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The traditional Mexican condiment paste recado negro
The traditional Mexican condiment paste recado negro consists of dried chiles, tortilla, cinnamon, pepper, oregano and bay leaves.(Photo/Jessica Magaña, RedHeartMedia)

Showcasing the role of food in the lives of Mexican and Mexican American grandmothers in L.A.

USC Dornsife’s Sarah Portnoy and USC Annenberg’s Amara Aguilar join forces to create the exhibit Abuelita’s Kitchen: Mexican Food Stories and a related course teaching students how to use digital media to share oral histories.

1992 Los Angeles uprising: Skyline today
Thirty years later, the beating of Rodney King and the shooting death of Latasha Harlins continue to reverberate in Los Angeles and throughout the country. (Photo/iStock)

‘Like a stick of dynamite’: USC scholars reflect on legacy of 1992 L.A. uprising and police beating of Rodney King

USC experts remember the events that led up to the violence and protests, and consider more recent violence against Blacks including George Floyd and Eric Garner and fatal confrontations between vigilantes and Black citizens.

Executive Order 9066
Executive Order 9066 sent thousands of Japanese immigrants and Japanese American citizens to detention facilities during World War II. (Photo/Thad Zajdowicz)

A family’s old steamer trunk holds links to a dark period from the past

The 80th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which unjustly sent thousands of Japanese Americans to confinement camps, offers a chance to reflect on past mistakes and to consider what it means to be American.