Thomas Gustafson of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife shares how the stories of Los Angeles — its hopes, fears, dreams and tragedies — make the city so fascinating to study.

Los Angeles’ long and colorful history of alternative religions.

Los Angeles is the undisputed capital of noir. USC Dornsife faculty explore why the sunshine city inspired so much darkness.

As president of the board of commissioners of Los Angeles’ historic El Pueblo, Robert Vinson ’95 is the official guardian of the city’s birthplace.

From earthquake safety to community health, USC Dornsife research is shaping Los Angeles life, policy and design.

Dude, check it. Here’s, like, a fresh look at the rad language of L.A., a bomb way of talking that legit shreds way beyond the 405 and the 101.

Mario Del Pero ’95 is co-founder of Mendocino Farms, a Los Angeles born-and-bred chain of gourmet sandwich and salad restaurants.

Writer and alumnus Dan Johnson explores what it means to dream in the City of Angels.

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