USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Fall Recruitment 2014

The Undergraduate Fellows of CET (Center for Excellence in Teaching) are recruiting new fellows for the 2014-2015 school year! Do you have ideas about campus enrichment that you want to put into action? Thoughts about how to improve the undergraduate learning environment? Then apply today!

A branch of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, based out of the Provost’s Office, the Undergraduate Fellows are uniquely poised to influence and improve the intellectual climate of USC. Last year we sponsored a number of successful events, including Student-Led Seminars, a study skills workshop for incoming students, CETalks: Finding the Right Major, Now You Know: How to Get Research, and a faculty speaker series event. We were also honored with a Tommy Award for Best Academic Organization of the Year. Our efforts, collaborations, and interactions with faculty have made a positive impact on the USC campus and continue to do so.

In addition to being provided with mentorship, support and resources to help put your ideas into action, new UFs will benefit from unparalleled networking opportunities with university faculty and staff, the first of which will be an exclusive welcome mixer to honor our newly accepted fellows.

To apply, please download the application at and submit via email to by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 10th. If you are selected for an interview, expect an email notification by Friday, September 12th. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and we look forward to learning more about you!

Dornsife Edge Fall 2014 Events

The Dornsife Edge is a workshop series presented by the Dornsife Advising Office and USC Dornsife Student Special Services to promote academic, career and student development.

9/2 Work it: Career Exploration in the Letters, Arts, & Sciences
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/3 Assess it: Self-Assessment Exercises & Tools
WPH B36 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

9/3 Degree Essentials
MRF 229 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/9 Write it: Resume & Cover Letters
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/10 Dress it: Interview Attire
STU B3 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/11 Transfer Student
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/16 Pitch it: Your Story in 60-seconds
STU B3 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/17 Decide it: Best Practices for Career Decisions
MRF 229 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/18 Research/Volunteering
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/23 Brand it: Your Virtual & Personal Brand
STU B3 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm

9/23 Time Management
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/24 Dornsife 1.0
MRF 229 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

9/30 Do it: Best Practices for Securing an Internship
STU B3 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

10/1 Connect it: Networking 101
STU B3 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

10/2 Managing Stress & Anxiety
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

10/7  Share it: Interview Skills
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

10/8 Choose Your Major
MRF 229 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

10/9 Dornsife 2.0
VKC 258 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

APAMSA General Meeting

Calling all pre-medical students! Wondering what it takes and to be pre-med? Join APAMSA, the premier pre-medical organization on campus, to hear about volunteer opportunities, MCAT prep, and a day in the life of a doctor from actual MD guest speakers. Come to our first general meeting on Tuesday, September 2 from 6:30-7:30pm in VKC 210. We will have FREE food! Visit our Facebook page at or email us at for more info.

2014 USC Korean Film Festival

Please join the Korean Studies Institute and the School of Cinematic Arts for the 2014 Korean Film Festival, September 6-7!

This two-day film event shows North Korea and its people in a state of flux. The films will provide Southern California audiences with the opportunity to view a dynamic shift in cinematic approach toward North Korea as well as the change in public sentiment surrounding discourse on Korean reunification and North Korean refugees. The five selected films are collaborations or independent works with origins in North Korea, Europe, China, and Korea. They were selected because they focus on movement in North Korea across the various borders of class, gender, territory, and nationality. These films counter stereotypical representations by allowing audiences to see vibrant depictions of the lives of North Koreans and the possibility of change in North Korea through the quiet, dramatic movements of crossing, jumping, and flying.

This year’s theme is Crossing, Jumping, Flying: North Korean Mobility in Films and will feature the film Comrade Kim Goes Flying as well as four other films about North Korea.  Please join KSI Director David Kang, faculty experts Youngmin Choe (USC), Suk Young Kim (UCSB), and the directors of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans on Sunday, September 7th at 4:30pm for a dynamic panel discussion following the film.


