Special Collections Exhibit Honors Late USC Alumnus, Professor Leo Buscaglia

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A new exhibition of materials from the USC Libraries' Special Collections honors the late Leo Buscaglia, a USC alumnus and professor who earned the nickname "Dr. Love." Buscaglia graduated from USC with a BA in 1950, later earning his master's degree in 1954 and a Ph.D. in language and speech pathology in 1963. He served on the faculty of the USC School of Education from 1965 until his retirement in 1984.

After one of his students committed suicide in the late 1960s, Buscaglia created Love 1A, a not-for-credit class at USC that became an instant hit. Following the success of the class, Buscaglia published the best-selling book Love and became a highly sought motivational speaker. 

The exhibit—curated by University Archivist and Manuscripts Librarian Claude Zachary and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke Archivist Michael Hooks—includes rare materials from the USC Libraries' Leo F. Buscaglia Archives, including a page from a hand-written manuscript, photographs, correspondence, and a first edition of his 1972 book Love. Stop by the Special Collections display case on the second floor of Doheny Library by the end of June to see this tribute to a beloved USC professor.

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