- Book Talk- "Japan: A Reverence for Beauty" - by Gil Garcetti
- 09/02/2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
- University Park Campus East Asian Seminar Room (110C) DML 110C 3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
“Why are the Japanese so unique in their reference, respect, and need for beauty?”, and “What can we, an infant nation compared to Japan, learn from this ancient people and culture that might make us just a tiny bit better as a people or nation?” These two questions are central to Gil Garcetti's book, Japan: A Reverence for Beauty. Garcetti visited Japan for the first time in 1967 and has returned many times over the years, always struck by the beauty of its natural and cultural environments. Garcetti has explored the concept of beauty in a project that has now been released as a limited edition folio of lush color photographs. Five short essays provide thoughtful commentary on Japanese culture and tradition.
From the minute texture of moss on wet pavement to the expansive tapestry of an autumn forest; from a spider’s perfect web to the avant-garde skyline of Tokyo; from Shinto rites to stitching kimonos, this book gives true insight into the Japanese reverence for beauty.
Published in two languages, this work reveals to Japanese and Americans alike the lessons of a legacy of beauty that Japanese culture offers.
See the Photographer's Statement for further information.
Before becoming a photographer, Gil spent 32 years as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He was the elected District Attorney for eight years. (1992-2000) In addition to overseeing high profile prosecutions such as the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson cases, Gil directed his 1100 prosecutors to focus their efforts on more effectively addressing domestic violence and on specific programs designed to prevent crime. After Gil left office in 2000, he taught a seminar entitled “The Interaction of the Criminal Justice System, Race, Politics and the Media.” at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Since leaving the District Attorney’s office, Gil has focused his professional efforts as a photographer, speaker, and television producer. Since the publication of his first photo book in 2002, IRON: ERECTING THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, six additional books have been published. Beginning in 2013 Gil has had numerous solo exhibitions of his photograph around the world including the United Nations, New York, National Building Museum, Washington D.C., UNESCO, Paris, France, Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China, UCLA Fowler Museum, Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, Virginia, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria, and the New York Center for Performing Arts, New York.
Gil’ speaking engagements have included the United Nations, UNESCO, European Union, and many museums, conferences, and civic and local organizations. He is also a producer of the hit TNT television series, Major Crimes.
Gil’s most recent photo book and project, JAPAN: A REVERENCE FOR BEAUTY, was released in January 2015. This project raises the question of why the Japanese people are so unique in their reverence and need for beauty in virtually every aspect in their lives and what we might learn from this ancient culture that will enhance us as a people or nation.
In April 2014 Garcetti was sworn in as UNESCO – IHE Cultural Ambassador. His responsibilities in this role are to bring worldwide awareness to the issue of safe water in developing countries with a particular focus on how safe water affects the lives of women and girls.
His father was an immigrant from Mexico and his mother’s parents were also born in Mexico. Gil was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California and UCLA Law School. He has been married to his wife, Sukey for 51 years. His daughter, Dana, is a lawyer and acupuncturist and his son, Eric, is the Mayor of Los Angeles.read more
- Decades After Genocide: Is Justice Possible?
- 09/03/2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- University Park Campus Ground Zero Coffeehouse
The Ottoman government’s systematic annihilation of its Armenian population took place 10 decades ago. The Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields allowed for the massacre of nearly 2 million people four decades ago in Cambodia. These cases of state violence continue to test the international justice system as jurists, activists and politicians attempt to arrive at some definition of implementable justice.
