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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…

From Undecided to M.D.

The Language of Medicine

September 8, 2011

Unlike many of her peers, Heather Rosen didn’t always know she wanted to be a doctor. Now a seventh-year general surgery resident, it’s hard to imagine Rosen as anything else. In her crisp white coat and blue…

Students soak up Japanese culture dining in L.A.'s Little Tokyo. Photo by Nicole Katekaru.

Land of the Rising Sun in the City of Angels

June 28, 2011

Wendy Barrios was on the fourth floor of a building at Tokyo International University (TIU) the afternoon of March 11, 2011, when the floor began to tremble. She was taking a break between her classes at TIU, where she was…

From left, Michelle Damian, Lyndsey Hoh, Emily Kamen, USC president C. L. Max Nikias, Cara Magnabosco, Amanda Tasse, Tiffany Yang and Debory Li. Photo by Noe Montes.

(Ful)Bright Futures

June 1, 2011

This year, seven of the 10 USC students and alumni awarded Fulbright Fellowships are from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. They will teach English, conduct research and study in various…

Linguist Noam Chomsky chats with a student during a recent conference honoring the work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and professor of linguistics in USC Dornsife, who died Jan. 31. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Tribute to Words

May 27, 2011

One of the founders of modern linguistics Noam Chomsky recalled in the 1950s when a prominent senior linguist told him flat out that he would no longer conduct analyses but only collect data. The senior linguist told Chomsky…

Harold von Hofe, shown here in 1986, was the chair of the USC College German department. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Harold von Hofe, 98

February 25, 2011

Harold von Hofe, professor emeritus of German and former director of the Feuchtwanger Institute for Exile Studies at USC, died Feb. 3 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 98. The son of German musicians who immigrated to…

W. Ross Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry Professor Emeritus of English, joined USC College’s Department of English in 1966 and founded the USC College doctoral program in rhetoric, linguistics and literature. Photo courtesy Geoffrey R. Winterowd.

In Memoriam, W. Ross Winterowd, 80

February 7, 2011

USC College’s W. Ross Winterowd, renowned teacher and author in the field of rhetoric, died after complications with pneumonia on Jan. 21 in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 80. Winterowd, the Bruce R. McElderry…

Linguist Jean-Roger Vergnaud, a pioneer in syntax and phonology, taught in USC College until May 2010. Photo credit Antonio Nava.

In Memoriam: Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 65

February 3, 2011

Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, professor of linguistics and a major contributor to generative grammar, has died. He was 65. The USC College professor died at USC University Hospital surrounded…

Representatives from Farhang Foundation and USC College gather to commemorate the launch of the Iranian Studies Initiative. From left: Bita Milanian, executive director, Farhang Foundation; Haleh Emrani, Iranian Studies Council; Ali Razi, chairman of the board, Farhang Foundation; Howard Gillman, dean of USC College; Ahmad Gramian, trustee, Farhang Foundation; David Newman, attorney, Farhang Foundation. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Farhang Foundation Sponsors First-Ever Iranian Studies Initiative at the University of Southern California

November 1, 2010

Farhang Foundation and the University of Southern California (USC) announced today the launch of an Iranian Studies Initiative at the university. This initiative will, for the first time ever, offer USC students Persian…

Professor Ikuyo Matsumoto from Yokohama City University presents at the workshop. Photo credit Lori Meeks.

USC College Kambun Workshop Draws Grad Students Nationwide

October 20, 2010

The USC Summer Kambun Workshop sponsored by USC College welcomed graduate students from many of the nation’s top universities to study Sino-Japanese texts with prominent Japanese scholars. The August event is an annual…