Events and Exhibitions

How the USC Libraries Are Celebrating Students’ Academic Achievements This Week

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/12

The University of Southern California holds its 132nd annual commencement ceremony this Friday, May 15, and this week the USC Libraries host several events to celebrate the academic achievements of USC's students:

  • Phi Kappa Phi initiates. Commencement season kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, with the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) initiation ceremony at the Bing Theater. Provost Michael Quick will deliver the keynote address. The USC Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which makes its administrative home at the USC Libraries, is the university's oldest fully interdisciplinary honor society.
  • Academy for Polymathic Study fellows. The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducts 35 new fellows—its largest class yet—on Thursday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony takes place in the academy's quarters in Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241.
  • Wall of Scholars honorees. A ceremony inside Leavey Library at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, recognizes the USC graduates whose names will be etched onto the Wall of Scholars in the library's Weingart Reading Room. Created by the Skull and Dagger society in 1995, the Wall of Scholars honors students who have been awarded a national or international scholarship or have earned certain USC academic accolades.
  • Master of Management in Library and Information Science graduates. The USC Libraries toast the first graduates of USC's Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program on Friday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. The reception features remarks from Valerie Sugar, who earned a master's in library science from USC and now serves on the USC Libraries Board of Councilors. The libraries partnered with the USC Marshall School of Business to launch the MMLIS program in 2013. USC Marshall will host a second reception for MMLIS graduates at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Marshall graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Galen Center.

In addition, later this month the libraries—in partnership with PKP, the USC School of Social Work, and the Undergraduate Writers Conference—are publishing USC's 2015 Outstanding Academic Papers by Students (OAPS) anthology. And as always, the historic Doheny Memorial Library provides the backdrop for the university's main commencement ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, in Alumni Park.

A Whimsical Union of Digital and Analog Wins USC Libraries Wonderland Award

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27

Martzi Campos and Yuting Su took first prize in the eleventh-annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award competition for “Curiouser and Curiouser!” Judges chose the interactive book from an array of imaginative submissions by students from USC and other participating institutions around Southern California. Forty-five students in total participated in the competition.

New Exhibition, Visions & Voices Event Investigate Art and Science of Pitching

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/25

A major league fastball can be described in numbers—a 5¼-ounce baseball; 60 feet, six inches from the mound to home plate; a 0.4-second flight. But pitching can't be reduced to simple physics. It's also art, as well as a medical subject. Pitchers manipulate the flight of the ball by adjusting their grip, and the human bodies that propel the ball are subject to biological vulnerabilities. 

A new USC Libraries exhibition opening March 31, 2015, on the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library explores the science and art of pitching. Inspired by the USC Libraries' Biomechanics of Motion collectionVelocity and Vulnerability features materials from the libraries' collections, baseball memorabilia, and rare items from the USC Athletics archive.

Also on March 31, a related Visions & Voices event beginning at 6:00 p.m. on USC's Dedeaux Field explores baseball's biological limitations in depth. Organized by the USC Libraries and USC Athletics, the event features a conversation among USC Keck orthopedic surgeon Seth Gamradt, USC alumnus and baseball legend Tom House, USC Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering professor Jill McNitt-Gray, and World Series champion pitcher Robb Nen. Complimentary stadium-style food will be available, and after the discussion students and other attendees will have a chance to test their fastballs against a radar gun. RSVP online.

Wonderland XI Call for Entries

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The USC Libraries are now accepting submissions for the Eleventh-Annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Submissions are due Wednesday, April 1, and the winners will be announced at an award reception on Friday, April 24. The first place prize is $2,500 and second place $1,500. Keep reading to learn more about the interdisciplinary competition, or visit the Wonderland Award page for complete rules and guidelines guidelines.

Media Coverage of 27th-Annual Scripter Ceremony

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Several major entertainment news publications covered the 27th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honored screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges for their contributions to The Imitation Game. The event was featured in articles by the Los Angeles TimesVariety, The Hollywood ReporterDeadline HollywoodThe Wrap, and Hitfix. Daniel Gavidia also covered the Scripter ceremony for the Daily Trojan. Previously, several publications covered the initial announcement of the five finalist films.

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‘The Imitation Game’ Outplays Competition to Win USC Libraries Scripter Award

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Screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges received the 27th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for The Imitation Game. Selection committee chair Howard Rodman announced the winners at the black-tie event on Saturday, Jan. 31, at USC’s historic Doheny Memorial Library. Keep reading to learn more about Scripter.

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Media Coverage of the Scripter Award Finalists Announcement

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Yesterday, the USC Libraries announced the finalists for the 27th-annual Scripter Award, which recognizes the year's best cinematic adaptation of the written word, honoring both the screenwriter and the author of the original work. The Los Angeles Times covered the announcement, as did several major entertainment news publications and websites, including the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, The WrapHitfix, Thompson on Hollywood, and Awards Watch. The winners will be announced at a January 31 black-tie ceremony in USC's Doheny Library.

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USC Libraries Name Finalists for 27th-Annual Scripter Award

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The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, The Theory of Everything, and Wild as finalists for the 27th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Scripter honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author or authors of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. Click through to learn more about the award and this year's nominees.

New Exhibition Asks: ‘What Makes a Monster?’

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Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.

New Exhibition on George Hurrell and ‘The Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour’

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Discover the photography of George Hurrell—the legendary photographer who both captured and crafted the classic look associated with Hollywood glamour—in a new exhibition on the ground floor of USC Doheny Memorial Library. Open through December 19, George Hurrell and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour features photographic prints selected by historian Mark A. Vieira, author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits 1925–1992. Keep reading to learn about the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on Thursday, October 9.