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Artwork honors California geographer

Michele Pred, daughter of the late UC Berkeley geography professor Allan Pred, has installed a memorial piece at an Oakland art gallery called “Radical Geographer: Portrait of my Father.” The collage explores the cross-generational love for politics, passion, and place. Swarm Gallery, through December 23.

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Huntington Distinguished Fellow Lecture: Ramón Gutiérrez to speak Nov. 16 on Reies López Tijerina and the religious origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Announcement from the Huntington:


Distinguished Fellow Lecture

“Reies López Tijerina and the Religious Origins of
the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement”

The Mexican Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s encompassed two extremes; from the pacifism of Cesar Chavez to the radicalism of Reies López Tijerina.  Ramón Gutiérrez, Professor of History at the University of Chicago and the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow, will discuss the religious, Pentecostal origins of Tijerina’s political thought and its transformation over time.

November 16, 2011
7:30 p.m., Friends’ Hall
Free.  No reservations required.

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I Am the People: Living and Writing Blackness in L.A.; A Conversation with Erin Aubry Kaplan Nov. 9 at the Southern California Library

The Southern California Library will host a “Conversation” with Erin Aubry Kaplan on her new book, Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line, and viewing from SCL’s collections of the lived histories of Black L.A.

From the invitation (and the book):

“Black folks in every place and station are intimately connected by history, experience, and socialization, whether we want to admit to that or not…I wanted to describe how all the ongoing battles for equality and acceptance, from affirmative action to public school and police reform, have influenced who we are, what we expect from the world, how we shop for shoes, how we operate daily in this social experiment called America.”

Date and Time: Weds., Nov. 9, 12:00 noon.

Southern California Library
6120 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90044

For more information, click here to reach the SCL’s website.

Admission is free but guests are asked to RSVP by calling  (323) 759-6063, x15