Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College

Arts & Humanities

On August 15, 2007, USC celebrated the opening of the Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College (PRB).

Parkside A&H was designed to create a space where students and faculty can form a strong scholarly community centered on the arts and humanities. Although intended for students of all disciplines, its theme allows for special interest floors dedicated to music, the visual arts, poetry and architecture. Living in Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College is not limited to majors in the arts and humanities. Everyone who appreciates the role of culture and the exploration of ideas is welcome.

Joining its two sister structures, Parkside International Residential College (IRC) and Parkside Apartments, to complete the Parkside Community, Parkside A&H is home to 440 primarily freshmen residents and three Residential Faculty members and their families. Together, Residential Faculty and Residential Education staff work to develop programs for residents that maximizes their college experience and provides added layers of support. Residents live in suite-style apartments, amidst state-of-the-art study lounges, music study rooms, recreation room with ping-pong, foosball and air hockey tables, and a Performance Café, all designed in response to student requests for more shared space.

Parkside Arts & Humanities Faculty

Brett Sheehan, Residential Faculty at IRCBrett Sheehan

Residential Faculty, Parkside Arts & Humanities

Professor, Chinese History

Brett Sheehan is a professor of Chinese history at the University of Southern California, and director of USC’s East Asian Studies Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997 and has been at USC since 2006. Teaching Chinese history is actually his second career. He turned to academics after obtaining a degree in Finance and spending six years working as a commercial banker.

He researches and teaches about Chinese and East Asian history, especially the history of business and capitalism. One of the highlights of his year is taking students to China to learn about globalization. For fun, he loves working out, hiking, playing board games, and hanging out with Parkside students. Look for him in the dining hall and join him for a meal if you like.

He is the author of Trust in Troubled Times: Money, Banking and State-Society Relations in Republican Tianjin, 1916-1937 (Harvard University Press, 2003), Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision (Harvard University Press, 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a book exploring business in fiction and film over China’s long twentieth century. Check out his author page at

Faculty Fellows





Beyond the faculty who live in residence, Parkside  invites other USC professors to join our residential college for an academic year. These Faculty Fellows make new connections between our students and the broader University, and enhance our community’s intellectual and social life. Each Faculty Fellow teaches a first-year course in the Parkside complex: Writing 150. Fellows also join us for weekly Masters Dinners and lead occasional cultural outings into Los Angeles.

Ben Pack

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Ben Pack is a Lecturer in the Writing Program, where he has taught since 2010, first as a Master of Professional Writing student and eventually as a full-time faculty member. As an undergraduate, he also attended USC, double majoring in film production and French. After undergrad he worked in feature film development, traveled from Canada to Chile, and wrote everything from greeting cards, to political ads, to screenplays and short essays. He still writes (almost) every day.



Emily Artiano

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Emily Artiano joined the faculty of USC’s Writing Program in 2015 after earning her Ph.D. in early American literature from Northeastern University. Dr. Artiano’s scholarship focuses on linguistic colonization and language negotiations primarily in early American literature. This scholarship informs her pedagogy, and she has presented her work at several national conferences. Since arriving at USC, Dr. Artiano has become involved in community engagement projects with wonderful organizations in Los Angeles including the Francisco Homes and 826LA. Incorporating these community engagement projects into her writing courses has been one of the highlights of teaching at USC thus far for Dr. Artiano.

Parkside Arts & Humanities Signature Events

Faculty Dinners

These are weekly dinners hosted by Parkside Faculty in Residence. In collaboration with IRC and Apartments, Arts & Humanities hosts a weekly Faculty Dinner with a specially designed weekly menu with cuisines from across the world. Each dinner has a guest speaker who has achieved a level of mastery and who speaks on the subject of his/her choice. Following dinner, residents convene at the faculty master’s home for dessert.

Arts in the PAHRC

A day-long celebration of resident work in the fine arts, film, dance and comedy held during the Spring Semester. Previous activities at Arts in the PAHRC have included a full line-up of resident musicians, an art showcase, and various arts and craft activities.

