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LASA thanks Metabolic Studio

LASA celebrates and offers a heartfelt thank-you to Metabolic Studio for its support for the 2017-2018 program. LASA looks forward to starting the new session in August and is grateful Continue Reading →

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LASA digs into the Port of Los Angeles

LASA ventured farther in April than usual with a day at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. Juan – our terrific bus driver for the Continue Reading →

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Urban Nature: From Frogtown to the Future

March left like a lamb.  We had perfect weather for our LASA gathering at the end of the month.  We began at The Huntington, where Bill Deverell gave us a Continue Reading →

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LASA Goes Behind the Screen

LASA celebrated the television and motion picture arts on Oscar-weekend by exploring and wondering about LA’s stories and storytellers of the future. Gathering at the Huntington, we set off to KCET Continue Reading →

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LASA Volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Our day on January 7th started early.  Though not as early as our bus driver’s!  Mistakenly informed by her company that she needed to meet us at 6:30 in downtown Los Continue Reading →

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LASA Receives Grant from the Francis Bacon Foundation

We are honored and thrilled to announce that the Francis Bacon Foundation has granted LASA $10,000 to continue our work unpacking the puzzle of Los Angeles with civic-minded high schoolers. We are filled Continue Reading →

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LASA Learns Public Safety

On November 12, LASA explored justice and public safety in LA via two thought-provoking field trips with law enforcement. We met in the courtyard of the Huntington and boarded our Continue Reading →

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Athletics and Angelenos: LASA explores sports and archives in Los Angeles

On October 15, LASA explored sports in Los Angeles (as an industry, as a force reshaping the landscape, and as a cultural experience). We met inside USC Gate 1 and Continue Reading →

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Doing Business in L.A.: LASA visits Glenair

LASA kicked off our Saturday sessions on September 10 with a focus on Doing Business in LA. Gathering at the Huntington, our teams of students brainstormed their visions for “doing Continue Reading →

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LASA Kicks Off Our 5th Year!

The first week of August we kicked off LASA 2016-2017 by mapping, scavenger-hunting, touring, and floating! On Monday, August 1, we welcomed this terrific class and created maps of our Continue Reading →

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LASA Says Hello to Elizabeth Logan and Taryn Haydostian

In our personnel transition leading up to LASA 2016-2017, we welcome two new and energetic people: Elizabeth Logan and Taryn Haydostian.  Elizabeth, holder of both JD and Ph.D. degrees, is Continue Reading →

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LASA Thanks Doug Smith for Everything

Six years ago, Doug Smith and Bill Deverell hatched an idea that grew to be the Los Angeles Service Academy.  Together, they worked on lifting the program off the ground, Continue Reading →

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LASA Receives Grant from Ann Peppers Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that the Ann Peppers Foundation has recently granted LASA $20,000 in furtherance of our plans for our fifth year of student outreach.  We are immensely Continue Reading →

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LASA Works A Shift at the LA Food Bank

On Saturday, April 16th, we all gathered early in the morning at the LA Public Library.  Our bus whisked us to the City of Vernon, amidst all the industrial, packing, Continue Reading →

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Getting Around LA

February 20, 2016 On the 20th of February, we turned our attention to transit.  How do people get around the vastness of the LA metropolis?  How do decisions about transit, Continue Reading →

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LASA Explores LA Art and Entertainment

LASA Explores LA Art and Entertainment On the 9th of January, LASA investigated the LA art and entertainment scene.  We started our day with LA Times reporter Carolina Miranda, who Continue Reading →

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LASA Learns Law Enforcement

LASA Learns Law Enforcement On Saturday, November 14th, LASA pursued our annual exploration of law enforcement in the City of Angels.  Our morning began with Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman.  Rob, Continue Reading →

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LASA Learns Business

October 17th For our exploration of business in Los Angeles, LASA was very fortunate to be joined by two speakers, Rick Wartzman and Ivar Chan.  The former business editor of Continue Reading →

