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Linguist Noam Chomsky chats with a student during a recent conference honoring the work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and professor of linguistics in USC Dornsife, who died Jan. 31. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Tribute to Words

May 27, 2011

One of the founders of modern linguistics Noam Chomsky recalled in the 1950s when a prominent senior linguist told him flat out that he would no longer conduct analyses but only collect data. The senior linguist told Chomsky…

From left, Class of 2011 Master of Liberal Studies graduates Shelly Hacco, Alan Kita, and Tiffany Miller prepare for their presentations at the Fifth Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium at Simon Fraser University. Photo credit Jie Gu.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Selected for Annual Symposium

May 27, 2011

As an actress and fan of Daphne du Maurier’s literary works, Shelly Hacco gravitated to the curriculum she undertook in the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) course “Acts of Interpretation: Literature, Film, and…

The 2010-11 cohort of AMCLI fellows. Photo by Sumaya Abubaker.

A New Generation of Civic Leaders

May 26, 2011

By day, Salim Patel works as a financial analyst for a large retail clothing company. After hours, he serves as a commissioner on the Board of Education in Passaic, N.J. He also helps run an emergency food pantry, which he…

From left, Elizabeth Sophy, John Lien Margetis and Silvia Green.

Eyes Fixed on the Horizon

May 13, 2011

Now preparing for their next milestones, the first graduates under the name USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences earned their diplomas on May 13. USC Dornsife issued more than 2,500 degrees during…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

From left, Bill Celis, Susan Metros and Anne McKnight. Photo by Ziva Santop.

Celis and McKnight Awarded Technology Prize

May 6, 2011

Bill Celis, associate professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and Anne McKnight, assistant professor of East Asian languages and literatures and comparative literature in USC…

An enthusiastic USC Student Interfaith Council discusses the Dalai Lama's first visit to USC at a meeting shortly before his appearance on May 3. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

The Dalai Lama Inspires USC Dornsife Students

May 4, 2011

After years of reading the enlightening words of His Holiness, Mary Ellen “Jem” Jebbia listened to the powerful words spoken by the Dalai Lama. “It was fantastic,” the USC Dornsife junior said after…

The Dalai Lama speaks at USC for the first time to a sold-out audience at Bovard Auditorium. Photo by Steve Cohn.

A Visit to Cherish

May 4, 2011

Happiness — the basic human goal — depends upon good ethical conduct, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, said the 14th Dalai Lama during his first visit to USC on Tuesday. “An open heart helps us…

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC 2011

Politics, Punk Rock and The Lie

May 2, 2011

The 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books took place at USC this past weekend with readers of all ages meandering around University Park Campus learning about children’s literature from Hugo and the Really,…

USC Dornsife undergraduate Jordan Vieira earned first prize in the social sciences category during the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Drumming Up Winners

April 29, 2011

It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums — pum-pum-pum-pum — from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention. Back home in California he began exploring…