Now You Know: How to Approach Faculty

Anxious or nervous about approaching professors? Not sure how to ask for help? Want some tips on developing strong faculty relationships? Get advice and tips from faculty and senior students as they discuss the benefits of faculty relationships as well as the best ways to achieve them. Join the CET Undergraduate Fellows for an informative discussion on Monday, March 2nd at 5pm at GFS 222. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Volunteer for Spirits in Action Day 2015!

USC’s Spirits in Action Day is USC’s version of the Special Olympics. It is a festival-like event for local children with physical and mental disabilities. The event is made free for all participants. We are looking for volunteers to run booths and buddy with a child for the duration of the event.

This year’s event will be on Saturday March 7th from 9am-1pm. Volunteers will receive a free lunch. If you would like to volunteer with us, please register at!volunteer/c1v2b. If you have any questions, please email us at

Information Session: USC Rossier School of Education

Are you interested in going to Grad School for fields in Education? Want to know the key areas that you need to know to apply? Would you like to have the opportunity to speak to USC Rossier Program Representatives?

WHEN: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Lunch will be provided!

ZYGO Series—MEDICINE IN THE MEDIA: Ethical Obligations to Viewers

MEDICINE IN THE MEDIA: Ethical Obligations to Viewers
ZYGO Student Lunchtime Series on Ethics in Medicine
February 20, 2015
| 12:30-2 PM | Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241
Lunch Provided | RSVP:

Medically themed TV shows cover a wide range of genres; they include comedies such as Scrubs, dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy, and soap operas such as General Hospital—the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. Too often the scientific-relevance of treatments presented on such shows is difficult to grasp and inaccurate. Research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in 2010 accordingly found that 46 percent of seizure cases depicted on medical dramas were subject to inappropriate treatments.

Along these lines, American news outlets are often criticized for presenting health-related news items in a sensationalist and distorted manner. Panelists for this event will consider the relationship between health issues and their representations in the media. Do TV producers and filmmakers have any ethical obligations to accurately present medical cases? How do current depictions of health on TV and in the news impact the way viewers seek out and view medical treatment?

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director
Doe Mayer, Mary Pickford Professor of Film and Television, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Armine Kourouyan, MPH, Project Manager, Hollywood, Health & Society, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Lara Bradshaw, Ph.D. Student, Critical Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts
William Reckner, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

Cosponsored by the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.

University of Southern California
Contact: Dr. Lyn Boyd Judson, Director

Lunch & Learn 2/25

Another exciting Lunch & Learn heading your way! 

The USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab‘s monthly Lunch & Learn speaker series is continuing its Spring Lunch & Learn series on February 25th! Come join us for our next installation in our power-packed line up of exciting movers and shakers in the field of Social Enterprise!

This month’s discussion is a focus on community healthcare featuring Ritchie Geisel, President and CEO of Bienvenidos Children’s Center. Get ready to hear about the great work Bienvenidos has been doing to deliver a comprehensive array of services that empower children and their families, are culturally responsive, and are effective models of prevention and intervention. Bring your friends, enjoy a free lunch on us, and hear about the exciting collaboration between healthcare, business, social innovation, and non profits.

Ritchie Geisel was chosen to lead Bienvenidos as its President and CEO in 2009. He brings over two decades of business experience in senior leadership positions in the nonprofit sector, helping to lead two of those organizations through processes of transformational change. Ritchie began his career in academic fundraising and has since been focused on social service organizations. After earning a degree in history from Princeton University, Ritchie went on to obtain an MBA from Stanford University. As a businessman, he has a strong track record in leadership and organizational acumen, which was recognized when he received one of four “Leadership Impact Awards” presented by the Center for Nonprofit Management in 2013.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 25th from 12:30-1:50pm in JKP 210. RSVP requested.

To RSVP click Here
Facebook Event Here

Complementary lunch provided.

Big thanks to our co-sponsoring groups USC Health Care Business Club and GlobeMed at USC!
Visit our website
Like us on Facebook
Sign up for our mailing list

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

Reading, Music, & Talk
March 3, 20154:30 PM
DML 240

Join the Department of English for music, a reading, and a book signing with USC Writer-in-Residence T.C. Boyle.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Film Screening of “Lessons in Dissent” and Q&A with Joshua Wong and Matthew Torne

USC welcomes Joshua Wong, student leader of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement!
A Film Screening of “Lessons in Dissent” and Q&A with Joshua Wong and Matthew Torne

Lessons in Dissent

The USC College Republicans and USC for Democracy in Hong Kong welcome Joshua Wong, student leader of the Hong Kong’s 2014 protests and Umbrella Movement, and Matthew Torne, Director/Filmmaker, to USC!

Friday, February 20
University of Southern California
Mudd Hall 101

Free donuts will be served!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event ticket tab at

More information:
Joshua Wong
Named as one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teenager of 2014 and nominated for TIME Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year, Joshua Wong was propelled into international attention during Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement when his arrest and the police’s use of pepper spray against the non-violent protesters galvanized the citizens of Hong Kong in demanding the right to nominate and elect the chief executive of Hong Kong.

Matthew Torne
Matthew Torne’s interest in Hong Kong began in 2003 when he had to leave his teaching post in China to go to Hong Kong when the SARS epidemic broke out in Beijing. While in Hong Kong he became fascinated by the 2003 protest against the proposed Hong Kong Article 23 sedition law. After returning to England, he took Cantonese lessons and worked toward a Masters degree in Modern Chinese studies at Oxford University. Upon finishing his thesis on Hong Kong post-1997 development and options for democratic reform, he went to Hong Kong in 2011 with the goal of making a documentary. “Lessons in Dissent” is the result.

About the film: Lessons in Dissent
Lessons in Dissent is a vivid portrait of Hong Kong’s young generation who demand to forge their own future in Hong Kong.
Before the Umbrella Movement of 2014, in 2012, 15 year old Joshua Wong led a campaign group of high school students, Scholarism, to oppose the government’s introduction of brainwashing via a “National Education” program with the slogan, “I want independent thinking, not brainwashing”. 17 year old Ma Jai, quit school to join a pro-democracy political party in support of a candidate for the legislature to push for political reform.
Filmed over 18 months, the film is a study of the passion, sweat and tears of the struggles of Hong Kong’s youth, knowing that their fight is now, before Hong Kong completely loses its status of “One Country, Two Systems” in 2047.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
In 1997, Hong Kong, a British colony, was returned to China under the Sino-British Joint Declaration with the condition that Hong Kong would be able to maintain its state of autonomy for 50 years.

In 2007, the Beijing government agreed that there will be universal suffrage allowing all of the Hong Kong citizens to elect their chief executive (the highest office in Hong Kong) by the year 2017; however in August last year, Beijing announced that candidates for Hong Kong chief executive must be first nominated by a committee of 1200 appointed people and the nominees must also be approved by Beijing.
The people in Hong Kong felt that they have been betrayed. In late September of 2014, students started their protest. When Hong Kong’s police began using tear gas and pepper spray against the peaceful demonstrators, it galvanized the people of Hong Kong to join the protest.
In more than 11 weeks of protests, no one car has been overturned and no one store window has been broken except for one door of the Legislative building which was deliberately broken by several masked men probably to discredit the peaceful movement. Dubbed the most civil of civil disobedience, protesters used umbrellas to shield themselves from the tear gas; thus the “Umbrella Movement” was born.