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How Memorization Makes Words Live

CAROL MUSKE-DUKES, professor of English, USC Dornsife: “All writers strive to make what they write sound inevitable. In poetry, as in prose, we try for that tonal authority. Reading and committing to memory the conversation of literature accelerates this process.…

Thanksgiving Dreamer

  PETER C. MANCALL, professor of history and anthropology, USC Dornsife: “When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, the Algonquian speakers of the region had little anxiety about them. The Indians did not know that the Pilgrims feared the “wild men,”…

Back to the 1960s

SHERRY BEBITCH JEFFE, senior fellow at USC’s School of  Policy, Planning, and Development: “Reports of the recent cancellation of a UC Regents meeting, because of fears of student protests, disturbed the ghosts of the student movement of the 1960s. Already,…

Who Tests the Testers?

DAN SCHNUR, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics: “It’s perfectly understandable to want the most capable members of our community to represent us in public office. The problems begin when you try to set up non-negotiable criteria…

How to Make Remedial English a Success

WILLIAM G. TIERNEY, professor of higher education and director of the Center of Higher Education Policy Analysis, and STEFANI RELLES, former community college instructor: “Every summer for the past decade, we have conducted a writing program for college-bound, low-income minority…

Kim Kardashian Inc.: Celebrity Economics 101

ELIZABETH CURRID-HALKETT, assistant professor of urban planning: “Whatever you may think of the sudden marital rupture of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, there is no denying that the Kardashian brand is an industry.  The tabloid and gossip business traffics in…

Saving the U.S. Research University

C.L. MAX NIKIAS, president of USC, and WILLIAM G. TIERNEY, professor of higher education and director of the USC Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis: “The problems that confront American higher education today are arguably the greatest in more than…

Why America Is Torn on Immigration

ROBERTO SURO, professor of public policy and director of the USC Thomas Rivera Policy Institute: “This is what immigration used to be: the Statue of Liberty, your grandparents’ journey across the ocean and the institution that made our country great.This…