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C. L. Max Nikias Inauguration

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 11, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010: Installation Ceremony
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Doheny Library, First Floor Foyer

For the month of October, in conjunction with the inauguration of C. L. Max Nikias as USC's eleventh president, items from the University Archives highlight the university's previous ten presidents and their work to build a world-class research university.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ira Glass
Radio Stories and Other Stories
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
7:00 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium

Ira Glass, host and producer of the award-winning public-radio program This American Life, returns to USC to celebrate the inauguration of USC’s eleventh president, C. L. Max Nikias. Glass will give an unforgettable presentation about his work and the powerful impact of stories.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Anna Deavere Smith
Engaging the World: The Role of the Artist in Society
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
7:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Ronald Tutor Campus Center

Anna Deavere Smith, hailed by Newsweek as "the most exciting individual in American theatre," will celebrate the inauguration. In a dynamic presentation, Smith will interweave performance and dialogue to illuminate the impact of arts in society.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Global University
A Panel Symposium on the Globalization of Higher Education
Hosted by the USC Rossier School of Education
4:00 p.m.
Town and Gown

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Ben Wildavsky, best-selling author of “The Great Brain Race:
   How Global Universities are Reshaping the World”
Dr. Chuan Lee (‘86), President, Ming Chuan University in Taiwan
Dr. Kenneth McGillivray, USC Vice Provost of Global Initiatives

Additional participants to be announced

USC continues to rank number one in the number of international students it attracts. Under President C. L. Max Nikias, USC’s commitment to exchange and collaborate with universities worldwide will only grow stronger. Please join us as national and international experts discuss the role that the global university plays in changing the cultural, scientific and economic future of the planet.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Vision and Voice:
   A Tribute to USC President C.L. Max Nikias
   and the USC Arts and Humanities Initiative

7:30 p.m.
KUSC (91.5 FM or

Being a student at USC means being ushered into one of the world’s most vibrant cultural centers: Southern California. The Visions and Voices program enables students in all disciplines and at all levels to explore the vast diversity of the arts on campus, and in nearby theaters, concert halls, and museums. The initiative, unprecedented in higher education, was the brainchild of then-USC Provost C. L. Max Nikias. In this 30-minute tribute, Classical KUSC celebrates Dr. Nikias’s ambitious vision, and his inauguration as the eleventh President of USC.

Highlights include a wide-ranging interview with Dr. Nikias himself, the words of student participants in Visions and Voices, sounds and music from some of the colorful programs themselves, and a chat with the initiative’s Managing Director, Daria Yudacufski. Co-hosted and co-produced by KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal and Alan Chapman.

Inaugural Concert
   The USC Thornton Symphony Celebrates
   the Inauguration of University President C. L. Max Nikias

Larry Livingston, music director, USC Thornton orchestras
Ralph Kirshbaum, cello

8:00 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Invitation only, reservation required

In a private gala, Larry Livingston, music director of the USC Thornton orchestras, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in a celebration of the inauguration of university president C. L. Max Nikias. This special event features a premiere by Thornton faculty composer Erica Muhl and Tchaikovksy’s Rococo Variations played by world-renowned cellist and Thornton faculty Ralph Kirshbaum. The program also includes Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. This event is by invitation only but will be broadcast live on KUSC, 91.5 FM.

Friday, October 15, 2010

8:30-9:30 a.m.

All members of the Trojan Family are invited to attend the Installation Ceremony, preceded by receptions on campus:

   Delegates: Associates Park
   Faculty: Cromwell Field
   Staff: Argue Plaza
   Students: Argue Plaza
   Parents: Argue Plaza
   Community: Argue Plaza
   Alumni: Founders Park

Installation Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Park

University Picnic
12:00 p.m.
McCarthy Quad

Half Century Trojans Luncheon
12:00 p.m.
Town and Gown
Invitation only, reservation required

A free film screening
Presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Consulate General of Greece in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and the Hellenic Film Center
Written by Ioanna Karystiani
Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese
Produced by Pantelis Voulgaris, Barbara De Fina and Terry Dougas
Followed by a Q&A with Terry Dougas
7:00 P.M.
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

RSVP here

A bittersweet love story set against the tribulations of a 1922 Atlantic crossing of 700 proxy brides, aboard the SS King Alexander, on their way to America. Niki, a seamstress from Samothrace, resigns herself to saving the family honor by marrying a Chicago tailor her sister previously rejected. On the journey, she meets Norman, an American war photographer disheartened by a career and a marriage in tatters. "Brides" will touch its audience with an unforgettable story of a doomed love affair between star crossed lovers. It follows a journey from east to west, at the same time exploring the inner journey of the people who battle the waves of agony, doubt, courage, resignation, and hope.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

USC Football vs. California
12:30 p.m. kickoff
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

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