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Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows include Genevieve Carpio (left), Terrion L. Williamson, Abigail Rosas, Kiana M. Green, Chrisshonna Grant Nieva, Orlando Serrano and Imani Johnson. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows

May 14, 2009

The total number of Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows currently in the American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) Ph.D. program has increased to ten students, a record number for any Ph.D. program in any field in the…

Danielle Lenglet (left), Sarah Fieber, Sue Kim and Wayetu Moore will head to Saratoga Springs this summer after earning scholarships for the New York State Summer Writers Institute program at Skidmore College. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

April 29, 2009

Wayetu Moore was four when her family escaped Liberia amid the country's economic collapse and civil war. The Moores left via Sierra Leone for Houston around the First Liberian Civil War. Her family's survival has inspired…

Karen Halttunen of USC College was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship that will enable her to finish her book about 19th century New Englanders. Born in Massachusetts, Halttunen has always felt a deep connection to New England. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Setting the Groundwork for a Guggenheim

April 22, 2009

Karen Halttunen, professor of history in USC College, has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her book about 19th century New Englanders and their sense of identity in relation to place. "I see this project in terms of…

Chemistry senior Marie Anne Cuevas took two top prizes in the undergraduate symposium for her research on nanocrystals and their applications to nanocomposite dielectrics. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Remarkable at Any Rate

April 22, 2009

A former high school cheerleader interested in studying theater, Marie Anne Cuevas may seem an unlikely student to excel in nanoscience. But Cuevas is a quintessential Trojan skillful in both the sciences and humanities.…

USC student Darian Lopez watches a video testimony on the Shoah Foundation Institute's Web site. Photo credit Mark Berndt.

In Perpetuity

April 20, 2009

While he was in Europe filming Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg said he spoke with many Holocaust survivors. "It was one of the first moments that made me realize that there were many stories that needed to be told. I…

T.C. Boyle, author of "World’s End," "The Tortilla Curtain" and most recently, "The Women," has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Wit Gets Its Due

April 16, 2009

The hours of early-morning writing, the meticulous construction of his characters' psyches and the unmitigated need to research, chronicle and give contemporary America a good dose of wry wit, have again paid off for writer…

Jeri Chase Ferris and Oleg Minine stand next to a handmade hooked rug of poet and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky, which Ferris and her late husband bought from an elderly woman standing in the snow in Izmailova. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

From Russia With Love

April 15, 2009

Opening in 1926, the historic Shrine Auditorium Building with its Moroccan architecture and golden dome cupolas has been most famously a venue for the Oscars. Now it's a venue for scholarly research. The Institute of Modern…

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…

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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…