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pandemic history research
Rat catchers in San Francisco around 1908 pose with the rodents they’ve killed as part of a program aimed at stemming the spread of bubonic plague. The man in the center dips a rat trap into a bucket of antiseptic. (Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

How have human beings historically responded to pandemics?

Through their research on plagues dating back to the late 19th century, USC Dornsife historians have discovered striking parallels between the coronavirus and previous outbreaks.

Humanities
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.

Humanities
Native Americans occupy Alcatraz
Native Americans play basketball during their occupation of Alcatraz Island on Nov. 26, 1969. Their 19-month occupation of the island would set the basis for decades of Native American land rights activism. (Photo/Associated Press)

50 years ago, Native Americans raised awareness by reclaiming Alcatraz

USC Dornsife historians examine the Nov. 20 occupation of Alcatraz Island, which kicked off nearly two years of protest that would shape Native American land rights activism.