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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…

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…

Our Top 10 stories from 2015

Our Top 10 stories from 2015

December 29, 2015

   10 — A rescue mission Alumnus Jamie Brisbin, a participant in the USC Wrigley Institute’s “Catalina Semester” program, today works as a pararescueman for the U.S. Air Force Special…

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:  

Chinese miniature architecture created between the 10th and 13th centuries was used to provide interior ornamentation in Buddhist monasteries and temples.

Graduate student studies miniature Chinese ornaments

December 2, 2015

Many young architects nurse lofty ambitions to build bold skyscrapers that will enliven and dominate city skylines. USC Dornsife doctoral student Di Luo, who earned her master’s degree from USC School of Architecture in…

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015

Every day USC Dornsife students, faculty and alumni are leading change on the frontlines of cutting-edge research and discovery that will transform our world and how we live in it. The generosity of thousands of alumni,…

“Eye Window” (detail) by Lorie Novak. www.lorienovak.com

Through the Lens

November 16, 2015

Mirrored Images By Geoff Dyer Two related questions: How long do we have to go back to trace the origins of what happened last year in Ferguson, Mo.? And when does the aftermath of what happened begin? In terms of narrative…

The emotion of gratitude is important in social behavior, according to the study’s senior author. Photo courtesy of iStock.

Tracking Gratitude

October 20, 2015

Neuroscientists have mapped how the human brain experiences gratitude with help from an unexpected resource: the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. “In the midst of this awful tragedy, there were many acts of bravery…

A self portrait of Alphonse Bertillon, an archivist at the Paris Préfecture of Police who was influential in the development of biometrics. Image courtesy of the Getty Research Institute.

Atlas Fever

October 14, 2015

When Special Collections staff at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles brought out a number of fascinating objects from its archives to show a group of USC doctoral students this summer, Simon Judkins’…