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Robin D. G. Kelley, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, spent 14 years researching and writing his new biography of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Photo credit LisaGay Hamilton.

No Myths, Just Monk: The Story of a Musical Legend

October 27, 2009

Every day for almost a year, Robin D. G. Kelley dug through junk to find a man. In a storage facility stacked to the ceiling with overflowing bags and boxes, Kelley donned a dust mask and spent hours sorting through the…

Catherine E. Clark, USC College Ph.D. candidate and recipient of a Bourse Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship, will spend the next nine months in Paris, France, studying the nature of photographic archives. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Ph.D. Candidate Catherine E. Clark Awarded Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship

October 20, 2009

We've all heard the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" so often that it has begun to lose its meaning. A single image, according to the saying, can tell a story better than mere text. So how many words is an entire…

Arnold Heidsieck, professor of philosophy in USC College, wrote a seminal book about writer Franz Kafka, <em>The Intellectual Contexts of Kafka's Fictions: Philosophy, Law and Religion</em> (Camden House, 1994).  Photo courtesy of Vera Wheeler.

In Memoriam: Arnold Heidsieck, 72

September 25, 2009

Arnold Heidsieck, professor of philosophy in USC College, preeminent scholar in German and European intellectual history and literature, particularly Jewish Prague-born 20th-century writer Franz Kafka, has died. He was…

Parker Cunneen (back left) of Philadelphia, Penn. and Alex Eby of Denver, Colo., slice open a sheep's kidney in a lab exercise for a seminar taught by Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences. Photo credit Liz Gill.

A Slice of College Life

August 31, 2009

Inside a science lab at USC, two high school students stared at a preserved sheep kidney on a tray. Looking like a giant chili bean, the organ is roughly the size of a computer mouse. Wearing blue rubber gloves, April Watts…

Mystery Loves Company: A Discussion with the Kellermans

It’s a Family Affair

August 26, 2009

Suspense novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 and his wife, novelist Faye Kellerman joined their son, novelist and playwright Jesse Kellerman and their daughter, budding novelist Aliza Kellerman in a fascinating conversation…

Henry Clark explores Mendocino, Calif. The professor emeritus of religion in USC College was a lover of the great outdoors. Clark died the night of July 23. Photo courtesy of the Clark family.

In Memoriam: Henry B. Clark II, 78

August 12, 2009

Henry B. Clark II, professor emeritus of religion in USC College and champion of social justice, has died. He was 78.  Clark had spent two weeks in July at a lakeside cabin in Vermont with his children and grandchildren.…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English in USC College, was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Elegant Elocution

August 10, 2009

"I write poetry because I have no choice. I've always been haunted by words, by the music of words," said Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and California Poet Laureate. A prominent and influential contemporary poet,…

The Writer in the Community

Author, Author!

July 23, 2009

Fourth grader Alex Flores clamps down hard on his pencil to finish his story that begins, "One day I came to school and no one was there." In his tale, Alex turns invisible and hears Mario singing the SpongeBob SquarePants…

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education welcomes two new leaders: Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director, and Kim Simon, managing director. Smith photo courtesy Stephen Smith, Simon photo credit Kim Fox.

New Leadership for Shoah Foundation Institute

June 8, 2009

In a memo released this morning to the USC community, Howard Gillman, dean of USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, announced that he has appointed a new leadership team for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (USC SFI)…

Restaurant consultant and chef Debbie Lee, a former USC College student, will compete against nine other contestants on <em>The Next Food Network Star</em> to win her own culinary television series. Photo courtesy of Food Network.

Add Two Cultures and Stir

June 5, 2009

Pork barbecue, corn bread, black-eyed peas, fried green tomatoes — and Korean-style chicken and dumplings. When Southern soul food comes to mind, flavors of Eastern cuisine are not usually part of the picture. For…