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The gift from Shinnyo-en will enhance the center’s mission to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC, and in the broader intellectual community of Japanese studies. It represents one of the largest gifts ever given to a center dedicated to the study of Japan in North America. Photo courtesy of Shinnyo-en.

A Deeper Connection

March 14, 2014

The Shinnyo-en Buddhist order has made a historic $6.6 million gift for the study of Japan to the University of Southern California. The newly named USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was established in…

Dana Gioia will receive the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry during a ceremony Feb. 19 at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn.

Gioia Honored for His Poetry

February 4, 2014

Dana Gioia, USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, has been named the recipient of the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. Celebrated for his poetry, criticism and arts advocacy, Gioia joins a…

Welcome Incoming Faculty

September 3, 2013

USC Dornsife welcomed 19 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with…

The streets of Havana offered students a chance to find experiences relevant to their own interests. Photo by Neftalie Williams.

An Insider’s Cuba

August 27, 2013

USC students studied the shifting political, social and economic landscapes in Cuba for the second consecutive summer as the result of a collaboration of three schools — USC Dornsife, the USC Annenberg School for…

In Hong Kong (pictured here), USC Dornsife students sat down for tea with Jiang Yu, deputy commissioner at the foreign affairs ministry, to discuss Chinese international policy and the relations between Hong Kong, Macau and China. In Hong Kong, students also met with Mike Chinoy, former CNN senior Asia correspondent and now a senior fellow at the USC US-China Institute.

Twin Cities of China

July 31, 2013

During a tropical downpour, Fan Fan and several of her classmates entered Victoria Park in Hong Kong one night in June. In every direction, people huddled under umbrellas, dressed in mourning black, and held flickering…

Vellore Adithi won first place in the humanities category at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Adithi's research (shown on computer screen) looked at Jewish-American citizenship and ethnic expression in 20th century America in the work of comic book artist Will Eisner. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Amazing Adventures in Undergrad Research

May 15, 2013

Vellore Adithi loves comic books. Growing up, the Missouri native remembers travelling to India during the summer to visit her family and voraciously reading Archie, Tin Tin, Asterix and Batman.   Adithi, a USC Dornsife…

From left, Lauren Jennings, Bryan Roberts, Julianne Werlin, Bradford Bouley, Julia Lee, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, Anastasia Kayiatos, Gaoheng Zhang, Anri Yasuda and Associate Provost Mark Todd. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Postdoc Program Progresses

February 6, 2013

Fellows of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities Program are thriving in USC Dornsife. The program, which brings in a new cohort of scholars each Fall, is now in its second year. “The 2012 cohort,…

The USC Shoah Foundation is incorporating testimonies into its Visual History Archive from Rwandan genocide survivors and will soon include testimonies from survivors of the Cambodian and Armenian genocides. This photo of a Rwandan child is displayed as part of a gallery of genocide victims in the Kigali Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Jason Reed and courtesy of Reuters.

Understanding the Universal

January 18, 2013

Freddy Mutanguha was 18 years old when his parents and four sisters were macheted to death by Hutu soldiers during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Mutanguha, a member of the Tutsi minority ethnic group, didn’t see the…

Macarena Gómez-Barris studies representations of politics and culture in the wake of Chile's dictatorship under Gen. Augusto Pinochet through the lens of memories. Photo by John Livzey.

Shadows & Symbols

January 9, 2013

At Villa Grimaldi in Santiago, Chile, the majority of buildings that stood on the grounds between 1974 and 1977 have been demolished. There are no known photographs or historical registers that capture what transpired during…

Patrick James, the Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife, has co-authored a new textbook, <em>The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning From The Lord of the Rings</em> (University of Michigan, 2012), which has already been picked up for use in course-work at the University of Glasgow and Heidelberg College. Portrait by Philip Channing.

Rings of Power Struggle

December 19, 2012

Everyone knows a Hobbit’s traditional forum is in English class. But for Patrick James, the world of J.R.R. Tolkien is more than escapist fantasy. The Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife…