Social Impact

Laurie Brand of Middle East studies and international relations at USC Dornsife advocates for freedom — academic and otherwise — with the Middle East Studies Association. [3 min read]


As President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and travelers from a list of predominantly Muslim countries from entering America triggers a storm of protest across the United States and the globe, USC Dornsife scholars examine why it is causing such a widespread backlash.


Egyptologist Zahi Hawass delivers a lecture about his discoveries and the importance of archaeology to our understanding of human history.


Visiting scholar Robert Springborg examines the consolidation of power during a talk organized by Laurie Brand of international relations’ Middle East Studies program.

Dornsife Global

USC Dornsife undergraduates traveled to Egypt and Turkey in June to study religion, democracy and civil society for a Problems Without Passports course. They witnessed real-time democratic protests in both countries.

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