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Students in Lori Meeks’ “Introduction to Buddhist Literature” Maymester class visit the Zenshūji Sōtō Mission, a Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhist temple in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. Here the Rev. Shūmyō Kojima speaks about his personal experiences as a Zen priest. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Many Faces of Buddhism

July 10, 2014

Lights low, the meditation room gives off an aura of peace. After removing their shoes, the students quietly file in. Each stands before a zafu, or meditation cushion, placed on top of a zabuton, or square mat. Guided by a…

Donald Miller, executive director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, housed in USC Dornsife, stands next to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda. Miller has gathered more than 260 survivor testimonies in some of his 16 visits to Rwanda. Photo courtesy of Donald Miller.

Healing after Horror

July 7, 2014

Another Trojan leading the effort to document the genocide is Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion, professor of religion and sociology at USC Dornsife, and executive director of the USC Center for…

Bruce Zuckerman, front, his brother Kenneth and others at the USC West Semitic Research Project are pioneers in the use of digital photography for the preservation of ancient documents. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Digital Humanities at Its Finest

June 27, 2014

For Bruce Zuckerman, a picture is worth a lot more than a thousand words. As an authority on ancient Semitic and biblical texts, he can tell you how a letter worn off the surface of parchment — or even the leg of a…

David Albertson, assistant professor of religion at USC Dornsife, was honored with the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for his upcoming book on theologians Nicholas of Cusa and Thierry of Chartres. Photo courtesy of David Albertson.

Religion and Modern Science

June 10, 2014

David Albertson, assistant professor of religion at USC Dornsife, has been awarded a 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for his forthcoming monograph, Mathematical Theologies: Nicholas of Cusa and…

Selfie-Esteem

May 5, 2014

A man praying in Los Angeles, home to one of the world's most religiously diverse populations. The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, housed in USC Dornsife, received three grants that will enable the center to expand its work in the city and internationally. Photo by Jerry Berndt.

Three Times a Winner

April 10, 2014

Housed in USC Dornsife, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) has received three major grants totaling more than $5 million — a testament to its sustained success. CRCC Executive Director Donald Miller,…

Humanities professors Joseph Boone, Macarena Gómez-Barris, María-Elena Martínez and James McHugh were awarded fellowships for work in the areas of Melville's literature, enlightenment thoughts on race and sex, the effects of eco-tourism in Ecuador and the history of alcohol in India. Illustration by Letty Avila.

From Melville to Medieval India

April 3, 2014

Four USC Dornsife professors have been selected for yearlong research or writing fellowships that will take them as far as India and Italy. Their research topics won over hundreds or, in some cases, thousands of applications…

Zooarchaeologist Sarah Newman carefully sweeps the area surrounding the remains of prizewinning racehorse Native Diver. USC alumnus Richard Shapiro connected with USC Dornsife archaeologists to help recover Native Diver before a complex is built on the land where the horse was buried. Photo by Lynn Swartz Dodd.

A Racing Legend Revisited

March 12, 2014

This past weekend a team of USC Dornsife archaeologists and students recovered the remains of legendary race horse Native Diver, helping to preserve a part of Los Angeles history. Black gelding Native Diver, a member of…

The gift creates the Steven and Kathryn Sample Endowment for Ecumenism. The Samples are pictured here with Father James Heft of USC Dornsife. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Catholic Studies Institute Receives $1 Million

May 21, 2013

An anonymous donor has given $1 million to the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (IACS) housed in USC Dornsife to foster greater understanding, cooperation and unity among Christian denominations and churches. The gift…

Adorned with sandalwood paste and roses, this white marble statue of a Jain Tirthankara, or Jina, an enlightened being who teaches Jainism, is from a temple in Bikaner, Rajasthan, Northwest India. Photo courtesy of James McHugh.

Sense and Sensuality

April 9, 2013

Uproar, Moon Juice, Outrage and Who’s He? Despite their deceptively avant-garde names, these are in fact medieval Indian perfumes, created and titled almost a thousand years ago at a time when the sense of smell played a…