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Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

Illustration by Emily Cavalcanti.

Alternate Realities, One America

November 1, 2010

I don’t know where to begin. Maybe with the nice lady from the church group who assured me one day over lunch that at present rates of birth and immigration, Muslims will “take over” this country within a…

Maurice Turner. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Keeping Memories Alive

November 1, 2010

Maurice Turner Major: Biochemistry  Minor: Neuroscience Activities: Chapter President, Jack and Jill of America, San Diego; President, Kudos Youth Group; San Diego Links Achiever; President, Pathways2College;…

While many disaster studies document recovery over the course of a single year, Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity and his team use spatial video to capture how long the rebuilding process can take. Curtis' video stills from a street corner in Holy Cross, one of the New Orleans neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, show how one house’s reconstruction took five years to begin. Images courtesy of Andrew Curtis.

Keeping a Promise

November 1, 2010

Andrew Curtis is a man of his word. When he left Louisiana, friends asked point blank if he was going to desert them. “USC offered me a position in 2006, but I delayed a year to continue my post-Katrina disaster…

Shackles and torture instruments sit on a rusty iron bed in the Toul Sleng S-21 prison in Cambodia. In some rooms, photographs of the victim found dead in a bed years earlier hang on walls.

Getting to the Roots of Evil

November 1, 2010

The weary oak carries the burden of a hideous past. Against its trunk, Khmer Rouge soldiers bashed the delicate skulls of infants and small children, tossing their lifeless bodies into open pits. As if weeping, a deep…

Gang Therapy

Gang Therapy

November 1, 2010

Caitlin Smith enters the Los Angeles home of 19-year-old gang member Edgar*. She has a plan of action and a stack of job applications. That day, they are going to fill out the applications together and drop them off at local…

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For the Love of Giving

November 1, 2010

“The most difficult Latin I translated was Cicero,” began Dr. William Stetson, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Burbank, Calif., and a 1982 graduate of USC College. “I spent more time on my…

Faculty Notes

November 1, 2010

Thorsten Becker, associate professor of earth sciences, co-authored “Shaping Mobile Belts by Small-scale Convection,” which appeared in the June 3, 2010, issue of the journal Nature. Becker has been appointed…

Faculty Bookplate

November 1, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Random House / Professor of English Aimee Bender's new novel tells the story of young Rose Edelstein, who can literally taste the emotions of whoever prepares her food, giving her…

Brett Crosby '95, is a group manager for Google Analytics. Photo credit Alden DeSoto.

Wired for Change

November 1, 2010

So you want to leave a positive mark. Brett Crosby did too. As a USC College undergraduate in the ’90s, watershed events locally and nationally got him fired up. The Los Angeles riots in the aftermath of the Rodney King…