Writing and Photography

Upcoming Event in Long Beach: "Shadow Landscapes: Hidden in Plain Sight"

Added on by Wendy Cheng.

September 22, 2013 1:00–4:30PM

Shadow Landscapes: Hidden in Plain Sight

Today more Californians are “home-grown,” born here not elsewhere, with signs of age.  How do the cultural boundaries of the past reveal our present day map and the landscape we share in common?

Featuring the influential insights of popular multi-media historians, celebrated writers, leading-edge journalists and sought after media commentators, including ...

  • Gustavo Arelleno, Editor of the OC Weekly and author of the nationally bestselling book (and column) ¡Ask a Mexican!; Orange County: A Personal History; and TACO USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.  He has appeared on the Today Show, Nightline, Talk of the Nation on NPR, and The Colbert Report.
  • Philip Ethington, Professor of History, University of Southern California, and multi-media historian, cartographer, photographer, and award-winning film writer, whose interactive work has been exhibited at The Getty, LACMA, and internationally.
  • Wendy ChengAssistant Professor, Arizona State University, and author of The Changs Next Door to the Diazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California (Fall 2013), and co-author of A People’s Guide to Los Angeles.
  • Susan StraightDistinguished Professor of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside, and awarded author of eight acclaimed novels including stories about the African American community. She has written for the The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Salon, Harpers, andThe Nation among many notable publications.
  • Oliver WangAssistant Professor of Sociology, California State University Long Beach, and leading expert on the intersection of race, ethnicity, media, pop culture and the hip hop phenomenon in the Asian community.  He writes for All Things Considered, the Los Angeles Times, Wax Poetics, and is co-author of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide, among other works.

Offering Food, Drink, and Thought

  • Enjoy a sumptuous mid-afternoon break in the historic barns area and visit the Rancho Los Alamitos Gift Store
  • Make time for your own conversation with the featured guests during the break and after their Conversation

Co-moderated by

  • Claudia Jurmain, Director, Special Projects at The Rancho and co-author of the award winning books Rancho Los Alamitos—Ever Changing, Always the Same and O, My Ancestors: Recognition and Renewal of the Gabrielino-Tongva People of the Los Angeles Area.  
  • D.J.Waldie, renowned author, historian cultural commentator, and life-time resident of Lakewood, California, hailed as a ‘gorgeous distiller of architectural and social history” by the New York Times.

Free parking for this event will be at CSULB Lot 11 with free continuous, handicap accessible shuttle service to the Rancho.

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