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2018 Festival of Books

One of the most significant literary events in the United States, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books attracts more than 150,000 attendees annually to USC’s campus over the course of one special weekend in the spring.

The University of Southern California curates exceptional entertainment on the USC Stage near Tommy Trojan and lively discussions with renowned USC faculty and other experts via the USC Ideas and Actions in Wallis Annenberg Hall; and hosts family programs, book giveaways, and health screenings via the USC Communities Tent and the USC Health Pavilion.

View the full list of USC's programming here: calendar.usc.edu/festival_books

 

 

Annual Southern California Pituitary Symposium at USC

Management of pituitary tumors and related pituitary disorders is a rapidly changing field with novel medications, advances in surgical techniques and improvements in radiation oncology techniques. A multi-modal approach toward care is essential and many health care providers need to know fundamental information on diagnosis and treatment to effectively care for patients, refer appropriate patients and integrate themselves in the care of the patients for their long-term care and monitoring. Multiple lectures from specialists in neuroendocrinology, neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology, radiation oncology and neuroradiology will present evidence-based and practical approaches toward the diagnosis and management of patients with pituitary tumors and related pituitary hormone disorders.

MD, DO: $100.00; RN, PA, Allied Health: $50.00

Early Modern British History with Markku Peltonen

"The Republican Moment of the English Revolution"

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Seaver Classroom 1-2
10:00am to 12:00pm

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Early Modern British History with Markku Peltonen (USC EMSI)

Markku Peltonen, University of Helsinki


"The Republican Moment of the English Revolution"

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Seaver Classroom 1-2
10:00am to 12:00pm

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Free Dental Screenings for all Festival of Books attendees

Drop by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s mobile dental clinic, parked at Child’s Way, near the southwest corner of Doheny Library. Ostrow faculty and students will be on hand to provide free dental screenings, oral health education and, for children, fluoride varnish applications. L.A. Times Festival of Books attendees can also give our prize wheel a spin for some special prizes. The clinic will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

English and Spanish language flyers are available for your convenience.

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Welcoming Aging: New Possibilities for Living Long and Living Well

Can science, art, and technology improve the aging process and increase the healthy human lifespan, allowing us all to live longer, better lives? Learn about the latest developments and future possibilities in a discussion with musician and gerontologist Alison Balbag, who investigates music’s influence on health; Caleb Finch, the ARCO Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences at USC and author of Global Air Pollution in Aging and Disease; Valter Longo, author of The Longevity Diet and director of the USC Longevity Institute; and Dean Pinchas Cohen (moderator) of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, who promotes tools for “personalized aging” through technology.  

 

PANELISTS

Alison Balbag, assistant professor of gerontology at USC, is a musician, gerontologist, educator, and academic entrepreneur. A double doctor in gerontology and harp performance, she investigates music’s influence on health and development across the lifespan. A strong advocate for the connection between the arts and health, her work has been featured in National Geographic, Psychology Today, Psychiatry Advisor, and The Californian. Balbag’s music background grants her a unique insight into the connection between arts, health, and wellness.

Caleb Finch is the ARCO Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences USC. Finch’s work comprises the fundamental biology of human aging. Discoveries include a new form of neurotoxicity of amyloid peptides relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and the role of shared inflammatory pathways in normal and pathological aging process. His current research includes emerging environmental factors in aging, particularly air pollution components from fossil fuels. He has written five books, most recently, Global Air Pollution in Aging and Disease: Reading Smoke Signals (2018).

Valter Longo is the Edna M. Jones Professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, professor of biological sciences, director of the USC Longevity Institute, and author of The Longevity Diet (2018). Longo’s laboratory is interested in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of aging by using genetics and biochemistry techniques. Longo has received numerous national and international awards, including the 2010 Nathan W. Shock Lecture Award from the National Institute of Aging and the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research from the American Federation of Aging Research.

Pinchas Cohen (moderator) is the dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a National Institute of Aging “EUREKA” Award. Cohen has published over 250 papers in top scientific journals focusing on aging, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, growth hormone, IGF-biology, and the emerging science of mitochondrial-derived peptides, which he discovered—specifically humanin, a 24 amino acid peptide encoded from the mt-16S-rRNA. Cohen promotes the creation of tools for “personalized aging,” an approach he spearheads for the purpose of using the latest technologies, such as genomics, for individualizing healthy aging strategies.

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LA Opera-Fight On Figaro!

(musical performance—opera)

Join LA Opera artists who began as USC Trojans in the Thornton School of Music for a concert featuring favorites from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, along with other popular operas. Featured performers include soprano Hannah Goodman and bass-baritone Cedric Berry.

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The California Exception: Shaping America's Future or a Distant Outlier

Depending on your worldview—or which news outlets you read—California is either a forward-looking model for America’s future or an out-of-touch aberration from the United States to come. A multifaceted conversation will put California’s present in perspective, looking at the golden state in relation to its past and its possible futures. Panelists include William Randolph Hearst III (Journal of Alta California), Manuel Pastor (State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future), Narda Zacchino (California Comeback: The Genius of Jerry Brown, and William Deverell (moderator), director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

 

PANELISTS

William R. Hearst III is chairman of the board of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. In 2017, Hearst launched a new print publication called Journal of Alta California. The new quarterly magazine focuses on the West Coast, and specifically on California. Hearst is the editor and publisher. From 1995 to 2006, Will Hearst was a managing partner with the venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. From 1984 until 1995, Hearst was editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner.

Manuel Pastor is professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at USC. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. He is the author of numerous books, including the forthcoming State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future and Unsettled Americans: Metropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration.

Narda Zacchino, co-founder of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, has been a professional journalist, writer, and editor beginning with a 31-year career at the Los Angeles Times, where she ascended from copy messenger to associate editor and vice president. She is now executive editor of Heyday Books and a senior fellow at USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. Her book California Comeback: The Genius of Jerry Brown (2018) was praised by the late California historian Kevin Starr as “a fast-moving and informed tour de force of contemporary history.”

William Deverell (moderator) is a professor of history at USC with a focus on the 19th and 20th century American West. He has written works on political, social, ethnic, and environmental history and is currently working on a book exploring the history of the post–Civil War American West. With David Igler of UC Irvine, Deverell recently published the Blackwell Companion to California. They are also co-editing the Encyclopedia of California for UC Press. Deverell is also director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

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Loren Cole

(musical performance—Americana pop)

Loren Cole’s music is comfort food with a conscience. Wrapping little life truths in a warm blanket of Americana pop, she draws inspiration from the light and shade of ordinary people. “I love when a song gives back,” says Loren. “Maybe it’s through the slightest perspective shift, or in the way it describes a feeling or situation that once seemed indescribable. Either way, you came out of it differently than you did going in. That’s what I want to give others.” This year, Loren preps for her debut album, For the Sake of Being Honest, scheduled for release in May 2018.

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FAW-Volkswagen’s Career Information Session

FAW-Volkswagen Overseas Talent Program has started again this year. They will meet you in Los Angeles this April.

FAW-Volkswagen is the first modern car manufacturer starting from an economic scale in China with the complete series of A, B and C classes. FAW-Volkswagen always persists to be the best automobile enterprise in China and the most animate and energetic enterprise in staffs and partners’ mind; expanding the vision of staffs with broad platforms, FAW-Volkswagen absorbs more talents to join in; respecting the staffs' development interests and building up a favorable employer brand image, makes FAW-Volkswagen receive the first place of the best employer in Chinese car industry of Chinese students and Top Employer in China awards which is recognized by Top Employers Institute in the past many years.

FAW-Volkswagen needs you!!!

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