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The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West.

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West.
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The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West.

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Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD

4/16/2019
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Monday, April 15, 2019 at the University of Southern California When the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts erupted in violent protest in August 1965, the uprising drew strength from decades of pent-up frustration with employment discrimination, residential segregation, and poverty. But the more immediate grievance was anger at the racist and abusive practices of the Los Angeles Police Department. Yet in the decades after Watts, the LAPD resisted all but the most limited demands for reform...

Duration:01:13:59

Busted: Brash Stories from Texas and New Mexico

3/5/2019
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Join us for a discussion with Bryan Mealer and Joshua Wheeler, the authors of new books about hardscrabble times, places, and people in Texas and New Mexico. Mealer’s "The Kings of Big Spring," which has been called “the Texas version of Hillbilly Elegy,” is a saga of God, family, and oil across many generations of the author’s own family. Wheeler’s "Acid West," a collection of essays about Southern New Mexico, has been called a “freaky, stylish, heart-cracking-open book.” The evening’s...

Duration:01:02:35

Carleton Watkins: Making the West American

2/22/2019
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Thursday, February 21, 2019 The Huntington Tyler Green speaks about his new book, "Carleton Watkins: Making the West American." Listen to a discussion between Tyler Green and ICW Director Bill Deverell about Tyler’s magisterial new biography of the great landscape photographer Carleton Watkins. This discussion ranges broadly across such topics as the West and the Civil War, the rise of Yosemite and the National Park idea, and the fascinating life of arguably the greatest photographer in all...

Duration:00:59:57

Braided Waters: Environment and Society in Molokai, Hawaii

12/14/2018
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The Western Environment - Fall 2018 ICW lecture series Wade Graham in conversation with Daniel Lewis December 5, 2018, The Huntington "Braided Waters" sheds new light on the relationship between environment and society by charting the history of Hawaii’s Molokai island over a thousand-year period of repeated settlement. From the arrival of the first Polynesians to contact with eighteenth-century European explorers and traders to our present era, this study shows how the control of...

Duration:00:57:49

Welcome and The Natural Underground

11/21/2018
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Under LA: Subterranean Stories Conference Welcome: William F. Deverell and David L. Ulin The Natural Underground: Moderator: William Deverell; Panelists: Robert de Groot (Seismicity), Joe Parker (Insects), Emily Lindsey (The Tar Pits) What lies beneath our Los Angeles feet? What is the connection between our terra firma and all that lies below? This conference explored the worlds below us and the inextricable ties that bind us to the mysteries of the subterranean. Hydrology, seismology,...

Duration:01:30:57

The Public Underground

11/21/2018
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Under LA: Subterranean Stories Conference The Public Underground: Moderator: Geoff Manaugh; Panelists: Dan Sharp (Public Works), David Sloane (Burial), Mike Manville (Parking) What lies beneath our Los Angeles feet? What is the connection between our terra firma and all that lies below? This conference explored the worlds below us and the inextricable ties that bind us to the mysteries of the subterranean. Hydrology, seismology, petroleum engineering - each of these fields has a voice at...

Duration:01:12:06

The Militarized Underground

11/21/2018
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Under LA: Subterranean Stories Conference The Militarized Underground: Moderator: Nathan Masters; Panelists: Sherman Mullin (Missiles), Peter Westwick (Bomb Shelters), M.G. Lord (Ideological Underground) What lies beneath our Los Angeles feet? What is the connection between our terra firma and all that lies below? This conference explored the worlds below us and the inextricable ties that bind us to the mysteries of the subterranean. Hydrology, seismology, petroleum engineering - each of...

Duration:01:22:00

The Cultural Underground and Closing Remarks

11/21/2018
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Under LA: Subterranean Stories Conference The Cultural Underground: Carolina Miranda in conversation with Ron Athey Closing remarks, Karin Huebner What lies beneath our Los Angeles feet? What is the connection between our terra firma and all that lies below? This conference explored the worlds below us and the inextricable ties that bind us to the mysteries of the subterranean. Hydrology, seismology, petroleum engineering - each of these fields has a voice at this conference - as do...

Duration:01:11:51

The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism

11/20/2018
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The Western Environment - Fall 2018 ICW lecture series Keith Woodhouse, November 15, 2018 The Huntington Disenchanted with the mainstream environmental movement, a new, more radical kind of environmental activist emerged in the 1980s. Radical environmentalists used direct action, from blockades and tree-sits to industrial sabotage, to save a wild nature that they believed to be in a state of crisis. Questioning the premises of liberal humanism, they subscribed to an ecocentric philosophy...

Duration:01:01:21

California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader

11/20/2018
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The Western Environment - Fall 2018 ICW lecture series David Vogel, October 25, 2018 The Huntington From its historic protection of Yosemite in 1864 to its contemporary initiatives to address the risks of global climate change, California has long been on the cutting edge of environmental policy leadership and innovation in the United States. In "California Greenin'", David Vogel illustrates the critical roles played by the state's attractive natural environment, the threats to that...

