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A Case of Hysteria? The Altogether Shocking History of Women's Mental Health

For thousands of years, a wide range of women’s physical and mental health issues have been routinely dismissed and mischaracterized as “hysteria.” The word originates from hystera—Greek for uterus. In the fifth century BC, Hippocrates believed the organ floated through women’s bodies, causing all manner of symptoms to which women were believed to be uniquely susceptible. Even into the twentieth century, doctors postulated that disorders could be caused by mysterious imbalances in the womb, abdomen, nerves, ovaries, brain, psyche, or soul. As the field of psychiatry developed, oppressive forces—often embodied by husbands and fathers—used the threat of institutionalization to punish or exert control over wives and daughters who refused to adhere to traditional gender roles. 

While the related science has advanced in recent decades, systematic and institutional changes in women’s mental health have been slower. It remains a struggle for many women to obtain proper psychiatric treatment. Women remain more likely to be misdiagnosed, mistreated, and hospitalized in institutions where they are subject to physical restraint, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychosurgery. A Case of Hysteria? presents books, newspapers, photographs, personal letters, and other archival materials documenting the practices, consequences, and harm of the misapplication of science and pseudoscience in women’s mental healthcare. The items on display come from the USC Libraries collections as well as a group of partner institutions, including the Patton State Mental Hospital in San Bernardino and the now-closed Rockhaven Sanitarium in Glendale. 

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Black History Month Events at USC

Celebrate Black History Month with your fellow Trojans - view all the events happening across USC's campuses.

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USC Values Poll Discussion Sessions

All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend any of the 53 Discussion Sessions happening across UPC and HSC campuses. Sessions will  also be available at USC's Verdugo Hills and Alhambra locations, and at CHLA.  Please double check the time and locations when registering.


What is a Discussion Session?

Discussion sessions are small group, interactive discussions to explore the high-level USC Values Poll results in more detail, discuss current and desired values and behaviors, and share examples of strengths (what’s going well) and areas to improve around systems and processes. Sessions will be facilitated by internal USC Facilitators and Advocates, and external consultants and will last approximately two hours. Any information shared in sessions will remain confidential. Any data collected will be anonymized and used for informational purposes only.

For more information about the USC Cultural Values Poll, Town Halls and Discussion Sessions, please visit USC's Committment to Change website.

ALI Conversation Groups

Conversation Groups (provided by USC's American Language Institute) aims at promoting English conversation between USC’s international and native English-speaking populations. This FREE resource is an excellent way for international students to supplement their studies; it provides a venue in which they can practice their growing English skills with a native English-speaking USC student in a casual environment. Past participants have reported an improvement in their English speaking fluency, comfort in interacting with English native speakers, and a higher level of confidence in the English language.

Meetings are generally held at TCC 221 and are 50 minutes long. Sessions times are 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. All sessions are run on a “first-come, first-served” basis so students are encouraged to arrive on time, if not early! “First come, first served” means that students do not need to register or sign up in advance; they just simply come to the session that they want to attend and the leader will take the first five students that arrive. Students may attend as many sessions as they wish; there is no limit to the number of sessions a student may attend. Students may attend back-to-back sessions but only if the second session does not have five new students in attendance.

Please note, the program is open to all international students; however, in the event of overflow, priority will be given to current ALI students.

Our Spring 2020 Conversation Groups will begin Jan. 27th and will run until April 24th.  Please check https://ali.usc.edu/conversation-groups/cg-schedule/ for more information on session times, leaders, and location changes.

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Yoga at Fisher

Breathe, unwind, and enjoy free yoga at the USC Fisher Museum of Art taught by certified International Ashtanga Yoga Instructor Divya Choudhary. Stretch your muscles and meditate in galleries surrounded by the museum's permanent collection. Yoga mats and blocks will be provided. Please arrive 10 minutes early to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Guests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.   


“No Cameras, No Questions!” School Photos in Haunted Concentrationary Sites

A public lecture by Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University) and Leo Spitzer (Dartmouth College)

Organized by the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Cosponsored by the Center for Visual Anthropology at USC, the USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, and the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

Presenting their recently published book School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer will discuss the role of school photography in three historical instances of incarceration of persecuted populations: photos taken at government controlled boarding schools into which Native American children were forcibly removed in the U.S. starting in the 1870s; photos taken, often surreptitiously, in school classes held in Nazi ghettos during the Second World War; and school photos made in concentration camps for Japanese Americans in the United States during the same period in the early 1940s. What do school photos do at such moments of crisis and transformation and what light do they shed on recent instances of child removal at the US Southern borders?

Marianne Hirsch is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Columbia University. She writes about the transmission of memories of violence across generations, combining feminist theory with memory studies in global perspective. Her books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the HolocaustFamily Frames: Photography, Narrative and Postmemory and the co-edited volume Women Mobilizing Memory.

Leo Spitzer is the K. T. Vernon Professor of History Emeritus and Research Professor at Dartmouth College. He writes about individual and collective responses to colonialism and exclusion, Jewish refugee memory, trauma and transmission. His books include Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from NazismLives in Between: The Experience of Marginality in a Century of Emancipation, and the co-edited Acts of Memory: Cultural Recall in the Present.

Hirsch and Spitzer have also co-authored two books: Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (2010) and School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference (2020). They have also curated the current exhibit "School Photos and their Afterlives" (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College).

Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to cagr@usc.edu.


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Charles Arnoldi | Four Decades

Charles Arnoldi | Four Decades is a survey of the versatile and prolific Venice Beach artist which traces the evolution of the artist’s expansive and materials-focused practice from the 1970s to the present. 

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Graduate Algebra Seminar

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Iyengar Yoga with Laura Baker

Free Weekly Yoga Classes for the Trojan Family at the University Religious Center, Fishbowl.

Thursdays @12pm

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Politics and Pizza

Join Center for the Political Future Spring 2020 Fellows, Jeff Greenfield, David Hill, and Ben Rhodes for a casual discussion on current political events. Free pizza! 

  • Jeff Greenfield is an award-winning journalist and analyst who has reported in some of the nation’s most coveted newsrooms, including CBS, ABC, and CNN.
  • David Hill is a pollster and strategist that has served Republican candidates across the nation and polled for more than 100 successful ballot measures.
  • Ben Rhodes, Co-Host of “Pod Save The World,” served as the Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration.


If joining us from off-campus, you may park for a small fee at the USC McCarthy Way Lot, located at 635 USC McCarthy Way.

Upon exiting the lot, walk toward campus along McCarthy Way, between Leavey Library and  McCarthy Quad, heading toward the tall brick building (WPH). Just before you reach Trousdale, you will see a brick building (SOS) with outdoor staircases that lead to a sunken fountain below. Proceed down the stairs, our office is the first door on the left. 

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