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George Sánchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, stands in front of a statue of Governor of Las Californias Felip de Neve at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Sánchez had met with scholars and community members at L.A.'s birthplace. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

The Bridge Builder

July 27, 2009

On a fall Saturday morning, parents pushed strollers along the Mexican marketplace on Olvera Street, cheerful despite an incessant drizzle. Near the birthplace of Los Angeles, a small group of scholars and community members…

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…

True Colors in the Autumn Years

True Colors in the Autumn Years

July 7, 2009

The cadre of USC alumni who had earned their bachelor's degrees at least 50 years earlier met for the first time the morning of June 11, 1949. Clarence W. Pierce, 1898 alumnus and founder of Los Angeles Pierce College,…

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education welcomes two new leaders: Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director, and Kim Simon, managing director. Smith photo courtesy Stephen Smith, Simon photo credit Kim Fox.

New Leadership for Shoah Foundation Institute

June 8, 2009

In a memo released this morning to the USC community, Howard Gillman, dean of USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, announced that he has appointed a new leadership team for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (USC SFI)…

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…

Gerardo Licón (left) and his brother Gustavo advised youth to avoid the "crab in a bucket" mentality — when one person tries to better him or herself and others try to pull them down. "Lift as you climb," Gerardo said. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Yes They Did

May 14, 2009

Gerardo "Lalo" Licon was a freshman at Inglewood High School when riots broke out between black and Latino students during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 1990. Gerardo "Lalo" Licón was a freshman at Inglewood High…

Karen Halttunen of USC College was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship that will enable her to finish her book about 19th century New Englanders. Born in Massachusetts, Halttunen has always felt a deep connection to New England. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Setting the Groundwork for a Guggenheim

April 22, 2009

Karen Halttunen, professor of history in USC College, has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her book about 19th century New Englanders and their sense of identity in relation to place. "I see this project in terms of…

Jeri Chase Ferris and Oleg Minine stand next to a handmade hooked rug of poet and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky, which Ferris and her late husband bought from an elderly woman standing in the snow in Izmailova. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

From Russia With Love

April 15, 2009

Opening in 1926, the historic Shrine Auditorium Building with its Moroccan architecture and golden dome cupolas has been most famously a venue for the Oscars. Now it's a venue for scholarly research. The Institute of Modern…

Renaissance Capitalist

Renaissance Capitalist

January 21, 2009

In popular legend, Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (1480-1519), stands falsely accused of poisoning her second husband. Victor Hugo portrayed her in thinly veiled fiction as a tragic femme fatale. Buffalo Bill named his…

Host Billy Crystal; honoree Kirk Douglas; Steven Spielberg, founder of the Shoah Foundation, honorary chair of the Shoah Foundation Institute and USC trustee; Wallis Annenberg, USC trustee; and USC President Steven Sample attend the institute’s 2008 annual Ambassadors for Humanity Gala held at the California Science Center. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com.

Kirk Douglas: 91 and Still Giving

October 1, 2008

Steven Spielberg, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler took center stage in honoring Kirk Douglas with the Shoah Foundation Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award on Oct. 22. Throughout the evening, hosted by quick-witted…