“What can popular music teach us about migration and cultural change? How can pleasure and joy help us redefine what it means to be a ‘serious’ intellectual?  What might be stimulating or even transformative about the sprawl of Southern California?

In Episode 52 of the Imagine Otherwise Podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews podcaster and professor Karen Tongson about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.”

How a family-run mezcal company grew from a single case to the shelves of Trader Joe’s

LA Times Article: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-fo-mezcal-20170930-story.html

Resource center for undocumented students approved (9/28/17)

The DREAMERS Center will open in Kaprielian Hall within the next two weeks.

DREAMERS protesting

AMST 343 Class Trip to Downtown LA Public Library Murals(Sept 2017)

Prof. Sarah Portnoy and her AMST 343 Food, Health and Culture in Latino Los Angeles class enjoyed an outing to the Grand Central Market and the Los Angeles Library’s new Oaxacan murals.  You can follow the class blog at:


AMST 343 Class Trip to Downtown LA Public Library Murals

Alumni help humanities majors bridge the gap from college to career

The leader of USC’s Career Pathways advises students to start early, making mixers, mentorship and elevator pitches part of their job strategy

Two decades ago, the state was facing the stresses of an ethnic and cultural shift, and it lashed out at diversity before embracing it.

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