Long after they doff their robes and mortarboards, 65 members of USC’s class of 2015 will be able to return to Leavey Library and find their academic achievements inscribed on the Wall of Scholars. A May 14 ceremony inside the library’s Weingart Reading Room honored these exceptional graduates. Surrounded by the names of past honorees, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, and Skull and Dagger Society President Jerry Papazian ’77 joined hundreds of family members, friends, faculty, and staff in congratulating the students. Keep reading to learn more about the ceremony and this year's honorees.
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:
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 new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library highlights the avant-garde movement futurism, founded by Italian artist and poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. In 1909 he published in the French newspaper Le Figaro the first manifesto articulating the goals of his crusade, which was nothing less than a “reconstruction of the universe,” where everything that was old was to be ridiculed and disposed of. Speed, technology, industry, and violence were the new buzzwords of this forward-looking movement. One of the objects on display is Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes (Futurist Words in Freedom), a key example of Marinetti’s use of unrestrained typography. His revolutionary aesthetic catalyzed an onslaught of literary and artistic experimentation. The exhibit was prepared by students Madeline Karabian, Zoe Kemp, Gabriella Koek, Michael Ramsey, and Emma Ross under the supervision of Professor Gian-Maria Annovi as part of the course "Modern and Postmodern Italian Literature."
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries recently completed Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archives Cataloging Project, an ambitious collaboration with San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society. Support from the Council on Library and Information Resources enabled archivists at ONE and GLBTHS to make available 111 previously hidden collections tracing LGBTQ history--and daily life--in California communities. Keep reading for more details and images of unique items uncovered through the Out West project.
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.