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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.

Harman Academy Inducts New Fellows

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/27

On Thursday, May 15, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducted 23 new fellows—its largest class yet. Keep reading to learn more about the induction ceremony.

Trojan Family Weekend at the USC Libraries

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October 24-27 is Trojan Family Weekend at USC, and Trojan families are invited to see first-hand how the USC Libraries are partners in the academic achievements of USC students. Librarians will lead two guided tours of USC's historic Doheny Memorial Library on Thursday and Friday, October 24 and 25, and the USC Libraries host an open house in the library's Nazarian Pavilion on Friday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trojan families are also invited to audit Los Angeles: A Polymathic Inquiry Guided by the Writings of Lewis Mumford, a special class at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study taught by renowned California historian Kevin Starr. Click through for a full listing of events, including dates, times, and locations.

Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles: Symposium Explores Legacy of German Artists & Intellectuals

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/27

This week, the Legatum Institute and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries present Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in a New Cultural Frontier. The three-day symposium explores the legacy of German artists and intellectuals who fled Europe for the sanctuary of Los Angeles in the years before and during World War II. Twenty core participants, selected through a competitive process open to students and accomplished young professionals, will explore issues of liberty and responsibility, creativity and commerce through the lens of history, focusing on the experiences of filmmaker Billy Wilder, author Thomas Mann, and composer Arnold Schoenberg. Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles takes place August 28-30 on the USC University Park Campus and at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Keep reading to learn more about the symposium.

Twenty-One New Fellows Inducted Into USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/17

On Thursday, May 16, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study honored its newest fellows in a special ceremony in Doheny Memorial Library. University Professor and USC Libraries Associate Dean Kevin Starr, who directs the academy, inducted 21 USC students as Academy Fellows—its largest group of inductees to date—presenting them with certificates and academic stoles. Click through for a full list of the new inductees and for photos from the ceremony.

‘Women of Troy’ Panel to Discuss Role of Women in National Defense

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/11

On Wednesday, March 27, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosts Women of Troy, a special lunchtime discussion co-sponsored by the USC Trojan Battalion Army ROTC. A panel led by Jane Harman — USC trustee, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former member of the U.S. House committees on Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security — will draw upon the Homeric epic of Troy to discuss the role of women in national defense. RSVP online, or keep reading to learn more about the event.

Seven Students Inducted as Fellows of USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/10

On Thursday, May 10, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study honored its seven newest fellows in a special ceremony in Doheny Memorial Library. Dean Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries and University Professor Kevin Starr, who also serves as director of the academy, inducted USC students James Aluri, Claudia Avendano, Olivia Bonin, Karina Casillas, Emily Chang, Sonam Kapadia, and Maureen Lenker as Academy Fellows, presenting them with certificates and academic stoles. Keep reading to learn more about the ceremony.

Understanding the Universe with Margaret Wertheim

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On Tuesday, April 10, USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim will join University Professor Kevin Starr in a conversation about how she has explored different ways to comprehend the universe through her career as a science communicator. Titled Understanding the Universe, the event is hosted by the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and begins at 12:00 noon in DML 241. Keep reading to learn more about Wertheim and the event.

Harman Family Foundation Donates $10 Million to the USC Libraries

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/20

The Harman Family Foundation has donated $10 million to the USC Libraries, endowing the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Keep reading to learn more about the gift.

Discover Another Side of ‘Alice’ This Wednesday at ‘Wonderland and the Mathematical Imaginary’

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Discover another side of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland this Wednesday, February 22 at 11:00 a.m., when the USC Academy for Polymathic Study and USC Libraries present "Wonderland and the Mathematical Imaginary." The multidisciplinary discussion--sponsored by Visions and Voices--features science writer and USC Libraries Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim, mathematics professor Francis Bonahon, and English professor Jim Kincaid. Keep reading to learn more about the event.