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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…

Professor Ikuyo Matsumoto from Yokohama City University presents at the workshop. Photo credit Lori Meeks.

USC College Kambun Workshop Draws Grad Students Nationwide

October 20, 2010

The USC Summer Kambun Workshop sponsored by USC College welcomed graduate students from many of the nation’s top universities to study Sino-Japanese texts with prominent Japanese scholars. The August event is an annual…

Institute of Modern Russian Culture Director John Bowlt stands next to a phonograph collection and original sound recordings of music and historic voices of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Leo Tolstoy. Bowlt has been awarded the Russian Federation Order of Friendship for his considerable contributions to disseminate Russian cultural accomplishments. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

President Medvedev Awards John Bowlt Friendship Order

October 5, 2010

John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures in USC College, has been awarded the prestigious Russian Federation Order of Friendship. Bowlt received the official certificate signed by Russian Federation President…

Indigenous woman in Cusco, Peru, who appears in the PBS documentary <em>When Worlds Collide</em>. Photo credit Mitchell Wilson.

When Worlds Collide

September 22, 2010

What is the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Americas and how does it still affect Latin America and Latinos in the United States today? This question is raised in the upcoming PBS documentary When Worlds Collide: The…

Ari Zev (second from left), administration director for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute (SFI), based in USC College, stands with some of his interns: USC College undergraduates Caitlin Chang (left) and Sean Yetter, and Deborah Herman, who is earning her master's degree in communication management. The background shows images of survivors who gave testimonies, and people using the SFI archives. Photo credit Allison Doyle.

History in the Making

August 31, 2010

Sitting on a park bench outside Leavey Library, USC College undergraduate Caitlin Chang confidently recites the mission statement of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (SFI): To overcome…