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University Industry Demonstration Partnership conference (UIDP26)

Lawrence Lau, Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, will be attending the UIDP General Meeting April 16-19, 2018 in San Jose, California.

The semi-annual meeting brings together university and industry sector leaders to explore emerging and contemporary issues and ideas impacting university-industry collaboration.

To arrange to meet Lawrence Lau at the event, visit our Contact Us page: http://stevens.usc.edu/contact-us.

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EMSI Distinguished Lecture with Annette Gordon-Reed

"American Democracy and its Discontents: History's Hold on the Present Moment"

Annette Gordon-Reed
Harvard Law School

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Day Zero: Water, Climate Change, and Governance in MENA

The culture and politics of water use in the Middle East and North Africa intersects with global strategic interests, social and economic development, population movements, and climate change. Although oil and natural gas garner most public attention because of their importance to global markets, all experts agree that in the medium to long term, the very existence of life in the region will be directly linked to how societies handle water.

This conference about water and power in the Middle East and North Africa brings together experts working in different disciplines to examine how various governments, political movements, and communities have been dealing with the set of problems arising from the scarcity and management of water. By focusing on issues of sustainability, governance, and social justice, the conference contributes to the rise of public awareness in the Global North about the importance of these issues and raises questions about the role of Middle East Studies at this critical juncture.

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Pop-Up DREAM Center

Join us at the pop-up DREAM CENTER every Tuesday & Thursday of April. Free workshops, community and resources for undocumented USC students, staff and allies. 


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Study Abroad: London School of Economics Info Session

Join the Office of Overseas Studies and get more information about spending a year abroad in London, England at the prestigious London School of Economics.

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Pause for Paws - Happy Hour with OWHP

Pause for Paws is an initiative sponsored by the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP) and USC Transportation. Our goal is to create a health-promoting and engaging environment on USC’s University Park Campus where students can develop personal skills around self-care and stress management, and find a sense of community. Started in 2014, volunteer therapy dogs from a local Therapy Dog chapter, Love on 4 Paws*, come to campus every Thursday from 11:30am - 2:30pm. Locations change often, so please check the calendar each week.

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State of the University with the Provost and Senior Vice Presidents

Secure your place today! RSVP closes Friday (4/13). This annual event is dynamic and filled with information uniquely tailored to WIM. (Michael Quick will speak, along with Carol Mauch Amir and James Staten.)

$20 for members/$25 for guests

The United States and the Question of the Armenian Genocide (USC CAGR, USC Armenian Studies)

A public lecture by Julien Zarifian (American History, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France)

2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar, USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research

This lecture is co-sponsored by the California Hub of the Institut des Amériques and by the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies.

The United States under President Woodrow Wilson was one of the nations most concerned and scandalized by the Armenian Massacres of 1915-1917, which were perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman authorities and eradicated the Armenian people from their ancestral homeland, and so became heavily involved in providing humanitarian and political support to the Armenians. Although the term “genocide” had not yet been coined, the intentional, organized, and massive character of this crime against humanity was not questioned in this period, either in the United States or elsewhere. However, this U.S. support began to falter during the 1930s and continued to deteriorate following the Second World War. Although in the 1960s and 1970s the Armenians began to demand that Turkey and the world recognize that the events of 1915 constituted genocide, Washington, under pressure from the executive branch, opted for a rather ambiguous policy, which it has maintained to this day. The U.S. government did not deny the genocide – as Turkey, and then its ally Azerbaijan did – but decided instead to avoid formally recognizing it. With the exception of some rare and notable occasions, the executive branch never used the word “genocide” to refer to the 1915 Massacres, and systematically blocked any attempts by Congress to pass legislation recognizing it as such.

To this date, the United States has not formally recognized the Armenian Genocide, despite academic consensus to the contrary and growing international recognition.The reasons for such a policy are rarely discussed or studied. When they are, only Turkey – which became an ally of the United States after World War II, and still refuses to recognize the genocide – and its geostrategic importance are stressed. Although this point is central, and will be discussed in this lecture, other reasons relating to the political decision making process in Washington DC, the importance of lobbies in this process, or the place of “memory issues” in U.S. political life are important and will also be addressed.

Julien Zarifian, Associate Professor in American History at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, is the Center’s Fulbright Visiting Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. At the Center, his main research project focuses on “The United States and the Question of the Armenian Genocide, from 1915 to the Present.” The goal of his project is to investigate and understand why the United States has failed to officially recognize the massacre of Ottoman Armenians in 1915-16 as genocide, despite the academic consensus to the contrary and the growing tendency to do so in the international community. Professor Zarifian earned his Ph.D. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics, Paris 8 University, in 2010. His current research interests involve U.S. foreign policies in Eurasia, the role of ethnic groups in U.S. political life, and the importance of memory issues in U.S. political life.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to cagr@usc.edu.

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Exile/Refugee Experience 2018 Fighting for Freedom of Expression and Human Rights in Democratic Societies

Onur Burçak Belli is ais a freelance journalist from Turkey. She mainly covers politics, political conflicts and socio-political subjects in Turkey, Syria and the broader Middle East. She has closely followed the war in Syria covering it as a reporter and a field producer based in Damascus. Burcak Belli has focused mainly on the Kurdish conflict, war in Syria, refugees and migration matters, Turkish foreign policy, European Union policies and its broader affects but has reported on many other important topics.
She started her career as a journalist at the Turkish Daily News (now Hurriyet Daily News) at Turkey’s leading media conglomerate. She successively worked for Newsweek Turkey, HaberTurk TV, RTL, BBC World Service, Channel 4 News, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, and more.

Burcak Belli will talk about the current situation of Syrian refugees and the Turkish diaspora in Germany, especially recent exiles, mostly journalists and intellectuals - their current plight in Germany and their dilemma of not being free to express themselves despite the fact that they sought refuge in a democratic society.

The event is presented by the German Studies Program as part of “The German Exile Experience” Course, 

German 375, the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library and the Villa Aurora Thomas Mann House

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Math Education Seminar: Infinitesimals, Part 3

Facilitator: Cymra Haskell, USC

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