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“Without Mercy, The Rains Continued,” a poem by David St. John, professor of English at USC College, appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The New Yorker.

St. John’s 10th poetry collection, The Auroras, will be published next year.

‘Forbidden Art’ Documentary Continues Screening Tour

Fresh from their standing room-only screening at the National Gallery of Art, Amanda Pope, professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Tchavdar Georgiev MFA ’00 will present their documentary, The Desert of Forbidden Art, at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. General admission tickets are $11.

The film depicts the story of Igor Savitsky, who, during Soviet rule in the 1960s to the early 1980s, daringly rescued 40,000 fellow artists’ artworks and created a museum for them in Uzbekistan’s desert.

Dinner for Two (or More) at Moreton Fig

Dinner is now being offered at the Moreton Fig restaurant in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Selections include seared Pacific sturgeon with beluga lentils, cippolini onions and salsa verde ($23.75); crispy skin-roasted half chicken with herb spaetzle and glazed baby root vegetables ($18.75); and a grilled double pork chop with spoonbread, apple mostarda and brussels sprouts ($22.50).

During happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., guests may order draft beers for $4, selected wines for $5 and daily cocktail specials.

Retirement Education Seminar to be Held Tuesday

USC faculty and staff are invited to attend a MetLife Retirewise seminar on Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Davidson Continuing Education Center. Attendees will discuss key retirement issues, learn ways to budget for retirement and assess their personal situation.

Register online at or call MetLife at (866) 801-3547.

Social Work Pioneers Honored

The California Social Work Hall of Distinction inducted seven new members, five posthumously, in a ceremony held Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.

The 2010 class of honorees included John G. Milner, professor emeritus, and Barbara J. Solomon, professor and vice provost emerita, both of the USC School of Social Work.

Sponsored in part by the USC School of Social Work and the National Association of Social Workers, the event attracted more than 200 guests to pay tribute to the lifetime achievements of social work pioneers.

The California Social Work Hall of Distinction was established within the California Social Welfare Archives, which with support from the USC School of Social Work, maintains oral histories of social work leaders and collections of some of the most historically significant documents in the development of social welfare in the state.

Safe Halloween for Neighborhood Youth

The USC Norman Topping Student Aid fund hosted its annual Safe Halloween celebration for 1,500 local children and their families on Oct. 31. Held at the Hoover Recreation Center in Los Angeles, this year’s festivities featured a haunted house, craft projects and a variety of games.

Safe Halloween is one of two major community service events Topping scholars organize each year. The only student-initiated, student-funded and primarily student-administered scholarship program in the nation, the Topping fund — now in its 40th year — assists USC students with financial need who demonstrate community awareness.

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