The Center for Southern California Studies is delighted to announce that it will host ¡Leer California!, a free, week-long, reading enrichment workshop for California teens entering the 12th grade. During the week of June 10-14, 2013, top-ranking professors of history and literature will lead students in eye-opening, reading-based-activities. A collaboration between the Center for Southern California Studies at California State University Northridge, the California Historical Society, and the Huntington/USC Institute on California and the West at the University of Southern California, ¡Leer California! will help ambitious students improve their core competencies and give them a head start in preparing for college.
- The annual Envisioning California Lecture will feature KPCC AirTalk host Larry Mantle in conversation with political scientist and Director of the Pat Brown Institute at California State University Los Angeles, Raphael Sonenshein. They will discuss the future of Los Angeles politics on the eve of the 2013 Mayoral elections. The event will begin at 6:30pm and will be followed by a reception at 7:45.
- New book completed with Center support and edited by Center Director Josh Sides has just been released.
- The 2012 Envisioning California Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on Friday, September 14th. Click here for program details and schedule. To register please submit the online form or call the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906.
- Center Director Josh Sides reflects on the 20-th anniversary of the riots, "20 Years Later: The Ambigious Legacies of the Los Angeles Riots". This essay is adapted from the chapter "The Ambiguous Legacies of the 1992 Riots," in the anthology Planning Los Angeles, edited by David Sloane and published this month by the Planners Press of the American Planning Association.
- The Fifth Annual MENDing Poverty Conference will be held from 8 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Pacoima, co-hosted by MEND and VNR. This year’s theme is “Where Are the Jobs?” Speakers and workshops will focus on the role finding, getting and keeping a job plays in helping people get out of poverty. Keynote speakers will be Alicia Villareal, US Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’s West Coast representative; Dr. Christine Cooper, Vice President of Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (who will provide a commentary to Ms. Villareal’s speech, and later chair a workshop); and Dolores Huerta, President of Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers. Workshops will focus on employment policy, innovative employment programs, and the role of volunteerism both in promoting employment and helping sustain the nonprofit sector. This conference brings together the leadership of Los Angeles area nonprofits serving poor people, as well as funders and policymakers - more than 180 people came to the 2011 conference. Conference planning committee co-chairs are Jocelyn Guihama of UCLA Center for Civil Society and James Garrison of Pacific Federal. For more information and to register, contact Maggie Torres firstname.lastname@example.org
“Twenty years after the rage and flames, a wonderful, always surprising tour of that garden of hope known as South Los Angeles.” —Mike Davis, professor of creative writing at University of California, Riverside, author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.
“Refreshingly original and eclectic, this thought-provoking collection of essays sheds needed light on the ongoing promises, problems, and possibilities that characterize the dynamic neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. Josh Sides and the authors of Post-Ghetto call us to reflection and to action. This collection is sure to be widely read, discussed, and debated for many years to come.” —Douglas Flamming, professor of history at the Georgia Institute of Technology, author of Bound for Freedom: Black Los Angeles in Jim Crow America and African Americans in the West.