LA History and Metro Studies Group 2017-2018 Schedule

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September 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Urban History / Studies

The LA History and Metro Studies Group is pleased to announcethe schedule for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Our theme is "Immigrants and the Metropolis." If you would like to receive announcements for these sessions, please fill out the form at

September 15, 2017 - panel discussion (Seaver 1-2)
"The Sanctuary City Movement in Southern California, Past and Present."
Fr. Sean Dempsey, S.J., Assistant Professor of History, Loyola Marymount University
Hector Villagra, Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California
Mario Fuentes, Lead Organizer, LA Voice
Anthony Ng, Policy Advocate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

October 20, 2017 - pre-circulated paper (Seaver 1-2)
"Ephemeral Forums, Enduring Communities: Latina/o Community Building and Belonging in South East Los Angeles, 1980-1997."
Jorge Leal, Ph.D. candidate, UC San Diego

November 17, 2017 - pre-circulated paper (Seaver 1-2)
"Normalizing the Deportation machine: Immigration Raids, Internal Borders, and Everyday Fear in Mexican Communities, 1965-1985."
Adam Goodman, Assistant Professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

January 23, 2018 - pre-circulated paper (Autry National Center)
"Place-makers and Place-making: The Story of a Los Angeles Community"
Natalie Molina, Professor of History, UC San Diego
**Tuesday 7:00 pm, Autry National Center - Joint session with Works in Progress, Autry.

February 16, 2018 - pre-circulated paper (Seaver 1-2)
"Beautiful Junk: Assemblage, Black Rebellion, and the Watts Towers in the 1960s."
Emma Silverman, Ph.D. Candidate, Art History, University of California, Berkeley

March 16, 2018 - pre-circulated paper (Seaver 1-2)
"Constructing 'Country Living'in the Suburbs: How Homebuilders and Boosters Branded Los Angeles' East San Gabriel Valley, 1970-2000."
James Zarsadiaz, Assistant Professor of history and Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, University of San Francisco

April 20, 2018 - Clark Davis Memorial Lecture (Seaver 1-2)
"Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America."
Steven J. Ross, Professor of History, University of Southern California

All sessions will begin at 10:30 am in the Seaver Classrooms in the Munger Research Center, Huntington Library, unless otherwise noted. Please check e-announcements for exactlocation of sessions. Parking is free. Worksheops will begin at 10:30, and lunch will be served at noon for attendees who RSVP before the posted deadline. 

For sessions with a pre-circulated paper, the paper will be made available approximately 2 weeks prior to the seminar (we are unable to distribute papers earlier than this.)

For more information, email the co-coordinators - Ian Baldwin, Kathy Feeley, Caitlin Parker, Andrea Thabet, and Becky Nicolaides - at

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

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