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Mark Kann, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History, and Associates Chair Emeritus in Social Science, pictured in 1998. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Mark Kann, 68

January 20, 2016

Mark Kann, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and History and Associates Chair Emeritus in Social Science at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 68. Kann died of causes related to multiple myeloma on Jan. 5 at his home in San…

Curtis Kin in his office at the California Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Photos by Damon Casarez.

Good Judgement: Curtis Kin

January 6, 2016

With his easy laugh, even keel and boyish face, Curtis Kin is immediately likeable. Perhaps the type of guy you would cast in a reality television show as a foil to the more outrageous characters. It stands to reason, because…

Ella Watson, a government cleaner, is pictured in her Washington, D.C., home with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter in this 1942 photograph by Gordon Parks.  Photo courtesy of Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration archives.

From Wonder to Detestation

August 3, 2015

Her quiet dignity captured for all time, an elderly African American woman is pictured in her simply furnished but spotless home. Taken by photographer Gordon Parks in 1942, the black and white photograph shows Ella Watson, a…

The Resident Honors Program (RHP) offers students the opportunity to enter USC after their junior year of high school. Photo credit Theo Jemison.

The Future is Now

July 16, 2009

When Alexa Sieracki received a letter from the USC College Resident Honors Program inviting her to apply to college one year early, she wasn't sure what to think. "At first I didn't know skipping my senior year of high school…

Melissa Farman, a political science major in USC's Thematic Option honors program, landed a role in ABC’s "LOST". Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Lost and Found

February 10, 2009

If you're among the roughly 13 million people who watched ABC's "LOST" last week, you'll remember the face - porcelain skin, hazel eyes, Lady Godiva hair - freeze-framed on the screen at the episode's end. Now if you're an…

In Memory of Eugene Gerlitz, 60

October 1, 2004

Longtime USC College staff member helped develop Thematic Option Program By Kaitlin Solimine October 2004 Eugene F. Gerlitz, Jr., a long-time USC College staff member who was also associate dean of business affairs of the…