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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…

Richard Meyer Receives Art Journal Award

Richard Meyer Receives Art Journal Award

January 21, 2009

Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and fine arts and director of The Contemporary Project at USC, has been selected for the College Art Association’s 2009 Art Journal Award for his essay titled…

Rachel discusses the original material donated to the Doheny Library by the Examiner. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

USC Doheny Library Regional History Collection

January 1, 2009

Conducting research in USC College is exhilarating, rewarding and an essential component of the undergraduate experience according to art history major and senior Rachel Huichong Wen. She learned this first-hand after spending…

USC College Professor Awarded NEH Fellowship

USC College Professor Awarded NEH Fellowship

January 1, 2009

Saori Katada, associate professor of international relations in USC College, has been awarded a competitive National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship. Katada’s Advanced Social Science Research on Japan…

Meet the Class of 2012

Meet the Class of 2012

December 1, 2008

One student likens conducting scientific research to playing the violin. Another found research inspiration in his adolescent acne. Still another, awed by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and intrigued by the artist’s…

Carol Muske-Dukes Appointed California Poet Laureate

Carol Muske-Dukes Appointed California Poet Laureate

November 1, 2008

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English in USC College, as California’s next poet laureate. Muske-Dukes, author of seven books of poetry, four novels and two collections of…

Breaking the Mold

Breaking the Mold

November 1, 2008

Reading ancient Greek at the Getty Center library, Jody Valentine found an unexpected connection in the work of fifth century B.C. philosopher Parmenides. In his poem, Parmenides travels by chariot “beyond the beaten…

Host Billy Crystal; honoree Kirk Douglas; Steven Spielberg, founder of the Shoah Foundation, honorary chair of the Shoah Foundation Institute and USC trustee; Wallis Annenberg, USC trustee; and USC President Steven Sample attend the institute’s 2008 annual Ambassadors for Humanity Gala held at the California Science Center. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com.

Kirk Douglas: 91 and Still Giving

October 1, 2008

Steven Spielberg, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler took center stage in honoring Kirk Douglas with the Shoah Foundation Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award on Oct. 22. Throughout the evening, hosted by quick-witted…

America’s Next Top (Role) Model

America’s Next Top (Role) Model

October 1, 2008

When classical pianist Pauline Yang began performing in Europe, she noticed the audiences were filled with enthusiastic children and teens. Hoping to learn ways to bolster similar interest among United States' youths, she…

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

September 1, 2008

Faculty from the USC College Writing Program have developed a Web page harnessing new online tools to teach one of the oldest rhetorical techniques. The page contains widgets, or portable Web applications, that teach an…