Nathan Masters is manager of academic events and programming communications for the USC Libraries. He covers USC’s relationship with Los Angeles and the myriad ways the university enriches our understanding of the surrounding metropolis. He also writes regularly about Southern California history for KCET.org and Los Angeles Magazine and blogs about L.A. urbanism at Gizmodo’s Southland subdomain.
Stories by Nathan Masters:
NEH supports USC project in historical photography
Two new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities totaling will allow USC and partner archives to add an additional 20,000 images to the International Mission Photography Archive database.
USC Korean Heritage Library curator honored
The South Korean government recently honored Joy Kim of the USC Libraries with its National Medal of Merit for her work as curator at USC’s Korean Heritage Library.
From Ballet to Books
Author Adrienne Sharp MPW ’87 brought to life the world of Russian ballet at the Nov. 17 Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon in Doheny Memorial Library.
Tinoco Appointed to L.A. Library Board
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed Eduardo Tinoco, associate dean of public services for the USC Libraries, to the Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners. As a member of the five-person board, Tinoco now helps oversee the Los Angeles Public Library system, which serves the city through its historic Central Library and 72 branch locations.
USC Libraries Host German Exile Scholars
During the 1930s and ’40s, as the horrors of Nazi Germany engulfed the European continent, Los Angeles became a sanctuary for some of Europe’s most celebrated artists and intellectuals.
In Memoriam: Richard J. Bing, 101
Richard John Bing, an accomplished cardiologist, composer and author, died Nov. 8 at the age of 101.
Oldest Alumnus Revisits His Korean Experience
Victor Wellington Peters ’24, USC’s oldest alumnus, returned to his alma mater in mid-November for a special tour of the USC Libraries’ Korean Heritage Library.
In Memoriam: Kate Stern, 100
Catherine G. “Kate” Stern, a leading activist since the 1950s for improved human relations and civil rights in Los Angeles, died Sept. 23 at the age of 100.
Intellectual Fellowship Continues at Villa Aurora
On Oct. 26, USC students attended a special tour and performance at Villa Aurora, the former house of the exiled Jewish-German novelist Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta.
Paderewski: The Modern Immortal Opens at Doheny
An exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of Polish musician Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s birth opens today in Doheny Memorial Library.
Archives Assemble at Los Angeles Bazaar
Exhibitions from nearly 80 local archives and collections related to Los Angeles history were on display at the fifth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on Oct. 23.
Hidden L.A. Stories
Los Angeles history will come alive Oct. 23 at the fifth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
A Literary Look at ‘the Other Monk’
USC College professor Robin D. G. Kelley spoke about jazz legend Thelonious Monk at the Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon on Sept. 30 in Doheny Memorial Library.
Festival de Flor y Canto Returns to USC
In 1973, USC hosted a landmark literary festival that captured the energy of the emerging Chicano movement. Thirty-seven years later, the spirit of that original festival returned in the form of Festival de Flor y Canto: Yesterday • Today • Tomorrow.
Two USC Groups Collaborate on Research Initiative
The USC Libraries has partnered with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture to collect, catalogue and digitize documents on the global growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity.
Chicano Festival, Reprised
In 1973, USC hosted the Festival de Flor y Canto (festival of flower and song, named after the Aztec word for poetry), a three-day event that featured dozens of emerging Mexican-American poets and writers.