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Gridlock Solvers

Gridlock Solvers

October 8, 2015

It probably does not come as a major shock that results of a USC Dornsife/California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Times poll released Oct. 7 reveal traffic and congestion to be the point of greatest concern among L.A.…

Josh Kun and his team weave together the threads of culinary history in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.

What Menus Can Tell Us About Our City

June 25, 2015

Menus are ostensibly utilitarian objects, enabling patrons to figure out what dishes are available at a restaurant. But in his latest book, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City, author, curator and…

Viet Thanh Nguyen escaped Saigon with his family in 1975, arriving in the U.S. when he was four years old. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Voices from Vietnam

April 14, 2015

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a South Vietnamese army general is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of…

Manuel Pastor (seated) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left: Michael Quick, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Patricia and Gerald Turpanjian, the chair’s donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

The People’s Academic

February 9, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor made three pledges for how he will serve the USC — and greater Los…

María Elena Martínez-López will be remembered for her scholarship, devotion to students, family and friends, and her wisdom and warmth.  Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

In Memoriam: María Elena Martínez-López, 47

November 20, 2014

María Elena Martínez-López, associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife and a leading scholar of colonial Latin America has died. She was…

USC Dornsife professor Manuel Pastor (from left), talk show host Tavis Smiley; Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle; and Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, participated in Smiley's kickoff for a four-year initiative to address poverty in America. Photograph by Zon D'Amour.

Pastor Speaks on Poverty

July 3, 2014

Sharing bleak statistics during a recent kickoff for Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Ending Poverty initiative, professor Manuel Pastor pointed to the need to raise the public’s awareness about the high poverty levels in…

George Sanchez of history, and American studies and ethnicity, and vice dean of diversity, has been named president-elect of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association starting Fall 2014. Photo by Mira Zimet.

Sanchez Selected AHA-PCB President

June 24, 2014

A forthcoming book by George Sanchez, professor of history, and American studies and ethnicity, and vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives at USC Dornsife, will focus on racial interactions in the Boyle Heights…

History in a Box

History in a Box

April 28, 2014

Children can read about the waves of various immigration groups to Boyle Heights, a working-class, mostly Latino community in east Los Angeles. Or, they can hold the history in their hands. George Sanchez, professor of…

As many as 150,000 guests attended the 19th annual <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books held at USC April 11 and 12. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Music, Spirit and Truth

April 14, 2014

It’s that same pang of longing you feel after reading the last word in a great novel. You don’t want to close the book. The two-day Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated creativity and the written word on…

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…