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Susan Bell

Susan Bell is USC Dornsife’s senior writer. She covers a wide variety of USC Dornsife-related news from research to the humanities and is a contributing features writer for USC Dornsife Magazine. An internationally published journalist, she has written extensively on French politics and culture for The Times of London, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. Her articles have also been published in Wallpaper, Marie-Claire and The Los Angeles Times. Interests include architecture, design, history and photography.

Stories by Susan Bell:

USC Dornsife new general education classes
This Renaissance painting by Vittore Carpaccio, titled Hunting on the Lagoon (ca. 1490; Venice, Italy), shows Venetian bird hunters. Painted in oils on a wooden panel, the hinges and latch suggest it once served as a decorative window shutter or the door of a cabinet. (Image/Vittore Carpaccio, Courtesy of the Getty‘s Open Content Program)

From the Italian Renaissance to the stars, an exciting approach to fulfilling GEs

Two new USC Dornsife general education courses offer students a richer, broader way to learn and to acquire diverse academic skills.

Arabs in California
The Arbeely family, pictured here in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1881, were the first Syrian family to immigrate to the United States, having arrived three years prior. By 1890, most had moved to Los Angeles. (Photo/Courtesy of Habeeb and Dania Arbeely)

How Arab Americans found identity and belonging in California

A new book from USC Dornsife’s Sarah Gualtieri counters a long-held stereotype of Arab Americans as outsiders, exploring how they were integrated into Southern California.

USC researchers how do people beatbox
Beatboxing originated in 1970s New York, coinciding with the genesis of hip-hop: The high cost of rhythm machines, or “beatboxes,“ led musicians to start creating their own rhythms with what was freely available –– their mouths. (Illustration/Dennis Lan)

Unpacking the mysteries of beatboxing: Linguists and engineers team up

Beatboxers expertly manipulate their vocal tracts to make sounds unknown in any language. Through the use of cutting-edge MRIs, USC researchers plan to find out how they do it.

Young Scientists Program JEP
Martin Kast of the Keck School of Medicine of USC explains an experiment to two elementary school students in a cancer education workshop organized by the Joint Educational Project’s Young Scientists Program, as graduate student Ruben Prins looks on. (USC Photo/Susan Bell)

Children hear from people on the front lines of cancer research, prevention and treatment

USC Dornsife’s Young Scientist Program hosts workshops at L.A. elementary schools to reduce the fear of cancer and encourage the pursuit of science.