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Hear Professor Robert Warde speak in Los Angeles
- 4:00 PM
Saturday Jan 12, 2013
Buckley School, Lower School Entrance, 3900 Stansbury Ave., Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Macalester alumni and Buckley School senior and junior families are invited to experience the academic acumen of a Macalester College class as professed by Professor Robert Warde in his popular course "Los Angeles and the American Dream."
A native Southern Californian, Professor Warde will discuss the course he teaches on Los Angeles that involves an interdisciplinary approach to the city by way of literature (social history, fiction, drama, poetry, personal essays) films (Hollywood, indie, and documentary), newscasts (chronicling event such as the Watts and Rodney King riots, the Northridge earthquake, the O. J. Simpson white Bronco freeway chase), advertisements (for helicopter tours, for L. A. gangland tours), games (Rockstar's L. A. Noire), websites (bethshort.com, devoted to exploring the Black Dahlia murder), visual art (David Hockney's pool paintings), and music videos (Randy Newman, Madonna, Guns 'n Roses, NWA).
Refreshments will be available.
Register online here. For catering purposes RSVP no later than Wednesday, January 9.
In addition to general discussion about the class, Professor Warde will offer reflections on his reasons for teaching it, furnish the latest version of the syllabus, and supply a bibliography that reaches beyond the syllabus. For people who make their home in Los Angeles or its Southern California surround, his presentation will be a unique opportunity to step back and ponder the city and the region, something that the process of living (and gaining a living) often doesn't encourage.
This event is sponsored by the Macalester College Los Angeles Alumni Chapter and The Buckley School. Co-Hosted by Buckley Lower School Assistant Principal and Macalester alumna Carolyn Mogen '63 and alumni Jeffrey Jamison '77 and Liz Campos '94.
Professor Warde grew up in an L.A. suburb and spent his college summers working an assembly line in the Sparkletts water-bottling plant; but since living in Minnesota for nearly four-plus decades, he now tends to view Los Angeles from the somewhat contorted position of an outsider not quite able to detach himself from his roots. Professor Warde is curious to see what Angelenos of long or short standing make of the course. Join him and fellow alumni to share your insight.
Contact: Daymond Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org
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