"What Matters to Me and Why" is a monthly talk and discussion series featuring USC faculty and administrators. The series
encourages reflection about values, beliefs, and motivation in the lives of those who help shape our university. Presenters
are encouraged to talk about choices made, difficulties encountered, and commitments solidified.
The program was originated by the Dean of Religious Life Susan Laemmle around 1999. University Archivist, Claude Zachary,
began recording the talks on audiocassette tape in 2002. When Varun Soni succeeded Rabbi Laemmle in 2007, Zachary continued
to produce audio recordings until 2009, when Dean Soni began to have students do video recordings. The recordings were ripped
from DVDs and downloaded from YouTube. The program has been on hiatus over the pandemic year.
The What Matters to Me and Why digital recordings hold audio and video recordings from their monthly talks and discussions
and is an ongoing collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.