On April 29, 1992, chaos erupted on the streets of Los Angeles after a mostly white jury acquitted four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers in the beating of a black motorist, Rodney King. The rioting lasted six days, and the National Guard was called in to patrol the streets around USC. Twenty-one years later, the city is still trying to make sense of the unrest. Now, two newly unsealed collections at the USC Libraries will help scholars better understand the violence, its causes, and its legacy. The collections—recently processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources—contain the records of two independent commissions set up to investigate the Los Angeles Police Department in the wake of the King beating and the 1992 riots. Keep reading to learn more about the collections, and about a related Visions and Voices panel discussion on April 29.
Political Science & Public Policy
On Wednesday, March 27, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosts Women of Troy, a special lunchtime discussion co-sponsored by the USC Trojan Battalion Army ROTC. A panel led by Jane Harman — USC trustee, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former member of the U.S. House committees on Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security — will draw upon the Homeric epic of Troy to discuss the role of women in national defense. RSVP online, or keep reading to learn more about the event.
On Friday, March 1, the USC Libraries welcomed a capacity crowd for Just Food and Fair Food: A Multidisciplinary Exploration. Presented by USC Visions and Voices, the event explored issues at the intersection of nutrition, urban policy, and social justice through a panel discussion and also featured a fair-food bazaar. To learn more about the event, check out this companion resource guide with suggestions for further reading and research, prepared by the USC Libraries' Rita Romero, Chimene Tucker, and Sue Tyson. Click through for photos from the event.
The Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly recently highlighted Just Food and Fair Food: A Multidisciplinary Exploration, an event presented by USC Visions and Voices and hosted by the USC Libraries. On Friday, March 1, a panel of writers and experts will discuss issues at the intersection of nutrition, urban policy, and social justice. Following the panel discussion will be a fair-food bazaar. The event is free and open to the public. The USC Libraries' Rita Romero, Chimene Tucker, and Sue Tyson have created a companion resource guide with suggestions for further reading and research.
Just in time for Election Day, a new exhibit in Doheny Memorial Library explores the history of political campaigns in California through rare items from the USC Libraries' special collections. Photographs, pamphlets, buttons, and even an uninflated balloon tell the story of elections in Southern California, from the 1960 presidential election to USC alumna Yvonne Brathwaite Burke's successful 1992 bid for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Stop by the special collections display case on the second floor of Doheny Library to see the new exhibit. '
Learn how to locate social science data and statistics through a series of upcoming workshops to be held in Leavey Library on Tuesdays in October. Keep reading to learn more about the workshops.
Materials from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives are on display in a new exhibition inside the Los Angeles City Hall. Located in City Hall’s third-floor Bridge Gallery, Defiant Spaces: 60 Years of Queer Organizations in L.A. is a retrospective look at 44 LGBT organizations founded in Southern California. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibition, which is part of the City of Los Angeles’ Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Heritage Month.
The USC Libraries have added 36 new electronic resources to support USC's teaching and research needs. Keep reading to learn more about the recently acquired e-resources, accessible to USC students, faculty, and staff through the E-Resources tab on the USC Libraries homepage.
In recent months, the USC Libraries have added several electronic resources that complement the rich collections of the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. The new resources include an online archive of more than 125,000 pages from Latin American newspapers. Keep reading to learn more about the recent acquisitions now available to USC students, faculty, and staff researching Latin America.
Though sometimes overlooked, the LGBT experience in postwar L.A. forms an important part of national LGBT history. Now, a new exhibition opening January 24 in Doheny Memorial Library's first-floor Treasure Room will explore the activism and artistic contributions of L.A.'s LGBT community from the 1940s to the 1980s. Held in conjunction with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative, Queer Worldmaking features photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, films, and other documents—as well as costumes and other ephemera—from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibition and two events on Tuesday, January 24 that will mark its opening.