Viet Thanh Nguyen, right, speaks on a panel that includes Rebecca Hall, Melissa Chan, Josh Kun and Aditi Mayer, from left, on the topic of "Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?" at the USC Pacific Asia Museum

What is the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation?

On Thursday, panelists at a discussion hosted by the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena shared their definitions of cultural appropriation, offered examples of it and its historical context — colonialism and genocide. The panelists included University Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardee and Pulitzer-winning author of The Sympathizer; Josh Kun, professor of communication and American studies and ethnicity and a MacArthur …

Interim USC President Wanda Austin, left, thanks George and Irina Schaeffer for their support

USC Shoah Foundation opens new office, kicks off 25th anniversary commemoration

USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education embarked on a new chapter on Tuesday when it unveiled its new global headquarters on the USC University Park Campus. The event marked the start of the institute’s 25th anniversary, a time that will propel its work into new frontiers as it continues its mission of sharing the 55,000 …

Office of Research Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion 2018

I am pleased to introduce the USC Office of Research Strategic Plan 2018, the result of invaluable contributions from leaders across the USC community. Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, and Silvia da Costa, Director of Faculty Research Relations, led the effort that included Leana Golubchik and Ricky Bluthenthal, who guided the Academic Senate/Provost University Research Committee in 2017 and …

Hahn Plaza (USC Photo Gus Ruelas)

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

From an official communication from Provost Michael Quick: “The challenges of diversity, inclusion and equity traverse our national history and every sector of society, including higher education.  They strike at heart of our sense of justice and equal opportunity, and our sense of who we are – our national and global identity.

USC’s Principles of Community

Dear USC Students, Faculty, and Staff, I welcome all of you, new and returning, to the 2017-18 school year, and I hope that it will be successful, productive, and personally meaningful…