Announcing Our 2015-2016 Course


Thematic Option/CORE 450

Guided by the writings of Carey McWilliams

Fall 2015 – 2 units/Spring 2016 – 2 units

As social, cultural, engineering, environmental, and demographic

constructs, cities are among the most complex entities on the

planet. As a world city, Los Angeles participates in this complexity.

To study a city in its components and its totality, its people and its

systems, its physical fabric and moral meaning, is by definition an

integrated, interdisciplinary, or polymathic pursuit. Carey

McWilliams – attorney, historian, journalist, civil rights activist,

even prophet – wrote about Southern California from a polymathic

perspective. In this course professors William Deverell and

Karin Huebner,  and distinguished Los Angeles experts will

guide students through a two-part, yearlong polymathic inquiry into

Los Angeles as fact and imaginative creation.

Sessions meet on selected Wednesdays 2p – 3:50p in the

Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241.

Students wishing to enroll should send a resume and brief statement

describing their interest in the course to Dr. Karin Huebner at

This course is open to all students.