USC Paris Information Session & Study Abroad 101

USC Paris Information Session
Wednesday, October 29th, 12:00-1:00 in VKC 101
Come learn more about spending a semester in Paris and meet the USC Paris Resident Director. Lunch provided.

Study Abroad 101
Interested in studying abroad and have questions?  Attend a Study Abroad 101 session:

  • Monday, November 10th, 12:00-1:00 in THH 309K (All Dornsife Study Abroad Programs)
  • Wednesday, November 12th, 12:00-1:00 in THH 309K (Short-term Programs – Maymester, Spring Break, Summer: PWP, Summer Departmental Programs)

 

Ice Age Discoveries Deep Beneath the Yucatan

Ice Age Discoveries Deep Beneath the Yucatan
Underwater ancient caves. Early humans in America.

Dominique Rissolo
Waitt Foundation and University of California, San Diego

A young woman’s skeleton has been discovered deep beneath the Yucatan. It is the oldest, most complete yet found in the Americas.

Underwater cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula are a promising frontier for finding and understanding early people in America. Since the last glacial maximum, a maze of passageways beneath the Yucatan has flooded. Rising sea levels have covered remains of animals and humans dating to the Late Pleistocene.

A new picture is emerging from osteological and taphonomic analyses; absolute dating of human, faunal, macrobotanical, and geological samples; human DNA analyses; and hydrogeology and sedimentology and multi-proxy paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Innovate recording and imaging techniques are enabling researchers to analyze archaeological remains with minimal impact to the site and the remains.

Thursday Oct 23rd 4 pm
USC ACB 238
Refreshments
Sponsored by USC Archaeology

Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines & Information Sessions

Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines & Information Sessions!

Truman Scholarship
Campus Deadline: November 14, 2014
http://www.truman.gov/

Boren Scholarship
Preferred Campus Deadline: November 17, 2014
http://www.borenawards.org/

Goldwater Scholarship
Campus Deadline: December 8, 2014
https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

Rotary Global Grant
Campus Deadline: January 16, 2015
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50010/SitePage/scholars

Information Sessions:
Humanity in Action Fellowship Information Session
Guest Speakers: Dr. Judy Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director
Mushfiqur Chowdhury, 2014 USC Humanity in Action Fellow
Wednesday, October 22
1-2pm in Hedco Neuroscience Building (HNB) 100

Diplomacy & Diversity Fellowship Information Session
Featuring: Dr. Judy Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
2:30-3:30pm in Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100

General Fellowships for Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors
Thursday, October 23
12-1pm in Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100

Rotary Global Grant Information Session
Featuring: USC Professor & Rotarian Dr. Mina Soroosh
Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100
Tuesday, November 4
12-1pm

More information about these awards and others we support can be found on our website: http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/aif/fellowshiplist.htm
We also post regular updates on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/uscaif

Sincerely,
Academic & International Fellowships Staff
3601 Trousdale Parkway, STU 300
Los Angeles, California  90089-0896
http://www.usc.edu/aif
(213) 740-9116​

Persian @ USC

PERSIAN @ USC

Our Mission:
Persian is a major language in the Middle East and the Islamic world. It is the official language of Iran and Tajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. With nearly 100 million native speakers around the world, Persian is a language of poetry, philosophy, sciences, literature and Iranian culture.

Thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation’s Iranian Studies Initiative, USC Dornsife began offering Persian language courses in Fall 2011.

At present, all levels of Persian, from elementary to advanced, are taught under USC Middle East Studies Program.

Courses:
Persian I (MDES 120) teaches basic language skills such as reading and writing and helps develop basic speaking proficiency quickly.
Persian II (MDES 150) continues Persian I and advances basic language skills.
Persian III (MDES 220) is an intermediate level course which builds on the skills developed in Persian II.
Persian IV (MDES 250) is a high intermediate level course which counts towards the minor in Iranian Studies.
Advanced Persian I (MDES 320) and Advanced Persian II (MDES 350) develop advanced proficiency in Persian language and culture and count towards the minor in Iranian Studies.

