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!


HEBR 315 Modern Hebrew in Popular Culture

Explore modern Hebrew culture through literature, music, film and more. A perfect course for students looking to fulfill their language requirement in a meaningful and engaging way. Heritage speakers welcome! Toda raba!

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.

Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

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, 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.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!

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.

History Department Open House

Thinking about becoming a History Major or Minor? Interested in taking a History class? Just curious about History? Join fellow students and faculty to chat about History and enjoy light refreshments at our Open House Event!

Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: SOS 250

Spring 2015 Course Descriptions will be available. Meet faculty to talk about their courses, research, and your shared interests in History.