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Patrick James, the Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife, has co-authored a new textbook, <em>The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning From The Lord of the Rings</em> (University of Michigan, 2012), which has already been picked up for use in course-work at the University of Glasgow and Heidelberg College. Portrait by Philip Channing.

Rings of Power Struggle

December 19, 2012

Everyone knows a Hobbit’s traditional forum is in English class. But for Patrick James, the world of J.R.R. Tolkien is more than escapist fantasy. The Dean’s Professor of International Relations in USC Dornsife…

In his latest book, <em>Planet Without Apes</em>, leading primatologist Craig Stanford of USC Dornsife demands that we consider whether we can live with the consequences of wiping our closest relatives off the face of the Earth. Portrait photo by Philip Channing.

Planet Without Apes?

November 16, 2012

Great apes could face extinction within our lifetime, biologist Craig Stanford of USC Dornsife warns in his new book Planet Without Apes (Harvard University Press). The four species of great apes — chimpanzees,…

Mai’a Davis Cross, assistant professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, participated in a recent international symposium in Paris hosted by the German Marshall Fund and SciencesPo, the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Europe Eyes U.S. Election

October 30, 2012

As Nov. 6 draws nearer, more than just Americans are paying close attention to the presidential race. In Europe, scholars are following the campaign with keen interest, curious how the next president’s administration…

Cable bacteria in the mud along the seafloor. Photo by Mingdong Dong, Jie Song and Nils Risgaard-Petersen/Aarhus University.

Living Power Cables Discovered

October 25, 2012

A multinational research team has discovered filamentous bacteria that function as living power cables in order to transmit electrons thousands of cell lengths away. The Desulfobulbus bacterial cells, which are only a few…

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray of USC Dornsife (left) was recently honored for his work in the community in an event at Doheny Memorial Library hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Tested By Fire

October 18, 2012

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray’s first trial by fire happened in the early 1950s. Then a young U.S. Air Force navigator, Murray was in a warplane when it erupted in flames on the tarmac. The pilot escaped the…

USC Dornsife's Laura Pulido stands near the gravesite of Owen Brown in the hills of Altadena, Calif., one of the sites in her new guidebook, <em>A People's Guide to Los Angeles</em>. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes

October 8, 2012

There is a tendency among my friends in Chicago, where I lived for the past eight years, to not see a Los Angeles beyond the Hollywood glitz and the tales of horrible traffic and bodily artificiality. And before making L.A.…

Scientists conduct research on vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean aboard a University of Hawaii vessel. Photo by Paul Lethaby.

Vitamin ‘Deserts’ in the Ocean Identified

July 25, 2012

Using a newly developed analytical technique, a team led by USC Dornsife scientists was the first to identify long-hypothesized vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean. “This is another twist to what limits life in the…

A USC scientist treats a glass slide with nanocrystals. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Researchers Develop Path to Liquid Solar Cells

April 26, 2012

Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The solar nanocrystals are about…

Graffiti from the back of the Mugamma' — a huge government building on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic on the wall remembers Khaled Sa'id, a young man beaten to death by the police in Alexandria, Egypt, and whose death served to mobilize many of those who joined the demonstrations throughout the country in January 2011. Photo by Laurie Brand.

Laurie Brand Selected as Bellagio Center Resident

April 17, 2012

Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has won a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency award to finish her project, Restor(y)ing the State: National…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC Dornsife, and Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, will be featured speakers at the inaugural USC Writers Conference this Friday. Harkness photo by Marion Ettlinger. Gioia photo courtesy of Dana Gioia.

The Business and Craft of Storytelling

April 16, 2012

Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, and Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC Dornsife and author of the best-selling book, A Discovery of Witches, will be featured speakers at the…