L.A. Lives: Making, Mapping and Imagining Southern California
About the Panelists
Ken LaZebnik writes for television, film and the theatre. He shares story credit with Garrison Keillor for A Prairie Home Companion and wrote Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage. Television credits include Touched by an Angel, Army Wives and When Calls the Heart. In Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows, he unearths rarely seen shards of Hollywood history. LaZebnik teaches screenwriting at the Peter Stark Producing Program in the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
George Sanchez is the author of Bridging Borders, Remaking Community: Racial Interaction in Boyle Heights and Beyond Alliances: The Jewish Role in Reshaping the Racial Landscape of Southern California. He is a professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at USC, where he also serves as vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives. His many other books include Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900–1945 and, as a co-editor, Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures.
David Sloane (Moderator) is a professor in the USC Price School of Public Policy. He researches and teaches about community health planning, food security, public safety and commemoration. He edited Planning Los Angeles, an examination of urban planning and policy issues in Southern California. Sloane currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, as well as on the boards of the Los Angeles Region Planning History Group and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation. He is a past director of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and Community Health Councils, Inc.
Alison Trope, a clinical professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, teaches courses on media and popular culture. She directs the Critical Media Project (www.criticalmediaproject.org), a web resource that facilitates the teaching and understanding of identity in the media. She is the author of Stardust Monuments: The Saving and Selling of Hollywood, which explores the enduring efforts to memorialize and canonize the history and meaning of Hollywood in our everyday lives. Her next project examines the history and current state of Hollywood philanthropy and activism.