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May 15: the Next Presentation in “Growth, Graft, Grandeur: Three L.A. Mayors”, the 18th Annual Marie Northrop Lecture Series

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, the Los Angeles City Historical Society and the History Department of the Richard J. Riordan Central Library will present a talk in the 18th annual Marie Northrop Lecture Series, entitled this year, “Growth, Graft, Grandeur:  Three L.A. Mayors”.  The program May 15 is entitled:

“Mayor Frank L. Shaw”

And the presenter will be John Buntin, author of L.A. Noir:  The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City.

From the Historical Society’s publicity for the event:

As you read LA Noir:  The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City,  you recognize the work of a true Angeleno, loving his home town and being steeped in its history.  Yet  John Buntin first visited L.A. in 1999.  Working for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government at the time, his assignment was to write a case study about Anthrax hoaxes for the Justice Department.  The Mississippi resident, graduate of Princeton University, became fascinated by L.A., particularly the stories about its criminals and the LAPD.  He moved here the next year and “LA Noir”  is the product of  his residency in this city.

Currently, Mr. Buntin lives in Washington, D.C., where he writes for Governing Magazine.  On occasion, he also does a column for the Los Angeles Times, and sometimes returns, as he did in April, 2010, to participate in the annual “Festival of Books,” sponsored by the Times  and held on the UCLA campus.

The Los Angeles City Historical Society is indeed fortunate and proud that John Buntin accepted its invitation for him to come to Los Angeles to be one of the speakers in this year’s Marie Northrop Lecture Series.

The Richard J. Riordan Central Library is located at 5th Street between Grand Avenue and Flower Street.

Parking:  Library Garage on Flower Street (one way south) between 5th and 6th streets
$1 from 1:00 p.m. with library card, available that day, and validation.

Free and Open to the Public Made Possible Partially by Margaret Wood and other Member Contributions.

Handicap accessibility available

QUESTIONS?  323/936-2912 or 213/228-7400

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Next Calif. Studies Dinner is April 21; Bob Blauner will speak on the California Loyalty Oath

The next California Studies dinner will take place Wednesday, April 21, 2010.  The speaker will be Bob Blauner, Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department, UC-Berkeley.  Professor Blauner will speak on his new book Resisting McCarthy:  To Sign or not to Sign California’s Loyalty Oath.


7 :00 p.m. – 10 :00 p.m.

Director’s Room, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing St., Berkeley (just above Telegraph Ave).

The dinner is buffet style. Dinners are free, but guests partaking of wine and beverages are asked for a small donation.

RSVP by Friday, April 16, 2010 to Delores Dillard, Department of Geography, 507 McCone Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA  94720-4740 phone (510)  642-3903 or FAX (510) 642-3370, or e-mail: