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At the Ambassadors for Humanity gala, from left, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, USC Shoah Foundation Founder and USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, USC Shoah Foundation Ambassador for Humanity Award recipient George Clooney, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, and his wife, Shelley Halpain. Photos by Larry Busacca, Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Humanity Award Goes to George Clooney

October 4, 2013

George Clooney is well known as an actor, director, producer and writer. But it was his global humanitarian efforts that received the attention on Oct. 3 when he was honored with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven…

Ellen Leggett, an expert in the psychology of decision-making, joined USC Dornsife in Fall 2013 as director of the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program. Photo by Letty Avila.

Mastering Human Behavior

October 1, 2013

With nearly a decade of experience in marketing, Daniela Kerfin Canto was savvy enough to know that a deeper understanding of human behavior would help her garner clients. She knew the marketing campaigns she oversaw for a…

During a recent panel discussion titled <em>The Arab Uprisings: Crisis and Conflict in Egypt, Syria and Beyond</em>, Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife, discussed how the Arab uprisings have impacted Islamic discourse and its relation to politics and government. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Bread, Freedom and Dignity

October 1, 2013

Resplendent in ivory wedding gowns and bearing blood-red banners with white lettering proclaiming “Stop all military operations in Syria,” “One hundred percent Syrian,” and “Syria is for all of…

James B. Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shares his perspective on the Arab Spring during a talk organized by the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Royal Subject to Citizen

September 26, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith witnessed firsthand the changes that took place in his region as the Arab Spring movement gained traction in 2010 and spread throughout the Arab world. These two words emerged as…

During the recent USC Dornsife 2020 retreat at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, doctoral students presented their research and had an opportunity to enjoy the brilliant night sky. Photo by Corey Arnold.

Brainwaves by the Sea

September 17, 2013

Every student knows how vitally important it is to remember information for a final exam. However, trying to memorize your class notes in the library can be challenging. Distractions — the person next to you whispering…

The 12-year-old inner-city child who took this photograph said it symbolized both a way out of life on the wrong side of the tracks and a life path choice between light and darkness. Photo courtesy of Elaine Kaplan.

Children of the Shadow & Light

September 11, 2013

If you look closely at the photographs, there is a reflection of hope. Clear examples are the images taken by USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students during the time they spent on the USC campus. Those photos show…

International relations major Melia Albrecht and her pal Norma, whom she befriended through Best Buddies California. Photo courtesy of Melia Albrecht.

Get Involved

September 10, 2013

Melia Albrecht’s studies have taken her to South Korea, Egypt and Turkey, but Lanterman High School, just a few blocks from campus, is the place that really stands out to the USC Dornsife junior. That’s where…

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (left) and University Professor Antonio Damasio engage in a spontaneous discussion about music's role in reducing personal pain and increasing joy. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Edge Effect

September 3, 2013

Strumming the cello strings with his thumb, American cellist and virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma played a simple, ascending chromatic scale. “What emotion is this?” he asked the audience at Cammilleri…

Welcome Incoming Faculty

September 3, 2013

USC Dornsife welcomed 19 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with…

International relations alumna Pam Mizuno spent a week this May volunteering on coffee farms in Costa Rica, assisting with research relating to American leaf spot, a disease currently affecting coffee harvests in the country. Photo courtesy of Pam Mizuno.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

August 30, 2013

Volunteering at organic coffee farms in Costa Rica, Pam Mizuno rose with the sun each morning around 5 a.m. Once on her feet, Mizuno would slather on a thick layer of sunblock, coat herself in bug spray, then enjoy a hearty…