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Bruce Zuckerman, professor of religion and linguistics, with Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, N.J. Photo credit Kenneth Zuckerman.

Let There Be Light

June 24, 2010

We all know what New Jersey is famous for. The birthplace of Ol' Blue Eyes? Where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb? Heaven help us, Jersey Shore? Fuggedaboutit! The Garden State is home to one of the greatest…

Alumnus Douglas Ayres. Photo courtesy of D. Ayres.

Redemptive Suffering

April 26, 2010

On the morning of February 20, 2006, I received a call from my father at 8 a.m. It was a holiday, President’s Day. My father could not speak. He sounded in shock. And he was only able to stutter a few words and my name…

Donald Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC.

USC Center Awards $3.5 Million in Grants for Research on Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity

April 1, 2010

The Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California is funding research in 23 countries on one of the world's fastest growing religious movements: charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity. Grants…

James McHugh of USC College has been offered a Society Fellowship at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities to complete his book about scent in medieval India. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

The Sweet Smell of Success

February 9, 2010

Imagine a figure wrapped in fine silk, dripping with diamonds and bathed in a cloud of exotic perfume. Is this a celebrity, a diva, the ghost of Liberace? According to James McHugh, assistant professor of religion in USC…

Lynn Swartz Dodd, curator of USC College's Archaeology Research Center, adjusts a bronze-gold figurine to be X-rayed at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago during her and her students' first visit in July 2009. Dodd has been awarded a second grant to use the country's most powerful X-ray. Photo credit Elizabeth Friedman.

Beaming with Joy

January 29, 2010

For the second consecutive year, archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd of USC College has won "beam time," enabling her and her students to conduct research on ancient artifacts using the nation's most powerful X-ray. "The items…

María Elena Martínez’s book, which traces the purity of blood concept from 15th century Spain to the New World, has won two major awards from the American Historical Association. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tracing the Roots of Discrimination

January 6, 2010

Maria Elena Martinez's book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008), the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has…

One of the old books Brand found at Lycee Lutfi, a high school that dates from the colonial period. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Global Brand Journeys to Algeria

November 25, 2009

"Think of me as a kind of machine that was going through, photographing pages and pages of books, seeing titles and taking pictures because they looked good, but not having much time to digest their meaning or significance,"…

Wearing her USC T-shirt, Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia attends a coming-of-age celebration at a mosque during Ramadan in Malawi. Photo credit Karem Issa.

Eradicating Malaria in Malawi

October 12, 2009

Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia knows firsthand that the fight against malaria is more complicated than dispensing bed nets. The USC College senior spent three weeks in Malawi fighting malaria this summer through a Faiths Act…

Henry Clark explores Mendocino, Calif. The professor emeritus of religion in USC College was a lover of the great outdoors. Clark died the night of July 23. Photo courtesy of the Clark family.

In Memoriam: Henry B. Clark II, 78

August 12, 2009

Henry B. Clark II, professor emeritus of religion in USC College and champion of social justice, has died. He was 78.  Clark had spent two weeks in July at a lakeside cabin in Vermont with his children and grandchildren.…

Lisa Bitel and Peter Mancall of USC College's Department of History have been married 24 years. Mancall appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em> discussing his new book about Henry Hudson on July 14. Bitel's book, <em>Landscape with Two Saints</em>, was also recently published. Photo credit Andrew Mancall.

A Marriage of Two Minds

July 10, 2009

Peter Mancall and Lisa Bitel enjoy more in common than many married couples. Both are historians in USC College. Both are Harvard grads. And both have authored newly released books. Mancall appeared on The Daily Show with Jon…