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Macarena Gómez-Barris studies representations of politics and culture in the wake of Chile's dictatorship under Gen. Augusto Pinochet through the lens of memories. Photo by John Livzey.

Shadows & Symbols

January 9, 2013

At Villa Grimaldi in Santiago, Chile, the majority of buildings that stood on the grounds between 1974 and 1977 have been demolished. There are no known photographs or historical registers that capture what transpired during…

Patrick James, the Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife, has co-authored a new textbook, <em>The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning From The Lord of the Rings</em> (University of Michigan, 2012), which has already been picked up for use in course-work at the University of Glasgow and Heidelberg College. Portrait by Philip Channing.

Rings of Power Struggle

December 19, 2012

Everyone knows a Hobbit’s traditional forum is in English class. But for Patrick James, the world of J.R.R. Tolkien is more than escapist fantasy. The Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife…

For his thesis determining Los Angeles' city center, USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger has been named first place winner of the UNIGIS 2012 Academic Excellence Prize and of the North American Regional Science Council's 2012 Graduate Student-Author Paper Competition. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

L.A. Has a Heart

November 20, 2012

Writer Dorothy Parker once haughtily dismissed Los Angeles as “72 suburbs in search of a city.” But USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger’s research shows that the City of Angels actually does have a focal…

Five USC Dornsife authors from various disciplines ponder the connection between creativity and memory.

Postcards From Memory Lane

November 9, 2012

Jerry Siegel came of age during the 1910s and ’20s. The youngest child of Jewish Lithuanian immigrants, Siegel often felt out of place in the blue collar, Midwestern atmosphere of his Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood. When…

Johnny Strange

High Priorities

October 30, 2012

Johnny Strange’s life is anything but ordinary. At the tender age of 17, when most high school juniors are busy preparing for their SATs, Strange was embarking on a journey to climb the world’s highest…

Sarah Portnoy (right), lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife, and Daina Solomon, food blogger at the <em>L.A. Weekly</em> who audited Portnoy's class, enjoy shrimp tacos and <em>aguachile</em> at the <em>Mariscos Jalisco lonchera</em>. Photo by Susan Bell.

Chicken Necks and Chili Queens

October 24, 2012

USC Dornsife Spanish major Daniel Arellano picks morsels of sizzling meat from the delicate bones of a fried chicken neck and stuffs them into a warm tortilla, garnishing the resulting taco with freshly chopped onion and…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC Dornsife, has been named a "Woman of Influence" by Mount Holyoke College. Her recent novels, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em> and <em>Shadow of Night</em>, are <em>New York Times</em> bestsellers. Photo by Vania Stoyanova.

An Influential Woman

October 23, 2012

Deborah Harkness remembers the “ah-ha” moment that set her off on her intellectual journey. She was an undergraduate Renaissance studies major at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., when one day in class…

The Arch of Sorrow marking the entrance to the museum built on the site of The Akmolinsk Camp for the Wives of the Traitors of the Fatherland (ALZHIR). Photo by Azade-Ayse Rorlich.

Steppes Ahead

October 1, 2012

Descending from the upholstered comfort of their van into the vast, windswept steppe of Northern Kazakhstan, six USC Dornsife students gazed about them at an abandoned guard tower and the futuristic-looking Arch of Sorrow…

Last year, eight short films were entered in USC's first science-themed movie competition, organized by Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy in USC Dornsife. Shown here are stills from the films. Courtesy of Clifford Johnson.

Cinematic Science

September 25, 2012

Looking for an innovative, interdisciplinary classroom project? Now is the time for professors in all USC schools to motivate their students to enter the 2012 Science Film Competition. The deadline for competition…

J. Paul Reddam, ’82

Saddle Your Dreams

September 14, 2012

The chestnut thoroughbred had a certain je ne sais quoi. “He’s all class,” said J. Paul Reddam, who owned the racing horse, I’ll Have Another. “It’s just something you sense when…