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The Hollywood Sign: A Clash Between Reality and Fantasy

April 14, 2010

Commanding, evocative and unmistakable. With nine white steel and concrete letters standing 30 feet wide and 45 feet tall, the Hollywood Sign is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. The sign is also the subject of…

As part of her Introduction to Research Methods course, Assistant Professor of Sociology Veronica Terriquez (left) offered students, including Danielle "Dannie" Taylor (center) and Jayme Wilson (right), the opportunity to conduct research connected to the work of graduate students or local organizations, or to choose their own topics. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Researching the Human Condition

February 2, 2010

Ms. Kerry arrives at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center by van, Ms. Nash by car. The two African American seniors share breakfast and then it's time to engage in their favorite activity — playing the card game Skip-Bo…

They’re Earning; They’re Learning

They’re Earning; They’re Learning

April 1, 2008

Many students need extra money to pay bills or cover the cost of books and meals. Anita Rai was no exception. When the then-USC College freshman learned she could conduct research at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles…

The Pentecostal Phenomenon

March 1, 2008

  As Europeans and Americans slowly turn away from mainline churches, Pentecostalism is winning the souls of those in developing nations. It’s a worldwide phenomenon that Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone…

Petition Calls for Skid Row Solutions

Petition Calls for Skid Row Solutions

January 30, 2007

More than 50 professors from universities, colleges and agencies throughout the Los Angeles region have signed a petition demanding that city and county officials do more to solve the homeless problem than arrest indigents and…

Green Visions Plan Evaluates L.A. Parks

Green Visions Plan Evaluates L.A. Parks

January 10, 2007

Despite the fact that greater Los Angeles has some exceptional parks and open spaces, many Southland residents do not have easy access to recreational green space, USC College researchers report in a study released today. The…

Path to a Greener, More Just, L.A.

Path to a Greener, More Just, L.A.

July 1, 2006

Last summer, Brigid McManama found career inspiration in an unexpected place: a city park. And not just one park, but more than a hundred of the parks, beaches, nature trails, gardens and open spaces that dot the concrete…

Sprawled Across the ‘Land of Sunshine’

Sprawled Across the ‘Land of Sunshine’

October 19, 2005

A new collection of essays from two USC scholars examines the environmental history of metropolitan Los Angeles. The authors hope it will spark activism in local planning. By Pamela J. Johnson During the 19th century,…

The Los Angelino?

The Los Angelino?

October 1, 2004

The bright Angelino sun peeks behind two curving palm trees on the home page of the new student-created and student-run Web site AngeLingo. The top of the page boldly declares, “We look to Los Angeles/ for the language…

Charting 'The Rise of Los Angeles'

Charting 'The Rise of Los Angeles'

July 22, 2004

In his new book, USC historian William Deverell examines L.A.’s troubled relationship to — and denial of — its Mexican roots. by Gilien Silsby Los Angeles has long been touted as a cultural crossroads,…