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“I never envisioned myself working in fashion, although, I was always attracted to it,” Lauren Santo Domingo said. Photo by Andrew H. Walker.

Unapologetically Glamorous

May 24, 2016

Scroll through entrepreneur and style icon Lauren Santo Domingo’s Pinterest page and you will find an impeccably curated collection of images. On the social media site, Santo Domingo’s assemblages run the gamut of…

Millennials are often stigmatized as “slacktivists” who prefer using a hashtag or signing a petition on social media to being truly engaged. Illustrations by Justin Renteria.

Defying the Labels

May 24, 2016

The biggest generation since the boomers, U.S. millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000 — are the most technologically advanced and racially and ethnically diverse group in history. They are arguably also the…

The two-day USC Global Leadership Summit addressed how European governments should proceed in the wake of Greece’s debt crisis. Photo by Darrin S. Joy.

Global economics experts discuss path to progress after European financial crisis

May 6, 2016

The USC Global Leadership Summit — held April 29-30 at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on USC’s University Park campus — was a two-day conference featuring leading economic experts discussing the pathway to…

Arthur "Rodger" Swearingen, pictured here in the 1980s, founded and directed the USC Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propaganda. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arthur ‘Rodger’ Swearingen, 92

March 16, 2016

Professor Emeritus of International Relations Arthur “Rodger” Swearingen, who founded a USC institute devoted to research on communist strategy and propaganda and brought his expertise on communism to national…

Enormous recycling markets like this one in Beijing exist throughout China. Plastic products, in particular, must be painstakingly hand-sorted before they can be reprocessed. Photos courtesy of Joshua Goldstein.

The transformation and social implications of China’s underground recycling industry

March 15, 2016

A curious graduate student living in Beijing in 1995, Joshua Goldstein was fascinated by the throngs of people who passed him every day on bicycles piled high with what appeared to be every kind of trash. One afternoon he…

Assistant Professor (Research) of Spatial Sciences Yao-Yi Chiang combines his skills in computer programming and the spatial sciences to unlock information in historical maps. Photo courtesy of Yao-Yi Chiang.

Spatial scientist’s digital mapping software opens a window into history

February 5, 2016

There are myriad online platforms that allow you to search the history of a used car before you purchase it or the quality of a hotel before you book a room. But what if you wanted to find out the history of your property…

Gaming Chinese Historical Capitalism

Gaming the past

January 11, 2016

Jenny Xu and her small family had worked hard to get ahead in life. With patience, focus and saved money, they managed to acquire several parcels of land and eventually even a permit to build a factory. Jenny began to flourish…

USC Dornsife Holiday Video 2015

The Art and Science of Stars

December 7, 2015

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. View our holiday card online:  

An image made by Aztec artists from the Codex Mendoza, an early cultural encyclopedia dating from ca. 1542 that traveled widely in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Scholars gain insight from the geographical and cultural movement of artifacts

November 19, 2015

When preserved specimens of birds of paradise — prized throughout 17th-century Europe for their vivid plumage, rarity and distant origins — were exported from their native Papua, New Guinea, by the Dutch, their…

“Eye Window” (detail) by Lorie Novak. www.lorienovak.com

Through the Lens

November 16, 2015

Mirrored Images By Geoff Dyer Two related questions: How long do we have to go back to trace the origins of what happened last year in Ferguson, Mo.? And when does the aftermath of what happened begin? In terms of narrative…