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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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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.


Town Hall with David Jolly (R-FL) & Patrick Murphy (D-FL)

Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve This Crisis

A bipartisan lecture with former Congressmen David Jolly (R-FL) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) moderated by Abby Wood, USC Gould School of Law.

Hyper-partisan politics. Entrenched gridlock in Washington.  Can Americans find common ground on the most pressing issues we face as a nation?  Jolly and Murphy believe we can. They will pull the curtain back on how we got here and shine a light on the inside reasons why Washington has fallen into stalemate and dysfunction. They discuss opportunities for bipartisan leadership and how to build political consensus. 

Even in times of disagreement on solutions, those disagreements need not divide us.


This event is co-sponsored in part by the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at Florida International University's Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.


Free; register to let us know you're coming!

Gusto Campus Recruiting Online Information Session

Attend this free live Q&A hosted by Gusto on October 22 at 10:00 a.m. on Hallo. Gusto is a company that provides a cloud-based payroll, benefits, and human resource management solution for businesses based in the United States.

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Nonprofit Research Seminar: “Field Experiments on Directed Giving: From Pilot(s) to Full Phase”

Nonprofit Research Seminar Series – Fall 2018
Hosted by The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy


“Field Experiments on Directed Giving: From Pilot(s) to Full Phase”

Jonathan Meer, Associate Professor
Department of Economics, Texas A&M University

About the Seminar: The use of directed giving - allowing donors to target their gifts to specific organizations or functions - is pervasive in fundraising, yet little is known about its effectiveness. We conduct two sets of field experiments with different fundraising units at a public research university. This discussion will focus both on the results of the experiments and the process by which they were designed, implemented, and analyzed.

*Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by Thursday, October 18, 2018 to cppp@usc.edu.


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Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP) Summer Study Abroad Info Session

The Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP) offers an exceptional opportunity for outstanding undergraduates at universities around the world to experience Cambridge student life over six weeks.

Applications are now open!


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Lecture by Karen Petrone: "Remembering and Forgetting the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War: Politics and Memory in Putin's Russia" (USC Max-Kade)

Date:   Monday, 22 October 2018 at 12:30 pm

Location: USC Campus, SOS 250

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Roundtable with Bob Shrum and Congressman Brendan Boyle

Join USC Center for the Political Future Director Bob Shrum for a Roundtable discussion with Congressman Brendan Boyle on Monday, October 22 from 12:30 -1:30 pm in SOS B47. Congressman Boyle represents Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

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Mathematical Finance Colloquium: Circuit Breakers and Contagion

Hong Liu, Washington University, St. Louis

Circuit breakers are commonly imposed in financial markets. We develop a dynamic equilibrium model with multiple stocks to study how circuit breakers affect price dynamics and market-wide contagion in bad times. We show that even when stock returns are independent in the absence of circuit breakers, circuit breakers can cause stock returns to become highly correlated, especially when the circuit breakers are close to be triggered in bad times. In addition, circuit breakers can cause a crash in one stock to trigger a crash in another stock, and can thus increase the market-wide crash risk. Our analysis suggests that circuit breakers may be a source of financial contagion, especially in bad times.
Our analysis provides some rationale for the abandonment of the 2016 short-lived circuit breakers rule in Chinese stock markets.

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CAMS Colloquium: Singular Solutions to Parabolic Systems

Connor Mooney, UC Irvine

Regularity results for linear elliptic and parabolic systems with measurable coefficients play an important role in the calculus of variations. Morrey showed that in two dimensions, solutions to linear elliptic systems are continuous. We will discuss some surprising recent examples of discontinuity formation in the plane for the parabolic problem.

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