Whittier College News Release
For Immediate Release - February 18, 1999
"L.A. Stories: Converstions about L.A.'s Past, Present and Future," featuring authors Mike Davis and George Sanchez.
WHAT:"L.A. Stories: Converstions about L.A.'s Past, Present and Future," featuring authors Mike Davis and George Sanchez.
Mike Davis--often referred to as a Marxist prophet--is the author of City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear, both quite famous and unsettling books about the city of Los Angeles.
City of Quartz, the opening volume of Davis' Los Angeles trilogy, is a highly personal scrutiny of the city, dealing with such themes as class warfare, a corrupt political system and widespread violence. In fact, his prediction of widespread violence in Quartz became factual, to some extent, during the 1992 riots that followed the Rodney King verdicts.
Davis' 1998 follow-up to Quartz is the very dark Ecology of Fear, a book called an "apocalypse theme park." Ecology is concentrated on Davis' social critique of such things as racism, class struggle and elitism--topics which are sure to surface in "L.A. Stories: Conversations about L.A.'s Past, Present and Future."
George Sanchez, who teaches history at the University of Southern California, is the author of Beoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945, a pioneering study that examines how and why Mexican immigrants to California adapted in order to fit in to the established culture. In doing this, however, those immigrants lost part of their own culture, part of their heritage and part of themselves. Becoming Mexican American touches on themes such as racism, labor struggles and language barriers.
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