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.
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USC students, faculty, and staff now enjoy access to a wealth of new Spanish-language materials for their research and classwork. Between now and June 2014, the USC Libraries are expanding and diversifying their Spanish-language e-book holdings and are seeking selections and input from the USC community. During that time, the complete Digitalia Hispanica collection of more than 8,000 e-books and e-journals is available to the USC community through the USC Libraries’ website. Keep reading to learn more about Digitalia Hispanica and the selection process.
In an instant, Doheny Library's Nazarian Pavilion courtyard became the scene today of the first in a series of live, pop-up plays staged by the USC Libraries and USC School of Dramatic Arts Professor Oliver Mayer. Directed by USC School of Dramatic Arts graduate Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, the performance featured USC student actors and captured the essential role of libraries in creative and intellectual discovery. Guest star David Zayas (also known by television viewers as Sgt. Angel Batista) played himself, touting the wealth of resources available at the USC Libraries. "Aren't you on TV," a student actor asked him in the flash play. "Aren't you on Dexter?" Click through for photos from the flash play.
Authors Joshuah Bearman and Antonio J. Mendez and screenwriter Chris Terrio received the 25th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for their contributions to “Argo.” Selection committee co-chair Howard Rodman announced the winners at the black-tie event on Saturday, Feb. 9, at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. Keep reading to learn more about event.
On Saturday, February 9, Doheny Library hosts the 25th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award ceremony. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., watch a live webcast on the Scripter website. Join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #USCScripter, and if you're at the ceremony, share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #USCScripter.
The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Silver Linings Playbook as finalists for the 25th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. A tie resulted in six sets of finalists for the 2013 honor, rather than the typical five. Keep reading to learn more about the 2013 Scripter Award.
Screenwriting partners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana will receive the 2013 Scripter Literary Achievement Award at the 25th-anniversary USC Libraries Scripter Award Ceremony on Saturday, Februrary 9. McMurtry and Ossana won the 2006 Academy Award for their screenplay of Brokeback Mountain. Keep reading to learn more about the honor.
A recent post to AMC's blog for its Hell on Wheels television series referenced the USC Digital Library's Los Angeles Star Collection. As Mina Hochberg explains, a character in the period drama was based on Olive Oatman, a real-life historical figure whose story of abduction and captivity by Native Americans appeared in the April 19, 1856, Los Angeles Star. Keep reading to learn more about Oatman and the USC Digital Library's Los Angeles Star Collection.
Author and television writer Steve Stoliar will discuss his years working with Groucho Marx the April 5 Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon. Stoliar, the author of Raised Eyebrows: My Years inside Groucho's House, worked inside Marx's Beverly Hills home as the comedian's personal secretary and archivist from 1974 to Marx's death in 1977. Stoliar's book recounts the last years of Marx's life and features a large cast of the comedian's fellow Hollywood legends. RSVP online now, or keep reading to learn more about the event.
Twitter Tuesday is a weekly feature that looks back at the USC Libraries' conversations in the Twitterverse. This week's edition features selected tweets about Saturday's 24th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award ceremony.