of International Relations in USC College, conducted interviews at the University of Waterloo in Canada this past summer for her research on the country's Responsibility to Protect (R2P) initiative. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Wertman.

For New Human Rights Direction, Try North

September 28, 2010

As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rebecca Wertman feels a deep connection to the study of human rights policy. As a Canadian, she was proud to discover that a country famous for its hockey, snow and maple syrup…

USC College professor John Pollini (back row, center) and a team of students excavate a site at the ancient Roman port town Ostia Antica.

Summer Excavation Class at Ostia Antica, the Port of Ancient Rome

September 13, 2010

This past summer, John Pollini, professor of classical art and archaeology in art history in USC College, led 11 students on an excavation at Ostia Antica, the important port town of ancient Rome and the third best preserved…

Ari Zev (second from left), administration director for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (SFI), based in USC College, stands with some of his interns: USC College undergraduates Caitlin Chang (left) and Sean Yetter, and Deborah Herman, who is earning her master's degree in communication management. The background shows images of survivors who gave testimonies, and people using the SFI archives. Photo credit Allison Doyle.

History in the Making

August 31, 2010

Sitting on a park bench outside Leavey Library, USC College undergraduate Caitlin Chang confidently recites the mission statement of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (SFI): To overcome…

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

Navigating through Kelp and Swimming with the Sharks

July 29, 2010

One of the new courses in the summer line-up of USC College's Problems Without Passports program takes students to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and to Guam and Palau in Oceania, a region mostly…

Decoding Cancer: One Cell at a Time

Yeast Unleashed

July 21, 2010

There is good reason Susan Forsburg's laboratory smells of sourdough. The USC College biologist is among the most prominent fission yeast researchers in the country. Inside her lab are hundreds of petri dishes containing…

Maile Miller speaks before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Maile Miller '11 Interns at UN Watch in Geneva

June 21, 2010

"Mr. President, UN Watch welcomes the draft resolution concerning Kyrgyzstan," so began Maile Miller, a senior in USC College as she delivered an important speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council in a large,…

Majoring in international relations in USC College, Amy Herrmann and Ken Sofer will travel to the Middle East this summer to learn Arabic after each was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Culturally Speaking

May 25, 2010

Arabic is the fastest-growing foreign language taught in universities and colleges across the country, according to the Modern Language Association. Enrollment in Arabic classes grew 127 percent nationally from 2002 to 2006,…

Scott Paterson, professor of earth sciences in USC College, shows a student how to use a Brunton compass to measure rocks that have aligned minerals or layering, during a recent trip in Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy of Scott Paterson.

Rock 'n' Research

May 6, 2010

Hang around the Department of Earth Sciences in USC College in the spring and you might notice posters on the walls asking pointed questions. "Enjoy hiking, climbing, and traveling to exotic spots?" one asks. "Curious about…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

May 5, 2010

From the Dean Spring/Summer 2010              View the magazine online George Olah came to USC in 1977 as professor of chemistry and scientific director of the newly formed Hydrocarbon…

David Román, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, in USC College (left) and his undergraduate Zachary Wolf co-wrote a major performance review for <em>Theatre Journal</em>, as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) endeavor. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Surfs Up on Broadway

April 29, 2010

Zachary Wolf, an English senior in USC College, knows his professor's research well because it is also his own. Wolf and David Roman, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, collaborated on and wrote the lead…