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USC Dornsife's David Ulin of the Master of Professional Writing program (far right) moderates a discussion about how the literary perception of Los Angeles architecture helped shape the city's identity. Ulin is book editor of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. From left: Jon Christensen, Alice Kimm and Christopher Hawthorne. Photo by  Gary Leonard.

Tales from Two Cities

March 6, 2014

For nearly 90 years, Los Angeles’ architecture has been seized upon by the city’s critics as an easy target, a way to reinforce its reputation as a shallow place without roots. Unjustly so, argued USC…

Lois Banner, retiring professor of history and gender studies who wrote a book about Marilyn Monroe, holds up Monroe's favorite photo of herself by Cecil Beaton and an original oil painting belonging to Monroe by Parisian artist Poucette titled "La Toureau" (the Bull). Photo by Susan Andrews.

A Banner Day

January 16, 2014

As a young professor in the 1960s, Lois Banner was moved by history. She had no idea at the time that she would play such a vital part in it. With ambitions to push forward the nascent field of women’s history, she…

Romanticizing the violence of the 19th century American frontiersman as a route to individual freedom is dangerous, USC Dornsife doctoral student Alex Young warns in a prize-winning paper. Doing so can serve as a justification for violent and racist politics, he said.

A New Frontier

December 13, 2013

In Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered film Django Unchained, set in pre-Civil War America, the eponymous hero is a black slave who has suffered brutal treatment at the hands of his murderous former owners, the Brittle…

A modern, electric city is born: a 1958 image of Los Angeles at night. Photo by Joseph Fadler, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino.

Electric City

May 23, 2013

A towering electricity pylon dominates a moody black-and-white nightscape of 1950s Los Angeles. Silhouetted center stage, it straddles the landscape, its looping power cables carving up the artificially illuminated sky. At…

Readers of all ages enjoy presentations by novelists, poets, journalists, chefs, musicians and celebrities at the18th annual <em>Los Angeles Times Festival of Books</em> held April 20-21 at USC. Photo by Vanessa Preziose.

Worth Reading

April 23, 2013

At this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held at USC, as many as 150,000 readers of various ages mingled with more than 500 authors. On April 20 and 21, authors, artists, chefs, musicians and celebrities…

Rosina Lozano, who earned a Ph.D. in history in 2011 and Vlad Vicol, who received a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2010, both in USC Dornsife, were hired onto the faculty at Princeton University. Lozano photo by Nick Vossbrink. Vicol photo courtesy of Vlad Vicol.

On the Tenure Track

July 30, 2012

Vlad Vicol who earned a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2010 and Rosina Lozano who received a Ph.D. in history in 2011, both in USC Dornsife, have been appointed assistant professors at Princeton University. Lozano, who came to USC…

From left, co-chair Erica Muhl, USC Dornsife associate professor Elsi Kaiser and Timothy Pinkston of the Mellon Mentoring Forum. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Faculty Receive Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 7, 2012

Twenty-eight Trojans were recognized for promoting the culture of mentoring at the fifth annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony held on April 23 at the USC University Club. In its fifth year, the Mellon Mentoring Awards…