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Presented by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study; and the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative:
What’s over Los Angeles? Sun and sky, trees and buildings, birds, bugs, and flying machines: Angelenos live in a city marked by three dimensions, in which what we encounter overhead is as essential as what lies beneath our feet. “Over L.A.: Aerial Accounts” is a day-long conference investigating this under-appreciated aspect of Southern California — its past, present, and future. Mixing panel discussions, interviews, and brief, impressionistic interludes, we will explore the special qualities of Southland sunlight and the biodiversity of flora and of fauna; the influence of zoning and of the overlays of redlining; the peculiar relationship of helicopters to the city's architecture and imagery; and the future of taxi drones. "Over L.A.: Aerial Accounts" is the counterpart to last fall’s “Under L.A.: Subterranean Stories” symposium, and will take place all day Saturday, November 3, on the second floor of USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. The conference is free of charge; more information can be found at https://dornsife.usc.edu/icw/overla/.