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- USC Pacific Asia Museum Presents: Reshaping Tradition
- 09/11/2015 - 01/31/2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
- Off Campus USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Los Angeles, CA 91101
USC Pacific Asia Museum presents, Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia, the first major international survey exhibition of contemporary Asian ceramics organized by the museum. The exhibition presents works by such internationally recognized artists as Ai Weiwei (China) Ik-joong Kang (Korea) Liu Jianhua (China) Ah Xian (China) Yeesookyung (Korea) Harumi Nakashima (Japan) Bui Cong Khanh (Vietnam) The exhibition will look at some of the most extraordinary developments that are re-shaping ceramic practice today. Select examples of the pre-modern ceramics from the museum’s permanent collection, which will reveal the impact of traditional ceramics on contemporary Asian artists.read more
- USC EASC Taiwanese Documentary Series
- 09/16/2015 all day
- University Park Campus
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Welcome and Introduction of Filmmakers FU YUE and HO CHAO-TI by Professor Stanley Rosen of Political Science, USC
I am in Taiwan 《我在台灣，我正青春》 (2013, 30 minutes)
Sock’n’Roll 《台灣黑狗兄》 (2013, 72 minutes)
Panel with Mr. Tieh-chih Chang, Filmmakers FU and HO, and Professor Daniel Lynch of International Relations, USC; Moderated by Professor Stanley Rosen and translation provided by Dr. Katherine Chu
Sunflower Occupation 《太陽‧不遠》 (2014, 120 minutes)
Q&A with Filmmakers FU and HO; Moderated by Professor Stanley Rosen and translation provided by Dr. Katherine Chu
- EASC Taiwanese Documentary Series
- 09/16/2015 2:00pm - 10:00pm
- University Park Campus Rosen Family Screening Theatre, Ray Stark Family Theatre TCC 227, SCA 108
The EASC Taiwanese Documentary Series showcases the work of Taiwanese Documentary directors and film makers. It is made possible by the Spotlight Taiwan grant from the Taiwan Academy of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, with additional support provided by Special Patron Dr. Samuel Yin and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.read more
- International Feuchtwanger Society Conference, "Feuchtwanger & Judaism" - DAY 2
- 09/18/2015 9:30am - 5:00pm
- University Park Campus Doheny Memorial Library DML 240 DML 240 3550 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
- Armenia Marks 25 Years of Independence
- 09/20/2015 3:00pm - 7:00pm
- Off Campus Laemmle Playhouse Pasadena
On Sunday, September 20, there will be a different kind of Independence Day party. This one will be an afternoon of film, discussion, and reflection. Half a dozen films, shot in Armenia over the last quarter century, take the viewer into people’s homes, lives, passions, and hopes. Lusine Sargsyan, director of the feature-length film THE ABODE (2014), will participate in a Q/A about her work and the cinema of independence. #cinesilk is a USC Institute of Armenian Studies film series focusing on Armenia, the Caucasus Neighborhood, and their many diasporas.read more
- Casden Conversation Series: "An American Jew in Poland or, The Country in My Head"
- 09/20/2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
- University Park Campus Doheny Memorial Library 240
This event will feature best-selling author Louis Steinman in conversation with scholar and editor Jack Miles. When Poland lost its Jews, it lost a part of itself. When Polish Jews lost Poland, they lost a part of themselves as well, and so did their American children. Louise Steinman will share the joy, the grief, and above all the surprise she experienced in recovering the lost Poland of her family’s past in the Poland of today. Louise Steinman is a writer and literary curator. Her work frequently deals with memory, history and reconciliation. Amongst several highly acclaimed books, she is the author of The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation. Louise has curated the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library series for the Los Angeles Public Library (www.aloudla.org) for the past two decades and is also co-director of the Los Angeles Institute of the Humanities at USC. Jack Miles is general editor of the recently published Norton Anthology of World Religions and Senior Fellow for Religion and International Relations with the Pacific Council on International Policy. His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. He was a MacArthur Fellow during the years 2003-2007. Since 2008, he has been Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies at the University of California, Irvine. INTRODUCTION GIVEN BY ALAN CASDEN, CEO CASDEN PROPERTIES, LLCread more
- From the Dressing Room to Center Stage: Glimpses behind the Kabuki Curtain
- 09/22/2015 4:15pm - 6:15pm
- Off Campus Victory Room at the Radisson Hotel USC Radisson Hotel at USC 3540 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Kabuki is one of Japan’s three great traditional theatrical forms. Knowledge and traditions relating to kabuki have been passed down over four centuries, from one generation of actors to the next. For the most part, these traditions—above all, the special skills actors need to transform themselves into the characters they play—remain inaccessible to the general public.
In this unique event, kabuki actor Nakamura Gankyō will give us a glimpse into the hidden world of kabuki. He will perform highlights from the kabuki dance “Echigo Jishi” (Echigo Lion Dance), share his knowledge about kabuki, demonstrate the techniques female-role actors use to make themselves up, and talk about his experiences as an actor. He will be joined by Kineya Yasoyo and Katada Kikusa, masters in Nagauta-style singing and drumming.
