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2003 Commencement Address

celebrating some of the most intrinsic elements of human resilience: the constant striving for enlightenment, the noble longing for community, and the steadfast hope in the improvement that the future…

Revitalizing Professional Education for the Next Century

around the world, especially around the Pacific Rim and in Latin America. The USC School of Dentistry has been a leader in implementing all four of these initiatives. Indeed, what’s…

Brave New America

which are universally acclaimed as the best in the world. With hard work these youngsters catch up with their international peers by their junior year. By the time they enter…

Commencement Speech — May 6, 1994

time in the art form of their time. The art form that truly moves the people of the world today, that gets into the fiber of their being, is film….

2011 Commencement Address

…And yet, I’m also optimistic because of the opportunity I’ve had to work in the field of information technology. Information technology has shaped the world. Information technology has been able…

Annual Address to the Faculty of the University of Southern California

in the development of Southern California for more than a century, and plays an increasingly important role in the development of the nation and the world. We expect to continue…

2016 Commencement Address

different. I would never confuse the two of them again. I had discovered things I loved: the Sierras, Yosemite, the Pacific Ocean. These natural wonders brought me great joy and…

1996 State of the University Address

majoring in the liberal arts to minor in the professions, and students majoring in the professions to minor in the liberal arts. As far as I know, this development is…

Willow Bay

introduced the school’s new Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree program, welcomed the first cohort of the school’s nine-month Master of Science in Journalism program, forged partnerships with key media…

Annual Address to the Faculty

are now among the highest in the country. Moreover, USC’s yield rate is among the highest in the United States. (For the uninitiated, the yield rate is the percentage of…

The Great Straddlers as Successor to the Renaissance Man

in which those of us in the university can nurture and encourage the reintegration of knowledge. The first of these involves faculty participation in interdisciplinary research and creative activity. There…

2002 Commencement Address

soon rose to the top, becoming in almost record time the president of the company, and thereby, one of the most powerful and richest industrialists in the country. Much later,…

2004 Commencement Address

courage, but that if we lack the courage to hold them, not just when they accord with the convictions of others, but against threatening opposition, in the moment of their…

Postdoctoral Education in America

increasingly only an interim milestone in the development of an independent researcher. Moreover, the nature of the educational experience for doctoral students in the sciences is being changed by the

USC Phi Beta Kappa Induction

people to go around. Because of the needs, the challenges, the problems, and the opportunities, society has an almost insatiable hunger for smart, motivated, creative people. In the 1950s when…

Annual Address to the Faculty 2005

troops and ruthlessly pursue the retreating enemy in order to convert the enemy’s orderly retreat into a rout. Instead, by failing to press his advantage, the victor gives the enemy…

Annual Address to the Faculty 2004

conflicts or to insure that they do not compromise the integrity of the individuals involved or that of the university.   The AAU report on conflicts of interest lists three…

State of the University Address

the Jewish Role in American Life, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, the Annenberg Center for Communication, the Daniel J. Epstein Department…

2015 Commencement Address

the advice he offered as she left on this exciting—and terrifying—adventure: You are in one of the world’s best schools, in one of the world’s greatest modern empires…Deserve it, then…Be…

2007 Commencement Address

interests and so dependent upon hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions that the actual interests of the oft-invoked American public are lost in the shuffle. The reality of America…