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In a Nov. 4 ceremony, Stephen Smith was installed as the inaugural holder of the Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Chair. From left, USC President C.L. Max Nikias, Smith and Andrew Viterbi. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Viterbi Chair Installed

November 10, 2015

USC President C. L. Max Nikias praised Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education, for his dedication to preserving memory of the past through testimony.…

The emotion of gratitude is important in social behavior, according to the study’s senior author. Photo courtesy of iStock.

Tracking Gratitude

October 20, 2015

Neuroscientists have mapped how the human brain experiences gratitude with help from an unexpected resource: the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. “In the midst of this awful tragedy, there were many acts of bravery…

From left, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, event co-chair Mickey Shapiro, Steven Spielberg, William Clay Ford Jr., Heather Maio, and USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen Smith attended the 2015 Ambassadors for Humanity fundraising gala, where Ford was honored for his commitment to education and the Detroit community. Photos by Scott Legato/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation.

Automaker Honored

September 22, 2015

He’s a businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist and scion of one of America’s most prominent families. But it was Ford Motor Company Executive Director William Clay Ford Jr.’s commitment to education and…

Sari Siegel earned a prestigious 2015-16 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Fellowship to further her ground-breaking studies of Jewish prisoner-physicians in Nazi Germany. Photo courtesy of Sari Siegel.

Between Coercion and Resistance

August 25, 2015

In 1930s Cologne, Germany, Maximilian Samuel was a beloved obstetrician-gynecologist and decorated World War I hero. He was also Jewish. Deported to Auschwitz in 1942 with his family, Samuel was selected to become a…

Abigail Gregg (left) and Laura Wang, the first USC students to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships, are both graduates of USC Dornsife. Photos courtesy of Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang.

Toward a Better World

August 24, 2015

USC Dornsife alumnae Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang are the first USC graduates to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships. Wang, a Trustee Scholar who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012 with bachelor’s and master’s…

USC Shoah Foundation and FAFG, a Guatemalan forensics organization, are working together to collect video testimonies of survivors of the Guatemalan Genocide. Photo courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation.

Shining Light Into Dark Corners

August 21, 2015

USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education has teamed with La Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), a Guatemalan forensics organization, to collect video testimonies of…

Frank Suraci, Rob Kuznia and Rebecca Kimitch, from left, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Photo by Robert Casillas.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Rob Kuznia Wins Pulitzer Prize

April 21, 2015

Rob Kuznia, a member of the communication staff of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Kuznia was awarded the prize for work done at the…

Greek and Armenian refugee children near Athens, Greece, in 1923, following their expulsion from Turkey. Photo courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation.

A Century of Voices

April 7, 2015

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in April, USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education will debut a month-long series of testimony clips from survivors and witnesses…

Richard G. Hovannisian, a UCLA emeritus professor, recently joined USC Shoah Foundation, helping to prepare nearly 400 Armenian genocide testimonies. Photo by Dan Avila.

Life as a ‘Half Immigrant’

February 3, 2015

Although he was born in the San Joaquin Valley, Richard G. Hovannisian considers himself a “half immigrant.” The child of Armenian genocide survivors, he grew up straddling two worlds — “the world of…

Survivors at the event stand with an enlargement of the iconic photograph taken of them on Jan. 27, 1945. From left are Paula Lebovics, Miriam Ziegler, Gabor Hirsch and Eva Kor. Photo courtesy of Ian Gavan/Getty Images.

100 Survivors Gather

January 27, 2015

Reporting from Krakow, Poland The sense of history in the making was palpable Jan. 26 in Krakow, Poland, where more than 20 staff members of USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education attended…