Danny Bilson, a gaming industry leader whose career spans film, television and interactive, is the new chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Interactive Media & Games Division (IMGD), the school announced Friday.
Bilson joined the school in 2005 and has taught classes ranging from advanced game development to character development and storytelling for games. He also heads the Advanced Game Project, the division’s yearlong flagship class in which graduate students create a complete game, which he will continue to oversee while guiding the vision and overall growth of the division.
USC Professor Jacob Soll’s master work, The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations (Basic Books, 2014), cast a stark light on the financial world as national economies continued to recover from the Great Recession of a few years earlier. Now the book has been translated to Greek, and Soll presented the updated version to scholars at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece.
Soll, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellows award (often called a MacArthur genius grant), was joined by USC President C. L. Max Nikias as well as Greek scholars, government dignitaries and global business executives. The group discussed the book and its continuing importance in a dynamic global economy. Soll also met with the leader of Greece’s New Democracy party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
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