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First-Year Investigations: Brendan Dugan

November 3, 2011

Brendan DuganSummit, New JerseyMathematics As others may rush by abstract paintings, Brendan Dugan methodically observes the seemingly nonsensical swirling lines and bold dots on display. Abstract art reminds the 18-year-old…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

From left, Christina Zdawczyk, Francisco Rios Casas and Shamoiya Washington. Illustrations by Joel Kimmel

FYI Peer Mentors

November 3, 2011

Christina Zdawczyk La Cañada, California Neuroscience and East Asian Languages and Cultures Before Christina Zdawczyk heard about her grandfather slinging a medical bag over his shoulder and making house calls on…

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…

New Minor Invites Study of Korea's Complexities

New Minor Invites Study of Korea's Complexities

November 1, 2011

Whether it is South Korea’s booming economy or North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the business and politics of the Korean Peninsula make headlines on a regular basis, said David Kang. “Solving the North Korean…

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…

Dan Schnur (left) of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and James R. Kincaid of English are offering two of the first online continuing education courses through the partnership between USC and the New York Times Knowledge Network. Dan Schnur photo by Sam Lim. James Kincaid photo by Susan Kamei.

USC Dornsife Launches Online Continuing Education Courses

October 18, 2011

Lifelong students won’t have to give up their day jobs, or even live in Southern California, to take advantage of the first courses through the partnership between USC and the New York Times Knowledge Network. Dan…

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

October 14, 2011

Poetry, subjectivity and political violence in the neoliberal age. Italian artists books in conceptual arts. House, library, field — the aesthetic of saturation. In the new Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture…

British Academy award winning director Michael Apted (right) discusses using real-life stories in documentaries with Micahel Renov, professor of critical studies and associate dean for academic affairs in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, during the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Student Voices Master Class. Photo by Kim Fox.

A Director to Look 'Up' To

October 14, 2011

For the past 47 years, director Michael Apted has navigated the rough waters of documenting real voices. Unlike actors in feature films, the people in Apted’s Up series don’t rely on scripts or take direction from…

Matthew Michael Carnahan (B.A., international relations, '95) is a screenwriter in Arlington, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Silver Screen Storyteller

October 6, 2011

Banging out scripts from his home office in Arlington, Va., Matthew Michael Carnahan finds that real-world stories drive his creativity. One night while searching for a USC Trojans football game on television, a blip of news…