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G. Alexander Moore, professor of anthropology in USC Dornsife, explains why so many people got the Mayan calendar wrong.

Disappointed the World Didn’t End?

January 2, 2013

USC Dornsife’s G. Alexander Moore wasn’t surprised to wake up on Dec. 22. The professor of anthropology knew better. An expert on Mayan civilization and mythology, Moore said the much-hyped alleged Mayan…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black…

Lorna Joachim, daughter of Mary Roney, presents a copy of her mother's thesis to Master of Liberal Students (MLS) program student Jeri Schuessler-Loynchan (right), who won the first Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

MLS Program Awards First Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2012

Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan became the first Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program student to receive The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship during the program’s annual colloquium. The family of Mary Roney, who earned a…

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

April 25, 2012

The Middle East cuts a wide swath: it contains a number of countries, a multitude of languages, cultures and customs, and thousands of years of history. Interests and conflicts resonate on a global scale, such as the…

Photos by Brad Wilson.

Being Human

April 22, 2012

We humans are unique animals. Each of us may define what it means to be human differently. We place value in memory, form cultures, innovate, question the purpose of life, and dream of the future. Since the beginning of our…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

Travis Glynn

USC Dornsife's Travis Glynn Selected as Truman Scholar

March 30, 2012

Travis Glynn is a big picture person. The USC Dornsife junior tackles problems by considering not only the matter at hand but the broader situation. He approaches his life the same way. The recipient of the Harry S. Truman…

Rose Mapendo, a Tutsi Congolese widow and mother who survived life in a death camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, shared her personal story of survival during  the roundtable discussion, “Strength Through Adversity: Women and Mass Violence,” held by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme on International Women’s Day. Photo by Kim Fox.

Strength Through Adversity

March 28, 2012

USC students, faculty and the public listened to Rose Mapendo’s harrowing story of living in a death camp with her children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although Mapendo’s husband was executed in the…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

From left, Christina Zdawczyk, Francisco Rios Casas and Shamoiya Washington. Illustrations by Joel Kimmel

FYI Peer Mentors

November 3, 2011

Christina Zdawczyk La Cañada, California Neuroscience and East Asian Languages and Cultures Before Christina Zdawczyk heard about her grandfather slinging a medical bag over his shoulder and making house calls on…