Saturday, November 16, 2019
When: 9:15am - 4:00pm
Doheny Memorial Library, room 240
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 09:15

The NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, HUNTINGTON-USC INSTITUTE ON CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST, USC LIBRARIES COLLECTIONS CONVERGENCE INITIATIVE, and HARMAN ACADEMY FOR POLYMATHIC STUDY present a three-part conference exploring Los Angeles after dark. Topics will include the noir landscapes of films and novels, nocturnal creatures, the astronomy of our evening skies, and more. What is it about Los Angeles that has so captivated writers and filmmakers, and what can we learn when we throw shade on our famed sunshine to investigate the city in darkness? L.A. doesn’t sleep at night, so join us for two evenings and a day-long symposium as we unmask our city after sunset.


Session 1:

Shining Light on the Night Shift

A screening of the new hour-long documentary, NIGHTSHIFT, which follows five Los Angeles residents in their routines as night shift workers.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A and guests may enjoy a reception before the talk with an opportunity to see rare collections on display.  

Date | Time: Tuesday, October 15 | 6pm to 9pm

Where:  Natural History Museum


Session 2:

LA on the Grid: The Benefits and Costs of Lighting Up the Night

Join us for a conversation that brings to light the history of electricity in Los Angeles and the positive and negative impacts it has on all living things.  Enjoy a reception before the talk with an opportunity to see rare collections on display.

Date | Time: Tuesday, October 29 | 6pm to 9pm

Where:  Natural History Museum


Session 3:

Symposium at USC

Join us for a full-day symposium at Doheny Memorial Library, University of Southern California, where scholars, writers, and artists unite to shine a light on the night.  Topics will include investigations of the night sky over Los Angeles across thousands of years, nighttime migrations of mammals, cyclists and street racers, those who seek safety under the cover of darkness and those who see night as a cloak to cover deeds and misdeeds, and many unique ways in which Los Angeles chases night away through innovative uses of light. 

Date | Time: Saturday, November 16 | 9:15am to 4pm

Where:  Friends of the Library Lecture Hall, DML 240 | Harman Academy, DML 241


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