Why Los Angeles Exploded: Panel Discussion

The Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies and Emerson Peace & Social Justice Present:

Twilight Los Angeles, 1992 at Emerson College Poster

Why Los Angeles Exploded: Panel Discussion

February 29, 2012 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Little Building, Charles Beard Room
Free and open to the Emerson community

This panel discussion is organized to run in conjunction with the Emerson Stage performance of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Panelists will share their ideas of what happened and why, drawing on firsthand experiences as journalists in L.A. at the time, and critical commentary about what lessons can be carried forward to today. Meaningful implications can be gleaned for our understanding of race relations, urban poverty, community activism, and the contested framing of social problems. Discussion will focus as well on whether or not we can expect similar explosions of urban upheaval in the future.


  • Amy Ansell, Dean of Liberal Arts, Emerson College
  • Tamera Marko, Assistant Director, First Year Writing Program, Emerson College
  • Carole Simpson, Leader-in-Residence, Journalism Department, Emerson College
  • Min Hyoung Song, Associate Professor, English Department and Asian American Studies, Boston College

Moderated by Erika Williams, Scholar-in-Residence, Institute, Emerson College

Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with Emerson Peace and Social Justice.

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