USC in the News

USC In the News 10/11/2017

The New York Times highlighted that Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen of the USC Dornsife College was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Commonly known as the "genius grant," the award will provide $625,000 to Nguyen with no strings attached to continue his work, and possibly hire an editor his blog, "Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network." "I’ve always been someone who didn’t understand why we had these boundaries between disciplines, but when you try something new it can be humiliating," he said. "Hopefully that’s something the MacArthur will enable: to continue risking humiliation." The story also noted acclaim for Nguyen's prize-winning novel, "The Sympathizer" and how Asian-American writers from the past helped pave a path forward for him as an academic and an author (second story here). Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post published profiles of Nguyen and Los Angeles Times, Inside Higher Ed and Chicago Tribune noted he was among the 2017 class of fellows. Time noted Nguyen's award and quoted 2011 Fellow Jacob Soll of the USC Dornsife College.

The New York Times quoted Jonathan Taplin, professor emeritus of the USC Annenberg School, on how digital technology and the large companies that control access to these technologies have undercut the music business.

The Washington Post quoted David Carter of the USC Marshall School's Sports Business Institute on how failing to qualify for the next World Cup will affect the bottom line of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

American Public Media's "Marketplace" quoted Jason Squire of the USC School of Cinematic Arts on the future of The Weinstein Company and whether it is at risk of being sold.

U.S. News & World Report quoted Elizabeth Zelinski of the USC Leonard Davis School on why older adults do not usually adopt new technologies as quickly as younger individuals.

The Street quoted Darius Lakdawalla of the USC Schaeffer Center on how consumers and patients will suffer due to President Donald Trump rolling back Affordable Care Act regulations. quoted Gillian Hadfield of the USC Gould School about the state of law school education.

The New York Times noted the USC School of Cinematic Arts will not accepted producer Harvey Weinstein's pledge of $5 million. The New York Times (in an Associated Press story), The Washington Post (in a second Associated Press story), Los Angeles Times (and its "Essential California" newsletter, "Today in Entertainment" newsletter and the editorial board's op-ed), Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, BBC, CBS News, ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Hollywood Reporter, The Hill, Politico, City News Service, The Huffington Post, The Guardian (UK), Buzzfeed News, The Daily Beast, Variety, The Wrap, Deadline Hollywood, L.A. BizLAistRefinery29, Perez Hilton, E! News, New York Post, Page Six and mentioned USC rejected the pledge. The New Yorker reported on the pledge prior to the USC School of Cinematic Arts issuing its statement.

Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones cited research by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative and colleagues on the lack of gender parity across the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times reported on sexual harassment allegations against a former USC employee. 

The Daily Beast cited comments by Karen Tongson of the USC Dornsife College on why groups that felt pressured to hide their sexuality "find points of identification with monsters."

Odessa American published an op-ed by Susan Estrich of the USC Gould School about the declining influence of White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly.