This Week in the Libraries
Find out about campus events in the following libraries this week:
Upcoming Events at the USC Libraries
Thursday, April 18–Friday, April 19; Doheny Library Friends Lecture Hall
USC Writers Conference 2013 / Duets: Writers, Editors, Artists, Mentors
The USC Writers Conference returns to Doheny Library with more hands-on writing and coaching, and with another roster of accomplished writers, screenwriters, illustrators, and editors.
See website for full schedule and registration information.
Monday, April 29, 2013; 4:00 p.m., Doheny Library Friends Lecture Hall
Los Angeles Burning: Memory, Justice, and the 1992 Riots
Fires raged in the USC neighborhood and throughout Los Angeles over several days in April and May of 1992. The U.S. military patrolled Vermont Avenue in armored vehicles. Community leaders like Rev. Cecil Murray advocated for justice and peace after an all-white jury failed to convict four LAPD officers for the videotaped 1991 beating of Rodney King. More than twenty years later, Angelenos are still trying to understand the significance of the Rodney King verdict and the events of 1992. On the 21st anniversary of the verdict, join us for a panel discussion with Rev. Cecil Murray, journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan, filmmaker Dae Hoon Kim and Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. The discussion will explore many questions that remain—about racial profiling by the LAPD; the geography of wealth and poverty in Southern California; relations between African American, Korean American and Latino communities; and rebuilding efforts in South L.A.No reservations needed.
On view through May 31, 2013; Doheny Library, First-floor Foyer
The Mosely Snowflake Fractal
A giant three-dimensional fractal object, created by the university community out of 50,000 folded business cards, marks the capstone to the USC Libraries’ inaugural Discovery Fellowship. To learn more, visit www.usc.edu/libraries/fractal.
On view through May 31, 2013; Doheny Library, Ground-floor
Water and Power
Over the summer of 2012, the members of L.A. as Subject—a consortium of nearly 300 local archives, museums, libraries, and private collectors—contributed images for an exhibition devoted broadly to the theme of water and power. The resulting collection explores these sometimes-interrelated topics and their role in shaping the history of the Southern California region. Some of the works—such as the record of the St. Francis Dam catastrophe or an image of beachfront homes suffering under the ocean’s destructive force—respond directly to the theme. Others approach the theme more figuratively, as with the picture of Olympic champion Sammy Lee fighting for the right to use a local pool during an era of persistent discrimination against non-white athletes.
The USC Libraries serve as the host institution for L.A. as Subject. The relationship complements the USC Libraries’ strong regional history collection and is a natural outgrowth of the libraries’ efforts to preserve and expand access to the primary sources of regional history.