Lunch & Learn: Y Combinator 11/20

The USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab is excited to continue its Lunch & Learn series, bringing exciting movers and shakers in the field of Social Enterprise to USC! It will be held on Thursday, 11/20, at 12:30PM in TCC 227.

Our featured speaker for November will be Kate Courteau, Director of Nonprofits at Y Combinator, speaking about Impact Investing. (

Called “Silicon Valley’s start-up machine” by the New York Times and consistently ranked as one of the top startup incubator and accelerators, Y Combinator (YC) has funded companies such as ScribdredditAirbnb,DropboxDisqus, and Heroku. To date, they have funded over 700 startups, cultivated a community of over 1,400 founders, and their companies have a combined valuation of over $30B.

Recently YC opened its tech company incubation program to social entrepreneurs. By doing so, YC is incentivizing more entrepreneurs who are willing to tackle social challenges with the tools, creative approach, and dynamism of the tech sector. And YC is doing it at a time when the social sector needs more funders and collaborators that are willing to take the chances and spend the resources necessary to catalyze innovation. Bring your friends, enjoy a free lunch on us, and hear about the exciting collaboration between technology, social innovation, entrepreneurship, and funding.

Kate Courteau has been a part of YC since its beginning in 2005. She is an architect by training and served as YC’s architect over the last 9 years. Kate also has a background in the nonprofit space, locally and in the developing world. Through her experience at YC, her own architecture practice, and in the nonprofit space, she is strengthening the presence of social change startups as Director of Nonprofits

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Co-sponsored by USC Sigma Eta Pi – Gamma Chapter & USC Global Brigades at Marshall

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab provides opportunities for USC students, faculty, and other individuals to use business principles to create positive social and environmental impact. Through education, programs, events, and career development, we inspire the next generation of enlightened business leaders and social entrepreneurs.

The Lunch & Learn series exposes the USC community to issues of social and environmental importance and how business solutions can be used to approach these issues. They are open to all students and faculty. (

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Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law: A Conversation about the Daniele Watts Controversy

USC Gould School of Law presents:
Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law:
A Conversation about the Daniele Watts controversy

How does law frame or challenge social understandings or perceptions of interracial intimacy? Participate in a conversation with Professors Michelle Gordon, Shana Redmond, Camille Gear Rich, and Diana Williams. Special guest Daniele Watts ’07.

Michelle Gordon, Assistant Professor of English & Gender Studies
Shana Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity
Camille Gear Rich, Professor of Law and Sociology
Diana Williams, Assistant Professor of History and Law

Special guest:
Daniele Watts ’07

November 3, 2015 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

USC Gould School of Law
Room 3
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Parking (paid by guest) is available at Parking Structure X (PSX).

Registration link:

Have questions about Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law? Contact USC Gould School of Law


The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture
Neither East nor West: The Roots of the Iranian Quest for Self-Suficiency

Dr. Rudi Matthee
Distinguished Professor of History

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Mudd Hall of Philosophy, RM 101
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Surveying a long sweep of history, this talk will argue that Iran’s quest for
self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are political as well as economic in nature. From the Safavid to the Qajars, one finds recurring attempts at import substitution as
well as frequent insistence on domestic production or the boycott of foreign goods. These patterns continued into the Pahlavi era. The shah used to boast about Iran’s
uniqueness and its ability to fulfill all of its needs itself; but shades of this belief are found among Iranians from all walks of life and educational levels.

Since the “rediscovery” of ancient Iran and the inculcation of its legacy as an integral part of Iran’s patrimony in the early twentieth century—and well before the advent of abundant oil wealth—Iranians have tended to see their country as a unique nation amply endowed with natural resources that could take care of itself without outside assistance, if only meddling outside forces and foreign powers would allow it to do so.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating lecture and discussion.

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero? The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography

The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation
Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero?
The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography

Prof. Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of History
University of Delaware

Monday, Nov. 3
Mudd Hall of Philosophy, Room 101
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Iran and its historiography in the early modern period conjure the image of a deeply schizophrenic country. There is the (perceived) splendor and sophistication of the Safavid
period, followed by a century of anarchy during which Iran became a dark and dangerous country, run by warlords and mostly shunned by the outside word.

As the world was radically reconfigured in the 18th century, Iranians continued to live in
an inward-looking mode. Yet, the early nineteenth century confronted Iranians with humiliating defeats by the Russians and British intrusion from the south. Conscious of having “fallen behind” they were nonetheless proud of their historical memory.

“Ancient glory, present misery,” to use Partha Chatterjee’s term, has been the theme for modern Iranians.

Prof. Matthee’s presentation will examine the ways in which Iranians have sought to fit the
nineteenth century into a unbroken, uplifting national narrative by highlighting the stature
of the two rulers who seem to provide some coherence in what is an otherwise chaotic period: Nader Shah and Karim Khan Zand.

Global Fellows Internship Program Information Session

Global Fellows Internship Program

The USC Global Fellows Internship Program encourages exploration of international work experience in Asia. Open to U.S. citizens of all majors, this competitive program provides stipends for USC undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors graduating in December) to live and work in Asia for eight weeks during the summer.

Attend an information session for complete details.

Visit for more information and how to apply.

Sessions will be held in the Trojan Presentation Room (STU B3) from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

OCT 22 | NOV 06 | NOV 13


November 2014 Career Center Workshops

November 2014 Workshops
Free & open to all students. RSVP through connectSC

Tue 04 | Public Interest Career Fair
12:00 – 1:30 PM (Crocker Plaza)

Wed 05 | Medicine & the Image: The Visible Human
8:30 – 7:00 PM (Doheny Library 240)

Wed 05 | Internships 101 – A First Generation College Students Special Event
3:00 – 4:00 PM (STU B3)

Wed 05 | Application Process Review Workshop
5:30 – 7:00 PM (Online)

Thu 06 | Global Fellows Information Session
12:00 – 1:00 PM (STU B3)

Mon 17 | Dinner with Health Professionals
5:00 – 7:00 PM (University Club)

Tue 18 | Visa Options for International Students: Life after OPT
4:45 – 6:45 PM (Taper Hall)

Tue 18 | Secrets to Scoring a Promotion
5:00 – 9:00 PM (TCC 450)

Thu 20 | Brazen Careerist’s Online Networking Hour
9:00 – 10:00 AM (Online)

Additional Study Abroad Info Sessions

Interested in studying abroad at LSE?  Be sure to attend this session to learn more!

The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) Information Session
Thursday, November 6th, 12:00-1:00 in THH 118

And don’t forget:

USC Paris Information Session
Wednesday, October 29th, 12:00-1:00 in VKC 101

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)