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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…

Marjorie Becker, associate professor of history in USC College, creates the stories of individuals often overlooked by the general population in her new book, <em>Piano Glass/Glass Piano</em>. Portrait photo credit Jie Gu.

Speaking for the Unrepresented

February 17, 2011

Writing for Marjorie Becker is not such an arduous task. Rising at 6 a.m. each morning, she grabs a pen and welcomes the emotions and thoughts that flood her mind to flow onto the paper. Although she has honored her…

W. Ross Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry Professor Emeritus of English, joined USC College’s Department of English in 1966 and founded the USC College doctoral program in rhetoric, linguistics and literature. Photo courtesy Geoffrey R. Winterowd.

In Memoriam, W. Ross Winterowd, 80

February 7, 2011

USC College’s W. Ross Winterowd, renowned teacher and author in the field of rhetoric, died after complications with pneumonia on Jan. 21 in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 80. Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry…

Doyce Nunis Jr. was professor emeritus of history at USC College and editor of <em>Southern California Quarterly</em>. Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Southern California.

In Memoriam: Doyce B. Nunis Jr., 86

February 4, 2011

Doyce Nunis Jr., professor emeritus of history at USC College and historian of early California history, died Jan. 22 at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 86. Nunis was…

Linguist Jean-Roger Vergnaud, a pioneer in syntax and phonology, taught in USC College until May 2010. Photo credit Antonio Nava.

In Memoriam: Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 65

February 3, 2011

Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, professor of linguistics and a major contributor to generative grammar, has died. He was 65. The USC College professor died at USC University Hospital surrounded…

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…

Philosophy, Politics and Law

Pre-law and More

January 19, 2011

As the USC Trojans prepared to play the California Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last fall, there was another face-off scheduled on campus: Weston Rowland vs. Ronald Dworkin. As part of his Philosophy of Law…

The group visits Jeju-do, Korea's largest island, located south of the western side of the peninsula in South Korea. Front left to right: Jimisha Tolliver, Bonnie Au, Michelle Lee, Andrew Chung and Alyson Kil. Back row: Verenice Torres and Duke Yin. Photo courtesy of Michelle Lee.

Undergrads Find their Seoul Mate

January 11, 2011

Growing up in Tampa, Fl., where Koreans comprise less than 1 percent of the population, Jimisha Tolliver had never heard of lotus chips. When visiting Korea for the first time, the USC College senior couldn’t get enough…

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…