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Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa Monterosa
Graduate Certificate, Digital Media and Culture, '14

An interview with MA+P graduate certificate alumnus, Vanessa Monterosa.

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USC’s Interactive Media Building Rewrites the Future of Storytelling

USC students create the digital future in a new interactive building.

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Alumni Spotlight: Carolyn Diloreto
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '18

An interview with Media Arts and Practice alumna, Carolyn Diloreto.

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Museum of Memory dedicated to victims of state violence wins prize in Nicaragua

While its physical location was closed by the combined impact of government reprisals and the global pandemic, museum director Emilia Yang Rappaccioli (PhD '21) discusses how the museum lives on as a digital space.

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Alumni Spotlight: Karl Baumann
PhD, iMAP, '18

Media is just for consumption, right? But what if we told you that media can be used to envision a better future for humanity? This is what is on the agenda of Karl Baumann (PhD ’18).

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PhD alumnae awarded ACLS Digital Extension Grant

Laila Shareen Sakr (PhD '15) and Susana Ruiz (PhD '15) received an extension grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for their project "Arab Data Bodies: Social Media in Mixed Reality." The ACLS Digital Extension Grant program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences.

Read the grant announcement here.

PhD alumna Nonny de la Peña uses new, immersive media to tell stories that create empathy in readers and viewers

As the CEO of Emblematic Group, Nonny de la Peña (PhD '19) uses cutting-edge technologies to tell stories — both fictional and news-based — that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. She has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget, while Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive journalism.

Watch her TED talk here.

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Fowler
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '17

An interview with Media Arts and Practice alumna, Jordan Fowler.

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The Mind-Bending Works of Behnaz Farahi Give Tech New Life

Behnaz Farahi, a Media Arts and Practice PhD student, redraws the boundaries between humans and technology.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chandler Zausner
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '20

An interview with a Media Arts and Practice undergraduate alumnus, Chandler Zausner.

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PhD alumna's wearable vest grows a self-sustaining garden watered by your own urine

Aroussiak Gabrielian (PhD '19) says she was inspired to create what is believed to be the world's first wearable farm after seeing what her body could provide for her newborn. Gabrielian says each cloak can grow up to 22 crops

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Alumni Spotlight: Michael Kozlowski
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '18

An interview with Media Arts and Practice alumnus, Michael Kozlowski.

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Alumni Spotlight: David Viramontes
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '18

An interview with Media Arts and Practice alumnus, David Viramontes.

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Three Scholars Champion the "Civic Imagination”

In the summer of 2016, three USC scholars gathered at an 18th-century castle in Austria to teach 70 college students from around the globe how to dream about the future. The Salzburg Global Seminar likely qualifies as the most glamorous venue to host workshop leaders Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova and Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, but it's only one of many places where the trio has championed the practice of "civic imagination" through world-building exercises. Additional to the workshops they've run over the past eight years, Jenkins, Shresthova and Peter-Lazaro have produced two recent books filled with fresh thinking about media activism.

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Student Spotlight: Luke Greenwood
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '22

An interview with Media Arts and Practice student, Luke Greenwood.

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PhD alumni work is highlighted in Creative Capital's On Our Radar 2021

On Our Radar 2021 features noteworthy projects in all disciplines that advanced to the final round in the competitive selection process for the Creative Capital Award. This year, micha cárdenas (PhD '15) and Susana Ruiz (PhD '15) and their project Oceanic is one of the many incredible projects highlighted.

Read about the project here.

Alumni Spotlight: Eric Liu
BA, Media Arts and Practice, '17

An interview with Media Arts and Practice alumnus, Eric Liu.

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These haunting masks speak their own silent, feminist language

Created by Behnaz Farahi (PhD '20), these masks are meant to empower women to communicate on their own terms by sidestepping the male gaze.

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Student helps teens build relationships with their grandparents — by documenting them on film

After seeing the distance between kids and their elders in his own Jewish community, Ethan Kurzrock (BA '21) developed the Haggadah Project for L.A. middle schoolers.

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