Talks & Lectures

 

 

Talks & Lectures

 

 

Curious Cases - Vigilantes and Vengeance: The Alvitre Family & Community Justice, 1853, 1861

Sunday, January 28

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free
• Free; advance registration is recommended. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

The Alvitre family had three members lynched in less than a decade, one for an attempted assault on a member of the Workman and Temple families that epitomized local community justice.

 

Special Lecture!

Lady Tsen Mei/Josephine Moy: The First Chinese (American) Film Star presented by Dr. Ramona Curry

Sunday, March 25
• 2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; advance registration is recommended and begins February 9.

Dr. Ramona Curry, Associate Professor of English and Media & Cinema Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the career and star image of Lady Tsen Mei, a now largely forgotten pioneering stage and screen entertainer who rose to prominence in the early years of film. The career of Lady Tsen Mei, born Josephine Moy, yields a particularly revealing history of the challenges for aspiring Chinese and other “racialized” entertainers in America of the early 20th century. Dr. Curry will present archival materials in conjunction with her talk, including surviving clips from Mei's film, Lotus Blossom (1921), which was filmed in Boyle Heights and premiered on Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles. 

 

Through the Viewfinder: Exploring Early Photography in Los Angeles

Sunday, April 8

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free; advance registration is recommended and begins February 23.
Phil Nathanson kicks off this three-part lecture series with a talk about Los Angeles' earliest photographers.

 

Curious Cases - “Hang Kewen: He’s the Head of the Firm”: Lawyers of Los Angeles, 1850-1875

Sunday, May 6

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free; advance registration is recommended.

 

Through the Viewfinder: Exploring Early Photography in Los Angeles

Sunday, July 8

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free; advance registration is recommended.

 

Curious Cases - Family Feud: The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865

Sunday, August 12

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free; reservations are recommended. 

 

Curious Cases - “Shoot Away, Damn You!”: Judges of Los Angeles, 1850-1875

Sunday, October 21

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations are now closed.

 

Under the Oak Tree: Exploring Nature with the Kizh 

Saturday, November 3

• 10 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
• Free; advance registration is recommended. 

 

Through the Viewfinder: Exploring Early Photography in Los Angeles

Sunday, November 4

• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free; advance registration is recommended