Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West Professor Leads Series “Los Angeles Civic Memory: History and Public Space”

Published on Apr 13, 2022

Huntington U, a college-style seminar that’s a collaboration between The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and the University of Southern California’s Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, presents “Los Angeles Civic Memory: History and Public Space,” a six-week series where participants explore various intersections of public memory, public space, and history across greater Los Angeles.

The course begins on Thursday, April 14, from 10 to 12 a.m. in Steven’s Classroom at The Huntington.

Led by Bill Deverell, professor of history at USC and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, this class will explore six different case studies of people and events. Participants will discuss what is remembered and forgotten in Los Angeles’ regional history and what ought to be re-examined, re-thought, and re-envisioned.

The course will draw on an array of Huntington source materials both in the classroom and gallery spaces, to help illustrate the various themes of the investigation.

One session grapples with the history of the iconic Union Station Passenger Terminal, one of the most important public spaces in Los Angeles. The history of Union Station is a complex and fraught story, as its rise in the heart of Los Angeles meant the destruction of the city’s original Chinatown.

Classes will be held in-person at The Huntington on Thursday mornings through May 19. All reading material will be provided before the start of class along with the course syllabus.

The course costs $230 for The Huntington members and $250 for non-members.

To register, visit www.huntington.org/events/huntington-u-los-angeles-civic-memory-history-and-public-space?sd=1649955600&ed=1649962800.

For more information, call (626) 405-2100.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino.

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