Dijon Meeting: Nov 20th THH 120 3:30pm-5pm.

The Department of French and Italian at USC offers students the opportunity to improve their knowledge of French language, literature, and culture – while earning four university credits – during our four‐week summer program.

Dijon, two hours southeast of Paris by train and three hours from Geneva, is the capital of Burgundy, France’s most famous wine region and lies at one of Europe’s historic crossroads. The city boasts a famous university and is a renowned center of art, commerce and industry.

During the program, students will have time to enjoy the city’s considerable charms, as well as the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra‐curricular activities. Weekend excursions are planned so that the students may discover some of France’s historical and artistic treasures.

4 weeks-4 units (May 31-June 26, 2015)

For more information, contact: Dr. Colin Keaveney or the French Language Program Director, Prof. Atiyeh Showrai, at showrai@usc.edu.

Rome Summer Program Informational meeting Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in THH 120 at 3pm.

The Department of French and Italian offers students the opportunity to study and live in one of the most exciting cities in the world, Rome. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Students are encouraged to take both one intensive Italian language course and a four-unit Problems Without Passports* course that will explore Italy’s “Lost Generation” of youth from political, economic, and social dimensions, or either course. Excursions to nearby cities, visits to local museums and sites, and many cultural and social events are planned and included in the cost of tuition.

Students live with an Italian family.

The seven-week program is offered at the undergraduate level.

Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab: Lunch & Learn Speaker Event 11/20

The USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab’s monthly Lunch & Learn speaker series is wrapping up the fall semester with another great speaker! Come join us for the final installation in our power-packed fall lineup of exciting movers and shakers in the field of Social Enterprise! This month’s discussion is a focus on impact investing featuring Kate Courteau, Director of Non-Profits at Y Combinator. Get ready to hear about “Silicon Valley’s start-up machine” and the exciting gains they are making in incentivizing up-and-coming social entrepreneurs. Come join us on Thursday, November 20th from 12:30-1:50 pm at Tommy’s Place (located behind the Tutor Campus Center) for an event that you will not want to miss! Complementary lunch provided. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bsel-lunch-learn-kate-courteau-director-of-nonprofits-at-y-combinator-tickets-13584809531

CET Undergraduate Fellows Present: Student-Led Seminars

The Undergraduate Fellows of the Center for Excellence in Teaching cordially invite you to attend our last Student-Led Seminar of the Fall 2014 semester on Tuesday, November 18th from 4-5pm in THH 118. Our seminar will feature two USC undergraduate students who will be presenting on their personal academic passions.

Hayden Smith will be presenting “Illuminating Dark Networks: Open Source Intelligence Gathering and Disruption of Terrorist Cells”
Luke Phillips will be presenting “A Hamiltonian Reading of American History and Politics”

As always there will be free pizza! Please join CET and our featured speakers in exploring both of these intriguing areas of scholarship. We hope to see you there!

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

Friday, November 21, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1xqn0bu
More Information: http://dornsife.usc.edu/zygo-series

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

Panelists:
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

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.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Event with Michael Bergmann

Interested in innovation and entrepreneurship? Vice Dean Lamy wants to share an opportunity with you!

Next Wednesday, a USC alumni, Michael Bergmann, will be coming to campus for a special meeting with students. Mr. Bergmann worked for Nike for the past 30 years, but recently retired and is working on two startups – IncubatorU and Red Truck.

His goal is to use this session as a catalyst to create new ideas, to engage with the attending students to follow through on some of the ideas that emerge, and to leverage the creativity in the room to implement your ideas into practice, through IncubatorU and Red Truck. The session will expose you to an interdisciplinary approach to business, and give you a great set of tools to utilize in the real world, in whatever field you plan to work in. Additionally, Mr. Bergmann will choose several students to work with him as he develops these business models further.

Space is limited, so if you’re interested in this event, please respond to the Evite below! All are welcome, so feel free to bring friends, but please RSVP with the number of people you’re planning on bringing. For more information, feel free to email Danika Newlee at newlee@usc.edu, or check out the attached flyer. See you Wednesday!

http://www.evite.com/event/03383VFTNSJHSECREEPELX7LXUPOY4