Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law: A Conversation about the Daniele Watts Controversy

USC Gould School of Law presents:
Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law:
A Conversation about the Daniele Watts controversy

How does law frame or challenge social understandings or perceptions of interracial intimacy? Participate in a conversation with Professors Michelle Gordon, Shana Redmond, Camille Gear Rich, and Diana Williams. Special guest Daniele Watts ’07.

Michelle Gordon, Assistant Professor of English & Gender Studies
Shana Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity
Camille Gear Rich, Professor of Law and Sociology
Diana Williams, Assistant Professor of History and Law

Special guest:
Daniele Watts ’07

November 3, 2015 at 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

USC Gould School of Law
Room 3
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Parking (paid by guest) is available at Parking Structure X (PSX).

Registration link:


Have questions about Race, Sexual Expression, and Civil Rights Law? Contact USC Gould School of Law


The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture
Neither East nor West: The Roots of the Iranian Quest for Self-Suficiency

Dr. Rudi Matthee
Distinguished Professor of History

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Mudd Hall of Philosophy, RM 101
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Surveying a long sweep of history, this talk will argue that Iran’s quest for
self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are political as well as economic in nature. From the Safavid to the Qajars, one finds recurring attempts at import substitution as
well as frequent insistence on domestic production or the boycott of foreign goods. These patterns continued into the Pahlavi era. The shah used to boast about Iran’s
uniqueness and its ability to fulfill all of its needs itself; but shades of this belief are found among Iranians from all walks of life and educational levels.

Since the “rediscovery” of ancient Iran and the inculcation of its legacy as an integral part of Iran’s patrimony in the early twentieth century—and well before the advent of abundant oil wealth—Iranians have tended to see their country as a unique nation amply endowed with natural resources that could take care of itself without outside assistance, if only meddling outside forces and foreign powers would allow it to do so.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating lecture and discussion.

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero? The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography

The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation
Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero?
The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography

Prof. Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of History
University of Delaware

Monday, Nov. 3
Mudd Hall of Philosophy, Room 101
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Iran and its historiography in the early modern period conjure the image of a deeply schizophrenic country. There is the (perceived) splendor and sophistication of the Safavid
period, followed by a century of anarchy during which Iran became a dark and dangerous country, run by warlords and mostly shunned by the outside word.

As the world was radically reconfigured in the 18th century, Iranians continued to live in
an inward-looking mode. Yet, the early nineteenth century confronted Iranians with humiliating defeats by the Russians and British intrusion from the south. Conscious of having “fallen behind” they were nonetheless proud of their historical memory.

“Ancient glory, present misery,” to use Partha Chatterjee’s term, has been the theme for modern Iranians.

Prof. Matthee’s presentation will examine the ways in which Iranians have sought to fit the
nineteenth century into a unbroken, uplifting national narrative by highlighting the stature
of the two rulers who seem to provide some coherence in what is an otherwise chaotic period: Nader Shah and Karim Khan Zand.

Global Fellows Internship Program Information Session

Global Fellows Internship Program

The USC Global Fellows Internship Program encourages exploration of international work experience in Asia. Open to U.S. citizens of all majors, this competitive program provides stipends for USC undergraduates (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors graduating in December) to live and work in Asia for eight weeks during the summer.

Attend an information session for complete details.

Visit http://careers.usc.edu/students/info/globalfellows for more information and how to apply.

Sessions will be held in the Trojan Presentation Room (STU B3) from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

OCT 22 | NOV 06 | NOV 13


Additional Study Abroad Info Sessions

Interested in studying abroad at LSE?  Be sure to attend this session to learn more!

The London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) Information Session
Thursday, November 6th, 12:00-1:00 in THH 118

And don’t forget:

USC Paris Information Session
Wednesday, October 29th, 12:00-1:00 in VKC 101

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)

USC East Asian Studies Center Info Sessions

Dear Students,

USC East Asian Studies Center invites you to join us at two important info sessions

EASC Fellowships Info Session
Thursday | November 6, 2014 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Von KleidSmith Center (VKC) 102
Information about the following fellowships administered by EASC will be provided:
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Association for Japan-U.S. Community Exchange (ACE) – Nikaido Fellowship

Interested applicants will have the opportunity to learn about fellowship benefits and application requirements. Food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP online.

Summer 2015 Global East Asia as PwP
Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Von KleidSmith Center (VKC) 100
Information about the following will be provided:
Course Overview
Program Requirements
Program Benefits
Application Process

If you will be able to join us, please RSVP online before the week of the event. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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?


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.