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Curiosity Driven: Caleb Finch's Life-long Impact on the Field of Gerontology

This exhibition highlights selections from the Finch Science Archive, donated to the USC Libraries by Dr. Caleb Finch, the William F. Kieschnick Professor of the Neurobiology of Aging. Some of the archival materials on display include his books and publications dedicated to the study of human aging. In his work, Finch explores the relationship between the natural sciences and aging but brings a polymathic perspective to his work by incorporating research in such diverse fields as ancient medicine, anthropology, archeology, biochemistry, evolution, history, geography, literature, neuroscience, obesity and famine, osteoarchaeology, urban poverty, and zoology. The exhibit showcases Finch's academic and musical career with digital displays, published editions, and rare materials.

We are indeed grateful to Dr. Finch for his generous gift of the books in the Finch Science Archive, a collection (located in the Science and Engineering Library, 2nd Floor) which continues to embody and illustrate his ongoing contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

Location: Science & Engineering Library


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From the Battle in France to the Liberation of Germany: Letters and Artifacts from the Harry K. Wolff Jr. Collection

Among the hundreds of thousands of US soldiers called to duty during WWII was a thirty-year-old Jewish lawyer from San Francisco named Harry K. Wolff Jr. His army unit landed in France around D-Day in June 1944 and fought its way to Germany over the next year. Postwar, Wolff acted as a judge advocate for American soldiers and witnessed war crime tribunals at the former concentration camp in Dachau, where he was one of the officers responsible for 30,000 Nazi soldiers housed while awaiting trial.

Wolff wrote letters home describing his experiences abroad—including basic training, deployment in combat, and his time at Dachau and the subsequent trials—as well as the “souvenirs” he picked up along the way. Unusual for most US soldiers who brought home memorabilia, he wrote detailed descriptions of where and when he found a particular piece, often taking pictures of the locations.

Among the artifacts he collected are foreign brochures, pamphlets, and periodicals; copies of the Stars and Stripes newspaper produced by the US military; Nazi armbands, flags, medals, weapons and, notably, fragments from a giant swastika formerly perched atop the Nazi party rally stadium in Nuremberg but blown up by his own air defense unit on orders of General Patton.

In 2016, Wolff’s daughter, Andrea Stanley, and her husband David, donated their incredible collection of hundreds of letters, photos, and artifacts to USC, where it joins a growing wealth of Holocaust and other genocide-related material, including the testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive; the USC Libraries’ Holocaust and Genocide Studies Collection of primary and secondary sources; and the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, home of the archives of European exiles who fled the Third Reich and settled in California.

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Innovations in Medical Education 2019 Conference

The Department of Medical Education at the University of Southern California presents our 16th annual Innovations in Medical Education (IME) Conference on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, 2019. The IME Conference joins together a growing community of educators, leaders, scholars, and learners working together to promote change through innovation in health professions education.

Our goal is to move education in the health professions toward a higher level of excellence and wellbeing by providing a forum for sharing innovative ideas and educational innovations.

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5th Annual USC Senior Living Executive Course

Join us for the 5th Annual USC Senior Living Executive Course

The Senior Living Executive Course, presented by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business, is designed to provide aging services professionals a collaborative educational experience in strategy development, leadership and the science of aging. The course is for CEOs, CFOs, COOs, executive directors, development officers, and others in aging services management and development.

Registration and Welcome Reception: Thursday, February 21
Program: Friday, February 22 – Saturday, February 23

The course will be translated from English to Chinese simultaneously during the program for those who wish to use a headset to listen.

Early Bird (Before November 19, 2018): US$1700
Regular Fee (After November 19, 2018): US$2000
USC Leonard Davis School Alumni: US$1500
Argentum/CALA/ASHA/LeadingAge members: US$1600
WatermarkChina members: US$1600
*CEUs available for CA-RCFE/NHA – Additional $100

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Chinese Calligraphy Classes

Longtime instructor Guang-Li (David) Zhang, a graduate of the Shanghai Art Academy teaches beginner and advanced students Chinese Calligraphy in mixed lecture and workshop classes.

February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Chinese Calligraphy (1.5 hours)
Saturday 9:00am - 10:30am
$100 for each 6 week class session

Students will receive a list of supplies to purchase for their class or they can pay an optional $25 fee for in-class supplies.

USC Pacific Asia Museum members receive a 10% discount on class fees. Email bethany.wearden@pam.usc.edu for discount code.

$100 for 6 classes

INET Young Scholars Initiative North America Convening

YSI’s Regional Convenings provide a crucial opportunity for young thinkers to meet, share their work, and foster new possibilities in economic thinking.  Convenings attract scholars from one speciļ¬c region, but across research areas, allowing for multifaceted discussions.

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Early Modern British History with Will Cavert (USC EMSI)

Will Cavert, University of St. Thomas

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Seaver Classroom 3
10:00am to 12:00pm

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

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EMSI: Early Modern British History with Will Cavert

Will Cavert, University of St. Thomas

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Seaver Classroom 3
10:00am to 12:00pm

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

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Information Session for Prospective Students

Members of our Admissions team will be hosting information sessions in the Los Angeles area for prospective students interested in our entry-level master's degree program. RSVP required; please click link below for further details.



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TimeSlips: Creative Engagement in Dementia Care

TimeSlips: Creative Engagement in Dementia Care
A Workshop with Anne Basting
Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Friday, January 25, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

Consider age and memory loss in a new light in an interactive workshop with MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting, a theatre artist and educator who has developed an alternative concept of aging, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges, and that understands art and emotional connection as critical to our well-being as we age. Basting's workshop offers ways to engage meaningfully with family, friends, neighbors, and others experiencing memory loss. Our impulse is to repair memory. But if we can learn to shift slightly, from the pressure to remember toward the freedom of imagination, we can find meaningful connection through shared imagination.

Anne Basting is the author of Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture. Named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Basting has written and/or produced nearly a dozen plays and public performances, including Slightly Bigger Women and Finding Penelope, a play inspired by a year of intergenerational conversations about the myth of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, and professionally staged at a long-term-care facility. Her latest book, The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care, co-edited with Maureen Towey and Ellie Rose, tells the story of that remarkable collaboration. Basting is also the founder and president of the award-winning nonprofit TimeSlips Creative Storytelling, which brings meaning back into the lives of elders with dementia. 

Additional Links:
Anne Basting | MacArthur Fellow profile, Wikipedia
NPR: “Theater Artist Anne Basting Named MacArthur Fellow” (Audio)

Related Event:
Enchanting Aging: Inspiring Awe and Meaning in Late Life
An Evening with Anne Basting
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 7 p.m.
Gerontology 124
For more info, click here.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Co-sponsored by the USC School of Gerontology.

Admission is free. Reservations required.
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