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

Women and War featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan

WOMEN AND WAR featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan
October 23, 2014, TCC 350 | 7-9 PM
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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.

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

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

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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

MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership

MDA 325, Case Studies in Modern Leadership
Offered Spring 2015 and co-taught by Professor 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: http://bit.ly/1EJIm82

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

Levan Institute Virtues and Vices Series: What is Courage?

Virtues and Vices Series: What is Courage?

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Thematic Option Honors Program

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion that tries to get at the virtue of courage. Why might it be important for us to determine the limits of courage? When is an act courageous? When might the same act instead be cowardly or reckless? Can someone act with courage without understanding what courage is? What is the relationship between the virtue of courage and other virtues like wisdom, justice, and reverence? How might we best be courageous in our daily lives?

The discussion will be guided by students from Thematic Option and Levan Institute Fellows and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics. All who are interested in participating are welcome.

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Location: THH 201
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Pizza Served

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