Maymester 2014 opportunity for students! Explore food and food issues in Los Angeles and the U.S. Pacific Northwest!


USC student organization opportunity

Have an interview, case competition, or group presentation coming up in the next few weeks? Need an audience or friend to provide you with tips, pointers, and constructive feedback? Work with the student members of USC SpeechEmpowerment!

Our student coaches will happily act as a target audience and will also provide you or your group with friendly, constructive feedback to sharpen your presentation if desired.  Our members are highly qualified competitive speakers and debaters, with national level awards and leadership positions in clubs like Mock Trial and MUN.

We will listen to you as you present, anytime between 7-9PM on April 16th, 2014 in Leavey Library Basement.

Email to reserve a 15-20 minute slot!

New Problems without Passports course for Summer 2014

Introducing a new course offering in the Problems without Passports program for Summer 2014:

Indigenous Language Revitalization: FREN 499  

There are no pre-requisites for the course.  No previous foreign language experience is needed; the course is taught in English.  All majors are welcome.  For French minors and majors, a French-language component is included.

The course lasts 7 weeks (May 21-July 8) including a 2-week field experience in Louisiana with New Orleans as the home base.

The course explores the role of language in culture and in indigenous communities.  We examine the efforts made to preserve or increase language use in various communities around the globe and more specifically in Louisiana.

Louisiana, over the years, has implemented a system to attempt to preserve Cajun and Creole French (Louisiana French) language and culture.  The course takes a holistic approach to studying language revitalization–looking at what is being preserved, why it is important to community members, and how activists and decision makers implement change and whether the changes are effective.

During our stay in Louisiana, we will speak to Cajun community members, visit a Native American reservation where efforts to preserve language are also underway, speak with decision makers (i.e.: French Consul, members of the Council of Development of French in Louisiana, academic figures, educators), and discover linguistic and cultural artifacts left by those who have inhabited the state of Louisiana throughout history.

For more information, please visit the PwP website or e-mail Jessica Kanoski at



Fall SSCI Course Offerings

Two Fall Classes offered by the Spatial Sciences Institute:

SSCI 101: “Workshop in Spatial Analysis” is a 2-unit, 10-Week Course (8/25-10/27) open to all majors and all class levels. This introductory course provides an overview of the various way in which mobile apps can be used to help improve our understanding of the meaning and significance of place. The class meets once a week on Mondays, 4:00-6:20pm.

SSCI 301: “Maps and Spatial Reasoning” is a 4 unit course open to all majors. This course examines how spatial literacy can be used in a variety of fields such as health care and medicine, economics and engineering, architecture and planning, environmental science and sociology, among many others. Students learn how to use modern geospatial technologies to investigate specific places, their peoples, and local environment.

Anyone who has questions about the classes should feel free to contact Kate Kelsey at 213-740-8298 or




Pre-law Talk with David Kirschner, USC Gould School of Law Director of Admission

Tuesday, April 22nd @ 4:30pm, Student Union B3—Trojan Presentation Room

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to talk with an admissions officer at a top law school!  He is a USC Undergrad alum and has many years of experience in law school admissions. Get your questions answered and see what law schools are looking for in an application and how to make your undergrad experience work for you!


*This is a snapshot into the whole law school application process. If you are going to one event all year make it this one!


Students should visit for RSVP links.

HTE@USC Event – ABC’s Shark Tank Open House

The Health, Technology & Engineering Program (HTE) has an exciting opportunity coming up! All USC students are welcome to attend.

HTE@USC – Shark Tank flyer

New USC Kaufman School of Dance minor

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is thrilled to announce a new 16 unit minor titled Dance in Popular Culture: Hip Hop, Urban, and Social Dances.

Dance in Popular Culture delves into the historical, social and aesthetic issues of dance in the contemporary settings of entertainment, concert, vernacular and recreational forms. It is designed to explore the foundations and structures of hip hop, urban and social dances and to introduce and orient non-major students to the language of dance in contemporary society. In the hip hop culture, dance has become a major avenue of expression, acceptance and power. This minor will address issues of art, race and politics within the parameters of dance as an art form, entertainment and personal expression.

More information about the courses required for the minor is available on our website. For a minor application, please contact Anne Aubert-Santelli, USC Kaufman’s Admissions and Academic Advisor, at