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All in-person USC events at the University Religious Center have been postponed until May 2020.

The University of Southern California’s Office of Religious & Spiritual Life sponsors a variety of opportunities for exploring the spiritual dimensions of your life and learning. We can help you find a religious home base or form a new group, handle an ethical dilemma or research a paper topic. The Office sponsors campus programs with a moral, religious or spiritual focus. It co-sponsors events with other university units and partnerships of student religious groups. And we are there for the entire USC community in times of celebration and loss, to offer benedictions at university convocations and to help organize memorial services as needed.

News

Is a Good Night’s Sleep the Most Elusive Wellness Commodity?

Vogue

BY Marcia Desanctis

February 10, 2020

Deranged. Dysfunctional. Unwell. The words tumble out of my mouth like some haiku for the miserable as I sit in the Connecticut office of Andrew Tucker, Ph.D., for the first time. A clinical psychologist specializing in sleep disorders, Tucker knows an insomniac when he sees one: I am ashen and shadowed, like a real-life manifestation of an Egon Schiele painting.

I had problems long before online shopping and Succession marathons conspired to compromise my precious evening unwind time. But lately, due to ceaseless travel and an uptick in anxiety, shut-eye all but eluded me. I had rotated through a rogue’s pharmacy of antihistamines, cannabinoids, sleeping pills, and teas; I even tried meditation apps, desperate to be knocked out for the night. Nothing worked. “This is science,” Tucker reassures me. “No sleep issue is insurmountable, including yours.”

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“Sleep is the most valued commodity there is, and you can’t buy it,” confirms Sara Ivanhoe, M.A., the director of yoga programs at the University of Southern California, where she teaches a course on sleep.

“If it evades you, it is impossible to enjoy almost anything.”

Read the full article on Vogue.

USC hosts largest college fair for Native American students in its history.

“Over 1,000 students, parents, educators, and vendors from 30 tribes nationwide gathered at the University of Southern California’s Town and Gown ballroom Saturday, Feb. 1 for the Inter-Tribal Education Collaborative’s sixth annual college exploration day, its largest ever.  Considering the National Center for Education Statistics’ 2019 report, Native American students ages 18 to 24 consistently made up the smallest percentage of college students from the year 2000 to 2017. The Inter-Tribal Education Collaborative and its events aim to inspire Native students and open their eyes to the opportunities of higher education so that those numbers grow.”  Continue reading…

Navigating Digital Spaces among Different Faiths

Dean Varun Soni was among several religious leaders who visited Fuller Seminary to discuss digital spaces and faith communities. Fuller faculty, along with scholars from various faith traditions, gathered for a roundtable discussion on how technology impacts religious literacy, human connection, and interfaith dialogue.

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