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Saving an Endangered Language

Saving an Endangered Language

August 14, 2012

As the old school bus wound its way through the steep mountain passes, the students gazed out the windows at the lush, tropical topography unfolding before them. At the outskirts of the village, the bus shuddered to a halt at…

USC Dornsife's Jack Halberstam explores society's evolving gender roles in his book, <em>Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal</em>, due out this September from Beacon Press. Photo of Halberstam by Assaf Evron.

Feminism Goes Gaga

August 9, 2012

On stage and off, Lady Gaga seems to be an ever-evolving performance piece dominating the media landscape. But in Gaga’s anarchic, gender-bending public persona, Jack Halberstam sees a mirror — one reflecting a…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black…

Studying in Jordan: Anna Miner

Seeking Peace in the Middle East

July 26, 2012

During her sophomore year in high school, Anna Miner read Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s autobiography and became fascinated with the complexities of Middle Eastern and South Asian states. “Before…

Visitors are invited to tour the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. This wall display maps out the institute's history preserving nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. Photo by Kim Fox.

A Look Behind the Visual History Archive

July 24, 2012

Cool air filtered through the videotape processing room of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, housed in USC Dornsife. A group of visitors studied the bulky tape decks that lined the walls as a steady mechanical hum whirred…

A high school student watches Holocaust survivor Roman Kent's testimony about his experience in Poland during World War II on IWitness. The educational resource provides educators and students with more than 1,000 video testimonies of eyewitnesses of the Holocaust to be used in classroom lessons. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

IWITNESS Wins National Honor

June 29, 2012

IWitness, an Internet resource developed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of the 2012 Top Web sites for Teaching and Learning. IWitness…

A testimony being processed for digital preservation. Photo by Kim Fox.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Completes Preservation of Holocaust Testimonies

June 29, 2012

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its visual history archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust…

Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company (center), earns the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award. From left, Berit Francis, Michael Francis, Willow Bay, Iger, Steven Spielberg, Niki Nikias and C. L. Max Nikias. Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images.

Disney’s Robert A. Iger Receives Ambassador for Humanity Award

June 14, 2012

Steven Spielberg, founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, housed in USC Dornsife, presented Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger with the institute’s highest…

USC Norman Topping scholars in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program pack the more than 300 books they collected from schools across campus to donate to Japan’s American studies libraries affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Students carried the books with them when they traveled for their two-week Maymester trip to Japan.

Restocking Hope in Japan

June 12, 2012

For the past few months, 13 students in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program have collected 300 American studies books from schools across campus. The students carried the books on a plane for Japan for their two-week…

USC Dornsife alumna Parita Shah, vice president at APCO Worldwide, credits her parents for her passion for politics and public service. During the course of her career, she has worked for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. Last fall, she spent two months in Beijing as the senior adviser to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Photo courtesy of Parita Shah.

A Dream Realized

June 11, 2012

Parita Shah was a freshman in high school when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced in 1991 he would run for president. Shah, whose parents emigrated from India, monitored the presidential race closely on the…