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Through a writing course led by Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing Mark Marino (kneeling, holding flyer), students undertook service-learning projects with organizations that serve the homeless and underprivileged. Photo courtesy of Mark Marino.

Writing students break away from the classroom to help the homeless

May 10, 2016

For Mark Marino, writing is about more than just staring at a computer screen. His students in “Advanced Writing” (WRIT 340) are expected to transform life experiences into thinking. Marino, associate professor…

Members of the Oneida Community playing croquet on the lawn of their imposing Mansion House in Madison Country, New York. Photo courtesy of Oneida Community.

From free love to well-set table

May 10, 2016

Oneida. For most Americans the name conjures up fine silverware. Few are aware that behind this secular symbol of middle-class respectability lies the story of a 19th-century religious community endowed with radical notions of…

Alumna Denise Nicholas left Michigan as a young woman to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As an actress with the Free Southern Theater, she performed across Mississippi and Louisiana.

Actress and novelist Denise Nicholas draws from her experiences in the civil rights movement

March 25, 2016

Denise Nicholas was 19 years old when she interrupted her pre-law studies at the University of Michigan to travel to the Deep South and the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was a dangerous time and place for a…

Joshua Ramirez (fine arts ’15) cast his father’s hands in concrete to create the sculpture <em>Intuition</em> inspired by J.D. Salinger’s novel <em>The Catcher in the Rye</em>. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

A New Gallery Emerges

October 29, 2015

Delicately cut paper demonstrates an incredible feat as a tight rope walker leaps between the rooftops of New York City’s Twin Towers, taken from a scene in the novel Let the Great World Spin. Life-size concrete hands…

Mark Darrah says his law practice is the closest you can get to a small-town practice in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Mark Darrah.

A People Person

October 1, 2015

Growing up in Oklahoma in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mark Darrah lived in five different towns before graduating from high school in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. His father, a Methodist…

Rob Paravonian combined his love of writing and making people laugh to forge a career in comedy. Photo by Elia Lyssy.

To Wit

July 14, 2015

When Rob Paravonian opened 12 shows on comedy titan George Carlin’s final tour across the country, he waited until the seventh show before asking to take a photo together. Paravonian didn’t want to come off as a…

Dictionary.com recently added dozens of new words to its database, including “slacktivism,” “lifehack” and “agender.”

Spread the Word

May 12, 2015

Edward Finegan, professor emeritus of linguistics and law, recently spoke with a medical doctor who teaches at the University of Georgia. In the course of their discussion, Finegan brought up the word “agender,”…

Communication Team Wins Grand Gold

Communication Team Wins Grand Gold

March 13, 2015

The USC Dornsife Office of Communication, led by Associate Dean for Communication Emily Cavalcanti, won seven regional 2015 Awards of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). USC Dornsife…

In addition to writing, The Writing Program at USC Dornsife improves students’ communication and critical thinking, top skills employers look for in a job candidate.

Got English?

October 15, 2014

You think honing your writing skills prepares you solely for a writing career? Think again. For a wide range of industries, the most in-demand skill is writing. That is coupled with good oral communication skills, according…

USC Dornsife's David Ulin of the Master of Professional Writing program (far right) moderates a discussion about how the literary perception of Los Angeles architecture helped shape the city's identity. Ulin is book editor of the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. From left: Jon Christensen, Alice Kimm and Christopher Hawthorne. Photo by  Gary Leonard.

Tales from Two Cities

March 6, 2014

For nearly 90 years, Los Angeles’ architecture has been seized upon by the city’s critics as an easy target, a way to reinforce its reputation as a shallow place without roots. Unjustly so, argued USC…