Introducing Trojan Advocates for Political Progress (TAPP)

Want to advocate for change, engage the student body, and work on campaigns? Check out Trojan Advocates for Political Progress (TAPP), a new multi-partisan student activism group. Our focus is on policy and awareness rather than party politics as we strive to represent student interests at the political level. Join us as we host contact your representative events, organize trips to a rallies, write articles and more. If you want to see increased political engagement and awareness on campus we hope you’ll join our team! If interested, please fill out this interest form. Check us out at and our Facebook page!


USC Paris Information Session Wednesday 4/22

Hello from Overseas Studies!

Join us this Wednesday, April 22nd from 12:00-1:00 in THH 309J for an information session on our signature USC Paris Program. Our Resident Director is currently visiting from France so this is a great opportunity to hear from the staff on the ground and ask any questions that you might have about the program. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Overseas Studies Team

Fall 2015 FREN & ITAL Courses

FREN 235x – Intermediate Conversational French: Culture, Society and Communication

FREN 250 – France and its Others

FREN 300 – French Grammar and Composition

FREN 320 – French Cinema

FREN 330 – Critical Writing in French

FREN 351 – Research in French and Francophone Cultures

FREN 410 – Crimes of Passion in French Classical Theater: Les crimes passionels dans le theatre francais classique

(Original Course Numbering) ITAL 470 – La letteratura italiana tra moderno e postmoderno
(Revised Course Numbering) ITAL 402 – Italian Studies in Modernity
Section 34444
2:00-3:50 T/TH TBA

French Language Volunteers Needed for the Special Olympics World Games

“With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles the summer of 2015 – will be the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games and the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world in 2015. That being said, nous avons besoin de bénévoles qui parlent français et qui sont disponibles pendant les “Special Olympics World Games,” entre le 20 Juillet et le 4 Août.

A Delegation Liaison (DL) is a critical position that requires you to be at least 20 years of age and have strong language skills (English plus French). A DL will need to be available around the clock from July 20 – August 4, 2015 to help bridge the gap between delegations and event staff and to help enhance the delegation’s experience at the World Games. What’s in it for you? You will be making a significant impact in the lives of the Special Olympics athletes coming to the Games. You also will be participating in the organization of a once-in-a-lifetime event, which makes for a GREAT resume item.

To apply to become a volunteer for Delegation Services for the Special Olympics World Games, please reply to using the subject line ’French Delegation Liaison’. There are plenty of other roles for volunteers with language skills; for more information about the other opportunities, visit”

Join the Volunteers of Special Olympics World Games on Facebook by clicking here!

French Language Volunteers Needed for the Special Olympics World Games

PWP to Dakar, Senegal — deadline Feb 20!

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches… experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499 (4 units), invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.


Please see attached info flyer for more information or email Dr. Julie Van Dam (Nack Ngue):

Women Write the Mediterranean – Symposium March 5-6, 2015 (USC -UCLA)

USC Department of French and Italian and UCLA Department of Italian Present:

A Transnational Symposium in Memory of Anna Maria Ortese (1914-1998)

Organized by Lucia Re and Gian Maria Annovi

Thursday, March 5th | 3:00 PM  – 6:30 PM | USC, DML 233
Friday, March 6th | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | UCLA, Royce 236

This symposium addresses the relationship between women writers and the Mediterranean, considered as a diverse region of interconnected histories and identities. It brings together scholars from different backgrounds to reflect on the possibility of a transnational critical conversation and dialogue about modern Mediterranean women writers such as Anna Maria Ortese, Malissa Bey, Leda Rafanelli, Nagwa Sha’ban, and Etel Adnan, among others.

Gian Maria Annovi, Univeristy of Southern California
Andrea Baldi, Rutgers University
Beatrice Mousli Bennett, University of Southern California
Lia Brozgal, University of California, Los Angeles
Cristina Della Coletta, University of California, San Diego
Hala Halim, New York University
Olivia Harrison, University of Southern California
Gil Hochberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Lucia Re, University of California, Los Angeles
Barbara Spackman, University of California, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by UCLA Dean of Humanities, UCLA Dean of Social Sciences, UCLA Department of Gender Studies, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, USC Dean of Dornsife College, USC Francophone Research and Resource Center, USC Center for Feminist Research, USC Department of Comparative Literature, USC Middle East Studies Program, and USC Libraries.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Info: or


Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.