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Amie Longmire and Krishna Narayanamurti, students in USC College's Master of Professional Writing Program, teaching a multi-genre writing course to freshman at West Adams Preparatory High School. The residency program is through a partnership with PEN Center USA's PEN in the Classroom (PITC). Photo credit Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Discovering Their Voices

March 4, 2011

Writing reports on Charles Dickens’ novels, analyzing the theme of 1984 or ascertaining William Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter are assignments high school students have come to expect in their English classes. So,…

Divinity Matovu '08 (middle) with young women from the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda, which she co-founded in 2008. <em>Glamour</em> magazine has named Matovu one of "20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World." Photo courtesy Divinity Matovu.

The Power of Change

January 27, 2011

When Divinity Matovu chose Kenya as her study abroad destination during her senior year in USC College, she had no idea that this one decision would dramatically alter countless lives in addition to her own. Just three years…

USC College undergraduates Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP) at Weemes Elementary School, where the twins were once students. Cynthia, three minutes older than her identical twin sister, was tutored by a JEP student when she was a Weemes third grader. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Double Duty

December 21, 2010

Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet…

Left, students in Anne McKnight’s Modernology class prepared lunch using ingredients from the community garden, right. Cooking photo credit Laurie Moore. Garden photo credit Ben Truong.

Hungry Minds and Green Thumbs

December 14, 2010

Anne McKnight’s class took the idea of farm-to-table cuisine literally when they prepared lunch to mark the end of the Fall semester. On December 2, the class of 25 students gathered in a small kitchen at the University…

Lauren Slak, a senior majoring in international relations and creative writing in USC College, teaches ethics to Manual Arts Senior High School students, with Richard Sidhom, a philosophy freshmen in the College. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Teachable Moments

December 13, 2010

So the United States government wants to read your private e-mails and texts. Not too hypothetical after the Patriot Act was signed into law in 2001 easing restrictions on intelligence gathering within the U.S. Is that 2G2BT…

Keary Colbert is a graduate assistant coach for the USC Trojans football team and a spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "Be Great" campaign. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Pass It Forward

November 10, 2010

Keary Colbert's left forearm bears an "SC" tattoo, his right shirt sleeve, the clasped hands logo of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a man who takes pride in his history and his alliances. But for the USC College…

Jennifer Padilla. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Social Justice with a Kick

November 1, 2010

Jennifer Padilla Major: African American StudiesActivities: Junior Auxiliary Volunteer Captain, Good Samaritan Hospital; Coach, Girls on the Run (Silicon Valley); Student Advisory Council Member, Rep. Mike Honda …

Photo credit Joseph Voves.

Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

Gang Therapy

Gang Therapy

November 1, 2010

Caitlin Smith enters the Los Angeles home of 19-year-old gang member Edgar*. She has a plan of action and a stack of job applications. That day, they are going to fill out the applications together and drop them off at local…

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For the Love of Giving

November 1, 2010

“The most difficult Latin I translated was Cicero,” began Dr. William Stetson, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Burbank, Calif., and a 1982 graduate of USC College. “I spent more time on my…