Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches…experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499, invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!

Slammin’ Down the Stigma

“DO YOU LOVE SLAM POETRY? Then sign up to perform at HSEP @ USC’s special event, “Slammin’ Down the Stigma,” a slam poetry event designed to open a dialogue on the issue of mental health on college campuses. Anyone willing to share their thoughts and experiences regarding mental health through the medium of the spoken word is strongly encouraged to consider performing. This is a rare opportunity to speak your mind and change the perspective on mental health on the USC campus!

If you are at all interested in performing, PLEASE consider doing so as we need lots of support to make this event a success!

It will be held on Thursday, November 6th, 7-9pm in THH 102, which is at the University Park Campus (UPC) at USC. Please fill out the following form if you are interested in performing or having your poem read by someone else: Feel free to send us an email at if you have any questions!

Slam Poetry Flyer

MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership

MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership
Offered Spring 2015 and co-taught by Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Professor Steve Lamy, USC Dornsife Vice Dean for Academic Programs

USC students have a special opportunity this spring to study with a world leader, together with one of USC’s most highly rated professors, in an intensive study of international politics and economics.  MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership (section 42295), is a special two-unit course open to all undergraduate students.  The class will meet from Tuesday, April 7th to Thursday, April 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and once at the beginning of the spring semester.  Some of the topics planned to be discussed include the world financial crisis of 2008, climate change and the summit of 2009, global growth and the role of the U.S., the role of the United Nations in regards to poverty, education and disease, and an analysis of what the world may look like in 2025.

History Department Open House

Thinking about becoming a History Major or Minor? Interested in taking a History class? Just curious about History? Join fellow students and faculty to chat about History and enjoy light refreshments at our Open House Event!

Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: SOS 250

Spring 2015 Course Descriptions will be available. Meet faculty to talk about their courses, research, and your shared interests in History.


Teach For America Application Workshop Night

Receive insider tips and tricks for making your Teach For America application stand out from the rest! Hear directly from TFA staff and alum about what it takes to make a great candidate for the corps.

DATE: Tuesday, October 21st
TIME: 6:00- 8:00 PM
LOCATION: SAL 126 Computer Lab

Dinner will be provided for those who RSVP here:

Whether you would simply like more information on the application process or already have an application ready to send, TFA at USC is here to support you in your efforts to join the movement for educational equality. We welcome you to bring your resumes for workshopping, essay responses for editing, or even draft emails of recommendation letter requests for proofreading.

TFA application night 10-16

HIST 355: The African American Experience


SLL 499: The Trans-Siberian Experience

The Slavic Department is happy to announce a unique and exciting 2-unit Spring course “The Trans-Siberian Experience”, which is listed in the Spring schedule as
SLL 499 – Special Topics.

This is a study-tour with 7 sessions on campus followed (during Spring break) by a tour to Moscow and then – by Trans-Siberian train – to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal-
the deepest fresh-water lake in the world.

The course introduces students to the evolution of historic and modern Russia, through observation of, and interaction with, people and places along Trans-Siberian road.

Students will be responsible for cost of a ticket to Moscow and food in Russia (around $1300.00 total)

Knowledge of Russian is not required.

If you are interested, please, contact Tatiana Akishina:, 213-740-2737