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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…

On Common Ground

On Common Ground

September 1, 2008

Emphasizing the importance of USC College faculty coming together as a community, Dean Howard Gillman has announced the creation of The College Commons. Driven by faculty, The College Commons will provide opportunities for…

Challenge Grant Bolsters Two USC College Institutes

Challenge Grant Bolsters Two USC College Institutes

December 1, 2007

  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded a $350,000 challenge grant to the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW). The…

Thinking Outward

Thinking Outward

July 1, 2007

Piper Stremmel knows what originally attracted her to community service at USC. As a freshman, she participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP), the College’s service-learning program, to bolster her…

USC and Shoah Foundation Team Up

USC and Shoah Foundation Team Up

October 1, 2005

Like many girls her age, Rose Sher grew up watching and rewatching Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park.” But the 21-year-old USC senior no longer believes these timeless feature films…