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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…

Self-publishing <em>Cliff Falls</em>, USC College alumnus Cliff Shiepe arranged everything including his book cover, a montage of photographs taken in Woodside, Calif., which represents the mystical town of Cliff Falls in his novel.

Cliff Falls, Then Picks Himself Up

December 23, 2010

Sit down for a few hours with writer Cliff "C.B." Shiepe and you get little bits of wisdom. “Before you hear your true name, you’ll wander,” Shiepe says keeping steady eye contact. “Perhaps we all…

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…

Left, students in Anne McKnight’s Modernology class prepared lunch using ingredients from the community garden, right. Cooking photo credit Laurie Moore. Garden photo credit Ben Truong.

Hungry Minds and Green Thumbs

December 14, 2010

Anne McKnight’s class took the idea of farm-to-table cuisine literally when they prepared lunch to mark the end of the Fall semester. On December 2, the class of 25 students gathered in a small kitchen at the University…

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…