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Master of Liberal Studies students Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan (left) and Deetra Roulhac traveled to Reed College as recipients of this year’s program awards to attend the Fourth Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium. Photo credit Susan Kamei.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Present at Annual Symposium

June 28, 2010

During her undergraduate years, Deetra Roulhac immersed herself in the vibrant spoken-word poetry scene in Berkeley bars and cafes, actively participating in this performance art. She reluctantly left her passion for poetry…

USC College alumnus Eric Garcia co-wrote the screenplay based on his novel <em>The Repossession Mambo</em>, which was recently transformed into the feature film <em>Repo Men</em>, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Crossing Genres

May 20, 2010

Eric Garcia '95 has written about dinosaurs disguised as humans and con men with severe psychological issues. He's also envisioned a future where artificial organs are repossessed when patients can no longer afford them. Repo…

USC College alumnus Taylor Hackford '68 holds up his Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award trophy, flanked by USC President Steven Sample (right) and Robert Padgett '68, president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, whom Hackford met while both were students. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

USC College Alumnus Wins Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

April 27, 2010

Most people think alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford is a product of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. "Actually, he never went to film school," noted USC President Steven Sample. "He studied…

USC College alumnus Paul Frommer created a language for the film <em>Avatar</em>. Photo by Max S. Gerber

The Science of Language (Na'vi, That Is)

April 26, 2010

"Stars are fascinating," Paul Frommer enthused. "I recall many a New York night when as a child I stood out in a vacant lot bundled up against the cold, holding a star map and a flashlight covered in red cellophane [red light…

<em>Avatar</em> director James Cameron on the set of the film. Photo credit Mark Fellman, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

A World All Their Own

December 23, 2009

Filmmakers are storytellers, but they are also architects and anthropologists. They must create whole worlds in which their stories can unfold. And the worlds they create must be coherent and believable, be they a…

Monika Hertwig, daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth, stands near the villa at the Plaszow Concentration Camp, where her parents lived during WWII. Goeth was camp commandant and personally tortured and killed countless Jews. Hertwig and her meeting with Helen Jonas, who survived Goeth's wrath, is chronicled in the documentary, <em>Inheritance</em>. Photo credit Don Holtz.

Taking a Vow to be Heard

September 8, 2009

In James Moll's documentary Inheritance, the daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth and one of his victims return to Goeth's villa in Poland more than a half century after the sadistic camp commandant was hanged for war crimes. There,…

Still Trying to Do the Right Thing

Still Trying to Do the Right Thing

December 1, 2006

Appearing at USC, filmmaker Spike Lee sharply criticized a subgenre of the hip-hop community called gangsta rap, dismissing it as culturally approved misogyny — music banned in his own home. “Any type of music…

A Great Filmmaker and a Complex Man

A Great Filmmaker and a Complex Man

January 1, 2006

USC College professors provide perspectives on Elia Kazan, known for more than his critically acclaimed films. The discussion was held at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library. By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 Quick. Elia…

It’s a Contender

It’s a Contender

January 1, 2006

University Professor Leo Braudy’s new book, On the Waterfront, explores the impact of the classic film and the story behind its making. By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 Leo Braudy was a teenager when an unlikely…