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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…

Top row, from left: Jennifer Padilla, Sheena Khanna, Alice Hall-Partyka. Middle row, from left: Steve Zhou, Maurice Turner. Seated: Patrick “P.J.” Atchison. Photo credit Phil Channing.

We Want to Change the World. Show Us How.

November 1, 2010

Before entering USC College, these freshmen saw what they needed to do and took action. Their motivations differ. For Maurice Turner, his Aunt Laura’s Alzheimer’s set him in motion. Alice Hall-Partyka became fed up…

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…

President C. L. Max Nikias speaks about the future of USC at his inauguration ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Inauguration of C. L. Max Nikias

October 15, 2010

In a momentous celebration that drew 7,500 members of the Trojan Family and local community, C. L. Max Nikias was inaugurated as USC’s 11th president on Oct. 15. The former USC executive vice president and provost…

Speaker Tom Saenz, president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, moderator Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration based in USC College (left); with panelists Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Tammy Bang Luu of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union; and Niels Frenzen, clinical professor of law in USC Gould School of Law, at the event. Photo credit Jacqueline Agnello.

Looking Beyond Arizona

September 30, 2010

We know that on July 28, 2010, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked key sections of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 from taking effect. But why did it take so long for the federal government to step up? During…

Governor's Race: September 2010 Poll Results

Jerry Brown Has Slight Edge Over Meg Whitman, Buoyed by Support Among Latino Voters

September 29, 2010

Jerry Brown has a double-digit advantage over Meg Whitman among likely Latino voters, contributing to a slight overall lead in California's closely contested race for governor, according to the latest results from the USC…

Latino Voters: September 2010 Poll Results

Latino Voters Give Democratic Candidates Their Edge

September 29, 2010

Latino voters in California are leaning heavily toward Democratic candidates, but appear to be more supportive of Barbara Boxer than Jerry Brown, according to results from the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los…

Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College, is the recipient of this year’s Honda Prize for his pioneering efforts and remarkable contributions in the world of neuroscience. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Antonio Damasio Wins Honda Prize

September 21, 2010

The Honda Foundation of Japan has announced that its annual Honda Prize, one of the most important international awards for scientific achievement, will go to Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and…

Professor Emeritus Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., a national leader in the sociology of family, served as chair of the Department of Sociology in USC College from 1965 to 1966. Photo courtesy of USC College's Department of Sociology.

In Memoriam: Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., 90

September 8, 2010

Professor Emeritus Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., a national leader in the sociology of family, 30-year USC College scholar and former chair of the Department of Sociology, has died. He was 90. Lasswell died due to complications…

David Livingston, USC College international relations alumnus, has been named a Carnegie Junior Fellow for 2010-2011. Here, he prepares to play soccer with boys during his volunteer trip to Honduras. Photo courtesy of David Livingston.

A Change of Climate

June 16, 2010

Days after graduating from USC College in May, David Livingston flew to Honduras and spent a week in a small mountain community, his second trip to the region for outreach work. Moved by the extensive untouched landscape, he…