Celebrating the Life and Work of H.T. Tsiang

Kaya Press is re-publishing Tsiang’s final novel — And China Has Hands — this month, and Editor Floyd Cheng, and New Yorker Culture writer Hua Hsu, who recently wrote an autobiography of Tsiang, will be leading a reading and discussion about Tsiang’s work and life.

More about Tsiang: An immigrant from China to the US in the 1930s, Tsiang was self-publishing work as part of the downtown communist scene in New York City–then, later in his life, he moved to Los Angeles and became a Hollywood actor and extra with roles in major television shows like Bonanza and My Three Sons and in films like (the original) Ocean’s Eleven.

This event will take place:
 Wednesday Oct. 19th

2 – 4 p.m.
KAP 445

* Light refreshments will be provided

Book Talk on Souffles-Anfas

Join the Middle East Studies Department and Assistant Professor Olivia Harrison as she discusses her co-edited anthology Souffles-Anfas.

Dr. Harrison and her fellow editor Teresa Villa-Ignacio will discuss this body of experimental leftist writing from post-colonial North Africa.
The event, co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian and the MESP, will take place on February 10th, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm in VKC 300A.


The Department of French and Italian

Prof. Alain Borer Presents: Slimane Zeghidour who will speak on:


During Professor Borer’s regularly scheduled lecture Tuesday, 2/2/2016 THH 111

If THH 111 is over-capacity, the Talk will be in THH 118 on the same day: lecture Tuesday, 2/2/2016 THH 111 330-450pm.

Go Abroad This Summer!

If you love to travel, are interested in conducting extra-curricular research, or are just looking for a fun way to fulfill major requirements, the Maymester and Problems Without Passports programs are for you!

Maymester courses are taken as part of students’ spring course load, but are stand-alone offerings that provide exceptional opportunities for experiential learning off campus, throughout the United States, or even abroad.  There are 12 Maymester courses being offered after graduation next May, which come from a variety of majors and travel across the globe.

Problems Without Passports courses tend to be slightly longer travel experiences than Maymesters, and they combine problem-based or inquiry learning research exercises with study in a foreign country. These 16 courses from 12 different majors are offered as part of the summer course load, for 4 units of credit each.

Please see the attached list for all courses offered in 2016, and feel free to contact the professors listed under any courses that catch your eye!

For more information, check out our websites, which will be updated as more information is received:



Paris, Beirut, Ankara: A Roundtable Discussion | November 30 at 5:00pm

Monday, November 30 at 5:00pm

THH 102

USC Francophone Research & Resource Center with the department of French & Italian and the department of Comparative Literature invite you to a discussion and dialogue about the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Ankara. The following researchers will animate this roundtable: Edwin Hill, Veli N. Yashin, Olivia C. Harrison, and Kara Keeling.

For more information, please contact Edwin Hill at edwinhil@usc.edu

USC Religion T-Shirt Design Contest / Enter to Win $200!

USC Religion is looking for graphic designers who can create an awesome t-shirt design for the Religion department. Please check the attached flyer for the contest rules and submission location.

USC HSEP’s Slam Poetry Event

Do you have a passion for destigmatizing mental health struggles, or an interest in learning more? Then check out HSEP @ USC’s special event, “Slammin’ Down the Stigma,” a slam poetry event designed to open a dialogue on mental illness, and showcase a glimpse of the daily struggles that some people face. Help us beat the stigma associated with these battles by writing a slam poem to perform, or sending one in to uschsep@gmail.com for us to read on your behalf. The event will be held on Monday, November 16th, from 7-9 pm at the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom on the USC main campus (UPC). Please fill out the following form if you are interested in performing or having your poem read by someone else. http://goo.gl/forms/j7Qb6AI4ba