Adulting 101

Ongoing series of professional development lectures, discussions and Q&As. Previous programs have included a Resume Workshop, free professional headshots, a Q&A session with Parkside alumni seniors, Networking Advice, Career Fair & Interview Tips and Tricks, and a session on how to land a summer internship or research position at USC.

Students Volunteering at the Union Rescue Mission





Talks and Treats

A bi-weekly discussion series where residents can get together informally and discuss recent hot topics in the news and in their lives.

Camping Trip

An overnight camping trip to Leo Carillo State Park during the Spring.

Students camping at Leo Carillo State Beach in Malibu, CA

Party at the Darkside

A Halloween party hosted by Parkside area Building Governments. Parkside A&H residents host a costume contest and transform the Parkside Performance Cafe into a Haunted House for the bravest souls to enjoy.

Parkside Arts & Humanities Building Government

Welcome to the Parkside Arts and Humanities Building Government page!

Are you looking to get more involved in Parkside A&H Residential College? Do you want to gain valuable leadership experience while at college? Are you interested in planning events and outings for your peers or serving as an advocate and voice for your floormates? Are you hoping to make lasting friendships with your neighbors? Consider joining Parkside A&H’s Building Government and become an official representative of your building!

Photo of the 2015-2016 Parkside A&H BG
Photo of the 2015-2016 Parkside A&H BG

You can join as a General Member or run for a Residential Student Government (RSG) Chair position. The six core RSG positions are:

  • President – Direct weekly meetings, communicate with other BG’s, and maintain ultimate responsibility for your building government! This person will be a guide for the efficacy of the organization.
  • RSG Advocacy Chair – Serve as the community’s advocate for campus issues and voice the concerns of your building’s residents! This position will require the ability to support all students in their diverse needs.
  • RSG Community Outreach Chair – Collaborate with other BG’s and student organizations on campus to organize volunteer programs with the outside community!
  • RSG Funding Chair – Review funding applications and serve as a resource for the RA staff, BG, and residents in your community! The duties of this position are similar to those of a Treasurer.
  • RSG Programming Chair – Plan and organize large-scale RSG events, such as the Highlighter Dance and Save Tommy Night! These programs are collaborative efforts across all residential communities.
  • RSG Inclusion Chair* – Create opportunities for students to engage in dialogue around topics of inclusion through programmatic efforts. This position requires trainings with the Office for Residential Education’s Social Justice and Inclusion Committee.

*The Inclusion Chair position is an appointed position requiring an interview process, while the other five core positions are elected. Other positions that will need to be filled following elections include an Intramural Chair, Eco Rep, and more!

How do I join?

  • Step 1: Attend an Informational Meeting in the Fall
  • Step 2: Run for  Parkside A&H BG Elections! Look for a “BG Intent to Run Application” in the Fall, and email your BG Advisor ( your name, desired position(s), and a short paragraph detailing why you want to be a BG Chair and why you should be elected
  • Step 3: Vote! Ballots will be sent electronically to the USC e-mail address of all Parkside A&H residents.
  • Step 4: If you are not elected into the position of your choice, email expressing your interest in joining as a General Member. Additional BG positions will become available following the election process and will require a short, informal interview process.

 BG Elections flyer (2015) BG Elections flyer (2015)








BG Elections flyer (PRB 2015)


    • The elected BG President and BG Chairs MUST be able to attend weekly RSG meetings on Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM and weekly BG meetings on Wednesdays @ 9:30 PM
    • The elected BG President and BG Chairs MUST be able to attend the RSG Retreat in Fall (date TBD)

Traditional Programs:

Traditional Parkside BG events have included Party at the Darkside during Halloween.

Previous RSG events co-hosted by USC BG’s include the the Welcome Back Dance during Welcome Week, Save Tommy Night just before the USC-UCLA rivalry football game, Spirits at Troy during Halloween, Spring Into Service during the spring semester, Primal Scream events during finals week, and more.

Flier for Party at the Darkside (October 2015)
Flier for Party at the Darkside (October 2015)


Questions? Contact your Residential College Coordinator at

Check back soon for upcoming events hosted by your Building Government!


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