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Oct. 7 at the Huntington: Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez on Race, Ethnicity and Class in the San Gabriel Valley

The first meeting of the LA History & Metro Studies Group will take place on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 12 noon, at the Huntington Library.  The presenter will be Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez, Associate Professor of Sociology at Whittier College, who will be speaking about her paper, “Moving On Up: Race, Ethnicity, and Class Obstacles to Community and Regional Organizing in the San Gabriel Valley.” (Advance copies of the paper are available by contacting the coordinators at the email addresses listed below.)

The group will meet in Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2 in the Munger Research Center at the Huntington Library, starting at 12 noon.  Lunch will be available to those who RSVP by October 4.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP at this link.

If you have questions, contact the coordinators:

Becky Nicolaides                                    David Levitus
bnicolaides@ucla.edu                           levitus@usc.edu

The LA History & Metro Studies Group is generously sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW)

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Table of Contents for Fall 2011 Issue of Southern California Quarterly

The Table of Contents for the Fall 2011 issue of Southern California Quarterly, the journal of the Historical Society of Southern California is the following:

ARTICLES

Southern California Quarterly: Past and Present

By Patricia Adler-Ingram, Executive Director

Two Party Invitations: “Supreme Court of Old California: Case of The Good Old Days, Plaintiff, vs. John Uri Lloyd, Defendant,” November 30,1913, and “March Hares Invitation,” March 2,1919

By Charles F. Lummis (Edited by Merry Ovnick)

Writing The Script for Survival and Resurgence: RKO Studio and the Impact of the Great Depression, 1932-1933

By Edwin J. Perkins

David Weber and the Borderlands: Past, Present, Future; Conference on Latin American History/American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Boston: January 8, 2011

Borderlands and Frontiers Studies Committee Panel Honoring David Weber

The Historian’s Eye

BOOK REVIEWS

Phillips, Vineyards and Vaqueros: Indian Labor and the Economic Expansion of Southern California, 1771-1877, by Brett Garcia Myhren

Ignoffo, Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune, by Michelle Stonis

Culver, The Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America, by Catherine Cocks

Schwartz, Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles, by LaNitra Berger

Moore, Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture, and Social Crisis, by Eileen Luhr

Peterson, Sound, Space, and the City; Civic Performance in Downtown Los Angeles, by Kenneth H. Marcus

Dedina, Wild Sea; Eco-Wars and Surf Stories from the Coast of the Californias, by Sean Smith


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Sat., Oct. 1: Boyle Heights History Night at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights’ lending library/book shop Libros Schmibros will host a conversation with author/historian George Sanchez about the history of the neighborhood, co-hosted by the Boyle Heights Historical Society, and featuring a celebration of the new book Barrio Doctor by Pauline Furth — who probably delivered a goodly fraction of all living Boyle Heights-born adults. The event starts at 7 PM.

Libros Schmibros is located at 2000 1st Street in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

For more information click here.

This event is one of six weeks of events at both the Hammer Museum and at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights that are part of the Hammer’s hosting of Libros Schmibros as part of the Hammer’s Public Engagement program.  For more information about the entire program, click here.  For the Libros Schmibros website, click here.


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Thu., Sept. 29: Thomas Pynchon’s L.A. Trilogy at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights’ lending library/book shop Libros Schmibros will host a conversation with House of Leaves and Only Revolutions author Mark Z. Danielewski about Thomas Pynchon’s three L.A. novels (not counting Gravity’s Rainbow, which concludes in Southern California, where it was written). According to Libros Schmibros, “expect special guests.”

The event starts at 7 PM.

Libros Schmibros is located at 2000 1st Street in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

For more information click here.

This event is one of six weeks of events at both the Hammer Museum and at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights that are part of the Hammer’s hosting of Libros Schmibros as part of the Hammer’s Public Engagement program.  For more information about the entire program, click here.  For the Libros Schmibros website, click here.

 


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Calif. Supreme Court Historical Society Symposium Oct. 5 in Los Angeles: “Direct Democracy, the Cause of California’s Problems or the Solution?”

