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Judith Shelton stand-up comedy teacher
Students in Judith Shelton‘s class are expected to do comedy in front of their peers at every meeting to help them get over their insecurities, but also to discover what works for them. They also do a real set in front of a live audience at a comedy club as part of the class. (Photo/Courtesy of Judith Shelton)

Stand-up comedy lecturer reassures students that failure is part of the routine

As both a comedian and a teacher, Judith Shelton encourages her students at the USC School of Dramatic Arts to take risks and celebrate their imperfections.

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Assal Habibi musical training brain development
Assal Habibi has done extensive research on how musical training is beneficial for brain development. Her latest study focuses on children who are learning music and speak more than one language, as compared to children who know just one language. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC research reinforces music’s impact on the developing brain

A $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will help USC Dornsife’s Assal Habibi advance her studies into how musical training boosts childhood brain development.

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Inda Craig-Galvan
Inda Craig-Galván has done sketch comedy at The Second City and The Groundlings, has a Black Theater Alliance Award & Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, wrote for The Rookie, edited How To Get Away With Murder in addition to being a playwright. (Photo/Courtesy of Inda Craig-Galván)

Whether writing plays or TV dramas, this USC alum embraces her voice

Inda Craig-Galván, who has worked as both an acclaimed playwright and a TV writer, credits her master’s from the USC School of Dramatic Arts with opening her eyes to new writing opportunities.