• SPARK! 9th Annual Multimedia Kickoff


    Visions and Voices kicks off the year with an arts extravaganza featuring music, dance, theatre, spoken word and a welcome by USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett. More info »
  • Ballet Memphis


    Ballet Memphis presents captivating, elegant, soulful and artistically innovative dance that touches the heart of the human experience. More info »
  • H. W. Brands on Ulysses S. Grant


    Distinguished historian H. W. Brands will bring to life the fascinating story of Ulysses S. Grant, the man who saved the Union. More info »
  • An International Exploration of Medical Clowning

    10/6/14 & 10/7/14

    Medical clowns bring magic, music, storytelling and other skills to hospitals and medical centers. Two events will explore the history of medical clowning around the world, revealing the healing power of laughter and humor. More info »
  • Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston: Wordless!


    Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman and acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston will come together for a highly animated evening that uses words, images and music to explore the history of graphic novels. More info »
  • Dreaming Sin Fronteras


    This unique theatrical production featuring an all-star musical cast will powerfully look at the deep and devastating impact of international borders and immigration laws on undocumented youth. More info »
  • Zaha Hadid


    Join us for an exciting evening lecture and conversation with the wildly imaginative Pritzker Prize–winning architect. More info »
  • Rita Moreno: A Celebration of Artistic Achievement


    Rita Moreno is the winner of the entertainment industry’s most prestigious awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony—and one of the most prolific Latino artists of our time. More info »
  • Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin

    11/2/14 & 11/3/14

    A screening and concert will feature the legendary feminist punk artist Kathleen Hanna and her new band, The Julie Ruin. More info »
  • Aaron Koblin: Media Wall Mash-Up


    Internationally acclaimed artist Aaron Koblin will use the three-story media wall in Wallis Annenberg Hall to showcase extraordinary, creative, contemporary digital work by himself and others. More info »
  • Marjane Satrapi and Chris Ware


    Two incredible, award-winning graphic novelists, Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Chris Ware (Building Stories), will engage in a fascinating conversation about the power of images and storytelling. More info »
  • A Tribute to Dennis Hopper


    An exhibition and series of screenings and conversations will pay tribute to the always independent, rebellious and extreme Dennis Hopper. More info »
  • Los Angeles Poverty Department: Red Beard/Red Beard


    In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the Los Angeles Poverty Department theatre company will restage its masterpiece, Red Beard/Red Beard, a poetic and powerful work about the realities of poverty. More info »
  • Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass


    This American Life radio host Ira Glass and contemporary dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass have created a moving, emotional and highly entertaining evening of dance and stories. More info »
  • Academy Award Winner William Friedkin


    William Friedkin is the director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A. Following a screening of the his digitally remastered Sorcerer, Friedkin will participate in a dynamic conversation about his life and career. More info »
  • Black Grace


    The dances of Black Grace are highly physical, uniquely beautiful and immensely powerful. Don’t miss this exhilarating performance by New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance company. More info »
  • SoloDuo and the Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


    The virtuosic, expressive Italian classical-guitar ensemble SoloDuo will come to USC to perform music by the celebrated composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. More info »
  • Provost’s Writers Series

    9/15/14, 10/21/14 & 2/25/15

    The Provost’s Writers Series features the extraordinary talents of USC authors. More info »
  • Art in the Court


    Join us for an evening with three award-winning courtroom illustrators, who have covered hundreds of trials, including those of Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, John Gotti, Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. More info »
  • Voices of South LA

    10/9/14, 2/26/15 & 3/7/15

    A three-part series will examine community building in and around USC and South Los Angeles, with a focus on movements and organizations that are responding to the disparities and injustices that structure life in South L.A. More info »
  • The Schoenberg Soundways


    The revolutionary music of twelve-tone composer Arnold Schoenberg will course through USC during a five-day, campus-wide sound installation, a lecture and a concert featuring some of Schoenberg’s greatest works. More info »
  • Contra-Tiempo: Full Still Hungry


    Contra-Tiempo fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop and contemporary dance theatre in Full Still Hungry, a vigorous performance exploring food, consumption and capitalism. More info »
  • Dreaming of Harlem Under a High Southern Sky


    Theatre, dance and music intertwine to tell the story of three women who grew up on a plantation in the South and migrated to Harlem at the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance. More info »
  • Measures & Frames