The California Supreme Court Historical Society has  announced its 2011 symposium, “Direct Democracy, the Cause of California’s  Problems or the Solution?” to be held in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening, October 5, 2011.  The symposium will focus on the initiative and referendum process in California, which marks its 100th anniversary in October.  Among the featured speakers will be former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno.

The symposium is being cosponsored by the Society, Zócalo Public Square and the League of Women Voters.  Attendance is free, but reservations are required.  MCLE credit will be provided.

To download an announcement for detailed information about the time, place and panelists, click here.

To make a reservation, click here.

For more information, contact:

Chris Stockton  Director of Administration
California Supreme Court Historical Society
E-Mail: cstockton@pesc.com
Ph: (800) 353-7537
Fax: (559) 227-1463


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New exhibit at Calif. Historical Society: Oyster Farm, featuring the documentary photography of artist Evvy Eisen, opening Oct. 27

From October 27, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the California Historical Society will host the exhibit Oyster Farm, featuring the documentary photography of artist Evvy Eisen. Evvy Eisen’s photographs will be accompanied by pieces of ephemera and other materials from the rich collections of the California Historical Society. From the CHS’s announcement:

When discussing Oyster Farm, Evvy Eisen explains, “I set out to photograph the workers at the Drakes Bay Oyster Company because they are part of our community, though few of us have ever seen them or understand what they do. They stood before my camera, with dignity and patience. Their portraits communicate information specific to these individuals, but also illuminate essential aspects of the universal human condition.”

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company is located on Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Seashore in western Marin County. It is also currently the center of a controversy about whether it will be permitted to remain in operation after 2012. Opposing positions have divided the community and have been argued at the state and national levels as well. This exhibit does not deal with the complex issues involved in these disagreements. Rather it focuses on the people who work at the oyster farm, who are silent and stoic in the face of an uncertain future. Their portraits communicate information specific to them but also illuminate essential aspects of the universal human condition and reveal unrecognized facets of daily life at the Drakes Bay Oyster Company. This exhibit creates a place where differences can be set aside, and where the people portrayed can be appreciated in a new light.

Evvy Eisen was born and educated in New York City and has lived and worked in Marin County since 1971. She specializes in environmental portraits and often works on long-term projects, portraying the people involved in socially relevant issues.

Please join us for the Oyster Farm opening reception on November 16 at 5:30 p.m. and meet artist Evvy Eisen. The event is free and open to the public.

Oyster Farm is on view at the California Historical Society from October 27, 2011 through January 19, 2012. For more information about this exhibition visit http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org.


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Autry to host symposium Oct. 9: “Becoming Mexican American and Beyond”

On October 9th, the Autry National Center, in anticipation of its upcoming exhibition, Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican American Generation, will host a one day symposium: “Becoming Mexican American and Beyond.”  The conference will consider the impact of George Sanchez’s seminal 1993 book Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945.

Schedule

11 AM Welcome — Stephen Aron, UCLA and Autry National Center

Keynote Speaker—George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Noon-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:45: Panel Discussion

Anthony Macias, University of California, Riverside
Natalia Molina, University of California, San Diego
Jerry Gonzalez, University of Texas, San Antonio
Gabriela Arrendondo, University of California, Santa Cruz

3 PM-4PM: Conversation between William Deverell, University of Southern California, and George Sanchez, University of Southern California

Reservations required. Please contact Belinda Nakasato Suarez at bnakasato@theautry.org to reserve your ticket. Museum admission rates apply / Free for Autry members. Payment is due on the day of the event.

This conference is part of a series of programs being presented in conjunction with the Autry’s exhibition Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation, which explores a seminal but overlooked generation of artists who started working in Los Angeles between the turn of the century and the end of the 1960s.

Art Along the Hyphen is part of a unique four-exhibition project called L.A. Xicano, organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in partnership with the Autry National Center, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Other concurrent exhibitions include Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo (Fowler), Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement (Fowler), and MuralRemix: Sandra de la Loza (LACMA).