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October 18, 2012 |
David A. Peterson, a pioneer in the field of gerontology education and a longtime professor and director of USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, has died. He was 75. Peterson died Oct. 4 of advanced Parkinson's disease at a nursing facility in Alhambra where he had lived in recent years as his illness progressed, said his wife, Ellen. An expert on adult education and learning throughout the life span, Peterson served as director of the gerontology school from 1978 to 2003.
May 21, 2012 |
USC football players spoke to The Times last week about how they were by humbled by their recent trip to Haiti , where a group of 16 Trojans helped build four houses and moved supplies to people still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. On Monday, USC released a video about the trip featuring interviews with players while they were in Haiti and also shows them working with and interacting with children and local residents. "I think it sparked something in me that I'm going to continue to do the rest of my life," defensive lineman Devon Kennard says in the video.
April 23, 2012 |
The University of Southern California's School of Theatre announced Sunday it will change its name to the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Officials said the change, effective July 1 and three years in the making, reflects the school's emphasis on a broader range of dramatic expression and programs. “Almost all of the major schools that teach what we teach are called dramatic arts,” Madeline Puzo, the school's dean, told Culture Monster. “Theater is our artistic home, but we know that our students want and will succeed within different platforms.” Puzo added that offstage forms of expression for students include TV, film, webisodes and sketch comedy.
March 26, 2012 |
Someone once asked the late, award-winning film producer Dino De Laurentiis to describe his job. The answer, he told them, was simple: "to create a dream. " And for some seven decades, De Laurentiis, who died in November 2010, at 91, created countless dreams — including Federico Fellini's 1954 Oscar-winner "La Strada," which he co-produced with his then-partner Carlo Ponti; Sidney Lumet's 1973 police drama "Serpico"; David Lynch's 1986 surreal thriller, "Blue Velvet," through his production company; and Jonathan Mostow's 2000 World War II thriller "U-571.
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November 29, 2011 |
The USC School of Public Policy is getting a $50-million donation from the charity established by the founder of the Price Club warehouse-style shopping chain, university officials plan to announce Tuesday. The school will be renamed for the late Sol Price, who earned an undergraduate and law degree from USC and went on to success in discount membership retailing and in real estate investments. Price died in 2009 and his wife, Helen, who also graduated from USC, died the year before.
September 28, 2011 |
Officials at USC's School of Cinematic Arts have warmly embraced the digital era in filmmaking, but they also realize that silent movies are golden. On Monday evening, the school held a dedication for the Cecil B. DeMille Endowed Chair in Silent Film. Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of the man who made 1952's Oscar-winner "The Greatest Show on Earth" and 1956's "The Ten Commandments," was on hand to talk to USC cinema students about DeMille and to screen his erotic 1915 melodrama "The Cheat.
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June 13, 2011 |
The W. M. Keck Foundation on Monday will announce a gift of $150 million to boost scientific research at USC's medical school and at two affiliated hospitals, adding to the university's recent success in attracting supersized donations. The gift is the single largest in the 57-year history of the Keck Foundation, which has backed many scientific projects, including the famous Keck Observatory and telescopes in Hawaii. For USC, the money marks the third mega-gift since March, for a total of $460 million, as new President C. L. Max Nikias seeks to build the Los Angeles university's endowment.
March 3, 2011
Learn about Middle Eastern culture at Contemporary Middle Eastern Cinema, a three-day film festival with many screenings exploring emerging and established filmmaking from the Middle East, including recent works from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. The festival will look at unifying themes in Middle Eastern cinema, and address the difficulty filmmakers face when taking on political and civil rights issues that are at odds with their governments. USC School of Cinematic Arts, Norris Cinema Theater and Frank Sinatra Hall, 900 W. 34th St., L.A. Fri. to Sun. Free.
July 16, 2010 |
For some inner city youths, summer camp is not just an opportunity to have fun and experience nature. It's the chance to get away from impoverished neighborhoods, street gangs, crime and the threat of jail time. Eddie Ramos has firsthand knowledge of the role camp can play in turning around a boy's life. His first lessons were at R.M. Pyles Boys Camp as a 14-year-old from East L.A. nicknamed "Wolf." As Ramos tells it, he was headed, as a kid, for a lifetime of trouble.
June 12, 2010 |
There was a time when the daughter and I did a radio show together every Sunday morning. Don't worry, no one else remembers either. But Kobe came on the day after his initial Christmas meeting with Shaq . Donald Sterling did his first radio interview in more than 20 years. Vin Scully made our day. Jerry and Jeanie Buss were on together, as were Arte Moreno and daughter and John Wooden and daughter. Jamie McCourt was on, so was Frank McCourt , but for some reason we couldn't get Frank and Jamie together.