Friday, April 4, 2014

Final Sherry Hour of Spring 2014

You are cordially invited to the fifth and final Sherry Hour of the academic year sponsored by the RFA.  It will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Academy Room (Room 241) of Doheny Memorial Library, University Park Campus (UPC).  The Academy Room is located in the northeast corner of the second floor of Doheny.  It is a warm comfortable room, fully equipped with tables and the latest in audio-visual technology.

Our guest speaker will be John (Jack) Wills, Jr., Emeritus Professor of History at USC and a former RFA Board member.  After earning his Ph.D. at Harvard University in History and Far Eastern Languages in 1967, Professor Wills taught for a year at Stanford and then spent the rest of his career at USC.  He has served as Chair of the East Asian Studies Center at USC and of USC-UCLA Joint East Asian Studies as well as Acting Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC.  His many awards include two Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards, an Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, and a Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award.  Professor Wills has written extensively on China's relations with maritime Europeans from about 1500 to 1800 and on continuity and change in China's culture and its foreign relations in the 1600's.  His talk, entitled "One Historian, Globalized," will reflect on the problem of an historian from one culture trying to get deep inside another culture.

RSVP to ecrsvp@usc.edu or (213) 740-7122, no later than Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

There is no charge for this event.  Dry Sack Sherry (medium dry) as well as fino (very dry) and cream (sweet) sherry will be served.  Martinelli's Sparkling Cider (non-alcoholic) will be available as well as Perrier and plain bottled water.  Mixed nuts and homemade cookies will be served.  Should you need additional details, please contact Jack Crossley at crossley@usc.edu.

Parking:  It is recommended that you park in Structure D (with elevator) or Structure X (without elevator).  For Structure D, enter at Gate 4, Jefferson Boulevard at Royal Street (across from the Shrine Auditorium).  For Structure X, enter at Gate 3, Figueroa Street at McCarthy Way.  Structure X is closest to Doheny Library.  Courtesy parking is available for retirees with a Gold Card; all others, $10.00.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Intergenerational Forum on Global Change

Join us for great conversations about pressing contemporary issues.  Active and retired faculty and staff and current USC students meet during and after dinner to discuss world events.  The Economist (on-line) is suggested as a common source of topics and information.

Hosted by: Jack Wills, Ph.D., James Moore, Ph.D., and Jerry Walker, Ph.D.

Dinners and discussions are free.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014; Dinner 5:30 p.m., Discussion 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Honors House Residence
2710 Severance Street, Los Angeles (between West 28th Street and West Adams Boulevard, east of Hoover Street)

Faculty, staff, and students are welcome for dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner reservations and USC ID# required!

Please RSVP asap for date above: ecrsvp@usc.edu.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Caldwell Scholars Bumper Sticker

Support the Caldwell Scholarship Program.  Get a bumper sticker!

NOTE:  This one was cut to fit the truck's bumper.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March Sherry Hour

You are cordially invited to the fourth Sherry Hour of the academic year sponsored by the RFA.   It will be held from 3:00—5:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, in the Academy Room of Doheny Memorial Library, University Park Campus (UPC).  The Academy Room (DML 241) is located in the northeast corner of the second floor of Doheny Library.

Our guest speaker will be MacArthur Fellow Jacob Soll, Professor of History and Accounting at USC.  His work examines the origins of modern politics and the modern state with particular emphasis on essential elements often overlooked by political historians, especially information technologies and accounting practices.  For example, studying the accounting practices of world civilizations yields unexpected insights into the culture of such civilizations.  His topic is "How the French Invented Financial Politics," which is from his new book, The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations.  Professor Soll holds his Ph.D. from Magdalene College, Cambridge University, and a D.E.A. degree from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.  The author of three books and scores of articles, he is also the recipient of many academic awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, besides the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.  He is a star in his field, and we are privileged and delighted to have him as our Sherry Hour speaker.

RSVP to ecrsvp@usc.edu or (213) 740-7122, no later than Monday, March 10, 2014.

There is no charge for this event.  Three kinds of sherry, sparkling cider, water, and light refreshments will be served.  Should you need additional details, please contact Jack Crossley at crossley@usc.edu.

Parking:  It is recommended that you park in Structure D (with elevator) or Structure X (without elevator).  For Structure D, enter at Gate 4, Jefferson Boulevard at Royal Street (across from the Shrine Auditorium).  For Structure X, enter at Gate 3, Figueroa Street at McCarthy Way.  Structure X is closest to Doheny Library.  Courtesy parking is available for retirees with a Gold Card; all others, $10.00.

Mark your calendar for the fifth and final Sherry Hour of the year, Friday, April 11, 2014, featuring Jack Wills, Professor Emeritus of History (Dornsife College), reflecting on how his studies of Chinese civilization have affected his own perception of what it means for an historian from one culture to understand in depth the history of another culture.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Keck's New Downtown Clinic

The Keck School of Medicine of USC's new downtown Los Angeles clinic on South Flower Street (between Eighth and Ninth Streets) has been open for a month.  Read this week's article in the Downtown News by clicking here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

February Sherry Hour

You are cordially invited to the third Sherry Hour of the academic year sponsored by the RFA.  It will be held from 3:00–5:00 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, in the Academy Room (Room 241) of Doheny Memorial Library (UPC).  The Academy Room is located in the northeast corner of the second floor of Doheny.  It is a warm, comfortable room, fully equipped with tables and chairs and the latest in audio-visual technology.

Our guest speaker is Donald E. Miller, Professor of Religion and Sociology at USC and Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture.  His topic will be "The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity."  He is co-author (with Tesunao Yamamori) of the UC Berkeley Press book, Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (2007), and editor with two others of the 2012 Oxford University Press book, Spirit and Power: The Growth and Power of Pentecostalism.  His research on Pentecostalism and its influence on culture and politics, especially in developing countries, has taken him to more than 25 countries, including more than 15 visits to Nigeria and Rwanda, in the past 12 years.  Professor Miller is a skilled, sensitive interpreter of the relation between religion, culture, and politics, and we are privileged and happy to have him as our speaker.

RSVP to ecrsvp@usc.edu or (213) 740-7122 no later than Monday, February 10, 2014.

There is no charge for this event.  Dry Sack Sherry (medium dry) as well as fino (very dry) and cream (sweet) sherries will be served.  Martinelli's Sparkling Cider (non-alcoholic) will be available as well as Perrier and plain bottled water.  Homemade cookies will be served along with mixed nuts.  Should you need additional details, please contact Jack Crossley at crossley@usc.edu.

Parking:  It is recommended that you park in Structure D (with elevator) or Structure X (without elevator).  For Structure D, enter at Gate 4, Jefferson Boulevard at Royal Street (across from the Shrine Auditorium).  For Structure X, enter at Gate 3, Figueroa Street at McCarthy Way.  Structure X is closest to Doheny Memorial Library.  Courtesy parking is available for retirees with Gold Card; all others, $10.00.

Mark your calendars for the next Sherry Hour, March 14, 2014.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jane Pauley on CBS Sunday Morning

Former NBC news anchor Jane Pauley was interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning January 12, 2014.  In case you missed the segment, you can read the transcript here.