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In the Fall special topics course "The Fantastic in Modern East Asian Literature and Film," USC undergraduates and graduate students learned the film <em>Godzilla</em>, created by Japanese film director Ishirō Honda in 1954, represents the United States and Japan’s fears about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Image credit: 1954 © Toho Co., Ltd.

A Fantastical Take on Reality

January 17, 2012

Watching the film Godzilla with his classmates, USC senior Elton Keung initially saw the scaly creature as nothing more than a monster stomping through the streets of Tokyo, Japan. Keung was surprised to learn that the…

Why USC Dornsife Advising?

Plot Your Path

January 10, 2012

Sometimes it takes just one person’s support to set you on the right track. As a USC Dornsife undergraduate, Shweta Namjoshi knew she wanted to become a physician. She took her time and underwent a lot of…

Valencia, Spain was home to a group of USC students this summer when they visited the country during the inaugural Valencia Summer Program offered by USC Dornsife’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and School of International Relations.

A Romance Language Perfected

January 9, 2012

Inside a Taper Hall classroom, USC Dornsife senior Bridget McDonald chatted with classmates, effortlessly transitioning from English to Spanish. The Pasadena, Calif., native’s confidence faltered, however, when native…

In Memoriam: Charles Ritcheson, 86

December 23, 2011

Charles Ray Ritcheson, USC University Librarian Emeritus and Colin Rhys Lovell Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus in USC Dornsife, died Dec. 8 at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 86. Born in 1925 in Maysville,…

USC Dornsife's Karen Tongson is the author of the new book <em>Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries</em>.

USC Professor Rethinks Suburban Life in New Book

December 19, 2011

USC professor Karen Tongson likes to point out that “queer life happens everywhere.” Even in the suburbs. In the course of researching her new book, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (New York University…

From English Degree to Grammy Award

Music Man

December 16, 2011

In 1993, in a small, dingy apartment in Berkeley, Calif., Warner Bros. Records producer Rob Cavallo sat on an overturned bucket. He listened, rapt, while a punk band of three scruffy 20-somethings belted out their latest…

Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC, was born in Poland and at age 6 moved to Harbin, China, one of the largest Jewish communities in the Far East. He studied violin in Japan and after waiting 12 years for a visa to come to the United States, began graduate studies at Columbia University. Berton became a consultant for the Library of Congress one year after his arrival to the U.S. Photo by Jie Gu.

The "Godfather" of Japanese Studies

December 8, 2011

Dapper in a formal tailcoat, Peter Berton stood between American and Japanese flags as he accepted the Order of the Rising Sun. The Japanese government honored the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations…

USC Dornsife alumna Dawn Powell spent her Fulbright year investigating Sino-Brazilian economic relations in Brazil. Powell enjoys the sunset on Sugar Loaf mountain after a day of interviews in Rio de Janeiro. Photo courtesy of Dawn Powell.

Brazil Should Welcome Chinese Investors, USC Dornsife Fulbright Fellow Says

December 1, 2011

On a humid August day in Rio de Janeiro, USC Dornsife alumna Dawn Powell boarded an un-air-conditioned bus bound for Luís Eduardo Magalhães, an agribusiness town in western Bahia. An hour into the trip, the…

What makes you you? Panelists and audience members discuss what it means to find your authentic self during a recent event organized by USC Dornsife’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. 1994 © New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

Behind the Mask

November 30, 2011

When remembering Shakespeare’s words in Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” most don’t consider that the play’s buffoon Polonius delivers the line. “In the context of the…

A view from the iconic Hollywood sign into the expanse of the Los Angeles Basin.

Saga of the Southland

November 17, 2011

There may be few clashes in Los Angeles history that cut as deep as the rivalry between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins. But this Fall, members of both sides are putting aside any contentions to study the city they call…