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Shakespeare scholar Bruce Smith stands in front of the “spatial relations alphabet” and holds up a clay ball with the same symbols. He uses the unusual alphabet to jolt his students into looking at language differently. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

‘Thou Whoreson Zed! Thou Unnecessary Letter!’

April 7, 2009

Although Shakespeare is famous for his cerebral language, USC College's Bruce Smith wants his students to absorb the Bard with not only their minds — but their entire bodies. The Dean's Professor of English…

Photo credit Theo Jemison

USC Launches Two New Bachelor of Arts Degrees

March 25, 2009

Beginning in fall 2009, USC College will offer admission to two innovative bachelor's degrees in narrative studies and human performance. The Bachelor of Arts in narrative studies is for students interested in developing and…

George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity and history in USC College and director of College diversity, discusses American Quarterly on March 6. Photo credit Taylor Faust.

American Quarterly Celebrates 60th Anniversary

March 18, 2009

“Mexican Nationalisms, Southern Racisms: Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1908–1939.” “Why American Studies Needs to Think about Korean Cinema, or, Transnational Genres in the…

International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards

International Relations Faculty and Students Receive National Awards

March 11, 2009

International relations and Middle-earth. The media and environmental foreign policy. Four USC College scholars are charting new territory in international studies and their colleagues throughout the world are taking note. At…

Don Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture within USC College.

Pentecostalism's Los Angeles Roots Go Global

March 2, 2009

While in Manila having dinner, Don Miller engaged in a conversation that sparked an idea that would take him and Tetsunao Yamamori (of Food for the Hungry, an international aid organization) to 20 countries in the global…

Holocaust survivors Zlata and Haim Mednik silently eat dinner inside their Ukrainian home.

Shedding Light on History's Darkest Hours

February 25, 2009

Inside a Ukrainian home, a large clock hangs on a wall. The floral wallpaper is peeling and white lace curtains adorn a window. Zlata and Haim Mednik sweep the curtains aside to watch the snow fall while eating their bowls of…

USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus reads from her new book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon

Nancy Lutkehaus Fascinates with New Book

February 18, 2009

In her latest book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon, USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus expertly researches and draws upon scholarly papers, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs,…

Sergey Bukovsky, director of "Spell Your Name"

Spell Your Name

February 17, 2009

The Los Angeles premiere of "Spell Your Name," a feature-length documentary film about the Holocaust in Ukraine produced by Steven Spielberg and Victor Pinchuk, will take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at USC’s Ellen Norris…

Melissa Farman, a political science major in USC's Thematic Option honors program, landed a role in ABC’s "LOST". Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Lost and Found

February 10, 2009

If you're among the roughly 13 million people who watched ABC's "LOST" last week, you'll remember the face - porcelain skin, hazel eyes, Lady Godiva hair - freeze-framed on the screen at the episode's end. Now if you're an…

Renaissance Capitalist

Renaissance Capitalist

January 21, 2009

In popular legend, Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (1480-1519), stands falsely accused of poisoning her second husband. Victor Hugo portrayed her in thinly veiled fiction as a tragic femme fatale. Buffalo Bill named his…