What Matters to Me & Why with Glorya Kaufman

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 12:50pm

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Tommy's Place (TCC), TCC basement
3607 Trousdale Parkway, Basement, Los Angeles, CA 90089

“What Matters to Me and Why” represents a creative solution to an important and often unrecognized problem in the university setting: the separation of intellectual life from personal and spiritual issue. The people who shape USC, who teach students the ways of their particular disciplines, and who help them develop marketable skills also have a great deal to pass on in terms of worldly wisdom, moral guidance, and sources of spiritual strength.

Internationally celebrated arts patron Glorya Kaufman is known as "the dancing philanthropist" in recognition of her love and support of dance education.  Glorya was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Julliard in 2010, and another from Fordham University in 2011.  In 2012 she made a historic gift to create and endow the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and its new instructional building, the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.

A native of Detroit, Glorya married homebuilder Donald Bruce Kaufman, co-founder of what would become the Fortune 500 building company Kaufman & Broad, now KB Homes.  Since her husband's death in 1983, she has dedicated herself to philanthropic ventures.  In 2008 she established the Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation, which provides grants for nonprofit arts, education, research, and healthcare programs throughout the United States.  Among the Southern California-based organizations the foundation supports are the Geffen Playhouse, City of Hope, Mar Vista Family Center, Covenant House California, Dizzy Feet Foundation, and Innter-City Arts, whose Glorya Kaufmam Dance Academy is named in her honor.

**Kaufman will be interviewed by Bonnie Oda Homsey, an accomplished dancer, artistic director, author, filmmaker, USC lecturer, and founder of the Los Angeles Dance Foundation.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Event Highlights


Students, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus






FREE - Light lunch served

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