Theme Guides to selected programs from the Spring 2008 Visions & Voices program were created in partnership with USC Libraries faculty and staff. Look for recommended books and readings on the people, performances and topics covered by these events. Visit the current season of: USC Visions and Voices; view the 2007-2008 season's brochure. Photo: Holly Burt from Los Angeles, CA, "On the Way to Class", University of Southern California, CC BY 2.0 Otello (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) March 5, 2008 The LA Opera presents Verdi's Otello, sung in Italian with English supertitles. Additional topics in guide: Giuseppe Verdi, Franco Zeffirelli; Guide creator: Ross Shimeca. What Does California Mean? (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) April 15, 2008 Explore the history and multiple meanings of California with a panel of experts including Janet Fireman, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, D.J. Waldie, James Quay, Kevin Starr, and William Deverell. Organized by William Deverell and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Additional topics in guide: Island California, Gerard Valck, Leonard Valck; Guide creators: Barbara Robinson, Dace Taube, Sue Tyson.