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Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…

Assistant Professor of English Anna Journey is currently working on her third volume of poetry. Photo by Stephanie Diani.

Journey into the Grotesque

June 3, 2015

Described as “magical” by provocative filmmaker David Lynch, Anna Journey’s first book of poetry, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), was selected for inclusion in the…

Barbara Duffey laughs while comparing a student’s writing piece to a Taylor Swift song during her creative writing class. Photo by Matt Gade/Daily Republic.

Soul of the Machine

May 19, 2015

Longer than she can quite remember, the writer Barbara Duffey ’02 has been mesmerized by machines: both the gears and levers sort, as well as the mortal, warm-blooded kind. She knows that the working parts of most…

Dictionary.com recently added dozens of new words to its database, including “slacktivism,” “lifehack” and “agender.”

Spread the Word

May 12, 2015

Edward Finegan, professor emeritus of linguistics and law, recently spoke with a medical doctor who teaches at the University of Georgia. In the course of their discussion, Finegan brought up the word “agender,”…

Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise from a group of more than 3,100 applicants.

USC Dornsife Faculty Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

April 30, 2015

Three USC Dornsife faculty members have been honored with prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett, Vanessa Schwartz, professor of history and art history, and David Ulin,…

More than 150,000 book lovers are expected to attend this year’s <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books. Part of the excitement for young festival-goers is visiting USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project/USC ReadersPLUS booth. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Book Feast

April 15, 2015

At the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Dornsife faculty will be taking to the stage to participate in panel discussions on subjects as diverse as satire, black holes and Abraham Lincoln. The largest book…

Viet Thanh Nguyen escaped Saigon with his family in 1975, arriving in the U.S. when he was four years old. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Voices from Vietnam

April 14, 2015

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a South Vietnamese army general is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of…

Known for his acerbic wit, Geoff Dyer is a writer of remarkable range. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Dyer has made Venice, California, his new home. Photos courtesy of Geoff Dyer.

Dyer Joins English Department

March 27, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited award-winning British author Geoff Dyer to join its English department faculty as a writer in residence beginning this Fall. Dyer is the author of seven genre-defying works of nonfiction and four…

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

March 11, 2015

To celebrate the release of USC Dornsife Writer-in-Residence and Distinguished Professor of English T. C. Boyle’s new novel, The Harder They Come (HarperCollins), the best-selling author paired readings from…

David St. John, professor of English and comparative literature at USC Dornsife. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Showcasing Words and Music

February 20, 2015

The Provost’s Writers Series, designed to highlight extraordinary USC authors, will take a musical turn on Feb. 25 when poet David St. John reads from and discusses his work. Created by former USC Provost and incoming…