USC Paris Information Session & Study Abroad 101

USC Paris Information Session
Wednesday, October 29th, 12:00-1:00 in VKC 101
Come learn more about spending a semester in Paris and meet the USC Paris Resident Director. Lunch provided.

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)

 

Persian @ USC

PERSIAN @ USC

Our Mission:
Persian is a major language in the Middle East and the Islamic world. It is the official language of Iran and Tajikistan and one of the two official languages of Afghanistan. With nearly 100 million native speakers around the world, Persian is a language of poetry, philosophy, sciences, literature and Iranian culture.

Thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation’s Iranian Studies Initiative, USC Dornsife began offering Persian language courses in Fall 2011.

At present, all levels of Persian, from elementary to advanced, are taught under USC Middle East Studies Program.

Courses:
Persian I (MDES 120) teaches basic language skills such as reading and writing and helps develop basic speaking proficiency quickly.
Persian II (MDES 150) continues Persian I and advances basic language skills.
Persian III (MDES 220) is an intermediate level course which builds on the skills developed in Persian II.
Persian IV (MDES 250) is a high intermediate level course which counts towards the minor in Iranian Studies.
Advanced Persian I (MDES 320) and Advanced Persian II (MDES 350) develop advanced proficiency in Persian language and culture and count towards the minor in Iranian Studies.

Through our Program:
– Immerse yourself in Persian language & culture
– Experience dynamic & proficiency-based learning using modern technology and interactive online assignments.
– Enjoy easy-to-manage course work and syllabi
– Fulfill your foreign language requirement
– Complete coursework toward a minor in Iranian Studies or Middle East Studies by selecting upper level courses (Persian-IV, Advanced Persian-I & II)
– Take a placement exam to enter beyond the Persian I level if eligible (through the Dornsife Language Center).
– Have access to critical language scholarships and language abroad programs

Our Teaching Philosophy:
The main goal of the program is to develop communicative proficiency and language skills in Persian. The Persian language program at USC utilizes the latest communicative & tasked-based teaching methodologies. Based on this approach, the language learners are immersed in the target language from the very beginning and learn the same language tasks that native-speakers of Persian use in their real life.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings:
Persian-I (MDES 120), M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 107
Persian-II (MDES 150), M-Th, 10-10:50, WPH 400
Persian-III (MDES 220), M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Advanced Persian-I (MDES 320), M-Th, 9-9:50, VKC 103

Spring 2015 Course Offerings:
Persian-II (MDES 150) M-Th, 12-12:50, THH 107
Persian-III (MDES 220) M-Th, 10-10:50, THH 109
Persian-IV (MDES 250) M-Th, 11-11:50, THH 111
Advanced Persian-II (MDES 350), M-Th, 9-9:50, THH 109

Middle East Studies Program
Persian Language
University of Southern California
3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 449
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352
Phone: 213-740-2310
Fax: 213-740-9354
Email: nojoumia@usc.edu
http://dornsife.usc.edu/persian

Exploring China: Legal, Regulatory and Cultural Aspects

International Regulatory Science Symposium
Exploring China: Legal, Regulatory and Cultural Aspects
 
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from the leaders in China Biomedical industry!
 
China poses both enormous economic potential and uncertain business risk for the biomedical industry that would like to tap into its expanding economy, aging population and growing talent pool.  Its rapid rise in GDP, establishment of social infrastructure, and efforts to incentivize domestic R&D continue to attract companies to invest in the market and explore opportunities amidst rapidly changing environment.
 
This one-day symposium will feature speakers from industry, academia, and government to present current developments, issues, and challenges facing the biomedical industry in China.
 
Agenda Highlights:
China’s Role in Biomedical Industry: Past, Present, and Future 
Medical Device Regulation 
Health System and Policy
Medical Insurance Systems in China 
Medical Device Evaluation
Innovation and Start-ups 
Practical Aspects of Chinese Law 
Intellectual Property Considerations
 
Featured speakers include:
Dan Harris, JD, Harris Moure, Seattle, Washington
Helen Niu, MD, PhD, Head, Senior Director, China Clinical Development of Allergan, Beijing, China
Annie Yin, DBA, Regulatory Affairs Director, Medtronic Inc., Beijing, China
Click here for speakers’ bios
 
Who should attend:
Biomedical and Medtech industry professionals and executives
Faculty, students, and staff interested in learning about this exciting field
 
We look forward to welcoming you on November 1st!

Diversity Networking Mixer

Come network with 20 employers looking to recruit diverse members of the Trojan family for internships and full-time job opportunities!  RSVP on connectSC (Events Tab>Career Events>Diversity Networking Mixer) and view the list of companies and positions they’re recruiting for.

