Re-envisioning Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Urban Arts
Each year Occidental College chooses an annual theme to provide a unifying framework for the First-Year Summer Reading and the CSP Lecture Series. For 2016-17, the theme is entitled, "Re-envisioning Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Urban Arts." This theme starts with an exploration and celebration of the art of Los Angeles, but also invites broader conversations about urban experience in the twenty-first century, about the transnational city, and about the social and material histories that got us here. The phrase "urban arts" can moreover suggest not only an alternative to a pastoral aesthetic, but also the mechanical, technological, and political arts with which we build and inhabit the city.
In order to provide a foundation for what we hope will be a campus-wide conversation, we have chosen Don Normark's Chavez Ravine, 1949: A Los Angeles Story as our 2016-17 First-Year Summer Reading. We will be further exploring the theme in the CSP Lecture Series, in theme-related courses, and through a wide variety of events hosted by departments across campus including OxyArts and Occidental's new Institute for the Study of Los Angeles.
Past Annual Themes
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