Micro-Seminars A-Z

2017 registration is now open!

Preview the many exciting topics that were offered through the 2017 Welcome Week Micro-Seminars below.

Topics on this page are listed alphabetically by seminar title. Feel free to explore areas outside your intended major.

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  • 21st Century Media: An Evolving Global Digital Landscape
    Paolo Sigismondi, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

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  • Accounting: The Real Deal
    Zivia Sweeney, Leventhal School of Accounting
  • Actually it *is* rocket science: Fundamentals of Astronautics and Our Space Technology Renaissance
    Paul Giuliano, Astronautical Engineering | Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Addressing Climate Change through Design
    Kelly Shannon, School of Architecture
  • Animals, Aliens, AIs, and Enemies: Who Matters Morally?
    Sharon Lloyd, Philosophy | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • Arts & Culture, LA + USC
    Eric Trules, School of Dramatic Arts

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  • Beyond the Google: Strategies for Surviving Information Overload
    Holly Burt, USC Libraries

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  • Celebrimedia: The Business of Fame and Celebrity
    Aaron Settipane, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Chasing Character: What Is It, Why Do I Need It, and Is It Available for Download?
    Laurel Felt, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Chinese Politics, Society, Economics, Ideology, Culture and Foreign Policy under Xi Jinping: The Implications for Sino-American Relations
    Stan Rosen, Political Science | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • College Student Activism: Exploring Opportunities for Meaningful Engagement
    Robert Labaree, USC Libraries
  • Competing With Free
    Ira Kalb, Marketing | Marshall School of Business
  • Conflict, Crises, and Health: The Human Toll of Displacement
    Parveen Parmar, Emergency Medicine | Keck School of Medicine
  • The CRISPR Revolution in Genome Engineering: Science, Technology, and Ethics
    Peter Qin, Chemistry | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

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  • Darwin in a Test Tube: Harnessing Evolution to Engineer New Drugs
    Terry Takahashi, Chemistry | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • Diabesity: Public Health Crises Run Amok
    Richard Watanabe, Preventive Medicine | Keck School of Medicine
  • Diego and Frida: Life and Art
    Liana Stepanyan, Spanish & Portuguese | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

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  • Food, Health and Culture in Latino Los Angeles
    Sarah Portnoy, Spanish & Portuguese | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • From Sketch to Standup: Comedy that Makes a Difference
    Emily Anderson, Writing Program | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences
  • From the Small Screen to the Big City: Discovering Home and Family
    Caroline Cicero, Davis School of Gerontology
  • The Future of the Global Climate Change Treaty
    Shannon Gibson, International Relations | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

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  • Genetic Therapies for Progressive Neuromuscular Disorders
    Leigh Maria Ramos-Platt, Neurology | Keck School of Medicine
  • Genome Censorship: How Restricting Access to the Genetic Codes Gives Different Cells in the Body Their Unique Properties
    Ite Laird-Offringa, Surgery | Keck School of Medicine

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  • Healthy Start To College Life At USC
    Steve Hsu, Physical Education | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • How Stress Gets Under the Skin
    Darby Saxbe, Psychology | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

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  • The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture
    Joe Saltzman, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
  • Internal Combustion Engines: The Worst Form of Vehicle Propulsion… Except for All the Other Forms
    Paul Ronney, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering | Viterbi School of Engineering

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L

  • Lawyers and Secrets
    Clare Pastore, Gould School of Law
  • Life in the Universe
    Vahe Peroomian, Physics & Astronomy | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • Losing the Stress Habit: Managing Stress in Daily Life
    Myka Winder, Occupational Therapy | Independent Health Professions
  • Loving Your Relationship with Food: An Introduction to Intuitive Eating
    Linda Hoffman, Marriage and Family Therapy | Rossier School of Education

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  • Making Healthy Food Choices
    Jesus Diaz, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
  • Managing Your Stress
    Gerald Davison, Psychology | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences
  • Materials & Making: How Ideas become Matter and Matter becomes Ideas in Art
    Paul Donald, Sculpture | Roski School of Art & Design
  • The Myths and Science of How to Study
    David Lavond, Psychology | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

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  • Nanotechnology: The Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles
    Ted Lee, Chemical Engineering | Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Not Your Babushka’s Russia: Disruption, Culture, Politics, and the World Today
    Sally Pratt, Slavic Languages & Literature | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

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  • The Obesity Epidemic: The Role of Food/Beverage Corporations
    Bob Girandola, Human Biology | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

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  • Planning for Medical School? How to Plan for Your Undergraduate Years
    Joel Schechter, Cell and Neurobiology, Keck School of Medicine
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Cultivating Imagination and Intuition
    Holly Willis, Media Arts + Practice | School of Cinematic Arts
  • Propaganda, Disinformation and How to Fight It
    Nicholas Cull, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

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R

  • Religion and International Relations
    Patrick James, International Relations | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

S

  • So, You Want to Work on Wall Street?
    Julie Suh, Leventhal School of Accounting
  • Sound Design and Music: From Blockbuster Movies to Virtual Reality
    Bill Whittington, School of Cinematic Arts
  • Space: From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight
    Mike Gruntman, Astronautical Engineering | Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Spark: Where do Entrepreneurs’ Ideas come From?
    Michael Napoliello, Lloyd Grief Center for Entrepreneurial Studies | Marshall School of Business
  • Stem Cell Therapy: Hope or Hype?
    Young Hong, Surgery | Keck School of Medicine
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine: An Update
    Francesca Mariani, Cell & Neurobiology | Keck School of Medicine
  • Studying Engineering
    Sam Safadi, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering | Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Probing the Medical Mystery
    Tom Keens, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles | Keck School of Medicine

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  • Terrorism: What Is It, What Is the Threat, and Should We Be Afraid?
    Jeffrey Fields, International Relations | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences
  • Theatre in Los Angeles
    Frank Catalano, School of Dramatic Arts
  • Transportation Options for Los Angeles
    James Moore, Viterbi School of Engineering

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  • Vampires and Other Monsters
    Ellen Oliveira, Spanish & Portuguese | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences
  • Volunteerism: Give Back, Develop a New Skill, Improve Your Networking Skills and Enhance Your Résumé!
    Mini Datta, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

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  • What’s Hot in Video Games Right Now
    Chris Swain, Information Technology Program | Viterbi School of Engineering
  • When Aristotle Wears a White Coat: Introduction to Medical Ethics
    Cheryl Lew, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles | Keck School of Medicine
  • WRITE ON! Writing the University Level Essay
    Shefali Rajamannar, Writing Program | Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences

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  • Yes And: Better Living Through Improv
    Kirstin Eggers, School of Dramatic Arts

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