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Developing Minds

Developing Minds

October 1, 2008

“How does it happen when you figure out what your life’s work is going to be? What are the roots to that? How do you make those choices?” Frank Manis, professor of psychology in USC College, posed these…

Still Trying to Do the Right Thing

Still Trying to Do the Right Thing

December 1, 2006

Appearing at USC, filmmaker Spike Lee sharply criticized a subgenre of the hip-hop community called gangsta rap, dismissing it as culturally approved misogyny — music banned in his own home. “Any type of music…

Portrait of an Activist-Academic

Portrait of an Activist-Academic

October 1, 2006

Those familiar with Ruth “Ruthie” Wilson Gilmore’s work as an anti-prison, -racism, -sexism activist may not be surprised to learn she is the daughter and granddaughter of activists.But there are lesser-know…

Promoting Peace and Primates

Promoting Peace and Primates

October 1, 2006

The bell Jane Goodall rang was small but reverberated in loud, low-pitched clangs and clanks.It didn’t matter that the sound wasn’t pretty. Patched together from pieces of a bazooka anti-tank rocket launcher used…

Young Men, Big Dreams

Young Men, Big Dreams

July 1, 2006

Although standing in front of a chalkboard, former National Football League player Reggie Grant sounded as if posed in front of a scoreboard, issuing a command on a playing field. “To make it into the NFL, you have to…

But Seriously, Folks . . .

But Seriously, Folks . . .

February 1, 2006

Celebrated humorist Shelley Berman has taught at USC College's Master of Professional Writing program for 22 years. Berman gives his signature lesson at 24th Street Theatre near USC. Pamela J. Johnson February 2006 Shelley…

A Great Filmmaker and a Complex Man

A Great Filmmaker and a Complex Man

January 1, 2006

USC College professors provide perspectives on Elia Kazan, known for more than his critically acclaimed films. The discussion was held at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library. By Pamela J. Johnson January 2006 Quick. Elia…

Reflecting on Disaster

Reflecting on Disaster

November 1, 2005

USC professors explore the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in wide-ranging teach-in. By Pamela J. Johnson November 2005 During a teach-in entitled, “Learning from Katrina,” seven USC professors analyzed the…

Introducing Medical Ethics

Introducing Medical Ethics

March 1, 2005

Philosophy/pre-med student launches series for pre-health students By Katherine Yungmee Kim March 2005 It was a surprising standing-room only turnout at the first symposium in the College’s speaker series,…

Jane Goodall Speaks at Bovard Auditorium

Jane Goodall Speaks at Bovard Auditorium

October 1, 2004

By Katherine Yungmee KimOctober 2004Jane Goodall, the famed primatologist, delivered a speech in the Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California on Oct. 25. A crowd of more than 1,000, mostly students, welcomed…