August 3, 2021

Free Webinar: Los Angeles, Folklore of the Freeway

Via Dr. Grace Peng comes an opportunity to learn more about how  the freeway culture shaped, destroyed and rebuilt Los Angeles.

 

Join UCLA professor Eric Avila to learn about borders in LA in the 1960s and 1970s, and the influence of diverse communities on urban policy.

Date: Thursday August 19, 2021

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 Pacific Time

You can click on this link to register.

UCLA professor Eric Avila’s book, The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modern City, maps the creative strategies devised by urban communities in the 1960s and 1970s to document and protest the damage wrought by highways, which cut through and destroyed many communities of color. Join the Fowler and Avila to learn about this history; the impact of redlining on LA’s Boyle Heights; the work of the Latinx artists who critique and satirize highway construction as a racist and sexist enterprise; and the influence of diverse communities on urban policy.

Eric Avila, Professor of History and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Urban Planning. He is a 20th-century U.S. urban historian whose research and teaching emphasize race and ethnicity, cultural expression, and the built environment. Avila earned his BA, MA, and PhD degrees in History from UC Berkeley and is the author of three books: Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles (California, 2004), The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City (Minnesota, 2014), and American Cultural History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2018). 

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