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Institute of Modern Russian Culture Director John Bowlt stands next to a phonograph collection and original sound recordings of music and historic voices of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Leo Tolstoy. Bowlt has been awarded the Russian Federation Order of Friendship for his considerable contributions to disseminate Russian cultural accomplishments. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

President Medvedev Awards John Bowlt Friendship Order

October 5, 2010

John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures in USC College, has been awarded the prestigious Russian Federation Order of Friendship. Bowlt received the official certificate signed by Russian Federation President…

Majoring in international relations in USC College, Amy Herrmann and Ken Sofer will travel to the Middle East this summer to learn Arabic after each was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Culturally Speaking

May 25, 2010

Arabic is the fastest-growing foreign language taught in universities and colleges across the country, according to the Modern Language Association. Enrollment in Arabic classes grew 127 percent nationally from 2002 to 2006,…

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…

Associate Professor of English Aimee Bender. Photo credit Philip Channing.

A Conversation with Aimee Bender

March 24, 2010

Professor, mentor, magician with words -- Aimee Bender is all of these. She's also a friend; not just to me, her undergraduate student for more than a year, but to all of her students, to whom she is staggeringly devoted. The…

<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…

Mind Your Language

Mind Your Language

May 1, 2008

James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, stopped the rapid-fire, hunt-and-peck typing on his electric typewriter to answer a reporter’s question. The scholar of international repute had…

The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

The Wordsmith’s Philosopher

September 1, 2007

At Princeton University, philosophers Scott Soames and Saul Kripke often walked home together. On the way, they would sometimes stop by the Annex, a fixture on Nassau Street, and duck into its basement bar for dinner and a…