Nakamura Gankyō was born and raised in Southern California. An apprentice under Living National Treasure Sakata Tōjūrō, he is the first non-Japanese citizen to become a professional kabuki actor. Gankyō has conducting workshops, lectures, and demonstrations to introduce various aspects of the kabuki theater to audiences around the world. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has recently returned from Tokyo, where he spent an extended period doing research at Waseda University and Tokyo University.
- Bridging the Pacific: Synergy between Japanese-English Translation and Interpretation
- 09/25/2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
- University Park Campus East Asian Seminar Room DML 110C
The challenge of translation often is finding the right word, the right phrase, the right tone in the target language. Depending on the original text, requirements may vary from exact word-for-word equivalence to an inspired rendering of meaning and nuance. As a translator and interpreter of wide-ranging experience, Beth Cary will ground her presentation in real-life examples from the field and will tackle the one frustration that every translator from Japanese faces: What do I do with those pernicious “vague-ifiers” that seem to plague every Japanese sentence?
Based in Northern California, Beth Cary is engaged in interpreting and translating, as well as editing. Her interpreting in the business, government, academic, and arts fields has taken her around Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and even farther afield to film festivals and the Academy Awards. As a counter-balance to the demands of interpreting, she spends her "days off" translating, including several award-winning mystery stories for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. She has also edited some dozen books related to Japan, most recently the massive ‘Anime Encyclopedia 3.’
Her published translations include:
‘Starting Point: 1979-1996’ (‘Shuppatsuten 1979-1996’), and
‘Turning Point: 1997-2008’ (‘Orikaeshiten 1997-2008’) by Miyazaki Hayao (co-translation with Frederik L. Schodt);
‘In Iris Fields: Remembrances and Poetry’ (‘Ayamegusa Nikki’), by Kasanoin Jikun (prose);
‘An Ecological View of History: Japanese Civilization in the World Context’ (‘Bunmei no Seitaishikan’) by Umesao Tadao;
‘Senso: The Japanese Remember the Pacific War: Letters to the Editor of Asahi Shimbun’ (‘Senso: Chito namida de tsuzutta shogen’) edited by Frank Gibney;
‘A Spring Like Any Other’ (‘Itsumo to onaji haru’) by Tsujii Takashi
‘Inspector Imanishi Investigates’(‘Suna no utsuwa’) by Matsumoto Seicho.read more
- The Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki
- 09/25/2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
- University Park Campus TBD
If you have been thrilled by the images and touched by the heart-warming stories of Hayao Miyazaki’s feature-length animated works, you may count yourself among the vast numbers of fans of this revered filmmaker. Yet Miyazaki’s legions of fans include not only his viewing audience, but also many manga and animation professionals, both in Japan and around the world. Miyazaki is also one of the founders of Japan’s famous Studio Ghibli, where, along with his fellow director, Isao Takahata, and long-term producer, Toshio Suzuki, he has created one hit after another. To the shock of fans, in 2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement, creating many questions about the future of not only Studio Ghibli, but of Japan’s entire feature-length animation industry. Miyazaki has announced his retirement several times before, and rumors always persist of a comeback, but in Japan today the lack of an apparent successor is of great concern.
Less known outside of Japan is the fact that Miyazaki is also a prolific writer, speaker, and controversial intellectual, who boasts two giant volumes of interviews and essays. Translated into English as Starting Point: 1979-1996, and Turning Point: 1997-2008, these books total over 900 pages of text, and are both published by Viz Media in San Francisco. In an illustrated talk, Beth Cary and Frederik Schodt, the translators of the works, will explore the reasons for the appeal of Miyazaki and his films, in both Japan and the United States, and examine the role of Studio Ghibli, which is enjoying its 30th anniversary this year.
Frederik L. Schodt’s writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world. In 2009, the Japanese Government presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his work in helping to promote Japan’s popular culture in the United States. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology.
Beth Cary has interpreted for many Japanese artists, including Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki at their presentations in the Bay Area and beyond. As a translator she has translated Japanese fiction and nonfiction works, ranging from the social sciences to literary reflections. Recently she has translated several award-winning mystery stories for the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.read more
- Contesting the Streets II
- 10/02/2015 - 10/03/2015 all day
- University Park Campus Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall RGL 101
In our largest, densest cities, local governments, urban planners, and citizens will have to find new ways to plan, design, and govern precious urban public space. Vending has been the subject of acrimonious debate in many cities. It has also been the impetus for some innovative mixed-use and inclusive arrangements for sharing urban space. We will bring together scholars and practitioners in dynamic dialogue to present empirical cases (both contemporary and historical) around the growth of street vending and seeks to shed light on possible futures and the key narratives that will need to be re-written.
