UNDER LA: Subterranean Stories -- Saturday, November 11

UNDER LA: Subterranean Stories | November 11, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

9:00am to 4:30pm

USC Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

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What lies beneath our Los Angeles feet?  What is the connection between our terra firma and all that lies below? This conference explores the worlds below us and the inextricable ties that bind us to the mysteries of the subterranean. Hydrology, seismology, petroleum engineering - each of these fields will have a voice at this conference - as will folklorists, cemetery scholars, and poets and writers. Together, we will navigate the underworlds of LA past, present, and future...real, imagined, metaphorical.


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Under LA teaser - November 11, 2017 from Huntington-USC ICW on Vimeo.

9:00 am           Coffee/donuts

9:30 am          Welcome/ William F. Deverell and David L. Ulin

9:45 am          The Natural Underground

                       Moderator: William Deverell; Panelists: Robert de Groot (Seismicity), Joe Parker (Insects), Emily Lindsey (The Tar Pits)

11:15 am         The Public Underground

                        Moderator: Geoff Manaugh; Panelists: Dan Sharp (Public Works), David Sloane (Burial), Mike Manville (Parking)

12:30 pm         Lunch / LOST LA's “Lost Tunnels”

1:45 pm         The Militarized Underground

                       Moderator: Nathan Masters; Panelists: Sherman Mullin (Missiles), Peter Westwick (Bomb Shelters), M.G. Lord (Ideological Underground)

3:15 pm         The Cultural Underground

                      Carolina Miranda in conversation with Ron Athey

4:30 pm         Closing remarks, Karin Huebner

We ask that all who wish to attend RSVP (for free) at www.usc.edu/esvpcode: UNDERLA

The main USC University Park Campus is located between Jefferson Boulevard (to the North), Vermont Avenue (to the West), Figueroa Street (to the East), and Exposition Boulevard (to the South). It is easily accessible by freeways and the Expo Line trains of LA Metro, with stops at Exposition Boulevard / Vermont, Expo Park / USC, and Jefferson / USC.

Parking is available at the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly Parking Structure D/Gate 4), which has handicap accomodations (Google Maps link). Parking is free for the first 50 people to arrive for the day with the code "UNDER LOS ANGELES", and $12 per car at the normal rate. For maps and directions please visit: https://visit.usc.edu/maps-directions/university-park-campus/public-parking/

For disability access information, please see https://visit.usc.edu/maps-directions/university-park-campus/university-park-campus-access-map/.


The Metro Expo Line is the best option to avoid traffic and congestion, and highly recommended. It stops immediately south of campus at Exposition Boulevard and Trousdale. Several Metro bus routes also serve USC.

For maps and route information, please see: 


https://www.metro.net/riding/colleges/usc/ or



Under LA: Subterranean Stories takes place on the second floor of the Doheny Memorial Library (DML 240), located in the center of campus. For a campus map, please see https://web-app.usc.edu/maps/?id=10.


USC is a smoke-free campus.