Duration:00:55:53

Natalia Molina: Conclusion

11/15/2018
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Migrant Letters: The Chinese and Mexican Experience Symposium Comments and Observations: Natalia Molina (University of California, San Diego) What do the letters of Mexican and Chinese migrants voice about their stories in California’s history of migration? A symposium co-sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and The Huntington Library explored this question by examining twentieth-century Mexican and Chinese migrant letters as sources in writing this history....

Duration:00:22:41

Hatfield the Rainmaker, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, and Who Loves the Sun?

11/8/2018
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Over LA: Aerial Accounts Conference Interlude: “Hatfield the Rainmaker,” Karin Huebner, USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines David Ulin in conversation with Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Department of Transportation, City of Los Angeles (LADOT) Interlude: “Who Loves the Sun?,” Rob Reynolds Panel 4/4 of Over LA: Aerial Accounts November 3, 2018 USC Doheny Library dornsife.usc.edu/icw/overla/

Duration:01:15:07

View from the Air and Overlay LA

11/8/2018
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Over LA: Aerial Accounts Conference Interlude: “View from the Air,” Lynell George Panel: Overlay LA Moderator: Julia Meltzer, Founding Director, Clockshop “Mapping Language, Race, and Strip Malls," Jonathan Crisman, USC Price School of Public Policy “Mapping the Cost of Incarceration in Los Angeles,” Director, Oral History And Ethnographic Research, Million Dollar Hoods, UCLA “The Cartographer as Artist,” Eric Brightwell Panel 3/4 of Over LA: Aerial Accounts November 3, 2018 USC Doheny...

Duration:01:27:31

Atmospheric Biodiversity

11/8/2018
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Over LA: Aerial Accounts Conference Interlude: Peter Westwick of the ICW Aerospace History Project briefly discusses A. Roy Knabenshue and his airship. Panel: Atmospheric Biodiversity Moderator: Usha Lee McFarling “Biodiversity of Skyscrapers and Other Urban Spaces,” Brian Brown, Curator and Head, Entomology Department, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County “Mapping methane plumes using airborne imaging spectroscopy,” Andrew Thorpe, JPL “Mansionization and Tree Canopy Loss,” Su Jin...

Duration:01:18:23

The Aerial Impulse and Sky Cops

11/8/2018
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Over LA: Aerial Accounts Conference Intro video: "Aerial Accounts," Taryn Haydostian: https://vimeo.com/299727560 "The Aerial Impulse: Explaining L.A.," Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer, City of Los Angeles "Sky Cops," Geoff Manaugh (BLDBLOG)discusses his experiences and perspective as a journalist riding alongside the LAPD Air Support Division with Peter Westwick of the ICW Aerospace History Project "Los Angeles’s Dangerous Obsession with Car Chases," Mary Melton for The New...

Duration:01:11:52

Chinese Migrant Letters

10/10/2018
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Migrant Letters: The Chinese and Mexican Experience Symposium Session 3: Chinese Migrant Letters Moderator: Li Wei Yang, Huntington Library Speakers: • Sue Fawn Chung (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) • Haiming Liu (Cal Poly Pomona) • Susie Lan Cassel (California State University, San Marcos) What do the letters of Mexican and Chinese migrants voice about their stories in California’s history of migration? A symposium co-sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West...

Duration:01:19:19

Mexican Migrant Letters

10/8/2018
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Migrant Letters: The Chinese and Mexican Experience Symposium Session 2: Mexican Migrant Letters Moderator: Clay Stalls, Huntington Library • Miroslava Chávez-García (University of California, Santa Barbara) • José Orozco (Whittier College) • Romeo Guzmán (Fresno State) What do the letters of Mexican and Chinese migrants voice about their stories in California’s history of migration? A symposium co-sponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and The Huntington...

Duration:01:12:51

Why this Symposium? Thoughts On Collecting Migrant Letters

10/8/2018
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Migrant Letters: The Chinese and Mexican Experience Symposium Opening Remarks: William F. Deverell (Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West) Session 1: Why this Symposium? Thoughts On Collecting Migrant Letters • Li Wei Yang (Huntington Curator of Pacific Rim Collections) • Clay Stalls (Huntington Curator of California and Hispanic Collections) What do the letters of Mexican and Chinese migrants voice about their stories in California’s history of migration? A symposium...

Duration:00:52:46

California, Birthplace of the Hispanic Conservative Movement

9/30/2018
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The Western Environment - Fall 2018 ICW lecture series Geraldo L. Cadava, October 2, 2018 The Huntington "California, Birthplace of the Hispanic Conservative Movement" Join Geraldo L. Cadava, associate professor of History at Northwestern University, as he discusses current research for his forthcoming book about the Hispanic Conservative Movement from the 1960s until the 1990s. This thirty year period was bookended by the founding of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Proposition...

Duration:01:27:33

A Career Outside Academia, In Context: David Levitus

9/22/2018
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September 24, 2018 USC Doheny Memorial Library Join us for a conversation with David Levitus (2013 USC History Ph.D.) about the path to career outside academia that makes use of the historical knowledge and skills honed inside the academy. He’ll share the story of his own circuitous journey to establish and run a social justice organizing nonprofit in the five years after grad school and the hard lessons learned along the way. We’ll discuss the relationship between history and contemporary...

Duration:00:55:53