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California at the Crossroads

California at the Crossroads

March 6, 2009

Abe Lowenthal, the first Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development and professor of international relations in USC College, is beginning to garner local and national interest in his latest book Global…

USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus reads from her new book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon

Nancy Lutkehaus Fascinates with New Book

February 18, 2009

In her latest book, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon, USC College Professor of Anthropology Nancy Lutkehaus expertly researches and draws upon scholarly papers, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs,…

USC College’s Ruth Wilson Gilmore Receives Prestigious Book Award

USC College’s Ruth Wilson Gilmore Receives Prestigious Book Award

September 1, 2008

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, associate professor of American studies and ethnicity and of geography in USC College, has been awarded the Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for the best first book in American studies that…

The Naked City Through the Camera’s Eye

The Naked City Through the Camera’s Eye

July 1, 2008

Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, was the proto-paparazzo, introducing wartime America to the pleasures of gawking at crime scenes and misbehaving rich people. The first photojournalist to be granted permission to carry…

More in Common Than You Think

More in Common Than You Think

June 1, 2008

Did dolphins and apes develop complex societies because they have big brains or did they develop big brains because of their complex societies? “The answer might inform us about ourselves,” said Craig Stanford, a…

An Opus for the Ages

An Opus for the Ages

July 1, 2007

Ranked in the top half-percent of the world’s most cited scientists, University Professor Caleb Finch studies the genes that control aging in mammals. In his latest book, The Biology of Human Longevity: Inflammation,…

A Study of Atrocity with a Dream of Peace

A Study of Atrocity with a Dream of Peace

April 1, 2007

It’s surprising, but one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of terrorism doesn’t like the word. “It’s a biased term,” said Richard Dekmejian, a scholar who has served as a…

Inside the Academics Studio

Inside the Academics Studio

February 1, 2007

To view the Webcast, click here. On Feb. 21, the third installment of the College's "Inside the Academics Studio" series featured Cynthia Herrup, professor of history and law, interviewed by historian Peter Mancall. Herrup…

Building People Out of Paper

Building People Out of Paper

September 1, 2006

If you’re looking for Salvador Plascencia, you can find him around page 103 of his debut novel, The People of Paper (McSweeney’s, 2005). It’s there that a character named Smiley pulls at a rough spot in the…

The Dust of Confusion

The Dust of Confusion

September 1, 2006

For decades, ideologues have vilified the Paris Commune of 1871 as a hotbed of madness, anarchy and confusion. The Communards — who overtook the French government and ruled France for a brief 70 days before dying in a…