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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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.
USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative