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USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…

Sidney Poitier (left), Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston lead the Hollywood contingent in the March on Washington to promote civil rights and economic equality for African Americans, in August 1963. The march took place before Heston became a Republican activist beginning in the '70s. Belafonte and Heston are featured in Steven Ross' new book, <em>Hollywood Left and Right</em>. Source: National Archives

Wag the Elephant

October 26, 2011

In 1972 and at the height of his career, Warren Beatty became so involved in George McGovern’s presidential campaign he turned down starring roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Way We Were, The…

Mapping the Moral Domain

Mapping the Moral Domain

October 25, 2011

In politics, as in war, everyone believes morality is on their side. And the mingling of political beliefs with moral certainty makes compromise all but impossible, according to Jesse Graham, assistant professor of…

Study co-author Christian Grose, assistant professor of political science in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Christian Grose.

USC Studies Ideology of Presidential Cabinets

October 18, 2011

As coverage of the 2012 presidential race gains steam, so begins the hypothesizing: What would a Mitt Romney administration look like? Would a second term for Barack Obama mean a cabinet shakeup? While conventional…

André Pineda, a public opinion researcher and pollster, taught the political science course “Political Attitudes and Behavior” in USC Dornsife in Spring 2009 and supported the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics housed in USC Dornsife.

In Memoriam: André Pineda, 46

October 10, 2011

André Pineda, a Democratic pollster, mentor and lecturer in USC Dornsife died on Sept. 27. He was 46. A mentor to young USC Dornsife politicos, Pineda was a public opinion researcher and pollster for New Mexico Gov.…

Two Russian satirical journal covers from the Institute of Modern Russian Culture’s vast collection. A selection of journals will be featured in the new USC Libraries exhibition “Demonocracy: All Hell Breaks Loose in 1905 Russia,” held in the library’s Treasure Room through Dec. 16, 2011.

Illustrated Evils

September 23, 2011

A winged vampire feeds on a girl’s lifeless body. A skeleton dressed in a black cape and epaulettes juggles a knife, two pistols and a cannon ball. A woman holding a red flag emblazoned with the word svoboda…

Victoria Hallebo (middle, red shirt) watches closely as the GOP presidential candidates discuss energy, Social Security, jobs and more. Hallebo, a political science and cinematic arts major, is vice president of USC College Democrats. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Dinner and a Debate

September 9, 2011

Watching intently on four flat-screen televisions, the crowd listened to GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Rick Santorum take on topics…

A portrait of John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy in USC Dornsife hangs in the Hoose Library of Philosophy. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

In Memoriam: John Hospers, 93

June 29, 2011

John Hospers, emeritus professor of philosophy in USC Dornsife and the Libertarian Party’s first presidential nominee has died. He was 93. Hospers died in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 12. Hospers is widely known for…

Mark Ridley-Thomas (Ph.D., religion, '89) is a Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Pillar of Empowerment

June 23, 2011

In 1968, Mark Ridley-Thomas was a seventh grader at George Washington Carver Middle School in southeast Los Angeles. At Victory Baptist Church near his school campus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often preached and…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…