LA Confidential: Discovering the DNA of a Global City

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As geopolitics and economies shift toward the Pacific Rim, Los Angeles is poised to play a key role in addressing common global challenges, from climate change and immigration, to the health and well-being of our citizens. With its growing profile on the world stage, it is essential that Los Angeles, both its citizens and government, develop a deeper understanding of the foundations of the city’s global engagement.

So, what are the experiences and narratives that have shaped LA’s global identity and why do they matter? This event, featuring a panel of USC experts, will explore the narratives, urban landscapes and practices that make LA a truly global city.

Juan de Lara, Thomas Gustafson, León Krauze, and Varun Soni will examine what makes Los Angeles global from a range of perspectives, including faith, race, class, literature, and pop culture. Co-sponsored by the USC Office of Religious Life. (#ReligiousLife)

This event will be streamed via FB Live.

About Juan de Lara

Juan De Lara is an assistant professor in the department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California focusing on social justice and social movements, the political economy of uneven development, urbanization, race and ethnicity, labor, California and the American West, Los Angeles, and the U.S./Mexico border. His forthcoming book, Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Southern California will be published by UC Press in January 2018. More

About Thomas Gustafson

Thomas Gustafson is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in American political discourse, politics of language, and literature of the American West. We was awarded the USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty price in 1990 and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1986. More

About León Krauze

A native of Mexico and a longtime chronicler of U.S. politics, immigration, and the lives of Angelenos, León is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The Daily Beast and KCRW’s “Left Right and Center.” He also writes a weekly column for Mexico’s El Universal. His 2005 book, “La Casa Dividida,” covered the first five years of the George W. Bush presidency. Krauze’s current project, a collection of on-the-street interviews of Hispanic residents in Los Angeles titled “La Mesa,” has been broadcast by Univision and curated in Krauze’s latest book, of the same name. He describes the work as a portrait of what it’s like to be Hispanic in Southern California in 2016. More

About Varun Soni

Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California and a CPD Faculty Fellow. A prolific public speaker and national interfaith leader, he is the author of Natural Mystics: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Figueroa Press, 2014) and his writings have appeared in the Washington PostHuffington PostCrosscurrentsJewish Journal, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin. More


Refreshments will be served.

Parking is available on campus at $12.00 per day. Parking structures and locations can be found here.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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USC; Annenberg, Room 207


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