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A sign made of a photo composite of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler looms over protesters gathered in Vienna's main square in March 2014 to protest Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Photo by Ben Stevens.

International symposium examines crisis in Central Europe, launches new major

April 12, 2016

The Cold War may be over, but Central Europe, now one of the world’s most strategically important and dynamic regions, today represents a precarious bridge between the West and an increasingly aggressive…

Thousands will gather at USC’s University Park campus to share their love of the written word and enjoy readings, panel discussions, music and more at the 21st annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

USC Dornsife faculty and students highlight the L.A. Times Festival of Books

April 8, 2016

USC Dornsife Provost’s Fellow in the creative writing and literature Ph.D. program Robin Coste Lewis recently won the National Book Award for Poetry. This Sunday she will read from and discuss her debut book, Voyage of…

Rober Koptas is an Armenian from Istanbul who will speak about his experience living with a dual identity. Photos courtesy of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC Dornsife.

Second ‘Innovate Armenia’ will explore identity through speakers, music and cuisine

March 31, 2016

Rober Koptas’ grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and he is one of about 100,000 people living in Turkey who identify as Armenian. But according to Koptas, the Armenian community in his country is…

Steven Luckert of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, left, and Stephen Smith of USC Shoah Foundation led a discussion of the Nazi's use of propaganda in their quest for power on March 6. The event preceded the opening of the museum's exhibit on Nazi propaganda at the L.A. Public Library. Photo by Audey Shen.

Experts discuss the Nazi’s use of propaganda to advance their cause

March 11, 2016

A painting of a handsome square-jawed man wearing an army uniform looks ahead into the future, a flag waving behind him. It’s an image that evokes strong emotions — exactly as it was meant to do. The flag,…

Moderator David Sloane, right, poses a question to George Sanchez and Douglas Bradburn, left, during the George Washington Leadership Lecture. Photo by Tom Queally.

USC Dornsife’s George Sanchez explores complex, long-standing immigration issues

March 1, 2016

Immigration seems like a modern challenge, but many of the issues now being debated by presidential candidates regarding immigration and naturalization policies were topics considered by the nation’s first…

Bill Carrick, Fred Davis and Todd Purdum (left to right) participate in an event titled “The Day After: What Happens Post New Hampshire” as part of the USC Dornsife Department of Political Science’s Political Conversations series. Photo by Yaminah McKessey.

Why are non-establishment presidential candidates triumphing in early primaries?

February 16, 2016

Months before voters turned out en force to show support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Fred Davis received a call from his 89-year-old mother. She wanted to know from her son, a…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

From left, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, event co-chair Mickey Shapiro, Steven Spielberg, William Clay Ford Jr., Heather Maio, and USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith attended the 2015 Ambassadors for Humanity fundraising gala, where Ford was honored for his commitment to education and the Detroit community. Photos by Scott Legato/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation.

Automaker Honored

September 22, 2015

He’s a businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist and scion of one of America’s most prominent families. But it was Ford Motor Company Executive Director William Clay Ford Jr.’s commitment to education and…

Five panelists discussed the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment and climate change at a Sept. 9 event.

Pope Francis — Environmental Activist?

September 10, 2015

Students, faculty and staff packed Doheny Library on USC’s University Park campus on Sept. 9 to hear how one of the world’s most beloved religious leaders is shaping the debate on climate change and global…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, psychotherapist Esther Perel explored the complexities of sustaining desire in long-term relationships and offered recommendations for rekindling eroticism. Photos by Susan Bell.

Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

May 7, 2015

When Esther Perel arrived at USC to deliver a Barbra Streisand Professor Lecture on April 27, she began by talking about her recent TED Talk on infidelity. “Monica Lewinsky started the day and I closed the day,”…