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USC juniors and seniors recite the oath that inducts them into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society Epsilon Chapter of California at USC. The academic society welcomed 189 inductees, many of whom are students in USC Dornsife, on April 8 during an initiation ceremony at Town and Gown. Photo by Brian Morri.

A Love of Learning

April 18, 2011

Standing beneath the large glass chandeliers in Town and Gown, USC juniors and seniors proudly raised their right hands as they recited the oath that would induct them into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor…

From left: Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri; Susan Kamei, associate dean of Advanced and Professional Programs and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program; John Wilson, professor of sociology and director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute; and Stephan Haas, vice dean for research. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Beyond Geography

March 31, 2011

Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, the world’s largest and most successful geographic information system (GIS) software company, spoke of his vision for spatial sciences at the inaugural USC Spatial Sciences Institute…

Dana and David Dornsife (center), who received the University Medallion for their historic gift, celebrate with Howard Gillman (left), dean of the newly named USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias (right). Photo by Phil Channing.

Sharing a Transforming Moment

March 23, 2011

USC President C. L. Max Nikias held up two engraved, long golden chains — an honor presented to only one other person in USC’s 131-year-history. Slipping the heavy, shiny chains over the heads of Dana and David…

A Decade of Law, History and Culture

A Decade of Law, History and Culture

February 18, 2011

Since 2001, the Center for Law, History and Culture, based in USC Gould School of Law and USC College, has worked to cultivate the interdisciplinary field of law and the humanities. The center has stood at the cusp of a…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC College, explores the hidden world of modern-day witches, vampires and daemons in her new book, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em>. Portrait photo credit Marion Ettlinger.

With New Book, A Discovery of Magic

January 26, 2011

There's a certain magic that Deborah Harkness finds in libraries. On one hand, for a historian who studies the science and magic of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Harkness, they provide a venue for her to "meet" her…

On Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read from his work at the Bovard Auditorium. Photo credit Steven Kovich.

There Will be Poetry

January 21, 2011

Even Carl Sandburg admitted, “I’ve written some poetry I don't understand myself.” This winter, members of the USC community may gather more insight into poetry by attending four free events hosted by USC…

Brighde Mullins, program director of USC College’s Master of Professional Writing Program, was awarded a 2010 USA Fellowship for literature. Photo credit Cam Sanders.

Honoring the Artist

January 4, 2011

For playwright and poet Brighde Mullins, it’s usually a powerful image that incites narrative. Recently, it was the captivating description of a young Phillis Wheatley — a slave who became the first…

University Professor Kevin Starr (fifth medalist from right) shares the stage with fellow inductees James Cameron, Barbra Streisand and Betty White, to name a few. Starr was among 14 inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Hector Amezcua of The Sacramento Bee.

A Starr Studded Affair

December 15, 2010

USC College historian Kevin Starr was among the legends inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento Tuesday night. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presented the…

Jeffrey Katzenberg (right), American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, receives the 2010 Ambassador for Humanity Award from film director and USC Shoah Foundation Institute founder Steven Spielberg at a gala on Dec. 9 at Kodak Theatre. Photo credit WireImages.

Ever Again People Do What Is Right

December 13, 2010

A spray of stars and supporters of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute came together on Dec. 9 in Hollywood’s famed Kodak Theatre to honor American film producer, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, philanthropist and…

Organizer Sonya Lee of art history and East Asian languages and cultures in USC College gives opening remarks at the Kucha symposium. Photo credit Kristine Tanton.

Kucha and the Silk Road

November 18, 2010

Scholars from the United States and Europe met at USC recently to discuss topics related to Kucha, an ancient Buddhist kingdom along the Silk Road. Located in what is now the westernmost part of China, Kucha was once a major…