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Innovation & Imagination

USC College highlights visual history and the Holocaust, sustainable cities, earthquake studies and marine science for Trojan parents.

On Oct. 11 and 12, 2007, USC College presented a program of exhibits and events for Trojan Parents Weekend campus visitors. The videos below feature four discussions highlighting the work of College faculty and staff.

Helping History Survive: The USC Shoah Foundation Institute Archive

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education has collected nearly 52,000 testimonies from Holocaust survivors and witnesses.

Learn about the institute’s educational work and how it is making its archive available worldwide. View its newest teaching tool, “Creating Character,” a classroom resource that includes lessons on themes of courage, responsibility, respect, citizenship, justice, fairness and perseverance.

Presentation by Sherry Bard, director of education, and Chaim Singer-Frankes, teacher training specialist.


Envisioning the Sustainable City: To Live, Work and Thrive in L.A.

Most of the world's people live, work and play in cities. Hear how we can design cities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, and how researchers use Southern California as a laboratory for creating fresh approaches to urban design that promote public health, ecological functioning, social and environmental justice, and eco-industrial growth.

This talk is led by Jennifer Wolch, professor of geography and director of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities.


Quaking in California: The Faults Beneath Our Feet

Southern California is ground zero for the study of earthquakes. USC serves as headquarters for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), one of the world's leading centers for the study of earthquake science.

Learn from James Dolan, associate professor of earth sciences and member of SCEC, about the faults beneath our feet — why we have earthquakes in California, where the major faults are and how they store and release seismic energy in large, damaging shakers. Learn too how all we've learned about seismic hazards have actually made us safer today than just 20 years ago.


Environmental Entrepreneurs: Ecological Solutions for the 21st Century

Hear about novel and cutting-edge research that USC marine scientists are conducting to solve environmental problems at low cost or even at a profit, and how these methods can be adopted by the private sector. Such ideas include using microbes to treat sewage and generate electricity simultaneously, or having robots run offshore fish farms a hundred miles away from sensitive coastal waters.

Plumbing the depths of this issue is Anthony Michaels, professor of biological sciences and director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.