Day One: Film screenings at SCA 108
Saturday, September 6, 2014
12:30 pm — 3:00 pm | Dooman River (Zhang Lu, 2010, 90 min)
3:15 pm — 5:20 pm | Poongsan (Jun Jaihong, 2011, 121 min)
5:30 pm — 7:40 pm | Secretly, Greatly (Jang Cheol-soo, 2013, 123 min)

Day Two: Film screening & panel discussion at SCA 108
Sunday, September 7, 2014
12:30 pm – 2:40 pm | Flower Girl (Choe Ik-kyu, 1972, 126 min)
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm | Introduction for Director Nicholas Bonner and Director Anja Daelemans by David James (USC)
3:00 pm — 4:30 pm | Comrade Kim Goes Flying (Nicholas Bonner, and Anja Daelemans, 2012, 89min)
4:40 pm — 6:30 pm | Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Kang (USC Korean Studies Institute)
Participants: Nicholas Bonner, Anja Daelemans, Suk-young Kim (UC Santa Barbara), Young-min Choe (USC)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Reception at Ahn House

More information about the festival can be found on the KSI website.  Additional support provided by the East Asian Studies Center.

We hope to see you there!

Dornsife Academic Programs Forum

Every Wednesday in Leavey Library, Room 16 (next to the auditorium in the basement), at 5:30

September 3rd: Securing a Post-Graduate Fellowship
Reid Lidow, who graduated in 2014 with honors and a double major in political science and international relations, will be coming to speak about strategies for preparing for and securing major international fellowships. Reid is a 2014-2015 Gates Cambridge Scholar, as well a Dornsife Scholar, and was a finalist for both the Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships.

September 10th and 24th: Dornsife Washington, D.C. Program information sessions
Program director Dr. Jeffrey Fields will be speaking about USC Dornsife’s brand new semester study program in Washington, D.C. The program will begin in the spring, and offers students a chance to gain 16 units of course credit along with valuable work experience in a policy-related internship. Additionally, the program will include a speaker series, visits to area attractions and institutions, and professional development workshops, as well as the unique opportunity to attend think tank panels and congressional hearings on various issue areas. Open to students from all majors, though courses will focus on practical policy (both domestic and international). Specific details on courses offered, costs, housing, etc. will be available at the meetings.

October 1: Planning for Academic Success
Vice Dean Steven Lamy will be speaking about how to find a faculty mentor, how to build up your résumé with USC’s program offerings, and generally how to plan your academic life in your upcoming years at USC. Dean Lamy is in charge of all of Dornsife’s academic programs, and he offers an invaluable perspective on how to make your four years count.

More speakers to come, every Wednesday at 5:30. The series is open to all interested students!

Take over the @USCDornsife Instagram Account


USC Dornsife students, enter the @USCDornsife Instagram Takeover Photo Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the USC Bookstore!

Post as many of the photos listed here on Instagram, tag them with #DornsifeLife and include your name, major and graduation year with your entry. We’ll reshare your photos on The photo with the most likes on the @USCDornsife Instagram wins the $100 gift card! Two runners up will receive $50 gift cards.

Full rules at

Religion Courses Fall 2014

REL 331: Religions of East Asia
What is religious about traditional Chinese medicine? Is the Japanese emperor divine? What does Shamanism have to do with student protest in Korea? This course tries to answer some of these questions. Students will be introduced to the basic worldviews, teachings, texts, and practices in the religions of China, Japan, and Korea.

REL 339: Studies in the History of Christianity
Martyrs. Theological Controversy. Heresy. Miracles. The second century had it all. The various Christianities of the second century were shaped by heated debates over everything to do with theology, ethics, and identity. Out of the second century come some of Christianity’s most familiar concepts and some of its most interesting lost possibilities. It was a time of new possibilities, experimentation, and debate around issues not all that dissimilar from those that find there way into our own political and theological debates. Christians in the second century debated piety, education, identity, ethnicity, politics, and even the interpretation of art and architecture. Come explore this fascinating and vibrant period of Christianity’s history. In this course we will read together the surviving texts of the second century and explore the complex engagements between Christians, Jews, Greeks, and the broader Roman Empire. No prerequisites required. All are welcome.

REL 364: Religion and Ethics
What counts as a good human life? What does it mean to be a human being? What is the difference between seeking justice and seeking righteousness before God? Our class will explore these fundamental questions by investigating some of the most fascinating authors in western religious thought. No prerequisites required. 

REL 462: Religion and Violence
How is it, we may ask, that religion, one of the most noble activities of the human race, has so often for hundreds of years – and still today – led people to commit horrendous acts? This course explores the timely issue of whether major world religions, especially Christianity, Judaism and Islam, actually lead people to commit acts of violence. Texts, videos, and scholars from different religions help the class explore in depth this complex and widely misunderstood phenomena.