This symposium extends the first Contesting the Street conference that was held at UCLA in 2010, by expanding the geographic focus of the inquiry beyond (while still including) the Americas to gain comparative insights. We have exciting keynote speakers that we are lining up, including Saskia Sassen, Margaret Crawford, and Ananya Roy.
- Rengapoi: Hyper-Arts Innovation Japan Style
- 10/03/2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- University Park Campus Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom TCC 3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089 3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089
The USC Renga-poi event will showcase a diverse group of artists, including a including Jero, an African American superstar in the Japanese classical enka music world; Yoriko Mizushiri, one of Japan’s leading female animators and video artists; Katsuya Terada, manga (or Japanese-style comic book) artist, well-known for his “live drawing” performances and his illustrations for Nintendo and Playstation; and Matt Fargo, translator and author of numerous books on Japanese contemporary art and society and lead programmer at Tokyo-based design and technology company, Creative Lab PARTY.
Japanese linked verse, called renga, is a collaborative art form in which members of a group, each in turn, compose a poetic link. Every link riffs off what came immediately prior to it, but also moves things forward, creating a space for the next impromptu link by someone else. Participants and audience together look on as the links gradually come to form a chainlike poetic sequence - a rich and unexpected composite artistry that goes beyond what a solo artist can do. Our concept, renga-poi (literally “Renga-like” or “Renga-ish”) takes a cue from renga's collaborative spontaneity wherein during a single event, multiple artists work together in turn, taking inspiration from their predecessor while also inspiring the one who comes next. The USC Renga-poi event will showcase a diverse group of artists, including a including Jero, an African American superstar in the Japanese classical enka music world; Yoriko Mizushiri, one of Japan’s leading female animators and video artists; Katsuya Terada, manga (or Japanese-style comic book) artist, well-known for his “live drawing” performances and his illustrations for Nintendo and Playstation; and Matt Fargo, translator and author of numerous books on Japanese contemporary art and society and lead programmer at Tokyo-based design and technology company, Creative Lab PARTY.read more
- Faculty Recital: Bernadene Blaha and Martin Chalifour with special guest Sergey Antonov
- 10/13/2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
- University Park Campus Alfred Newman Recital Hall AHF
The program will feature Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 and works by Beethoven and Arthur Honegger. Guest cellist Sergey Antonov is the Gold Medal Winner of the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition.read more
- USC Global Conference 2015
- 10/29/2015 - 10/31/2015 all day
- Off Campus Grand Hyatt Shanghai
University of Southern California
Global Conference - Grand Hyatt Shanghai
October 29-31, 2015
From medical breakthroughs to storytelling in virtual environements, our world is being transformed by coupling big ideas to the collection, analusis, and application of big data. USC has long been at the forefront of this innovation, exploring what it can mean for business, science, technology, medicine, and the arts and entertainment.
Join us in Shanghai--China's center for business and entertainment--as we examine cutting-edge innovations that are already changing the world and the opportunities they present for the future.
Registration for the 2015 USC Global Conference is now open.
Early bird registrants may register at the discounted price of US $400 per perosn until August 15, 2015. Advanced registration is strongly recommended, as previous Global Conferences have sold out quickly.
The conference will featuere a conversation with Robert Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company. As steward of the world's largest media company, Iger has been instrumental in advancing a strategic vision anchored in content, innovation and expansion that has led to historic growth for the company.read more
- 2015 USC Global Conference: Shanghai, China
- 10/29/2015 - 10/31/2015 7:00pm - 10:00pm
- Off Campus Shanghai, China Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Jin Mao Tower
INNOVATIONS FOR A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD From medical breakthroughs to storytelling in virtual environments, our world is being transformed by coupling big ideas to the collection, analysis, and application of big data. USC has long been at the forefront of this innovation, exploring what it can mean for business, science, technology, medicine, and the arts and entertainment. Join us in ShanghaiChinas center for business and entertainmentas we examine cutting-edge innovations that are already changing the world and the opportunities they present for the future.read more