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Visions and Voices

A university-wide arts and humanities initiative unparalleled in higher education, Visions and Voices was created to fulfill the goals set forth in USC’s strategic plan, to communicate USC’s core values to students and to affirm the human spirit. Highlighting USC’s excellence in the arts and humanities, the initiative presents the creative works of the world’s best writers, performers, musicians and artists to the USC community. Most Visions and Voices events are open to the public; however, attendance at some events is limited to USC students or to members of the university community.

USC Spectrum

USC Spectrum is a program of the Division of Student Affairs, bringing a season of nationally and internationally known artists to campus each year for the education and entertainment of the USC community and its neighbors in Los Angeles. Since the program’s inception in 1994, USC Spectrum has featured renowned performers such as Nancy Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Tomlin and Danny Hoch as well as acclaimed groups such as the Harlem Gospel Choir, the Bill T. Jones Dance Company, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ozomatli and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Dornsife Commons

Since 2009, USC’s Dornsife Commons has fostered “uncommon conversations” across disciplinary boundaries with symposia addressing topics ranging from “Maps and Measures: On the Boundaries of What We Know” to “Brilliant Mistakes: Or, the Uses of Failure, Wandering and Experimentation.” Open to the USC community, the Trojan Family and the greater Los Angeles community, each series explores ways of redefining our modern world and understanding what it means to be human.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

In 2010, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books — the largest and most prestigious literary festival in the country, and one of the Southland’s most cherished and engaging weekend celebrations — found a new home on the University Park campus.