The Los Angeles Times Fesitval of Books brings more than just books to USC

imageThe Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held at USC this weekend, on Saturday April 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00pm, and Sunday April 22nd from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In addition to the new and gently-used book drive, the schedule of events also includes the presentation of U.S. stamps designed by USC faculty member Dana Gioia to honor 20th century poets, a “name the dino” contest, and Health Pavillion with demonstrations and free screening from practioners from the USC Health Sciences campus.

Admission is free, and there will be a food trucks and booths set up on Cromwell Field.

The Health Pavilion schedule can be found here.

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An Artless Society

Listen to an audio story by Annenberg Radio News

imageCould it be that a nation without an arts education program is a nation without a soul? In this host interview, internationally acclaimed poet Dana Gioia discusses his strong belief in an arts education, the priceless values that it teaches students and how without it, America’s youth are only living half the lives they deserve. Gioia also discusses his childhood and son’s death as he tells us what inspired him to leave his job as a marketing executive and pursue a career in poetry.