Soci Cinema Presents: In Sickness and in Wealth — 10/25 — 3pm — HSH 201

HSH 201 – 3pm

Soci Cinema Screening — In Sickness and In Wealth

Pizza will be served.

Summary: What connections exist between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin color? Follow four individuals from different walks of life to see how their position in society – shaped by social policies and public priorities – affects their health.

NGOs Meeting – OCT 18th – HSH 201 – 5pm

Tuesday, October 18th
HSH 201 – 5pm

NGOs majors, faculty, grad students, others:
Please come talk about your own volunteering/activist work. Our first meeting, in September, made it clear that this will be a fascinating topic. We hope that at least three people will be willing to start the ball rolling by talking about their own volunteering/activist work.

To RSVP, please go to the Facebook page, and write in the “comments” of the announcement of this event, to say that you’d like to talk about your own volunteering/activism, or just to say that you’re coming. See you then!


Welcome Back, Sociology — 9/8, 12pm, HSH 201

Welcome back!

We hope your Fall semester is off to a great start! The Department of Sociology would like to invite you to lunch on Thursday, September 8th at 12pm in HSH 201. Come to learn what’s new and meet your fellow majors, Soci Faculty and graduate students! Please RSVP here by Tuesday, September 6th.

Have great days!

Sociology Honors Seminar Application

The Sociology Honors Seminar will be unlike any class you have taken here.  It is an interactive seminar, with the collective focus on helping each student produce sociological research and knowledge. In this class, students do not sit back as consumers of sociological knowledge, but everyone is required to lean in and devise a research project. It’s an exciting and challenging process, one that requires creativity and self-discipline, but you are supported by the instructor, the seminar and an additional faculty mentor.  Over the course of two semesters, each student will develop and write an original research project that will serve as the senior sociology honors thesis.

Who should take this class?  Any Sociology senior with a strong GPA, a curiosity about the social world, and anyone wishing to engage in original research that will provide the type of writing sample that many graduate programs require as part of the admissions process.

Interested in seeing what this year’s Sociology Honors Seminar students have produced?  Come to HSH 201 on April 30 at 2pm, for the presentations.


SOCI Honors Seminar Presentations

Join us for the presentation of our SOCI Honors Seminar!
Thursday, April 30th, 2015 — HSH 201
Thesis presentations: 2:00-3:30pm
Reception: 3:30-5:00pm

Sociology Student-Alumni Mixer Thursday, April 16th

Thinking about your future? Come hear Mr. George Pla, who majored in Sociology, speak about the importance of sociology in his successful career as an entrepreneur and mingle with other recent  alumni from diverse fields such as public relations, community  organizing, and more. Feel free to bring your resume!

Thursday, April 16th
HSH 201 — 4:30pm-6:00pm

ZYGO Series: ‘Mercy Killers’ by Michael Milligan

ZYGO Series: ‘Mercy Killers’ by Michael M​illigan
A One-Man Play and Discussion on Health Care in America
April 3, 2015 | 12:30 PM | DML 241 | Lunch Provided

More Information:  

Mercy Killers, a one-man theatrical performance featuring playwright and actor Michael Milligan and directed by Tom Oppenheim, is a provocative play that takes an honest and heartbreaking look at the increasing dysfunction of the American health care system. ​Following the performance, moderators will engage Milligan and the audience in a discussion on his play and health care in America. Milligan’s performance is brought to USC as part of the USC Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, which engages core health issues in society today.

Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down. Mercy Killers powerfully reveals Joe’s journey as he struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty.

ZYGO performance followed by a discussion co-moderated by:

Alexander Capron, University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Gould School of Law, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Program Manager

Mercy Killers is a raw, topical piece that shows the collision of ideas and reality in a system where health and well-being go up against profits. It is a show that is very much of the zeitgeist.” –Star Tribune

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.

Cosponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, and the USC 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