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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…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

USC Dornsife's Abe Lowenthal recently interviewed Ecuador President Rafael Correa in Quito, part of Lowenthal's research for his forthcoming book with a working title, <em>Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations</em>. Photo courtesy of President Correa's office.

U.S. 'Historically Antagonistic' to Progressive Change in Latin America, Ecuador Chief Says

April 7, 2011

With one book just out and another expected next year about United States-Latin America relations, Abe Lowenthal has spent the past four years interviewing leaders of diverse perspectives south of the border. The professor of…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…

USC College junior Arin Ghosh was presented with the State of Maryland Governor’s Citation in January for his on-going collaboration with the Maryland Interagency Strategic Council to strengthen Indo-U.S. relations. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Creating His Own Path

February 1, 2011

It’s Monday at 6 a.m. and Arin Ghosh’s phone is already ringing. After all, while the day is just beginning in Los Angeles, for his business contacts in New Delhi, India, it’s 7:30 p.m. and they are eager for…

Philosophy, Politics and Law

Pre-law and More

January 19, 2011

As the USC Trojans prepared to play the California Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last fall, there was another face-off scheduled on campus: Weston Rowland vs. Ronald Dworkin. As part of his Philosophy of Law…

Joseph R. Cerrell was a USC College political science alumnus who co-founded the Jesse M. Unruh Institute. He was a renown political consultant who worked on campaigns for John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, to name a few historic elections. Photo courtesy of the Cerrell family.

In Memoriam: Joseph R. Cerrell, 75

December 4, 2010

USC College alumnus and political consultant Joseph R. Cerrell who played a vital role in the presidential campaigns of Democratic candidates including John F. Kennedy has died. He was 75. Cerrell died early Dec. 3 in…

Student Pollsters

Political Polling, as much an Art as a Science

December 2, 2010

Undergraduate students in USC College's practicum course in American politics took to the phones, but not to call or text their friends. "We persevered even though we received many hang-ups, no answers and 'take me off your…