    Visionary contemporary composers, avant-garde filmmakers and internationally renowned musicians will collaborate live to create a dynamic evening of riveting visual music. More info »
  • Self/Split: Performance and Poetry from Asian Diasporas


    Four renowned Asian diasporic artists will come together for an evening of live performances and discussion that will movingly confront queerness, displacement, immigrant identity and the creative process. More info »
  • Takao Kawaguchi Performs the Laud Humphreys Project


    Avant-garde Japanese choreographer Takao Kawaguchi will explore the work of controversial sociologist Laud Humphreys in a site-specific performance at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. More info »
  • Art and Action: Performing Social Change

    4/16/15 & 4/17/15

    Marc Bamuthi Joseph, one of America’s most vital voices, performs and leads a workshop as part of a series of events exploring art and social change. More info »
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Our Environmental Destiny


    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will present a passionate and eloquent speech about the role of natural resources in our work, health and identity as Americans. More info »
  • Cyberpunk: Past and Future


    A day-long event will bring together seminal figures of cyberpunk, including Rudy Rucker, Pat Cadigan and Bruce Sterling, to discuss the cultural moment they incited. More info »
Dear Friends:

The Visions and Voices 2014–15 season has come to a close. It has been a remarkable year, with over 100 events attended by more than 26,000 people! Thank you for helping to make Visions and Voices such an integral part of campus life at USC. We hope your experiences at our events have been engaging and inspiring. And we would love to hear from you. Let us know which events you remember most, what you learned at the events or how this initiative has impacted you. Please email your feedback to visionsandvoices@usc.edu.

The success of Visions and Voices would not be possible without an incredible team of people from across the university who contribute to the initiative. I would like to thank Elizabeth Garrett, USC’s former provost and incoming president of Cornell University; Provost Michael Quick; Associate Provost Robin Romans; Professor Tara McPherson, chair of the Visions and Voices faculty committee; Dean Madeline Puzo, chair of the Visions and Voices deans’ council; and Adam Rosen, Assistant Vice President of University Events, for their support and leadership. I would also like to thank the many deans, faculty, staff and students from throughout the university who helped select and organize the 2014–15 season of events. And I want to thank our small but amazing Visions and Voices staff—Mary Megowan, Marie-Reine Velez, Eve NaRanong, Hector Catalan, Steve Lin; our student coordinators— Nadja Barlera, Rica Maestas, Louige B. Oliver and Julia Virtue; and a fantastic team of student volunteers. I am grateful for your outstanding commitment and work throughout the year! Last but not least, I want to thank the students of USC. This initiative was created for you, and your support of the program has been incredible. We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback and we thank you for making Visions and Voices a vital part of the Trojan experience.

We are thrilled to announce that 2015–16 marks the 10th anniversary of Visions and Voices, and we are excited to offer a glimpse of what’s to come in the new season. We will launch the season on Thursday, August 20, with “SPARK! The 10th Annual Visions and Voices Multimedia Kickoff” featuring music, dance, spoken word, theatre and more! Other highlights include stunning dance performances by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street 2 and the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company; an evening with the Tony Award–winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, whose play All the Way is featured on President Nikias’s 2015 summer reading list; an evening with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, the creators of NPR’s acclaimed and addictive podcast SERIAL; a gorgeous evening of music featuring Irish super group The Gloaming; screenings and conversations celebrating the Frank Sinatra centenary; a three-day film festival featuring the work of screenwriter/producer/director Robert Towne; a dynamic concert with South Korean hip hop stars Garion and DJ Son; an evening with Sister Helen Prejean, best-selling author of Dead Man Walking, who has fought diligently against the death penalty; a performance featuring the world-renowned Orion String Quartet; and much, much more! Visit our website on Wednesday, July 8, at 12 noon, for a complete schedule of 2015–16 events.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015, especially Visions and Voices student coordinator Julia Virtue and Visions and Voices volunteers Nan (Victoria) Bai, Brie DaSilveira, Nick Farmer, Brittany Ko, Annie Vu, Gigi Zhang and Taoran Zhou! We are so proud of you and we will miss you! And for those who will be returning to USC in the fall or will be joining the university for the first time, we look forward to seeing you on August 20 at SPARK! We hope you have a spectacular, culturally rich summer.

Daria Yudacufski
Executive Director
USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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