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Maya Women and the Textile Tradition: Agency and Livelihood

The indigenous Maya people, who inhabit the area of Southern Mexico and northern Central America, have a distinguished, centuries-long tradition of creating vibrant textiles. Women produce most of these woven materials. The creative labor is a means of economic sustenance, of advocating for their human and civil rights often in opposition to patriarchal conventions, and of advancing their wellbeing as mothers, breadwinners, and artists.

USC alumna Marie Plakos ’70 is a photographer, sociologist, and educator with a longtime interest in documenting the work and lives of the women artists in the Mexican state of Chiapas. On view here is a selection of her photographs along with textiles and transcripts of her interviews with the artists. The transcripts create a small but essential space for the voices of Maya women to speak alongside their work. Additional items from the libraries’ collections trace some of the artistic heritage of the Maya people.

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Ming Hsieh Institute Symposium

The Ming Hsieh Institute at USC plays a unique role in funding nanomedicine and targeted immunotherapeutic multi-disciplinary research to improve the lives of patients with cancer. By bringing together faculty from engineering, medicine, the sciences and pharmacy, the institute seeks to cultivate an environment of creativity and collaboration that accelerates translational research at USC.

To this end, the Office of Research will hold a MHI Symposium on Moving Cancer Research Into Clinical Trials on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The institute’s founder and USC alumnus Ming Hsieh will be in attendance, as well as a special keynote speaker. An invitation with a link to RSVP for this event will go out via email to prospective attendees.

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USC Good Neighbors Campaign- We are the heart of every Trojan.

Please join your fellow university employees and support our local community as we embark on our 24th annual Good Neighbors campaign. 100% of your gift goes directly to support programs that serve the neighborhoods surrounding our campuses.


Since 1994, USC faculty, staff and friends have donated more than $20 million dollars to support local community programs.  Through funded programs’ diverse scope of projects enables USC’s partnerships to impact various educational and scientific pathways.

Please make a tax dedcutible donatation today!  You can donate through payroll,  or text GNC to 41444, or through cash, check or credit card.

Thank you for your support and contribution.


EMSI: Long 18th Century with Naomi Tadmor

"The Settlement of the English Poor in the Long Eighteenth Century"

Friday, October 19, 2018
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Seaver Classroom 1-2
10:00am to 12:00pm

This event is sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

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LABYRINTH - Movement Meditation Series

Drop-in anytime for a silent, self-guided walking meditation.

All USC students and staff are welcome to participate. 

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Yoga at Fisher

Breathe, unwind and enjoy free yoga at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. Stretch your muscles and meditate in galleries surrounded with works based on aerial photographs of Greenland from Fisher’s current exhibition, Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene, by Justin Brice Guariglia. Yoga mats and blocks will be provided. Space is limited. Please arrive 10 minutes early to reserve your spot.



Gain some helpful tips to get the most out of Fall Networking Night.

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Maastricht University Study Abroad Info Session

Join the Office of Overseas Studies and Maastricht University to learn more about spending a semester in the Netherlands. 


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Mindful Yoga

The USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity is now offering free yoga sessions focusing on restorative movements and breathwork. Yoga mats will be provided! All levels of experience welcome! 

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Neurobiology meets molecular evolution: lessons from electric fish


The raw material for much of evolution is gene duplication and/or changes in gene regulation and or sequence. An excellent example of this occurs in electric fish in voltage-gated ion channels of electric organs. Electric organs generate electric signals that these nocturnally-active fish use to navigate and communicate with each other in the darkness. I will present two examples of channels—a potassium channel and a sodium channel-- that underwent gene duplication, altered site of expression, show the imprint of positive selection, and, as a result of selection, have altered electrophysiological properties that shape electric communication signals.


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