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University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife speaks at Virginia's Mount Vernon about George Washington's plan to extend the Western frontier of the nation. Photo by Edward Graham.

Kevin Starr on George Washington

October 29, 2013

The country’s first president had a lifelong fascination with the West and was committed to making the then-uncharted Western territory a unifying part of America, said University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife as…

Gen. David Petraeus at a meeting with members of USC CREATE during his recent daylong visit to campus as USC Judge Widney Professor. Photo by Tom Queally.

Petraeus’ Surge Across Campus

October 17, 2013

Retired Gen. David Petraeus officially became “Professor Petraeus” to USC students last week — lecturing on energy and the United States economy, meeting with student veterans and cheering the football team…

James B. Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shares his perspective on the Arab Spring during a talk organized by the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Royal Subject to Citizen

September 26, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith witnessed firsthand the changes that took place in his region as the Arab Spring movement gained traction in 2010 and spread throughout the Arab world. These two words emerged as…

Parents Recognize Professors’ Dedication

Parents Recognize Professors’ Dedication

November 1, 2007

Parents of college students may not sit in lecture halls or discussion groups with their offspring, but they do hear about the teachers that make a difference in their children’s lives. That led the USC Parents…

The Meaning of Freedom

The Meaning of Freedom

November 1, 2007

When it comes to freedom in America, there’s no single lasting definition, according to world-renowned historian Eric Foner. Although it’s a concept central to the nation’s history and identity, its meaning…

A Trojan Contrarian in Paris

A Trojan Contrarian in Paris

May 1, 2007

Anne Porter is challenging her colleagues in academia to re-envision the ancient world. She disputes a basic assumption: Nomads were a discrete group of traveling herdsman, hostile to city dwellers and their ways. In her…

Princeton Scholar Defends Museums, Says Art Is Cosmopolitan Not Tied to Place of Origin

Princeton Scholar Defends Museums, Says Art Is Cosmopolitan Not Tied to Place of Origin

March 1, 2007

In the wake of the lawsuit surrounding the Getty’s alleged purchase of stolen Italian antiquities, what better place than the Getty Villa to hear a lecture defending American and European museums’ ownership of…

Trojan Treasure

Trojan Treasure

August 1, 2006

On May 2 at the La Jolla Country Club, USC College kicked off its annual Herbert G. Klein Lecture Series on Civic and Community Leadership with a distinguished speaker—the series’ namesake, USC Trustee Herbert G.…

Heirs to Wisdom

Heirs to Wisdom

July 1, 2006

This June USC College launched a new program dedicated to passing on knowledge from senior African-American church leaders to the next generation of Los Angeles clergy and congregational leaders.Passing the Mantle, supported…

But Seriously, Folks . . .

But Seriously, Folks . . .

February 1, 2006

Celebrated humorist Shelley Berman has taught at USC College's Master of Professional Writing program for 22 years. Berman gives his signature lesson at 24th Street Theatre near USC. Pamela J. Johnson February 2006 Shelley…