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The latest collection of poems by award-winning poet Mark Irwin, associate professor in the Ph.D. Creative Writing and Literature program at USC Dornsife, "balances precision against an enchanting and tonic strangeness," said reviewer Peter Campion. Photo by Steve Cohn.

The Metaphysical House

December 10, 2013

Mark Irwin’s new collection of poems Large White House Speaking (New Issues Poetry and Prose) has been published to critical acclaim. This large white house isn’t what you may think. Irwin has built something…

A living neuron in culture: Green dots indicate excitatory synapses and red dots indicate inhibitory synapses. Photo courtesy of Don Arnold.

Memories Illuminated

June 19, 2013

Oscar Wilde called memory “the diary that we all carry about with us.” Now a team of USC Dornsife scientists has developed a way to see where and how that diary is written. Led by Don Arnold and Richard Roberts,…

The USC Shoah Foundation is incorporating testimonies into its Visual History Archive from Rwandan genocide survivors and will soon include testimonies from survivors of the Cambodian and Armenian genocides. This photo of a Rwandan child is displayed as part of a gallery of genocide victims in the Kigali Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by Jason Reed and courtesy of Reuters.

Understanding the Universal

January 18, 2013

Freddy Mutanguha was 18 years old when his parents and four sisters were macheted to death by Hutu soldiers during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Mutanguha, a member of the Tutsi minority ethnic group, didn’t see the…

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…

Every person has perhaps billions of bytes of information stored in long-term memory. Babies develop long-term memories for past experiences beginning at the age of about six months or even earlier.

Mind Games

December 18, 2012

As a child, how many of you memorized the planet names and order with this little ditty: My very elegant mother just sat upon nine porcupines. Although the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet renders this particular mnemonic…

Cameron M. Thornton '76 believes each of us has a story to tell.

In My Opinion

November 12, 2012

I was born in East Los Angeles, Calif., in the fall of 1954. Shortly after that my family moved to a duplex that my grandfather had built in Wilmington near San Pedro. After that we moved to the suburb of Whittier. The…

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…

A testimony being processed for digital preservation. Photo by Kim Fox.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Completes Preservation of Holocaust Testimonies

June 29, 2012

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its visual history archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

Mind Games

Mind Games

December 1, 2008

These days older adults are turning to a variety of methods to keep their brains active and maintain their cognitive abilities: Crossword puzzles. Sudoku. Nintendo has even created “Brain Age,” a video game billed…