Language & Literature

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

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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)

Curator Abby Saunders Discusses Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland Jan. 26 at Santa Monica Public Library

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The USC Libraries' Abby Saunders, curator of the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, will discuss "The Wonderland of Lewis Carroll" on Monday, January 26, at the Santa Monica Public Library. The event celebrates the 183rd birthday of Charles Dodgson, the English logician and author better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. It begins at 7:00 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in the city of Santa Monica. Admission is free. Selected materials from the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection will be on display in the main lobby.

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.

Discover the Art of Latin American Books (And Make Your Own) at ‘Subversive Works/Sustainable Art’

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On Friday, February 28, the USC Libraries present Subversive Works/Sustainable Art—a workshop, panel discussion, and exhibition exploring the artistry and social vision of Latin America's book-making traditions. Keep reading to learn more about the Visions & Voices event.

’12 Years a Slave’ Wins USC Libraries Scripter Award

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Screenwriter John Ridley joined family members of nineteenth-century author Solomon Northup to receive the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for “12 Years a Slave.” Selection committee co-chair Howard Rodman announced the winners at the black-tie event on Saturday, Feb. 8, at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. 

Robert Towne Honored With USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/27

The Friends of the USC Libraries have selected Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne as the 2014 USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award honoree. The USC Libraries will present the award to Towne at the 26th-annual Scripter Award ceremony on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Keep reading to learn more about Towne's honor.

USC Libraries Name Finalists for 26th-Annual Scripter Award

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The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Spectacular Now, 12 Years a Slave, and What Maisie Knew as finalists for the 26th-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. Keep reading to learn more about the finalists and their adaptations.

Lewis Carroll Society Conference at the USC Libraries on Nov. 2

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On Saturday, November 2, Lewis Carroll scholars and admirers will assemble inside USC's Doheny Memorial Library for a daylong exploration of how videogame designers, scientists, artists, graphic novelists—and USC students—have transformed the world of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. The USC Libraries are hosting Lewis Carroll Outsiders, the fall 2013 meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, to mark the tenth anniversary of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Keep reading to learn more about the conference.

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

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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.