Come dressed in business formal attire and bring copies of your resume!

Project Remix Presents: Faculty and Students of Color Meet and Greet

Project Remix

Project Remix Presents: Faculty and Students of Color Meet and Greet
Thursday, Sept. 25 from 2 PM – 4 PM
Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 302
To RSVP, please email apass@usc.edu

Between Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA), and El Centro Chicano (ECC), we wanted to provide a new program to attract students who might not otherwise seek out our specific cultural centers. The last two years with Project ReMix were excitingly received and we expect another great year! With new cosponsors, specifically working with ASE (American Studies & Ethnicity) this event will attract a diverse community to explore while also networking with great professors here at USC. Come join us!

A Middle East with No Minorities? Asking the Tough Questions

A Middle East with No Minorities?
Asking the Tough Questions

Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Beirut’s Haigazian University

In conversation with Dr. Laurie Brand, Director of USC Middle East Studies Program

Monday, September 29, 2014
Doheny Memorial Library
Room 244, 12 to 1 PMLunch Included

Sponsored by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

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Muslims in Public Service – Friday Sept. 5 (Organized by Prof. Sherman Jackson)

A full-day conference featuring Muslims in various aspects and levels of government discussing their experiences, challenges, advice and vision for the future. Keynote address to be delivered by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

Since 9/11, the place of Islam and Muslims in American society has become a major national preoccupation. From no-fly lists to secret surveillance of mosques to legislative campaigns against shari’a law, Muslims have frequently come under suspicion regarding their socio-political roles and aspirations in the United States. Some have even questioned whether Muslims are entitled to constitutional protections that are recognized as the birthright of all other Americans, arguing that “Islam is different.”

Yet lost in all of this controversy is the fact that Muslims continue to function as public servants at virtually every level of American government, from elected officials to advisors and political appointees, from congresspersons to judges to Homeland Security personnel. “American Muslims in Public Service,” a one-day conference that will be held on 5 September 2014 at the University of Southern California’s Tudor Conference Center, will bring together a broad cross-section of American Muslims in public service to share their experiences, perspectives, fears, hopes, advice and prognostications. The conference will be inter-active, inviting questions and perspectives from the audience, along with responses from the participants. It will be capped by a special keynote address that evening by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota).

Click here to RSVP

PROGRAM
DATE: Friday, September 5, 2014
TIME: 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Panels – USC Tudor Campus Center; Keynote – USC Bovard Auditorium

Continental breakfast provided
Reception to follow keynote

MORNING
PANEL 1: Advisors, Aides, and Hopefuls

  • Suhail A. Khan, Conservative Activist and former Bush Appointee
  • Rahmat Khan, Candidate, Torrance (CA) City Council
  • Ilhaam Jaffer, White House Advance Associate
  • Asim Ghafoor, Former Legislative Assistant
PANEL 2: Law Enforcement and the Courts
  • Sylvester Johnson, Police Commissioner, Philadelphia
  • Mona Youssef, Jurist, Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan-Juvenile Division
  • Hassan A. El-Amin, Associate Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland
AFTERNOON 
PANEL 3: Muslims in Public Service in Los Angeles and California:
  • Halim Dhanidina, Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Farrah N. Khan, Community Services Commissioner, City of Irvine
  • Belal Dalati, Commissioner, City of Anaheim
  • Haroon Azar, Department of Homeland Security Regional Director for Strategic Engagement

PANEL 4: Federal, State and International

  • Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut
  • Larry Shaw, Senator, North Carolina
  • Shaarik Zafar, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
KEYNOTE: Congressman Keith Ellison
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota. Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion,” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability and advancing civil and human rights. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the congressman helps oversee the nation’s financial services and housing industries, as well as Wall Street. In response to the foreclosure crisis that began in 2008, Rep. Ellison wrote the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, which requires banks and other new owners to provide at least 90 days’ notice of eviction to renters occupying foreclosed homes.

For the 113th Congress, Rep. Ellison was elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which promotes the progressive promise of fairness for all. He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, founded the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus and belongs to more than a dozen other caucuses that focus on issues ranging from social inclusion to environmental protection. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Ellison was a noted community activist and ran a thriving civil rights, employment and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Detroit, he has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. He is the proud father of four children.

Co-Sponsored by:
  • USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
  • USC Office of Religious Life
  • USC School of Religion
  • USC Center for Law, History and Culture
  • USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity
  • USC Muslim Student Union

American Muslims in Public Service