Nikias, Visions and Voices event introduce students to reimagined Antigone

November 20, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias discusses the play Antigone with the cast. (USC Photo/Michael Baker)

USC president joins cast and director in discussion of the play’s timeless themes.

As part of a special Nov. 19 Visions and Voices event, 160 students traveled to a performance of the classic play Antigone by A Noise Within, a Pasadena-based theater company.

The students saw more than a play, though: Afterward, USC President C. L. Max Nikias joined the cast and director Robertson Dean to discuss some of the play’s timeless themes and take questions from students.

The group watched Jean Anouilh’s


Nikias talks tech with Silicon Beach executives

November 19, 2015 Shirin Salemnia, Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, talks with USC President C. L. Max Nikias

Innovation was the subject of the day as USC President C. L. Max Nikias talked tech with Silicon Beach-based senior executives from companies like Google, YouTube, Yahoo, SpaceX and IMAX.

The Nov. 18 event at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista was hosted as part of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s Power Hour series.

Nikias addressed many of the ways in which USC is plugging into Los Angeles’ burgeoning Silicon Beach scene, including efforts to promote startups and technology transfer. He


President Nikias honors trustee Ming Hsieh at Global Conference Closing Gala

October 31, 2015 President Nikias honors trustee Ming Hsieh for his tireless contributions to the university (Photo: USC)

The 2015 USC Global Conference drew to a close in Shanghai tonight with the Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. President C. L. Max Nikias honored USC Trustee Ming Hsieh for his role as co-chair of the event and for his overall contribution to the university.

“Through the power of his impressive intellect and the perseverance of his courageous spirit, Ming Hsieh stands as a shining symbol of the Chinese culture and the American Dream,” said


USC Global Conference 2015 opens in Shanghai

October 29, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks as the 2015 USC Global Conference gets underway in Shanghai. (USC Photo)

SHANGHAI – The 2015 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai today with a record attendance of more than 700 at the welcome dinner to start the event. Guests were treated to special performances by local artists and USC students.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, Chinese business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“Our entire delegation is extremely grateful that so many have come from all corners of this country, and from


Davidson Conference Center rededicated for USC International Academy

October 22, 2015 From left to right: associate academic director Valerie Pierce, managing director Aga Paul, academic director Deborah Detzel, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, vice president for strategic and global initiatives Anthony Bailey, marketing director Terrence Liu, assistant director of administration Pamela Yamamoto Ireland and admissions and advising manager JJ Lee take part in the rededication of the Davidson Conference Center as the new home of the USC International Academy on October 21, 2015. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

On October 21 2015, USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a rededication ceremony to formally inaugurate the Davidson Conference Center for the USC International Academy. A site once dedicated primarily to large-group meetings, the Davidson Conference Center on the northeast corner of the University Park Campus has been refitted to contain 28 classrooms. The change reflects the high student demand for the USC International Academy’s services.

The university launched the academy in fall 2014 for international students. The academy helps students qualify for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs at


President Nikias leads roundtable at WSJ.D Live

President C. L. Max Nikias with two of his roundtable participants: WSJ senior special writer Monica Langley, and USC trustee and alumnus, Marc Benioff.

President C. L. Max Nikias just returned from Laguna Beach, CA, where he hosted a roundtable discussion at Wall Street Journal’s prestigious technology conference, WSJ.D Live. President Nikias spoke to delegates about the role universities play in teaching and promoting innovation, and gave a number of examples of where USC is leading in this area, including programs like the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, USC Games and the soon-to-be-launched MSc in Integrated Design, Business and Technology.

Other speakers at the conference included chairman


Carnegie honors USC President C. L. Max Nikias with Academic Leadership Award

September 24, 2015 C. L. Max Nikias named recipient of 2015 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award (Photo/Phil Channing)

Nikias is Southern California’s first awardee.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York honored USC President C. L. Max Nikias today with its Academic Leadership Award. Nikias is the organization’s first awardee in Southern California.

The foundation established in 1911 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie bestows the accolade every other year, which comes with a $500,000 grant to further academic initiatives. The award is granted to a select number of university presidents “demonstrating vision and outstanding commitment to excellence and equity fulfilling their administrative


Rep. Steny Hoyer praises USC’s efforts to boost Los Angeles biotech industry

August 27, 2015 Rep. Steny Hoyer, left, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and LA City Councilman Jose Huizar arrive at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland made USC one of his key stops during a visit to Los Angeles this week.

Hoyer, the second-ranking member of Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives, joined USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Provost Michael Quick, Senior Vice President of University Relations Thomas S. Sayles and Provost Professors Andy McMahon and Ray Stevens — director of The Bridge Institute — for breakfast at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem


President Nikias speaks to NBC Los Angeles’ Conan Nolan

July 7, 2015 NBC Los Angeles' Conan Nolan speaks to USC President C. L. Max Nikias (Photo/NBC los Angeles)

On July 5, NBC Los Angeles aired veteran reporter Conan Nolan’s interview with USC President C. L. Max Nikias. The two covered a broad range of topics including biotechnology, USC Village, President Nikias’ vision for USC and the overall state of higher education.