LAPD, DPS officers to be added to USC area

Numerous measures will be added to secure public safety in and around the university, including additional Los Angeles Police Department officers, technology and education. At a press conference in Town & Gown on Thursday, President C.L. Max Nikias, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed safety of students and southwest Los […]

Turning the Page

Student reading habits aren’t what they used to be, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is entering its second year in its new home, and books look significantly different than they did even five years ago. Any way you look at it, reading — both here at USC and in the world beyond our campus — is undergoing a fundamental turn of the page.

The next chapter for books at USC

Though books aren’t exactly glamorous, they still have the ability to bring more than 140,000 people together to gain knowledge and share the ideas that inspire them. The fact that this university is able to bring so many people together is an honor — but it’s also representative of our school’s far-reaching responsibilities.

Beginning to feel like home

With the onset of warmer weather and the last day of classes just a week away, one can practically hear the final sighs of spring in the air. There’s another sound, though, and it’s virtually inescapable. It’s the pervasive clanking of tent construction.

Faculty Authors Q&A

Aimee Bender is a professor of English in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Her latest book is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Highlights

Panelists largely drawn from USC’s faculty will consider the role of queer culture, art and activism in the City of Angels. Moderated by English and gender studies professor Chris Freeman, the panelists plan to cover the years from 1950 to the present, a groundbreaking period for the LGBTQ community, by any measure.

E-books revolutionize culture

Reading has a new face, and it’s now glare-resistant. And though not all book-lovers are on board with the new technology, e-readers offer certain indisputable benefits.

Reading habits in a state of flux

A recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows that e-readers are gaining ground on traditional print media, but USC students and university librarians tell a different story.

What we read is a picture of who we are

Books are all about learning and escaping to alternate realities — past or future, real or imaginary, possible or impossible. So what do the books that we are reading say about the state of our reality? More importantly, what do they say about us? Best-sellers lists, in a way, could be reflections of the national […]