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Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

Shackles and torture instruments sit on a rusty iron bed in the Toul Sleng S-21 prison in Cambodia. In some rooms, photographs of the victim found dead in a bed years earlier hang on walls.

Getting to the Roots of Evil

November 1, 2010

The weary oak carries the burden of a hideous past. Against its trunk, Khmer Rouge soldiers bashed the delicate skulls of infants and small children, tossing their lifeless bodies into open pits. As if weeping, a deep…

Top row, from left: Jennifer Padilla, Sheena Khanna, Alice Hall-Partyka. Middle row, from left: Steve Zhou, Maurice Turner. Seated: Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo credit Phil Channing.

We Want to Change the World. Show Us How.

November 1, 2010

Before entering USC College, these freshmen saw what they needed to do and took action. Their motivations differ. For Maurice Turner, his Aunt Laura’s Alzheimer’s set him in motion. Alice Hall-Partyka became fed up…

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Talking to Strangers

November 1, 2010

Yes, we can show you how to change the world, but what exactly do you want to change? If we are thoughtful and precise, the answer will of course differ from scientist, to philosopher, to policymaker. The question is both…

USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's dissertation involving regional race formation in the San Gabriel Valley won the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity's second Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize in four years. Photo credit Jake Peters.

Place, Space and Race

October 28, 2010

Within the 287 pages of USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's award-winning dissertation are snippets from interviews she conducted with 64 residents in four "majority-minority" multi-ethnic suburbs in the San Gabriel Valley. The…

President C. L. Max Nikias speaks about the future of USC at his inauguration ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Inauguration of C. L. Max Nikias

October 15, 2010

In a momentous celebration that drew 7,500 members of the Trojan Family and local community, C. L. Max Nikias was inaugurated as USC’s 11th president on Oct. 15. The former USC executive vice president and provost…

Retired senator and legal expert Kevin Murray has been appointed USC College Politician-in-Residence. Photo courtesy of Kevin Murry.

Sen. Kevin Murray Appointed USC College Politician-in-Residence

October 11, 2010

Like executive heavyweights Michael Eisner and David Geffen, retired Senator Kevin Murray started his impressive career in the William Morris Agency's mailroom in Beverly Hills. Rising to become senior vice president, he…

Wearing her OECD T-shirt, Lauren Goodwin (right) chats with students and hands out material about the organization during a development fair she held on University Park campus. Photo credit Monisha Sabnis.

Global NGO's First USC Ambassador is College Undergrad

October 8, 2010

Lauren Goodwin's involvement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) began in Fall 2009 with her study abroad experience in Paris. Or precisely, it began right before she left. She typed in "large NGOs in…

Institute of Modern Russian Culture Director John Bowlt stands next to a phonograph collection and original sound recordings of music and historic voices of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Leo Tolstoy. Bowlt has been awarded the Russian Federation Order of Friendship for his considerable contributions to disseminate Russian cultural accomplishments. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

President Medvedev Awards John Bowlt Friendship Order

October 5, 2010

John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures in USC College, has been awarded the prestigious Russian Federation Order of Friendship. Bowlt received the official certificate signed by Russian Federation President…

Indigenous woman in Cusco, Peru, who appears in the PBS documentary <em>When Worlds Collide</em>. Photo credit Mitchell Wilson.

When Worlds Collide

September 22, 2010

What is the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Americas and how does it still affect Latin America and Latinos in the United States today? This question is raised in the upcoming PBS documentary When Worlds Collide: The…