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Marjorie Becker, associate professor of history in USC College, creates the stories of individuals often overlooked by the general population in her new book, <em>Piano Glass/Glass Piano</em>. Portrait photo credit Jie Gu.

Speaking for the Unrepresented

February 17, 2011

Writing for Marjorie Becker is not such an arduous task. Rising at 6 a.m. each morning, she grabs a pen and welcomes the emotions and thoughts that flood her mind to flow onto the paper. Although she has honored her…

Doyce Nunis Jr. was professor emeritus of history at USC College and editor of <em>Southern California Quarterly</em>. Photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Southern California.

In Memoriam: Doyce B. Nunis Jr., 86

February 4, 2011

Doyce Nunis Jr., professor emeritus of history at USC College and historian of early California history, died Jan. 22 at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center from complications after abdominal surgery. He was 86. Nunis was…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC College, explores the hidden world of modern-day witches, vampires and daemons in her new book, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em>. Portrait photo credit Marion Ettlinger.

With New Book, A Discovery of Magic

January 26, 2011

There's a certain magic that Deborah Harkness finds in libraries. On one hand, for a historian who studies the science and magic of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Harkness, they provide a venue for her to "meet" her…

University Professor Kevin Starr (fifth medalist from right) shares the stage with fellow inductees James Cameron, Barbra Streisand and Betty White, to name a few. Starr was among 14 inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Hector Amezcua of The Sacramento Bee.

A Starr Studded Affair

December 15, 2010

USC College historian Kevin Starr was among the legends inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento Tuesday night. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver presented the…

University Professor of History Kevin Starr's "passion is appealing" in his new book <em>Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> wrote in a review. Starr of USC College will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame mid-December. Portrait photo credit Philip Channing.

A Wonder of the Modern World

November 30, 2010

Joseph Strauss’ audacity to try out for football as a spare 5-foot-3 undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati led to the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. During his tryouts, Strauss was injured so badly he was…

Organizer Sonya Lee of art history and East Asian languages and cultures in USC College gives opening remarks at the Kucha symposium. Photo credit Kristine Tanton.

Kucha and the Silk Road

November 18, 2010

Scholars from the United States and Europe met at USC recently to discuss topics related to Kucha, an ancient Buddhist kingdom along the Silk Road. Located in what is now the westernmost part of China, Kucha was once a major…

America in Japan

Taking the Emperor's Reign

November 1, 2010

On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people…

The tail section of the <em>Constitution</em>, an aircraft under construction at Lockheed Aircraft Co., Burbank in 1946. Because of the underpowered engines of the double-decker transport, Lockheed only built two planes before abandoning the model. Photo courtesy of the Harvey Christen collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Return to Camelot

November 1, 2010

Southern California: sunbeams, major motion picture companies, pricey real estate, Disneyland, and the aerospace industry. Even though it has greatly impacted the region since the early 20th century, aerospace has received…

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…

USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's dissertation involving regional race formation in the San Gabriel Valley won the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity's second Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize in four years. Photo credit Jake Peters.

Place, Space and Race

October 28, 2010

Within the 287 pages of USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's award-winning dissertation are snippets from interviews she conducted with 64 residents in four "majority-minority" multi-ethnic suburbs in the San Gabriel Valley. The…