All events are in 241 Doheny Memorial Library unless otherwise noted.


Note: No luncheon on Sept. 8


Sept. 22 – Geoff Manaugh on “A Burglar’s Guide to Los Angeles”

A look at how city architecture and criminality collide, from the author of BLDGBLOG and A Burglar’s Guide to the City.

Oct. 6 – David Francis on “Can We Ever Truly Go Home?

Fellow David Francis discusses his Australian novel Wedding Bush Road, including audio-visuals.

Oct. 20 – Field trip to artist and new Fellow Enrique Martínez Celaya’s studio, 11240 Playa Court, Culver City 90230. Sponsored by Fellow Lynda Obst

Bonus date — evening field trip:

Oct. 23 – Author Kellie Jones will be speaking on her new book, “South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s,” at Art + Practice, 4334 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, 90008 (Leimert Park)


Nov. 3 – Music historian Harvey Sachs comes from NYC to speak on “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience.”

Sponsored by Fellows Dorothy Braudy and Leo Braudy 

Nov. 17 –Fellow Howard Rodman on “Captain Ahab, Captain Nemo, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.” The SCA professor and WGA-West president talks about his new novel — and about the fictional and real colossi who inspired it.

Sponsored by the Norman Lear Center


CHANGE TO DEC. 8  – Field trip to LACMA: “Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage,” curated by Fellows Stephanie Barron/Yuval Sharon. Stephanie will give a guided exhibition tour. Second exhibition Fellows can tour after lunch: “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985.”

Jan. 19 – Pulitizer Prize winning historian Heather Ann Thompson, speaking on “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy”

Feb. 1, 2,3 – Fellows will receive special pricing to attend evening performances of “The House is Black” at The Wallis, which is Iranian American artist Sussan Deyhim’s multimedia examination of the work of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers.


Feb. 9 – Field trip to The Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills 90210. Talk and lunch with playwright Sussan Deyhim. (Details still being finalized on this.)

Feb. 23 – Carol Tavris on “The Liberal Lament: Why Don’t They Listen to Us When We Have the Data?” Social psychologist (and new Fellow) Carol Tavris will draw on research on herding, octopuses, monkeys, and even humans to examine some reasons for the political divide (hell, abyss) in American life. 

March 9 – Annual lunch at the Getty Research Institute with GRI Fellows. Getty will supply the speaker and topic in early 2018.

April 6 – Novelist, TV writer and Fellow Attica Locke on “Black Texans and the Other Side of the Great Migration”

April 20 – UC Berkeley law dean Erwin Chemerinsky on “The Trump Presidency and the Constitution”

May 4 – Field trip to Union Station and the refurbished Super Chief restaurant (the old Fred Harvey restaurant). Fellow Bill Deverell will talk on the station’s history and its continuing place in the city.

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