USC in the News

USC In the News 2/17 to 2/20/2018

Los Angeles Times featured a new class taught by Susan Kamei of the USC Dornsife College's Spatial Sciences Institute about the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans by the U.S. government. During the 2016 presidential election, Kamei was shocked at the use of Japanese internment as a justification for a possible Muslim registry and other civil rights violations; she was part of the team that sought an apology and reparations from the U.S. government for those impacted during WWII. "I want students today to have an opportunity to appreciate the importance of the issues around the constitutional tension between national security and civil liberties," said Kamei. Th story also quoted Philip Ethington of the USC Dornsife College.

U.S. News & World Report highlighted the USC Gould School's First Generation Professionals program, which helps first-generation law school students, and others from working-class or lower-income backgrounds assimilate on campus. The programs offers offers peer mentorship, networking opportunities and seminars covering debt, job seeking and personal identity.

Los Angeles Review of Books published a review by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on the racial justice debate in America. According to Armour, the author (Tommie Shelby) works to dispel the myth that it is the personal responsibility of blacks to overcome poor economic circumstances. "Shelby deploys the techniques of analytic philosophy to frame a theory of injustice for truly disadvantaged blacks that not only destroys the normative foundation of respectability politics but also lays a new foundation for political solidarity with black criminals, welfare recipients, single mothers, and others viewed as 'bad Negroes' by condescending critics," Armour wrote.

The Daily Beast highlighted research by Darby Saxbe of the USC Dornsife College's Neuroendocrinology of Social Ties lab on how Donald Trump is the counterfactual to her research that suggests fathers have a dip in hormone levels after the birth of a child. Saxbe found that men were also susceptible to postpartum depression as their testosterone levels fell. "When testosterone levels fall, [men] are not looking to mate with partners; that also helps for a man to be more nurturing and non-aggressive to their offspring," she said. Since Trump has stated he is not involved with the care of a newborn or supporting his wife, his testosterone levels likely remained normal and may point to why he sought out extramarital affairs soon after his fifth child was born.

The New York Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School on how Russian bots use social media to sow and foment discord among the American public over contentious issues.

The New York Times quoted Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School about the challenges for political candidates running against incumbents who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

The New York Times quoted Todd Boyd of the USC School of Cinematic Arts about dispelling the myth that Hollywood studios are at a greater risk of failure if they have predominantly minority casts in films.

The New York Times quoted Morris Levy of the USC Dornsife College on how traditional American values may prevent establishing a "permanent second-class" citizen in new immigration policies.

The Washington Post quoted David Schonfeld of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School's National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement on the emotional challenges students at Parkland High School will face in the coming weeks.

Los Angeles Times quoted Karen North of the USC Annenberg School about what level of social responsibility social media companies have to police content on their platforms.

Los Angeles Times quoted Hao Li of the USC Viterbi School about the evolution of photoreal avatar technology.

KPCC-FM quoted Ruth Chung of the USC Rossier School on why it is difficult for Asian churches to get government and other charitable resources because of the stereotype of "the model minority."

Deadline Hollywood quoted Stanley Rosen of the USC Dornsife College about film producer Chris Fenton's experience in building relationship between Hollywood and China.

Deadline Hollywood quoted Gabriel Kahn of the USC Annenberg School on how the largest tech companies, such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, are working to combat fake news, especially immediately after a tragedy.

CBC Radio (Canada) quoted Johanna Blakely of the USC Annenberg School's Norman Lear Center on how advertisers can impact how online platforms combat fake news.

Dance Magazine quoted Jodie Gates of the USC Kaufman School on the school's work to remove ballet from its "elitist pedestal" and giving it equal weight to other techniques.

The New York Times (in an Associated Press story) mentioned an investigation into alleged racial slurs towards the USC women's basketball team.

Los Angeles Times noted that the next court date for actress Olivia de Havilland's lawsuit over the unauthorized use of her identity in "Feud: Bette and Joan" will be held at the USC Gould School.

Bloomberg and Mother Jones cited research by Emilio Ferrara of the USC Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute on the percentage of Twitter accounts controlled by bots.

Quartz mentioned research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Inclusion Initiative and colleagues on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the entertainment industry.

Times Higher Education published commentary by Charles Prince, graduate student at the USC Rossier School, on how the British Prime Minister could address student loan debt.

The Real Deal, The Eastsider LA and Urbanize LA mentioned a private developer's plan for more graduate student housing at the USC Health Sciences Campus.