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Professors Percival Everett (left) and David St. John have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, bringing the number of USC Dornsife’s academy fellows to 23.

USC Dornsife’s Everett and St. John elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 20, 2016

David St. John, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature and chair of English, and Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English, have been named fellows of the 236-year-old American Academy of Arts…

Viet Thanh Nguyen garnered a prestigious 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his debut novel ‘The Sympathizer.’ Photo by Matt Meindl.

USC Dornsife’s Viet Thanh Nguyen wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of America’s most prestigious literary honors, has been awarded to Viet Thanh Nguyen, associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife. Nguyen won…

USC Dornsife student cracks the case behind 'True Crime' exhibit

USC Dornsife student cracks the case behind 'True Crime' exhibit

March 17, 2016

The USC Libraries opened the spring exhibition True Crime in the Doheny Library Treasure Room, documenting the history of detectives and the art of crime solving. The libraries created a mixed-reality game as part of the…

California State Poet Laureate and USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia offers tips for writing a meaningful love poem to your Valentine.

How to give a Valentine’s Day gift from your heart, not your wallet.

February 9, 2016

Amid the barrage of chintzy jewelry and mawkish greeting cards we face every February, it’s easy to lose sight of the overall purpose of Valentine’s Day — expressing love. While material items have transient…

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

6 reasons Shakespeare remains an icon 400 years after his death

February 8, 2016

“To be or not to be?” That is the question — that has passed over the lips of countless actors playing Hamlet in the last four centuries on stage and on screen. It’s also a question that people in…

Director Edoardo Ponti ’94 premiered his cinematic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play <em>Human Voice</em> at the 2014 Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. The short film stars his mother Sophia Loren and was shot on location in Rome and Naples, Italy. Photo by Jon Fauer ©Film and Digital Times.

‘Subsidize the Truth about You’

February 8, 2016

“Every time I write a poem, I read it hearing your voice in my mind,” confesses Edoardo Ponti to David St. John. “And if it sounds like you could read it — that the words fit your vocal pattern —…

Phyllis Franzek had worked for USC Dornsife’s Writing Program since 1997. Photo by Alexandra Bissonette.

In Memoriam: Phyllis Franzek, 65

January 25, 2016

Phyllis Franzek, associate professor (teaching) of writing in the USC Dornsife Writing Program, has died. She was 65. Franzek died in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 3 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She taught…

Robert Dilligan in 1987. Photo by Irene Fertik, courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Robert Dilligan, 75

January 22, 2016

Robert “Bob” Dilligan, Associate Emeritus Professor of English, has died. He was 75. Dilligan died at Silverado Memory Care Facility in Encinitas, Calif., on Jan. 11 from complications from Parkinson’s…

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

December 31, 2015

The writing staff in the USC Dornsife Communication department has the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant and inspiring students, faculty members and alumni on the planet and telling their stories. Reflecting…

USC Dornsife Holiday Video 2015

The Art and Science of Stars

December 7, 2015

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. View our holiday card online: