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People's Guide to LA-related events at the upcoming Geography conference

Added on by Wendy Cheng.

If you are planning on attending the upcoming Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, we'll be doing two People's Guide to LA-related events. Please join us!

[For more information about the AAG Annual Meeting, click here.]

1) Panel Session: A People's Guide to Los Angeles: (Re)Positioning the L.A. Landscape 

Wednesday, 4/10/2013, from 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in San Gabriel A, Westin, Lobby Level

Organizer(s):
Lorena Munoz - University of Minnesota 

Chair(s):
Lorena Munoz - University of Minnesota 

Panelist(s):
Benjamin F. Timms - Cal Poly 
Richard Walker - University of California-Berkeley 
Don Mitchell - Syracuse University 
Laura Barraclough - Kalamazoo College 
Laura Pulido - University of Southern California 
Wendy Cheng - Arizona State University 

Session Description: A People's Guide to Los Angeles is not a travel guide that narrates the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. Pulido, Barraclough and Cheng through an innovative alternative tourism framework, challenge us to recover silenced, buried, absent landscapes from hegemonic representations of Los Angeles. A People's guide documents 115 sites that actively informed the production of subaltern Los Angeles. While these spaces are sites of complex struggles in the history of L.A. County they are also important in understanding the way power has shaped El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles into a megaregion.

2) A People’s Guide Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
Thursday, April 11, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Organizers/Leaders:  Laura Pulido, University of Southern California, Laura Barraclough, Kalamazoo College
Trip Capacity: 20
Cost/person: $5 (bring $20 for lunch, transit pass)

Break out of downtown LA’s luxury hotel zone and consumer playground to learn about the city’s power relations. Led by the authors of A People’s Guide to Los Angeles, this tour examines downtown’s landscapes of oppression, struggle, and resistance. Stops include the former offices of the Partido Liberal Mexicano, a revolutionary anarchist group; muralist David Siqueiros’ Tropical America, which critiques U.S. imperialism; Yang-Na, the region’s largest indigenous settlement before colonization; Downey Block, where enslaved native Americans were auctioned; and Biddy Mason Park, honoring a freed slave who became an influential businesswoman and leader. Bring $20 cash for lunch and public transit.