Ethnic Studies/Area Studies

Video: Juan Felipe Herrera, Next U.S. Poet Laureate, Performing at USC in 1973 and 2010

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/10

Juan Felipe Herrera will become the next U.S. poet laureate this fall, but his words have long echoed through the halls of USC. In 1973, Herrera performed and read from his works as part of the Festival de Flor y Canto de Aztlan. Hosted by USC, the landmark Chicano literary event featured established writers such as Oscar Zeta Acosta and Luis Omar Salinas alongside emerging poets like Herrera.

Herrera returned in 2010 for the festival's reprisal in Doheny Memorial Library, joining many of the writers from the original event. In conjunction with the 2010 festival, the USC Libraries digitized video recordings from the 1973 event and made them publicly accessible. Watch Herrera's appearance above, and explore the full collection of videos and photographs (part of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies collection) at the USC Digital Library.


Herrera (right) with Frank Sifuentes and Enrique Castillo outside the 1973 Festival de Flor y Canto. (Photo credit: Michael Sedano)


As he did in 1973, Herrera accompanied himself on guitar at the 2010 reprisal. (Photo credit: Michael Sedano)

‘Monomania L.A.’ Airs March 17 on KCET

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/13

What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? In an ongoing partnership among KCETLink, USC Libraries and the libraries’ LA as Subject partners, KCETLink’s Emmy Award-winning arts and culture series Artbound presents “Monomania L.A.” The one-hour episode profiles five LA as Subject collectors and their monomaniacal obsession with a particular aspect of Los Angeles history. It premieres at 8 p.m. March 17 on KCET in Southern California and at 8 p.m. March 23 on Link TV nationally. Keep reading to learn more about "Monomania L.A."

30,000-Volume Collection on Japanese Culture Bound for USC’s East Asian Library

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/07

The Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters in America has donated roughly 30,000 books related to Japanese Culture to the USC Libraries. In a November 29 ceremony inside USC's East Asian Library, Vice Dean Martín Gomez of the USC Libraries and Bishop Hiroshi Alexander Fukaya of the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters signed documents formalizing the gift. USC students, faculty, staff, and other researchers will soon have access to collection, which covers a range of subjects, including Japanese literature, history, and art. Keep reading to learn more about the donation.

Reading, Discussion of Literature in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia with Author Hassouna Mosbahi

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

Tunisian author, literary critic, journalist, and translator Hassouna Mosbahi will read from his novel A Tunisian Tale in a special event on Thursday, October 11 in USC's Mark Taper Hall. A conversation about the role of literature in post-revolutionary Tunisia will follow Mosbahi's reading. Keep reading to learn more about the event, sponsored by the Francophone Research and Resource Center, the USC Dornsife Department of French & Italian, the USC Libraries, and Villa Aurora.

NEH Funds USC Project to Digitize, Interpret International Mission Photography

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/08

Since 2002, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the USC Libraries have partnered with archives around the world to digitize more than 82,000 historical photographs by Christian missionaries and make them publicly available through the USC Digital Library. Now, two new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) totaling $305,000 will allow USC and partner archives to add an additional 20,000 images to the International Mission Photography Archive (IMPA) database. NEH funding will also support development of video essays that bring IMPA collections together with scholarly analysis and digital storytelling methods. Keep reading to learn more about IMPA.

USC Digital Library’s Charlotta Bass/California Eagle Collection Featured in ‘The Scout Report’

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/13

The Scout Report, a weekly publication of the Internet Scout Project at the University of Wisconsin, recently highlighted the USC Digital Library's Charlotta Bass/California Eagle Collection. The publicly-accessible collection includes photographs from the personal papers of Charlotta Bass and from the archives of her newspaper, the California Eagle. Keep reading to learn more about the collection.

‘The Scout Report’ Highlights USC Digital Library’s Chinese Historical Society Collection

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/06

The Scout Report, a weekly publication of the Internet Scout Project at the University of Wisconsin, recently highlighted the USC Digital Library's Chinese Historical Society Collection. Keep reading to learn what The Scout Report editor Max Grinnell wrote about the collection, which documents more than 1,000 artifacts from Los Angeles' original Chinatown.

New E-Resources for Latin American Scholars

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/09

In recent months, the USC Libraries have added several electronic resources that complement the rich collections of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. The new resources include an online archive of more than 125,000 pages from Latin American newspapers. Keep reading to learn more about the recent acquisitions now available to USC students, faculty, and staff researching Latin America.

‘Daily Trojan’ Highlights Special Collections Exhibit on Civil Rights

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/03

In a page 2 article by Faaria Aalam, today's Daily Trojan highlights the new USC Libraries Special Collections exhibit on the civil rights movement. Keep reading to learn more about Aalam's article, and stop by Special Collections on the second floor of Doheny Library by the end of the month to view Civil Rights: A View of the Struggle.

Special Collections Exhibit Celebrates Black History Month

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/30

Rare books and other items related to the African-American civil rights movement are now on display in the USC Libraries' Special Collections display case. The exhibit, titled Civil Rights: A View of the Struggle, coincides with Black History Month (February in the United States) and features a collage of black-and-white photographs, press clippings, and other documents chronicling the struggle for equality in the United States. Photos of the exhibit, which is located on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library, appear after the jump.