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At the Edge of the Known World

June 1, 2015

Imagine what it was like for the first African to explore the New World in the 16th century. For Estebanico, a Moroccan slave, arriving from Spain in 1527 to what is now the United States’ Gulf Coast was bittersweet.…

Photos courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Wonder of the West

June 1, 2015

A sepia Los Angeles carnival image reveals an early 20th-century settlement on the brink of metamorphosis into a cityscape. Country store nostalgia still takes center stage, but encroaching urbanization and ubiquitous utility…

Greek and Armenian refugee children near Athens, Greece, in 1923, following their expulsion from Turkey. Photo courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation.

A Century of Voices

April 7, 2015

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in April, USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education will debut a month-long series of testimony clips from survivors and witnesses…

Richard Antaramian (third from left) is presented with a crystal book to honor his installation as the Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies. From left: Michael Quick, interim university provost; Lilia Ambartsumyan, Antaramian's wife; Antaramian; Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian, the chair's donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Cultivating Curiosity

March 23, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies, Richard Antaramian delineated two reasons why Armenian studies is a crucial field. The…

Dean’s Professor of History Mary Elise Sarotte stands with USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay following her lecture, “A Broken Promise? The 1990 Origins of NATO’s Post-Cold War Expansion.” Photo by Karen Tang.

Investigative Historian

March 16, 2015

How do the behind-the-scenes correspondence among politicians such as Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, and former United States President George H.W. Bush relate to Russia’s recent invasion of…

Institute Debuts Directory of Armenian Genocide Commemorations

Institute Debuts Directory of Armenian Genocide Commemorations

February 25, 2015

USC Dornsife’s Institute of Armenian Studies (IAS) has launched a global directory of events, Year100.org, to boost awareness of the variety of publications, conferences and other events marking the centennial of the…

Doubling-down

Doubling-down

February 24, 2015

Emily Mufich started college knowing exactly how she wanted to finish — with degrees in two very different majors that would make the most of her time at USC. “I like to say that history is my fun major and…

USC Dornsife’s Jacob Soll told those attending the Linda and Harlan Martens Economic History Forum that early modern economic history can help us understand and make sense of the biggest problems facing us today. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Money Talks

February 24, 2015

In 1778, British Whig politician and statesman Edmund Burke flung the estimates of his country’s Naval expenditures — the so-called “Naval Extraordinaries” —  across the floor of the House of…

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

February 17, 2015

Research into a Hollywood-based Jewish spy ring is one of three USC Dornsife faculty research projects that have been honored with a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for the academic year 2015-16. Steven…

Lincoln's Body by Richard Fox

Grotesque Yet Beloved

February 13, 2015

Speaking to an 1856 convention of newspaper editors in Decatur, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, never at a loss for a humorous quip or story, told this amusing tale. While riding a horse through the woods, a man Lincoln described…