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Allison Doyle (middle) shares a laugh with Saxon Burns, also a student in USC College's Master of Professional Writing program, and Kate McCarthy, whom she's been friends with since their undergraduate days as English majors in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A World of Difference

December 10, 2010

Growing up in Omaha, Neb., as an "insider-outsider," a Korean adoptee raised in an otherwise genetically-connected family of five, I discovered that writing was a way to organize the thoughts and ideas whirling around in my…

Aimee Bender, USC College's professor of English, has written a new novel,<em> The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake</em>. The protagonist Rose Edelstein has a magical gift, which also becomes a curse. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Feelings, Oh, Oh, Oh!

September 8, 2010

Even a cognoscente of the written word like Aimee Bender admits the difficulty in communicating feelings. In her new novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House), the professor of English in USC College…

Master of Liberal Studies students Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan (left) and Deetra Roulhac traveled to Reed College as recipients of this year’s program awards to attend the Fourth Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium. Photo credit Susan Kamei.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Present at Annual Symposium

June 28, 2010

During her undergraduate years, Deetra Roulhac immersed herself in the vibrant spoken-word poetry scene in Berkeley bars and cafes, actively participating in this performance art. She reluctantly left her passion for poetry…

USC College alumnus Eric Garcia co-wrote the screenplay based on his novel <em>The Repossession Mambo</em>, which was recently transformed into the feature film <em>Repo Men</em>, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Crossing Genres

May 20, 2010

Eric Garcia '95 has written about dinosaurs disguised as humans and con men with severe psychological issues. He's also envisioned a future where artificial organs are repossessed when patients can no longer afford them. Repo…

Ronald Gottesman, professor emeritus of English in USC College, remained close with generations of students. "Ron was a father to me and perhaps my closest friend," said author and former USC College Ph.D. student Chris Abani. Photo courtesy of Beth Shube.

In Memoriam: Ronald Gottesman, 77

May 18, 2010

Ronald Gottesman, founding director of the Center for the Humanities at USC, and professor emeritus of English in USC College, has died. He was 77. Gottesman died from complications of pneumonia May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA…

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…

University Professor Leo Braudy of English and Scott Soames, professor of philosophy, are now fellows of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photos credit Phil Channing.

Braudy, Soames Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 21, 2010

University Professor Leo Braudy of English and Scott Soames, professor of philosophy, have been named fellows of the 230-year-old American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world's most prestigious honorary…

The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign: A Clash Between Reality and Fantasy

April 14, 2010

Commanding, evocative and unmistakable. With nine white steel and concrete letters standing 30 feet wide and 45 feet tall, the Hollywood Sign is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. The sign is also the subject of…

Associate Professor of English Aimee Bender. Photo credit Philip Channing.

A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 24, 2010

Professor, mentor, magician with words -- Aimee Bender is all of these. She's also a friend; not just to me, her undergraduate student for more than a year, but to all of her students, to whom she is staggeringly devoted. The…

David St. John, poet and professor of English in USC College. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Versed in Matters of the Heart

March 9, 2010

David St. John exudes the grace and aplomb of a holy man, perhaps a monk or sage. He actually does resemble a bit of bespectacled, bearded spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle — especially in his quiet gaze and half…