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Father James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion in USC College, is president and founding director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the Vatican

November 16, 2010

When it comes to the Catholic tradition, the believer must also be the thinker. "If you're going to be a believer, no one should ever suggest that you check your brain in at the entrance of the church," said Fr. James Heft,…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

November 10, 2010

From the Dean, Fall 2010/Winter 2011              View the magazine online You can change the world. We can show you how. We use this phrase to convey to prospective students the…

USC College’s David Kang is the author of the new book East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute.

Strong China Has Meant Peace in East Asia, Not Conflict

November 8, 2010

As China's economic ascendancy and military expansion has prompted fears of a more aggressive China, a timely new book recasts the prevailing understanding of East Asian relations, showing how a strong China has historically…

Representatives from Farhang Foundation and USC College gather to commemorate the launch of the Iranian Studies Initiative. From left: Bita Milanian, executive director, Farhang Foundation; Haleh Emrani, Iranian Studies Council; Ali Razi, chairman of the board, Farhang Foundation; Howard Gillman, dean of USC College; Ahmad Gramian, trustee, Farhang Foundation; David Newman, attorney, Farhang Foundation. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Farhang Foundation Sponsors First-Ever Iranian Studies Initiative at the University of Southern California

November 1, 2010

Farhang Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) announced today the launch of an Iranian Studies Initiative at the university. This initiative will, for the first time ever, offer USC students Persian…

America in Japan

Taking the Emperor's Reign

November 1, 2010

On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people…

The tail section of the <em>Constitution</em>, an aircraft under construction at Lockheed Aircraft Co., Burbank in 1946. Because of the underpowered engines of the double-decker transport, Lockheed only built two planes before abandoning the model. Photo courtesy of the Harvey Christen collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Return to Camelot

November 1, 2010

Southern California: sunbeams, major motion picture companies, pricey real estate, Disneyland, and the aerospace industry. Even though it has greatly impacted the region since the early 20th century, aerospace has received…

Photo credit Joseph Voves.

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…

Photo credit Jayson Kellogg.

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…