Fundamental to a comprehensive education and foundational to a civil society, the arts and humanities have been an essential part of university life since USC’s inception. Not surprisingly, we have attracted some of the most eminent faculty and produced some of the most influential alumni in the world. As many other universities have cut back their arts and humanities programs, USC is expanding them because we believe they represent the essential core of a liberal arts education that prepares students to make contributions as leaders of their professions and communities.
In addition to the excellent humanities programs in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, USC is home to six of America’s strongest art schools: the USC School of Architecture, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Roski School of Art and Design, the USC Thornton School of Music, USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance. Our location in the heart of Los Angeles, the communication and entertainment capital of the world, positions us for limitless achievements and influence. We must provide these schools with the resources required to continue to build on their potential.
In 2006, USC launched Visions and Voices to highlight the university’s timeless commitment to the arts and humanities. The program has had a profound effect on the USC educational experience by giving USC students opportunities to attend performances, lectures, and artistic and cultural events designed to challenge them to understand and internalize the timeless values at the core of our humanity. In the most recent year, approximately 25,000 members of the USC community, including 15,000 students, attended 100 Visions and Voices events.
Through the Campaign for the University of Southern California, we will seek the resources to endow Visions and Voices and other programs designed to teach and inspire all our students, greatly enriching our campus community and the lives our students go on to lead after they graduate. We will also seek funding for postdoctoral fellows in the arts and humanities and the naming and endowment of schools, departments, and programs to provide funding to sustain the work of USC’s outstanding scholars in arts and humanities disciplines.