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Lynn Swartz Dodd, curator of USC College's Archaeology Research Center, adjusts a bronze-gold figurine to be X-rayed at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago during her and her students' first visit in July 2009. Dodd has been awarded a second grant to use the country's most powerful X-ray. Photo credit Elizabeth Friedman.

Beaming with Joy

January 29, 2010

For the second consecutive year, archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd of USC College has won "beam time," enabling her and her students to conduct research on ancient artifacts using the nation's most powerful X-ray. "The items…

María Elena Martínez’s book, which traces the purity of blood concept from 15th century Spain to the New World, has won two major awards from the American Historical Association. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tracing the Roots of Discrimination

January 6, 2010

Maria Elena Martinez's book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008), the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has…

One of the old books Brand found at Lycee Lutfi, a high school that dates from the colonial period. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Global Brand Journeys to Algeria

November 25, 2009

"Think of me as a kind of machine that was going through, photographing pages and pages of books, seeing titles and taking pictures because they looked good, but not having much time to digest their meaning or significance,"…

Wearing her USC T-shirt, Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia attends a coming-of-age celebration at a mosque during Ramadan in Malawi. Photo credit Karem Issa.

Eradicating Malaria in Malawi

October 12, 2009

Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia knows firsthand that the fight against malaria is more complicated than dispensing bed nets. The USC College senior spent three weeks in Malawi fighting malaria this summer through a Faiths Act…

Henry Clark explores Mendocino, Calif. The professor emeritus of religion in USC College was a lover of the great outdoors. Clark died the night of July 23. Photo courtesy of the Clark family.

In Memoriam: Henry B. Clark II, 78

August 12, 2009

Henry B. Clark II, professor emeritus of religion in USC College and champion of social justice, has died. He was 78.  Clark had spent two weeks in July at a lakeside cabin in Vermont with his children and grandchildren.…

Lisa Bitel and Peter Mancall of USC College's Department of History have been married 24 years. Mancall appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em> discussing his new book about Henry Hudson on July 14. Bitel's book, <em>Landscape with Two Saints</em>, was also recently published. Photo credit Andrew Mancall.

A Marriage of Two Minds

July 10, 2009

Peter Mancall and Lisa Bitel enjoy more in common than many married couples. Both are historians in USC College. Both are Harvard grads. And both have authored newly released books. Mancall appeared on The Daily Show with Jon…

Robert Campany, chair and professor of religion and professor of East Asian languages and cultures, studies the religions of ancient China, focusing on the Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian traditions. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson

May You Stay Forever Young

May 26, 2009

Before plastic surgery and botox, an ancient culture had a different way of dealing with the quest for eternal youth. Why not simply live forever? In medieval China, third century B.C., people believed it possible to be 800…

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

June 1, 2008

The values that most people grow up with and are instilled by the faith they follow — helping the poor, feeding the hungry, loving your neighbor — do not always unite religious groups attempting to tackle community…

International Relations Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

International Relations Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

April 1, 2008

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced April 4 that Laurie Brand, director of the USC School of International Relations, has been named a 2008 Carnegie Scholar. One of only 20 academics to receive the Carnegie award,…

USC College Institutes Sponsor Tolerance Conference

USC College Institutes Sponsor Tolerance Conference

March 1, 2008

  The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (SFI) are co-sponsoring a conference, “Religious Tolerance and Intolerance from the…