Through our Program:
– Immerse yourself in Persian language & culture
– Experience dynamic & proficiency-based learning using modern technology and interactive online assignments.
– Enjoy easy-to-manage course work and syllabi
– Fulfill your foreign language requirement
– Complete coursework toward a minor in Iranian Studies or Middle East Studies by selecting upper level courses (Persian-IV, Advanced Persian-I & II)
– Take a placement exam to enter beyond the Persian I level if eligible (through the Dornsife Language Center).
– Have access to critical language scholarships and language abroad programs

Our Teaching Philosophy:
The main goal of the program is to develop communicative proficiency and language skills in Persian. The Persian language program at USC utilizes the latest communicative & tasked-based teaching methodologies. Based on this approach, the language learners are immersed in the target language from the very beginning and learn the same language tasks that native-speakers of Persian use in their real life.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings:
Persian-I (MDES 120), M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 107
Persian-II (MDES 150), M-Th, 10-10:50, WPH 400
Persian-III (MDES 220), M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Advanced Persian-I (MDES 320), M-Th, 9-9:50, VKC 103

Spring 2015 Course Offerings:
Persian-II (MDES 150) M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Persian-III (MDES 220) M-Th, 10-10:50, THH 109
Persian-IV (MDES 250) M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 111
Advanced Persian-II (MDES 350), M-Th, 9-9:50, THH 109

Middle East Studies Program
Persian Language
University of Southern California
3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 449
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352
Phone: 213-740-2310
Fax: 213-740-9354
Email: nojoumia@usc.edu
http://dornsife.usc.edu/persian

Women and War featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan

WOMEN AND WAR featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan
October 23, 2014, TCC 350 | 7-9 PM
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1sZr3Mt

Join us for this talk on women and war zones. While women are often framed as victims in war zones, they are often also political actors, occupying a variety of roles in violent spaces. Women are by and large disproportionately impacted by the fallout of war (displacement, militarization, and rape). These experiences shape women in marginalized communities in distinct ways. In Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, lived experiences with violence often shape the politics of women, forcing us to recognize that women can be both victims and agents in complex conflicts around the world.

More: http://bit.ly/1053eXQ

Co-Sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, the Office of Religious Life, and USC Spectrum

Need help with an upcoming interview, case competition, or class presentation?

PUBLIC SPEAKING TUTORING!

Have an interview, case competition, or group presentation coming up in the next few weeks? Need an audience or friend to provide you with tips, pointers, and constructive feedback? Work with the student members of USC SpeechEmpowerment! Our student coaches will act as a target audience and also provide you/ your group with friendly, constructive feedback to sharpen your presentation.Our members are highly qualified national public speakers and debaters! We will listen to your presentation anytime between 6:30 and 7:50 P.M. on , Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 in THH 121: Email speechempowermentUSC@gmail.com to reserve a 15-20 minute slot! Visit http://www.usc-se.org for more information!

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ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations

ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations
Friday, October 24, 2014, DML 241 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch Provided

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wesVic

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
Moderator
Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Program Manager

Panelists:
Jeff McCombs, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy, USC Schaeffer
Erin Quinn, Associate Dean for Science and Health, USC Dornsife
Heather Wipfli, Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health and Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine and School of International Relations, USC Keck School of Medicine​

The pharmaceutical industry is frequently criticized as being focused entirely on making a profit and not truly caring for the well-being of the people. This seminar will seek to explore if pharmaceutical companies have any ethical obligations towards underserved populations, or if, like any other company, they ultimately serve as a means of improving the economy of their local community. After the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights was passed by the World Trade Organization in 1996, countries were able to apply for compulsory licenses through which they could produce generic copies of these drugs without the permission of the patent owner. Since 2003, compulsory license holders can also export generic drugs to other countries that lack production capabilities. Panelists will consider if compulsory licenses are an ethical obligation for pharmaceutical companies and if this system adequately gives credit to the initial patent holder.

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.​

zygo / ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining