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USC College alumnus Taylor Hackford '68 holds up his Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award trophy, flanked by USC President Steven Sample (right) and Robert Padgett '68, president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, whom Hackford met while both were students. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

USC College Alumnus Wins Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

April 27, 2010

Most people think alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford is a product of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. "Actually, he never went to film school," noted USC President Steven Sample. "He studied…

Film Director: Taylor Hackford

A Global Lens

April 27, 2010

The year was 1967. The Graduate opened in movie theaters and The Doors’ self-titled album debuted. Despite student uprisings across the country, then USC student president, Taylor Hackford ’68, described the…

Alumnus Douglas Ayres. Photo courtesy of D. Ayres.

Redemptive Suffering

April 26, 2010

On the morning of February 20, 2006, I received a call from my father at 8 a.m. It was a holiday, President’s Day. My father could not speak. He sounded in shock. And he was only able to stutter a few words and my name…

USC College alumnus Paul Frommer created a language for the film <em>Avatar</em>. Photo by Max S. Gerber

The Science of Language (Na'vi, That Is)

April 26, 2010

"Stars are fascinating," Paul Frommer enthused. "I recall many a New York night when as a child I stood out in a vacant lot bundled up against the cold, holding a star map and a flashlight covered in red cellophane [red light…

USC College 2020 — Now, for the Future

USC College 2020 — Now, for the Future

April 22, 2010

Creating the college of the future is the impetus behind "College 2020." In Fall 2009, Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, invited faculty to work across existing departments and programs to…

University Professor Leo Braudy of English and Scott Soames, professor of philosophy, are now fellows of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photos credit Phil Channing.

Braudy, Soames Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 21, 2010

University Professor Leo Braudy of English and Scott Soames, professor of philosophy, have been named fellows of the 230-year-old American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world's most prestigious honorary…

Political Science undergraduate Helen Moser was among 75 chosen of more than 630 nationwide applicants for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A Year in 'Das Land der Dichter und Denker'

April 20, 2010

As an intern with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Helen Moser researched pros and cons for a proposed law that would ban tobacco displays in stores. Working for member Mary Scanlon, whose party opposed the bill, Moser…

Abe Lowenthal, the Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development and professor of international relations in USC College, will receive the World Trade Week 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

Abe Lowenthal Wins 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Award

April 19, 2010

Abe Lowenthal, a renowned expert on United States foreign policy, has been chosen to receive the World Trade Week 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award to recognize his accomplishments in international trade. Presented…

The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign: A Clash Between Reality and Fantasy

April 14, 2010

Commanding, evocative and unmistakable. With nine white steel and concrete letters standing 30 feet wide and 45 feet tall, the Hollywood Sign is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. The sign is also the subject of…

In his recent speech at USC, renown historian on genocide Omer Bartov of Brown University argued for the use of testimonies in official historical accounts of the Holocaust. Photo credit Kim Fox.

Looking Back to Move Forward

April 6, 2010

Testimonies should be considered with equal validity to other forms of documentation when writing the history of the Holocaust, said Omer Bartov, a leading historian on genocide. Traditionally, historians have been wary of…