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LASA Learns Sports

LASA, September 19th Our day started with baseball.  We jumped aboard our bus for Dodger Stadium first thing.  Our tour guide was wonderful – lots of nooks and crannies inside Continue Reading →

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LASA Kicks Off Year Four in Summer Institute

We just finished a great week of our new LASA year.  On Monday, August 3rd, we welcomed our new class to The Huntington Library, where we got to know one Continue Reading →

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LASA Goes to LACMA

For our final day of the year, LASA traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), one of the world’s great art museums.  The artist Chris Burden, whose Continue Reading →

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LASA LEARNS BASEBALL

LASA Learns Baseball On April 25th, we met downtown at the Los Angeles Public Library to start our day.  Maddie Resch, one of our interns from Occidental College, started us Continue Reading →

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LASA and the LA Harbor

On March 21, we met downtown at the Los Angeles Public Library.  We started things off with a wonderful presentation about Food Forward (foodward.org) given by our very own Occidental Continue Reading →

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Food and Housing in the 21st Century

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Two cans of vegetables. One can of fruit. A jar of peanut butter. A bag of rice. Cereal, milk, and juice. A foil pack Continue Reading →

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Getting Around LA

LASA Learns Transit! On the 10th of January, we started the New Year learning about transit.  How do people get around the vastness of the LA metropolis?  How do decisions Continue Reading →

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Public Safety, Courts, and Justice

On Saturday, November 15, LASA participants spent a fascinating day talking about law enforcement.   We were incredibly fortunate to begin the day at the Los Angeles Public Library with Robert Continue Reading →

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LASA Learns Business

On October 18th, we met at the usual time at The Huntington, and then divided our morning into three sections.  First up was Rick Wartzman, the Executive Director of the Continue Reading →

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Motion Pictures and The Culture of Los Angeles

  For our September session of LASA, we gathered first at The Huntington, where we reacquainted ourselves with one another, introduced some new students and interns to the group, and Continue Reading →

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LASA Kicks Off Our Third Year!

We are thrilled to begin a new year with a new cohort of great LASA students.  We began just this past week with our intensive summer workshop, and we are Continue Reading →

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USC News Article

LASA was recently featured on USC News – Getting the big picture of the big city

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Museums and Cultural Institutions

May 17th at LACMA We had a very good last day on Saturday, May 17th, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Education docent Jen Reid took us around Continue Reading →

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Sports and Entertainment

For our April LASA meeting, we converged on Dodger Stadium for a fun and informative tour.  We had no idea that Dodger Stadium was as big as it is, from Continue Reading →

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The Harbor

  For our March meeting of LASA, we explored the history and current operations of the Los Angeles Harbor complex.  When we met in the morning at the Los Angeles Continue Reading →

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Food and Housing

  Housing, February 8, 2014 In a stimulating exploration of housing during our February meeting, LASA had the remarkable opportunity to meet with Maria Cabildo, the President of the East Continue Reading →

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Los Angeles Transit

The January theme was transit. The LA Times writer who covers transit, Laura Nelson, came and spoke to the students, interns, and teachers. She explained what she does, why her Continue Reading →

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Public Safety, Courts, and Justice

Our day with the LAPD: November 9, 2013 Saturday began at the Los Angeles Public Library.  Our guest was Robert Saltzman, Associate Dean of the Gould School of Law at Continue Reading →

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LASA Explores Business and Entrepreneurialism in Los Angeles

October 12th, 2013 Our day started with breakfast, of course, at The Huntington.  Then we heard from Elise Welch, an admissions officer from USC, who helped the group think about Continue Reading →

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SUMMER INSTITUTE BEGINS

Introduction: What and Where is Los Angeles? July 29, 2013 | 9:00 a.m. | The Huntington The Politics and Architecture of Downtown Los Angeles July 30, 2013 | 9:00 am Continue Reading →

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