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California State Poet Laureate and USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia offers tips for writing a meaningful love poem to your Valentine.

How to give a Valentine’s Day gift from your heart, not your wallet.

February 9, 2016

Amid the barrage of chintzy jewelry and mawkish greeting cards we face every February, it’s easy to lose sight of the overall purpose of Valentine’s Day — expressing love. While material items have transient…

Why does Shakespeare's work endure four centuries after his death? Bruce Smith points to a quote from writer Ben Johnson who said in 1623 that Shakespeare was ‘not of an age, but for all time.’

6 reasons Shakespeare remains an icon 400 years after his death

February 8, 2016

“To be or not to be?” That is the question — that has passed over the lips of countless actors playing Hamlet in the last four centuries on stage and on screen. It’s also a question that people in…

Director Edoardo Ponti ’94 premiered his cinematic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play <em>Human Voice</em> at the 2014 Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. The short film stars his mother Sophia Loren and was shot on location in Rome and Naples, Italy. Photo by Jon Fauer ©Film and Digital Times.

‘Subsidize the Truth about You’

February 8, 2016

“Every time I write a poem, I read it hearing your voice in my mind,” confesses Edoardo Ponti to David St. John. “And if it sounds like you could read it — that the words fit your vocal pattern —…

Phyllis Franzek had worked for USC Dornsife’s Writing Program since 1997. Photo by Alexandra Bissonette.

In Memoriam: Phyllis Franzek, 65

January 25, 2016

Phyllis Franzek, associate professor (teaching) of writing in the USC Dornsife Writing Program, has died. She was 65. Franzek died in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 3 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She taught…

Robert Dilligan in 1987. Photo by Irene Fertik, courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Robert Dilligan, 75

January 22, 2016

Robert “Bob” Dilligan, Associate Emeritus Professor of English, has died. He was 75. Dilligan died at Silverado Memory Care Facility in Encinitas, Calif., on Jan. 11 from complications from Parkinson’s…

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

December 31, 2015

The writing staff in the USC Dornsife Communication department has the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant and inspiring students, faculty members and alumni on the planet and telling their stories. Reflecting…

USC Dornsife Holiday Video 2015

The Art and Science of Stars

December 7, 2015

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. View our holiday card online:  

National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award Finalists

October 15, 2015

USC Dornsife students, faculty and staff members and alumni have another reason to take pride: two of their fellow Trojans were named among the finalists for the National Book Awards. Doctoral candidate Robin Coste…

The iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film <em>Psycho</em> still raises goosebumps, and for good reason.

8 Reasons Psycho Taps into the Psyche

September 8, 2015

September 8 marked the 55th anniversary of the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s quintessential film Psycho. Despite the evolution of digital technology and special effects, many critics believe Marion’s slashing…

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…