Jon Wiener, Harry Gamboa Jr. & Devra Weber discuss “Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties”

On the 50th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium (1970), historian Jon Wiener, co-author of Set the Night On Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, will discuss the Chicano movements of the sixties and their relevance today–along with artist Harry Gamboa Jr., Cal Arts faculty member and a high school activist in LA in the sixties, and UCR history professor Devra Weber, who photographed Chicano movement events of that era.

Jonathan L. Friedmann discusses “Jewish Los Angeles”

The first known Jewish resident of the Mexican Pueblo de Los Ángeles arrived in 1841. When California entered the Union in 1850, the census listed just eight Jews living in Los Angeles. By 1855, the fledgling city had a Hebrew Benevolent Society and a Jewish cemetery. The first Jewish congregation and kosher market were established in 1862. Meanwhile, Jewish merchants and business owners founded banks, fraternal orders, charities, athletic clubs, and social service organizations. Jewish property owners developed vast areas of Los Angeles and beyond into the neighborhoods and cities we know today. By 1897, the city’s Jewish population was large enough to support its own newspaper. The 20th century brought waves of Jewish immigrants and migrants to Los Angeles, where they built the motion picture and television industries, Cedars-Sinai and City of Hope medical centers, the Jewish Home for the Aging, urban and suburban synagogues and Jewish centers, and other institutions. The foundations laid by these enterprising pioneers helped transform Los Angeles into a major metropolis.

John Shallman discusses “Return from Siberia” in conversation with Dan Shallman

In the midst of running a long-shot political campaign, Democratic political consultant John Simon discovers a 100-year-old manuscript written by his grandfather Joseph—a brilliant young revolutionary whose exile to Siberia by the last czar of Russia is just the beginning of an extraordinary tale of survival, romance, and revolution. Return From Siberia chronicles not only the Simon family’s relationship to each other and the past, but also the remarkable story of a young man who sacrificed everything for his political ideals.

Jon Wiener discusses “Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the 60s”

August 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Los Angeles in the sixties was a hotbed of political and social upheaval. The city was a launchpad for Black Power–where Malcolm X and Angela Davis first came to prominence and the Watts uprising shook the nation. The city was home to the Chicano Blowouts and Chicano Moratorium, as well as being the birthplace of “Asian American” as a political identity. It was a locus of the antiwar movement, gay liberation movement, and women’s movement, and, of course, the capital of California counterculture.


August 24
7:00 pm
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