Film Screening: “Northern Light” Levan Institute Cinema of Substance Series

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108 | 7 PM 

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1EhYFpv  ​

Winner, Most Innovative Feature, 2013 Visions Du Réel, Switzerland
Winner, Best Cinematography, 2013 New Orleans Film Festival, Louisiana

Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, Northern Light interweaves captivating stories of recession-era America. The lives of three families change profoundly in the north woods of Michigan, where winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come by, and the line between living life and merely surviving is razor-thin.

“Cool in tone and temperature, Nick Bentgen’s Northern Light turns white vistas and blue language into a sneakily compelling, endlessly patient observation of three working-class families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.”

—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

The Cinema of Substance Series showcases meaningful films from around the world that explore who we are and how we might be.

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the School of Cinematic Arts

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: LEVAN-OXFORD SPRING 2015 WORKSHOP

Human Rights In and After Conflict | March 21 – March 27, 2015 | Oxford, UK

The Levan Institute partners with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict annually to offer a workshop at the University of Oxford. Areas of study include human rights in and after conflict, humanitarian action, conflict trends, human rights law, and peacemaking with a focus on recent armed conflicts. The module is a healthy mix of seminars, working groups, and student presentations.

From Marissa Roy, Dornsife Philosophy, Politics and Law ’14 and Annenberg MA Public Diplomacy ’14
“I gained a much clearer idea of what humanitarian work looks like in the field and what challenges humanitarian workers face. I hope that, as a law student with political aspirations, this perspective will help me craft policies that keep in mind the realities of the field.”

More Information and To Apply: http://dornsife.usc.edu/levan-oxford-workshops
Deadline to Apply: Monday, December 1, 2014

Photos from the Levan-Oxford Spring 2014 Workshop: http://bit.ly/10N4nmv

Read about the Spring 2014 Levan-Oxford Workshop in USC Dornsife News “Humanitarian Spring”: http://bit.ly/118Vx3i​

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics—IS IT TIME TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Ground Zero Cafe | Noon | Lunch Provided

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1yn5wfr 

Recent reports of botched executions by lethal injection have reignited debate over the moral and legal defensibility of the death penalty.  As new DNA technologies lead to exoneration of increasing numbers of the condemned, discoveries in brain science alter our views of criminal responsibility, concern over discriminatory application increases, and execution methods are successively deemed unconstitutionally cruel, should the United States finally lay the death penalty to rest?

Program Director and Moderator:
Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science

Panelists:
Michael Brennan, Clinical Professor of Law, USC Gould
Martin Levine, USC Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost
Dan Simon, Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology, USC Gould
Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life
Ralph Wedgwood, Professor of Philosophy, USC Dornsife​

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics encourage faculty, staff, and students from every part of our USC community to talk about the ethical questions of the day.

Spring classes in Judaic Studies

Still need a Spring Class? Check out these Judaic Studies Courses…there are still spaces open! For more information check out our website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/jewishstudies and facebook http://www.facebook.com/JewishStudiesUSC. Major in Judaic Studies or Minor in Judaic Studies or Jewish American Studies today!

JS 379m (Cross-listed as SOCI 379m): Mixed Matches: Intermarriage & American Society in the 21st Century

An investigation into inter-ethnic, interracial, and inter-religiuos marriage in the 21st century.

Tuesday / Thursday 12:30 – 1:50 PM
Professor Bruce Phillips

This course satisfies the university’s diversity requirement. This all counts towards the minors in Jewish Studies and Sociology.

JS 362: Terror and Resistance

Investigation of the multiple ways that people experience and represent incidents of terror in literature, film, music, and social media.

Tuesday / Thursday 9:30 – 10:50 am
Dr. Leah Hochman

Counts toward the minor in resistance to genocide studies.

JS 314: Holy War & History: Jews, Christians, Muslims

Investigates the engagement in war by Judaism, Christianity and Islam by examining history and theology and looks at religious justifications and condemnations of war.

Tuesday / Thursday 3:30 – 4:50 pmDr. Reuven Firestone

This course satisfies the Category I GE requirement.

JS 180: Intro to JudaismJewish beliefs, practices, and history from the biblical period to the present; Judaic contributions to Western civilization.

Tuesday / Thursday 9:30 – 10:50 am
Dr. Reuven Firestone

Counts towards JS & REL minors and RL & RLJS majors.

FSEM 100: Jews in Popular Culture
Thursday 3:00 – 4:50 pm
Professor Sharon Gillerman

Religion 479: Seminar in Christian Thought

Religion 479: Seminar in Christian Thought
(NEW TIME!) Tues 2-4:50 – Professor Lisa Bitel (bitel@usc.edu)

THE SUPERNATURAL in Christian Thought & Practice

Angels, apparitions, visions, magic, possession, saints, demons, ghosts…all these and other unearthly phenomena are built into historical Christian doctrines & practices. How did believers of the past define the supernatural, the divine, and the demonic? what techniques did they use to invoke and interact with the supernatural? How do modern believers reconcile 21st science & technologies with ideas about the paranormal and supernatural?

We shall INVESTIGATE…

Class format will consist of discussion, guest lectures, viewing of films, and at least one off campus class meeting. Assignments include regular participation, brief presentations, blog postings, and a research project.

REL 479 is open to all – no prerequisites or background necessary – assignments will be adapted for both beginners & advanced students, including graduate students.

“Medicine and the Image: The Visible Human” Fall 2014 Conference and Public Gallery Exhibit

Conference
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

Students are welcome to join sessions in-between classes
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: http://bit.ly/1sZpJsV
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wASjyA 

Public Gallery Exhibit
Monday, November 3 – Friday, November 7, 2014
Von KleinSmid Center Courtyard

From the anatomical drawings of Vesalius to contemporary MRI and CT scans, images create and popularize medical knowledge as well as influence diagnosis and treatment. This one-day conference will explore how the human body and its experiences of illness are imagined and made visible in medical research, practice, and education. How does representation, both visual and literary, construct and complicate facts about a medically knowable body? How does it also change our individual and societal perceptions of illness, disease, and health? In what ways do technological advances in imaging techniques, including virtual reality simulations, influence medical practices? How can the analysis and creation of art enrich medical education?

The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation by bringing together scholars from a variety of fields including Art, History, Literature, Communications, Anthropology, Medical Illustration, and Medicine. Events for the day will include research presentations on the relationship between medicine and images; a career roundtable for students interested in the health humanities; a keynote lecture on the use of entertainment applications at the intersection of behavioral science, medicine and public health; and a public gallery exhibit of medical images.

FEATURED SESSION
ROUNDTABLE ON CAREERS IN THE HEALTH HUMANITIES & ARTS | 1:30-3:00 PM
ChairOctavio Avila, Director of Student Special Services, USC Dornsife
Lise Patt, Director, Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Jamie Sweetman, Artist and Adjunct Faculty, USC Roski School of Design
Megan Rosenbloom, Associate Director, Collection Resources Division, Norris Medical Library, USC
Leslie Davis, Artist and Curator, “The Art of Stem Cells” exhibit, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) 

Organizing Sponsor: USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics
Co-Sponsors: USC Office of the Provost, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Dornsife Science and Health Program, Center for Feminist Research, Department of Comparative Literature, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program, Visual Studies Research Institute, and Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics

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