Civil Rights as Human Rights – A USC Levan Institute-Oxford Workshop


In partnership with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, this workshop gives participating students the opportunity to think through the relationship between civil rights, usually considered primary for local politics and social organization, and human rights, typically understood in international frameworks. In particular, and as a means of concretely developing this relationship, we will focus our study on civil rights in the United States with regard to race, racism, and structural oppression.

Students will participate in a number of seminar sessions with leading civil rights, human rights, and legal scholars in addition to visiting a number of historical monuments dedicated to the struggle for civil rights in the Southern United States. Participating students will further have the opportunity to meet with and discuss local organizing with community stakeholders in the greater Little Rock area in an effort to enable the application of insights learned in the seminar context to community building projects. Site visits include Little Rock Central High School, the home of Daisy Bates, and the US National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Curriculum Overview:
Human Rights v. Civil Rights; US Jurisprudence and the Civil Rights – Human Rights Distinction; Legal Issues in the US Civil Rights Struggle; Role of the Church in US Civil Rights; Activism and Contemporary Struggles; Structural Racism; and Cultivating Reconciliation and Community Conversations.

Visit for application information. Application Deadline: March 23, 2015

ElevatED: STEM Pre-Teaching Society

ElevatED> 69% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level science and 54% for math
> The U.S. is ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math on international exams
> Females and minorities are under-represented in STEM fields

To turn this situation around, the U.S. needs to ensure that we have a high-impact teacher in every classroom. That is why we are forming a national STEM Pre-Teaching Society and seeking USC students who want to found their campus’ chapter.

To learn more about founding the pre-teaching society, RSVP for our info session on March 4 (6-7pm) and/or read this overview document which covers:

* Why a STEM pre-teaching society
* The mission and purpose of the group
* The resources & support provided to chapter founders

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, you can use this form or email founding president Manny Soriano directly (

As a founder of the ElevatED Pre-Teaching Society at USC, you will not only leave a legacy on campus, but also encourage the next generation of math/science teachers. We will organize seminars and internships in teaching. We plan to host a STEM enrichment after-school program for middle schoolers over spring break and we will organize a STEM enrichment day at Columbia during spring semester.

Just like a pre-law or pre-med society serves as a community of students interested in those professions and supports them to explore the profession, ElevatED enables students to explore the teaching profession to determine how they can be involved in improving STEM education and ending educational inequity.

Students at Stanford, NYU, and Columbia are forming like-minded student groups, and ElevatED is spreading to the top 100 universities.

Email Manny Soriano (

Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.

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!

Volunteer with USC Caruso Catholic Center

Are you interested in giving back to the USC community? Are you looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity that looks great on your resume? The USC Caruso Catholic Center is currently in need of tutors for the Spring semester in all subjects! Whether it’s English, Math, Choir, or Sports we are accepting tutors during school hours and after school hours. If you are interested please contact:

ZYGO Series—DOCTORS VS. PARENTS: Decision-making in Pediatrics

Friday, November 21, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
More Information:

Making decisions for children in a medical context can be extremely stressful and complex. In some notable pediatric cases, parents have made decisions that go against the recommendations of doctors. Such cases have included denying treatment for cancer or refusing to allow their children to receive vaccinations. Furthermore, in the case that a child appears to be suffering from serious abuse or neglect, medical centers are now able to forcibly provide care by implementing Child Protective Services (CPS). However, this service has often been criticized for being used incorrectly and simply as a means for health care providers to avoid liabilities.

Panelists for this seminar will discuss how parents and doctors can best make decisions concerning the treatment children should receive. They will also consider how CPS can most appropriately be implemented in a medical setting, and if treatment should be forced if deemed medically necessary.

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Janet Schneiderman
, Research Associate Professor, USC Social Work
Kenneth Geller, MD, Director of Dornsife Pre-Health Advisement, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, USC Keck
Ankit Shah, MD, JD, Assistant Professor, USC Keck, Lecturer in Law, USC Gould, Attending Physician, LAC+USC Medical Center
Rima Basu, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, USC Dornsife

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Pre-Health Intern Position

Join the Pre-Health Advisement Team!

The USC Office of Pre-Health Advisement is seeking a student worker to join our team beginning Spring 2015. Student workers benefit from flexible hours, competitive wages, and a supportive work environment.

Responsibilities include:
– General office duties
– Reception and customer service
– Assist advising staff with special projects

Job Qualifications:
– Currently enrolled USC Undergraduate
– Computer skills
– Strong Interpersonal skills
– Be able to work independently and efficiently in a team setting
– Must have work-study

Application deadline: Friday, November 21st

Application available in HNB 120. Please include a resume with your completed application.

Office of Pre-Health Advisement, 3641 Watt way, HNB 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520 Tel: (213) 740-4844